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My name is Sarah, and I'm a travel agent in Brough.
I've worked in the travel industry and customer services for over 27 years. I'm one of those lucky people who work in an industry that is essentially my hobby: travel! I love travel and all things related; be it the foreign culture, traditions, architecture, smells and sounds and, of course, the cuisine.
I have travelled extensively so have first-hand knowledge of many worldwide and luxury destinations including the Middle East, Caribbean, Australia, Canada, USA, South Africa, Maldives, Mauritius, and Morocco, Egypt and many European destinations including multiple Greek islands, Italy, Austria, Spain and Portugal. I also have immediate access to a huge circle of colleagues all over the world, so if I can't answer your question, I'm confident someone in the Travel Counsellor community will be able to.
The largest holiday I ever organised was for my own wedding in Zell-am-See, Austria in 2005. It was an amazing week where 64 family and friends joined us for a 'winter wonderland' wedding. It was truly bespoke with seven different departure points, flights, trains, cars, transfers, two boutique hotels, a horse-drawn sleigh and plenty of mulled wine!
I have won many awards and accreditations. Here's a few of my career highlights:
TUI New Shop of the Year award 1993
TUI Shop of the Year award 2001
TUI Shop Manager of the Year 2004
Institute of Customer Services (ICS) Solutions Award 2011
Travel Counsellors Nominee Best Newcomer (Leisure) 2013
Awarded Gold Travel Counsellor status Oct 2014 - recognised as one of the top 10% in the company!
Why choose me?
1. I believe in building strong and trusted relationships with my customers so that when you think 'holidays', you think 'Sarah'.
2. I believe in fully understanding my customers’ needs so that I can offer you the best holiday to match those needs.
3 I believe in good old-fashioned customer care. You simply can’t get this if you book online. I would never recommend a holiday that I would not feel happy booking for me and my family.
4. I am available to you when you want me, often when most travel agents are closed. You only ever deal with me all the way through the process.
5. There are so many recent changes to travel these days, I have access to the latest FCO rules and regulations, country by country, whether you need a negative COVID test to enter, whether you need to complete an e-form before you depart, etc... so you don't have to worry about a thing!
So, when you are thinking about planning your next trip, be it a luxury honeymoon, a city break, safari, ski trip, a cruise, or a round the world trip of a lifetime, just give me the opportunity to quote.
Remember: With me, it's a relationship not just a transaction.
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.
08 August 2020
I was determined to travel in 2020 once the travel bans were lifted, not just for my own mental-health, but to see first-hand how life & travel in Covid-times was different to any other year. I was pleasantly surprised! We took advantage of twilight check-in the night before our early flight from Manchester. There was NO-OTHER person in the check-in queue, it was spookily quiet! After our Greek entry forms (on the app) were checked for approval we dropped our cases in record time and retired to an airport hotel for the night. On arrival at Manchester Airport the next...
10 August 2019
I was invited as a guest to the Crieff Highland Games in August 2018 by one of the elderly patrons, so I thought I would make a family weekend of it, why not? I stumbled across the perfect little dog-friendly cottage in nearby Comrie, a 15-minute drive from Crieff. At once I felt the Scottish welcome I've grown to love with the best complementary tea-tray awaiting our arrival! Caroch Cottage had won me over with a bottle of red wine and a Battenberg! A cosy living room, stylish shower room, a twin and a double bedroom on the first floor and kitchen/diner...
08 March 2019
It has been 18 years since my last visit to Cyprus so when I got the chance to visit two of the leading hotels on the island in the month after my busy-booking spell it was a no-brainer! March is a cracking time to visit this Eastern Mediterranean island, still divided since 1977, the north being occupied by Turkey, the south Greek- speaking. Don’t get me on the politics but I only visited parts in the south. It’s a pleasant temperature this time of year, I had a week of early 20oC sunshine and just half an afternoon of light rain....
07 March 2019
Our trip was wonderful thank you. Brandon Lodge was just what I hoped it would be, nice and relaxed with really good food and accommodation. The activities that we’d booked turned out great. The Dogsledding was absolutely fabulous. We had a stunning sunny day, beautiful fresh snow and keen dogs in the forest…Gorgeous. The provider even had us all in their home afterwards for fika (coffee and cake) - lovely people and a superb activity. The other activity was “dinner on ice”. What we’d booked was a dinner for two in a teepee out on the ice near the chalets...
