Do you love going on holiday but dread the thought of organising and researching it? Do you dislike spending hours online looking through different sites and options? Do you worry about whether you have booked the right thing, and what if you need help if something goes wrong?
If the answer is yes to these questions why not have your very own personal travel expert? With me, it is personal, because I care. I will look after you from start to finish, offering you my knowledge and support. I’ll take all the worries away, leaving you with a memorable holiday experience which is exciting, relaxing and fun!
Travel and customer service is my passion. I love exploring new places and cultures and have visited Florida, California, New York and New England in the US as well as Australia, the Caribbean, India and the Middle East, and many other great places in Europe and beyond. I draw on my wealth of travel knowledge built up over close to 20 years in the travel industry and can call upon the knowledge and experience of our local destination representatives in most countries in order to provide you with a tailor-made bespoke holiday that’s right for you.
Your holiday is very personal to you and those travelling with you and my aim is to provide you with a holiday and a service to meet your requirements. If you like to have your tickets in your wallet, with hand written luggage labels, I will do that. If, however, your prefer the latest technology; then the My TC app which is the only smartphone tool of its kind currently available in the industry, will give you all the information you require including your documents, quotes and flights status updates.
What’s more, Travel Counsellors has the highest level of financial protection in the travel industry. Every penny you spend with me will always be completely protected - so why go anywhere else?
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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.
12 June 2019
We went on holiday to see family who live in the countryside about an hour outside of Stockholm. During the summer the weather is lovely with warm sunny days which are long as the sunsets are late in the evening and it never gets really dark. We visited Stockholm which makes for a perfect short break. My highlights include wandering the labyrinth of cobble streets and alleyways which make up the original old town (Gamla Stan) and visiting the Vassa museum where this 16th century ship which was discovered and resurrected almost entirely intact from where it sunk in Stockholm...
19 May 2019
My wife and I travelled to Playa Blanca in Lanzarote with some friends for a birthday celebration over Xmas/New Year. Playa Blanca is located in the South of the Island and you can see Fuerteventura in the distance. The town has a 5km promenade which runs from the Marina Rubicon at one end to the lighthouse at the other and has a number of white sand beaches along it including Flamingo Beach and Dorado Beach which are wide and safe to swim. Playa Blanca is picturesque and there are no high buildings. There is a huge choice of restaurants and...
30 April 2018
Kerala is located on the south west tip of India and we flew into Trivandrum at the start of our eight-day visit exploring the coastline and backwaters. Kerala has 44 rivers and 34 lakes and innumerable canals to explore. Our first night was spent at the idyllic Poovar Resort Island which can only be reached by boat transfer and gave us our first view of waterways, birds and tropical trees and vegetation along its banks. The resort has its own Ayurveda village specialising in Ayurvedic healing and treatments as well as a lakeside Yoga centre. The following day we set...
08 October 2017
My wife and I love Italy. For us it has it all, from the most wonderful cities and countryside to it’s warm sunshine and superb food and wine. Visiting the Cinque Terre (which means 5 lands) on the Italian Riviera has for some time been on our bucket list and we also very much wanted to visit Tuscany. Our first stop in Tuscany was to its capital Florence. We arrived in the early evening and as our hotel was by the Ponte Vecchio we walked across this iconic bridge and found a small traditional restaurant serving delicious Ravioli. Next morning,...
06 July 2017
Hello and thank you for reading my latest travel blog on our trip to Seville. We spent 5 days in Seville in June 17 and love this city. Our hotel the Fernando III was located in the Old Town a few minutes walk through the narrow lanes that are a feature of the city to the Cathedral square and the Alcajar Palace. Our hotel had a roof top swimming pool which was great for a refreshing dip. Throughout the Old Town there are an abundance of great restaurants serving a mouth watering selections of tapas dishes. I loved being able...
04 May 2017
My wife and I travelled to Playa Blanca in Lanzarote with some friends. Playa Blanca is located in the South of the Island and you can see Fuerteventura in the distance. The town has a 5km promenade which runs from the Marina Rubicon at one end to the lighthouse at the other and has a number of white sand beaches along it including Flamingo Beach and Dorado Beach which are wide and safe. Playa Blanca is picturesque and there are no high buildings. There is a huge choice of restaurants and cuisine and the quality of all the restaurants we...
10 October 2016
We went for a mini break in early October and stayed in a hotel within walking distance of the Old Town but we also took advantage of the great tram and underground services which are the best way to get around. Prague has many sightseeing attractions so even if the weather wasn’t as hot as it would be through the summer months it really doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of the city. On arrival we walked to the main square of the Old Town which is flanked by wonderful ancient buildings. Dominating the square is City Hall with its imposing tower...
