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I live, breathe and sleep travel and as an independent Travel Counsellor I’d love to be able to share my passion and expertise with you. Whether you want a family, solo or group trip and are travelling for pleasure or business, I'm available daytime, evenings or weekends to offer advice and I'm just a phone call away.
I pride myself on providing outstanding customer service, will be with you every step and can offer access to 24/7 travel helpline support, ensuring you’ll enjoy a truly memorable holiday or business trip - and all at no extra cost.
I’ve been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years and have been lucky enough to work, live or holiday in nearly 85 countries, my wanderlust even took me to New York for 12 years!
I’ve travelled extensively throughout the US, Caribbean and Latin America, most European countries including Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia and Turkey, plus The Baltics and Russia. I’ve explored Jordan, UAE, Egypt, Israel and Morocco, Tanzania, Zanzibar and South Africa and fell in love with The Maldives, India, China, Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Australia.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach stay or cruise, an adventurous multi country trip, a cultural or sporting city break, a UK staycation, or a more specialist ski, safari or diving holiday, I can help. I also specialise in tailor-made holidays for special occasions – so if you're looking to celebrate an important birthday or anniversary, want an amazing honeymoon or that once in a lifetime round the world trip, I'd love to help create the perfect trip for you.
As a personal Travel Counsellor, I take the stress out of travel planning – with all the options available today, it can get confusing, not to mention time consuming – who has time these days to spend hours comparing websites or sitting in a high-street store? That’s where I come in.
The buying power of Travel Counsellors allows almost unlimited possibilities and great value for money. I can offer everything on the high street or online but also have access to many other options – and as I’m impartial I can provide the perfect holiday to suit your needs and budget.
With ATOL and the Travel Counsellor’s Trust, you also have complete financial security with every pound you spend being 100% financially protected.
Ready to explore your next holiday destination or organise your next business trip? Simply call or send me an email and I’ll get right back to you!
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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 September 2019
There are so many rivers in Europe to choose from, from the Danube and Volga to the Loire and the Elbe. Selecting which river to cruise on really depends on what type of destinations you’re looking to visit. We selected the Rhine, home of medieval towns, castles and wineries. This river is also critical to the European economy, moving over 500MM tonnes of coal, cars and other goods along its 766 miles, from its source in the Swiss Alps through Germany and the Netherlands to the North Sea. Our cruise was to take in some fascinating ports of call: Amsterdam: A...
31 August 2019
Cruising is now the fastest growing holiday sector in the UK and there’s a plethora of cruise ships and destinations to choose from, so I knew I wasn’t going to be spoilt for choice, it was more a case of how do I pick the right one for me. Given river cruising is the new comer and I’ve always been fascinated with castles and medieval cities, I plumped for a cruise down the infamous Rhine. There are a number of operators who offer tours, but I was enticed by Avalon’s full width sliding windows and the fact she offered an...
23 June 2019
The Maldives located in the Indian Ocean is an archipelago of over 1,000 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls, less than 2 metres above sea level. Historically known as a luxurious retreat for the rich and famous, given expansion of the airline network and resort offering, this beautiful part of the world is now available to discover for a whole range of visitors. Flying from the UK is easy with an Emirates regional departure to Dubai and then a quick layover to catch the direct flight to Male. Male is the entry point for everyone to catch their speed boat,...
23 June 2019
Once you arrive in Male, the seaplane check in desks are right outside arrivals and the actual terminal is only a 10-minute drive away. You simply check in, drop your cases off and the next time you see them they’re in the room at your hotel. I’ve always wanted to experience a seaplane journey but wasn’t sure what to expect. Relaxing in the hotel's private lounge, I enjoyed some lovely refreshments and got the chance to use the complimentary wi-fi, then we were called to Gate 1 and quickly whisked on board. The planes seat around 15 people, it is...
05 November 2018
If you want a short break away in a picture postcard city, then Bruges has to come top of the list. The capital and largest city in West Flanders, Bruges is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and a 90-minute train ride away from Brussels Airport. The city centre is so picturesque, think cute winding streets, cobbles galore and a network of canals that criss-cross the city and give it its nickname of “Venice of the North”. The historic city centre claims the distinction of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can still see today why it...
15 October 2018
Zanzibar or "Spice Island” is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania and located 25kms off the mainland in the Indian Ocean. The area is made up of the main island “Unguja” or Zanzibar, Pemba Island and lots of smaller islands. I was staying at the Zanzibar Serena Hotel, located in Stone Town about 15 minutes from the airport. The hotel has been lovingly transformed from an old colonial building and it’s got one of the best swimming pools in the town. For day one I booked a walking tour to understand a little more about the history of this World Heritage Site. First...