26 February 2019
As Familiarisation Trips go this one was pretty special! A twin-centre COMO hotels trip staying at both Cocoa Island and Maalifushi. As it was my first visit to the Maldives, I was so excited to arrive, so a short 50 minutes speedboat transfer was just what I needed with some fresh air after being on a plane for so long, and great to whizz past other islands en-route. I reached 5* Cocoa Island first, greeted by the GM Benjamin, instantly you can tell how tiny the place is, you can walk around it in 10 minutes, the sand is...
07 January 2019
The resort is right next to Sandals Barbados so you can walk freely between the two resorts and they are really just two resorts in one, but we did prefer our side. It just felt more luxurious and typically Sandals. The food as usual at Sandals is amazing, we certainly have some pounds to lose! Thankfully with us being Club Level the concierge made all our reservations, so we didn’t have any problems getting into the restaurants. Our favourites are the Sushi and Butch’s Chophouse, but we loved them all! We also loved the beach. We were a little disappointed with...
18 December 2018
This relatively unknown corner of the Greek Mainland had been on my radar for a while as it's a firm favourite of my fellow Travel Counsellor colleagues. It's one of those places that you could go back to time and time again (as many Parga-fans do) and never eat in the same restaurant twice! With accommodation to fit all budgets and tastes from luxury boutique hotels to quaint, typically Greek self-catering units, it really is a destination which appeals to most markets. Two stunning bays with sand and shingle beaches, plus local beaches and the main 'town' beach to choose from, you...
18 December 2018
A great Easter base for us for access to Perthshire, Sterling with the Wallace Monument and Sterling Castle, and only an hour's drive to lovely St Andrews for the world-famous golf and stunning wide beaches. These lodges - The Woods are in a quiet location on the outskirts of Alva, with super views overlooking the Ochil Mountains, locally known as the Hillfoots were the perfect place for a few nights with our Molly-dog! Lodges are modern, spotlessly clean, warm (a necessity in April), well-decorated and well- maintained and a big plus for me ... are dog - friendly! Two local...
16 October 2018
Stunning soft sandy beaches, a huge choice of excellent hotels with superb service. Perfect for weddings, with lush gardens, Caribbean Sea backdrops, relaxing spas, romantic sunsets, Jacuzzis in your room or balcony - or both! We visited four stunning hotels all very different and for very different markets. Here’s a summary: Dreams Riviera Maya, Cancun A great all-round resort for families and couples, groups and weddings. A laid-back atmosphere with friendly, smiling staff, good food with plenty of choices of restaurants from beachfront grills to Tapanyaki. Great little kids club for your youngsters. Small spa area in lush surroundings. The couple’s area is...
16 June 2018
Jacob’s Lodge, Egglestone, Teesdale, Northern England. Finding a large cottage of the best standard, the right amount of parking, enough bathrooms, a games room, and in the right location for 15 of us over three generations was never going to be easy, but we fell lucky with Jacob’s Lodge Cottage in the northern part of the Yorkshire Dales. Located north of the A66 not far from the market town of Barnard Castle, in the most stunning rolling hills the views are to die for. With a huge wooden farmer’s-style kitchen table we self-catered for huge breakfasts. We enjoyed some wonderful walks...
25 May 2018
As you know I was little apprehensive in entrusting the itinerary to anyone else but I have to say the organisation of it all was fantastic. You, the Travel Counsellors team and the Easia company, in Vietnam were all exceptional. Day 1 to 3 - Silk Path Hotel - Hanoi Hanoi is simply one of the world’s best cities. It is so vibrant, busy, interesting and fascinating that it could be a holiday destination all by itself. We had originally not booked a guide to show us around the city but on arrival and being met at the airport the guide was...
31 January 2018
This is one of my client's reviews following their anniversary trip to the 5* Sandals La Source in Grenada. We had an amazing time, I think I can honestly say the most relaxing holiday I have had for some time! The room was really nice, they had only just been built in July, so it still felt nice and new. It was open plan with the bathroom within the bedroom, which I loved because it was so modern but not so great if you want some peace and quiet whilst taking a shower! The food was really nice, with plenty of...
18 December 2017
It was all perfect! The accommodation was a separate ’block’ at the back of the hotel, three minutes’ walk away and the room was lovely. The hotel was great location for the toboggan run and the supermarket was a 10 minute walk away, where we stocked up on bits for lunches. Scotty treated us to the extra trip of the Husky ride. Not cheap but as Scotty said “we’re only here once”. We went out at dusk driving our own Husky team across a frozen lake and through woodland. Jacob was sat bolt upright at the front LOVING it while Libby cuddled...
