Thank you for checking out my page. I am a travel agent and tour operator based in Maidenbower, Crawley.
Since 1980 I have been a resident of this town in West Sussex. Being on the 'doorstep' of Gatwick Airport is a bonus.
I am well-travelled with first-hand experience of over 70 countries. I still have quite a few to go!
I have gained over 27 years of knowledge at all levels as a tour operator and travel agent. Prior to this I worked with several airlines.
With the award winning technology that Travel Counsellors provide and their access to more than 500 operators/suppliers I can offer you honest, accurate and impartial advice for your travel plans. I will help you find the best holiday to meet your expectations, and smooth over the red tape that exists these days.
Shopping online and running around the high street looking for holidays can be a frustrating and time a consuming experience, so let me do the hard work for you!
In this age of internet prevalence it is becoming more important to know who you are dealing with. You will always speak to me when you call. Personal service is guaranteed along with the assurance that you are being well looked after. I can be contactable at a time that suits you, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. My direct business phone number in Crawley is 01293 737580.
Whatever your enquiry, I can help, no matter where it may be for leisure or business, short or long haul. As well as having a good overall global travel knowledge, I also have extensive experience in providing holidays to Europe, the Far East, North and South America.
Travel Counsellors offer you the most comprehensive financial security and the expertise that you must expect when booking a holiday. Travel Counsellors are fully bonded offering 100% protection financial protection in the event of a supplier failing. It is the best financial protection in the business.
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu.
So please feel free to take that first step, you can email or phone me at your convenience and I will be happy to help arrange your short break...or your dream trip.
Sent in by Jim Bolt
Crawley, 27 November 2018
Steve recently organised our honeymoon in Iceland and did such an amazing job, I wanted to write to say thanks. We gave Steve quite a difficult brief. Along with the slightly unusual destination, my wife and I had differing views of what we wanted out of the trip; I was keen to see the amazing sights Iceland has to offer - volcanoes, laciers etc., whereas my wife was keen for a romantic, and slightly more relaxing, honeymoon. Steve couldn’t have done a better job, organising a series of busy days packed with sights and adventure, followed by a romantic and relaxed stay in a wonderfully quiet hotel that included hot tubs under the stars! Every single day wowed us both - it really was the trip of a lifetime and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you, Steve. It was absolutely perfect.
Sent in by Ronan Phelan
Haywards Heath, 04 September 2018
Many thanks Steve for all your support with this special family trip. It was just what I needed to have your guidance, knowledge and support that has now set up a fantastic trip ahead. Brilliant! Thank you again Steve.
Sent in by Alan Richardson
Crawley, 05 November 2017
Amazing service! This is the first time that I have used the services of Steve Finch from Travel Counsellors and it is a short trip. However, Steve has paid attention to detail, communicated often and has been very thorough. I will gladly tell everyone I know about the great experience I have had with Steve Finch and Travel Counsellors.
Sent in by Poppy Seaton
Bognor Regis, 18 May 2017
Steve is always very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. He is easy to get hold of and enthusiastic about helping you plan your trip :)
Sent in by Zillah Dunne
East Grinstead, 30 March 2017
Our Travel Counsellor Steve Finch was amazing, we will use him again and would certainly recommend the service. Absolutely excellent!
Sent in by Juliet Rylatt
Hailsham, 05 August 2016
Steve is always so helpful - we have now booked several holidays through him and will continue to do so. We provide Steve with an outline of what we want and then he does all the research for us. If we need any tweaking, it gets done and everything is so efficient. The fact that he organises the whole trip from airport parking, transfers, flights, hotels , trips etc is brilliant and everything is emailed in a clear concise way with vouchers provided for every part of the trip. It takes away all the hassle of sorting everything yourself and you have the peace of mind that it's done by a professional.
Sent in by Aurelie Butault
Paris, 17 November 2014
Steve has been just fantastic. He has been available 7 days a week, also responding late at night: a treasure of availability. Steve has also gone the extra mile with finding some information for us about visa and health. I would recommend him without hesitation for his professionalism.
