Hello and thank you for visiting Martin Ross, Travel Counsellors. I am an independent travel agent based in Gloucestershire serving clients throughout the UK.
We were thrilled to be awarded "Best National Travel Retailer" at the 2019 British Travel Awards. This award is even more special to me as it was voted for by our wonderful customers. 96% of our customers would also recommend us to a friend. My aim is to help you create amazing memories that last a lifetime.
Former clients of JMB Travel will be pleased to hear since Jonathan's retirement I have taken over bookings and will be happy to assist with your trips to watch Opera and Ballet performances around the world.
Everyone dreams of the perfect holiday, but few have the time and resources to make it happen. There are so many different places to research and an overwhelming avalanche of guides and opinions. Which one is right for you? As a travel agent based in Gloucestershire and my job is to take away the countless hours spent in front of your phone and computer scrolling through endless flights, hotels and reviews to do all the hard work for you.
Whether you’ve always dreamed of trekking through a rainforest, spending a fortnight on a sun-soaked beach with the family, immersing yourself in a new city or just a weekend in London catching the latest West End show, I’ll personally handcraft and tailor-make every holiday just for you. I’m available when you need me and all of this is backed by Travel Counsellors unique financial protection trust ensuring every penny of your booking is protected. After all, holidays should be about relaxing.
From an early age, I’ve always had a passion for travelling. For me, nothing beats the feeling of getting away from everyday life and exploring both new places and rediscovering firm favourites. In the past few years, I’ve visited places such as Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Orlando, Japan, Greece, Cuba, Norway, Disneyland Paris, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Gibraltar, Denmark, New York, Guernsey, Italy, Germany, Russia, Ireland, Thailand, China, France, Canada and Spain including the Balearic and Canary Islands. Call or use the feedback form to find out how I can help plan and book your perfect holiday to these and many more destinations.
Before becoming a Travel Counsellor, I worked for some of the biggest names in leisure such as Virgin, Marriott Vacation Club, Captivating Cuba, Travelzest and Disneyland Paris. I recently spent some months working onboard the P&O Cruise ship Azura and the world-famous luxurious Queen Mary II Ocean Liner.
To discuss your next holiday, please call Martin Ross Travel on 01452 855 433.
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.
27 December 2019
Lets face it, some people are good at haggling. Maybe it’s in their nature, part of their job or they've been trained in the souks of Marrakech? Some people will only ever book a holiday if they’re getting money off and are more obsessed with getting a deal instead of what really matters, booking the perfect holiday. In reality, if a travel agent thinks a client is going to haggle, they’ll start with a higher price knowing they’ll need to discount down to get the booking. The customer thinks they’re getting a “deal”, but really it’s...
26 December 2019
Searching for your perfect holiday can seem like a complete nightmare. There are hundreds of thousands of hotels, cruises and experiences all around the world, so how do you know which one is right for you? My job is to find the very best holiday tailor-made just for you. But before you start searching, you need to make sure that you’ve covered all your bases and carefully considered what it is that you really need and want. (that’s what this guide is for!). Here are my top 7 tips to finding your perfect 2020 holiday. #1 Work...
16 April 2019
Universal Orlando offers some of the best theme park rides and experiences in the world including The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Volcano Bay and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It’s no wonder that guests visiting Disney World leave Mickey’s backyard for a few days to explore Universal’s three theme and water parks. Here’s my top 5 reasons to split your stay between Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. No unused Disney Meal Plan Credits If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan or even better, taking advantage of the amazing Free Disney Dining Offer, spending a few days at Universal cuts down...
31 March 2019
When you book your holiday with Martin Ross, you're covered by the best protection in the travel business. Find out how Travel Counsellors offers more than booking online or on the high street. In the past few weeks alone, the UK has seen flights grounded, Eurostar advising against travel and airlines failures all highlighting potential disruption to travel. Plus, who can forget drones, ash clouds, the Beast from the East… the list goes on. So how does Travel Counsellors look after their customers when disaster strikes? Duty Office Our 24-hour duty office is constantly monitoring worldwide events such as adverse weather, strikes, natural disasters...
27 November 2018
Magical Pride is a dazzling party lighting up Disneyland Paris on 1st June 2019. Dress like a dream, feel fabulous and experience Walt Disney Studios like never before! Loud, proud and alive with all the colours of the rainbow. Here's a sneak peek at some of the incredible things ready to make Magical Pride a truly unforgettable experience: - A brand new parade illuminating the streets of Walt Disney Studios Park with a vibrant Pride atmosphere - Disney Characters out and about, excited to share a special moment with you - The rare chance to ride our thrilling attractions late into the night, in...
