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 J Cameron
Wivenhoe , 15 September 2021
Dear Liz, Thanks for helping us book accommodation for our holiday in Wales this year…so relaxing to get away! The two cottages we stayed in were fresh, well appointed, full of character and in great locations for exploring Wales. Booking though you gave us a bit more confidence than other providers and your communication before and during our stay was really helpful. Will definitely come back to you to book our next holiday!
Sent in by R Epstein
Chigwell, 15 September 2021
Liz booked us a Disney Staycation cruise this summer and she was honestly outstanding. She helped us get booked onto a very busy and sought after cruise and then helped us so much with the reservation, check-in and inevitable Covid paperwork. She even messaged me on the day of the cruise to make sure we got onboard ok. I can’t recommend her fantastic caring and personal service highly enough!
Sent in by T Wheatley-Perry
Colchester, 13 September 2021
Thanks for organising the Croatia break for Ben and I. Great hotel and beautiful place – another good choice.
Sent in by Cecilia P
Essex , 12 September 2021
Liz is an amazing travel consultant. She takes time to understand all your travel needs. Highly recommend
Sent in by Sally Blunden
Clacton-on-Sea, 05 September 2021
Efficient and friendly service. Liz found us exactly what we wanted. In tricky COVID times her advice and expertise was invaluable.
Sent in by Nicola Goodchild
Colchester, 05 September 2021
I've never used a Travel Counsellor before but when my partner and I wanted to have a mini break in Wales once self catering accommodation had opened up in April, Liz was the obvious choice. I gave her some specific criteria to meet on location, type of accommodation, necessity of a hot tub, landscape and distance from my parents house in Mid Wales. She knew of a few places off the top of her head and one of them was exactly what we were looking for. It felt like a such a luxury to have all the Googling and booking I would have done myself rendered unnecessary! I will definitely come back to Liz again. ;)
Sent in by Gemma Hakins
Colchester, 31 August 2021
Quick and easy move through Kalamata airport then very short transfer of less than 30 mins in new air con coach. From the moment we arrived in the resort, the kids were looked after! Friendly and professional staff. Instant friends of the same age, and water and land activities galore- non-stop from 09.30-23.00 if they and you want! Best active kids club we’ve found and great from pre-school right up to 17, organised in two year age groups with equal mix of boys & girls in each group. Exceptionally clean and very Covid-safe: far more than the UK! Although a large resort, it’s well spaced out and landscaped so you never felt it was large or busy. And there was always a poolside space if wanted and easy to book spa services. Good breakfast buffet and wide variety of fresh salads and some local hot buffet dishes for lunch & dinner. Usual kids food (Bolognese, chicken nuggets etc). Good hotel recommendations for local restaurants for the non-inclusive nights. Great watersport and gym/ Pilates instructors, from kids to adults, at all levels. Only issue was the need for more shaded areas on the beach as it was mid-40 degree Celsius. Thank you Liz Stanley, for organising such a well-needed, fun holiday that gave mum a break after working full-time from home for 17 months, and 10 y o son the most water sports & holiday friends he could ever meet in a week!
Sent in by Jay Alden
Ardleigh, 07 August 2021
I have booked 5 holidays through Liz although due to Covid 3 of these got cancelled. Liz was excellent through the cancellation procedures and difficulties that Covid caused and full refunds for each holiday were issued no problem. The options we were given for each trip were great and Liz is very patient with changing details including an actual passenger change not long before one booking. I finally got to go on a trip to Gibraltar last month and I was very impressed with the service before we went and with an issue we had while there which was promptly resolved by Liz above and beyond the level we needed it to be. Knowing Liz is behind me with all her knowledge gives me confidence to travel during these slightly confusing times and she is very on the ball with helping you with what you need to do to comply with covid regs. I would highly recommend using Liz to book a holiday as she is knowledgable, kind and helpful.
Sent in by Hayley Roy
Madeira / Colchester , 06 August 2021
Liz has been absolutely amazing throughout our trip! She does little things that really help and make life so much easier. Liz was very knowledgable about the current restrictions and gave us some really good advice and guidance. The holiday we had in Madeira was amazing, Liz always knows where to book that suits us!! Thank you so much Liz for being amazing!
