Hello! I am Lizzie Adamson-Brown, your Personal Travel Expert.
I would like to offer a warm welcome to my personal page. I run my personal business from my home by the beautiful Northumberland Coast, which means I am available when it is suitable for you.
The clients I work with love to explore and enjoy this beautiful world we live in. They want unique experiences and memories that last a lifetime, without all that stressful time spent trawling through the endless minefield of websites.
From the moment they contact me about a holiday or business trip, until the minute they get home, and even beyond, they want to know they are in the hands of a loyal and confidential professional who can take away all that stress and pain.
They dream of finding new destinations that will create memories and experiences of a lifetime, at the same time being totally cared for.
My clients get to live, breath and experience this beautiful world; its’ wonderful cultures and all in a vibrant kaleidoscope of colour.
I am far more than just a travel consultant, I am your personal Travel Concierge: I am here to provide expert advice, confirm all of your arrangements and to make sure that everything from the planning stages of your holiday right through to the time you return back home is entirely stress free and exceed all of your expectations along the way.
For me, it’s more than just creating a holiday, it’s creating your perfect moments that matter.
Explore | Experience | Enrich
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:-
Wherever you are in the world, we're here for you every step of the way. With our 24/7 Duty Office and a financial trust that protects 100% of your monies.
As you very own PERSONAL travel expert, I have all the knowledge to tailor your trip perfectly for you.
I get to know all my clients personally - your likes and your dislikes. You are not a number to me - you are an individual and every single client is a VIP!
Now, more than ever, you need a trusted travel professional who can give you the service and attention that you deserve.
Everything I book is specifically tailored to your own individual needs, using my 21 years of experience and specially selected destination specialist.
With the highest Net Promotor Score in the world and a 5 star rating on Trust Pilot, why would you leave organising your trips to chance?
A fabulous poem written by Mancunian poet, Tony Walsh, especially for Travel Counsellors. Incredibly emotive and definitely gives me goosebumps.
One of the best days of my life. Having always had a love for elephants - this happened!
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.
08 April 2021
As we in the travel industry start to see light at the end of this very long global pandemic tunnel, there is no better time to consider your well-earned escape. Travel has been well documented to help you with your well-being and mental health and with the support of recent studies this is shown to be the case. Here are my top 7 reasons to take out that passport, blow the cobwebs off it and plan that perfect getaway; to escape the tough times we have all experienced in the last 12 months, during this pandemic. 1. Travel gives you...
07 April 2021
Holidays are about so much more than seeing the sights - they're about the places you stay, the people you meet and the experiences you have along the way - and no style of travel can guarantee so many memorable moments as being on a guided tour. In fact, travelling with a tour leader is like having a friend who can take you straight to the heart of a destination, so all you have to do is focus on having a good time. Fancy skipping the queue to get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access at the Vatican? No problem. Want to eat out in...
07 April 2021
Forget Bear Grylls - there's more than one way to have an adventure. My first travel experience was in 1976 when I went on a PGL holiday to the South of France. We canoed the Ardeche, learned to sail, scuba dive, camped in the open air. It was an awakening and I was hooked! Whether you want to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, go rafting along the Colorado River, or cycle from one Loire Valley vineyard to the next, there's a tour that will take you straight to the heart of the action. Yet adventure holidays are about so much...
07 April 2021
Seeing the world and sharing new experiences is the very essence of why we love to travel. Watching a pride of lions come to life as dawn light creeps across the savannah, getting your first glimpse of the sparkling domes atop the Taj Mahal, or sitting down to a home-cooked meal on a country estate in Tuscany – these unforgettable moments live on in the memory long after we get home. That's why solo touring is seeing such a boom, as more and more travellers open their eyes to the enriching experiences and incredible characters you come across on a guided...
24 September 2020
Do you cut your own hair, or go to a hairdressers? You have a water leak in the heating system, would you call a plumber? You are thinking of selling your house, would choosing an estate agent be at the top of your list? Of course, you could try all of the above yourself. But what could the end result be? Water flooding everywhere, an unsold house and a very questionable haircut! If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say the majority of you lovely people out there would stick to dealing with the experts? It’s exactly the same with when booking...
01 May 2020
As we roll into Summer 2020 and the world isn’t open for holidays this year, let’s focus on our holidays for 2021! These are available to book now and I’d highly recommend booking early so you can make the most of the early booking prices and availability. Here are some of my personal choices as a guide for your May holiday next year! I’ll give you some options for a short break, 1-week break and a 2-week break for you to think about. Short Break … You may not be in the mood for a trip overseas or to spend time in the...
04 April 2020
Where to go in ….. April So, you have decided that you would like to look forward to an amazing trip in the Spring, when the blossoms are blooming again and nature comes alive again after the dark winters? It’s ‘Sakura’ season in Japan just now and the streets and parks are awash with colour, as the cherry blossoms show off there pink and white blooms, you could connect a trip to Japan with a fabulous cruise? Here are some other amazing suggestions, to help you decide on where to go in April. I’ve given suggestions of different lengths of trip you...
03 December 2019
As someone who understands the time constraints and stresses associated with being an assistant, as well as having a comprehensive knowledge of corporate travel and the ability to save your company time, money and stress, I’d love to help. Prior to coming to Travel Counsellors, I had 8 years’ experience in corporate travel, working for huge companies including Microsoft, Kellogg’s, British Telecom and numerous SME’s. I initially started my own business working as a VA, Positively PA, and I wanted to be able to offer the same corporate travel services to SME’s that I’d previously offered the larger organisations. As my business grew...
