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Sorrel Ashton

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Hello

My name is Sorrel and I’m a travel counsellor based in the Wirral.

We haven't been able to travel for the last year, but I have made sure that my customers have been looked after even in these difficult times. This year I've made sure clients have all the latest advice, the right documentation before travelling, organised COVID testing if needed, and made sure their money is safe whether it is through organising a refund or moving their dream holiday to when the world opens up again.

I can safely say that not a single one of my customers has lost money over this pandemic.

I'm here for you 7 days a week, making sure that you can have a dream holiday. And that's because I'm one of those lucky people whose job is their hobby. Travel!

I’ve been lucky enough to visit and live in some amazing places. My main areas of expertise are in Australasia, the Americas and South-East Asia (I even organised my own wedding in Vietnam). My main focus is making sure everyone can have a wonderful holiday. My father is disabled so I know first hand that disability is not a limiting factor to having an adventure. I’ve got a wealth of experience tailoring trips to specific needs, whether that is small things like having an accessible room & the right insurance, to much larger requirements, like arranging medical equipment transport. I am here to help and make sure that you can make some special memories, without worry and stress.

Sustainability is close to my heart, so you can be sure that your holiday is responsible and ethical. I feel using local operators is key to this, and helps the traveller get a more personal experience, whilst also supporting in the local economy and community.

I work from home and my local coffee shop (when we are allowed to) so contact me anytime via the phone, email, social media or WhatsApp.

Hope to hear from you soon

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4/7/2021

When you’re ready to travel again I’ll be here for you, both for trips around the UK, and to distant shores

Bucket List experience: Tanzania

12/7/2020

I was joined by Johnny from Tent with a View to explore the amazing Tanzania. Join our virtual safari from the wildebeest migration to Bab's Elephant Camp.

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.

My Guide to the Scilly Isles

16 February 2021

Holidays in the UK are set to be more popular than ever this year. But you can never predict the weather, except in the UK's version of the Tropics... The Scilly Isles. This archipelago off the coast of Cornwall boasts the warmest weather in the UK. The islands have particularly good weather between May and September, however Easter and October half term have often been very pleasant and much quieter so still are good destinations for family holidays. The sea temperature is between 8c and 16c throughout the year. The journey to the Scilly Isles is an adventure in itself. Fly from Exeter, Newquay or Lands End, take the Ferry from Penzance or even a helicopter ride. If that sounds a bit daunting the uncrowded, unspoilt and outstanding beautiful islands are well worth the trip. Here are my top things to do whilst there: > Visit Tresco Abbey Gardens > Sample the gin at the Scilly Islands Distillery > Take a boat between islands > Snorkel with Seals off St Martin's > Visit the farm at St Agnes (try the Ice Cream) My top places to stay: > The Star Castle, Hugh Town for understated elegance, jaw dropping views and incredible restaurants. > Karma St Martins - the beach is incredible, this is only hotel on this gorgeous island. > Sea Garden Cottages, Tresco - self catering accommodation right on the waters edge > Hell Bay Hotel, Bryher for crashing Atlantic views and seafood galore. Best places to eat and drink: > Adams fish and chip shop > The Crab Shack at Hell Bay Hotel > High Tide, only open 2 or 3 evenings a week on St Agnes. Go here for a spectacular three course dinner. > The Star Castle Conservatory restaurant . Claimed by the Guardian to be one of the best meals in the UK. > Holy Vale , the UK's most southerly vineyard hosting tasting sessions every weekday For your tailor made Scilly island adventure - get in touch today

My Destination Wedding Guide

15 February 2021

My husband and I were married in Vietnam in April 2015. After signing legal papers in England a few months beforehand, my best friend performed the ceremony on a boat in Halong Bay and we had a reception with our friends and family on a private beach afterwards. I know from first hand experience with my own wedding, as well as planning weddings for clients since then, that planning a wedding can be stressful. Never mind in the middle of a pandemic with all the uncertainty. So I've pulled together a guide to destination weddings if you aren't sure where to start. It includes a worksheet so you can start thinking about the key components of your wedding. A little guide to some of my favourite destinations for weddings + the top times for destinations across the world. Download your guide here > https://bit.ly/Destination-Wedding-Guide

