Based in Cheshire

Steve McGinn

It's Nice To Meet You

I'm based in the Cheshire/Merseyside area where I’ve lived for most of my life. I enjoy strong family ties with my sister, brother and their respective children.

I can help with any travel enquiry. However, my specialist holiday destinations are Australia, USA and Asia - along with cruises. I can help build your perfect holiday from a weekend break to tailor made luxury. I have also travelled a great deal myself so I can use this experience to assist you.

Being a Travel Counsellor enables me to work outside normal office working hours, so I am available most evenings. However, if I don’t answer your call when you ring, please leave a message and I will gladly return your call.

I am genuinely passionate about becoming your independent personal Travel Counsellor so why not get in touch and let me help you find your perfect holiday.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Contact Me

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:

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.

In My Liverpool Home!

22 October 2015

Liverpool is a small but thriving city that is poised to flourish, quietly but steadfastly winning back its reputation after a half-century of struggle and economic decline. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2004) and the European Capital of Culture (2008), the last decade has seen Liverpool's fortunes greatly improved. The recipe for success has been a heavy investment in development, both leading up to and following on from the plaudits of the mid-2000s, and the city is now reaping the rewards of that investment in increased tourism and retail. Fortunately for cruise passengers, much of Liverpool's redevelopment and revitalization projects have taken place in the city center, alongside the waterfront where cruise ships dock. Serving as prime examples, the revitalized Albert Dock houses numerous restaurants and attractions -- like the Beatles Story -- and the adjacent billion-pound Liverpool One retail park is the U.K.'s largest open-air retail complex. In terms of infrastructure dedicated specifically to cruising, in 2013, the city began a feasibility study on the Cunard Building -- one of the elegant edifices making up the "Three Graces" on Liverpool's Pier Head waterfront -- for use as the new Liverpool Cruise Terminal in 2015. Also in 2013, Liverpool achieved "turnaround status" -- allowing cruises to start and end at the city's docks. This combination of the potential new cruise terminal, along with Liverpool's moves to woo passenger vessels back signal a strong commitment by the city to continue its long, rich maritime history. Liverpool's favorable position on the River Mersey, along with its direct canal and railway links to the industrial Midlands allowed it to develop as a major international trading port as early as the 17th century. In the early 20th century, shipbuilding yards and docks stretched for miles along both banks, and more than 100 passenger ships were Liverpool-registered. In the days before air travel, these passenger liner companies such as Cunard and Canadian Pacific carried millions of immigrants to new lives in North America, while a host of other steamship lines connected Liverpool with South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. And the history of Liverpool's shipping success is reflected in its architecture. At Pier Head, just prior to WWI, Cunard Line began construction on its brand-new headquarters. The third of the Three Graces was completed in 1916, standing between the Mersey Docks and Harbor Board building (now called the Port of Liverpool Building) and the Royal Liver Building. Just inland from Pier Head other shipping line headquarters, mercantile trading companies and civic buildings set up shop, creating an architectural legacy now recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status. The city boasts some 2,500 grade listed (historic) buildings and 250 public monuments. The Albert Dock alone (built in 1848), makes up Britain's largest group of Grade I listed buildings. Conveniently, nearly everything of interest to the visitor is within a 10- to 30-minute walk or a short train under or boat ride across the River Mersey. And cruise passengers arriving in the city will find a warm welcome from Liverpudlians who are enjoying renewed confidence that their city has overcome the difficulties of its recent past.

One of my most memorable days

12 August 2013

Naples has been a port of call for many of the cruises that my partner and I have enjoyed. However, for some reason we’ve never been to Capri. In June 2011 we again called at the port of Naples and this time we took the short journey by boat to Capri. Capri is an island, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples. With its whitewashed stone buildings and tiny, car-free streets, Capri Town feels more like a film set in real life. It’s a pristine mix of luxury hotels, expensive bars, fancy restaurants and designer boutiques. After hours of enjoying the sights and the smell of lemons we found a restaurant that was situated in a small court-yard that to one side had a view of the sea. It had large white sails that blew in the wind and provided much needed shade from the sun (it was June and it was hot). The waiter sat us at a table that was set with a white linen table cloth ready for fine dining and we were not disappointed. It was a film set and I swear I could hear the music from the God father but my partner couldn’t. If you ever get the opportunity to visit Capri for a holiday go! We both had a lovely day to remember, so if you’re looking for a place to spend time with someone special Capri has my recommendation.

My customer stories

Sent by Thomas McGuire

Steve is ACE! He makes everything so easy. Takes all the anxiety out of travelling and provides a really excellent service. I already have and will continue to recommend him to friends and family!

Sent by Tom McGuire

I wanted to let you know how grateful we were for the excellent service we received in the run up to and during our recent trip to Japan, Vietnam and Singapore. We dealt with Steve McGinn, who I thought was remarkably professional at all times and fabulously courteous and considerate, whenever we needed assistance. We were both really impressed with the whole package from Travel Counsellors from Steve's assiduous attention to detail building the trip itinerary, through the way in which the transport and accommodation stuff worked out so well right up to the phone App which was brilliant. I have recommended Travel Counsellors to friends and colleagues with particular mention to access your services via Steve McGinn, because I can't imagine how anyone could be anything less than really happy with his approach to service and customer care. He is a great asset to your company. We'll be using you again in 2018.

