Based in Norwich

Sacha Barbato

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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.



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My Blog

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.

Summer 2022 - Dordogne France

17 August 2022

To say that the last few years (prior to 2022) have been difficult for anyone working in travel / tourism, is putting it mildly. After 2 years of cancellations, refunds and hardly anyone being able to travel, it has been followed by a surge in people booking flights and holidays! With very little time off, a holiday was well needed, and we returned to a part of France that we love and have visited before. Périgord region in the SW of France – just east of Bergerac. Despite the news reports of overcrowded airports and long airport delays .. we experienced none of this. Either driving from the UK or as we did, flying and hiring a car from the airport, a car is probably essential. It means you can explore vineyards, sights and the markets easily. We stayed near the town of Bergerac and driving through the countryside here it sometimes feels like the villages have been deserted. You get the feeling that the countryside here may not have changed much in the last 100 years. It probably has not! One popular (if a bit touristy) excursion is a day canoeing down the Dordogne. Lots of companies offer it but we went with Canoe Détente and you can choose between 2-4-6 hr average durations. You park, are driven to the start point, which depends on the distance you choose and slowly canoe downstream. The water is clear and you can stop to picnic and swim, taking as long as you want to get back. Along the way you pass beautiful scenery, castles set into the rocks and peaceful spots to stop. Note, it can get busy with lots of others doing the same.. but does not detract from the day and great fun for kids of all ages. Lots of wildlife to look out for along the way. I saw Kingfishers, Peregrines, Egrets, Black Kites and Grey Wagtails .. no binoculars needed as you slowly drift past many of the birds. During the day it was so hot that most of the time was spent by the pool. We did take time out to visit some of the markets. Bergerac town has a good Saturday market with lots of fresh fruit, vegetables and cheeses being sold. Why do the vegetables taste so much better here!? Evenings eating outdoors in the local restaurants .. with great wine but book early as many of the restaurants were busy each night. Whilst the rest of the family relaxed by the pool, or in the case of the two teenagers… slept until late morning, I went out to look for birds and butterflies in the valleys around our villa. Highlights were scarce Black Woodpeckers, displaying Honey Buzzards, Golden orioles, Pied and Spotted flycatchers. The large number and variety of butterflies here is quite spectacular too – Meadow Frittilary, Dryad, Swallowtail .. just some of the many species I recorded each morning. We loved our holiday so much that we are already booked to go back next year. Although we will be combining it with a few days surfing and staying by the coast near Bordeaux. A Summer holiday in Southern Europe .... something we will never get tired of!

Summer 2019 - The perfect family beach holiday

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 our resort between Port D’Andratx and Peguera, surrounded by pine forests and rocky coves. The view from our apartment was stunning and this was going to be my ‘office’ for a few weeks where I managed to work in between trips to the beach, the pool and the bars/restaurants… The beaches are busy in Mallorca, but it is a big island and full of ‘hidden’ coves. You sometimes have to scramble over rocks and through hidden tracks to get to some of these, unless you are the owner of one of the superyachts which seem to be all around the island at this time of year. As long as you don’t mind sharing the smaller coves with occasional nudists it means you can escape the busy resorts and crowded areas easily. We spent many days at this almost deserted cove which was a short walk away from our villa – the one thing to be careful of are the jellyfish which seem to be there occasionally. After Basta was stung by one on his arm it did scare the children but was soon forgotten when they carried on snorkelling, rock jumping, sunbathing and building sandcastles, all the things that make a beach holiday so relaxing. The weather was hot and sunny on almost every day of our stay. This is the great thing about going to Europe at this time of year. I do love the UK but the weather is such a hit or miss situation back home. The beauty of travel to the Mediterranean in August is that this does not (usually) have to be something to worry about, unless like me, you find the really hot weather a bit much sometimes. Reason enough, I think, to invest on the additional flight cost to get you out to Southern Europe, even in the height of summer. There was one day of rain, but this gave us the excuse to head to the hills and visit a beautiful Monastery at Lluc. The Monastery was a mixture of art gallery, museum and cafes. It even had an indoor play area which kept Nelle happy and after wandering through the various rooms and monastery grounds we stopped on the way back at a great local restaurant for lunch. During our stay I did manage to fit in a visit to the best nature reserve on the Island – Albufera Marsh in the North. If you want to experience close views of birds like Black-winged Stilts, Purple Gallinules and many egrets and herons then it is a very pleasant way to pass a few hours (free entry too). The rest of family spent the day at a nice sandy beach and managed to find a beach-front restaurant serving all you can eat breakfast buffet for around 8EUR per person. I missed out on this by the time I joined the others! Food/drink and value for money: The question is, is it still good value to travel to Europe? There is no denying that it is not as cheap as it used to be years ago, and it is certainly much cheaper in Asia or outside of the EU. However, the combination of short, cheap flights with good quality food, safe resorts and almost guaranteed good weather (in summer) make travelling to Europe a good choice. Whatever happens this year with Brexit, this will remain the case. We combined eating in our apartment (which had a small kitchen) with meals out. The cost of food in the supermarket was similar to the UK. If like me, you enjoy the odd glass of wine or beer you will find that wine is ridiculously cheap! (3-4EUR for some good local wines and not much more for better quality). We seemed to end up going back to a great Italian restaurant, Ciao Bello di Salvatore in Port D’andratx. It served pizzas and pasta as close to real Neapolitan food as you will ever get outside of Italy. Five of us with drinks (soft drinks, wine and beer) for around 80EUR a time. Followed by some of the best ice creams I have ever tasted at the busy ice cream shop on the harbour and cocktails from a cool side-street bar. We returned relaxed, tanned and missing our daily swims in the pool and in the sea. Not much more we would have wanted from a Summer holiday abroad. If you would like to book a similar trip please do call me. It is the second time we have visited Mallorca and I can recommend lots of great places to visit as well as being able to book flights and car hire when they are at their lowest rates. The pound may be weak but with a combination of inside knowledge and planning in advance it is possible to ensure you have the perfect European holiday. Sacha

