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Hello! I’m Liz and as an independent travel agent and someone who has worked in the travel industry for many years, I can provide you with a personal, friendly and bespoke travel agency service which is second to none.
I’m based in Wivenhoe, near Colchester, Essex, but my customers come from all over the Uk and the World! As your Travel Counsellor, I can arrange a holiday tailored to meet your personal needs, dreams and desires. I take care of everything right down to the tiniest detail, so that you can enjoy a stress-free and hassle-free holiday.
Whatever your holiday choice, whether it be relaxing in the Maldives, enjoying a city break in Europe, enjoying a family holiday in the Canaries, or a city break in New York, a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, a magical trip to Lapland, a cruise on Celebrity Edge, skiing in Colorado, or a cottage in Cornwall. I’m here to help.
I am proud to work for multi-award-winning Travel Counsellors, a company with a high customer satisfaction score unrivalled by other travel agents. Our trophy cabinet is so jam-packed!
Also, to give you peace of mind, your money is 100% safe with Travel Counsellors as it is protected by both ATOL and the unique Travel Counsellors’ Trust, protection which no other travel agency provides.
I very much look forward to becoming your personal Travel Counsellor. Please contact me by email or phone so that I can get to know you and discuss your holiday needs.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
16 October 2019
A safari has been on my bucket list for a little while, but I was waiting for my daughter (Mathilde) to be old enough to enjoy it. For this trip she was nearly 7 and what an experience it was! We flew to Nairobi with BA and started our trip visiting friends, who moved to Kenya last year. They live in Nanyuki, north of Nairobi. It can be reached by a Safarilink plane from Nairobi, but we chose to travel by taxi as was cheaper. The journey was long, taking around 4 hours. It’s a beautiful part of Kenya and known...
26 September 2017
In September 2017 I was lucky to be one of a small group of Travel Counsellors invited to visit Holland America Line’s newest cruise ship, MS Koningsdam, when she was docked in Amsterdam. It was also great to spend a weekend break in the wonderful vibrant city of Amsterdam hosted by Super Break who organise inspiring short breaks in the UK and Europe. We flew to Schiphol International Airport and took a train (they run every 10 minutes) to Amsterdam’s Central Station. We stayed at the Movenpick Hotel, which is a short walk from the station and handy for taking a...
20 June 2017
In June I took a short Eurocamp break on the Med at Marseillan-Plage in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of south-west France. It was great to get away for a few days! Eurocamp has a wide choice of locations in Europe (over 180 sites in 13 countries and islands, including France, Spain and Italy). One of the advantages of Eurocamp is that you can arrive and depart on any day of the week and there is no minimum duration. We stayed for four nights from Friday to Tuesday. We flew to Carcassonne where my parents picked us up, but there are other...
09 May 2017
In May I spent a fantastic few days in Rome. It is a buzzing and energetic city where classical ruins and early Christian churches stand alongside Renaissance palazzos and Baroque fountains. Its attractions are endless. They include, for instance, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Borghese Gallery (with one of the finest art collections in the world), the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Spanish Steps, St Peter’s (the largest church in Christendom) and the Trevi Fountain. Most of these are within walking distance of each other. Eating out, shopping and nightlife are also great. Its Mediterranean climate is also...
20 March 2017
At the beginning of March 2017, I had a great holiday with my four year old daughter in beautiful Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands. It was our first time there and the experience was fantastic. We had great fun and I highly recommend it. Fuerteventura, the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, lies in the Atlantic Ocean 100 km off the coast of Africa. With over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, it is an all-year-round holiday destination. The weather is similar to the weather in Florida and Mexico which are on the same latitude. We had excellent...
13 February 2017
You may want to take your dog on holiday with you to France– perhaps because she is one of the family or because you haven’t got anyone to look after her or you don’t want her to stay in kennels (because of the cost or potential trauma). I have dog called Saffie and I have often taken her to France. Taking a dog to France (and other European countries) is not difficult. In this blog I provide you with some useful tips and advice about doing so. Driving in France with your dog is much easier than in the UK because...
