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Hi, I’m Martin. I live in Hove on the south coast with my young family.
My passion for travel began in the mid ‘90s with a round-the-world trip and working holiday in Australia. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled extensively worldwide, visiting over 50 countries along the way. My travels have taken me to places such as Thailand, Sri Lanka, Borneo, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, the USA, New Zealand, Fiji, Kenya and a number of European countries too. More recently, I’ve been discovering destinations a little closer to home, such as the Canary Islands, that work very well for family holidays.
Over the years, I’ve had some wonderful experiences that include watching cheetahs as the sun sets over the Masai Mara, sky-diving at the Whitsundays in Australia, taking a helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon and travelling on the tea country train through the tea plantations in Sri Lanka.
Through work trips, I have first-hand experience of staying in some of the world’s finest hotels (and some more run-of-the-mill ones too!) and can pass on some great tips to ensure you get the most from your hotel choices. I have extensive flight cabin knowledge. Business or Premium Economy Class isn’t always as expensive as you may think and makes long haul travel far more enjoyable.
Before becoming a Travel Counsellor, my career evolved from working in London for a ‘flights specialist’ and managing a team of 20+, to helping build a small travel ‘start-up’ into a successful travel business and more recently working for an award-winning luxury tailor-made tour operator creating privately guided tours throughout Asia. All these roles have required exceptional service levels and a very keen eye for detail.
With over 20 years’ experience as a dedicated travel professional, I can offer impartial, tailored advice for your trip and great prices too! Your leisure time is very precious and I realise just how important holidays are. I take pride in providing inspirational ideas for your trip, something which will save you hours of online research. Planning a bespoke holiday itinerary can be a daunting and sometimes time-consuming experience. Leave the detail to me and I’ll ensure a stress-free, smooth running trip, and you’ll return home with amazing memories that will last a lifetime.
For a no obligation quote (or just an initial chat about your holiday plans), please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I’ll be very happy to help…
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so please either fill in and send the form below or simply give me a call 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.
28 August 2019
When planning a trip to the Maldives, there’s quite a lot to consider… With 1,192 coral islands (only 200 of which are inhabited) and over 140 resorts to choose from, where do you start? The Maldives is the lowest and flattest nation in the world. Its beaches are pristine and the shimmering azure blue ocean is a haven for marine life. If you’re planning a trip, you’ll probably already know the type of holiday to expect. Most are looking for an idyllic setting with nice beach, good quality accommodation, maybe some snorkelling or diving, and decent food and drink at a reasonable price....
01 July 2019
One of my first impressions of Sri Lanka was how warm the welcome is. 'Ayu Bowan' ('may you live longer') is both the greeting and farewell, and is always accompanied with a genuine smile. The second thing I noticed was how different the country is to India. Its close proximity means that of course there are similarities, but - having spent time in India - I was pleasantly surprised by how easy-going it is in comparison. My first visit involved the difficulty, upon arrival at Colombo airport, of choosing a driver/guide from the many who vie for business outside the terminal...
Sent in by Sean Holland
Brighton, 22 January 2020
Martin was very proactive in searching out a holiday in Norway based on a vague idea of what we wanted. He gave us three options to consider, with some variations within them. The information came through very promptly and we loved the itinerary he gave us. There booking process was very easy, and we got a lovely thank you gift and card through the post afterwards - a nice touch. 10/10
Sent in by Bryan Forrest
Bournemouth, 17 January 2020
Thank you for all you have done for us. 10/10
Sent in by Sara Moore
London, 14 January 2020
Martin was very helpful and super patient when I kept changing my mind. Great service. 10/10
Sent in by Steve Wallace
Thames Ditton, 07 January 2020
Martin was extremely helpful and incredibly knowledgeable about the destination we had in mind. This is why we decided to travel to Vietnam and to book with Martin, such fabulous service. We’ll definitely be recommending him and we can’t wait for our holiday! 10/10
Sent in by Sharon Dowds
East Sussex, 29 October 2019
Martin has just 'saved the day' by helping our daughter, who is travelling alone and is 20 yrs old, arrive safely in China after being badly let down by a so called 'expert' travel company. Martin was able to sort out accommodation at the very last minute and we are so grateful for his expert advice and 'can do attitude' which included emailing and calling using Google translate, then contacting a friend in Singapore, who speaks Cantonese, to call the hotel on his behalf to be sure that they would be open when she arrives at 1 in the morning! We will certainly be using Martin for all our future travels and will definitely spread the word as to his fantastic service! Thank you
Sent in by Tina Pile
Hove, 14 October 2019
10/10. Martin was very helpful and knowledgeable which made our choices easy.
Sent in by Amy Watts
Hove, 24 September 2019
Tailor-made Thailand: 10/10. Found the perfect combination of resorts and accommodation, found things I couldn’t have found myself, listened to all our various wants and created the perfect itinerary. Will definitely use Martin again and recommend him.
Sent in by Stephen Whitehead
Surrey, 11 July 2019
Incredible service. Very quick and found me an ideal holiday. 10/10
Sent in by Tom Mitcheson
London, 01 July 2019
Martin was really helpful in organising our holiday, providing local knowledge and tips about our proposed destinations. 10/10.
Sent in by Jonathan Spooner
Brighton, 03 June 2019
I had been struggling with organising my summer holiday with my two challenging teenage children, when I first spoke to Martin. He immediately eliminated all of the pressure and stress, recommending three excellent alternatives that met my complicated criteria exactly. Though our holiday is some way away yet, the prompt, professional and above all sympathetic service that I received from Martin was eye-opening and very welcome indeed. I trust that our holiday will be a delight!
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 317 319