15 October 2018
There aren’t any direct flights from Manchester, so I flew with Emirates to Dubai and then onto Kilimanjaro. I’d pre-arranged transport and after a 70-minute drive reached Arusha – my home for one night. I stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton in the centre of town near the Clock Tower, which marks the spot halfway between Cairo and Cape Town. A good-sized town, Arusha’s Central Market is a hectic but interesting place to visit, here you can find unusual spices and foods or if you enjoy bargaining, visit the Masai Market. If you enjoy shopping, there are three main malls...
15 July 2018
My favourite artist Ed Sheeran was playing in my home town, but I just wasn't quick enough to secure tickets, hence why I'm now at Stockport Station and in less than three hours I’ll be in the land of the Toons. Newcastle. One of the most iconic cities in the UK with its industrial heritage, scenic bridges and lively nightlife. I'd booked a three-day weekend – plenty of time to explore the sights and sample the infamous Geordie hospitality. My hotel, Hampton by the Hilton was literally across the street from the train station and while it’s 1970’s...
Sent in by Adam Martin
Manchester, 05 April 2020
So this is long overdue.....but 100% worthy. We asked Sarah to arrange our honeymoon in South Africa....it was THE BEST holiday I have ever been on. Every little detail was arranged perfectly. Given that we stayed in 6 places and drove over 1500km the organisation was amazing. Every hotel we stayed at was ideal. The places she chose for us to go to were out of this world. Every place had its own amazing qualities whether it be the superb mountainous scenery, the whale watching on the coast in Hermanus or the Wine Tram in Franschhoek! Superb from start to finish. Couldn’t recommend Sarah services to anyone looking to arrange any travel whether it be at home in England or any exotic destination. Thank you so much Sarah.
Sent in by Keith Wilson
Cheshire, 03 February 2020
Brilliant service and attention to detail is second to none.
Sent in by Lynn Irving
Cheshire, 29 December 2019
Sarah was brilliant. Really looking forward to the Alaskan adventure she has arranged for us!
Sent in by M Johnson
Cheshire, 12 December 2019
Sarah is simply brilliant. Over the last 12 months Sarah has taken time to get to know me and my family's holiday preferences and works incredibly hard (harder than any other travel professional I've bought holidays through before) to design holidays that meet those requirements. We had one problem on one holiday and despite time differences Sarah was always available and worked hard to solve the problem both whilst we were away and once we returned home. Couldn't ask for more!!
Sent in by Lucy Atkinson
South Manchester , 20 November 2019
Sarah is helpful, responsive and really nice. I felt I could trust her with planning our family trip to the USA and we can't wait to go.
Sent in by Terry Higgs
Seattle, USA, 06 November 2019
I would highly recommend Sarah. She is passionate about creating taylor fit experiences for your vacation. Hardworking and diligent about every detail.
Sent in by David Walker
Cheshire, 28 August 2019
Delivered on the brief perfectly with sound advice and great ongoing service and contact - can't ask for more than that.
Sent in by Kevin Thomas
Preston, 19 August 2019
Sarah became personally involved with our trip of a life time and made sure it all went smoothly. It was fantastic to see her build our trip, booking flights, hotels, transfers and additional activities. She worked with us throughout the planning and kept in contact with us throughout the trip. Sarah’s friendly and caring approach to ensuring the trip was built around us gave us that personal service. We would highly recommend Sarah to anyone planning a trip or a holiday. Where shall we go next Sarah?
Sent in by Andrea Price
Manchester, 16 July 2019
An amazing experience so far and I'm looking forward to my trip. I've never used a travel consultant before but after working with Sarah, I would use every time as the value added to the entire process is priceless. Any of my questions are answered immediately regardless of the time or day. Communication is second to none and the properties presented to me to choose from were all exactly to my request.
Sent in by Nicola Briggs
Derbyshire , 07 July 2019
Never used a travel counsellor before but I am very impressed with the service.
Sent in by Kathryn Bistacchi
Cheshire , 13 June 2019
I could not rate Sarah highly enough, she has been incredibly patient with us and took on board everything we wanted for our upcoming trip and her advice has been second to none. I look forward to her now helping us to plan out our itinerary.
Sent in by John O'Rourke
Lancashire , 06 June 2019
Sarah made me feel valued, worked around my business, did impeccable research and now we're looking forward to a stress free holiday.
Sent in by Ian Burns
Cheshire , 28 May 2019
Thank you very much for helping with our company visit to the Business Excellence Forum along with some of our customers and their partners. The whole process was very clear and smooth. Past experience told us that co-ordinating everyone's accommodation was going to be time consuming. It was such a relief to be able to delegate the hotel bookings to you, all of the toing and froing with hotels was done on our behalf. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone needing to organise business travel.
Sent in by Jay Rooney
Bramhall, Cheshire, 25 April 2019
Sarah was exceptionally helpfully in assisting me with holiday arrangements to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. She asked all the right questions so she could narrow down the best accommodation to suit my family - and worked within my budget. I must admit it was a refreshing change from Travel Agents I have used in the past- who typically like to tell me what I want- as opposed to having a conversation to establish what’s important to us- and what’s not. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sarah to others and will certainly be using her in the future. Fantastic job!