04 October 2019
A few weeks ago, I received an invite to go on a trip to Thailand with one of my very favourite suppliers, Intrepid. They are always my port of call for adventurers and experience seekers, as they have the BEST guides and tour leaders, smaller groups and totally committed to responsible travel through the Intrepid Foundation. I could talk about all the amazing things I seen and visited, but for me the all-encompassing thing was the wonderful experiences I had, when out of my comfort zone. Anyone who knows me, knows I love my home comforts and luxuries, so I was...
16 April 2019
SMEs often assume that TMCs are too big or costly for smaller organisations to consider using them, however many TMCs have the services and expertise to help smaller businesses track travel spend, handle duty of care requirements, save time and stress. I work alongside VA’s (Virtual Assistants) too, as they specialise in the SME admin and PA duties, while I have the TMC company and have many years expertise in corporate travel booking. Here are the main reasons, of many, why using a TMC is the best option every time for booking their business travel arrangements … Experience and Skills Would...
27 February 2019
“How come I haven’t heard of you before?”. “Where have you been all my life?”. “You are truly a hidden gem!” These are just some of the things I hear from new clients. This is because, in my opinion, I run my business with THE best travel company in the world, deliver THE best service in the world and offer world-beating holiday products. I’m not just saying this; we have an unrivalled Global 96% Net Promoter Score, which means we are rated higher than Apple, Amazon and even BMW! So, why are we so special? Do you want to book with someone...
04 November 2018
1. Graz, Austria Graz is one of Austria’s most beautiful cities. With a vibrant mix of Renaissance, contemporary (The Kunsthaus art museum) and futuristic architecture, Graz is a city that lives and breathes history. Wander the winding alleyways in the Altstadt, finding secret courtyards and quirky artisan shops, where you can find chocolate and almond biscuits topped with poppy seeds. From November 23rd you can find 14 Christmas Markets dotted around the old town. The smoked sausages, mountain cheeses and the Styrian ham are a must, then warm up over a Kaffee und Kuchen in a local café sampling the unique...
05 October 2018
I have good reason to be in love with Fuerteventura! I believe that this wonderfully beautiful island was the catalyst to me carrying on living. I was seriously ill in 2000, but I had an amazing consultant surgeon who worked miracles and I was sent to recuperate by my company to assist in the Fuerteventura office (which was code for ‘go away, get better and forget about work’). I instantly fell in love with Fuerteventura and after spending time in the glorious sunshine, relaxing and eating lovely fresh fish with the locals, I was in remission. When I had the chance...
08 August 2018
This is a spectacular coastal train journey between Seattle and Los Angeles, with detours inland through the Cascade Mountains on the fabulous Amtrak Coast Starlight. The onboard seats are wide, comfortable and almost fully reclining; the fabulous observation lounge has swivelling seats, that provide a fantastic view of the scenery. There is also a café, a lounge for business class passengers (complete with a wine-tasting event) a dining car and an at-seat dinner service. Advance booking for the dining car is advisable. Wi-fi is available on some trains. But a word of caution straightaway, don’t even think about it if you...
12 June 2018
Mummy Snowboarder is a very good friend and client of mine. She has kindly sent me this fantastic blog about snowboarding in senior years, so there’s hope for me yet! She has also written a book called ‘Take it all on board’, working through doubt, setbacks, injury and grief, she applies some hard-knock lessons from the slopes to daily life and delivers a unique confidence programme for any woman seeking greater self-esteem. Here is the link to Kate’s book … http://www.takeitallonboard.com/ Written by Mummy Snowboarder aka Kate Mackay Snowboarding is perceived to be a young person’s sport, and having just watched the Winter...
07 June 2018
I was introduced to the MS Research and Relief Fund in my local town of Morpeth, due to the fact that Lizzie specialises in accessible travel. Upon finding that they were fundraising for their charity and being a keen cyclist, I signed up for the Coast to Coast (C2C) challenge they were organising, which spans the North East from the Irish Sea at Workington to the North Sea at Tynemouth. A distance of about 140 miles over 3 days, across the high altitude across the Pennines! This is a challenge I have wanted to try for a few years now....
17 May 2018
There have been many studies done on how travel can benefit those with mental health issues. Ever feel like you are stuck in a rut? Working too hard? Stressed out because your mind is in a twirl and your capacity to process information is diminished? We have all been in that situation, where we get to that point where we have to get out of the house at a weekend and having a change of scenery, even if it is just a couple of hours down the road, this can work wonders. It has been scientifically proven that travel provides a number of...
03 April 2018
As you know, part of my job involves travelling to and exploring new places, so that I can confidently recommend them to you, my fabulous clients. As it has always been my dream to visit South Africa and having the chance to see my beloved elephants, you can imagine my excitement, when I was invited on a familiarisation trip courtesy of TourVest and South African Tourism with fellow Travel Counsellors from around the World. En route from the airport to the hotel, we enjoyed a cultural tour of Maboneng. It was great to see the journey of how Johannesburg grew from a...
19 March 2018
I got married at Rendezvous in September 2012. As a sister property, I was only too happy to recommend The BodyHoliday to my very special client for her 25th wedding anniversary. She's kindly shared the following and some stunning pictures. Enjoy! St Lucia, The BodyHoliday April 2017 Lizzie created us an awesome 25th wedding anniversary holiday to remember. She found out exactly what we wanted from our holiday - romantic beach setting, healthy eating, pampering, activity choices and on-tap yoga and meditation. Then she organised the holiday in super quick time with great efficiency and always with cheerful calls and emails. Lizzie...