Sent in by Chiara Vera
Rome, 17 November 2014
Steve went above and beyond to ensure that I had all the relevant documentation for the booking for an underage child travelling alone. It was a lot of work for him and he ensured that it was all completed in time to make the booking. I would have no hesitation in recommending Steve to all colleagues and friends who want to make travel bookings.
Sent in by Richard Talman
Haywards Heath, 17 November 2014
Steve is absolutely fantastic. I have booked more than once with him and I will continue to do so. His attention and care by far surpasses any other travel agent I have used. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Sent in by Andrew Armstrong
Crowborough, 14 January 2014
Steve will possibly agree that I wasn't the easiest customer for him to deal with, I was booking my honeymoon and the whole thing was a surprise for my wife. I asked him to search several different destinations to try to get the best possible honeymoon without spending a small fortune. Steve made that possible. I will definitely use him again.
Sent in by Michelle Lacriarde
Purley, 14 January 2014
Steve has been absolutely brilliant - patient and full of good tips. I will definitely use him again and have already passed his details onto three friends.
Sent in by Barry Kemp
Burgess Hill, 25 June 2013
Pat and I would like to say many thanks for the effort you put into making our family holiday so great. The whole family had such a wonderful time, and everything was fantastic. It is a lovely memory for Pat and myself.
Sent in by Pippa Forde
Crawley, 25 June 2013
Many thanks for sorting this out. Having you to source this for me is brilliant and a real weight off my shoulders as I would end up spending hours and getting nowhere if it wasn’t for you.
Sent in by David Hosier
Eastleigh, 25 June 2013
Thank you for a very personal and tailor-made service. It has been great to be able to talk to someone in person about what we actually need - a person who has visited our destination and who offers informed recommendations.
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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.
09 November 2018
On our city break to Belfast we stayed very centrally, close to the railway and bus station. This afforded the opportunity to travel around the country with great ease using public transport. It is just 90 minutes by bus to Causeway Bay to see the extraordinary Giant's Causeway. Formed by volcanic activity 62 million years ago, there are 42,000 interlocking basalt columns, some as deep as 120 metres and some rising 25 metres. Most of these columns are hexagonal and seeing these on this beautiful, rugged coastline is very much worthwhile. We walked a fair bit, along to 'The Organ' and...
14 September 2018
Ontario, Canada - such friendly people in a lovely country. I have primarily been a bit of a winter visitor to Canada in the past, not in the guise of a wolf, but as a skier, in Jasper, Louise and Whistler etc. This was a little different! We started with a flight to Toronto, all went fine, and we picked up our rental car and set off eastwards to Cobourg for a night stop. Cobourg is rather quaint, and we were immediately embraced by the friendly side of Canada. They really like English accents here! From Cobourg we ventured east along...
26 November 2017
A very quick road trip! I started by flying from Gatwick to Las Vegas. On arrival we checked in at the Paris hotel on South Las Vegas Boulevard, with a quick visit to the Bellagio across the road with its lively fountain display. In this area, all the hotels, generally, have casinos within the locale, or adjacent to the hotel lobby. In the evening we went to downtown Vegas to the north of 'Paris' at Fremont St. This district features the more historical Golden Nugget Casino and indoor shopping arcade and for the lights alone, it is well worth the...
26 August 2017
A two-centre holiday to the lovely fresh air and mountains of Austria. The first week commenced, in the ever so traditionally built, Austrian village of Alpbach in the Tyrol. The village is located 1000 m above sea level and just over an hour's drive east of Innsbruck and has won quite a few accolades for its sheer perfection. The local mayor there, a while back, forbade the construction of any new building in anything but traditional Austrian style. The result is houses with geraniums cascading down from every balcony, truly beautiful. Lush green grass, wildflowers and hills that are alive with...
22 May 2017
Located in the Greek Cyclades islands within the Aegean sea, Mykonos is the archetypal Greek island, covered in white stone washed buildings with blue framed windows and domes. Therefore, is it a very pretty island, hilly and rugged in places. Despite its small size, it still takes a while to navigate the island by road. Bear in mind that there are not many registered taxis here, so car rental may be an option for a few days.. if you want to check out the beautiful bays scattered around the island. Ano Mera is the main inland village of Mykonos and has...