03 September 2018
There’s nothing quite like a night at the opera. These works have stood the test of time and each new performance brings new life to these masterpieces. I work with some of Europe and the world’s leading opera venues and festivals to create unforgettable holidays with opera right at the heart of it. One of the most sought-after annual events is the Puccini Opera Festival. Taking place in Torre del Lago in the heart of Tuscany and close to the Tuscan town of Lucca, birthplace of Puccini. Under its perfectly preserved 16th century walls are pleasant gardens, and inside the medieval...
20 July 2018
I’m often asked when the best time is to book a holiday. The answer does vary depending on the destination and time of the year. For example, if you must go on a certain date in August, to an exact hotel with your preference of rooms, then book this as soon as you can. For the hotels and resorts based in the hotter areas of Europe, July and August are peak seasons. If you book last-minute, it’s the equivalent of going to a supermarket 10 minutes before it closes on Christmas Eve. You may well find a bargain reduced price turkey...
25 June 2018
Weddings can be tough to plan. Venues, dresses, speeches and the hardest part, the seating plan. Traditionally, the happy couple would ask their nearest and dearest to buy them items for their new home. Nowadays, most couples already have plenty of towels, a toaster and maybe even a fancy avocado peeler. Instead, let your wedding guests contribute towards an unforgettable honeymoon. I understand that no two clients are the same and thus, no two honeymoons and weddings are the same either. As your personal Travel Counsellor, I’ll tailor your experience to your specific needs, creating your own unique...
01 June 2018
I was recently invited by Mark Warner to experience first-hand their new Turkish resort – Phokaia Beach Resort. We arrived quite late at night and were greeted by a team of people to collect our bags, show us around and most importantly, where the buffet and bar was. A few years ago, I was reasonably fit. I took part in exercise classes and was quick at running too. However, in the past few years let’s just say I haven’t been as active as maybe I should be. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a Mark Warner trip, a company famous for...
26 March 2018
As an ex-Disney cast member and someone who has travelled extensively to Orlando, I have a unique service to offer my clients. Here are the top seven reasons why you should book your next Orlando holiday with me. Free Magic Maker Holiday Planning Service Take the hassle out of your holiday - let me do everything necessary to ensure that it is! As an Ex-Disney cast member (staff), I have insider knowledge, tips and hints to make your trip to Orlando even more magical. From helping you select the perfect dining reservations to an entirely customised park touring strategy and itinerary,...
12 March 2018
As part of most Disney Dining Plans, you’ll receive two credits per day for snacks. There’s no rush to have two snacks per day. Your credits last for the duration of your stay. If you only used one on one day, you haven’t missed out. What does Disney count as a snack? It turns out, Disney count quite a lot of items as just a snack. Items that qualify as snacks for the Disney Dining Plan are denoted by a little purple and white “DDP” symbol on the restaurant menus. Some items that are considered snacks in some locations aren’t...
04 March 2018
Before the release of the 2019 Free Disney Dining offer, I wanted to share my experience at one of my favourite Disney restaurants – Donald’s Dining Safari at Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Despite having worked for Disney parks and being a constant visitor to parks around the world, I’ve never been a massive fan of character dining. I was recommended to try Tuskers by a cast member and I’m glad I listened to them. Tusker House Restaurant offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. We took a late lunch after a busy morning around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When we arrived, I...
30 January 2018
The city has some of the best museums in the world to offer, awesome shopping facilities and world-class restaurants. In addition, there's the famous flower market you should see as well as the Vondelpark if you want to take in some fresh air and view the largest green area in the city. If you are a fan of Dutch art, get ready to see the most amazing artwork in the famous museums of Amsterdam For those who are visiting Amsterdam solely for the purpose of exploring its wonderful museums, the must-see museums are the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk museum, and the Van...
30 January 2018
Barcelona is best known around the world for the 1992 Olympics and Las Ramblas, but the city itself holds a magical aura about it that makes it a fantastic place to visit. Take to the city on foot to take in the beauty of its splendid architecture including of course the work of Gaudi. However, if you are an architecture fan, there are many other architects whose work you can observe while visiting this beautiful city. If you enjoy serene and quiet places, Barcelona has a majestic mountain to offer to its visitors known as Montjuic. You can get to...