Sent by Anne Haslett

We returned from our East Asian holiday last Friday. We had a fabulous time – a one-off holiday in a lifetime. We lived for 3 weeks out of a suitcase and covered around 8 flights. The middle of our holiday in Ho An we managed to have 2 days on the beach, but otherwise non-stop tourist visits to all the ‘must see’ sights - it was very cultural and a wonderful experience. Pete and I then had the contrasting city of Singapore, which was amazing but couldn’t afford to stay there any longer than 3 days! I just wanted to say thank you for organising this for us, the transfers to and from the airports were fantastic, such a reliable service which made all the difference. The hotels were fab also. I would certainly recommend your bespoke personal service to all our friends and family.

Sent by Thomas McGuire

Steve has been really helpful and his attention to detail provides great reassurance, alleviating anxiety. We are so looking forward to our holiday and feel confident Steve has ensured best flights and connections and hotels in the several places we'll be staying. Fab service.

Sent by Julie Marsh

I have just returned from another trip organised by Steve Mcginn and wow he did it again - just perfect. Booking through Steve always takes away the pressure of getting it right I know I am always safe in his hands and he never fails to get it just right. The hotel in New York was in perfect location and was just everything you would ask for. Yet again good memories made with close friends thanks to all help and advise from Steve. Throughout the booking experience I found Steve to be patient, friendly, obliging, helpful, knowledgeable and above all efficient in providing me with all details I required. Steve was always available at the end of the phone for any questions. Whyever would you book with anyone else who treat you as an order rather than make you feel a special client. I just love booking with Steve - where to next year is the next question? Thank you Steve and Travel Counsellors you never fail to deliver!

Sent by Anne Haslett

Just wanted to thank you for arranging our cruise for us. We have had a fabulous time – everything we would have wanted and more. The ports of call were amazing and I’ve got hundreds of photos for the album. The ship and particularly our cabin was superb and from the moment we arrived until the last day, we enjoyed every minute and couldn’t fault P&O. A truly memorable experience and one I would highly recommend. I understand a friend of mine has already booked a cruise with you on my recommendation. She is also delighted with the arrangements you have made, so well done Steve! Thanks again.

Sent by Melanie Dring

Steve is always available and never fails to fulfil and often surpasses our expectations. I have introduced Steve to my brother too to arrange his honeymoon and he is very impressed and happy with the support Steve has given him.

Sent by Julie Marsh

By booking my holiday through Steve he gets to know what I like and what I want from a holiday and through our conversations he got it just right. The attention to detail was perfect I could not complain about anything. Steve gets to know what you want from your holiday and then makes sure he delivers that . Hotel was perfect and in an ideal location. By booking through Steve the headache of having to organise flights, seats, hotel, airport transport was all dealt with and all confirmations sent to me in a lovely case. I cannot praise Steve enough and have already asked him to look for my break 2017. Steve is a true asset to Travel Counsellors.

Sent by Kathryn Murphy

Steve was so helpful when he booked my family trip to Dublin, I would recommend him to anyone we know for all of their travel arrangements as nothing is too much trouble for Steve.

Sent by Claire Ryan

Fab tailored service

Sent by Melanie Dring

Steve always understands quickly what we are looking for and delivers. Have just recommended his services to my sister and her family and she is as impressed with his service as we are.

Sent by Emma Murphy

Excellent service every time, would highly recommend Steve McGinn to all family and friends to book their holidays and trips away.

Sent by Collette McGuire

We have recently experienced a fantastic holiday in Sorrento. Steve provided a fabulous service which surpassed all our expectations. He couldn't have been more helpful and supportive. The whole experience was astonishingly seamless from receiving the documentation through to departure and arrival and the smooth reliable transport to the hotel. It was as if Steve had anticipated all of our requirements and more. The hotel room and view from the balcony was breathtaking. Staff customer service was impeccable. I am a nervous flyer, however the efficient service made me forget all my fears! Thank you Steve & Travel Counsellors, we can't wait to use your service again :) We've already recommended your top class service to family and colleagues and look forward to telling our friends who are regular travellers.

Sent by Doreen Dunmore

I would recommend Steve McGinn my Travel Counsellor to friends and family without question. He provides an excellent and bespoke service, listening to his customer needs and making suitable and valued recommendations. Recently when I asked him to help me with a very special trip he proved just how good he is, finding me great hotels and great flights at very competitive prices. He took all the stress away from me when it comes to booking a holiday, I can just look forward to going and enjoying it knowing that every detail has been taken care of. I will certainly use him again without hesitation.

Sent by Jackie Bishop

I recently travelled to Edinburgh using travel counsellor Steve McGinn who co-ordinated my whole trip, which included first class train travel, hotel arrangements, dinner at a top restaurant and also trips out during my time in Edinburgh. All the arrangements were seamless. I was also delighted that my hotel was based right in the centre of Edinburgh and met my expectations in terms of where I would be happy to stay. I didn’t have to worry about any aspects of my travel all the arrangements were done for me taking the stress out of me having to sort myself. I would have no hesitation in booking direct again with Steve as he was fantastic and made my trip effortless, and contributed greatly towards a fantastic experience.

Sent by Mel Dring

Steve has a wonderful personality which will only enhance the customer experience when booking a holiday. We have been really pleased with the service received to date and the other people in our party have commented on his efficiency and keeness to ensure the whole experience is as we would expect.