My customer stories

Sent by Mike Hodgson

A great service. Very professional and friendly. Nothing seems too much trouble. Always responsive to queries. Provides peace of mind. Brilliant customer care

Sent by Stefanie McLaney

I've used Sacha at Travel Counsellors for my last few trips and would never think about using anyone else now. He always responds quickly but takes the time to search the various options available to find the most suitable one. The prices are competitive and he always keeps me informed if the airlines make changes to the schedule. He also does the online check-in prior to the flights which is great for me as I'm often travelling in places with poor online connections. He will also do plane seat reservations and overseas hotel bookings if needed. I have already introduced him to friends who have also been very pleased with the service. Highly recommended.

Sent by Judy Parrish

Very much appreciate the service: very professional, accurate, responsive and attentive to my inquiries. Thank you!!!

Sent by Arthur Pooley

A real pleasure to deal with. Sacha worked 7 days a week on our trip and he was always available to explain every detail to us.

Sent by Marcel Holyoak

Sacha is always resourceful, extremely thorough and thinks ahead. He is also extremely quick to respond and has never failed to understand our needs no matter how complex they are. He keeps me coming back to Travel Counsellors

Sent by Andrew Moon

Couldn’t fault the service that we have had from Sacha Barbato. Simply brilliant.

Sent by Joanna Wildgoose

I have always hoped to find a travel agent tuned into what we want to get out of our holiday. Sacha is patient and thoughtful and very approachable and responsive. He provides an excellent personal service

Sent by David Hird

An excellent, efficient business that inspired confidence that I was getting the best personal service for my travel arrangements.

Sent by Richard Pinder

Fantastic service from start to finish - super helpful, super responsive, super knowledgeable and will definitely be using Sacha and team again...

Sent by Nigel Hewitt

Truly excellent service. Always available, helpful and knowledgeable. Sacha is the only person I speak to when arranging flights

Sent by Sally Dean

Sacha was efficient and very friendly - he had kept my details from my previous booking with him so remembered that I like an aisle seat and that I required vegetarian food. This gave me the feeling that I was a real person not just robot. I have total confidence in him and would certainly use him again

Sent by Mike Edgecombe

The level of personal service is second to none

Sent by Neil Lawton

Third or fourth time I have used Sacha, as always amazingly quick reply to any questions or queries, flights booked within minutes. Will always using him going forward when booking flights or holidays and would strongly recommend others to use him if you prefer the personal touch

Sent by Nigel Goodgame

Nothing is too much trouble. Quick, professional and understandings my travel travel requirements. Would always recommend

Sent by Stef McLaney

Sacha provided an exceptional service. Personal, efficient, prompt and very professional. He found me the perfect flights for my up-coming trip and sorted out the transfers and hotel for me as well. I will definitely use him for all my travel requirements in future and will have no hesitation in recommending him to family and friends. 5 star service.

Sent by Kenneth Sutton

Sacha is excellent particularly for those going on worldwide birding holidays. He is also very helpful and nice to deal with.