29 January 2018
You've spent all year saving and waiting for those magical few days at Disney so don't let a few simple things ruin your holiday. I spent 3 and half years working and living next to Disneyland Paris and here's the top five things that I've found could ruin your holiday and how to avoid them. 1. The weather Disney is pretty much in the countryside and, unknown to most tourists, it's actually on top of a hill. This means the wind can sweep in with not much getting in its way. Many people don't check the weather before going. The climate in...
29 January 2018
I love Orlando. It's the theme park capital of the world and spending quality time in each park requires more than a two week stay. Universal Studios have upped their game in the past few years opening attractions and lands based on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Transformers, The Minions and King Kong. Last year, they opened their new water park, Volcano Bay which is one of the first in the world to use a queue-less system for its slides and chutes. Sometimes just visiting these parks is not enough. To really get the full experience, you have to...
25 January 2018
A record 1.9 million holidaymakers from the UK and Ireland took an ocean cruise in 2016, up from 1.78 million the previous year. Yet, there are still some myths around cruising that need to be busted. I will get seasick Many people fear seasickness; however, today's cruise ships are very stable, and seasickness is a rarity. However, for those prone to seasickness, there are many remedies available to travellers to alleviate the symptoms. I have to dine at assigned times and with people I might not like Many cruise ships feature traditional seating for dinner, with assigned times and tables. However, more and...
07 January 2018
A simple question, and this weekend one of my colleague's customers has experienced the best possible answer first hand. To set the scene – imagine a busy man treating his wife and kids at Christmas by sending them away on a wonderful New Year break to New York. What a way for the boys to get their first taste of America – some quality time with Mum before going back to school. The first couple of days ticked all the boxes – they explored the Big Apple from top to bottom, enjoying a helicopter trip and a basketball game; they shopped, they...
06 December 2017
Taking your family on holiday isn't all about all-inclusive hotels and iPads. My job is to help create amazing family holidays that you'll remember forever. I do all the hard work such as finding the best flights, hotels and excursions. Either email email@example.com or call 01452 855 433. Here are five surprising family-friendly holidays to try out in 2018. Hong Kong Tackling an Asian super city with jet-lagged kids doesn’t sound like a great idea for a holiday, but Hong Kong is the exception. Where China meets the old British empire, Hong Kong is an amazing mix of culture and excitement....
06 December 2017
Starting to plan for your 2018 family holiday? I can help create the perfect, hassle-free family holiday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org call 01452 855 433 or Facebook Messenger m.me/martinrosstravel Here's the official school holidays dates for 2018 from Gloucestershire County Council: Christmas 2017: Last day of school: Friday 15th December 2017 First day back: Tuesday 2nd January 2018 February 2018: Last day of school: Friday 9th February 2018 First day back: Monday 19th February 2018 Easter 2018: Last day of school: Thursday 29th March 2018 Good Friday: 30th March 2018 Easter Monday: 2nd April 2018 First day back: Monday 16th April 2018 May 2018 Early May Bank Holiday: Monday 7th May 2018 Last...
14 November 2017
Here's six of Europe's most fun, cool, interesting and safe cities to take the kids for a short break. Get a personalised quote for your family - call 01452 855433 or email email@example.com Reykjavik It is not unusual to find Icelandic babies sleeping in their prams outside of shops in Reykjavik, so safe and friendly is this city. Venture beyond the city limits for once-in-a-lifetime experiences of the wonders of the natural world: thermal hot springs, many with special children's sections, the Northern Lights, and myriad adventures with Icelandic horses, whale watching, and hiking. This is the ultimate city break for...
Sent in by Emma V
United Kingdom, 12 March 2020
Very friendly and knowledgeable. Have great advice to suit my family, thank you!
Sent in by Jordan G
United Kingdom, 22 February 2020
Only just made my booking but everything so far has been great. :)
Sent in by Kelly B
Wiltshire, 08 February 2020
Martin has been great and so helpful highly recommend.
Sent in by Emma C
Berkshire, 31 January 2020
Helpful and patient. Always finds what we need and also remembers all our family “quirks”
Sent in by Beth B
South Wales, United Kingdom, 06 January 2020
Martin is brilliant. He is quick to reply and nothing is too much trouble. I always trust him to get us the best deal possible and he delivers a great service!
