Hello and welcome to my webpage
I'm Paul, based in Urmston, where I live with my travel mad family, my partner of 19 years Angela and our two young daughters Maisie and Annie.
My passion is travel and I was hooked at an early age following my first overseas holiday to Majorca. I went on to achieve a university degree in Tourism Management followed by many years of experience working in sales and marketing roles in the travel industry. Therefore I have plenty of knowledge to share.
I have arranged and enjoyed travel experiences ranging from an around the world trip exploring Singapore, Australia, Hawaii and the US mainland to travelling across the length and breadth of mainland Spain and Portugal by rail. I have also visited destinations including the Balearic and Canary Islands, Sardinia, Sicily, the Italian Mainland, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Turkey, Germany, Belgium and more.
I therefore have extensive destination knowledge but if you asked me which destination I specialise in most it would be Spain having visited many of its cities, beach resorts and islands.
Whatever your requirements I can help, whether it's a tailor made holiday, honeymoon, stag/hen weekend, cruise, ski or beach holiday, city break, clubbing holiday, UK holiday or flight to any worldwide destination. Plus, I can also arrange all the extras like car hire, airport parking and lounges.
I'm your one stop shop for travel and will do all the hard work for you. So why trawl for hours on websites, phone call centres and have to speak to a different person each time, or feel rushed in a high street agent if they have people queueing.
Unlike many companies I am independent which means I am not tied to selling certain products. I love the fact that my only priority is finding what is right for you and adding value whenever I can. So if you're happy so am I.
The fantastic support I receive from head office includes the latest technology to search thousands of travel suppliers, plus access to accommodation reviews and recommendations from my network of other Travel Counsellors.
Once you've booked I will be available to help and give you advice until you travel, so the only thing you need to worry about is what to pack!
I'm available for an informal, no pressure chat about your travel plans at a time that suits you.
Thank you for visiting my webpage and 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 Nick Wealleans
Manchester, 09 June 2019
We have just return from a 2 week break booked through Paul and could not be happier. From the start he was attentive, listening to our requirements and selecting suitable locations/accommodation. Nothing was too much trouble and the final holiday was extremely competitive in price. Before we left Paul had prepared a pack with all the documentation we would need and really took away any of the usual travel stresses. I cannot recommend his services highly enough and will definitely be back for more bookings, quite soon if the wife gets her way! Thanks again Paul.
Sent in by Joanne Glenn
Leeds, 30 May 2019
We had a number of needs when booking our holiday and Paul worked continuously to ensure that we have the right holiday to meet these needs. A very reliable and friendly service, thank you!
Sent in by Debbie Marshall
Cleckheaton, 30 May 2019
Hugely impressed with the service from searching for our holiday right up to travelling. Would definitely use again.
Sent in by Nicholas Wealleans
Manchester, 04 February 2019
From the first point of contact to finally paying a deposit Paul made life very easy. He understood what we were looking for and was more than happy to make any necessary amendments. We will definitely use him again.
Sent in by Kathryn Diamond
Urmston, 29 December 2018
This is the second trip I have booked with Paul and wouldnt go anywhere else. His customer service is top level and he is always happy to help.
Sent in by Jacqueline Skinner
London, 16 October 2018
Excellent, knowledgable and very timely service provided by Paul
Sent in by Helen Mason
Newport, 13 June 2018
Paul offered a professional, friendly and quick service which took the hassle and time out of finding a suitable destination and searching for a holiday. Would definitely recommend.
Sent in by L Cooper
Nuneaton, 23 May 2018
Paul's been brilliant! Takes all the hassle out of booking holidays. I recommended him to my friend and she uses Paul now to book all of her cruises! He has also booked our holiday to Crete so far this year. It helps because he know places so well!
Sent in by Tracey Ralph
Manchester, 07 February 2018
Paul went the extra mile for us and finding the right holiday for our family. He took all the stress of booking away from us and the service he provided was fantastic. I will book with Paul again!
Sent in by Elizabeth Cooper
Nuneaton, 20 December 2017
Wow, great service - my holiday was done and dusted within hours with absolutely no hassle at all. I would thoroughly recommend Paul, thank you!
Sent in by Simone Burden
Halifax, 20 December 2017
Paul was really helpful and helped us find the perfect hols. It’s reassuring that I know he is on the other end of the phone if we have any issues or questions
Sent in by Rebekka Stabler
Urmston, 16 November 2017
Paul has been excellent and has got us a holiday with all our requests that we asked for. He was very efficient and gave us his searches within 24 hours. He took the stress out of searching and found a better holiday than I could, for the budget we had.
Sent in by Anthony Mundy
Redditch, 07 September 2017
The service I received was excellent and I have already recommended Paul to 4 people, 1 who I know has already booked a holiday with you!