01 February 2018
With January just behind us, don’t leave it much longer to book up your 2018 holiday. Apart from the fact that availability can run out, the prices will only go up as we move through the year. There are a few ‘surprises’ on here, as our customers are favouring more of an experiential type holiday, rather than the stereotypical ‘fly and flop’ style short haul beach holiday. Families have also realised, that kids benefit massively from travelling to destinations that can educate them in different cultures and enjoy experiences that will stay with them forever. Malta Now with Valletta as the 2018 European...
08 January 2018
I have worked in the travel industry now for 18 years, having worked extensively in the corporate travel sector. I cut my teeth in corporate travel, working for world renowned American Express, assisting some high-end businesses, such as Microsoft, P&G and BT among others. Until a few years ago, I owned a corporate business travel company dealing with many corporate businesses, nationally. When my corporate travellers were asking me to book their leisure trips, I had to turn them away. This was due to the licensing that is required, so I contacted Travel Counsellors who didn’t hesitate to take me onboard...
29 December 2017
I travelled the Danube with Tauck last year and absolutely loved it, so I jumped at the chance to experience the gorgeous new AmaWaterways river ship AmaKristina, on the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam, with my husband Colin. Living in the North East of England the easiest way for us to fly to Basel was a 90-minute flight via EasyJet from Edinburgh on the 15th December, which is a quick and easy flight direct to Basel. Our return flight was from Amsterdam on the 23rd back into Edinburgh, again with EasyJet. We spent the night before embarkation in the lovely city of...
07 November 2017
Short Break (2-5 days) Athens & Evia Steeped in history with some fabulous sites such as the Acropolis, Parthenon and Temple of Zeus. Why not satiate your tour history appetite and spend a few days in Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world, where the first Marathon was run? I’m not saying you run a marathon - this is the spiritual home of the event and it’s a great place to see with temperatures a comfortable 10-18°C which is ideal for wandering around the sites. Then head down to the beautiful Aegean island of Evia for some glittering...
09 October 2017
A few months ago, I was honoured to be chosen to attend this educational trip to Canada and could not wait for the time to arrive! Excitement just doesn’t cover it! At long last the day arrived and off I flew to Heathrow from Newcastle to meet up with some of the others before heading to Ottawa on an Air Canada flight, which included an upgrade to business class, how fantastic is that? Ottawa After booking into the Ottawa Marriott, which is a short stroll from Parliament Hill, we were met by our local tour director, who walked us over to D’Arcy McGee’s...
02 October 2017
City Break (2 - 3days) Lyon, France Lyon is France’s second city and there are more restaurants here per square metre than anywhere else in the world! Where the Saone and Rhone rivers meet, this fantastic city is perfect to visit this time of year with ancient medieval streets and architecture. Those fantastic restaurants with elite chefs, chocolatiers, fantastic markets and having the Rhone valley vineyards within striking distance and its fabulous vineyards, it’s a perfect central base to discover all the best France has to offer. Why not hire a car and visit Geneva, which is only 90miles away, or even Paris which is...
29 September 2017
A few weekends ago I was very excited at the chance to try out a Hoseasons Lodge Break in Derbyshire, which is also fantastic because I spent a lot of my childhood years in that area around Ashover. This gave me the opportunity not only to try out one of these fabulous lodges but to show my Husband, Colin, around the area in which I used to live. We were booked into a two bedroomed Lodge (with Hot Tub) at the Landal Darwin Forest Park just outside Matlock. We arrived a little early for check in, which was 4 pm, but...
12 September 2017
Short Break (7 days) Costa Brava, Spain While stretches of the Spanish south coast have surrendered to the ‘fly and flop’ brigade, the dramatic shoreline northeast of Barcelona has retained its Catalonian soul. For the smaller resorts, Llafranc and Tamariu are gorgeous quieter spots with beaches sloping gently down to the beautiful turquoise Mediterranean. In September, it will be generally quieter and therefore cheaper due to being out of school holiday season, with the weather being still warm and balmy. If you like more than beaches, there are Greco-Roman remains at Empuries, Medieval Begur. So much to see and do! Why not hire a car and...
14 August 2017
This week I learnt at a training day that Oman is not all about sand and camels! This country has everything for everyone and I have had my eyes well and truly opened! The government are making their country very accessible and attractive to cater for all visitors, with a huge selection of quality resorts and attractions for everyone, including children. I discovered that Oman is a country of contrasting landscapes, with the beautiful white sandy beaches contrasting with the spectacular mountains of greenery. Summer months in Oman can see temperatures of 40°C or more inland, with the mountain and coastal...
03 August 2017
This was supposed to be our annual walk for Reuben’s Retreat across Morecambe Bay on Saturday 29th July but was cancelled the night before due to high water in the bay, even when the tide was out. Our guide, Cedric, who is the official queen’s guide for Morecambe Bay only managed to get his tractor across, through deep water. Obviously this meant that a lot of people had sponsored our walk with many of my colleagues from Travel Counsellors raising quite a lot of money to do it. Therefore, the following morning, as we are a resilient bunch, we decided to...
25 July 2017
Example 7 day break - Umbria, Italy: Pick a secret hideaway in central Italy’s gorgeous region and immerse yourself in the rolling hills, medieval walled towns, artistic gems, and amazing food (wow, the food) and of course the wine. A full blown Italian experience awaits with many self-catering accommodation options, including apartments or even working farms with pools. Visit Roman historical sites and try the famous Perugian chocolates. Fly here via many international flights into Perugia and hire a car to get the most out of your Italian adventure. Must visits are, Assisi, Florence and Orvieto, with the usual temperature at...