Sent in by Rhiannon Grey
South Wales, United Kingdom, 18 November 2019
Excellent service, amazing price and the hotel was fantastic! will be using you for all future bookings (I am already looking at booking a disney trip with you)
Sent in by Kayleigh P
United Kingdom, 05 November 2019
Martin has been extremely helpful in helping us to organise our holiday to Disneyland Paris. He has answered all my questions promptly and given helpful advice in relation to our stay
Sent in by Deborah S
Scotland, 04 November 2019
Martin was incredible helping her the exact package and flights needed! They couldn’t have been more helpful getting me lots of options to choose from and I feel we have found a travel company I will use again and again!
Sent in by Robert R
Surrey, 01 November 2019
A wonderful package that enabled us to have a carefree holiday. The hotel was splendid and the staff most helpful. I would definitely recommend you to anybody
Sent in by Sandra W
United Kingdom, 28 October 2019
Martin was very helpful as I changed my mind quite a few times before finally settling on where I finally booked. He packaged together exactly what I wanted
Sent in by Amy E
Gloucestershire, 23 October 2019
Martin has been super efficient, came back to answer all my questions and queries fast, really personally to what I was looking for.
Sent in by Kay B
United Kingdom, 18 September 2019
We will be back to have more holidays and travel experiences with Martin . He is nearly as mad about disney as I am !
Sent in by Amanda D
Wales, 13 September 2019
Martin was very knowledgeable and was excellent at updating me with events that were happening during our holiday dates Would highly recommend and will definitely use Travel Counsellors again.
Sent in by Christine J
Midlands, 13 September 2019
Very knowledgeable and supportive.
Sent in by Steph H
Swansea, 13 September 2019
EXCELLENT SERVICE Martin went above and beyond for us. He really thought of everything and found the best deal to suit our needs. Would 100% use his service again, cannot fault him!
Sent in by Tom C
Swindon, 08 August 2019
We found Martin to be extremely helpful and patient with us, as we kept changing our ideas and what we wanted. He was always available to speak to and contact throughout the whole process. We will definitely be using him in the future.
Sent in by Debbie W
United Kingdom, 01 August 2019
I find Martin very helpful in all questions and also full of knowledge and have already recommended him
Sent in by Bob R
Surrey, 06 July 2019
Fast, efficient and friendly
Sent in by C Nettleton
United Kingdom, 05 July 2019
Martin was very helpful and professional in his dealings with us. He kept us informed and let us know what our options were when there were choices to make.
Sent in by Stephanie H
South Wales, United Kingdom, 25 June 2019
Martin has been super helpful. He managed to put together a package that is perfect for us and made the whole process very easy.
Sent in by Paul M
Gloucestershire, 12 June 2019
Martin provided the perfect holiday....this was a honeymoon 2 years in the making and the holiday exceeded our expectations. Everything we asked for Martin was able to accommodate, the holiday was effortless and stress free. Will definitely be booking through Martin and Travel Counsellors again
Sent in by Wayne D
Wales, 08 June 2019
Very good experience, when emailed they would respond straight away, no concerns will use them again, very happy with the service
Sent in by Anthony W
Gloucestershire, 11 May 2019
I have already recommended Martin on Facebook a couple of times :)
Sent in by Denise W
United Kingdom, 02 May 2019
Great service, nothing was too much trouble!
Sent in by Becky E
Gloucestershire, 18 April 2019
Just got back from our 3 week trip to Florida and Disney Dream cruise to Bahamas and it was Incredible but I owe a massive thanks to Martin he was amazing he helped plan the whole trip with me was always available answered every questions and supported me with bookings and advice, it would not of been the same without him he is a legend I will only ever book holidays with him now thankyou Martin
Sent in by Penny C
United Kingdom, 29 March 2019
Already recommended you to friends.
Sent in by Natasha C
United Kingdom, 30 January 2019
Martin has been excellent! I couldn't rate him highly enough and have already recommended to family!
Sent in by Hannah B
South Wales, United Kingdom, 20 January 2019
Martin Ross was the best travel advisor we have ever used. No question or request was too much and he got us the best deal and we really had spent a long time shopping around. Would definitely use again and recommend to anyone! Thank you!
Sent in by Daniel C
South Wales, 04 December 2018
I literally cannot overstate the service that I received from Martin. From start to finish he was responsive, efficient and gave me and my wife a fantastic deal, but more importantly an amazing experience. Less than 1 day after returning I have already contacted Martin about our next trip I was so impressed. Thank you.
Sent in by N Smith
United Kingdom, 28 October 2018
Very helpful and prompt, both online and by phone, with arrangements for our forthcoming trip to New York
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 01452 855 433