The Worlds Best Roadtrips

07 January 2021

I love a roadtrip. The perfect opportunity to explore an area, find things off the beaten track and go at your own pace. Also a great holiday for families as it gives the kids time to have a breather between activities and also keeps all the mess contained to one area! (or at least try to) So, follow your spirit of adventure and hit the open road for a truly amazing journey of a lifetime. Below I’ve picked out five of my all time favourite road trips, in the world's most stunning long haul destinations. Which would you choose? 1) Highway 1 and The Big Sur, A feature on roadtrips wouldn't be complete without a trip the US. And there are so many options to choose, but my personal favourite is the West Coast, fly into LA pick up a car and head straight for the coast. Take in the Big Sur, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Half Moon Bay to name just a few must see destinations on the way to San Francisco and get a true taste of California living. And you can even add a tour to the wine country from San Francisco if you have the time. A must do trip. 2) The Great Ocean Road I used to live at the entry point to the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, and I often wondered why the hell I came back to the UK. This part of the world is absolutely stunning, has some amazing festivals and events and some of the best coastline in the world. Highlights for me are fish and chips in Torquay, taking in the 12 apostles at sunset from Gibson Beach, and the Australian version of Glastonbury at Falls Festival in Lorne. 3) The Garden Route, South Africa It's roughly 200km from Mossel Bay in the West to Storms River in the East and the huge variety of wildlife, scenery and activities available means this route begs to be explored. Top picks for your self drive should include a Robberg Nature Reserve, a great place for hiking, bird watching and even whale spotting in the right season. The Cango caves are also a must see and Gondwana Private Game Reserve is a great opportunity for those interested in doing a safari but only have a limited time. 4) East Cape, New Zealand The East Cape of New Zealand isn't often visited by tourists. But this area of the North island of New Zealand has some of the best scenery, culture and history that you could wish for. It also is the first place in the world you can see the sunrise (a little village called Opotiki)- So you can be the first person in the world to welcome a new day. Favourite things to do on the East cape include Morere Hot Springs, the amazing forest of Lake Waikaremoana and the Maori church at Tikitiki. 5) Trans-Canada highway, Canada The Trans-Canada highway is nearly 5000 miles, and I'm not suggesting you do all of it. But Vancouver to Calgary is a great start that takes in some of the incredible vistas of the Rockies. Vancouver and Vancouver Island deserve a decent stretch of time in their own right. But be prepared for some jaw-dropping scenery as soon as you start your route. Highlights include Harrison, home to famous hot springs, Banff with its towering mountains, glaciers and wildlife, and the turquoise waters of Lake Louise. I can package flights with your choice of car hire and accommodation to create your perfect self-drive itinerary.Get in touch for more details.

Amazing Destinations: when are the best times to go?

04 December 2020

Planning your dream trip but not sure when is best to expereince the country. Here is a handy guide for some of the best destinations based on time of year: January: It's dry season in the Caribbean, but it is also incredibly popular so make sure you book early. Other top destinations at this time of year; Maldives, Mexico, Phillipines, Sri Lanka and Thailand February: Leave the winter blues behind with a honeymoon in the Maldives. Other top destinations at this time of year; Caribbean, Maldives, Mexico, Phillipines, Sri Lanka and Thailand March: There is guaranteed sunshine in Mexico at this time of year. Other top destinations at this time of year; Caribbean, Fiji, Hawaii, Maldives, Phillipines, Sri Lanka and Thailand April: The sweet spot for Hawaii - a warm climate but fewer crowds. Other top destinations at this time of year; Caribbean, Fiji, Hawaii, Italy, Maldives, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Seychelles, Spain, Thailand May: Experience the Seychelles spectacular shores in May. Other top destinations at this time of year; Bali, Borneo, Caribbean, USA, Fiji, Italy, Maldives, Mauritius, Portugal, Spain, Seychelles, South Africa June: The Greek islands are sublime in Summertime. Other top destinations at this time of year; Bali, Borneo, Fiji, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, South Africa, Spain, USA July: Get a taste of the exotic with a Malaysian honeymoon Other top destinations at this time of year; Bali, Borneo, Fiji, Greece, Iceland, Seychelles, South Africa, USA August When it comes to long haul luxury, Bali is hard to beat. Other top destinations at this time of year; Borneo, Fiji, Greece, Iceland, Malaysia, South Africa, USA September: The prime time for weddings and honeymoons in Italy. Borneo, Fiji, Greece, Italy, Maldives, Mauritius, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, USA October: Enjoy the backdrop of South Africa's natural wonders. Other top destinations at this time of year; Fiji, Italy, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Portugal, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain November: For year-round sunshine, opt for Dubai Other top destinations at this time of year; Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Spain December: Escape the winter blues on Mauritius' pristine beaches Other top destinations at this time of year; Caribbean, Mauritius, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand

Latest Travel Update: New 'Test and Release' System Announced

24 November 2020

Some amazing news to bring you this morning from Grant Shapps. From the 15th of December, the Government will have in place a "test and release" system of quarantine. Giving some hope to people wanting to be reunited with friends and family overseas before Christmas. ?? We will still have the travel corridors, which means NO quarantine, and I would be advising to stick to these if you can. But if you return from a country that is not on the quarantine-free travel corridor list you will be able to take a test 5 days after arriving in the UK, if that test comes back negative, you are "released" from quarantine. A few key points from today's announcement: ??NHS tests MUST NOT be used for this purpose and WILL NOT legally permit you to "release" from quarantine even if it comes back negative ??tests must be booked with an approved provider taken from gov.uk website (still to be released) ??you must still complete a Passenger Locator Form no matter where you are returning from and on that form state that you are having the test (and have it booked) ??if you book the test after you return you must complete a new Passenger Locator Form ??you must still quarantine on arrival and only "release" from this after a negative test result ??normal FCDO advice (which is yet to be updated) must still be followed This is certainly a step in the right direction for international travel, however, there are still lots of things to consider. Many countries still have closed borders, or require a negative PCR test before allowing you entry. When I work with my clients on their holiday plans, I will advise on every aspect so that they make an informed decision. I can't say I have all the answers, but I certainly have the knowledge and experience to offer the best advice. Far above what you will be able to find out from Google. To find out what today's announcement means for your future travel plans, get in touch with me.

