Hello and thank you for visiting my web page.
I was born and bred in the North East and after many years living in the South East relocated to Cotherstone near Barnard Castle. My wife Steph is from Yorkshire and we have two grown up sons, Alex and Matt and a black Labrador, Murphy!
I joined Travel Counsellors in 2017 and know I have exactly the right expertise to look after my customers’ interests when it comes to turning your holiday dreams into reality.
Using the unique Travel Counsellors network of suppliers, I can provide any type of holiday you are looking for, using award winning technology to build tailor made itineraries to suit your needs and personal preferences every time.
I have worked for tour operators in the ski industry and airlines in both Sales and Customer Service based roles, so I know the importance of keeping the customer at the heart of everything I do. Whether I’m dealing with a simple package holiday, a short break or a complicated tailor made itinerary, I provide a personal service and unlike many competitors I am on hand to speak to my customers any time that suits them.
So, when you book a holiday, what is most important to you?
There are so many places to visit and far flung corners of the world are definitely so much more accessible these days, yet so many people spend hours trawling the internet to try and find the best holiday deals and offers. Let me take the hard work out of organising your holiday – I’m just a phone call or e-mail away.
Simply tell me what you are looking for and I will get to work on finding it for you. You will receive a quick response with suggested itineraries and the best value for money I can find.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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.
05 June 2019
My wife and I visited Mauritius last September to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. What a wonderful island! We normally like to combine lots of sightseeing with some relaxation and Mauritius turned out to be perfect. We chose a quiet corner of the island, Bel Ombre, and stayed at the beautiful Outrigger Beach Resort. From start to finish we were well and truly spoilt as the hotel provided all sorts of anniversary specials like champagne and fruit in our room on arrival, an anniversary dinner on the beach, free spa treatment and even a special anniversary cake with indoor fireworks! What we...
05 June 2019
In March this year I visited the Grand Massif ski region in France, spread across the resorts of Flaine, Samoens, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt. With stunning views of Mont Blanc and the Aiguille du Midi, the skiing is amongst the best you'll find in Europe. We flew into Geneva as it's a shorter transfer to the resort and chose to stay in Flaine in one of Pierre et Vacances Aparthotels, the Terrasses d'Helios, in a perfect ski in/ski out position on the edge of the village. Great facilities with a pool and spa, shop and restaurant. Everything you could want...
27 June 2018
Are you planning a wedding and thinking about your dream honeymoon destination? The Travel Counsellors' exclusive Weddings and Honeymoon Gift Registry service might be just what you are looking for. An easy, stress-free way to manage your wedding and honeymoon plans online - courtesy of your personal Travel Counsellor. Our Honeymoon Gift Registry service allows your friends and family to give you the most memorable gift of all – the perfect honeymoon, tailor-made and planned with you down to the finest detail. You may already have everything you need for your home, and perhaps you do have the ideal honeymoon destination in...
27 June 2018
It's almost 25 years since I visited Barbados on honeymoon. It's a trip that has lasted long in the memory and I've always dreamed of going back one day. It's aptly described as the gem of the Caribbean Sea. It's just 21 miles long by what the locals call a "smile wide" (14 miles), this paradise island has stunning coral pink and white sand beaches all washed by the emerald and turquoise warm waters of the Caribbean and really does offer something for everyone! Barbados gained independence in 1966 but still keeps a lot of its links to British heritage. With...
05 June 2018
I've just received an enquiry for a road trip in Canada for 2019. A two-week trip for 6 people starting in Calgary, exploring British Colombia and culminating in Vancouver, one of the most exciting cities in the world, surrounded by stunning scenery. It's a wonderful itinerary and one I will love working on. It made me reflect on my first nine months as a Travel Counsellor. I joined as a TC in August 2017 and since then I've been blown away by how many different destinations I've been asked to quote for and the wide variety of wonderful products I've booked...
30 January 2018
The Eternal City is one of the most exciting and beautiful anywhere in the world. Rome is called the Eternal City because the ancient Romans believed that no matter what happened to the world or how many empires came and collapsed, Rome would go on forever. They were not wrong! I first went there many years ago on a rail trip around Europe and had a hectic few days in Italy visiting Milan, Verona, Venice, Pisa, Florence - all of which are gorgeous in their own right. But Rome topped the lot! I've been back twice since and it always amazes me. The...
30 January 2018
Not many people would associate the Netherlands with Rugby Union (football is the most popular sport over there) but in the last two years I've been over to Amsterdam twice to watch some rugby. Other than travel, rugby and skiing are my main passions in life. Over the years I've organised many a rugby tour to more traditional overseas rugby playing destinations like France and Italy and some closer to home in the West Country and Wales! In 2016 my local rugby club, Hertford RFC, received an invitation from the Dutch Rugby Federation to send a youth team to Amsterdam for a...