Sent by John Wright

Just so efficient. So easy to get the flights I want quickly with no bother. I'm so well looked after I feel like I'm the only client.

Sent by Dylan Edwards

Excellent service…. My go to place for ALL matters in travel

Sent by Sonja Bodington

As usual Sacha gives you peace of mind and takes the hassle out of traveling. I do already recommend him to other people. Takes your worries away.

Sent by Penny Aldred

He was extremely helpful and patient even when I got things in a muddle, and saved us a great deal of stress

Sent by Jo Ekin

Sacha has been amazing, efficient and quick to answer any of my queries about my itinerary.

Sent by Jill Preston

Sacha is excellent. He always responds speedily (even evenings and weekends) and is so helpful. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him to my friends, and indeed frequently do so.

Sent by Peter Chaffey

Sacha came highly recommended and as a new customer, we were very pleased with his personable and efficient service and will not hesitate to use him in the future

Sent by James Hall

Sacha always provides a great service with detailed options and addresses our travel needs at the right price point. Always happy to recommend his services to my friends, and have done so in the past!

Sent by Chloe Tibbitt

Sacha was very kind, efficient and helpful! He took on board everything I wanted out of my holiday and put together a perfect package in my budget and answered any questions I had on other aspects, like insurance and transport. Definitely recommend!

Sent by Annette Adams

Since we let our ATOL Licence lapse a year ago, Sacha has been an absolute godsend by booking flights for us and our customers and for booking minibuses. He has made a huge difference as it’s refreshing to be able to concentrate on the other aspects of running Swallow Birding, our birding & wildlife holiday company. On top of that he is a lovely guy, he’s great to chat with and incredibly efficient. We are happy and so are our customers, all in all getting to know Sacha has created a win-win situation!

Sent by Mike Wilkinson

A most efficient, courteous and professional service. We are not regular travellers so it was reassuring to know that an expert was handling our booking and thus taking some of the anxiety out of the process. We will be using Travel Counsellors again

Sent by John Weir

Sacha takes the stress out of complicated travel arrangements and at a reasonable price. I will continue to use his services in the future. I highly recommend Travel Counsellors and the excellent service they provide. I used to make my own arrangements but not any more

Sent by Sheila Ford

It was a quick and efficient service and I felt confident that I had received the best deal available. Sacha was very positive in responding to my requests.

Sent by Andy Brown

A fast, efficient, hassle-free booking made in a relaxed manner with friendly service. Top marks.

Sent by Anne Strahan

Excellent, friendly and confidence inspiring service

Sent by Karen Hargreave

Exceptional service, Sacha went the extra mile and I shall certainly use him again.

Sent by Charlie Farrell

Nothing has been too much trouble when trying to find a way to meet my requirements and always a pleasure to deal with.

Sent by Susan Nutley

Sacha kept me updated all the time and responded to emails very quickly, almost immediately we found we were on the same wavelength , such a comfort to talk to someone who knows his job and can answer your questions.

Sent by Marley Burns

Sacha provides the best possible customer service. If we could give 11 out of 10, we would. Peerless.

Sent by Sonja Bodington

The comfort and peace of mind it gives to know Sasha has it all in hand means more than I can possibly say. He goes above and beyond any other experience I have had. I would recommend him highly to anyone

Sent by Nerida Britton

Sacha was extremely helpful supplying several options for my flight before booking. Payment was easy and I have been kept informed of any updates . Would highly recommend.

Sent by David Lindo

If I could give 15 out of 10 then I would! Sacha is a credit to your organisation and he routinely goes the extra miles to make sure that things run smoothly. I strongly recommend him to all my clients - some of whom now use him exclusively

Sent by Caroline Henry

Sacha is incredibly patient and really listens to what you are wanting from a holiday. He responds so quickly to any emails. Fabulous service.

Sent by Alexander Andreadis

Sacha was an absolute delight to deal with. He has gone over and above with his customer service. Patient, polite and proactive and was very helpful with his advice. I would recommend his services to anybody.

Sent by Christopher Townend

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 by Charles Hood

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 by Jill Preston

Sacha is brilliant and couldn't be more helpful or responsive. I've already recommended him to several friends.

Sent by Sam Bramall

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 by Debbie Leiter

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 by Oliver Berney

Knowledgable, friendly, efficient, instant response - highly recommend

Sent by Lindsay Heywood

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 by Peter Alfrey

A special thanks to SACHA BARBATO at Travel Counsellors for sorting out all the covid and post Brexit logistics (it was a minefield!)