01 September 2017
I've just returned from a wonderful taster cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime's Columbus. It's a medium-sized ship which is a refreshing change from some of the huge resort-sized ships we see these days. Not too many people and less likely to get lost finding my cabin! Onboard, there is a feeling of spaciousness as there are various venues for guests to be entertained, dined and refreshed, or simply just chill- out. The decks are spacious with plenty of deck chairs and sun beds around the pools to snooze away or catch some sunshine. Lots of food choices and excellent service from...
07 October 2016
I have been incredibly lucky this year I know. Every so often we are offered the chance to visit some fantastic locations around the world to see for ourselves what destinations have to offer. So when I was offered the chance to visit Aruba with a group of fellow Travel Counsellors it was very hard to turn down, especially as it was a Caribbean island I have not visited before. As the island is part of the Dutch Antilles we flew with KLM (the Dutch airline) via Amsterdam. Regional airports connect very well so I set off from Humberside Airport...
15 August 2016
Umbria and Florence: Rolling hills, wide vistas, sunflowers as far as the eye can see, silence... As you may have guessed by now, we love our food. Having enjoyed Italian hospitality on previous holidays we chose Umbria as our summer destination this year. It's been a busy year so a quiet place was needed where we could chill out and recharge our batteries, have some days out in the surrounding area, and enjoy some fab food and wine. If this sounds like your perfect trip then Umbria is for you. More reasonable than neighbouring Tuscany, yet only 2.5 hours’ drive from...
02 April 2016
My youngest daughter is a bit of an adventure junkie (yes even at 8!) so when the opportunity came to visit Portaventura theme park on the Costa Dorada in Spain I jumped at the chance to fill the Easter school holidays. We stayed on site at the 4* Hotel Caribe and although it’s a large hotel it didn’t feel busy this time of year so there were plenty of tables for the huge buffet at dinner and breakfast. I can imagine in the summer it could be very busy and noisy! The food was varied and of a good quality, with...
15 March 2016
Sometimes I get a bit blasé about destinations when I am dealing with them day in and day out and you forget how special some places are; so when I had the opportunity to travel to Swedish Lapland I had to pinch myself as I had never been anywhere so special before. We travelled with Scandinavian Airlines via Stockholm to Lulea in the heart of Swedish Lapland and our first overnight was the ‘red cottage’ style Pine Bay Lodge with just 7 bedrooms and a hearty fire to welcome us I already fell in love with the simplicity and beauty that...
22 October 2015
This was to be our last family holiday before my 18 year old decided it's no longer cool to go with us, so I wanted a real family trip for half term with loads of activities for both age groups of my children and I couldn't have chosen better. We went to the 5* Beaches hotel, Negril, Jamaica, mainly for the weather, but also for the beachfront location, the watersports, choices of restaurants and all-inclusive activities. It was fab! The waterpark on site kept my 8 year old busy all day, every day. We also tried all the FREE watersports...
27 July 2015
Not happy with just one Greek island I wanted to pack in three this holiday! I chose these three islands due to their locations, ferry connections and contrasts and wasn't disappointed. We stayed in three very different properties which suited our family perfectly. We flew with Easyjet into Mykonos then home from Santorini, after 10 nights of Greek sunshine. My highlights : Mykonos: Watching the A listers on their yachts in Platys Yialos. Mykonos Town for cocktails and sunsets over Little Venice. Getting lost in Mykonos Town's maze of back streets. Naxos: Naxos Town- loved the harbour and Old Town. THE most amazing sunsets I have ever seen...
01 May 2015
I spent a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend at Basin Howe Farm Cottages in Sawdon Heights, North Yorkshire with my family. I can highly recommend these luxury cottages for a stay in this beautiful part of the world. It's location is perfect for mountain bikers, walkers, people who like the coastal area, it's also set on the outskirts of a peaceful village with a fabulous gastro pub too! We took plenty of walks with the dog and loved rock pooling on Cayton Bay beach. A fish and chip lunch in Filey or Scarborough is also a must! The cottage is a very high...
21 March 2015
When it comes to anniversaries and birthdays or I need to leave the rat race for a night this is where I head. Raithwaite Hall Estate. It is a fabulous luxury property only a mile inland from the Whitby to Sandsend coastal road but set in beautiful gardens it is calming as soon as you walk in the doors. The service is impeccable in the restaurants and I rate the breakfast as one of the best Yorkshire breakfasts I have ever had, all locally sourced fresh foods and with views over the gardens I cant fault it. We tend to have...
