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Hi, I’m Rob and I‘m based in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham; gateway to the beautiful Cotswolds; thank you for visiting my webpage and for considering me as your personal Travel Counsellor. I look forward to helping you make special experiences and lifelong holiday memories.
Having moved to Gloucestershire from the north coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales to study for my Degree. I have since enjoyed over 20 years in the travel industry as senior manager of a prominent specialist tour operator.
No matter your travel preferences, I can personally tailor your holiday to your requirements; something that can’t be achieved through a website. I will combine the highest levels of customer service, a wealth of experience and award winning technology to plan your perfect holiday and I’ll be available at a time of day that suits you.
Be it a once in a lifetime luxury trip, an idyllic honeymoon, your family summer holiday, ski, cruise, beach, city break or UK staycation, I will listen and learn about what you want and create your holiday with a smile and a friendly face, saving you time whilst dotting every ‘I' and crossing every ’t’ before, during and after your trip.
I count myself lucky to have a career that has enabled me to travel and absorb the sights, sounds and experiences of our world’s cultures, traditions and attractions. My travels have taken me to 36 countries and over 130 worldwide destinations, with multiple trips to Australia, South Africa, the Caribbean and France. Taking the children to Disneyland Paris, my first African safari and watching the British Lions in New Zealand are stand out memories. I intend to add to this list and will take pleasure in sharing my experiences and recommendations with you.
I am a proud family man who enjoys the outdoors and lives family life to the full; volunteering as a coach for my son’s rugby and football teams. We’ve travelled as a family since the children were small and I can use this experience to make your family holiday a smooth and enjoyable experience.
Do you belong to an organisation wanting to enjoy your hobby or interest away from home? I am also an experienced group travel provider, so get in touch to discuss your ideas to enable you to bring your group together whilst you explore.
If a 100% financially protected, personally tailored and competitively priced holiday is right for you, let me be your personal Travel Counsellor; I very much look forward to having that opportunity.
“To travel is to live”
Hans Christian Anderson
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.
15 August 2018
As a six time visitor to Disneyland Paris, with trips coinciding with the 15th, 20th and 25th anniversaries of Disneyland Paris, you’d be forgiven in thinking that I was a little obsessed! My visits have been partially planned and partially opportunistic and in this blog I share how to get the most out of your Disney experience, taking in the captivating atmosphere and the Magic of Disney! First visits: the distant days before children and digital photos! Our first visit to Disneyland Paris was as a couple in 2002 and formed part of a longer trip to Paris where I popped the...
03 February 2017
As a lifelong rugby fan, a visit to Rome had been on the wish list for some time. In February 2017, we decided to have a child free city break to Rome with friends that would complete my set of visits to the ‘Six Nations Rugby’ destinations! I’d heard lots of good things about Rome as a host rugby city and of course its sights, culinary appeal and historical significance needs no introduction. The unexpected bonus was the space we enjoyed whilst exploring. Traveling out of season really had its advantages affording time at the major attractions and tables for...
04 September 2009
Returning as a family of three! So, this was a new experience for us! Traveling with an 18 month old. Don’t do it people said, wait until she can remember it. Fortunately, we didn’t take their advice and in September 2009 the opportunity arose for a week in the Western Cape, basing ourselves in Hermanus in a stunning property called Birkenhead Villa, now a private residence, sat high on the cliffside overlooking a small sandy bay about an hour and a half’s walk along a stunning coastal path from the centre of Hermanus. It’s sister property, (next door) Birkenhead House...
13 June 2004
A brief honeymoon visit to the Western Cape & Johannesburg My third visit to South Africa formed part of our fantastic honeymoon that saw us spend a magical week in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean before returning to Africa for an overnight at J’burg airport to allow us to continue our love of safari’s by visiting Botswana and Zambia which I will write about separately, so watch this space! We rounded off a stunning trip in Cape Town, that was quickly becoming one of my favourite places in the world. Our brief stay at the Intercontinental Hotel in Joburg airport was great;...