Sent in by Mary-Louise Boardman
Javea 03730 Spain, 10 February 2020
We travelled from Spain to Australia and back via Bali, all fantastically organised by Liz Standley. She took our wishes into account, and referred to us all the way through the process, including fixing up our initial boarding passes etc. She was there to reassure us all the way, and when we had to change flights, she was immediately able to help. Hats off to Liz, we will certainly use her bespoke service again.
Sent in by Ginny Howard
Wivenhoe , 09 January 2020
As usual, a straight through, painless service by Liz! The service allows you to sit back, relax and take the strain out of making sure you've got everything and if you've got any queries while away Liz comes back with a solution super quickly! Cannot recommend enough!
Sent in by Fiona Crace
Colchester, 07 January 2020
Liz organised a fantastic family holiday for 5 of us to Fuerteventura in Nov 2019. She took on board all our requirements and tailor made a perfect package for us. She went beyond just organising the trip and gave us some recommendations for trips and restaurants too, which were all wonderful. One small issue on our arrival was quickly sorted out by Liz, and on a Saturday too, so we felt very well looked after. All the hassle was taken out of finding the right place etc as Liz does all this for you. This is the second time we have used Liz and I can't recommend her highly enough and we will definitely be using her again.
Sent in by Katrina Drake
Essex, 31 December 2019
A truly fantastic trip to Iceland, flawlessly organised from start to finish, thanks to Liz! Our documentation arrived in advance of our holiday, full of everything we needed to know about our tours, flights and accommodation. Liz was on hand to respond to any questions and assist where needed - even whilst we were away. She also has the knowledge, connections and experience to book the best hotels and tours. I really couldn’t recommend Liz more, our trip was perfect and hotel ideally located.
Sent in by Julie Cowen
Colchester, 10 December 2019
Liz has been very helpful booking 2 holidays for me, always at the end of a phone or on line, we really enjoyed our last holiday to Budapest, Liz booking flights, transfers and hotel made the whole experience easy, and I really like being able to see my holiday and balance in the app.
Sent in by Frances Torrington
Holton St Mary, 27 November 2019
We used Liz at Travel Counsellors to arrange a six night break for us to Sicily in October 2019. She put together a perfect package including bookings our flights and car hire, and recommending two superb hotels in two wonderful locations - Taormina and Ortigia. We do not often use a travel agent to book our holidays, so it was such a treat to have everything organised us including the printing off of our boarding cards, car hire pick up details etc, all of which were delivered to us in a travel wallet. We could not have asked for more! Thank you Liz.
Sent in by K Sullivan
Colchester, 27 November 2019
Thank you Liz for organising a super short break for my husbands birthday. I loved that you took the time to find out what we were looking for and then came up with 4 different suggestions for me to consider and made all the arrangements. You saved me so much time and stress! Thank you!
Sent in by Jeanette Birch
France, 20 November 2019
From the efficient and friendly service, to the hand-written luggage tags and games pad for the children, Liz provides a thorough and stress-free service with personal extras. We would highly recommend booking your holiday or adventure through Liz and look forward to her recommendations for our next trip!
Sent in by Bea Marshall
Colchester, 19 November 2019
Liz arranged my return flight from UK to Australia, she arranged a wheelchair for each step of the journey and even remembered to order me vegan meals. Booking through Liz took all the stress of arranging my flights out of the equation, I will definitely book through her again.
Sent in by Adrian Multon
Wivenhoe, 11 November 2019
Thank you very much for organising another great holiday (at pretty short notice this time). I gave you lots of elements to include, and you put together a fabulous package that included everything asked for. We a had a fantastic time in both Portugal and Madeira and felt we explored as many features of those destinations as can reasonably be done in two weeks. Happy to recommend your services!
Sent in by Gill Henderson
Woodbridge, 06 November 2019
Fantastic service from Liz - from the start of our planning process right through to support whilst we were away. Nothing was too much trouble and Liz went to great lengths to get everything just right for us, including a bottle of champagne when we arrived at our hotel! Everything went smoothly and the hotels Liz selected were spot on, and very much in line with what we had discussed. I would thoroughly recommend using Liz for your next holiday....I will never use a high street travel agent again!