20 April 2017
I had been to Krakow before, albeit briefly, 19 years ago for a friend's wedding. It is a major city, once the capital of Poland, located in the south of the country. We were very centrally located in a fine property just metres from the main market square, Rynek Glówny. Something that really strikes you is the sheer number of churches and religious buildings here. This is despite the many ravages that the city has been through. The market square is the site of the Cloth Hall, a Renaissance-era trading outpost, the Town Hall Tower and the imposing St....
06 September 2016
My first time to the beautiful and ever so friendly, Slovenia. I flew to the capital's airport at Ljubljana and the airport is located between Bled and the capital itself. I woke up to stunning views over Lake Bled. The town of Bled is located at the eastern end of Lake Bled, a very picturesque area. The leisurely 6.5 km walk around the lake takes a couple of hours and takes in views of the Church on the island upon the lake, to which you can take a rowing boat or a pletna (shared vessel). Overlooking the lake on the...
09 April 2016
So, back to Italy, to another ski area, Cervinia. After a 1 hour 30 transfer time from Turin, we arrived ...to take a gondola up to our hotel at 2600 metres, Lo Stembecco. It was our first time staying in a hotel effectively cut off from the main resort, 600 meters below. Once the lifts stop operating in the late afternoon you are there for the evening. No way up and no way down! The resorts has 38 runs in all, more aimed at intermediate/advanced skiing. Breuil-Cervinia is one of the highest resorts in the Alps, its cable car to Plateau...
18 August 2015
Having sampled the delights of Southern Croatia last year, we decided to return to central Croatia for our summer holidays. Split is in Middle Dalmatia, located on the adriatic coast, just a short flight (2h.15m) from London. It is the second largest city in Croatia and is located on the Roman Palace of Diocletian. In fact some shops have glass floors where the palace can be seen beneath.... Riva is the main promenade with many restaurants, a very relaxed place to sit and watch the world go by in the evening. The Palace is just behind this, with a myriad selection of...
03 August 2015
Luxembourg...what a lovely city and country break this is. My first, brief, visit to Luxembourg. I was flying there on Laker Airways in 1981 but the aircraft diverted to Brussels due to weather... so it was about time I got to see what I have missed! It is very much geared up for local tourism. a straightforward bus from the airport and some good healthy walking around the sights. We stayed in the business district, close to the airport (easily accessible). Walking from there into the city offered some superb views. Bock Casemates, the sturdy rock fortification overlooking the river Alzette was a...
10 April 2015
Lisbon. A fantastic value destination at the moment. We stayed in a property close to Avenida da Liberdade which gave us a 25 minute walk downhill into Lisbon centre. Sat in the Praca do Comericio for late afternoon meal. The following day we took a bus to Belem Tower and then to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, the concrete structure overlooking the Tagus river commemorating the Portuguese explorers and navigators. Back into the city and onto the rickety tram ride of the famous Number 28 tram. LIsbon is a hilly city and only the old trams can negotiate these steep inclines. We took the...
27 September 2014
As part of a group I arrived at Luxor in the middle of the night. Boarded the RA2 Nile cruise boat to sail overnight to arrive Denderah early morning. Woke up to clear skies as the sun rose, very peaceful and a lovely sense of tranquillity as we glided along. Visited Denderah temple in the morning. This temple dates back to more than 2000BC and is the site of the first ever recorded Zodiac. I love the open air Egyptian antiquities and seeing them in a nice dry heat of 35C was so wonderful, after 30 years away. In the afternoon I...
31 August 2014
First time to Croatia. Flights to Dubrovnik airport, adjacent to the pretty village of Cavtat. We stayed in Plat betwen Mlini and Cavtat. The day after arrival we took a local boat taxi to Cavtat (return fare £5pp). A nice harbour area with short walk across the peninsula to an even prettier one! The mausoleum at the top offers good views of the surrounding area above the headland. Cavtat is low lying and offers pretty coastline walks and also hilly walks if desired. Lovely restaurants. Dubrovnik, a 30 minute ferry ride from Plat (£8 return) is a stunning medieval walled city....