14 February 2015
I'd promised my eldest daughter since she was 12 or 13 that I would take her to New York when she was 18. I have no idea where those years have gone but in February 2015 I made the promise into a reality. We arrived in the coldest spell of winter storms they had experienced for years but we were well prepared so it didn't stop us doing anything we had planned, infact the snow made it more magical, Central Park more stunning and Ground Zero more eerie. We stayed at the mid-priced Ameritania hotel, perfectly positioned for Midtown Manhattan, Times Square,...
10 October 2014
Sometimes we get the opportunity to travel to destinations to 'try them for ourselves' so when I was offered a trip to Jamaica courtesy of he leading all-inclusive hotel group of Sandals I jumped at the chance. I visited 4 hotels on the island, here are my reviews: Sandals Royal Caribbean: I visited this hotel for lunch. It remains one of my favourites of the trip. Beautiful rooms and suites, particularly the swim up lagoon suites. the gardens are well kept and beautiful. I loved the private island at Sandals Cay that you get a boat across to. There is a fabulous Thai restaurant...
10 August 2014
Ios is a neighbour of Santorini, in the Cyclades group of Greek islands. Its popularity as a party island for young people should not deter you from visiting it. It is a Greek island of much beauty, un-commercialised in most areas, with beautiful sandy beaches, mountainous hillsides, windmills, history and myth. The fact that it is on the main backpacker route around the Cyclades does mean in July and August it is popular with young people but in June and September it is much quieter and offers a very reasonable alternative to its neighbours of Mykonos and Santorini. We loved...
11 July 2014
This is one of my customer's reviews sent to me on the return from his weekend away, I thought it was perfect to share on here! SAS airlines are excellent, no messing about, no fuss, they just get you there. Also the coffee is OK. Oslo airport isn't bad, we grabbed a decent bite to eat there. Aalesund airport is a bit like Humberside, but hugely efficient, clean and tidy. Car hire is right in the arrivals hall. The staff were friendly and efficient, not quite the German level of efficiency at Dusseldorf, but very close. Our car was upgraded to a...
07 May 2014
I promised my children a trip of a lifetime that would encompass all that California has to offer and that's what we delivered. I wanted to see redwoods, the Pacific Ocean, national parks, theme parks (like Disney and Universal), Hollywood, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge - all the icons that sum up the Golden State. Hopefully they'll remember this holiday for a very long time. We travelled with Air New Zealand direct from Heathrow to Los Angeles, the service was excellent and I would highly recommend a direct flight. The Skycouch was perfect for the children as they got...
23 March 2014
I've just returned from a long weekend in Barcelona. This beautiful city is quickly becoming another favourite of mine. We stayed in the superbly located H10 Port Vell. It’s a 4* hotel with a small roof terrace for lounging on the warmer days and enjoying a drink whilst overlooking the harbour. Within a block you are into the myriad of streets of El Born, known for the artisan shops, boutiques and tapas bars this city has based its reputation on. Another block away and you find yourself in the Gothic Quarter with its wonderful cathedral and gothic architecture. I found...
30 November 2013
I can't begin to tell you how special and unique the Northern Belle is. The food is outstanding and, for me, one of the highlights of the journey. The surroundings are enchanting with fine linens, silver cutlery and beautiful crockery. The service is attentive, being tailored to the customer, relaxed and chatty, and in no way stuffy or over the top. If you like the finer things in life and appreciate how lucky we are to have this kind of tradition and workmanship in this country you need to try it! Our trip was a long day with an...
03 October 2013
Leighton Hall Farm Cottages, Near Neston, The Wirral, Cheshire was our chosen place to stay for a weekend of quiet countryside where we could access the busy towns and cities close by. We chose these cottages as they were furnished to a high standard and had enough space for a group of 11 ladies all to have our own rooms. We hired all three cottages but one would be fine for a family of up to 6 people. I booked through Hoseasons Cottages who left loads of information for us on arrival with recommendations for places to visit and eat....
12 August 2013
Recently we had a wonderful time staying near Luino on Lake Maggiore, Italy. I could have sat on my balcony forever and never tire of the views over the Lake. I loved how the lake changed colour as the night drew in. We saw some fabulous sunsets and had two unbelievable storms where the lightning was fascinating to watch. We had a week visiting the following places: Our first stop was Lugano, Switzerland. We had a lovely walk around the old town and the lake. We took the mini tourist train through the town and did the...
01 August 2013
The MSC Divina is great if you’re looking for a family orientated cruise that’s laid-back, casual and full of fun. There’s also a dash of sparkle and sophistication thrown in with lounge bars and tempting menus! The ship’s design was inspired by screen legend Sophia Loren. As a result there are sumptuous lines plush decor with Swarovski crystals embedded in the stairs, and overall the ship is pristine. We chose an itinerary departing from Venice, which almost looked like a miniature village as we sailed off through the lagoon. Highlights were:- a trip to Olympia, with a...