Airline Loyalty Programmes and Covid-19: What you need to know

04 June 2020

Covid-19 has placed many restrictions on travel and as a result many of you have questions about your airline loyalty programmes and the validity of your points earned so far. I wanted to give a quick summary of the main loyalty programmes and what changes they have made since lockdown began. British Airways BA have taken the decision to lower Tier Point thresholds by 30% for all Members due for Tier upgrade or renewal in April, May and June. The lower Tier qualification thresholds are: • Bronze: 210 Tier Points • Silver: 420 Tier Points • Gold: 1050 Tier Points Also worth noting: A six month extension is being applied to any Gold Upgrade Vouchers, Companion Vouchers and Travel Together Tickets earned via a BA credit card. Still no news on memberships that expire beyond June but hopefully BA announce a further update shortly. More Information from British Airways here: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/executive-club/tiers-and-benefits Emirates Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members with a tier review date prior to 1 April 2021 will retain their current status for a further 12 months with just 70% of the usual travel requirements. Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members, with a tier status review between March 2020 and September 2020 who are unable to retain their existing tier, will have their existing status extended until 31 December 2020. Those members who have Skywards Miles expiring soon needn’t worry – Emirates have extended their validity until 31 December 2020. More information here: https://www.emirates.com/uk/english/help/covid-19/ Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Virgin Flying Club are extending the status of all our Silver and Gold members by 6 months. This means you will now have 18 months to earn the tier points you need to maintain your current status or achieve new status: 400 tier points need to be earned during the 18 month Extended Membership Year for Silver status to be maintained for another 12 months 1000 tier points need to be earned during the 18 month Extended Membership Year for Gold status to be maintained for another 12 months. Your Extended Membership Year will be viewable online in your Flying Club account. They are also extending the validity of any current companion, upgrade or Clubhouse vouchers by six months. Vouchers will not be reissued, however will still be able to be used https://www.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/flying-club/how-flying-club-works/offers-news.html American Airlines American Airlines are extending the elite status of their AAdvantage members as follows: • Extending elite status for AAdvantage members until Jan. 31, 2022. • Reducing elite status qualifications for 2020. • Extending Admirals Club® memberships purchased from American for 6 months. • Introducing up to $400 special credits for future travel on American Airlines Vacations packages for elite members. • Every dollar spent on an eligible AAdvantage co-branded credit card through the end of 2020 will count for one mile toward Million Miler status. • Award reinstatement fees waived for travel through September 2020. Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific are adding 12 months to the status of Marco Polo Silver, Gold and Diamond members whose membership anniversary falls between May and April 21. In addition, 'mid-tier benefits' such as first and business class lounge passes expiring between May and April 21 will be extended for an additional 12 months. Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines are renewing PPS Club and Solitaire PPS Club membership for one membership year. They are also extending PPS Rewards that will be expiring between July and December 2020 to be valid till 31 March 2021. Your PPS Club / Solitaire PPS Club membership will be automatically renewed on the date based on your membership expiry month Further information and details can be found at singaporeair.com Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian etc - Miles and More Current status is now valid until the end of February 2022. If you qualify or re-qualify for status this year, be it Frequent Traveller, Senator or HON Circle, the status is valid until the end of February 2023. Qualifying Miles required are not reduced: • Frequent Traveller: 30 segments or 35,000 status miles • Senator: 100,000 status miles • HON Circle: 600,000 status miles Please do get in touch if you would like any information on any programmes not mentioned here.

My customer stories

Sent by Ben Brewer

Sorrel is always really helpful and personable. We've booked with her twice now and each experience has been great. Very informative and really rapid turnaround in comms.

Sent by JILL Ashton

I had a great time on my recent trip to Iceland, it was guided tour taken by Sorrel, there was a great mix of people and we all got on really well. Right from the start Sorrel was so helpful as always, keeping me fully informed on all aspects of the trip, and was available at all times to answer any questions. She was there at the airport to meet everyone and from that moment was on hand, till we arrived back in the Uk. I especially appreciated Sorrel's help with all the covid tests and paper work and nothing was too much trouble. I have already booked two more holidays with Sorrel as I am confident I will get excellent value for money , good hotels and suggestions for an interesting itinerary. I am looking forward fo hearing the details of the next guided tour .

Sent by Richard Thompson

Long weekend in Iceland....fab trip. Sorrel organised the perfect holiday. Great scenery, food, group and memories. Highly recommend Sorrel. Thank you x

Sent by June Taylor

If you need a travel counsellor to arrange a holiday for you, I highly recommend Sorrel. What an amazing lady. Nothing was too much trouble for her. From start to finish everything was arranged for you. Had a fantastic time in Iceland (thankyou Sorrel) met some lovely people. Lot's of amazing places, and lot's of fun ?????

Sent by Kim Sloane

Always very responsive. Nothing too much trouble! Happy to go over any questions. Wouldn’t chose anyone else to plan the precious times my family have together!

Sent by Jill Ashton

Sorrel was so helpful and professional, we told her when and where we wanted to go and she came back with the whole package, great hotels, interesting and unusual tours, all transfers, good flights, all at a very reasonable price.....what more could you ask for! Also peace of mind knowing Sorrel is at the end of the phone anytime to help with any questions. Very pleased.

Sent by Phil Clowes

Sorrel is the perfect travel organiser, exceedingly well organised, very warm and friendly character, easy to talk to and jovial to boot. Would not want anyone else to be booking our travel trips.

