Welcome to Travel Counsellors. My name is Sacha and travel has been my passion ever since I started travelling around the world as a teenager. I have now visited over forty countries across six continents.
My experiences have included hiking and white water rafting in The Himalayas, skydiving over the Grand Canyon, touring through New Zealand in a motorhome, whale watching off the coast of California, sailing around the islands of Fiji, visiting iconic buildings and temples from the Taj Mahal to the Statue of Liberty. I have also travelled on trains throughout Europe, ferries and cruises around Japan and flights around the world. I have stayed at many of the beautiful beach resorts and hotels in the Caribbean, Mauritius, Australia and across Asia and the Middle East.
Travel has also meant that I have been able to indulge my other passion for wildlife and the natural world. I have been fortunate enough to see the ‘big five’ in Southern Africa, admire many of the world’s birds from the smallest in Cuba (the tiny Bee Hummingbird) to the giant Condors of the Andes. I have watched wild Orangutans in Borneo, Lemurs in Madagascar, snorkelled with giant Manta Rays in Fiji and watched Leatherback Turtles in Trinidad.
Over the last twenty years, I have worked in sales and management with a leading high street agent and now have the freedom with Travel Counsellors to be able to share my knowledge and experience with you whilst planning your next trip.
I am now based in the rural village of Brandiston in central Norfolk with my family.
One of the many advantages of being a Travel Counsellor is that I am available seven days a week. I can create a bespoke holiday and arrange any trip, from your dream honeymoon, fly-drives in the USA, detailed round-the-world itineraries to a weekend break in the UK or Europe. By getting to know you I can provide an enjoyable, effortless and tailored experience.
From the perfect tailor made bespoke holiday, package holiday or flight only I look forward to hearing from you and to helping you plan your next adventure.
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.
04 September 2019
Schools have just started, and summer is already starting to slowly ebb away with cooler days and darker evenings. The school holiday season already seems like a distant memory, but it was only last week that I returned from a great two-week family holiday to Mallorca. Before we left, friends had commented on how ‘bad’ the exchange rate is and how expensive everything would seem. Well, we found that it was not necessarily the case! After a relatively short and trouble-free flight with Easyjet to Palma and short drive to the beautiful SW tip of the island we arrived at...
Sent in by Christopher Townend
Budleigh Salterton, 16 September 2021
Sacha is always meticulous with detail and highly efficient. Most importantly he has the knowledge and experience to deal with any unexpected problems which are always dealt with smoothly and calmly
Sent in by Charles Hood
Palmdale - California, 04 September 2021
I've been self-booking international travel for 40 years, mixed in with airline reps and professional travel agents. Sacha is in a league of his own --- smart, helpful, and able to connect the dots for me in ways I cannot do on my own. Fabulous service! I hope to use his services for all my future journeys.
Sent in by Jill Preston
Chislehurst, 26 August 2021
Sacha is brilliant and couldn't be more helpful or responsive. I've already recommended him to several friends.
Sent in by Sam Bramall
London, 17 August 2021
Sacha provided us with an outstanding level of service booking a last minute summer holiday. He provided a number of excellent recommendations which matched our requirements, managed our flight check-in and Covid requirements and even got us an upgraded transfer for free. We will defiantly use Travel Counsellors again.
Sent in by Debbie Leiter
Miami, 13 August 2021
Sacha went out of his way at all hours, quickly responding to all emails, to help get our flight secured despite the airlines making constant changes
Sent in by Oliver Berney
Hockering, 03 August 2021
Knowledgable, friendly, efficient, instant response - highly recommend
Sent in by Lindsay Heywood
Shotesham, 23 June 2021
It’s great to take the stress out of booking a ticket, especially now when travelling is a lot more complicated. Thank you for all your help
Sent in by Peter Alfrey
Mitcham, 12 May 2021
A special thanks to SACHA BARBATO at Travel Counsellors for sorting out all the covid and post Brexit logistics (it was a minefield!)
