Hi, my name is Sandi, thank you for visiting my web page!
I live in Dorset near Sherborne and would love the opportunity to be your personal Travel Counsellor. I have always had a passion for foreign travel and having grown up with a Dad in the Forces I spent the first 14 years of my life living abroad, maybe this explains why it excites me helping plan wonderful holidays with my lovely clients!
Before becoming a Travel Counsellor myself just over 4 years ago, my husband and I got married in Mauritius, all arranged by our own brilliant Travel Counsellor who ensured that every little detail was looked after and everything was perfect. This seamless experience, along with my passion for travel inspired me to become a Travel Counsellor myself and now I am able to offer that same personal service to my customers.
I have been lucky to travel to some incredible places in the world and returned to some of them numerous times. Some personal favourites of mine have been Thailand, USA, Mexico, Dubai, Morocco, Barbados, Cuba, Mauritius, India, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Germany, France, Greece to name a few. I have explored these wonderful destinations by plane, train, helicopter, car, cruise ship and river cruise ship and even by camel!
As a Travel Counsellor I work from home and offer a friendly personal service giving completely independent advice as I am not tied to any one supplier. I understand that 9-5 doesn’t suit everyone and therefore I am happy to speak to you at a time which suits you best, that may be in the evening or at the weekend. If you prefer I'm always happy to discuss your travel arrangements over a coffee. I know how stressful booking your holiday can be and I want to make that experience so much more enjoyable and exciting. If you tell me your vision of the perfect holiday I will work with you until we find the best holiday for you whether that’s a city break, summer holiday or a cruise around the world. I pride myself on service and will plan your holiday as if it were my own!
Whatever your budget there is no compromise on my service and professionalism. My comprehensive service includes finding that perfect hotel for you, advising airlines of your passport information, help with visas, reserving seats on flights, online check-in, contacting hotels before arrival with requests and more.
All bookings are backed with full ATOL cover, 100% financial protection through the Travel Counsellor Trust as well as 24-hour back office support too, so if the unexpected occurs whilst you’re travelling or abroad, there’s always someone on the end of the phone to sort things out.
The world is a big place, I look forward to exploring it with you, just give me a call so we can start making plans!
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.
03 July 2019
It’s been 5 years since our last trip to Florida and we thought it was time to go again! Florida is one of those places that you never get fed up with as there is so much to see and do and of course the food is fabulous! We travelled up to Gatwick the night before our flight and stayed at the Sofitel, this is our preferred hotel as you can walk through to the terminal in the morning without the need for transfers. We flew Upper Class with Virgin and the flight was brilliant! We cleared immigration, collected our luggage and...
02 May 2019
I was very lucky to be invited by the Moroccan Tourist Board to visit Fez for three nights last week. Having never been to Morocco I was keen to see what Fes has to offer! We flew direct from London Gatwick to Fez Saiss airport with Air Arabia. The flight is just over 3 hours and flies twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday making it a perfect short break destination. The plane was comfortable and the service good, we left on time and arrived into Fez at 11.50pm. We had to complete a landing card before passing through passport control...
07 February 2019
This was our second visit to Obergurgl and having stayed higher up in the village previously we made sure that we stayed in the Edelweiss & Gurgl this time! With direct access to the slopes and the gondola only steps from the boot room it made life a lot easier! The village of Obergurgl is the highest church village in Austria at 1930m, set in the Otz Valley – close to the frontier with Italy, and an easy drive from Innsbruck. It shares its ski area with Hochgurgl and the two are linked by road and by gondola. Do those altitudes...
10 December 2018
Thailand is one of my favourite destinations and we have visited several times! Flying from Heathrow direct with Thai Airways we arrived at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport early in the morning and were on our way to the Banyan Tree in Bangkok. Although it is a little way out of the city, it’s within walking distance of Pat Pong night market and the Sky Train and of course tuk tuks are so cheap! We were greeted with cold flannels and Butterfly Pea Flower tea (not my favourite!) and shown to the Club Lounge for check in. Our rooms weren’t ready, so we...
02 October 2018
It’s been ten years since we last visited Dubai and were really interested in seeing the changes that have come about since then. We travelled from Heathrow to Dubai with Virgin on the late flight that landed into Dubai at 8.25 in the morning so as not to waste the day and arrived at our hotel, designed in the style of a Sheikh’s summer residence, we were welcomed in style to Jumeirah Al Qasr in time for breakfast! I always pack an outfit in my hand luggage for early arrivals or lost luggage and this time I was ready to hit the...
27 August 2018
Puglia for my husband’s birthday surprise! With direct flights from London Gatwick to Bari it’s only a couple of hours flight, so really easy for a short break. The heel of Italy’s boot has sandy bays, pretty coves, unspoiled villages and Greek and Roman ruins and Puglia seems to offer a taste of a more traditional Italy. Over 70% of Italy’s olive oil is produced in this region and the countryside is stunning. We hired a car at the airport and drove down to Alberobello, our home for 5 nights. The journey took just over an hour and we only got lost once...