Sent by Sue Richards

Sorrel was fab! We gave her our brief and she came back promptly with 3 options for us. We took a while to decide which option we wanted to book and by this stage the price had almost doubled so Sorrel did some more hunting for us and found an alternative which we have since booked. She has maintained close contact with us and contacted us as needed about passports and travel insurance. We will definitely be using her services again and have already recommended her to others.

Sent by Maureen Poyner

Sorrel has been extremely helpful. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Without Sorrel's guidance, in having to navigate the various documents/tests etc now required, I think we would have given up and not bothered to book a holiday abroad. Sorrel has easily saved us time & money by listening to what we wanted from a holiday. And in doing so; finding the perfect holiday without the stress, Thank you

Sent by Ali Holloway

I can also concur that I’ve recently booked a big family trip through Sorrel Ashton - Luxury Travel and it was the most stress-free, simple and exciting process I could’ve wished for. Would have been really difficult to research options and organise this myself so Sorrel came by and saved the day! Thanks so much Sorrel ??

Sent by Laura Tyson-Hynd

Sorrel has been absolutely fantastic! We gave her a long list of holiday requirements and she was able to efficiently find everything that we asked for and more! She saved me so many hours of trawling through websites and found us the best deal, the best flight times, the fanciest resorts, and all in our price range! Seamless service, would recommend Sorrel to anybody, can’t see me booking a future holiday without her. Thankyou Sorrel!

Sent by Louise Szypryt

We contacted Sorrel after a personal recommendation. Sorrel is incredibly professional, super knowledgable and very efficient. Sorrel responded very quickly to our brief, with some brilliant suggestions and no question or change was too much trouble for her. I am so impressed with Sorrel’s service I will be recommending her without hesitation. We have booked 2 holidays for this year with Sorrel as this will also protect our potential options with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic, she helped us to feel very relaxed, booking beautiful trips in these uncertain times. Sorrel also arranges your own personal holiday options on a very user friendly app, so all the information and your suggested trips are available to view in one place. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant we loved our experience with Sorrel, she is an amazing travel counsellor, such a great service and one that I would urge anyone planning holidays or trips to use. Thank you Sorrel.

Sent by Cynthia Tyson

I highly recommend Sorrel (Travel Counsellor) to everyone, she was excellent from my first enquiry, listened to what I was looking for and nothing was too much trouble. I will definitely go to her when I am looking for a holiday and recommend her to all. Excellent service throughout.

Sent by Chris Hurst

Sorrel has been amazing. I would have spent days looking for our break away. She sorted it in very quick time. Found a great place for my husband and 2 friends to stay. Sorted out insurance too. Thanks Sorrel great work.

Sent by Mike Brown

Sorrel worked incredibly hard to sort out a complex trip to Canada for us. At least 2 charges in dates and another 2 in party size were dealt with, we changed trips and transport in addition. This was all done without any delay and with excellent communication. Sorrel was excellent at offering multiple choices which suits me, she happily phoned train companies to check details and got back to us with updated information. Now if only Covid-19 were so flexible and helpful! We are looking forward to our trip with crossed fingers.

Sent by Debbie Robinson

Sorrel made booking a holiday very easy and went through all our questions with continued patience. I definitely recommend if you want reassurance that you are fully protected during these uncertain times.

Sent by David Sheppard

Great personalised service with attention to detail. Always positive and willing to go the extra mile.

Sent by Sandra Sheppard

Sorrel was able to fulfil my specific needs as to regards to our future trip. She was easy to get hold of for queries and responded promptly. We dithered about hotels but with her expert knowledge we’re able to find a fabulous choice. We will definitely be booking again. Thank you

Sent by Philip Clowes

Sorrel Ashton, has used excellent management skills in organising our trip to the USA in Jan 2021. Sorrel has booked flights from UK to Miami and Hotel accommodation for the duration of our holiday, also booking a private taxi service from airport to hotel and return flights back to UK. Sorrel has been very professional in her approach to her organising and management ability, keeping us informed with details and timings with regards to our holiday. We will definitely be using her services again for future travel plans.