08 June 2013
Once in a while you have to treat yourself. With friends in London and friends in Yorkshire, Stratford upon Avon was the ideal place to 'meet in the middle' for a girly treat weekend. The McDonald Alveston Manor was our chosen retreat. Located perfectly by the river and a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of the summer street markets and the shops, cafes, bars and bistros of this busy tourist haven. We booked a spa package through UK specialist Superbreak where chocolates, champagne, robes and relaxation are on the menu. The staff were extremely special, especially the spa...
15 March 2013
A quick dash over the North Sea from Hull on an overnight ferry allows a full day of exploration before the return journey. Bruges is not just about chocolate but it does feature heavily, if you love chocolate you’ll adore Bruges. I was pleasantly surprised with how pretty this little Belgian town is. It reminded me of parts of York with cobbled streets and ancient buildings. We did a walking tour of all the main squares and streets surrounding the main town including a short canal trip. If you get out of the main square the streets are much quieter...
11 January 2013
Recently, I had my ‘big’ birthday bash in Dublin with a group of my best friends. We stayed in a really funky 4* hotel called the Trinity Capital hotel; it’s close to Trinity College, the main shopping area of Grafton Street, a short walk to the nightlife of Temple Bar area and the riverside. Apart from the Guinness tour (I recommend the steak and ale stew and mash in the Guinness bar!), the main highlight for me was a visit to the Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison and now a heritage site museum. It is eerie and a painful glimpse...
01 October 2012
I took my 5 year old to Barcelona in October half term and was pleasantly surprised how child friendly this bustling city is. The award-winning zoo was quiet this time of year so very few queues to get into the sea-lion and dolphin shows. It was also warm enough to picnic in t-shirts in the many park areas. We took a hop-on-hop-off 2 day ticket as my little one wasn't up for all the walking. The ticket also gave discounts off many attractions and restaurants, including the zoo! We found the metro to be very handy, good value and easy to...
12 April 2012
I've seen Dubai evolve over the years, and it never ceases to amaze me! Not only known for its designer shopping malls and glitzy hotels, there is so much more to Dubai waiting for you to find. I would highly recommend catching the metro, which is unbelievably good value and clean, or a cab down to Bur Dubai. Take an abra ride (a small wooden boat) on the creek for a glimpse of what old Dubai was like before all the development began. It's a great way to get a tan, whilst enjoying the sights on this busy waterway. Reasonably...
01 April 2012
We wanted to see more of the Emirates after staying in Dubai, so this cruise was perfect for us travelling with two children. The facilities on board are brilliant for families and the free child prices make his cruise company a first choice for me. Must see:- Abu Dhabi – The Grand Mosque - the most amazingly serene place, quiet and tranquil and a welcome cool retreat from the heat. Be prepared to don the full black gown and head cover to enter. Omani Fjords – We spotted dolphins and had a wonderful cooling swim in the fjords within Oman’s rugged...
12 October 2011
Another weekend trip with a group of friends, we had a great time visiting the galleries and nightlife of this famous European city. We stayed in the Convent Hotel on a broad street away from the main hustle and bustle of the liveliest parts of town. By day we wandered around galleries and museums, stopping for coffees and cakes when we pleased. By night we found a marvellous Dutch restaurant called Moeders where the locals ate. Traditional and homely, we felt we’d found the real Amsterdam. I would highly recommend this place for it’s home cooked food and vintage crockery...
07 August 2011
We had a wonderful family holiday in the Midi-Pyrenees part of untouched France. We flew into Gerona in northern Spain, hiring a car to drive over the border into France. We stayed in a characterful town called Prades which was approximately an hours’ drive to the seaside or up into the Pyrenees in the opposite direction. Prades has market days which are a delight; beware of the smelly cheeses! We enjoyed a day out at the picturesque seaside town of Collioure where there are some great seafood restaurants along the harbour front. Travelling in August we arrived in the height of...
01 August 2011
If you want the Greek islands where the Greeks go for their holidays, these two islands are for you! An hour's hydrofoil or ferry ride from Athens, it felt like I'd landed somewhere wonderfully relaxed and in total contrast to the capital I'd left an hour earlier. Still relatively uncommercial, during the day Agistri offers laid back beach life with shallow sandy beaches safe for children. We hired a boat and were sailed around the island by a full of character ex-pat, Robert! It included a brilliant swim stop for snorkelling and a fabulous lunch stop at the south of...