14 July 2017
I recently joined a ladies networking group in my local area, called ‘The Coffee Lounge’ and I thought what a great idea this would be for a Facebook post! I posted a generic post on by business Facebook page about The Coffee Lounge and the reach went bonkers. Everybody, it seems loves to talk about their coffee drinking experiences! So I thought this a blog right there? There were many who commented on the Facebook post about their coffee experiences around the world, so here is a selection: Vietnam A Vietnamese filter, is coffee (optionally with chicory), and condensed milk. The coffee...
29 June 2017
Example - 7 day break Austrian Alps: With fresh mountain air and a very comfortable 25C, why not visit the glorious mountains instead of that typical beach break and dare to be different? Try a bit of light climbing or a trip in a cable car, the views will be stupendous. How about Zip-lining or canyoning and swimming in crystal clear mountain pools. Austrian Ski resorts cater enormously for the summer visitors too, where you can hike on the winter skiing pistes. There may be some great deals to be had! For the more adventurous why not stay in one of the...
25 June 2017
It all started with a phone call in my office on a Thursday afternoon, “Hello, is that Lizzie? I’d like to welcome you to Archerfield House for you birthday tomorrow” says the soft spoken Scots lad on the other end. “But it’s not my birthday until Saturday,” I replied, not even registering the Archerfield House bit! “My name is Calum, from Archerfield House and your husband, Colin has booked you a Spa Break at our lovely location” he goes on to say. Now I’m just gobsmacked, “He’s what? Oh my god that's fantastic,” says I, holding back the tears, “Ooooh I’m...
22 May 2017
I have to admit, visiting the Middle East on a trip with my business wasn’t on top of my tick list. I don’t really know why? Was I expecting it to be culture restrictive? I can’t really put my finger on it! Anyway, I decided I would give Qatar the benefit of the doubt and putting on my professional Travel Counsellor business owner hat, I travelled to Edinburgh to stay overnight before my early flight the next day. Our flight departed from Edinburgh on Qatar Airlines for Doha at 0810, arriving at 17:05. At Doha airport I was pleasantly surprised to see...
07 March 2017
I recently celebrated my 3rd Anniversary with Travel Counsellors and I'd love to share a little bit of my story with you. Travel was my passion from a very young age but I was academic at school and decided to pursue a career in education - I went to university and became a secondary school teacher. After a very serious health scare in 2000, I decided life was too short and to reach for my dream. 17 years later, here I am - running my own successful travel business and living my dream. People often ask what drives me and my answer is...
12 February 2017
Prior to joining Travel Counsellors, I worked overseas as a Wedding Co-Ordinator in Paphos, Cyprus, where I was organising 5 weddings per day, which was a bit of a logistical challenge! After returning back to the UK, I worked as a Wedding Planner at Linden Hall in Northumberland, where I organised a more manageable 1-2 weddings per week. In 2012, I organised my own dream wedding in St Lucia. Here are 5 of the best tips for planning your wedding abroad, that I have learned in this time: 1. When should I start planning my wedding abroad? The simple answer to this is, the...
18 January 2017
Following on from our few days in New York we embarked seamlessly onto QM2 at 12:30 on 3rd January. Our luggage was picked up at the dock and mysteriously reappeared outside our cabin on deck 12 - just amazing.We had an inside cabin for the 7 day crossing and I have to say, as it was dark and the ship would gently rock as we slept, it was the best night’s sleep we had for ages! It had been a rainy few days in New York but today was dry albeit a bit misty. This meant that as we drew closer...
12 January 2017
I had been to New York many years ago, but I was really looking forward visiting again with my husband, Colin, for a few days prior to embarking on our Transatlantic Queen Mary 2 voyage (this will be covered on another blog). We had only a few nights and one whole day to cram as much in as we could, which is why we booked our accommodation in the RIU Plaza Times Square, which is a lovely new property in a very central location in the Theatre district. As we had flown into New York on 1st January 2017, the craziness of...
30 November 2016
One of the biggest perks of running my own travel business is getting to see the destination first hand. I am completely in love – it’s official! Since I was 17 years old, I have wanted to return here. To say I was completely blown away is an understatement. The stunningly beautiful state of California has something to offer everyone. Our first day was spent exploring Hollywood and learning its history. We visited the Walk of Fame and walked down Hollywood Boulevard. The next day, we drove down Highway 101 to Santa Barbara and experienced a fabulous local wine tasting on the magnificent...
03 November 2016
I hear a lot about running your business and how wonderful it is. Yes it is great, in a way, allowing you to become master or mistress of your own destiny, being your own boss and making you self-accountable, it’s got to be awesome hasn’t it, or has it? My wife Lizzie runs her own travel agency as a personal travel agent with Travel Counsellors and she has worked in the travel industry for over 16 years. What I really mean is, she has been married to the travel industry for that time and as she has only been married to me for...
25 September 2016
As someone relatively new to cruise and already completely hooked, I was delighted to be invited on board the newly remastered Queen Mary 2 for training at sea, last week. It was my first experience of the Cunard brand and Queen Mary 2 has recently undergone a major, multi million pound refurbishment - I was totally blown away. She is stunning. Our first experience of the renowned Cunard 'White Star Service' began the moment we stepped on board when the white-gloved officers and crew greeted us with a smile and warm welcome. My immediate impressions were of the sheer spaciousness and elegance. I...
11 September 2016
One of the biggest perks of running my own travel business is getting to see the destinations first hand. I have just returned from a fabulous trip to the Bahamas, courtesy of AMG. Upon arrival in the Bahamas, we transferred to the spectacular Atlantis Paradise Island hotel, where we stayed in the Royal Towers. The hotel boasts the amazing Aquaventure water park, as well as a huge choice of restaurants and bars, multiple swimming pools and leisure facilities and even a casino. You certainly won’t get bored here! There’s something for everyone and then some! After a site inspection of the Atlantis,...