Sent in by Kenny Lawler
Liverpool, 07 September 2017
My wife and I had been through quite a stressful time supporting our disabled daughters and having stressful jobs. Time is taken up at home seeing to the children, so it's not easy to sit down and spend hours finding a dream holiday - which we very much needed. To our extreme delight, that's where Paul Westhead came in. He made everything really easy and stress-free. From our initial conversation about what sort of holiday we were looking for, right through to landing back home, Paul was there for us all the way through. His support was a blessing. We were looking for somewhere that was family friendly, which had entertainment for the children, with a nice place for us to relax both day and night. We gave him an idea of what our budget was and Paul found the perfect resort for us which catered for all our needs, with a price that was very competitive. We were able to contact Paul day and night with any questions we had and we always received a swift and helpful response. Communication was extremely good with Paul and he ensured we were given all the information required about our flights and apartment as soon as it was ready for us and in a very simplistic way, which made things really easy. We feel Paul went the extra mile for us. It's very clear he's very experienced in his line of work and it is very clear he cares for the people he provides his service for. Will definitely be working with Paul, again! Many thanks from a very happy and relaxed family!
Sent in by Mary Loach
Blymhill, 24 July 2017
Very efficient, friendly and helpful.
Sent in by Ian Beeston
Upholland, 07 July 2017
Cannot find fault with any of the service provided.
Sent in by Andrew Mclennan
London, 02 May 2017
Paul was super helpful and accommodating during the whole booking process. I needed to change details at the last moment and Paul quickly helped coordinate a new travel itinerary. Paul understood I was busy at work and so he took the stress out of finding the perfect flight/accommodation options.
Sent in by Sharon Machon
Warrington, 02 May 2017
Great support for all the arrangements, thanks.
Sent in by A Price
Urmston, 15 March 2017
Very professional and personal service
Sent in by Michelle Woodrow
Baildon, 08 March 2017
Thanks to Paul Westhead at travel counsellors for booking our summer holiday to Corfu! Fantastic to have you listen to our needs, search and select top 5 hotels for us to pick from..made a usually endless frustrating search on an evening - into an exciting & much shorter process!
Sent in by Helen Mason
Newport, 20 February 2017
Friendly, professional and personal service - thank you!
Sent in by Lee Kinsey
Telford, 03 February 2017
I heard about Paul through friends and was more than happy for him to find me the holiday I was looking for. Great personal service without the hassle of running round yourself. Will definitely use Paul for all future holidays.
Sent in by J Magnall
Urmston, 20 December 2016
Paul was exceedingly helpful and was happy moving at our speed when booking our trip. He never rushed us into a decision and gave us plenty of thinking time. Would definitely book with Paul again!
Sent in by David Mclennan
Croston, 01 December 2016
Thank you Paul Westhead for organising and booking our trip, and even checking us in for our flight. Top service!
Sent in by D Hodson
Telford, 01 December 2016
Sent in by D Beeston
Upholland, 08 November 2016
I found Paul to be very helpful in finding us just the right holiday we have been looking for. We had been planning to visit Carcassonne for some time but just didn't get round to doing it. However having Paul do all the planning for us was brilliant and we are really looking forward to our trip.
With independent access to thousands of travel suppliers around the world, I've got an eye for added value. Take a look through my latest selections below. But even if nothing particularly catches your eye - don't worry! Let's chat and I'll take the hassle away from tailoring a perfectly personalised holiday just for you.
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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.
05 September 2018
In August 2018 we embarked on a 3-night, full board mini cruise onboard the ship Independence of the Seas. Sailing out of Southampton the ship called at Zeebrugge with access to the lovely Belgium town of Bruges and the French port of Le Havre with trips available to the city of Paris. The ship has undergone a massive refurbishment with new features including an onboard Sky Pad, a virtual reality trampoline experience; a laser tag arena, two water slides and a kids' aqua park, as well as new dining and bar areas. The ship is perfect for families and has a...
09 July 2018
In June 2018 we visited the Balearic Island of Ibiza. We decided to stay in two different parts of the island, firstly for three nights in San Antonio on the western side, a place we have visited many times before and secondly for four nights in Cala Llonga on the eastern side. In San Antonio we stayed at the Blau Park, which is in a fantastic, quiet location right on the seafront. The hotel guests were a mixture of different age groups, including families like ourselves. We decided to book a guaranteed sea view studio room, so we could enjoy...
