Are you in full lockdown? Feeling a bit of cabin fever? I know I am. My dog and I share our once a day exercise. I have driven my car for three very short but essential trips in the last seven weeks. By the end of lockdown, I hope I have not forgotten how to do it properly and safely.
As no-one can travel now and it will probably be a while until we can indulge in our desire to visit places near and far, we can still dream about and talk about where next.
My passion for travel has led me to the USA many times - last count 35 states - and to Canada, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, the Middle and Far East, Australia, New Zealand and all over Europe.
In talking with clients over my long career, I believe this love of travel is deep in our blood. During these discussions, I have shared my insights, top tips and secrets to having the holiday of a lifetime.
To feed my passion I have been doing quite a few ‘virtual educationals’ (online training given by local tourist boards) to areas I have not visited. Seeing these wonderful places, many of them, like Venice, in a better condition than for decades, has made me appreciate a benefit of this unprecedented time.
How have you been feeding your travel passion? What can I do to help?
If you would like to have a chat or share a dream for a special holiday to celebrate life returning to something near normal, please give me a call.
.... For Every Mile You Go, I'll Go One Further ....
My promise to you is this - I will take care of every detail because I want you to have the best possible experience with the highest level of personal service and independent travel advice.
Let's get started, shall we? Simply call me on 01494 854160 and let's start the dream rolling.
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.
01 June 2019
Have you ever done something so far outside your comfort zone and found it turned into a magical experience? A while ago I was booking a client on a two-centre holiday, to New Mexico and then on to Hawaii. Out of the blue, she asked "why don't you come to New Mexico?" To both our surprise, I said “OK”. Three months later we arrived in Alberquerque, the largest city in New Mexico but not the capital, which is Santa Fe. As there are no direct flights to Taos, from London, we arrived tired and after American immigration, somewhat frazzled. I advise all my...
22 October 2017
Last year I decided to go to Italy for my early autumn holiday. I had not decided which region to visit, when a networking client gave me a referral for his 2017 holiday, to Italy! The family wanted to go to an area I knew only by reputation and other peoples’ holidays. Why not go there, I said to myself? Two birds, one stone! So off I went, flew to Naples, hired a car and drove to Sorrento, to explore the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento Named after the ancient Greek word for ‘Siren’, Sorrento would surely have provided a beguiling coastal allure to Ulysses on...
27 July 2017
I was talking to a client who is a passionate Egyptologist. We share a love of Egypt, as I have been there over 30 times. She said she was sad that her husband is no longer well enough to go on day trips. She said she had wanted to visit Highclere Castle, used in the TV series Downton Abbey. When I asked why, she told me that the Carnarvon family, guardians of Highclere, has strong connections with Howard Carter and Pharoah Tutankhamen. They have a superb exhibition of Egyptian artifacts and history related to the finding of the tomb. I had...
18 August 2011
I went to the Hesse region of Germany, with a small group of travel agents to check out the local spas. In German “Bad” means bath and/or spa. Our first stop was the Hotel an der Therme, in Bad Orb, famed for the 'gradient construction' - a blackthorn wall used to filter and concentrate the mineral salts from thermal waters. Walking beside it was like breathing ozone. After walking the medieval town, complete with picture-postcard houses, cobbled streets and an old city wall, we spent the evening luxuriating in the hotel's spa. Their jacuzzis are a gift from the gods. Indoor...
04 November 2009
On a whistle-stop tour of southern Kerala, we tried as many forms of transportation as possible. My favourite was a 38 year old female with a gentle gleam in her eye. It is well worth getting up really early to visit the Elephant Training Camp to watch the youngsters getting their daily bath. For people looking for a different experience homestays are a wonderful way to get to know the people and the culture of the local area. Keralans are warm and friendly and willing to share their time and their knowledge. Cochin or Kochi (meaning from China) is the main...
Sent in by Denise P
Rickmansworth, 12 February 2020
As ever PJ you have delivered the most amazing service in your super-efficient way. We are always happy to recommend you to our friends and family.
Sent in by Ali G-C
Watlington, 23 October 2019
PJ most definitely goes above and beyond when it comes to tailoring your holiday wish list...your holiday is in really good hands and I would recommend her to everyone!!