20 August 2016
Everyone knows Venice is a unique city-break destination with global appeal, but what are the ten top tips which allows you to maximise your time experiencing the authentic Venice? My lovely client Kate and her husband Gordon, travelled to Italy in May 2016. Spending four nights in the city gave them some couple-time away from domesticity and work. 1. Use the public water buses rather than a private taxi: they are frequent, easy to use and are a great way to see the city from the water. An unlimited three day pass cost €40. Much cheaper than a private...
16 June 2016
I’ve just returned from the most amazing time in St Lucia, courtesy of Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort. I was keen to return to St Lucia, as I got married there in 2012 at the Rendezvous; but it was strange returning without my hubby. A huge thanks to British Airways for our complimentary upgrade to Club class. It meant we could work on flight on the way over and sleep on the way back. It’s going to be difficult flying economy again after this fabulous experience. We landed at St Lucia Hewanorra Airport to be met by representatives of Windjammer. They were waiting...
26 May 2016
I spent last week attending the fabulous annual Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) conference in Southampton. CLIA is an independent organisation who bring together cruise lines, travel agents, associated travel partners and are dedicated to the expansion of ocean and river cruise holidays. 2 years ago, I hadn’t cruised and couldn’t see me cruising – I thought it wasn’t for me, it was for old people, I would get fat with all the food, I’d get seasick – all the usual excuses. As part of my Continuous Professional Development, I undertook the fabulous array of courses CLIA have designed and am...
26 May 2016
I was so lucky to be invited on board Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas last week. We were the first clients to step foot on her and she did not disappoint. Harmony is the world’s largest cruise ship to date, so before embarking, I made a sneaky visit to City Terminal to have a sneak peek before the crowds arrived and she certainly has the WOW factor! Embarkation was so well organised and I headed up my first escalator on a ship to meet my fellow Travel Professionals. Like other Oasis Class ships, Harmony of the Seas has 7 unique...
16 March 2016
I was so lucky to be invited as a guest of the Singapore Tourist Board and Holland America/Seabourn in February. After a fabulous flight with Singapore Airlines, we arrived into Changi Airport and transferred to the Pan Pacific Orchard to freshen up before our busy day. This five-star hotel is located along the famous Orchard Road and is an excellent base for both business and leisure travellers. Our first stop was Singapore’s Chinatown, which evolved around 1821 when the first Chinese junk arrived from Xiamen, Fujian province in China. Not all parts of Chinatown are Chinese though. The Jamae Mosque and...
19 December 2015
After my awesome trip with Tauck, cruising down the Danube, I'm hooked on River Cruising, so I thought I'd share my top 10 moments with you: 1. Step out of the bathroom without having shut the curtains! Well……hello! 2. Sipping an aperol spritz, gluhwein or hot chocolate wrapped in a blanket on the top deck, whilst gliding past fairy-tale castles and picture-book village. 3. Checking out your moves on the river boat dance floor accompanied by a local band. 4. Laughing till your ribs hurt with your new found friends on the ship - and crying when you have to leave them (and exchanging...
09 November 2015
I was over the moon to be invited on board the MS Treasures for the 2015 Tauck Academy. I’ve also wanted to try River Cruising and this was the perfect opportunity, as well as gaining professional accreditation. As a child, I was a dancer and imagined dancing the waltz with my beloved grandfather in a Viennese palace with live music. I couldn’t take grandad, but knew he’d be with me in spirit all the way. Budapest I flew into Budapest the night before and stayed at the Hotel Zenit. Just a short walk along the beautiful Danube riverside to the pier, this is...
18 September 2015
I received the surprise of my life in December 2009, when my (now) husband and I went on a trip to Las Vegas. I've let him tell the story in his own words - read on! :-) In the September of 2009 my wife Lizzie who is a whizz at booking holidays, said to me, “how do you fancy a trip to the sun for a few a days?” I, of course agreed, but left her to deal with the challenge of finding something ideally within our budget. I had been thinking for a while that Lizzie and I have been together for...
27 July 2015
I had a great meeting with a lovely couple this weekend, to help them plan their destination wedding and they asked me how many weddings I’d actually planned... I hadn’t even thought of this, so when I got home, I got out my ‘special’ suitcase. It’s a case full of thank you cards, letters, photos and postcards from weddings I’d planned. I calculated that I have actually planned over 500 weddings! It really doesn’t feel that many, considering that every single one was an absolute pleasure. From intimate beachside weddings for a couple, to elaborate premier league footballer events with over 1000...
21 July 2015
This June, I was incredibly privileged to be invited onto the AM Resorts agent trip in Mexico. In the past I’ve shied away from All Inclusive holidays, having terrible memories of a bun fight at the buffet that was always the same, day in day out. I’m a bit of a foodie and ‘brown’, bland food just doesn’t cut it. We visited Zoetry, Secrets, Dreams and Now properties and after experiencing the ‘unlimited luxury’, I am an all-inclusive convert. You can eat a different meal each night, whether it’s traditional Mexican cuisine, French, Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, Pan Asian – each restaurant...
01 July 2015
Keeping your property safe when you are away is very important, but so are your belongings. You may have fancy CCTV and security systems at home, but have you ever considered that your car could be holding information that could put your home at risk of being burgled and damaged? As a travel company we have come across stories where travellers have left their cars at an airport long stay car park, to find that they have been burgled while they are away. This is horrifying to know, so please follow the tips below... If you have a portable sat nav that sticks to...