Sent in by J Margetts
Colchester, 26 September 2019
It was an absolutely marvellous holiday. Princess were everything they promised and more. How do they manage the logistics of so many travellers at varying stages of their itinerary? Smooth as silk!! And as for the cruise....wonderful!! Many thanks for all your help in putting our plans together and we will certainly be in touch when we next plan such an adventure....as soon as I have paid for this one!! Merin also sends her thanks
Sent in by Sarah Graham
Canterbury, 09 September 2019
I would just like to say how amazing Liz Standley was in organising our family holiday this summer. All I had to do was give Liz an idea of destination, dates & budget & she did all the rest. We ended up staying in a fabulous resort which met all of our requests. So much easier than having to organise it all ourselves, she took the stress right out of it. Liz organised everything from flights, transfers, accomodation etc. Nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely recommend Liz & will be using her again.
Sent in by CLARE BURGESS
Reading, 06 September 2019
As always, Liz gave us a very reliable, efficient and professional service. We really value all the care and effort that goes into finding the right type of options for our holiday. We often recommend Liz to our friends and are very pleased with everything she does. Thanks Liz!
Sent in by Lucy Stevens
Wivenhoe , 16 August 2019
What can I say about the villa you booked us! It was so charming. I think we were expecting it to be quite small but it was really spacious and airy with some wonderful architectural features. It was really well equipped and we were happy as pigs in the proverbial staying there! Thanks for organising everything - the outward and return journeys were so smooth and we had no problems with any of the logistics. You definitely listened to what we wanted and as a result, the holiday that we had so needed met every expectation. We fully relaxed and really didn't want to come home! Thanks so much.
Sent in by Susan Lee
Ipswich , 16 August 2019
I would thoroughly recommend Liz to anyone looking for a holiday. I wanted a holiday to remember for my 50th with my children. Liz arranged everything to the finest detail from checking us in to recommending we change hotels to the fabulous Blue Waters in Antigua. We were met at the airport, everything ran very smoothly. I would not hesitate in using Liz again next time.
Sent in by Lisa Griffiths
Colchester, 12 August 2019
Liz was professional from start to finish in finding us our perfect holiday in Thailand and was also on call whilst we were there. We had the best time and the accommodation and location was perfect!
Sent in by Janice Walker
Colchester, Essex, 30 July 2019
From the moment I started to discuss my holiday plans with Liz, I knew I was in safe hands. She didn't try to pigeonhole me into a 'package', she organised an amazing bespoke three week U.S. Pacific Coast adventure for me and my family, within my budget and meeting all our expectations. The TC App was so useful, before and during the trip and Liz kept in contact throughout. I emailed her late at night with a query whilst we were away and she responded immediately, alleviating my worries. I had never used Travel Counsellors before, and have often organised trips independently; I can't praise the service enough for how much easier it made things for me, and (the really pleasant surprise) it was cheaper than the quote I received from a leading travel agent. I shall certainly be using Travel Counsellors for all of my future trips. I envisage keeping Liz very busy, much to my bank manager's horror! Thank you, Liz, and Travel Counsellors, excellent knowledge, brilliant app and the best customer service.
Sent in by Alison Deal
COLCHESTER, 24 July 2019
We have just returned from our 2nd trip booked by Liz this summer (Croatia and Mallorca). And we would highly recommend her. The service she provides is first class and goes above and beyond with little bonus extras, all very much appreciated. During one trip we had to contact Liz as we had decided to make a small change to our intinary and Liz dealt with it extremely quicky and professionally. We have recommended her services to friends and family and will ceratinly be using her again
Sent in by N Cooper
Colchester, 23 July 2019
Back home after an amazing holiday in Vietnam. Wanted to say thanks again for organising yet another incredible trip. We had a three stop trip around the country and everything was planned perfectly from transfers and flights through to excursions and hotels by Liz so we didn't need to worry about a thing and could just take in this amazing country. Can't recommend her services enough if anyone wants some advice on locations and how to get the most from them.
