Hi I’m Pete and I live in the beautiful Lancashire town of Ramsbottom. These hills have been my home for the last fifteen years ever since returning to the UK after travelling the world for over five years.
My passion is travel. The excitement I feel from landing in a far flung city with the sights, sounds and smells all assaulting your senses is hard to beat. Immersing yourself in the local culture, making friends with the locals and sampling their wonderful hospitality is the best way to learn about this wonderful planet. I was lucky enough to holiday overseas as a child and that gave me the travel bug. I had the gap year experience but still it wasn’t enough. A six month trip to ‘get it out of my system’ turned into five years of beaches, cities, mountains and priceless experiences . I also met my wife in Australia so it was definitely time well spent.
It was a logical step to swap my pre travel career in banking for a career in travel, and I’ve never regretted it once. For over fifteen years I’ve been working for a highly respected and award winning tour operator helping to create bespoke holidays covering all tastes and needs. I’m comfortable organising short breaks, honeymoons, safaris, winter sports holidays, cruises and the more complex multi centre trips. The last eleven years in my previous job was dedicated to arranging luxury first and business class travel not only for my own clients but overseeing the itineraries created by a 90+ strong team of colleagues. A strong eye for detail has been essential in ensuring that people feel comfortable enough to have chosen me as their trusted travel advisor. Understanding that everybody has different wants and desires from their travels is essential in getting that dream holiday perfect from the outset.
As a Dad of two young children, becoming a Travel Counsellor has given me that flexibility to combine watching them grow and develop into budding explorers but also to afford me the time to be available when my clients need me. We all tend to lead hectic lives nowadays so being able to be contacted weekends and evening is hugely important to people. I am even willing to visit you at home, your place of work or even over a drink to get that deserved trip just right for you.
I hope we get to talk soon.
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:-
Sent in by Geoff & Tracey Gardner
Ramsbottom, 05 November 2018
We have just got back from an amazing 2 1/2 week road trip through California & we would like to say a huge thank you to Pete Whitehead from Travel Counsellors for arranging it & advising us on things to do ensuring we had the best time ever - driving along the beautiful Californian coastline & taking in the sites in San Diego, Palm Springs, LA/Hollywood, Pismo Beach, Monterey where we went whale watching & even cycling the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito in San Francisco before finally finishing off in New York! Pete is extremely passionate in what he does & gives nothing short of 100% overseeing every aspect of the holiday even down to the small touches like the welcome card we received from him when we arrived at our first hotel! We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending his services & will be looking to book our next adventure with him!
Sent in by Deborah Alty
Bury, 11 September 2018
Was recommended to contact Pete at Travel Counsellors, and he has found us a brilliant holiday to Thailand for next year for my 50th and my daughters 18th. We have passed on his details to our friends.
Sent in by Helen Bell
Bury, 11 September 2018
Pete was so welcoming and helpful in finding us a holiday, booking everything and even giving us luggage labels all filled out with our details. Communication didn’t just stop once we had paid and received our correspondence, Pete wished us a good holiday and even asked if he could help with transport to and from Manchester airport. Excellent service which we will definitely use again. Thanks Pete
Sent in by Liam Kearney
London, 20 August 2018
Pete, is quite simply the best in the business. Uncomplicated, transparent, honest and very professional- need I say more. I would gladly recommend him to anyone.
Sent in by Alan Shepherd
Blackpool, 01 August 2018
Superbly organised, great price and friendly helpful service.
Sent in by Geoff & Tracey Gardner
Ramsbottom, 01 August 2018
We had an idea of what places we wanted to visit on our holiday and Pete was extremely helpful and knowledgeable in helping us choose the perfect itinerary to ensure we got the most out of our holiday. We are very happy with the service he provided and have already passed his details onto our friends and business colleagues.
Sent in by John Finnigan
Salford, 01 August 2018
Pete, it’s been a pleasure and i’m so glad I listened to Simon’s recommendation. The “personal” touch (especially on what for me was a fairly complex request) has made such a difference and really sets you apart from the larger travel agencies I’ve used in the past. Thanks again.
Sent in by Margaret Hall
Northampton, 01 August 2018
Nothing too much trouble for him. Arranging all airport assistance etc. Even thinking of things we'd not even considered. Excellent.
Sent in by Mike Phelan
Sporting Director, Central Coast Mariners, 01 August 2018
A thorough, concise and thoughtful person. Would recommend to others.
Sent in by Daniela Ganick
London, 01 August 2018
Pete was amazing. He found me the best deal and was so incredibly helpful. A massive thanks.
Sent in by John Muirhead
London, 17 July 2018
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the support, advice and guidance and organization you gave us with our two recent trips to Russia. Travelling to and from and around Russia during the FIFA Soccer World Cup is very different from more familiar areas and I don't think Ive seen airports and hotels busier in my life. For the final - you made a challenging almost impossible trip on paper - a completely seamless experience. It was so reassuring and helpful to have you on hand providing advice throughout the journey which was very complicated by the lack of flights. Thank you again- I would have no hesitation to recommend your services to anyone travelling. The World cup mascot is the wolf called Zabivaka - "The one who scores" you were our travel Zabivaka! Thanks .
Sent in by Stephen Schechter
Monaco, 24 January 2018
I have known Pete for over a decade when I had my own company and he would find the shortest, fastest and cheapest way for me and my team to get from A to B. Since my retirement he has become a valuable part of my travel planning. It was Pete who introduced us to Emirates and as we now live in Monaco and Nice is one of their exit cities in Europe going through Dubai and then transferring to the Asia airports, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, etc. saves us many hours and the aggravation of London or Paris departures and is much more relaxing and civilized. Now that we are retired we have needed Pete more than ever before. We are travelling more and farther than ever before especially to Asia. On a recent trip to China, where Pete arranged all our travel, a flight from Chengdu to Lhasa was delayed 6 hours, took off circled Lhasa and then returned to Chengdu. Our trip was ruined since there were no available seats, First or Business, available for the next two days to Lhasa. Pete jumped into action, first, he got us refunds, which is not easy with Chinese airlines and second, he routed us back to Hong Kong where we were able to enjoy the rest of our trip. Without Pete’s involvement we probably would have spent a day or two stuck in Chengdu. Simply put we would not entrust our travel plans, simple or complicated, to anyone but Pete. His professionalism and cheery voice at the other end of the phone is very reassuring and if there is ever a problem it is ‘Pete to the rescue’ as demonstrated time and time again. I would give anyone who asks my unqualified endorsement of Pete, his work ethic and professionalism. You will not be disappointed .
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 01706 330 002