Hi, I’m Nigel and my goal is to make sure you have a fantastic holiday! I can find you the very best family/luxury/cruise/adventure or any other type of holiday, and I can also arrange just flights or accommodation if you prefer.
Many of my customers return to book with me time after time. This is because they trust my judgment (I will only book holidays that I would go on myself!) and they get peace of mind that if anything should go wrong while they are away, the Travel Counsellors and myself are here for them 24/7.
I live in the quaint Oxfordshire village of Souldern near Bicester. My passion for travel and my love for experiencing exotic places led me to a career in the travel industry. I have over 14 years’ experience as a Top Performing Manager for a well-known high street agent, winning two National Travel Industry Awards, one in Outstanding Customer Service and the other in Travel Industry Innovation and Service. I have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and personal recommendations, all of which I share with you, helping to make sure you have the best time and come home with some wonderful memories.
Over the years I have visited a vast array of countries and experienced some beautiful places such as the fabulous Versace hotel on the gold coast of Australia, the magnificent Bellagio in Las Vegas, the breathtaking Chateau Lake Louise Canada - and my overall favourite, the elegance of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth cruise ship to name just a few.
I have end-to-end expertise in booking all different types of holidays, from honeymoons in the Maldives to chasing the Northern Lights, family fun in the Balearics to a weekend break in New York, or even a bespoke private tour of China. I have every piece of information you need at my fingertips ensuring I book the right holiday for you.
Ask me anything you like! Are there enough sunbeds? When is hurricane season? What’s the area like outside the hotel or are there lots of steps? What about free child places? I’ll know the answer, so with me you really do get far more than you would by just booking online. I even print your boarding passes for you so there’s less hassle at the airport too.
With leading travel industry technology ready and waiting, and access to hundreds of suppliers I can get you some great deals, while everything you book is 100% financially protected through the Travel Counsellors Financial Trust.
I am available at a time to suit you, even outside the usual 9am to 5pm and that includes weekends. I will be your main point of contact and you will only ever speak to me, giving you a unique personal service.
So whether it’s a luxury break or a family holiday in the sun you’ve been promising yourself, a Caribbean cruise or just a trip to Paris on business, please do get in touch, I am always here to help.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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:-
Sent in by Aaron Taylor
Milton Keynes, 11 April 2019
Nigel always goes above and beyond, really knows his stuff and is always there to help and offer advice. He offers an xcellent service which we will always use for our family holidays, we are forever recommending Nigel and those who have used his services have not been disappointed.
Sent in by David Green
Banbury, 08 April 2019
Yet again, Nigel has provided us with great service. Nigel is number one as far as I am concerned, looking after his clients needs.
Sent in by Wendy Coley-moore
Kings Sutton, 22 March 2019
Very nice to have such a personal service, and have holiday details matched to requirements
Sent in by Kayleigh Hobson
Oxford, 07 February 2019
It’s such a nice feeling to have someone who really gets what you want out of your holiday, and Nigel is so honest and knowledgeable. Thank you again!
Sent in by Josephine Tustain
Brackley, 22 January 2019
Nigel always thinks about the holiday to the times of the flight to the location of the hotel. You always know he really does care for your needs and finds you best deal suitable to any budget. Thank you
Sent in by Keith Hardy
Adderbury, 22 November 2018
Nigel was excellent and tailored our travel requirements perfectly. We will definitely recommend and use again.
Sent in by Rosie Barrett
Banbury, 18 November 2018
Nigel so far has made my holiday booking a pleasure, I'm working fulltime and do not have the same time anymore, he booked my cruise to my specific needs and went out his way to ensure I was happy with my choice. I would certainly recommend Nigel to friends and family.
Sent in by Derek Hettenbach
Banbury, 18 November 2018
Nigel knows our particular requirements, is always full of helpful advice and is always available if we need him. He is both patient and efficient as well as being a thoroughly nice guy. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Sent in by Tim O'Shea
Banbury, 20 September 2018
Great service, gave lots of options from the criteria given, all options had very good reviews, has taken a lot of the hassle and time out trying to find somewhere.