12 May 2015
At this time of year many of us are dreaming of winter sun, booking festival tickets or making plans for an eagerly awaited summer holiday. This can all be very exciting, and the preparation is often a big part of the fun, but it’s important that measures are also taken to keep yourself and your home safe while you’re away. * * * * AT HOME * * * * When you leave for your trip, do a final check to make sure that all doors and windows are locked (including those of sheds and outbuildings), and that your burglar alarm system...
02 December 2014
Are you looking to go skiing or snowboarding with the family this season? This is a fabulous blog by my friend Kate and well worth a follow. This month's blog is all about child friendly resorts in Europe and North America. Well worth a follow and if you have any questions, she's the girl in the know: http://mummysnowboarder.com/ #snowboarding #childfriendlyresorts So you’ve finally taken the plunge and you’re going to take the kids away for a holiday on the snow but where do you go? You may already have some ideas, but the resort you remember fondly from your twenties, which...
04 November 2014
A journey full of highs and lows, a nerve racking commitment but so very worth it - a description of a trek to Machu Picchu, or a marriage?! I undertook the challenge to fund raise for charity, but for any intrepid couple looking for a honeymoon with a difference, I can’t imagine a more memorable experience than trekking along a remote Inca trail 4,000 metres up in the Andes. And if you did it for a charity maybe you could even get your guests to contribute to your chosen one as a wedding gift. The first challenge on my trip was on...
04 September 2014
As an ambassador for Maiden Voyage and also with my business as a personal Travel Counsellor, I sometimes send customers into potentially volatile areas in pursuit of business and that elusive perfect deal. I keep my business travel and leisure customers up to date with FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) advice on volatile or flashpoint areas around the world, as well as giving them hints and tips of how to stay safe on any trip. Here are some very useful tips, gleaned from colleagues and customers: It is very important to understand the local customs, culture and etiquette, as much as possible,...
10 June 2014
We left the Alex Johnson early after breakfast and caught a flight from Rapid City to Austin via Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with American Airlines. First stop in Austin was the Formula 1 track, Circuit of the Americas! This made my husband incredibly jealous as he is a mad F1 fan. It's a huge venue with a viewing tower. At the top of the tower was a glass floor, not for the faint hearted, but I managed it. The view over the track and the surrounding area was fabulous! I would love to go back one day to see a concert...
09 June 2014
After breakfast in Loveland, Colorado, we set off for a new state – Nebraska! We arrived in the Scottsbluff/Gering Area and picked up a fabulous packed lunch at the friendly Emporium Coffeehouse & Café in Scottsbluff before heading to Scotts Bluff National Monument. Scottsbluff is a truly majestic landmark used by Americans Indians, fur trappers, pioneers and modern travellers, when making their way along the famous Oregon Trail - original wagon train ruts are still visible! The guide told us that a lot of people had perished along the trail and had just been buried alongside it. It was fascinating to hear...
09 June 2014
Sunrise at the Badlands! Definitely worth the 5:00am wakeup call! The colours are more vibrant, the outlines sharper and the atmosphere calmer – a truly magical experience! As the sun rises, it’s a very humbling and special feeling, as I watched the tips start to glow and draw long shadows across the formations, to paint the most impressive landscape on the ground. After having our breakfast at Cedar Pass lodge we departed for Rapid City. I wonder what treasures I will encounter today? Arriving in Rapid City I visited the Journey Museum. This was an incredible trek through time, from the...
08 June 2014
After saying a fond farewell to Denver, we travelled to Estes and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Is this really happening? I keep pinching myself to make sure I’m not dreaming! We checked in at the YMCA and had a brief guided tour. The YMCA of the Rockies is the largest YMCA facility in the nation with over 800 square miles of land. It’s in a fabulous location and has a plethora of activities. It even has a sculpture of four children doing the ‘YMCA’ dance outside (we may have had a little bit of fun with this?) We grabbed our backpacks, boarded...
08 June 2014
Before checking in at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch we visited the wonderful outlets at Loveland. After some of the group had ‘shopped until they dropped’ (not me, honestly) we had a photo stop at Benson Sculpture Park. Loveland is home to the largest outdoor sculpture show in the U.S. Benson Sculpture Park has one of the largest collections of sculpture on display in the country. Over 139 sculptures on permanent display. We checked in at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, where we changed into our jeans and boots and prepared to discover our inner cowboy, as we set off on...
07 June 2014
In May 2014, I was very honoured to be chosen to visit the USA with Brand USA. I've visited the major tourist areas of the USA before, including Las Vegas, Florida and New York. I was delighted to be accepted on the ‘Meet the Mountains’ itinerary. This trip would include some of the amazing areas that I have only seen in Hollywood films. This wonderful experience has given me an insight into different states of the USA so that I am now able to help my clients discover parts they may not even have considered before. Our first stop was Denver, known...
Sent in by Lorraine and Lee Clark
Northumberland, 02 May 2021
Would 100% recommend Lizzie, she went above and beyond in helping us with very complicated travel arrangements recently. We found her extremely knowledgeable on all Covid travel restrictions and she showed us nothing but patience when my husbands route was changing on a daily basis. Always at the end of phone/email too. Thank you Lizzie ??
Sent in by Natalie Hanley
Newcastle upon Tyne, 30 April 2021
Fabulous customer service and quick turnaround for customer questions. We had to cancel our family trip last Oct due to Covid. Our Travel Counsellor Lizzie kept us updated with changes at every stage and found us a fabulous replacement holiday for this summer, even getting 2 weeks for the price of our earlier long weekend. Unfortunately this rescheduled holiday has also fallen foul of Covid but Lizzie again was on the spot to help and advise. She understood our disappointment and was very quick to refund the whole amount of our holiday within 14 days. We will definitely give it a third try with this fabulous lady in 2022.