Sent in by Jennifer Lucas-Williams
Wivenhoe , 20 July 2019
Liz recently arranged a trip for my husband and I sailing in the Ionaian islands in Greece. She arranged an absolutely fabulous trip for us with Nielson. All our boarding documents and transfers were taken care of and sent to us. Everything was taken care of, stress free! Liz's attention to detail was exceptional and her service was second to none. I would thoroughly recommend booking with Liz, she really understood and listened to what we wanted from our trip. A true travel professional.
Sent in by Samantha Peel
Bishop's Stortford , 13 July 2019
This is our 5th booking with Liz within 4yrs and I can safely say that we have now experienced every area of her expertise. We are are family of 6 with four children under 13 so it's not an easy task to arrange accommodation. With two villa holidays to France, a belated luxury honeymoon in the Maldives, a family holiday in the Dominican Republic and last month a brilliant backpacking holiday in Thailand. Liz took care of every part of the booking including the insurance and saves us a lot of money as she has access to far greater discounts than we could achieve ourselves. I really can't stress enough how much time and money Liz saves us as well as the peace of mind she provides. We look forward to our next holiday in January next year which yet again Liz secured early at a great price. We work so hard all year and a perfect family holiday is always our priority and motivation, so it's important to get it right.
Sent in by Margaret Barr
Edinburgh, 04 July 2019
I find Liz’s attention to detail exceptional and she is extremely professional and knowledgeable about everything. Nothing is too much trouble!
Sent in by Clare Nicholls
Essex , 24 June 2019
Liz recently arranged a trip on the Orient Express for my husband and I. Not only did she flawlessly complete all the necessary paperwork, bookings and notify people about my husbands food intolerance. She also recommended the most fabulous hotel and got us a free upgrade! I couldn't recommended Liz enough and am looking forward to booking with her again shortly.
Sent in by Keith Stetzel
Wivenhoe, 14 June 2019
We approached Liz to help with a trip to South Africa. Through her contacts she managed to put together an itinerary that fulfilled our wish list. The trip went really well and was most enjoyable. Thank you Liz for organising our holiday.
Sent in by Rebecca Brown
Wivenhoe , 10 June 2019
Liz was fantastic at finding a brilliant location for our holiday. We gave her a budget and a date and she found a brilliant hotel in Portugal. Would recommend Liz’s service as it definitely takes the stress out of the holiday. Thank you x
Sent in by Maggei & Paul Brown
Wivenhoe, Colchester, 06 June 2019
Another great trip organised for us by Liz! We are always last minute customers but Liz comes up with the goods which meet exactly our needs: hotel, flights, car hire and locations which suit our interests - culture, history and good food. Our recent return from Crete provided all of this, for which we are sincerely grateful for all the detail and attention to our booking. We couldn't recommend Liz's service and friendly style more highly - 10 out of 10.
Sent in by Claire Rhodes
Wivenhoe , 05 June 2019
Spent a fantastic week in Tenerife for half term. We would definitely go back! We loved the unlimited access pass to Siam Water Park, which we would highly recommend. Liz always makes the process stress free and we can’t wait to book our next holiday through her.
Sent in by Jenny Layley
Witham, 05 June 2019
Liz organised a fantastic long weekend trip to Nice for me and a girl friend. The hotel she chose was spectacular and the location worked really well to give us both a city break and a beach break in one. She also sorted the essential extras like the airport transfers and pampering massages meaning we could just unwind and relax stress free
Sent in by Ginny Howard
Wivenhoe , 03 June 2019
As always, a great front to back booking experience from Liz when my husband and I went to Skiathos. Always good choices and Liz takes all the hassle out! Can not recommend more.
From the pristine white-sand beaches of Thailand’s idyllic islands to the sprawling wide-open roads of the USA; the historic and breathtakingly beautiful architecture of India to the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Maldives – there’s a world of wonder out there and it’s just waiting to be explored.
Contact me on 01206 809 540