Hello and thank you for visiting my Travel Counsellors web page. As you’re reading this page, you’d like to know how I can help you?
Do you love to travel, but haven’t got either the time or inclination to research? That’s only part of the free service I provide, I’ll create your holiday according to your requirements, however simple or complex you would like. With access to thousands of hotels, airlines, excursions, airport parking and insurance I’m literally a one stop travel shop – all at a time to suit you and from the comfort of your own home.
Love the research, but can’t be sure whether the company you’re using online is legitimate? I offer 100% financial protection – your money is secure and will only be used for your holiday.
What if things go wrong before you travel or while you’re away, would you like someone to speak to; someone who will act in your best interests? Recent events have reinforced the need to use an experienced travel provider. I promise I will always be available for you to speak to, right up until the moment you return from your holiday.
My decision to become a Travel Counsellor was born from a love of travel and a desire to help others realise their travel dreams. I’m passionate about good customer service – something which is sadly lacking in this transaction led online environment. I provide my customers with a personal service; they only ever deal with me and I’m delighted I have some wonderful customers I now call friends.
My love of travel goes back a long way; sparked by my first holiday abroad, a two-week Mediterranean cruise with school. As soon as I could I went to work for an airline – only leaving to bring up my two, now grown up, children. They both had their first holiday abroad when they were 3 months old and still love to travel. When the children were younger, we had lots of family trips to Europe (particularly Germany) and USA. More recently my husband and I have had some real ‘bucket list’ holidays – visiting Morocco, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Uganda, Tanzania, Hong Kong and Australia. We’re still busy planning more trips, but the list just gets longer!
If you’re considering your next holiday why not get in touch for a chat – I promise you won’t regret it.
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.
06 September 2020
I don’t need to explain why 2020 didn’t turn out to be the year any of us had expected or planned for. The holidays we’d planned for the year all had to be rescheduled, but we were still keen to get away for a holiday if possible. Italy was the perfect choice as they were managing Covid well and it was unlikely we’d have to quarantine on our return to UK. We chose Lake Garda, an area we first visited nearly 40 years ago. Visiting in early September we were hoping the weather would be good and we weren’t disappointed, beautiful...
25 November 2019
With destinations all over the world, award winning musicals, full on-board rotational dining and unlimited snacks, soft drinks and ice-cream, what's there not to love about a Disney cruise? The best bit? It's all served up with the legendary Disney service, themed deck parties and fireworks at sea, you might even get to meet your favourite Disney character on-board too! WHERE CAN I GO ON A DISNEY CRUISE? Disney own four cruise liners; Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy offering a choice of destinations and sailing dates. Depart from Dover and sail to Northern Europe or (for any Frozen fan!)...
01 August 2019
Just a short hop from Gatwick and we were in Jersey in the Channel Islands. Although it was my first real visit (I had a flying visit over 30 years ago for 1 day) both my mum and cousin had visited before. We chose a large resort style hotel, which really did offer something for all age groups including an indoor and outdoor pool across the road, two restaurants, evening entertainment or the opportunity to sit quietly in a separate lounge. It took about 20 minutes to walk into the centre of St Helier and the bus station, which...
10 July 2019
Determined to spend my birthday away this year, my husband and I decided to visit Rome for a few days. My favourite European city and my third visit, although it was my husband’s first. It took about ½ hour to transfer from the airport in a private car after our flight, which had taken a little over 2 hours. Our hotel was perfectly located in the centre of the city about 100 yards from the Trevi Fountain. One of the things I love about Rome is it’s easy to get around on foot. It’s not always easy to navigate but that...
12 August 2018
Vienna is a bit further away than some European cities at just over two hours flying time from London. However, the time (literally) flew by as I chatted with my mum and cousin and we arrived about 13:20 local time. It only took half an hour to get into the city by car and before we knew it we had arrived at our lodging, Hotel am Konzerthaus. Check-in was very efficient, and we were given a wallet with lots of pamphlets and details of attractions, which I thought was very thoughtful. Breakfast was a little chaotic – possibly because...
28 June 2018
We had so much planned for our trip to Uganda and Tanzania that we flew into Kigali in Rwanda to minimise our travelling time as much as possible. After a good night’s rest, we were collected by our guide who transferred us to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest over the border in Uganda for what was undoubtedly the highlight of our holiday – gorilla trekking. We were lucky enough to spend one hour in the company of these magnificent apes. While we had to keep our distance from them, nobody had told the gorillas and they passed by us within arm’s reach,...