23 January 2018
Yes, it's a long way to go but boy when you get there, it's amazing. People often choose a big-name resort like Whistler - the saying goes you ain't skied, until you've skied Whistler! Or Lake Louise and Banff perhaps. Large ski areas to match the best of Europe. Over the years I've been lucky to ski both and would definitely go back. But some of my favourite ski trips have been to a few of Canada's lesser known resorts and boy were they good too! Fernie Resort and Kicking Horse, great piste and back bowl skiing everywhere we went. Perched high...
10 January 2018
One of my favourite cities anywhere in the world is Paris. I never tire of visiting the French capital and it never ceases to surprise! Here's why: Its mix of famous landmarks, fantastic museums and galleries, bustling night life, top quality hotels and amazing restaurants make it the perfect city break destination. With direct Eurostar services to the Gare du Nord from St Pancras International and flights from all over the UK to its airports, make it one of the most accessible European cities to explore from the UK. Since I joined Travel Counsellors in August 2017, two clients have booked weekend...
29 September 2017
I guess most skiers have their favourite resorts and ski areas and I'm no exception. I've been fortunate to ski all over Europe and North America over the years, but time and again I think back to some wonderful skiing holidays with family and friends in the tiny Swiss village of Saas Fee. Compared to the powerhouse resorts and massive skiing areas of France and Austria, Saas Fee and its sister villages have a small ski area but it punches way above its weight. With one of the most reliable snow records anywhere in Europe, it has a stunning array of high...
Sent in by Kevin McKeown
Hertford, 18 May 2020
4th year of booking a ski holiday with Vince for our group of 8. As usual, great advice and suggestions prior to booking. Sadly Covid took over and our holiday was cancelled with less than a week’s notice. But then Vince took over. Regular updates and phone calls as he took the strain in sorting out the full refund. So we now have next year’s holiday more or less paid for - through Vince of course. As the strap line says ‘With us, it’s personal’. Thanks Vince for the care.
Sent in by Sarah Ward
Totnes, 02 March 2020
What a fantastic service: friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and easy to use. Why would you give yourself all the stress and bother of trying to sort out a trip yourself when your Travel Counsellor has the skills, knowledge, experience to do it better - and all with a smile. Amazing service !
Sent in by Rob Carter
Hertford, 25 February 2020
Vince is a credit to Travel Counsellors. Service has been first class.
Sent in by Alex Bendin
Bilsthorpe, Notts, 11 February 2020
Vince has been fantastic in helping us with all the trips he has booked for us. He provides brilliant choices and is always available to contact whenever we need help with anything!
Sent in by Rachel Tomlinson
Barnard Castle, 02 January 2020
Great communication. Vince listened to our ideas and requests and acted on them in good time. Looked to see what can work with our budget and gave options for spending extra if we wished or reducing costs if needed.
Sent in by Judith Hodgson West
Melton Constable, Norfolk, 26 November 2019
Vince is dedicated , determined and just amazing
Sent in by Sara Donkin
Hexham, Northumberland, 14 November 2019
I have already recommended Vince to others. The service was excellent, beyond what I expected.
Sent in by Katie Goldthorpe
Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, 13 November 2019
Nothing is too much trouble and responses are always very quick.
Sent in by Paul Foster
Stevenage, 04 November 2019
We all wanted to say what an amazing trip it was . It's by far the best trip I’ve been on and couldn’t have been done without your help . We already want to book up to go there again . Pine Cliffs was out of this world as a destination , staff were superbly helpful and faultless. Stunning scenery, awesome private beach . The townhouse met every need and surpassed our expectations . Pools and facilities were first class & we didn’t even scratch the surface of what was there. Food outside the resort was superb. A perfect trip . The little touches you gave even including boarding passes etc made it even more personal and allowed us to enjoy the experience of the holiday to the full and Jet2 we would also recommend to anyone. We will be recommending you to all our friends . A huge thank you from all of us. Kindest regards Paul Sara Jack and Floyd
Sent in by Rob Heslop
Newcastle Upon Tyne, 21 October 2019
Recently back from another superbly arranged trip. Thanks once again for making it all so easy. From speedy security check, to great hotel and service to in resort check in and luggage collection, everything was smooth as silk. The hotel was excellent- the facilities, the location and especially the staff. The staff are endlessly helpful and cheerful and really do make a difference. One change we did notice from last time was the demographic. At 69 l felt quite young! Plenty of young couples, and people in middle age too. Perhaps the older clientele are those visiting year on year, and those attracted by how attentive the staff are. Jet 2, outward and return, was pleasant and efficient. Super break, and top marks to you and Travel Counsellors for taking all the hassle of arrangements on your very capable shoulders.
Sent in by Julie Benedict
Thetford, 11 October 2019
Vince has taken the stress out of booking my first solo adventure. Am looking eagerly forward to my trip to Poland.