28 May 2014
We took Air France flights to get to Stockholm; a great service and very comfortable. We arrived late in the evening at the main Arlanda airport, so we took a cab ride to our hotel in the North of the City, 25 minutes away. Firstly, getting around this city and its outskirts on public transport is pretty good value. Buying an SL travel card for 72 hours was approximately £20 - for this you get unlimited use of the local trains, T-Bana (underground), buses, trams and a couple of local ferries. On our first day we took a 20 minute train ride into...
06 April 2014
As a nice surprise, my wife treated us to a ski holiday at short notice! Sestriere was my first experience of skiing in Italy. Very friendly people, it was brilliant. A brief flight to Turin was followed by a short 100 minute road transfer to Sestriere. It is at the heart of the Milky Way (via Lattea) ski system with a total of 146 runs. Sestriere is positioned at 2035m above sea level. Over the mountain opposite, by gondola, is access to Sauze d'Oulx (just over an hour by road from Turin incidentally). From the top of the cable car at...
28 August 2013
Berlin is an old stamping ground for me. This was a trip I was very much looking forward to, having spent many a summer's day here in my childhood when the wall was in place. It was my fifteenth visit here and will not be my last. I arrived at Schonefeld airport on outskirts of South East Berlin, a 400 metre walk to the rail station (trolleys available, 1 euro). Here you can access local regional trains into the city which connect to S-Bahn and U-Bahn. I stayed in a lovely hotel in an area known as Museum Island. A river cruise...
07 April 2013
Tignes is in the French Alps. It is a three hour coach transfer from Grenoble. This was my first visit to this lofty ski resort, we were looking for some traditional spring time skiing as is the norm in April. However, we had a massive deluge of snow. But when it was sunny it was fabulous! A big ski area with 129 ski runs, you can get passes for the adjacent Val d'Isere ski area to use in combination with The Tignes area (Espace Killy). However, in the six days we were there, we found the ski runs options plentiful....
25 October 2012
I’ve just returned from another fabulous trip to Orlando. I cannot believe this was my eighth visit to Florida...and there is still plenty to do. We flew with BA from Gatwick, which was as good as ever. We arrived at dusk, picked up a brand new rental car (Ford Focus) with all the trimmings and set off for our villa in Davenport (35 minutes from the airport and a 15 minute drive from Disneyworld). You need a few dollars for road tolls and I was caught out by an unmanned toll that took change only. Threats of a $100 fine were...
28 July 2012
Seefeld is a small Alpine village located in the Austrian Tyrol, 11 miles from Innsbruck. Located at 1150 metres, and previously home to the Winter Olympic cross country events, it has two ski jumps and a roller skiing (dry) Nordic cross country ski area. There are also many walking and cycling trails. This pretty village also has a public outdoor/indoor pool with slides. Gschwandtkopf, at the back of the village, proffered a 300 meter climb and getting to the top presents great views and a restaurant offering Weizenbeer and cake. The journey both up and down can be done by ski...
24 May 2012
The flight from Heathrow to Casablanca is surprisingly quick - less than 3 hours flying time to another continent! I was travelling with a group of fellow travel agents and the Moroccan National Tourist Office. After we arrived our first stop was Mazagan Beach Resort, a stunning five star property that opened in 2009. It is 100 km from Casablanca and has a courtesy airport transfer service from the airport. Restaurant food there was fantastic, traditional Moroccan cuisine as well as a huge selection of other culinary delights. We then popped to El Jadida, a local...
20 October 2011
My first long haul holiday for 3 years. Started perfectly, with an on time departure on BA from Gatwick to Cancun. The in flight entertainment kept us occupied, my young daughter enjoying total control of her seatback TV. Arrived mid afternoon and took a pre-booked transfer down to Xcaret to stay at the Grand Occidental Hotel which is adjacent to the fabulous Xcaret eco park. The hotel, is very much a 4 star resort hotel located in lush vegetation with, 5 pools, 11 restaurants, and a small man made beach bay area. Scarlet Macaws fly in everyday to the hotel,...