Sent in by Anil Kumar
London, 12 July 2021
Booked a 10 night holiday to Corfu via Liz, stayed at the Marbella Corfu, All Inclusive. I cannot rate this Hotel enough, fantastic food and accommodation, Hotel Cleanliness was excellent. I would highly recommend using Liz again for another holiday as she made the process so easy and seamless.
Sent in by Kate Merriweather
Wivenhoe, 05 July 2021
Liz has done a wonderful job on arranging our holiday in Corfu. Despite all the current difficulties and restrictions she provided all the latest information and arranged everything smoothly and efficiently. Thank you Liz. We will be recommending you to our friends. Kate and Dennis
Sent in by Julie Searles
Clacton on Sea , 24 June 2021
We was looking for a family holiday in the UK, to look forward to after the long year of lockdowns. I contacted Liz for help in searching and for ideas, inspiration. Liz was so helpful in taking time to understand what we wanted as a family and we eventually settled on a lovely cottage in Cornwall. On arrival the cottage was spotlessly clean, a lovely location and we had a perfect week. Would highly recommend Liz for her customer service and attention to detail. Will definitely use again. Thank you Liz.
Sent in by Caroline Beament
Colchester , 10 June 2021
What can I say! Liz is amazing!! After having to postpone our wedding and honeymoon from last year to this year, we wanted to find a luxury honeymoon in the UK. Liz found us the perfect little retreat for a honeymooning couple in Cornwall. The accommodation was better then expected as well. Liz was so helpful and professional throughout and didn’t leave us waiting when we had a query. As I am local she even popped over a bottle of bubbly to take and we arrived home to a lovely welcome home card. I definitely recommend Liz as she cares about getting you the right holiday for you and is clearly passionate about providing a too quality service. Will be using again. Thanks again Liz for being a superstar!
Sent in by Clare Payne
Wivenhoe, 13 November 2020
We would highly recommend booking through Liz. We have booked holidays with Liz over the last few years and the service we receive has always been excellent, however, the challenges presented during the Pandemic really showed us why booking with an independent Travel Consultant is beneficial. Liz was in full control of all of our bookings. She managed the cancellation, obtaining of refunds, rearranging of flights/hotels of the various holidays and breaks we had booked during 2020 without presenting any extra stress for us. It was really nice to sit back and not worry knowing Liz was on top of everything.
Sent in by Elizabeth Hill
Colchester, 20 October 2020
Due to the current COVID restrictions and changing quarantine rules our holiday was changed 3 times at the last minute. Liz was fantastic with sourcing a new location and booking the villa, flights etc. It was only 2 days before we flew that the last change had to be made and I had lost all confidence we would be able to go on holiday but Liz found a villa and a location that suited our requirements and we had a fabulous time. She could not have been more helpful and I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for a holiday especially in these uncertain times. Fabulous.
Sent in by George Brown
Wivenhoe, 15 October 2020
Liz was amazing at a time when travel is far more challenging she guided us with some excellent suggestions. She listened very closely to what we were looking for and came back with several suggestions some of which we would never of found. We ended up selecting a resort she had personnel experience of and her advise on the best things to see and do really contributed to ensure we had a superb and memorable time. Like most people we were a bit nervous about travel with the additional COVID risks and restrictions, Liz guided us through these informing us of which areas were likely to be added to the governments quarantine list. Once booked Liz continued to advise us on what forms were required and what we could expect at the airport and on the flight. I have booked several holidays with Liz now and everyone has been amazing, she has a real talent for finding a holiday that is suited to you. Liz's advice and support really made this a holiday to remember. Thanks Liz.
Sent in by Sarah McKee-Harris
COLCHESTER, 20 September 2020
I cannot rate Liz highly enough for her superb travel planning and customer service she provided us for a trip to Greece in August 2020. Things were obviously uncertain due to Coronavirus but Liz was a great support throughout the process and even whilst we were away when we had a question regarding our hotel. Thank you Liz and we will definitely look to book with you again!
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.
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