Sent in by Andy H
Chesham, 05 September 2019
I just wanted to thank you for organising our fantastic trip to Canada. We had a wonderful time and the itinerary, which we were worried was tight, proved to be spot on, moving from one highlight to another but giving us sufficient time to appreciate everything we did. The Rocky Mountaineer is an absolute gem. We’ve dubbed it ‘the Orient Express of Canada’ - the level of detail, customer service, culinary excellence & more was incredible. We’d thoroughly recommend this train journey to anyone travelling in these parts. Similarly the Chateau Lake Louise Hotel is breathtaking - a combination of location & sheer scale make it unforgettable. Our transfers were seamless & even when we wanted to change our ferry times coming back from Victoria to Vancouver that was completed with the minimum of fuss. Canadians are so customer focused & friendly. Thanks once again for all your efforts, they were very much appreciated.
Sent in by Mary F
Gerrards Cross, 29 August 2019
PJ is always ready to provide excellent suggestions for our travel requests and is VERY prompt and reliable with her replies. We have always been very satisfied with our bookings with PJ. She goes the extra mile on delivery.
Sent in by Karen M
Wokingham, 17 June 2019
The first time I approached PJ I wanted to explore how she would respond to recreating a similar Thailand holiday itinerary I had previously organised. PJ is always open to suggestions, responds immediately to changes in the itinerary. Once final details had been reviewed and agreed, PJ took over, booking us onto our flights etc. We also met up with her DMC contact when we arrived on Koh Samui. Working with PJ with a large travel organisation behind her we felt special, personally hosted through our trip using our TCApp (brilliant)! Also PJ supported us when one venue missed some finer detail, We were surprised and delighted. For my initial Greece enquiry, PJ supplied me with information above and beyond to a high standard to help me make my next step decision for a more complicated travel destination. PJ understands the standards we look for, and delivers a quality service. Yes I would highly recommend PJ for the level of service required to help me save time, Her flexibility to also support my requests has been a key reason working with her too! Many thanks PJ!
Sent in by Philippa L
London, 23 January 2019
I love booking through you - you give me safety, space and calm so I can get on with other things, so I’m enormously grateful to receive your wonderful service.
Sent in by K D
BEACONSFIELD, 27 October 2018
Such a good experience having my holiday arranged just for me. Every detail that I asked for was taken care of in a friendly and caring manner. Well done.
Sent in by Ron H
Watford, 21 October 2018
It was a pleasure not having to worry about any aspect of my trip as PJ did all the legwork for me. I'll be definitely be recommending Travel Counsellors to family and friends.
Sent in by Sally H
High Wycombe, 19 October 2018
Just a quick note to say a huge thank you for arranging our weekend break to Amsterdam. It was everything we had hoped for and you even had a word with him upstairs so we had glorious weather … thank you!
Sent in by Philippa L
London, 17 October 2018
Thank you so much. Oh such a luxury to have you - it’s been hectic here and I’ve not had to worry about all this!
Sent in by Ash T
Chalfont St Giles, 25 April 2018
PJ is amazing! She just understands what you're after in a holiday and works so hard to deliver it. Last year PJ arranged a trip to Sorrento for the Myself, Josie and Kay and it was simply the best family holiday we've ever had together. PJ will listen, make suggestions and most of be honest about whether your requirements will fit your budget. PJ is all about making sure you have the best experience possible and bends over backwards to make that happen. Thank you PJ!
Sent in by Sally H
Wycombe, 25 April 2018
PJ has arranged several holidays for us and for friends and has always gone above and beyond in terms of knowledge and service. And knowing that should something go wrong that she is at the end of the phone is better than any insurance policy!
Sent in by Marilyn M
Watford, 25 April 2018
I'd sum up PJ's holiday organising as excellent. She's highly efficient, effective and a great communicator. She gets it right because she not only takes the time to listen, but to understand exactly what you want. The result is complete contentment and relaxation even before you set off, because you know you're in the best of hands.
Sent in by Vanessa M
Great Missenden, 26 February 2018
Jodi and I had a wonderful time. The weather was a little chilly at times and only one day was no swimmable. The hotel was charming and lovely and spacious which felt nice. Our room was big too. The place was well equipped with water sports and diving even though we only snorkelled. We played a lot of billiards too which was fun! Thank you so much for organising this for us, it was a precious time spent together!
Sent in by Patrick H
Beaconsfield, 25 January 2018
Love the personal service and care.
