Hi, I’m Wayne and I am a Travel Counsellor based on the Essex/Suffolk border in a village called Leavenheath. I have lived here now for the past six years and love how nice and quiet it is whilst being very close to bigger towns like Sudbury and Colchester.
Before becoming a Travel Counsellor I got myself a backpack and went off around the world. I have seen and done some amazing things and can draw on my own experiences from travelling in five continents.
When returning from my own travels I knew I wanted to turn my hobby into my job. I worked as a travel expert for a high street company where I was tailor making dream trips for people including adventure holidays, gap years, honeymoons, package holidays and much more. It was also during my time there that I became a country specialist in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and many more.
I have really loved most places that I have been, so picking favourite destinations is really difficult so I have narrowed it down to regions. For Europe I have picked Italy as I love the food and the culture. In Asia I will go for Japan as the history fascinates me and the people are the friendliest that I have ever met. For South America I have picked Brazil for its variation of jungle and beach areas not to mention the stunning Iguassu Falls. Out of the English speaking countries I have picked Australia as this is a country that has unique wildlife, amazing scenery and a general relaxed way of life.
What I love about being a Travel Counsellor is the personal service that you don’t get on the high street. We get to know our customers personally including their likes and dislikes and what makes a perfect trip for them. I also love that I am not confined to shop opening hours and can be available to fit in around the needs of my customers.
I hope to hear from you soon and we can get planning a dream trip tailored just for you.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so please either fill in and send the form below or simply give me a call and I can get things started for you:-
Sent in by Stacey Howlett
Sudbury, 24 January 2019
Wayne has arranged two long haul vacations for me now, he offers excellent personal service and I would highly recommend him.
Sent in by Amy Rimmer
Sudbury, 10 January 2019
Wayne was great! He was so quick and efficient and he came up with exactly what I was after at a great price -the experience completely exceeded my expectations- I'll definitely be using him again and have already recommended him to lots of friends
Sent in by Mary Packer
Acton, Suffolk, 20 November 2018
Always very helpful no matter how difficult the problem! Thank you.
Sent in by Julie Theobald
Romford, Essex, 25 October 2018
Wayne is so very helpful and booking with him is easy and worry free.
Sent in by Elizabeth McHugh
London, 08 September 2018
Wayne you have been an absolute gem. You helped remove the niggles of searching & sourcing accommodation, flights & taxi service. Much appreciated. The extra service provided checking in online was also much appreciated. I will certainly be using Travel Counsellors again & will most definitely recommend your company.
Sent in by Lynn Rozier
Tiptree, 04 September 2018
Wayne is amazing and so good at what he does!! Can’t recommend him highly enough!
Sent in by Wendy Mersh
Hornchurch, Essex, 17 August 2018
Wayne gives us great service end to end Always a phone call away if needed. Good sound advice with great knowledge of chosen destination Wouldn’t feel the same without Wayne as our back up.
Sent in by Jeremy Green
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, 06 June 2018
Really great to work with, nothing was too much trouble.
Sent in by Andy Murphy
Kelvedon, 10 May 2018
Wayne is brilliant at what he does, and took care of us brilliantly. I would recommend Wayne to anyone - and I actively do so.
Sent in by Vanessa Hynard
Sudbury, 24 April 2018
Wayne was highly recommended by a friend and we were so glad we used him. Listened to all our needs and gave us the perfect quote. So glad we booked with him. Would definitely recommend. Looking forward to our amazing trip!
Sent in by James Leighton
Chelmsford, 01 February 2018
Small touches of appreciation. AAfter 3 years of promises, I have finally managed to book a big holiday for my son and I to Florida and Denver (to see his cousins) in the summer and I cannot wait to have such a great time with him and my sister and family. A card is as simple as it comes but, as a small business owner myself, I appreciate the sentimentality and gratitude that comes with it. Thank You to Wayne Barsby from Travel Counsellors for making all the arrangements for us and taking all the stress out of what is going to be an awesome adventure. I cannot recommend Wayne enough, so if you have a holiday to book and don’t want the hassle of making all the little arrangements yourself then you know where to go. Thanks Wayne, thanks for the card!
Sent in by Abbie Thoms
Acton, Suffolk, 11 January 2018
I wouldn't book my holidays with anyone other than Wayne. Not only is he well traveled he really cares about his customers. Whatever holiday you're after Wayne gets it spot on. Olly and I have had two wonderful holidays in Wales and Cornwall and looking forward to Scotland later this year. We both highly recommend Wayne for any holidays, he's basically fab
Sent in by Jackie Green
Colchester, Essex, 11 October 2017
We are very happy with the service we get, very helpful and very professiona, we would most definitely recommend Wayne to our friends and family and have done.