01 June 2004
Starting married life with an amazing travel experience and a truly special honeymoon is high on many people’s agendas when planning a wedding and we were no different. Also, like many we wanted something memorable. We were mindful that the run up to a wedding is extremely busy so we would need time to relax before our adventure and it didn’t take us long to settle on the tried and tested Indian Ocean and safari combination and I’ll start by explaining how we got there. We’d been lucky enough to have enjoyed an amazing trip to South Africa incorporating 3 different...
01 June 2004
Little Vumbura is a private luxury tented camp in the north of the Okavango. You will find that most camps in Botswana are tented as safari camps are built sustainably and they have to be able to be removed and relocated without having left a blemish on the environment. But don’t be disillusioned, a typical tent couldn’t be further from its reality. We occupied one of only 6 rooms in a camp eloquently interlaced in the forest canopy for our two night stay. We loved it; hard to believe that you are experiencing what you are enjoying in such remote...
30 May 2002
After a magical 3 nights in the treetops, we deviated inland along the breath-taking R62; a lesser known route that takes in Oudtshoorn; ostrich farming country and home to the majestic Cango Caves located in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountain Range with their awesome array of geologic formations. We enjoyed the Heritage Tour which is an easy stroll through the first six caves; some of which are larger than multiple football pitches. Well worth a visit. The more adventurous can explore deeper into the cave network on the Adventure Tour that includes an element of caving. Not for the...
21 May 2002
Exploring South Africa as a Couple I knew before leaving South Africa in 1999 that the bug had bitten, and it wasn’t too long before I was back on South African soil, this time with my partner and now wife. In 2002, we enjoyed an unbelievable adventure in South Africa staring in Kwazulu Natal in Durban before moving north to the Hluhluwe National Park, continuing south to the Eastern Cape and moving west along the Garden Route to Cape Town before ending our South African Stay with two unforgettable safari experiences in the Timbavati game reserve and the Sabi Sands. Our...
02 June 1999
As a tourist destination, South Africa has it all. Combine picture postcard beaches, bustling cities and breath-taking countryside into the same holiday alongside a unique safari experience where you can spot the ‘Big 5’ and enjoy the sights sounds and unexpected luxury of the South African bush. My affiliation and enjoyment of South Africa and its diverse culture started in 1999 when rugby took me there for this first time. South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and were crowned winners, lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy in front of their adoring fans. This was later documented in the...
Sent in by Mel Featherstone
Cheltenham, 24 February 2021
Thanks so much for all your great advice and helping us to find a great place for our family’s 2021 staycation get together later this year. So excited and love, love, love the MyTC app too - all the key information in one place, no paperwork to get lost and even a countdown to the fun family times we’ve all been waiting for !
Sent in by Dan Morgan
Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, 26 January 2021
Amazing fast and friendly service from Rob. Really happy with the family holiday he found for us. I would highly recommend!
Sent in by Ross Constantine
Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, 25 January 2021
Rob has made booking our next family holiday an easy and stress free experience. I would highly recommend his services and will definitely be using him again in the future. 5 star
Sent in by Simon Ho
Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, 22 January 2021
Rob has been absolutely brilliant. From start to finish nothing was too much trouble. Great knowledge and enthusiasm. Would definitely book with Rob again.
Sent in by Les & Ann Morris
Pembrokeshire, 01 December 2020
Many thanks Rob for booking our holiday to Cornwall next September. The accommodation we have chosen from the great selection you provided is perfect for us. This saved us searching the web endlessly in order to get such a great place to stay. We can't wait!
Sent in by Troy Thacker
Leicester, 30 November 2020
Extremely professional in his approach coupled with the empathy needed to personalise for your needs. Great to work with easy to recommend!!
Sent in by Jill Miller
Middlewich, 11 November 2020
We’ve just booked the Azores for our 30th wedding anniversary +1 next August... Rob could not have been more helpful or patient as I chopped and changed my mind- we have now got something to look forward to and feel safe in the knowledge that we will be looked after. Great service
Sent in by Bonnie Lloyd
Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, 03 November 2020
Rob recently booked a family UK break for us and it was a brilliant service from start to finish. Rob took all the hassle away and time consuming trawling through the web to find something. He clearly is an expert and we felt reassured throughout, especially with the Covid implications. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Rob and will certainly use him again very soon.
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 01242 790 020