Sent in by Richard W
Harrow, 25 January 2018
An immediate response, a good selection of hotels for our selection, very friendly courteous manner. Just the guidance we required. Thank you.
Sent in by Philippa L
London, 15 January 2018
Your service is really amazing - thank you for making this so easy for me and continuing to check me in when I’m away. It’s truly Rolls Royce!
Sent in by Chris J
Harrow, 26 October 2017
I was trying to organise a Paris trip for my wife and I to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and I was trying to do this myself, but was getting nowhere fast as I was clueless. I decided to approach PJ who is part of our networking group. She gave me plenty of ideas, things to do and also what the cost was likely to be. She organised everything for the trip including pick up from the station, the hotel, restaurant reservations, tickets for the Big Bus and pick up from the Hotel back to the station. The packet we received from PJ had all the documents in it and it was in the correct order of use. The Hotel was great and we had a wonderful time mostly because all the hassle factors were taken out and everything went very smoothly. I would highly recommend PJ to anyone wanting a lovely hassle free holiday.
Sent in by Andy C
Amersham, 26 June 2017
Andy and I wanted to say a big thank you for, yet again, a fantastic trip that you have lined up for us, PJ! Every single detail of the trip is always taken care of! We had a wonderful time in Valencia, the success of which was predominantly down to your impeccable research and recommendations, including the fabulous hotel and our hotel room, which included a delicious surprise of cake and champagne for our very special wedding anniversary! Thank you so much for your constantly sterling service!
Sent in by Vanessa M
Great Missenden, 17 June 2017
This is one special lady - PJ Van Zetten. She's organised our holidays for years now and this is the kind of service she provides. Always goes the extra mile. If you love being treated like you are worth a million dollars then please contact PJ and allow her to create your dream holiday for you. She's worth more than her weight in gold. A true gem.
Sent in by Romilla R
Reading, 03 April 2017
PJ thinks outside the box and works to fit travel arrangements to my needs. She is my number 1 go to person for travel advise and bookings.
Sent in by Janet B
Windsor, 07 March 2017
A professional service tailored to individual needs carried out with efficiency, courtesy and quickly. An excellent service that I will recommend to friends and use again. Thank you.
Sent in by Matt T
Chalfont St Peter, 03 March 2017
Grerat service and advice from PJ, made it all very easy.
Sent in by Elaine S
Buckingham, 30 January 2017
I am still coming back down to Earth after my fabulous holiday which was everything I could have wished for, and more. Knowing that all of the transfers were arranged, and that you were there if we needed support, made the holiday infinitely more relaxing. It all worked so seamlessly!! Thank you for all of your hard work in a arranging my my dream holiday! With much love,
Sent in by David M
Hemel Hempstead, 19 January 2017
PJ has never let me down and everything she has done has run like clockwork.
Sent in by Rhona A
Bracknell, 09 December 2016
Excellent personal service thanks to PJ!
Sent in by David M
Hemel Hempstead, 30 November 2016
PJ has never let me down and everything she has arranged has run like clockwork.
Sent in by Graeme S
Wokingham, 12 August 2016
A personal service. Prompt and informative responses. Couldn't ask for more. And a genuinely lovely person, thank you PJ .
Sent in by Emma S
Beaconsfield, 04 July 2016
Never in my life did I think I would use a Travel Counsellor! I love researching holidays. I am also a control freak and I want to know everything has been done properly. So you can imagine it took a huge leap of faith engaging PJ to research and book our holiday for us. However, what I have now learned is that I will never book my own holiday again and I will only ever use PJ. I gave her our varying requirements from three generations of the family. Not only did PJ find us a great villa in Spain meeting all of our requirements, she went several steps further by hand delivering travel brochures, writing our luggage labels, delivering our tickets, booking us in online, and made endless enquiries. She even provided clear plastic bags for our carry-on liquids! Its not just the time it has saved me, its also the sleepless nights worrying what have I forgotten and remembering to check in on time and book the taxi. We all enjoyed a fabulous family holiday, a very special one with lasting memories. Thank you PJ .
Sent in by Mary F
Gerrards Cross, 23 June 2016
I have complete confidence when booking with PJ - and this provides a stress-free holiday including the run-up to it. What more could I ask? Have been very pleased with the holidays booked through PJ, and this is from someone who would normally do our own booking on the internet. Am converted! Wholly recommend PJ van Zetten.
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 01494 854160