26 July 2018
300 years ago this year the settlement of ‘La Nouvelle Orleans’ was founded and there is plenty of history to be found in this melting pot of different cultures and heritage and it’s so easy to get there with British Airways offering a direct flight from London Heathrow. With a new airport due for completion in 2019 the experience should be even better. July may not be the best month to visit NOLA as it’s so hot and humid but if you make like the locals with their slow, southern drawl and just take your time you should be able to...
12 June 2018
Last week I was invited on board Oceania Cruises ship, Nautica for a tour of this fabulous ship! She was in Southampton for the day between cruising the British Isles giving us an opportunity to have a look behind the scenes. Once on board our group was treated to a glass of fizz whilst we were given a presentation by one of the team. I learned so much about the Oceania fleet and all the itineraries and I can’t wait to share some of this knowledge with you! Oceania has 6 ships in its fleet, Marina and Riviera are the larger ships...
16 November 2017
We have just returned from the most amazing river cruise along the Danube with Tauck Tours! Our journey began with a flight from London Gatwick directly into Budapest and we were met at the Airport by a Tauck representative holding a sign with our name on it. We were welcomed at the hotel at a dedicated desk, check in was seamless and we were soon in our room unpacking ready for the evening adventure! Our welcome dinner was held at the Akademia Club in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a location not usually open to the public and we were treated to...
15 May 2017
With change coming in the very near future, I finally persuaded my husband that the time to visit Cuba was NOW! Cuba has been on my bucket list for years and with the travel rules being relaxed by the United States I wanted us to visit before the crowds arrive and the culture of the country changes to please its visitors. We travelled with Virgin directly to Havana from London Gatwick, where we spent our first 3 nights in the Iberostar Parque Centrale. All travellers to Cuba must have a visitor’s Visa, and travel insurance is mandatory. I would also recommend that...
31 March 2017
Our myTC app is a 'must' for any traveler! Being a Travel Counsellor means that I have access to cutting-edge technology to help me provide a fantastic service for my customers and since we launched the myTC app for all our customers, both business and leisure travelers, we have already received a great response. Our app is unique and a fantastic addition to my personal approach as your Travel Counsellor and is available to download free of charge! Once you have downloaded the myTC app you will have easy access to all your travel details in one handy place and the best...
16 January 2017
We are lucky enough to have visited Barbados before but it’s always great to revisit a tropical island, especially in the dark dismal winter month of November!! Our flight with British Airways was at 11.15am and we decided that rather than get up at the crack of dawn that we would treat ourselves to a pre-night stay at the Sofitel Hotel. I really would recommend this as it really started our holiday off in style! We booked parking for 10 nights and the hotel stay and drove up leisurely the night before, enjoyed a fabulous dinner and a couple of glasses...
31 May 2016
We have never cruised before and I thought that this would be the ideal way for my husband and I to find out all about cruising. We decided that we should share the experience with Paul’s parents, so we gave them the same trip as a Christmas present! As first time cruisers we had no idea what to expect and we were so impressed with the whole experience! We live in Dorset so it was really easy for us to drive to Southampton in the morning. Wow! Seeing Harmony for the first time was amazing, she is huge! We left our car with...
14 May 2016
Our US adventure began with flights with Virgin from Gatwick into Orlando. Arriving at Orlando airport is always exciting as you know that you’re already part of the magic that is Disney and Universal! Collecting our luggage was straightforward and we headed down to the car rentals desk to pick up our car. Leaving the airport can be quite nerve wracking after a long flight as everything is on the wrong side of the road and you are sitting on the wrong side of the car, so I let Paul drive and we headed for our first hotel, The Embassy Suites...
Sent in by Colin Walker
Bournemouth, 21 February 2020
Sandi is always happy to help and provides the best advice on my travelling needs. Highly recommended. 10stars !!
Sent in by Tanya Culling
Dorchester, 20 January 2020
Sandi was amazing! So thorough and helpful! We used her to book our honeymoon and I am recommending her to everyone I know! Amazing.
Sent in by Lauren Vass
Ferndown, 12 December 2019
Sandi is the only person I’d go to, to help me book our holidays! Thank you so much for all your help!
Sent in by Ella Cane-Mould
Weymouth, 12 December 2019
Sandi has been amazingly helpful in planning, advising and generally sorting our trip to Disney.
Sent in by Iain Stewart
Christchurch, 26 September 2019
Sandi is just the best. she is knowledgeable, hard working, thoughtful, efficient and totally goes the extra mile. Hard to imagine ever booking a holiday through anyone else.
Sent in by Jennie Veale
Dorchester, 16 September 2019
Sandi is always so very helpful and nothing is too much trouble. Receiving my holiday tickets with everything done and beautifully written out is a joy. Plus the reassurance that she is only a phone call away if you need assistance makes for an even more relaxing trip.