Sent in by Susan Hope
Sunderland, 30 April 2021
I have been using Lizzie Adamson-Brown since 2015 when she arranged a wonderful family holiday to Portugal. Since then she has arranged all of our holidays worldwide, and when our main holiday to Sandals Jamaica was cancelled due to Covid she arranged our refund very quickly. We have since booked another holiday to St Lucia that we are praying will go ahead in November and as soon as European travel is allowed we will be on the phone to her to sort us some much needed sunshine. I highly recommend Lizzie - you can trust her and she gives 5 star service always!
Sent in by Alexandra Fleming
Bolton, 30 April 2021
Lizzie is an absolute star of a travel agent. She spent time and energy making sure our holiday was exactly what we wanted and within our budget. Since booking, Lizzie has been fantastic at alleviating our worries when it comes to coronavirus and the peace of mind which comes from knowing she is a phone call away is amazing! Wouldn't hesitate to shout from the rooftops about Lizzie's service. If you book with her, you will not regret it.
Sent in by Gemma Harrison
Higham Dykes, 08 March 2021
Lizzie has been the best discovery in the world for us as a family who love to travel. We have never previously used an agent to book our holidays as I didn’t feel we would be able to get the personalised tailored holiday we were after. How wrong I was, Lizzie burst into our lives like a burst of fresh air breathing life into our family adventures, nothing has ever been to much trouble, no matter how small or extravagant our requests. From our first family holiday to Cyprus, flights to Antigua, a trip to see Santa and a full on 21 strong family trip to a villa in Florence Lizzie has been there every step of the way with her knowledge and skills helping us to book the best breaks possible. It’s not just the booking process that Lizzie excels at, she is there throughout your break for any support needed and is always keen to know our experiences so she can pass that knowledge onto other clients. It’s been a tough year for the travel industry but Lizzie has never missed a beat, smiley and enthusiastic throughout, an absolute godsend in rescheduling every single one of our bookings that had been cancelled to COVID with a smile . We are looking forward to a better 2021 and beyond and enjoying many more experiences through Lizzie
Sent in by Miriam Harte
Gateshead, 21 September 2020
Thank you for all your work in making my trip really super! Everything worked really well. That hotel really suited me and that is an excellent location. Breakfast was a bit odd but only because of the COVID restrictions - they were really doing their best!!! My room was great and I was very glad of the extra space for having afternoon “pausas” given the glorious weather. I had lots of fun, great food and drink and gelato!!! It was a pleasure doing business with you and I’ll be delighted to pass your details on when I have a chance. With best wishes and thanks again.'
Sent in by Jane Hankin-Middle
Newcastle Upon Tyne, 26 June 2020
Lizzie Adamson-Brown is fab, she is knowledgeable and gave great guidance and support over a holiday booking. She plays a supportive and integral role to booking your holiday. She listens to what YOU want. She does not operate a sales role. I would fully recommend her and use Lizzie again!
Sent in by Adele Johnson
Alnwick, 26 June 2020
Lizzie Adamson Brown, extremely knowledgeable and lovely person! Lizzie Adamson Brown has to be the most knowledgeable person in Travel I’ve ever met, we have booked many trips with her now and have never been disappointed, I feel totally confident every time I book knowing that we are fully covered in all aspects and Lizzie is always there if we needed her.
Sent in by Emma Koster
Newcastle Upon Tyne, 26 June 2020
The only people I’d trust to book my travel! We have booked our holidays through Lizzie Adamson-Brown (Travel Counsellor) for years now. Her service has always been amazing, but this year it’s been on a whole new level. Our holiday was cancelled as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. All over social media, I was seeing horror stories about people who could not get hold of their travel agents. Lizzie, though, phoned us. She keeps us updated the whole time, and when the trip was officially cancelled she got it rebooked for next year with no fuss whatsoever. Even when facing what is probably the biggest crisis to hit the travel industry, Lizzie has been cool, calm, and collected. An absolute pleasure to work with, and I simply wouldn’t book elsewhere. Highly, Highly recommend Travel Counsellors, and Lizzie in particular.
Sent in by Susan Hope
Sunderland, 26 June 2020
Lizzie has always booked amazing holidays for me and my family over the last 5 years and I would highly recommend her service as 5 star plus. I always refer friends to her as I trust that she will give them the best service.
Sent in by Colin Harrison
Newcastle Upon Tyne , 26 June 2020
Lizzie Adamson Brown, simply the best. Just the best planning and service from Lizzie Adamson Brown @ Travel Counsellors. Lizzie planned the holiday WE wanted and took care of everything. She got us home when Covid hit and has been there for us every step of the way as we sort out the aftermath.
Sent in by Nick Neal
Alnwick , 26 June 2020
4 days ago Friendly Specialist Service! Lizzie Adamson-Brown is an excellent travel adviser, highly knowledgeable with great customer service. Highly recommend her.
Sent in by Diana Morgan
Chichester, 15 May 2020
Lizzie is an attentive and efficient travel guide. She is in the process of negotiating an upgrade package for next year, for our Norwegian Coastal Voyage trip, which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. From disappointment to delight in a few days!
Sent in by Colin and Sue Harrison
Northumberland, 15 April 2020
Lizzie has been our shining light from start of our booking for our round the world trip to its unplanned end.