Sent by Jessica Jean

All my questions were clearly answered and very quickly as well! Friendly service. Will definitely use again

Sent by Sonja Bodington

Sacha has excelled himself. Swiftly and efficiently sorting our trip to Transylvania (of all places) and took all the stress away

Sent by Charles Polito

Very efficient and 'took the strain' out of booking a holiday

Sent by David Gandy

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 by Sheelagh Halsey

Excellent personal service. Definitely appreciate checking us in for flights from return destinations where internet access is difficult

Sent by Nigel Mill

Always expect expert, bespoke and friendly service!

Sent by Andrew Moon

Fantastic, friendly and incredibly efficient service. Will definitely use again

Sent by Nicola Martin

Brilliant service, we kept changing our minds and locations, Sacha was very very patient with us.

Sent by Harriet Aitken

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 by Dominic Mitchell

Excellent service. Fast, professional and knowledgeable.

Sent by Victoria Barrett

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 by Victoria Craig

Very easy to deal with. Extremely sympathetic to my requests and very much looking forward to holiday

Sent by Alison Gannon

Really helpful and performed the almost impossible - would totally use again

Sent by Alison Lea-Wilson

Sacha has responded quickly, professionally and in a friendly fashion. I would definitely work with him again

Sent by Annie Layte

Sacha has been so helpful and put his knowledge and expertise to great use - and saved us money!

Sent by Sue Wilkins

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 by Heather Smith

Very thorough, professional and helpful

Sent by Jane Stamp

Sacha is friendly and professional and always available to answer your queries

Sent by Nerida Britton

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 by Paul Buckley

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 by Timothy Harris

Thoroughly professional service - and very patient, too!

Sent by Nigel Mill

Sacha is extremely professional, courteous and knowledgeable

Sent by Samantha Andreadis

Brilliant service - so much easier and cheaper than doing it myself!

Sent by Jean-Marie Reid Sampson

Sacha was personable, professional, knowledgeable , patient and courteous. Everything I could want in a travel consultant. I will call on him for assistance in the future and will definitely recommend him to friends and family. The only thing lacking was having him to help me pack my bags and be with us on the guided tours. Seriously though, I am very much pleased and happy to have worked with Sacha

Sent by William Barratt

Sacha’s service is absolutely outstanding. He takes all the stress out of arranging a trip. He is incredibly thorough and exceedingly competitive. His personal service, attention to detail and clear guidance has meant it has been fantastic to have Sacha help arrange our trip

Sent by Susan Healey

Excellent service, personal attention, phones after to check all went well with the flights and trip. Will recommend to all my friends. Thanks Sacha

Sent by David Lindo

Sacha Babarto does everything in his power - sometimes over and beyond the call of duty - to make sure that your flight requirements are what you wanted, I book a lot of flights not only for myself but for the clients who come on my tours. I feel totally confident knowing that he is handling my business

Sent by Rob Turner

Really impressed with how Sacha got on board with this. He worked quickly and kept in touch when things changed and listened to what we wanted. Top work

Sent by Mike Langman

Very quick and found good flights and prices

Sent by Kim McNeil

Sacha helped with an extra leg room seat requirement after another company failed to book them. He calmly went through the options with me, and then we both decided on the best seats going by the seat plans. I felt in good hands with Sacha and am confident now that I'll have suitable seats for a long haul flight

Sent by Bob Watts

Sacha was extremely helpful and managed to secure an excellent price. Efficient, personable and a joy to book with.

Sent by Carolyn Knights

Sacha has been amazing, keeping in touch and organising a complicated holiday with several flights and transfers. Many thanks

Sent by Kevin Bryan

Sacha Barbato is organised, personable and an efficient communicator.

Sent by Odile Roy De Puyfontaine

Sacha was very helpful and provided numerous alternative for me to make the right decision for me regarding price vs convenient of flight times. This was one of the best service I got from a Travel adviser. He also advised me on visa and other administrative aspects of my trip. Definitely recommend

Sent by Heather Smith

Most efficient, prompt and friendly without inflated prices. Much appreciated

Sent by David Lindo

I have dealt with Sacha regarding travel arrangements for longer than I can remember and I have found him to be the most helpful person I could possibly speak to. He always takes it upon himself to answer any query to make sure that my travel runs as smoothly as possible. He is my go to travel consultant and I recommend him to everyone!

Sent by Annie Layte

Sacha has been incredibly helpful with sorting out our holiday, a difficult task on a limited budget. He’s been so thorough and has kept us informed every step of the way - thank you so much!