Australia & Pacific
My passion is travel! With over 20 years of experience in the travel industry I would be delighted to help you make your plans and dreams a reality. Whether it's a once in a lifetime “round the world trip”, a 3 month sabbatical, an adventure tour or a relaxing holiday, I have a wealth of knowledge to enable you to get the best deal and experience possible.
I have travelled extensively throughout the world visiting places such as South America, Australia, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, USA, Africa and Canada. I have also travelled throughout Europe much of which I did on foot.
I provide a one stop, bespoke service for you at a time that suits. I am available to talk in the evenings and over the weekend and I’m always a phone call or email away. As an independent consultant I am not constrained to particular travel brands and can hand pick the appropriate providers for your needs, enabling me to put together a truly tailor made experience.
Operating my business through Travel Counsellors means that you can have complete peace of mind, knowing that everything you book with me has 100% financial protection and support from an award winning company.
I very much look forward to hearing from you.
Sent in by Susie Strachan
Hove, 02 October 2018
Ollie has arranged numerous family holidays for us. He is very efficient and knowledgable. Everything always goes smoothly and to plan, seamless! He is also friendly and approachable, nothing is too much trouble. Thanks Ollie, we'll be back!
Sent in by Simon Branch
Sonning, 03 August 2018
I wanted to write and thank you for your help in organising this year's, and previous years, Branch family holiday. All of the arrangements worked like clockwork and all of the accommodation was excellent. Thanks for making our holiday memorable.
Sent in by Claire McDermott
Kingston, 20 March 2018
Ollie has organised several trips for us now and every one has been a real success - he thinks of everything! Have already recommended him to everyone I know!
Sent in by Shena Wright
Hertfordshire, 04 January 2017
We asked Ollie to help us plan a holiday of a lifetime to Canada - to include Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf, lots of snow/glacier scenery and experiences for a group of 4 people. We range in age from 65-78. Ollie found a few possibilities, but none were quite right. He spent time perfecting the brief - we are thrilled with the result! We would never have been able to find all the excursions, hotels and timings ourselves. So, Canada in September 2017, here we come. Great work Ollie!
Sent in by Mary Smith
Henley, 13 December 2016
Ollie did a fantastic job in organising a holiday to Sri Lanka for a group of 10 friends. Not an easy task considering we live in three different countries. I would definitely use Ollie again and will recommend him to friends. So much easier than trying to do it myself and spend hours on the internet.
Sent in by Jim Hodgson
Oxfordshire, 14 October 2016
Very quick and efficient, very knowledgable. Most important of all, the trip that Ollie has arranged for us is within our quoted budget whilst my expectations on location and 'bang for my buck' have been exceeded. Excellent. I'll be in contact to arrange my next trip.
Sent in by Svetlina Jeanneret
Witney, 04 July 2016
A big thank you to Ollie Raikes for organising our holidays this Summer. Not only has Ollie made the whole booking really easy, he has also been a great sounding board for ideas. His ability to understand what I was looking coupled with his extensive knowledge has given me peace of mind. I would highly recommend Ollie who is looking for a great service.
Sent in by Garry Swinbourne
SOUTHAM , 06 April 2016
We used Ollie on recommendation from a work colleague. I cannot fault the service, attention to detail and assistance he provided especially given the trip we finally undertook was very different from what we started planning. Whilst the customer may always be “right” I would have lost patience in the number of changes, queries, lack of decision making etc. But not Ollie, he offered to be available whenever needed and it was genuine too, as he rang to check something!! He found us excellent value flights, advised how we could lower the costs by using different airports, found perfect and quality accommodation and ensured it was all just what we wanted. As a result we had a fabulous, relaxed and trouble free time. Truly, the best travel service we have ever received, and I have had a fair amount of the years. Also the Travel Counsellors safety net for your money, really makes you comfortable especially as web based fraud is on the dramatic increase. I felt we were treated to an excellent experience overall, well done Ollie!
Sent in by Judith Dod
Charlbury, 04 March 2016
The first time I've used a travel counsellor and it certainly won't be the last. It took all the hassle and worry out of the process and Ollie arranged it all very quickly and exactly to our requests. Magic!
Sent in by Olivia Selinger
Oxford, 09 November 2015
Ollie's service was excellent. He was quick to respond, made adjustments to our plans when needed and was friendly and professional throughout. We will definitely be using his services again. Thanks Ollie!
Sent in by R W
Marlow, 05 November 2015
My experience dealing with Ollie has been excellent, his response to our many requests and changes was first class, responding out of office hours and weekends, we expect and trust that our holiday runs as smoothly.
Sent in by Steve Boote
Steeple Aston, 08 September 2015
Ollie is always proactive and eager to find the perfect holiday destination even though he does not always have all of the information he needs. But he comes back promptly with a number of choices and at a fair price. Nothing is too much trouble in finding that perfect get away. Thank you .
Sent in by Kevin Jessup
Oxford, 28 August 2015
US Road trip then on to Mexico and Cuba- Ollie was hugely supportive as I attempted to explain some rather complicated travel plans. He was patient, helpful and knowledgable. I would happily recommend Ollie to all of my friends, family and colleagues.
Sent in by Garry Swinburn
Southam, 12 June 2015
Ollie listened, suggested and offered up solutions to my requirements and each time my requirements changed, he simply offered up more, but with good sentiment to understanding what I was trying to achieve. The whole process was smooth and easy, and value for money.
Sent in by Hannah Cottee Wort
Frome, 20 May 2015
The holiday was absolutely amazing from start to finish. It was completely perfect for us. The location was amazing, it had everything we needed and the villa was stunning. The pictures we had prior to going did not prepare us for how breath taking the views were going to be. We would absolutely love to use your service again in the future and will certainly recommend you to friends and family Thanks so much (Villa near Chania, Crete)
Sent in by Martyn Richardson
Oxfordshire, 23 April 2015
I thought Ollie was great, after giving us some options of hotels in Rome, we promptly came up with our own and thought we had a really competitive price however Ollie beat it hands down on price, couldn't ask for more as a first time customer.
Sent in by Mandy Best
Oxford, 30 March 2015
Very satisfied so far with the support and flexibility our Travel Counsellor Ollie has provided to us. Great communication and knowledge is spot on - exactly what we needed to ensure we got the exact flights and times we required with no stress.
Sent in by Michael Stone
Hazel Grove, 23 January 2015
I heard many great things about TC but when a friend signed up with them, I decided to give them a go. The service has been excellent and I can see the TC support provides reassurance while never giving up on personal service.
Sent in by Lisa Boote
Steeple Aston, 19 December 2014
My friends and I are cycling through Rajasthan next February and had the option to extend our flight - so we did thinking we could book hotels directly. However it was more complicated with transfers to airports and excursions so we contacted Ollie enquiring if he could help. And we were totally taken back by his immediate response and proactive approach in sorting us out with hotels, trips and transfers. Within a few short days the itinerary was agreed and well within budget. I would recommend Ollie Raikes to friends and family. Thank you
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10 October 2018
Get Ollie Raikes of Travel Counsellors to do it! Too busy to organise your own well-needed holiday? You want an amazing once-in-a-lifetime holiday – a road-trip across the US, a cruise up the Norwegian fjords, even a round the world trip – but with so many commitments you have little time to research the destinations you want to visit or find the right hotel for your needs. Or maybe you just need a long weekend somewhere different, but don’t have a spare minute to even get that sorted. A few years ago, I organised our road-trip around Florida. It was extremely stressful!...