12 August 2010
If you fancy seeing some of the real parts of Spain, this area in the north of the country is for you. We flew into Santander and had a week in Cantabria close to some of the best beaches and equally gorgeous seafood you can imagine, then a week in the mountains in Asturias. A trip to Antoni Gaudi's summer house, El Capricho, in Comillas is well worth seeing as is a day pottering around Santander, a colonial Spanish town with heaps of history. Find a Valon coffee shop for the thickest hot chocolate and churros known to man! The...
12 September 2009
We had a wonderfully sunny weekend in Prague which meant we were able to walk and walk and walk. We stayed in a hotel in the Unicef World Heritage Area around the old square near the gothic cathedral really central for all the sights and sounds of this wonderful city. With limited time to enjoy the Czech capital, we joined a walking tour of the city which covered all the main sights of the bridges and cathedral and the Jewish quarter and offered a free ghost tour on the evening. This ensured I didn’t sleep a wink that night! I...
12 August 2008
I used to escape the busier Zakynthos for day trips onto this neighbouring Ionian island Kefalonia. The drive from the small ferry port took us into Argostoli and up into the mountains usually to a favourite fish restaurant in Aghia Efthimia. This tiny resort with a shingle beach is typically Greek with white washed stone buildings and blue painted window frames. Just lush. Captain Corelli's Mandolin was filmed here with Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. I bet the village didn’t know what hit it when Hollywood came to town! If time permitted we could get up to Assos or Fiskardo...
01 February 2007
This is a challenging, high altitude ski resort with glacier skiing and guaranteed snow coverage situated in northern Italy. Not the prettiest of resorts but some amazing views from high up the mountains. The slopes are wide and great for beginners as the nursery slopes are close to the resort centre. I loved the snow mobile toboggan runs, great fun! TIP: We took a well earned rest from skiing one day and drove down to Venice, quite a journey, but it was Valentine's Day so perfect for a romantic day out! It was the famous Venetian Masquerade Ball, great to...
12 April 2006
One of my favourite places in the world, I adore this place, it's magical. Once you have visited St Mark's Square, get off the tourist trail and throw your map away. Let the alleyways, bridges and canals dictate your day. Every corner you turn you will be spell bound by a different sight or square or church dome or intricate doorway. Once the sun goes down there is a huge variety of nightlife and something for everyone. One of the best ways to see Venice is by waterway. Gondolas aside, if you are lucky enough to sail into or out...
01 February 2006
Villars and Les Diablerets are two beautiful resorts with some amazing skiing. My husband and eldest daughter are the mad skiers in the family, so I always look for a little something for me when I book our winter trips. With Switzerland I am never short for non-skiing things to do. I always book a resort with a toboggan run, and the Swiss do this very well. Whole road systems that are unused during the ski season are taken over as toboggan runs, so you take your toboggan up on the ski lift and follow the signs down the hill/roads...
12 September 2005
I was lucky enough to live on Zakynthos for the summer season of 2005 for 6 months. The island really does have something for everyone. I particularly like the Vassilikos peninsula; hire a car and take the drive down the winding coastal road through Argassi to this wild tip at the point of the island overlooking the mainland of Greece in one direction and Marathonisi, known as 'Turtle Island' in the other. There are some great beaches to visit and pretty views through olive groves at every turn. My favourite restaurant is La Bruschetta – this restaurant is high above...
01 April 2005
My honeymoon destination. It was a strange choice for someone who prefers uncommercialised places, but I loved it! The whole scale of the place made me walk around with jaw dropped, saying 'No! Look at that!' all week! We stayed at the Bellagio. Amazing place once we'd found the way to our hotel room after a 20 minute walk from reception. It also houses the best steakhouse we have ever had the pleasure of eating in, the Prime Steakhouse. Mouth watering! Don't miss the dancing fountains at the front of the hotel as seen in Ocean's Eleven. As for shopping, choice...
01 March 2005
Another favourite place of mine, chocolate box villages on the hillsides and a link to The Sound of Music, what more could you want? I've visited Austria in the summer for the lakes and mountains season, as a city-break and in the ski season and equally love it for different reasons. So much so, we got married here in the snow in the Bavarian-style town hall in Zell-am-See. I hold very fond memories of a magical week in the snow with 64 of our friends and family. We stayed in the Romantik Hotel, and it certainly played up to it's name sake...