Sent in by Les Edge
Brackley, 06 September 2018
Thank you Nigel, for going the extra mile for me. I appreciate your professionalism.
Sent in by Matthew Higgins
Towcester, 04 September 2018
Nigel gave an excellent service and makes us feel very cared for.
Sent in by Daniel Ruffle
Banbury, 04 September 2018
Very helpful and informative. Made everything very easy.
Sent in by barry wyatt
banbury, 07 June 2018
Nigel as always gives us excellent service, always prepared to go that extra mile
Sent in by chanelle webb
banbury, 04 June 2018
First morning in bali - what a trip. I am so grateful we used Nigel to book our holiday. After 1.5hr delay at Heathrow we were going to miss our connection in Dubai. I switched on my phone to check what time the next flight would be which was 8 hrs later. I noticed a message from Nigel who was watching our flight and knew it had been delayed and the consequences, he was telling us our options and he would get us booked on the next flight. Then there was another message saying our connecting flight was being held and later on in the flight he told us what gate our connection would be going from. We were the only ones on the plane who knew what was going on and where to go for our connection and that included the flight staff. I will never never book a holiday through another means again. Nigel did not go to sleep that night until we notified him we had made our connecting flight to Bali. Now that's service.
Sent in by Stephen Ash
London, 01 June 2018
Nigel has proven top be very knowledgeable a great help and a true gentleman. His help is greatly appreciated.
Sent in by kayleigh Hobson
Oxford, 07 May 2018
So kind, supportive and helpful, overwhelmed with everything that Nigel did! We have never experienced this level of customer service from anyone when organising our holiday. We will most definitely be using Nigel again for our next adventure! Thank you so much!
Sent in by David Reynolds
Banbury, 26 February 2018
Having never used a Travel Counsellor prior to this vacation and only used a travel agent extremely rarely many years ago I have been overwhelmed with the attention to detail. This is a very special holiday and wished to relieve us of any stress in the arrangements; can't wait to get going.
Sent in by Sarah Strudwick
Aylesbury, 13 February 2018
It can be a mine field searching the Internet for the perfect holiday, never knowing if you can trust the reviews but when someone has been to the location and resorts that speaks volumes. A few years ago we booked a holiday through Nigel and trusted his expertise and we were not disappointed in fact it was the best holiday we have ever experienced so we have no hesitation in trusting his recommendations and will definitely be passing on his details at travel counsellors to family and friends. Thank you Nigel for making it so easy!
Sent in by Julia Harrison
Sandford St Martin, 11 January 2018
Nigel is truly excellent, his attention to detail is outstanding and committment to provide the very best service possible is an absolute pleasure, I would not hestitate to recommend him to any individual or business as he is truly brilliant.
Sent in by Kevin Bedding
New Milton Hampshire, 01 January 2018
Nigel was recommended to me via my brother Darren. Nigel got straight to the point by taking an avid interest in the type of holiday I was after and the sort of price range I wanted to spend. Nigel spent time in producing some options for my safari in Kenya, which met all my requirements, including a specific tour I was interested in. Nigel could do all of this, ensuring I received the best financial deal available. After booking, Nigel completed all the holiday tasks on my behalf in a timely manner. Nigel offered his expertise with regards to the visa I would need to obtain. The whole holiday from booking right through to the actual trip went very smoothly and at all times Nigel was friendly and professional. He ensured I had all the necessary paperwork I required and an emergency phone number and contact details in case of any problems, which I must say was very reassuring although never needed I would definitely use Nigel's services again, his understanding, caring approach gave me the peace of mind and left me able to fully enjoy my trip of a lifetime. Thanks Nigel.
Sent in by Lynn Leggott
Bicester, 25 October 2017
Nigel was most helpful and went out of his way to meet all our travel requirements. He kept up communication with us throughout the whole process and was more than happy to answer any queries we had. We would certainly consult him again for any future travel plans and would recommend him to friends.