Sent in by John David Ford
Bedale, 07 October 2019
Great trip, thanks. Excellent choice of hotels. All really well located. Clean comfortable and hospitable. Food and service first class in most cases. Lots to see. Interesting driving routes, quite manageable. Car upgraded to Mondeo SI. Roads were very quiet. Weather very good for most of time although one day of fog and snow on high mountains! SAS first rate. So many thanks for your help with arranging an excellent trip.
Sent in by Sally Bennison
Langleydale, Barnard Castle, 04 October 2019
Vince was recommended by a friend after our holiday with Thomas Cook was lost and he was tremendously helpful and not only managed to get us another holiday, but organised parking, extra legroom seats and meals. He has been a font of information on how to tackle getting our money back and has offered advice on the process.
Sent in by Irene Roberts
Hertford, 24 September 2019
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your time and patience with us - I know Nina has been leading and I am in the background. I am sure it will be a very memorable trip.
Sent in by Paul Foster
Hertford, 06 September 2019
I couldn’t quite narrow down my holiday - I had a vague idea . Vince was able to give me some options which suited my budget and take in to account my wide needs for the holiday . Thoroughly looking forward to our break and have had no stress in planning it .
Sent in by Amanda Whitaker
Bayford, Herts, 10 August 2019
Vince has arranged a family holiday to Sicily for us. Four generations from 2 month old to 70+ He has been patient, understanding and helpful listening to requirements for my elderly mother and young granddaughter. It has given me peace of mind to know Vince has done all the difficult groundwork to ensure we have a stress free family holiday. It's not the first time we've used Vince's services for a trip and certainly won't be the last, I cannot recommend him highly enough!
Sent in by Matthew Bendin
Bath, 05 August 2019
I had a late mix up on something I'd arranged independently and needed to find accommodation at very short notice. Vince was able to come back straight away with a few options and I was able to choose one which suited my needs perfectly. He was very helpful & I will certainly use him again when booking other trips.
Sent in by Alison Purdy
Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, 05 August 2019
We had a great time in Barcelona and all your arrangements went without a hitch. The Hotel Barcelona 1882 is superb by the way. We would definitely recommend it, really gorgeous and not too expensive (although the sangrias took their toll on the room bill!). Lovely not to have to do any holiday admin as well like checking in etc. Thank you so much for all the running around you did for us, I couldn’t be happier with the service.
Sent in by Peter Stephenson
Formby, 04 July 2019
Vince made a huge effort to find us the best hotel and travel package - we are very happy with the one he helped us choose
Sent in by John Gardiner
Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, 26 June 2019
Vince has been very attentive and has looked after me from the first time I contacted him.
Sent in by Kevin McKeown
Hertford, 19 June 2019
This is my 3rd time using Vince and Travel Counsellors, which I believe says everything! As usual, I’m treated like an individual who matters to them. Nothing is too much effort and there is excellent communication throughout. From experience this doesn’t end when I’ve paid but continues even to the point of a quick ‘how’s it going?’ when in resort. I will of course be using Vince for my next booking. Thanks again!
Sent in by Eddie Chapman
Weymouth, 24 April 2019
Vince tackles problems with verve, ruggedness and graciousness to find the best solutions
Sent in by Will Hodgson West
Melton Constable, Norfolk, 23 April 2019
Extremely helpful and supportive, even with last minute requests and adjustments!
Sent in by Barry Young
Sawbridgeworth, 03 April 2019
The service from Vince has been very efficient and very professional. The itinerary was put together painstakingly and as a result is exactly what I wanted. The difference between a bespoke suit and one off the peg!
Sent in by Nina Tuson
Hertford, 25 March 2019
Really helpful & always got back to me with answers to any of my questions really quickly. Would definitely use Vince again & will recommend to family & friends.
Sent in by Alison Purdy
Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, 12 March 2019
It was great to be able to give Vince my requirements and for him to come back with a range of offers to choose from at a speed I would not be able to match.
Sent in by Chris Heslop
Newcastle Upon Tyne, 25 February 2019
Attentive listener, so understands client's needs. Comprehensive and efficient response, with excellent choice of alternatives. Makes booking a holiday a pleasure, which is how it should be.
Sent in by Dean Ambridge
Ware, Herts, 20 February 2019
Sent in by Helen Dodd
Stanstead Abbotts, Herts, 31 January 2019
The individual personalised service was fabulous and all the tweaking of the itinerary to ensure the holiday is exactly what we wanted was superb. Thank you Vince
Sent in by Martyn Davies
Hertford, 21 January 2019
Thanks for your help - we had a wonderful trip! The accommodation was perfect and we were lucky with the snow conditions, perfect for 3.5 days out of 6 and skiable for all but half of Monday. The transfers were excellent - Cool Bus were given the job by Ski-Lifts and were very personable. Now back to reality but we had a great week away!
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 01920 898 550