Hello! I'm Mike Frank, your local Travel Counsellor, and I am here to ensure your get the best out of your travel experiences, from the initial sourcing and booking stage right through to when you return. Having near-lifelong experience in the travel industry, I know my way around all the tour operators, airlines and accommodation suppliers to pull together and tailor-make the ideal trip for you, whether a business trip or leisure vacation.
So, your save time and stress and receive a great deal on your perfect holiday.
Whether you want a boutique hotel in an exotic location for an unforgettable honeymoon, a shopping trip with friends, a family holiday in the sun, a weekend break away or a round-the-world trip, I know what to do. Cruises and UK breaks are also products I am familiar with....and I have been in travel a long time!
My network of fellow Travel Counsellors lets you tap into unrivalled expertise and travel know-how, setting you free from the contraints limiting ordinary travellers such as tour operators fixed travel dates. My specialist knowledge of the world's airlines means I can secure you excellent fares, streamline tricky connections and get you to out-of-the-way places.
I'd be delighted to share my particular love and in-depth experience of two beautiful and fascinating places - Japan, which I visit every year with my Japanese wife, and the Caribbean, from many personal holidays.
My business is backed up by super support from over 300 staff in my Head Office, who provide all the necessary business know-how and administrative support to ensure I am free to really relate with my clients, not just transact with them.
Call or e-mail today with your travel dreams! I respond quickly!
However you plan to travel, my service is always first class.
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.
29 October 2019
Having recently had clients returning from a Peru trip I booked and giving great feedback, I decided with my wife Peru would be our main holiday destination this year. After treating ourselves to Latam’s business class on their 787 Dreamliner, and after an overnight stay at Lima’s airport hotel, we flew to Cusco, an hour’s flight, to begin our guided tour adventure. First stop was the Incan sites of Moray and Maras, before visiting the Salineras natural salt pans. The first three night were spent at the Casa Andina Sagrado hotel in the Sacred Valley, which came with it’s own...
21 August 2019
For my wife's 60th birthday in July, we decided on a Prague city break as neither of us had been there before. EasyJet took us there, and the airport in Prague is overdue a modernisation refit - arriving and departing passengers all mingling in the piers! The lovely Grand Bohemia hotel was our choice - really central but in a quieter sector. A bonus was that with the deluxe room we booked, they provide guests with a daily transport pass for the underground, tram and bus network. However, many of the attractions of Prague are walk-able, and as it thankfully...
02 April 2019
A friend of mine retired to Bangkok and now runs a business taking people to lake fishing venues around the city. He invited me to come along for a few days, so in early March 2019, I did just that. I flew out on Thai Airways' big A380 superjumbo to arrive into 34C sunshine. We met up and I stayed at his apartment conveniently close to the new airport. A variety of waterways was explored and fished in, the pretty colourful tropical fish caught in contrast to the murky green waters they came from in one particular location visited! Perhaps the...
02 May 2017
Marrakech and Essaouira visit 22 – 26 March 2017 I was one of 40 Travel Counsellors hosted by the Moroccan Tourist Board to a fam trip here, my first time anywhere in Morocco. Our trip started in an unfortunate way with easyJet having to switch aircraft at Gatwick once we had already boarded, but after a two hour delay we were on our way and three and a bit hours later landed at Marrakech’s smart new Manara airport. That Marrakech is known as the red city is immediately apparent from the buildings around the airport and the drive into the city. Our base...
12 June 2015
In May 2015, I was one of four Travel Counsellors granted a place on a Holland America cruise experience from Venice to Istanbul on board the Nieuw Amsterdam. After an early morning flight from Gatwick on a BA A320, I met up with Holland America's sales team on arrival at Venice and a quick transfer to the ship followed. Check-in at the Venice cruise terminal seemed a little laborious but I have experienced that at other cruise terminals too. The ship looked magnificent docked outside, and once on board, looked magnificent inside too. After settling into my standard balcony cabin and...
02 December 2011
In May 2011, I attended a travel trade function run by a Caribbean hotel association marketing company and met with the general manager from the exclusive Curtain Bluff hotel in Antigua. It was a fantastic opportunity to experience his hotel first hand. We flew with Virgin Atlantic and their flights both ways were almost fully booked, The transfer from the airport was approx 30 minutes or so across the island to the Curtain Bluff hotel. It truly is a fabulous property, built on a headland with a calm bay to one side and open sea to the other, every room...
23 May 2011
In late May 2011, I sampled the new extention to the Japanese bullet train network that runs down to Kagoshima in the south of Kyushu Island in Western Japan. The route is covered by the Japan Rail pass that can be purchased for travel on the JR rail system in weekly durations. On arrival at the smart new rail terminal in Kagoshima, a local train was used to get to the resort town of Ibusuki Onsen and our stay at the Ibusuki Iwasaki Resort Hotel, for a 2 night seaside stay. The resort is in a volcanic area of Japan...
22 December 2008
Over Christmas 2008, my wife & I spent a week on the Pacific island of Guam, a destination seldom featured in UK tour operators products. The island is in the far western Pacific, which sounds like taking an eternity to reach, but is actually slightly less flying time than Hawaii is by going via Japan. Tokyo - Guam is just over 3hrs, and flights connect with the overnight direct flights from London. So why choose Guam over, say, Indian Ocean or Caribbean destinations ? Air fares and hotel rates over Christmas don't rocket to the extent they do to many...
Sent in by Sandra Blackwell
Bognor Regis, 10 April 2019
11 hr flight to Lima great. We slept 7 hours had breakfast watched a film and landed. Hotel in Lima good and flight over Andes spectacular. Hotel Mercado in Cusco really quaint and lovely. All your staff, drivers, guides and all hotel staff have been beyond helpful and really nice people. Well done Mike. Off to Sacred Valley now and up to Machu Picchu next 2 days. We are so enjoying apart from altitude sickness and even you, the best travel agent in the world, can’t help with that one!! Will keep in touch. Regards. S & Mxx
Sent in by David Wadlow
West Sussex, 25 January 2013
Mike is almost part of the family now. If we are wondering about a weekend, a one-off return flight from Toronto, a nano cruise to see the Northern Lights, or are stuck for a hotel alone in Canada - we ring Mike our indefatigable trusty Travel Counsellor!
Sent in by John Jackson
Lisvane, Cardiff, 24 June 2009
The trip was a total success and will be a happy family memory for a long time to come. I would like to thank you for the trouble you took to ensure the package came together so well. The arrangements worked very smoothly. We were so greatful that we were put in touch with you as we were going to try to put the trip together ourselves. Your help certainly took the 'pot-luck' out of the planning! Once again, thanks for everything.
Sent in by Gary and Jo Moxon
Worthing, 05 June 2008
Thank you Mike for arranging our wedding in Mauritius. Everything went as planned, stress free in a beautiful destination. I'm sure our group weren't the easiest to organise - everyone had a fantastic time and were very happy with the Travel Counsellor service and Beachcomber Hotel - the service, food and resort were fantastic, we would love to go back one day. Also big thank you for your very generous gift - we are really looking forward to our 'honeymoon' in December.
Sent in by Peter and Jenny Bennett
Worthing, 05 June 2008
Hello Mike, Just a brief note to say we're back in Blighty after a truly brilliant trip in which all our travel arrangements went perfectly to plan and the Australians let us in on the production of the visas you so kindly arranged! Many thanks for fixing it all. We will certainly contact you again when we're planning our next jaunt - possibly America/Canada next year. Kind regards Peter and Jenny Bennett
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 01243 885910