12 February 2004
Baqueira and Beret. These two ski resorts are fairly unknown by English tourists but are popular with the Spanish ski fraternity and more famously with Spanish royalty. The slopes are wide and well-groomed; a great place for my eldest daughter to learn to ski here with an English speaking local ski guide. The resorts are small enough to find your way around easily and there didn't seem to be many queues at the lifts, always a bonus! TIP: If you fancy a day off skiing, or you injure yourself like me, Barcelona is a few hours drive away.
12 September 2003
The whole island's motto should be 'fun, fun, fun'. Anything goes here in this Caribbean island! Music plays a key part of the general lifestyle so make sure you pack your dancing shoes. I managed to squeeze in a trip to Bob Marley's old home in the capital Kingston. It is now a museum, fascinating - even if reggae isn't your thing. His influence on the island is still very evident, although I hear Usain Bolt is fast on his heels! Climbing Dunn's River Falls is a must, but not for the faint hearted. For a more leisurely excursion try a river...
01 May 2003
This trip was a real mix of senses and contrasts, I loved every minute of it. In Kuala Lumpur, I saw the best electrical storm ever from 20 stories high in my hotel room. Thankfully, I was out of the rain, but the sight of the lightning at night over the tall skyscrapers, famous Petronas Towers and the neon of the city will stay with me forever. Fabulous! In total contrast were the delightful rolling hills of the Cameron Highlands where the tea plantations go on for miles and miles in almost Lake District-like surroundings. I visited a working tea factory...
12 May 2001
Stingray City has got to be a 'must do' for anyone visiting this more tranquil Caribbean island. We were taken by speedboat out into the Caribbean sea, no land could be seen for miles yet the sea was shallow when we stopped and delightfully warm. We held chunks of dead fish in our fists for the stingrays to sniff out. Without sight they have to smell their food and slowly come out from nowhere, the size of humans but soft and fleshy to touch as they glide up to your outstretched arm with their mouths wide open! The fish is...
12 May 1991
This was my first big trip oversees and it cemented my love for travel. Even though it was more than 20 years ago I can still remember it like it was yesterday. I remember flying across the country as the pilot said over the tannoy ' we are now in Australian airspace' the red earth underneath seemed to go on and on for hours. I loved the laid back lifestyle, the love of the outdoors, the BBQs, iconic sights and loveable animals. For some real Aussie surf and beaches take the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide. We found...
Sent in by Jessemy Evans
New Zealand, 16 December 2020
Sarah worked with me to get me from NZ to the UK so that I could introduce my entire family to my new baby who have been waiting for six months to meet her. It wasn't an easy thing to do and her patience, understanding and flexibility whilst my plans kept unexpectedly changing made the otherwise stressful job to get us to our family the other side of the world, feel like a breeze! Thank you Sarah.
Sent in by Kieran Tunney
SELBY, 20 April 2020
Since meeting Sarah to book our Honeymoon, she has been nothing but professional, helpful, very knowledgeable and very easy to talk to. With the current situation we all find ourselves in, having to move our Wedding and Honeymoon has been a nightmare no one would want. Sarah has been so good in helping us keep calm (when stressed and a lot of money on the line), she has felt like more of a friend. Sarah has helped us be able to move our trip to a time which hopefully will be something like normal and with no money lost. We can't thank her enough and would, and have, 100% recommend to Friends and Family. Thank you
Sent in by Alison Robinson
Welton, 06 April 2020
Just a quick note to say thank you for rearranging our holiday into next year. In these difficult times your calm, knowledgeable and efficient service is unmatched. On-line sites may be crashing and big holiday company help lines unreachable but you do exactly as you promise and are available to your clients 24/7. When this crisis is over I hope everyone remembers and recommends you as the best way to book travel. You should be so proud.
Sent in by Rita Miller
York, 24 March 2020
Sarah was there for me when I was in danger of being stranded abroad and solved my problems promptly, and was unflappably efficient. I cannot recommend her enough!
Sent in by Ian Storey
Anlaby, East Yorkshire , 11 March 2020
Sarah is quick to respond to enquiries, provides lots of options on great hotel choices which ideally suit our needs, patient and nothing is too much trouble for her.
Sent in by Tony Hartley
Telford, 06 March 2020
I would score you 10/10 every time because you go the extra mile all the time and I always hand out your cards I can’t understand why others go through the hassle of booking elsewhere, she's a pleasure to deal with nothing is left to chance - thoroughly professional
Sent in by John Waterston
SELBY, 02 March 2020
Great listener. Professional and responsive. Offered inspiration and practicality tailored to our needs. Could not recommend more highly
Sent in by Myra Dykes
South Cave, East Yorkshire, 24 February 2020
Excellent, very efficient and speedy service
Sent in by John Price
Southsea, 12 February 2020
Everything was organised for us so we had no problems at all which was good as we are pensioners
Sent in by Martin Baltazar
South Dalton, Beverley, 10 February 2020
Brilliant service. Sarah knows a lot more about new places than we do so is an excellent font of knowledge and guide to help build the perfect holiday.