Sent in by Sandra Tustain
Banbury, 24 September 2017
We found Nigel to be a very patient and caring person, listening to all our wants and needs. Lovely man and we would highly recommend him.
Sent in by Ashley Prosser
Oxfordshire, 13 September 2017
Nigel listens to what you are looking for and makes you feel at ease knowing your holiday is in very capable hands. He explains thoroughly all the documents you need to take with you and is always on the end of the phone if you have any questions at all. A very efficient and memorable service which is tailored to meet all your needs.
Sent in by carole selway
Banbury, 26 July 2017
Nigel listened to what we wanted and with experience and knowledge was able to find exactly what we required. Attentive to detail and able to enthuse about cruising from his experiences .
Sent in by christine dyckes
Banbury, 23 June 2017
Last year I approached Nigel to discuss a plan to celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary in July 2017, with a special trip abroad and on this occasion we favoured Rome. With a husband who hates flying and who would not get on a boat for all the tea in China, and must travel sitting forward on public transport, Nigel had his work cut out . On top of that we had not flown for eight years due to my husband's phobia and we were so unfamiliar with the latest technology at the airports. But we need not have worried. Nigel took everything in his stride. Nigel not only suggested an amazing boutique hotel that was in a fabulous location very close to the Colosseum, which he ensured would be able to cater for my gluten free diet, but he also arranged all the airport transfers and even contacted us whilst we were there to make sure we were happy. There was even a complimentary bottle of fizz and welcome card from Nigel waiting in our room for us when we arrived. Talking about going the extra mile, he was able to get travel insurance at a very competitive rate, recommended restaurants to visit close by, advised on locations of near by ATM machines and dealt with various obscure queries. His recommendation to pre-book our sight seeing visits with him was highly appreciated, having seen the queues in Rome around the venues, this made us really appreciate this "skip the queue" service. We had a fantastic holiday and would not hesitate to recommend Nigel to anybody we meet and will certainly be using his services again. Thank you Nigel for your wonderful support. It really was appreciated and made us have a very memorable experience. We wish you every success you deserve for your business. With eternal thanks , Steve and Chris Dyckes.
Sent in by Andrea Love
Banbury, 29 May 2017
Were home, back from the most amazing holiday we have ever had ! Definitely a "Happy Halkidiki Holiday". Nigel; your planning beforehand so we didn't have to worry about anything, your attention to detail during our holiday with the personal cards etc, your special surprise of dinner on the beach, all went to making our time very special, it was out of this world. Our first experience of booking in this way has been so perfect that we are already talking of booking more with you. Thank you so very much Nigel!!
Sent in by Sarka Naivertova
Banbury, 27 May 2017
Nigel is a very thoughtful travel agent who has gone the extra mile to make our trip pleasurable.
Sent in by Kathryn Hegarty
Banbury, 18 May 2017
My husband and I wanted to go back to our honeymoon destination this year for a holiday. When we realised it had nearly doubled in price since we went there three years ago, we realised we needed some help in deciding on an alternative destination. With so many places to choose from, and a short time frame before we wanted to go away, we turned to Nigel for some much needed guidance. Armed with our like and dislikes, our budget and the only specific dates we could travel, Nigel came up with Daois Cove in Crete as a personal recommendation at a great price. All of the added extras that were included such as complimentary airport lounge, private airport transfers and room credit added to the enjoyment of our holiday. Nigel organises everything for you and will even check you in and print your boarding cards for you. We are so grateful to Nigel for saving us time, stress and money so that we could enjoy our lovely holiday. Thank you Nigel, well definitely be recommending you to friends and family . Best Wishes, Kathryn and Laurence
Sent in by Julia Harrison
Sandford St Martin, 17 May 2017
Nigel is really brilliant, efficient, helpful and knows what he is doing - invaluable to my business.
Sent in by Josephine Tustain
Brackley, 17 April 2017
Nigel has given fabulous service going the extra mile with finer details plus a bargain price. I'm looking forward to my holiday as everything is sorted I don't need to worry as everything has been arranged by Nigel. Thank you once again
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