Sent in by Jessica Jean
Toulouse, 07 March 2020
All my questions were clearly answered and very quickly as well! Friendly service. Will definitely use again
Sent in by James Hall
Reepham, 26 February 2020
Great service, very patient with our ever changing travel plans and a really competitive price too! Thanks for all your help, and we'll definitely use you again next time!!
Sent in by Sonja Bodington
Basingstoke, 18 January 2020
Sacha has excelled himself. Swiftly and efficiently sorting our trip to Transylvania (of all places) and took all the stress away
Sent in by Charles Polito
Docking, 18 January 2020
Very efficient and 'took the strain' out of booking a holiday
Sent in by David Gandy
Bangkok, 02 January 2020
Sacha helped me to book my travel at a very difficult time (when my mother had just passed away). He was always helpful, informative and sensitive to my needs and the context in which we were booking travel.
Sent in by Sheelagh Halsey
Crewe, 18 December 2019
Excellent personal service. Definitely appreciate checking us in for flights from return destinations where internet access is difficult
Sent in by Nigel Mill
Nottingham, 28 November 2019
Always expect expert, bespoke and friendly service!
Sent in by Andrew Moon
Halesworth, 31 October 2019
Fantastic, friendly and incredibly efficient service. Will definitely use again
Sent in by Nicola Martin
Downham Market, 21 October 2019
Brilliant service, we kept changing our minds and locations, Sacha was very very patient with us.
Sent in by Harriet Aitken
Reepham, 11 October 2019
Super responsive, highly professional, really took the time to understand what I wanted from the trip. Nothing was too much trouble and a pleasure to deal with. Would thoroughly recommend. It took all of the stress out of booking my holiday!
Sent in by Dominic Mitchell
London, 07 October 2019
Excellent service. Fast, professional and knowledgeable.
Sent in by Victoria Barrett
Hitchin, 29 August 2019
I found Sacha was quick to respond to requests and questions. He was knowledgable about what was feasible and came up with a good list of hotels to choose from on different budgets. He kept me informed on any changes whilst I was waiting to confirm my holiday
Sent in by Victoria Craig
Corbridge, 17 August 2019
Very easy to deal with. Extremely sympathetic to my requests and very much looking forward to holiday
Sent in by Alison Gannon
Kings Lynn, 12 August 2019
Really helpful and performed the almost impossible - would totally use again
Sent in by Alison Lea-Wilson
Llanfairpwllgwyngyll Anglesey, 25 June 2019
Sacha has responded quickly, professionally and in a friendly fashion. I would definitely work with him again
Sent in by Annie Layte
Norwich, 18 June 2019
Sacha has been so helpful and put his knowledge and expertise to great use - and saved us money!
Sent in by Sue Wilkins
Knapton, 17 June 2019
Sacha put together a complicated trip to France and Italy with train journeys and hotels very quickly and efficiently. I have changed the parameters and my mind over several weeks and he has always been easy to contact and quick to reply . We had a great trip and all the bookings worked easily. It was great to know that if we had had problems he would be able to help. Sacha was very dedicated and was concerned that we should have a lovely time . I will definitely ask him to plan and book all further trips and would recommend him to all
Sent in by Heather Smith
Crewe, 08 June 2019
Very thorough, professional and helpful
Sent in by Jane Stamp
Lincoln, 05 June 2019
Sacha is friendly and professional and always available to answer your queries
Sent in by Nerida Britton
Holkham, 04 June 2019
Sacha was very helpful and provided several options to choose from. The service was quick and easy from start to finish. Will definitely be in contact again for my next holiday booking
Sent in by Paul Buckley
Exeter, 31 May 2019
Really impressed with the service provided. I have never 'returned' to a particular agent before now but am soon to make my third booking and no doubt there will be more
Sent in by Timothy Harris
London, 22 May 2019
Thoroughly professional service - and very patient, too!
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 01603 360 099