Sent in by Neil Bower
Bournemouth, 30 October 2018
Sandi has been helpful all throughout the process of arranging our 4 week trip to New Zealand, she has made planning the trip easy and enjoyable, and knowing that she is there to sort out any issues is very reassuring. I would recommend anyone thinking of a trip to use Travel Counsellors.
Sent in by Bev Cahill
Sherborne, 27 July 2018
If I could score 100 I would!
Sent in by Brett Dorney
Templecombe, 27 July 2018
Sandi takes personal responsibility for the itinerary and is a joy to deal with!
Sent in by Verity Pitman
Dorchester, 05 June 2018
Amazing! Thought of everything right down to vaccines, travel insurance and personal activities.
Sent in by Michael White
Sherborne, 05 June 2018
Sandi is so helpful and understanding which makes it all worth it, it takes most of the stress away from the start.
Sent in by James Murray
Poole, 25 January 2018
Extremely helpful and listened to my requests.
Sent in by Jane Popperwell
Ringwood, 22 January 2018
Sandi is so helpful and always comes back straight away to any queries we might have regarding our booking. She is so lovely to deal with!
Sent in by Zoe Calvert
Wareham, 07 January 2018
I don’t usually respond to these but Sandi always makes a special effort and is worth every bit of 10/10!
Sent in by Sarah Talbot
Dorchester, 13 November 2017
She’s brilliant, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her!
Sent in by David Dobbins
Sturminster Newton, 13 November 2017
For many years I have used a Travel Agent for my travel arrangements and with good success. However when I made contact with Sandi Snashall I feel the ease in which my trip to Canada was sorted was more personal and I would recomend her to my friends and family in the future
Sent in by Amanda Froud
Verwood, 07 September 2017
Sandi was really helpful, friendly and happy to answer any questions that I had. A very professional service, even contacting me with an answer on the day she was on holiday herself!
Sent in by Clive Gibbins
Bournemouth, 15 August 2017
Sandi was able to answer all my questions and has put together s great package for the holiday to Canada in January 2018. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sandi to anyone.
Sent in by Michael White
Sherborne, 01 August 2017
Sandi was really helpful on booking our holiday as this will be a once in a lifetime chance to go there with the kids at the perfect age. Sandi gave us all the information we needed ,and more, and also booked all excursions such as snow mobiles and husky sleigh rides. Very much appreciated all the hard work Sandi put in.
Sent in by Emma Friendship-Kilburn
Dorchester, 15 June 2017
Sandi helped us book the trip of a lifetime to Austria for my mother's 60th Birthday. Her manner is always professional, enthusiastic and expertly helpful. She has such experience and simply thinks of everything! To have all transfers and tickets, etc catered for was such a stress reliever and to know that rather than sitting in phone queues, if we had a query about anything at all, Sandi was at the end of the phone. Our apartment was beautiful well situated and the flight was efficiently run with friendly transfers awaiting us at each end. She sent all our documentation and even managed to change the entire holiday at a whim when my poor step-dad realised an operation would render him unable to go on the first dates we had booked and paid for. Like having a PA! I recommend Sandi and her holiday and travel services absolutely and am already using her services for the next trip!
Sent in by Tracey Carter
Poole, 05 April 2017
Sandi was really helpful and gave us loads of info, it was also reassuring to book our holiday with someone who had actually been to the country!!!
Sent in by Stephen Burke
Ellesmere Port, 05 April 2017
Sandi organised a complicated package to Austria for me. When I had to cancel at the last minute due to personal reasons, Sandi handled it expertly, recovering much of the cost for me. She then rebooked the same package for another date. I am very impressed. Thank you Sandi.
Sent in by Zoe Calvert
Dorset, 30 March 2017
Sandi has made the planning and booking of our short break so easy and all we have had to do is get excited. I am more than happy to recommend her.
Sent in by Deborah Nickless
Sturminster Newton, 03 March 2016
We wanted a long weekend in Morocco on a low budget and Sandi managed to find us a rustic little riad in the heart of the old city of Marrakech. The riad was perfectly located just a short distance from the main square. It was very authentic, basic and clean and perfectly matched to our requirements. It was the first time we have been to Morocco and with it being a totally different culture in a big bustling city, it was reassuring to know that Sandi was at the end of the phone should we have encountered any problems. It was my birthday while I was away and I was delighted when we arrived to find flowers, fruit and a birthday cake had been organised by Sandi. We are still reeling from such a fabulous authentic Moroccan experience at such good value that went way beyond our expectations. Furthermore, we received our travel pack way in advance of our holiday containing all the documentation we needed including flight details and transfers, so no last minute hassle printing boarding passes and vouchers. Travel Counsellors give you peace of mind when travelling and also find the best deals and source the nicest locations. We are looking forward to our next holiday in Sorrento in May. Thank you Sandi.
Sent in by Christophe Aertssen
Holywood UK, 01 February 2016
Words are way too less to explain the impeccable service we had. Your professional and prompt service was just excellent from the allocated seats on the plane to the towels on the beach loungers. Thanks once again Sandi, can not wait to our next trip (!!!)
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 01258 807640