25 July 2016
I visited Lucca, Florence and Pisa on a small group tour over five days. We flew into Pisa and took a short train journey to Lucca. Lucca is one of Tuscany’s real hidden gems, a walled city with ancient buildings and beautiful churches, lovely piazzas (and Pizza) and narrow streets. During our stay in Lucca we hired bikes and rode around the elevated walkway and cycle paths that form the top of the wall of the old city before following the scenic Serchio River through the Tuscan countryside. Lucca is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini and in a church within...
30 May 2016
We flew to Taormina in Sicily to celebrate our wedding anniversary in May. We stayed at the lovely La Plage Resort which is located directly below the town of Taormina. The small bay in front of the resort has wonderful views and is connected via a shingle bar to the small Island and nature reserve of Isola Bella. The quickest route to Taormina town was via the Fenicular which whisks you up the hillside, there are also regular buses and taxis which negotiate the short but winding roads. Taormina is extremely picturesque and most of the centre of town...
12 April 2016
We spent a week in the Paphos area of Cyprus as we were visiting a good friend who lives there and was our guide and taxi driver during our stay. We arrived at the beginning of April and despite being still quite cold when we left England on arrival in Paphos the temperatures were between 21-24 degrees Celsius and we were lucky enough to have blue sky every day so great for sun worshippers. In actual fact Paphos is practically an all year round destination for people looking for warm weather and enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per...
01 July 2015
I visited Gran Canaria for 5 days in June 2015 as part of a group trip with some fellow travel Counsellors. This was my first visit to Gran Canaria and I was based in Maspalomas on the southern coast of the island which is a 30 minute drive from the airport. Maspalomas is famous for its abundance of sand dunes and beautiful beach. The whole area of Maspalomas and neighbouring Meloneras have been built in recent years which give the area a modern and upmarket feel with a number of excellent hotels and shopping areas. The southern part of Gran...
14 April 2015
We spent a family holiday in Cape Cod renting a house on a golf course near to the town of Falmouth. Cape Cod is in the state of Massachussetts and is a peninsular which juts out into the Atlantic on the easternmost part of the state. Cape Cod has a number of places given names from the United Kingdom such as Chatham, Sandwich, Harwich and Barnstable. This is because this part of America is where the Pilgrim fathers first set foot on American in the 17th Century at Plymouth (located just north of Cape Cod) having set sail from England...
10 April 2015
During the time I was working in the Middle East my family and I had a holiday in Doha the capital of Qatar. During our taxi ride from Doha airport to our hotel our first impression was of the spectacular skyline of Doha dominated by the skyscrapers that are concentrated by and run along the West Bay area of the City. The waterfront is called the Corniche and curves for about 5 kms around the bay and is a popular place where people come to walk and enjoy the views of the bay and the city. You can watch the...
05 November 2014
The island of Capri is a 30 minute ferry journey across the bay of Naples setting off from Sorrento and arriving at Marina Grande. We were keen to get a closer view of the island but rather than another large boat sharing with groups of people we opted for own small boat with our own captain - a local who had a great knowledge of the sights and water ways around the island. As we were in our small boat we were able to enter the spectacular blue grotto with its brilliant turquoise waters as well as passing straight through...
Sent in by Michael Scott
Sittingbourne, 10 January 2020
Mark is always helpful and friendly and finds exactly what we are looking for at a good price, nothing is too much trouble, and always gets back to you with an answer to your enquiry. Great service right till you fly and while you are away.
Sent in by Benjamin Colyer
Hove, 17 December 2019
Mark has provided an excellent professional service and has kept our best interests at the forefront of any quote he has generated for us, often amending small aspects of our quote to tailor it to exactly what we are looking for and within our budget.
Sent in by Sienna Reyher
Hove, 21 October 2019
I was very pleased with how friendly and helpful Mark was when booking my trip to Canada. He really quickly got back to me having found the best deals. Would definitely recommend to others and use again myself.
Sent in by Diane Barnes
West Sussex, 01 October 2019
Mark has been amazing. Not only has he managed all of the arrangements for our holiday including two hotels, parking, airport transfers, flights - but has done so with amazing efficiency and with great attention to detail. We continue to be so impressed and have already recommended him to friends and relations.
Sent in by Laura Heaton
USA, 18 May 2019
Mark,Thank you so very much for creating such a wonderful experience in Turkey. Everything was just wonderful and I can’t wait to go back. The guide you arranged for me in Istanbul (Tugberk) was absolutely fantastic and made the day and trip to Istanbul so very enjoyable. He is a gem. Thank you again for all your help, it was absolutely perfect.