16 April 2018
During the Easter 2018 holidays we enjoyed a sunny seven-night holiday to the Canary Island of Gran Canaria. We stayed in the lovely resort of Puerto Mogan which is roughly a 45-minute drive from the airport. We have visited Puerto Mogan on a few previous occasions from the nearby resort of Puerto Rico and knew we would like to have a holiday here. In the resort you will find a nice horseshoe shaped beach, palm-lined avenues, top quality restaurants and a harbour full of yachts. The centre of the resort is pretty much traffic free and Italian style footbridges criss-cross the...
14 March 2018
In March 2018, I was one of the lucky Travel Counsellors to go on a seven-day trip to Thailand. Our trip included overnight stays in the vibrant city of Bangkok, the beach resort of Hua Hin and along the banks of the River Kwai. We flew to Bangkok via Dubai from Manchester Airport with Emirates onboard the Airbus A380. The onboard experience was excellent as you could sit back and enjoy up to 3,000 channels of entertainment, savour gourmet meals and connect to the onboard Wi-Fi. After arriving into Bangkok our guide for the week was waiting for us in arrivals and...
21 February 2018
In February 2018 we took a three-night break to Marrakesh in Morocco. We wanted time to relax, but to also experience the city itself. We therefore opted for two nights all-inclusive in a hotel roughly 6kms outside the city, followed by one night in a Riad, a traditional Moroccan house in the old town. The first two nights we stayed at the recently opened Be Live Experience Hotel. The hotel is a great choice for both couples and families. You can lounge by the pool or relax with a drink in the lobby bar, all while the little ones enjoy the...
12 September 2017
During the August 2017 holidays, we took a seven-night holiday to Tossa de Mar with friends on the Spanish Costa Brava. With a flight time of two hours and a resort transfer time of 30 minutes, its perfect for families with young children. We stayed on a half board basis at the hotel Costa Brava. The food at the hotel is great with a wide selection to suit all tastes. The children particularly liked the evening with chocolate fountains and the wide variety of dipping goodies! There are activities day and night to keep everybody entertained ranging from mini discos, live music,...
12 July 2017
During July 2017 we enjoyed a 2-night city break to the German city of Dusseldorf and stayed with some friends, who live in the Hamm area of the city. The flight time from Manchester was just over an hour. During our first evening, we visited an area called MedienHafen, which is the harbour area of the city. An area which has been redeveloped and is filled with architecture, restaurants, bars and hotels. The area is located about a 20-minute walk away from the city centre and well worth a visit. The following day we visited the city centre and walked along Königsallee,...
28 June 2017
For the June’17 half term holidays we took a 7-night holiday to the Greek island of Crete. We stayed in the resort of Stalis which is roughly a 30-minute drive from Heraklion airport. We stayed at the very friendly Hotel Anastasia on a half board basis in a family room which sleeps up to 4. The room was perfect as it has a main bedroom and a separate smaller room for children. The room had a large balcony which overlooked the nice pool area and out to sea. The hotel had two pool areas so there was never a shortage of sunbeds....
19 May 2017
During the Easter holidays, we took a 7-night break to the Algarve in Portugal. We choose the resort of Albufeira which is roughly a 40-minute drive from Faro airport. We stayed at the Roca Belmonte Apartments on a self-catered basis in a 2-bedroom apartment. The complex is only small with approximately 19 rooms. Our room had been recently renovated and we were extremely satisfied with our choice. Very spacious, nice décor and very quiet. The apartments had a nice pool area with a small pool for young children and nice comfy sun loungers. During our stay, we often had the...
20 December 2016
For the June 2016 half term holidays we decided to take an eight night break to the sunny Costa del Sol. We choose the resort of Benalmadena which is roughly a 15 minute drive from Malaga airport. We stayed at the recently refurbished Hotel Sirocco on a half board basis and were pleased to have the sea view room we requested. The room also offered great views over the hotel garden which was a nice quiet spot within the hotel complex. The hotel had a large pool area with a small pool for young children which was perfect for us with having...
19 December 2016
For our summer holiday this year we decided to go to the Costa Brava and stayed in the resort of Malgrat de Mar which attracts a wide range of nationalities. We stayed at the recently refurbished Rosa Nautica hotel on a full board basis, which is located directly opposite the beach and close to the old town area of Malgrat. The hotel has a small outdoor pool so easy to keep the children under control and also offers a variety of evening entertainment to keep the little ones and grown-ups entertained. The food in the hotel restaurant is of a good standard...
01 November 2016
After deciding whether to stay in the UK or go abroad for the October ‘16 half term we opted to take a trip down to Cornwall as we enjoyed our visit there in the summer of 2011. We stayed at White Acres Holiday Park, a short drive inland from the popular resort of Newquay. The site is great for families with facilities including an indoor pool, playgrounds and activities for children during the daytime and evening. Plus, for adults there is a gym, spa bath and sauna. The site also boasts fishing lakes for anyone that is interested in this activity....