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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 Lucy Stevens
Wivenhoe, 01 September 2020
We really wanted to get away for a week in the UK following lockdown and asked Liz to help us. She found a wonderful barn in Norfolk, Purlin Barn, on a working farm. The property had a heated pool, games room and hot tub and was located in a lovely rural setting. Liz took the time to find out what we were looking for and really came up trumps with this property. It was really clean, well organised and set up to enable us to follow covid restrictions. The owners were helpful and the property well equipped. It was a great base for local days out and activities and despite the weather, the children used the pool every day - bliss! Thanks very much Liz - another great holiday!
Sent in by Traci Pierson
Colchester, 20 August 2020
Just wanted to say a big thank you to Liz, who made my life so much easier by finding us a perfect short break. All I had to do was let her know where we wanted to go., which was Edinburgh. Liz found us amazing hotel, booked our flights, it was fantastic and I would certainly recommend her & even got her looking for our family destination for next year.
Sent in by Allison Bond
St Osyth, 02 July 2020
Just a very big thank you Liz for all your help in getting me such a great result with the refund on my flight to Australia. I do appreciate all your assistance and will definitely be in touch when we can safely return to Australia. I am also gradually winning my husband around to making stop offs on the way in future so I'll be asking for your help on those too - but that's for the future - first we just want to go and meet our new grandson in Darwin. I'm very grateful.
Sent in by E Austin
Wivenhoe, 29 June 2020
We have booked a few trips with Liz Standley. Her support, knowledge, understanding is flawless. Nothing is too much trouble, her response to questions and requests are met with clear, quick and precise answers. After having a family holiday booked April 2020 that was cancelled due to covid we were able to reschedule twice with no fuss or stress. We can not recommend Liz enough, she really makes booking a holiday a very pleasant experience it’s as Carefree as the actual holiday itself. Thank You Liz
Sent in by Emma Dyson
Ipswich, 23 June 2020
Liz has been absolutely brilliant helping us throughout the whole process. She took away the stress of the planning and booking and constantly kept us up to date. Her knowledge was great and I would definitely recommend Travel Counsellors to anyone.
Sent in by C Williams
Wivenhoe, 23 June 2020
To celebrate a golden Wedding Anniversary we (two couples) decided to use the services of Liz Standley to book our trip to Sandals in Grenada. This was the first time we had used Travel Counsellors and Liz. Right from the start of the process she was very professional in her approach to our booking and we found the whole process easy and stress free. She took care of all the details of our trip – upgrading flights etc. Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 pandemic our holiday was cancelled with much disappointment. Given this was not exactly a cheap holiday the thought of us not being refunded in full was a big concern. Throughout the process Liz worked very hard to ensure we were kept informed as to the progress of our refund right up to the day the money was transferred back into our accounts. We will not forget all the help and patience Liz showed us throughout the process and when we feel comfortable travelling once more we will definitely use the services of Liz and Travel Counsellors for future trips.
Sent in by Sophie Hunt
Colchester, 28 April 2020
Huge thank you to Liz who arranged a 10 day holiday to Sorrento, Italy for my boyfriend and I. The package included flights, hotel and private transfers, at a fantastic price. From start to finish the holiday was well arranged and stress free. The hotel Liz recommended was absolutely beautiful and the staff were incredible. All in all we spent 10 days in paradise, would highly recommend Liz’s services to anyone looking for a holiday!
Sent in by Nicola Lockwood-Pugh
Alresford, 14 April 2020
We unfortunately had our trip to Northern Spain cut short due to Covid19 and Liz was brilliant. She kept us informed of what was happening throughout and just before Spain declared lockdown, she had us on flights back home. It was so reassuring to know we didn't have to find our own flights and find transport to the airport. As someone who has been on loads of trips we have booked ourselves online, I would now always book through Liz as you know you are covered when you need it! Great service, as always!
Sent in by S Slade
Colchester, 14 April 2020
What a truly fabulous time we had in Dubai. The hotel was luxurious but also super relaxed, the staff could not do enough for us, just perfect. We had a lovely room and felt very spoilt.....I had two lots of birthday cake...……..! My actual birthday was just perfect....lazing by the pool followed by an amazing dinner at Pai Thai. Liz, all the above would not have been half as fabulous without your help to make it happen. To have you look after everything was an absolute god send and made it all extra special, thank you so much for all you did for us, we have made some truly special memories.
Sent in by H Watson
Colchester, 11 April 2020
Would definitely recommend Liz to help you with your next holiday!! Takes any stress out of the organising especially if it’s not straight forward or you’re not 100% about anything. Liz will answer your questions, find out info for you, book what / however much or little you need her to and keeps in touch. She even wrote my luggage labels out for me!! Reassuring to know you have a personal point of contact should you need one when you’re away too. 5*****
Sent in by N Cooper
Colchester, 18 March 2020
Liz, we can’t thank you enough for your help. You’ve organised some incredible trips for us but your assistance and support getting us home from Argentina this week has been incredible. If ever anyone needed to know the value of a travel agent, this is it.. while others were panicking we were able to enjoy our last day while Liz and the team at Travel Counsellor’s secures us the last seats home. We won’t travel without you again and we’ll urge all our friends to do the same. Liz, you rock!
Sent in by Katharine Loveday
Ingatestone , 10 March 2020
Liz provided a friendly and efficient service. She took time to understand our requirements and found the perfect hotel for us; consequently we enjoyed our first trip to The Caribbean so much that we hope to return soon. I would not hesitate to recommend Liz.
Sent in by Chris Jackson
Colchester, 08 March 2020
Liz organised the itinery forr a trip to Adelaid Australia and then on ro New Zealand via Singapore. All the travel arrangements went smoothly. The transfer at different went according to plan. The hotels were very helpfull and pleasant. The transport from the airportsairports to the hotels were on time and were aware of the flight times etc.liz had organised the whole trip extreeml• well with all the details catered for. I had a very pleasant trip wit the minimum amount of stress. Thanks to Liz.
Sent in by Sarah Harwood
Wivenhoe, 02 March 2020
Just returned from a trip of a lifetime, much of it organised by Liz. We were invited to a wedding in Australia so decided to combine it with a visit to Singapore and New Zealand. There were so many things we wanted to do so on the recommendation of a friend we decided to call upon LIz for help. We told her the sorts of things we wanted to do and ended up leaving it all in her capable hands. She sorted out all our air, taxi, train and ferry travel as well as car hire. She sorted out a route through New Zealand from north to south and booked all of our hotels. We wanted to make the most of our time and we certainly did. It was just fantastic! We have so many wonderful memories. Thank you so much Liz.
Sent in by Steven Parlett
Dedham, 19 February 2020
Liz organised a great holiday for me and my wife to Tenerife, providing us with all our itinerary documentation and providing a great personalised service. She researched an ideal place for winter sun when we didn’t want a long haul flight. She spent time with us discussing our preferences and designed a holiday that met all our needs. When we had a problem with our outgoing flight, she was on hand to provide advice and ensure that our transfer service and hotel were made aware of our delays. Liz provided a great all round service which helped us have a very enjoyable holiday.
Sent in by D Cornwell
Essex, 18 February 2020
Hi Liz, Just thought we would drop you a line to let you know what an amazing and fantastic time we had in Cambodia and Vietnam. Everything went like a dream and could not of asked for anything else. Also thank you for the kind gift of daffodils what a lovely thought. Catch up soon and thank you again for everything you have done and look forward to booking many more trips with yourself soon”
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!
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