Sent in by Hannah Harrison
Welton, 10 February 2020
Sarah has been excellent, I have already recommended her services to a friend and will not hesitate to do so again in the future. Thank you for your patience and help Sarah.
Sent in by Bethany Wright-Paramio
Lane End, Bucks, 07 February 2020
Definitely will recommend! We asked Sarah to help us book our girls holiday this year and she was really great! Gave us lots of suggestions that fit our criteria really quickly after contacting her! Really friendly and helpful throughout the whole process and took out all the stress of organising the holiday! We will definitely be booking through Sarah again!
Sent in by Deborah Thornton
Brough , 05 February 2020
So helpful and friendly!!!
Sent in by Alison Walker
Elloughton, East Yorkshire, 05 February 2020
You did all the hard work for us, it made it so easy. Thank you for your prompt delivery of service.
Sent in by Sara Murphy
Elloughton, East Yorkshire, 04 February 2020
Sarah is very knowledgeable and offers a fast and efficient friendly service
Sent in by Shaun Wood
Featherstone, 30 January 2020
I would 100% recommend Sarah Smith. Nothing is every to much to ask. Not matter what time if its an evening or even on the school run. Sarah is always available for us. We look forward to continuing to work with Sarah throughout 2020 and beyond. If anyone wants a stress free holiday, Look no further.
Sent in by Alison Robinson
Welt, East Yorkshire, 29 January 2020
Sarah is amazing! She takes the time to understand your requirements, makes suggestions including wild cards when appropriate or just offers what you ask for when the brief is specific. This time it was speed booking because of a wild card last year! Just give Sarah your holiday parameters and prepare for her to exceed your expectations - a unique experience not available on an algorithm!
Sent in by Frances Dodd
York, 27 January 2020
Sorry taken me so long….but just wanted to say a big massive thank you for all your organising in the US – you did such a brilliant job and it all worked so smoothly. Thank you in particular for getting those front of row sets – I have never managed to get those before – so was in awe of your speediness!! Thank you again – really appreciated all that you did for us.
Sent in by Bernhard Lindsey
Saltburn , 20 January 2020
Sarah always offers a fantastic service, she works with us to get the best deal for our requirements. I recommend her to all our family and friends!
Sent in by Emma Marrison
Hessle, East Yorkshire , 15 January 2020
Sarah is very helpful and always responds quickly to any queries I have. I would always recommend Sarah !
Sent in by Sue Rees
Welton, East Yorkshire, 10 January 2020
As usual, great, efficient service ....thank you!
Sent in by Michelle Bayram
North Ferriby, 07 January 2020
We have always been extremely happy with the level of service that Sarah offers, Very quick response times, friendly service, wealth of knowledge, always adds the personal touch! The only difficulty is deciding which destination I want Sarah to book next!
Sent in by David Marsden
Beverley, 06 January 2020
A very professional, informative service that you can rely on
Sent in by Amylou McParland
Kent, 20 December 2019
A truly personal service, no question big or small was any trouble in answering. Always a quick and efficient response with a friendly tone, thank you
Sent in by Kaylee Abel
Elloughton, East Yorkshire, 09 December 2019
Sarah was amazing booking our wedding package, tailored it to exactly what we wanted & better value than anywhere else.
Sent in by Sandra Norton
North Cave, East Yorkshire, 06 November 2019
I am always pleased with your service, thank you. It takes the bother from me as I am the one usually having to think about holidays with whoever I am travelling with at the time. . So, thank you.
Sent in by Simon Daws
Redcar, 04 November 2019
The trip was really nice, just what I needed! The cottage was beautiful! I didn’t want to leave... thank you!
Sent in by Jane Clark
North Lincolnshire, 15 October 2019
Extremely helpful and efficient service. Will definitely use your services again and would highly recommend to family and friends. Thank you .
Sent in by Simon Daws
Teesside , 09 October 2019
Sarah is always really helpful, and goes that extra mile to ensure the trip is a success!
Sent in by Diane Wright
Welton, East Yorkshire, 07 October 2019
Always friendly, efficient and finds us the holiday we need.
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 01482 772520