12 December 2017
We decided we’d like to go a bit further afield for our visit to the German Christmas Markets this year and visited the bustling Bavarian City of Munich. We chose to stay in a hotel just outside of the city in Dachau where hotel prices are much more reasonable. A train ride back into the city only takes about 10 minutes on the fast train or 20 minutes on a local train. Another reason for staying in Dachau was to visit the concentration camp. It was a 3km walk from our hotel and gave us the opportunity to see...
14 September 2017
I was surprised to learn, when I joined Travel Counsellors, that cruising is the fastest growing sector of the market. Most of us think of a cruise as something where you’re told what to wear for dinner and where you’ll sit in the restaurant. However that isn’t for everyone and cruise companies have recognised that. Cruise companies have re-invented the concept and now there’s a cruise to suit everyone however you like to spend your holiday. If you’re thinking about a cruise but not sure if it’s for you, take a look at the guide below to...
10 September 2017
As we were travelling with my daughter, son-in-law and year-old granddaughter, we decided not to go too far for our family summer holiday. Cascais is on the Atlantic coast slightly west of Lisbon – Portugal’s capital city. Our flight from London took a little over two hours and then it was a 40-minute transfer to our hotel – Cascais Miragem. The hotel is well located, just a 10-minute walk into the old town of Cascais and a walk into neighbouring Estoril only took about 30 minutes. The hotel is very cleverly designed with the pool and restaurant on the third floor....
05 July 2017
Hosted by Club Med we spent a few days in the sunshine at Club Med La Palmeraie in Marrakech. Never having visited before it was an ideal opportunity to enjoy the Club Med experience and travel to a new place. Landing after a 3 ½ hour flight we could see immediately that we’d landed in Northern Africa, the red square sandstone buildings were visible from the runway. Transfer to La Palmeraie took about 30 minutes - driving around the old walled town to the resort. The sprawling resort with its beautiful gardens is built and decorated in the...
22 May 2017
An interest in visiting Auschwitz was the main reason for choosing to visit Krakow for our short break this year. Our flight from Heathrow to the small Krakow Airport took about two hours where we were met and transferred to our hotel in the city centre. The hotel was very well placed close to the historic town centre and the main market square. The sun was shining and we ate a lovely meal of Polish dumplings outside in the sunshine, watching the world go by. Orientating ourselves to the city was easy as it seems most roads lead...
19 April 2017
We arrived in Jaipur, our first port of call, following a short flight from Mumbai where we’d landed the previous evening from UK. Nothing can prepare you for the hustle and bustle that is India – people, cars and rickshaws, camels pulling heavily loaded carts, pigs, and cows ambling along (or even just biding their time) in the middle of the road! Amber Fort is the major attraction and it was only about 20 minutes by car from our hotel. Built in the 16th century it stands proudly on a hill overlooking the town of Amer, once...
20 December 2016
Four and a half hours after we drove off the Eurotunnel at Calais, we arrived in the car park of the Park Plaza Hotel in the ancient German city of Trier. We were there for a three night break, the week before Christmas. Our hotel was really well placed for us to reach all the main areas on foot and there was plenty to see during our stay. The city was originally founded by the Romans in 17BC and they left plenty of evidence of their stay! From the Porta Nigra (Black Gate) which was originally one of four...
12 August 2016
Just over two hours from home and we found ourselves in a beautiful hotel amidst the Somerset countryside. The hotel only has 21 rooms, an outdoor pool and spa facilities (sauna and steam room free of charge and treatments at an additional cost). We made the most of the hotel facilities on our first afternoon as the weather was warm and sunny and enjoyed an evening meal in a local pub. Unusually these days our full breakfast was cooked to order, a major plus in my book. There was plenty of choice included in our room rate, although if you...
08 June 2016
Every year we take a ‘girls trip’ to a different European city and this year it was Budapest. I’ve never visited Hungary before, so I felt I was embarking on a real adventure. The flight took just over 2 hours, so it is easily manageable for a long weekend, with a 40 minute transfer into the city. Our hotel was perfectly placed on the Buda side of the River Danube, close to one of the many bridges which gave us great access to the busy, more cosmopolitan Pest. We orientated ourselves with an open top bus...
04 April 2016
We began our trip in Singapore for three nights; it was my third visit but it had been 27 years since the last time. I was surprised at how much development has taken place in the intervening years, but it still had the charm I remembered from years ago. With bustling Chinatown and chaotic Little India adding to the general ambience, and of course the obligatory visit to Raffles for a Singapore Sling. Public transport is cheap, reliable and easy to navigate. Since we last visited they have opened a museum dedicated to the occupation of Singapore during WW2; a...