Sent in by Gwen Henshaw
Manchester, 18 April 2019
Just wanted to say that I am really impressed with how accurately our holiday reflected our brief! We needed somewhere that would be guaranteed sunshine (or as close to guaranteed as possible!), child-friendly, not too big and resort-like, with nice food, a separate area within our room for us to sit in the evening when the kids were in bed and flights that were short of a week because we had to make it back home for a family wedding. It wasn’t an easy check-list to fulfil! But you managed to hit the nail on the head!!! The Radisson Blu in Gran Canaria was exactly what we wanted and needed! We all had a great time; the kids in particular loved all the activities and we loved the beautiful accommodation. We have never used a travel counsellor before and I wouldn’t hesitate to come back to you and recommend to friends and family; even for more adventurous trips. It takes the faff out of the search for flights/accommodation etc. Thanks for arranging our lovely hassle-free hols! We will be back.
Sent in by K Titmus
Bolton, Lancashire , 14 March 2019
Sarah went out of her way to accommodate my needs checking multiple destinations and options. I can't recommend her services highly enough.
Sent in by Frances Kemp
Bramhall, Cheshire, 11 March 2019
I just wanted to thank you personally for your service when booking our New York Hotel. This might be a new venture for you, but you are truly a natural. Let me start with why I have enjoyed working with Sarah. 1. She understands me and my travel requirements. 2. She understands the location – full knowledge of the city we booked in and a choice of locations 3. She understood our budget – she kept to our budget rather than trying to upsell us 4. She was just amazing!
Sent in by Karen Christer
Cheshire, 04 March 2019
Sarah is ace! Her attention to detail and ability to find us exactly what we wanted within a few days was astounding.
Sent in by Gina Campbell
Lancashire, 19 February 2019
Sarah has been amazing from start to finish - thank you so much for your hard work. Sarah listens to your requirements and looks at the detail so you don't have to - I just know that we as a family will have a fantastic break as all our requirements will be met as I totally trust Sarah and her recommendation - all we need to do is turn up and have a great time! Highly recommended - thank you so much!
Sent in by Natalie Havery
Greater Manchester, 13 February 2019
10 star service. Super impressed!
Sent in by Tracey Gee
Manchester, 21 January 2019
Sarah was very professional and made choosing our next holiday very easy.
Sent in by Kevin Thomas
Preston, 07 December 2018
Sarah has been fantastic giving us that personal touch and delivering us what will be a trip of a life time. Excellent service and attention to detail
Sent in by Steven Clark
California, USA, 27 November 2018
Sarah has been extremely helpful planning my Mexico City trip - helping me find a terrific hotel, booking exactly the tour itinerary I wanted, etc. - all with very quick responses and efficiency. Thanks for the great service!
Sent in by Allie Baglowe
St. Helen's, 26 November 2018
Recently decided to go to New York and Sarah made the process so easy and straightforward. Everything was thought about and she provided a great service. Would highly recommend her and have already recommended to friends and family.
Sent in by Bailey Pepe
New York, USA, 19 November 2018
Sarah was absolutely incredible.
Sent in by Rob Smith
Sale, 16 November 2018
Love the personal approach which beats high street agents by a mile. Excited for our holiday now
Sent in by Hazel Barnes
Manchester, 04 November 2018
We got in touch with Sarah to arrange a holiday of a lifetime for my half a century birthday. I messaged her first and explained what we were after and she arranged a call at our convenience to ask questions and get the gist of what we really wanted and didn’t want, then she went away and came back with some options and wow what brilliant options they were, completely what we had in mind! Bit spooky really! Lol The itinerary she put together is in great detail and orderly so we’ve booked and her support is continuous, I know if I think wish I would of thought of this, to do or that to try she will advise and help. The thing with Sarah is she’s such an experienced traveler and this is what she loves and she genuinely wants you to love your trip too. Get in touch with her and see for yourself it will be worth it!
Sent in by Jane Miller
Clitheroe, 01 November 2018
We recently went to Mallorca, out of season with elderly grandparents and teenagers. Sarah helped us find a hotel suitable for our differing needs and managed to keep everyone happy! We had a great time, it was even sunny!
Sent in by David Christer
Altrincham, 01 November 2018
I would highly recommend Sarah and Travel Counsellors to anybody, for a very professional, speedy service. Excellent experience.
Sent in by Kate Branagan
Wilmslow, 01 November 2018
In all my many years of booking holidays, I have always done it myself with flights and hotels researched thoroughly. Taking up far too much of my time. As a control freak I was very wary of letting someone else loose with the reins. Well I needn't have worried. I gave you a very basic brief and you came up with a fantastic hotel and flights all within my budget. Thank you so much.
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.
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