Sent in by James Wright
Brighton, 04 April 2019
I asked mark to suggest and arrange an all inclusive holiday for Sarah, my partner and myself. He came up with some great places to stay, we decided on Port Ghalib in Egypt and the 5 star Sun Palace Hotel. It was great, Mark certainly knows his stuff. The whole experience was fantastic, the hotel itself was magnificent, the staff were great and the food was excellent. Sarah and I will certainly be using Mark again, as his attention to detail and always being available on the phone to answer question was great. James & Sarah
Sent in by Kimberley Foulkes
Cyprus, 25 February 2019
Mark is always available when I make an enquiry and has a wealth of knowledge to help me book my holidays adding value to make my experiences extra special. I regularly recommend him to my friends, and they have also benefitted from his experience and help.
Sent in by Andrew Meakin
Crowborough, 30 October 2018
Mark put together a fabulous trip for us this October. We gave him our suggested itinerary which consisted of 3 nights in the Victoria Falls Hotel and 3 nights at the Thornybush Waterside Lodge in the Kruger National Park. Mark's attention to detail was exemplary from the organization of all the 6 flights to letting the hotels know that it was our 30th wedding anniversary. Consequently, every hotel we stayed in provided us with special room makeups and complimentary bottles. We had a truly memorable trip and would not hesitate to recommend Mark to our friends and family in the future. Thank you to Mark and Travel Counsellors for putting together such a great holiday.
Sent in by Alison Colyer
Hove, 02 July 2018
Mark recently organised an amazing trip for us to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. He made it so easy for us and went above and beyond to ensure that everything exceeded our expectations. Thank you so much Mark, will definitely be recommending you to all my family and friends!
Sent in by Tina La Roche
Port Solent, 29 June 2018
Mark came highly recommended by some friends who had called upon his expertise to plan their honeymoon in Canada. From our very first phone call, Mark presented as personable, professional, knowledgeable, quite charming and gave us the impression that nothing would be too much trouble. Now, having returned from our own honeymoon tailored and booked especially for us by Mark, we can confirm that this was indeed the case. Even when we interrupted him on holiday to check our itinerary, Mark ensured that all our requests were met and indeed surpassed. Mark succeeded in planning a fabulous honeymoon for us, touring the west and east coasts of France, despite our attempts at sabotage! Thank you Mark. We would highly recommend your services.
Sent in by Sally Gabriel
Lewes, 07 May 2018
Mark kindly helped me to book a weekend away for my partner's birthday. My wish was for us to have a quiet weekend but still to be close to a town/city - preferably walking distance. Mark found us the perfect place in Bath - it was peaceful and tranquil but also right on the doorstep of the city centre - meeting our needs exactly. The weekend was delightful and gave us the opportunity to spend some quality time together and this was because mark truly listened to our needs and then found the perfect place. Mark then went one step further and recommended some delightful places to eat which fully complimented the weekend. I would wholeheartedly recommend Mark to all friends and family wishing to book the perfect holiday/break. Thank you Mark!
Sent in by Stephen Musiol
Brighton and Hove, 23 January 2018
I have used Mark at Travel Counsellors on a number of occasions and always find him to be friendly and knowledgeable. You will never feel the experience is just a 'sales pitch' as Mark will tailor your holiday to your own requirements and budget. 100% recommend.
Sent in by George Burdon
Brighton, 13 December 2017
Mark took very good care of us. We had a honeymoon to Mexico, and after putting up with months of indecision Mark helped us find our perfect getaway. The location was stunning (Grand Occidental in Xcaret), the all-inclusive package we were on was superb and very all- inclusive. We enjoyed 10 stress free days of sun, new animals and environments and general pampering. The location was exceptional and the airport transfers etc. being included made everything very convenient and stress-free. As we didn't have internet access in Mexico, Mark even checked us in online to make sure we got the seats we wanted. One issue we suffered with a terminal transfer we raised with Mark and he reimbursed us for our cab fare. Mark was quick to respond, keen to accommodate all requests and very sensible in his recommendations. He has being nothing but polite and helpful the entire time we've dealt with him and we'd definitely run our next holiday idea by him to see what he can do for us. Mark was prepared for any brief and be it anything from a budget saving trip to a decadent travelling spree, I'm sure he would be equipped to deal with all requirements. Thank you Mark for a lovely honeymoon!
Sent in by Amy Trevellick
Hove, 12 December 2017
Mark organised a fantastic trip for us to drive across California. We started in San Francisco, travelling initially for a friend’s wedding. Then we headed south east into Yosemite National Park, back out to Carmel by Sea and Monterey on the coast, and eventually down to LA. We wanted to do the typical American road trip so Mark organised a convertible Mustang to take us on our journey. It was fantastic to have someone who had visited each of those places to guide us on where to stay, which areas were best, and how long we needed to really get the most of each location. Mark’s knowledge was second to none, and he was easily able to suggest some small alterations to the itinerary to help bring the trip in on budget. We were extremely happy with the service and will definitely book again! Thank you Mark.