Sent in by Renata Dunster
Reading, 27 January 2020
Tina has been fantastic in helping to book our family holiday on a couple of occasions. From helping to choose the right accommodation to fine tuning all the little extras we never even thought of. She took the stress and worry out of booking our big holiday, very efficient, knowledgeable and always on the other end of the phone. I would highly recommend Tina to my friends and family. Thank you so much.
Sent in by Elaine Kearney
Newbury, 06 September 2019
Asking Tina to plan our South Pacific trip was the best decision we made. We prepared a list of wants and with help from the TC network she came back with great suggestions that quickly led to the ideal itinerary in Tahiti and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Thank goodness we listened to her advice about sky couches and early arrivals, it's that personal experience that meant our holiday was amazing and perfect from start to finish. All of the transport, connections and tours went exactly as planned - which I attribute to Tina's attention to detail and the commitment TC makes to finding the right suppliers. We couldn't possibly have made this holiday work so well without Tina, I've been sharing her details with friends and colleagues safe in the knowledge that they will have the best holiday experience. So, where next??
Sent in by Sally-Ann North
Farnham, 30 July 2019
Tina booked us a fabulous holiday to Koh Samui to celebrate my goddaughter’s wedding. She met me to hand over tickets, pre-addressed luggage labels and even a plastic bag for my items to go through security! She made sure we had a flight with leg room and good connections as well as booking us in to a fabulous hotel and arranging the transfers. It is just the small touches that make it such a pleasure to work with Tina and we will be using her again for our next holiday. I highly recommend you book with her to avoid hours of headache!! Thanks Tina.
Sent in by Christine Rogers
Sunbury-on-Thames, 25 July 2019
Tina has done a marvelous job in arranging our holiday. She has brought it within our budget and has taken great care in meeting our needs and changing things where necessary. She has always been available to talk to in order to discuss any questions we might have and we are looking forward to a wonderful experience. Thank you very much Tina
Sent in by Katie Shaw
Basingstoke, 04 June 2019
I had a great experience using Tina Hopkins as our Travel Counsellor. She was so helpful and knowledgeable I would a 100 percent recommend her to my friends and family.
Sent in by John Cox
Rustington, 04 June 2019
Very prompt in replying to questions. Excellent help with all details of arrangements made for our vacation.
Sent in by Jenifer Dafria
Virginia Water, 03 May 2019
It was a fantastic trip, with an imprint on my heart bigger than I can tell you in an email. Thank you for your help in organizing; we never would have been able to pull off the kind of trip you gave us on our own. We wouldn't have even made it to our hotel that first night, without the help our our guide and driver. Thank you thank you thank you!
Sent in by Marianne Smallman
Fleet, 05 April 2019
Tina was knowledgable about travel and really listened to what we wanted. She was approachable genuine and honest. We trusted her totally and would definitely use her again and recommend to friends and family
Sent in by Yusef Mamoojee
Staines-upon-Thames, 05 April 2019
A special word of thanks to Tina Hopkins, who tirelessly worked through three totally different destination options for us before we settled upon The Maldives; and there were a lot of destinations to narrow down from there. Essentially we ended up with a holiday that surpassed what we had hoped for. We didn't dare to set our hopes too high just in case anything went wrong as there were many variables involved. However, these were false concerns as seating on all flights and connections was perfect. The entire holiday couldn't have gone any smoother, even down to having our check ins confirmed for us at each end.
Sent in by Lynne Newman
Sandhurst, 17 December 2018
Just a note to say what a wonderful time both Kim and I had in Thailand. The organisation from start to finish was seamless. We both felt we didn't need to think and were able to completely relax. We didn't have to worry about checking in or printing boarding passes both at home and when we were away. We were met and transported between each centre by polite and professional staff. It was a completely stress-free experience. The hotels were all of a good standard and Elephant Hills just wonderful. Thank you so much for your professional and personal help in organising what was an amazing holiday and experience.