Sent in by Susan Harrison
Northumberland, 14 April 2020
Lizzie has been our shining light from start of our booking for our round the world trip to its unplanned end. In October Lizzie pulled out all her expertise & organising skills to plan our trip to leave in January. With 8 flights - an RV - 5 countries & a train journey from Perth to Sydney organised, we left UK end of January. You were our star as it also became apparent we were not doing the usual route either ..... but, who knew what was to unfold in this crazy world at that time. Lizzie you are now our very own super hero.. always a step ahead - whilst 4 flights in Lizzie had to reorganise our planned last flights from America to UK . However it then became apparent within hours that we really needed to scrap that & book a flight home from Australia rather quickly instead. World events overtook Best Laid Plans as the saying goes. Another saying 'Not All Heroes Wear Capes'. Thank you Lizzie you should be wearing a Very Large Cape and we owe you a large glass or more of something cold when this crazy world eases into a new normal.
Sent in by Sandra Reay
Cramlington, 03 March 2020
Lizzie goes above and beyond, is very personal, attentive and approachable, helped me to book a holiday, stress free with the added security you do not get booking independently. Will certainly recommend her service to all I know who will be booking holidays.
Sent in by Stephanie Edusei
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 28 February 2020
Friendly, enthusiastic and efficient!
Sent in by Allison McManus
Alnwick, 28 February 2020
Lizzie always takes the time to listen and, will do endless research on your behalf. When my husband took ill and needed hospital treatment when we were on a recent holiday Lizzie's help both practically and with emotional support was invaluable . I have been traveling for many years and used many companies but have never had better customer service than I have had from Lizzie Adamson-Brown
Sent in by Kirsty Khan
Middlesbrough , 20 January 2020
Lizzie was amazing, nothing was too much trouble and she certainly went the extra mile for me, getting me photos of our apartment at my request and emailing the airline and airport to see if the can assist us with our daughter who has ADHD and struggles in crowds. Would recommend Lizzie to friends and family without any hesitation.
Sent in by Tracey Murray
Ponteland, 20 January 2020
Lizzie is a fab Travel Counsellor. Fantastic customer service with a helpful and positive attitude. Nothing is a problem. Thank you for helping us book our holiday.
Sent in by Nikki Renton
Ponteland, 18 January 2020
Can't fault Lizzie at all. Goes above and beyond to ensure that our experience is just what we are after and more. Second booking just been done and will be using Lizzie for all our holidays in the future.
Sent in by Sharon Houghton
Blackburn, 10 January 2020
Lizzie was extremely patient and professional throughout. I will be recommending her to both family and friends and will always consider her when booking future holidays.
Sent in by Gemma Harrison
Darras Hall, 10 January 2020
I have been off enjoying a fabulous holiday planned by Lizzie Adamson-Brown, I can’t recommend Lizzie enough, she took care of every details, was at the end of the phone for any last minute wobbles/ problems. It was a holiday completely out of my comfort zone, theme parks, cruise and a city break all rolled up in one big holiday and it was FANTASTIC! All because all the tiny little details were taken care of and all I did was plonk my bum on that plane seat! Even if you don’t know what sort of thing you are after, Lizzie will be able to guide you
Sent in by James Drew
London, 08 January 2020
Seamless booking service, immaculately executed with care! If Lizzie was a song it would be 'simply the best' ... can't fault the booking process at any point, from start to finish it was superb!
Sent in by Deborah McCue
Newcastle upon Tyne, 02 January 2020
Lizzie was incredibly knowledgable and patient in responding to my every request. The speed of her responses were outstanding. She made it so easy to book and I would definitely recommend her and will personally be using her again!
Sent in by Paul Rumsby
Hungerford, 26 November 2019
After being recommended, this is the second time Lizzie has carefully listened and organised detailed travel plans for us. We have also recommended her to our daughter who has used Lizzie for a month-long trip and have also passed her details on to friends.
Sent in by Stephanie Wilson
Chorley, 24 October 2019
Lizzie has been super helpful organising our Lapland trip, despite me going back and forth for ages! I even got a lovely thank you card in the post!
Sent in by Gill Barrett
Hipsburn, 24 October 2019
Lizzie always goes above and beyond to try and find the very best experiences to suit your needs.
Sent in by Sue Caitland
Plymouth, 02 October 2019
Lizzie is amazing, she managed to rearrange my daughter's wedding and honeymoon within days following the recent collapse of Thomas Cook. She was so focused and calm throughout and we were never left feeling we were troubling her with the numerous questions we asked during a very anxious time due to the wedding only being 6 weeks away. She was diligent and efficient and her experience shone through. I can never thank her enough for helping my daughter get her plans back on track and rescuing her wedding. Although we've never met Lizzie, she is someone I will never forget and will always be indebted to her for making my daughter and future son in law so happy. Anyone who works with Lizzie will not be disappointed in her commitment and dedication, thank you again for such kindness and for being a fairy godmother!
Sent in by Becky Caitland
Plymouth, 02 October 2019
Lizzie saved our wedding and honeymoon!!!!! Unfortunately due to the collapse of Thomas Cook, our planned wedding and honeymoon in Mexico was in tatters. We didn't know where to turn or how to even begin to try to rebook. Prices were going through the roof to get to Mexico and communication with our hotel was difficult due to time differences. Following a tweet that my fiancee posted, Travel Counsellors saw this responded and put us in touch with Lizzie. I cannot even begin to describe how amazing Lizzie is. She has to be one of the kindest people I have ever known. Her dedication to her clients is second to none and I don't think I have ever received such an amazing service. The time, effort and dedication that was put in was incredible. Three long days and nights Lizzie worked with us. She has literally made our dream a reality again. We will forever be grateful as without her our wedding would not be going ahead and we would have to wait some time before we could plan again. I would recommend Lizzie a million times over and can guarantee she will do anything she can to help you. People like her are few and far between. We cannot begin to thank her enough, and that is why on our return we will be delighted for Lizzie to attend a celebration party we have planned. Without Lizzie there would be nothing to celebrate. She really did save our wedding!!!
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 0191 4326570