Sent in by Valerie Upsher
West Mersea, 10 August 2017
Thank you Mark for all your help and suggestions regarding our South Africa trip. I couldn't have done it without your help and prompt reply to my questions. I would reccomend you to my friends.
Sent in by David Foster
Seaford, 10 August 2017
Mark was very helpful and professional in the way he has dealt with our booking . This included getting back to us at weekends and in the evening .
Sent in by Amanda Lloyd
Hove, 27 July 2017
Mark was very patient helping myself and my mum choose a week away. We had a week in a fabulous hotel in Gran Canaria and everything was perfect! How lovely to have Mark arrange everything, it definitely eliminated some stress and was therefore a very personal service which I would thoroughly recommend. Many thanks Mark. Keep up the good work!
Sent in by JOHN BARBER
CHELTENHAM, 07 July 2017
Mark took the time to understand what we wanted and was happy to amend ideas as we worked together to create the holidays we wanted. A real bespoke approach.
Sent in by Lynne Edwards
Hove, 12 June 2017
Mark has been incredibly helpful not only booking flights and hotels for us, but also our golf too. I can get on with my day job knowing that he has taken care of all the details! Happy days.
Sent in by Jodie Collier
Brighton, 19 May 2017
Mark never fails to deliver such fantastic service. This is the 3rd holiday I have booked with him and also have referred him to several people including my parents who have booked 2 cruises through him. The service received is very personal and honest which is what you want when booking your dream holiday. In a word "Outstanding"!
Sent in by Naresh Daswani
Brighton & Hove, 18 January 2017
Mark organised a highly successful trip to India for me and my wife Anne. He was always on call tying up all issues including booking restaurants for us. When we lost our rucksack with passports in our transfer taxi, Mark successfully managed to retrieve them. All his agents in India were first rate and we were really well looked after. It was extremely reassuring to have this level of support in India. Thank you Mark for your efforts. We will definitely use you again in the future. We will highly recommend Mark to all our family and friends as well.
Sent in by Sandra Eldridge
Hove, 08 January 2017
I would like to express my grateful thanks to Mark Gibson for the excellent service he provided for my stay in Nice. No detail was too small, from organising the flight and hotel to making sure that I had special assistance at both Gatwick and Nice airports. I had ordered a taxi to take me to Gatwick but had forgotten to order the one to pick me up which he did for me. I had also organised coach travel from Pool Valley in Brighton to Victoria coach station i London at other times through him which he did beautifully. As I said, nothing is too small for him to sort out.
Sent in by Emily Charles
Burgess Hill, 18 August 2016
We had an amazing time. it was all organised perfectly. All the camps and hotels were brilliant and we loved every minute! We didn't want to come home and we already want to go back! Thanks so much for organising the honeymoon of a lifetime - it was by far the best holiday of both of our lives and everything we hoped it would be!
Sent in by Alison Colyer
Hove, 15 July 2016
We have just returned from an amazing holiday to Dubrovnik that Mark booked for us. The hotel he recommended was fantastic and he obviously took a lot of time to find the perfect holiday for us. We booked everything though him including transfers and airport parking and it was completely stress free. Would definitely recommend. Thank you Mark!
Sent in by Johnny Ernest
St Albans, 21 December 2015
I would most definitely recommend Mark to friends and family in the future. There was no pressure or hard sell unlike other competitors - while still being very helpful and informative.
Sent in by Jodie Collier
Brighton, 27 September 2015
Everything from start to finish was fantastic, the service I received was something I have never experienced when booking a holiday before. It really does have the "personal touch" I was kept in touch with the whole way through which made me feel quite special rather than just another customer. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to friends and family infact I already have!
Sent in by Mark Adams
London, 18 September 2015
Mark set up the perfect holiday for our particular needs; his recommendations were spot on and his attention to detail top notch. Thanks a lot!
Sent in by Robert Miles
Hove, 20 August 2015
Mark took care of every aspect of our 20th Wedding Anniversary holiday. It was naturally an important holiday to us and Mark was superb, organising every aspect of the trip......all we had to do was be in the right place at the right time and relax! Thank you so much Mark for all that you did.
Sent in by Rosalind Russell
Worthing, 10 August 2015
Mark has been so helpful in finding a holiday for my friend and I. He is patient and friendly which adds a personal touch missing in an Internet holiday booking.
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 01273 761 060