Sent in by Michael Wilson
Harlow, 15 October 2018
We would like to thank you so much for planning our anniversary trip to Canada. Even though we had such packed itinerary from the National Park in Jasper and Banff, travelling down to Vancouver and the Alaskan cruise, we know we need to go back to so much more. We had a holiday of a lifetime and it was all down to your planning and execution - superb holiday and would absolutely recommend you - get your holiday planned by Tina
Sent in by Barbara Waugh
Virginia Water, 11 April 2018
Tina was there to help me all along the way. She was prompt and communicated well. I had some specific ideas of what I wanted to do in Morocco and she was able to put together a trip that met all my criteria quickly and easily. The trip went well and we enjoyed ourselves and did not worry one day about what we would be doing or where we were going. It was all thought out for us ahead of time. I would be happy to use her again and would recommend her to others.
Sent in by Diane Tarran
Staines, 22 January 2018
In October 2017 I was fortunate to have Tina arrange a long weekend in Tuscany to celebrate mine and my twin sisters 60th birthday. All I can say is what a fantastic experience, everything went perfectly to plan from the airport transfers from Pisa to San Gimignano to hotel accommodation which was ideally suited for our party of ten. Tina booked a restaurant for the birthday night along with a surprise birthday cake which was wonderful which made it even more special. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Tina to friends and family and I have already booked another holiday with her for March of this year.
Sent in by David Bloomfield
Manchester, 24 October 2017
We have recently returned from a great trip to Cuba which Tina arranged for us. Everything was taken care of from flights, transfers and hotel, even including checking us in to the airport! We explained the type of trip we would like, and our requests were met and even exceeded. All in all a very good service that saved us a lot of time and hassle looking around, when Tina can find the best deals and the holiday you want for you. We will definitely be looking to book future holidays this way and would recommend to others.
Sent in by Tracy Ryan
Yateley, 08 September 2017
We have booked our last 3 holidays with Tina. She has made the whole process extremely easy for us. Tina is very professional and really cares about providing you with a first class service to ensure you have the best holiday possible. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Tina to my friends and family and will certainly be booking through her in the future!
Sent in by Katie Carroll
Shepperton, 04 September 2017
What can we say about Tina? She is brilliant!! From the first contact we had with her she has been professional and organised throughout when helping us book our holiday to the USA. The most important thing is that Tina listened to us with regards to what we wanted from our holiday. She then went away and put our requests into action. Tina took all the hassle and time that it takes to book a holiday away from us. We felt stress free and confident that she had done her best for us. Even while we were on holiday she was there if we needed her; and we did on a few occasions when factors beyond our control took place. Tina was calm, took control and guided us through what we needed to do. We were so relieved to have her there for us. Once you have experienced Tina booking your holiday, you will never look back. The planning of your holiday can be, instead of the usual stress, a pleasurable experience. Thank you Tina, we had the best holiday EVER!
Sent in by Jane Webb
Crowthorne, 06 July 2017
We have recently returned from a holiday in Turkey which was arranged by Tina and I really must say that Tina played a big part in the pleasure and success of our trip. Not only did Tina take all the work and stress away from the booking, but she managed to get us an amazing deal. We were so delighted that the package Tina arranged for us not only included a private transfer, but fully inclusive instead of half board, and all this for less than we could get elsewhere. I would highly recommend Tina as the perfect Travel Counsellor and we will certainly use her service for all future holidays. Thank you so much, Tina.
Sent in by Alison Lamb
Sandhurst, 18 April 2017
I have used Tina on a couple of occasions for a city break and a family holiday to Mexico. Usually I booked holidays on line but it was great having Tina who took care of everything; flights, hotels. transfers and even printing off our boarding passes. To sum it up, Tina made my holiday booking so easy and stress free. Would definitely recommend using Tina's services.
Sent in by Anu` Sehdev
Slough, 14 March 2017
Tina took all the stress away when we wanted to travel to Australia - a once in a lifetime trip for my family and I. She was always there at the end of the phone if we needed anything. It felt so calming to know we had Tina's support whenever we needed it. Needless to say everything worked like clockwork with all our flights - we had quite a few! - and the excursions we booked through Tina. I would definitely recommend making use of Tina's services - she really goes the extra mile and will source the best possible holiday for you.
Sent in by Barbara Capaldi
Addlestone, Surrey, 25 July 2016
Tina goes that extra mile with personal service, not only arranging flights, airport transfers and accommodation (taking our requirements on board), she even delivered our boarding tickets prior to departure. Tina is genuine and as excited about your holiday as you are. It’s the little things that set her apart from other tour operators, like checking your insurance, ensuring passports are in order, nothing is too much bother. Tina has organised two of my trips and I have recommended her to all of my friends that want a hassle free holiday. Well done and thank-you for our enjoyable holidays.
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 01932 809 630