Sent in by Mary Packer
Sudbury, 25 September 2017
Everything excellent so far! Always very helpful and a pleasure to speak to about anything, Will always ask Wayne to book our trips whenever possible thanks again.
Sent in by James Linford
Colchester, 11 August 2017
Wayne has been very helpful and professional.
Sent in by Elizabeth Cheeld
Colchester, 15 June 2017
Personal and knows his stuff! What more could you ask!
Sent in by Adam Mason
Colchester, Essex, 06 June 2017
A massive thank you to Wayne Barsby of Travel Counsellors. I have used Wayne's services on a couple of occasions now and can't recommend him highly enough. He takes all the stress out of finding the perfect holiday. His attention to detail is first rate and the choices of holiday destinations and accommodation he finds are superb. Communication throughout the entire process is excellent and the end result is a fantastic holiday with all the planning and arrangements sorted out for you. Thank you.
Sent in by Tara Perlaki
Colchester, Essex, 03 May 2017
Wayne - I want to say a massive thank you for all your help and support in creating our phenomenal holiday to Thailand. Wayne was really helpful in listening to what me and my husband wanted from our trip, then creating a package that supported this. Our accommodation was excellent, our itinerary was awesome, and the holiday was the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. Wayne’s support was brilliant, with contact before, during and after our holiday, including messaging me to see how my husband was after a Jellyfish sting. From start to finish, we found it really reassuring that Wayne was easily contactable should any problems arise, right through to him checking us in before our multiple flights to and around Thailand. We would definitely use him again and easily recommend him to anyone wanting to go on holiday.
Sent in by Jackie Green
Colchester, Essex, 23 March 2017
Wayne was brilliant and the holiday we have just had was perfect. I couldn't fault it and looking forward to the next which will be booked through our Travel Counsellor Wayne Barsby.
Sent in by Marie O Kane
Bexley, Kent, 13 March 2017
Wayne is very helpful and accommodating. Look forward to working with him again.
Sent in by Helen Brunt
Preston, 09 March 2017
Excellent service from Wayne. Was recommended after attending a group booking which Wayne arranged. I've already recommended his services so definitely a 10 from me!
Sent in by Sophie Skipper
Sudbury, 25 January 2017
Hey Wayne, Just wanted to say the apartment is fantastic... it's HUGE ! And we're having a great time so far :) Thanks for making the whole process so easy! Sophie xx
Sent in by Michael Johnson
Colchester, 31 October 2016
Wayne's communication and understanding of our holiday requirements have been first class. he has been very due diligent and professional finding us excellent flight options for our holiday. I would certainly offer Wayne any future travel business not only to myself but also to friends and family.
Sent in by Sophie Skipper
Sudbury, 28 October 2016
Fantastic service. Four great, varied quotes were provided within 24 hours of my enquiry. Wayne deals with every aspect of booking a trip and uses his extensive knowledge of travel to ensure you get the best deal and the best experience! Would highly recommend.
Sent in by Sarah Boxall
Long Melford, Sudbury, 10 October 2016
I’m not great at finding the perfect holiday but always want to make the most of our time away. Since meeting Wayne it has meant that he finds the perfect holiday for us, taking the time to understand exactly what we want with every detail considered. A five star service without the five star price tag!
Sent in by Jessica Rickett
Witham, Essex, 15 September 2016
Wayne has been fab helping us to choose our holiday/break at the end of this year. Nothing was too much trouble and he made the whole process very easy. Much appreciated. We would highly recommend Travel Counsellors and Wayne in particular given the help and advise we have had already to date. Thank you.
Sent in by Sue Tetley
Sudbury, 24 August 2016
I have just come back from a fantastic holiday to Interlaken in Switzerland with my mum. Thank you so much to Wayne Barsby from travel counsellors for sorting everything out for us. Wayne was very professional, providing excellent communication and personal touches that you don't get when booking through a travel agents or on the internet, for example checking us in for the flights there and back, having a note waiting for us in the hotel room and sending us a box of biscuits, tea, coffee and milk for when we returned. It was great having one individual to contact if any issues cropped up. I would highly recommend booking your holiday with Wayne Barsby!
Sent in by Victoria Raeburn
Mayfield, East Sussex, 15 August 2016
Would highly recommend Travel Counsellors! They were very professional and helpful and gave some brilliant advice so I could properly decide which policy to choose. Everything was talked through and the policy was sent to me before buying it, so I could take my time to read it through.. Not rushed into the decision which was lovely, and all handled extremely efficiently. Thank you!
Sent in by Angela Isherwood
Colchester, 08 June 2016
I'm someone who's terrible at sending thank you cards, but absolutely love receiving them. Thank you Wayne for your kind note. David and I are beyond excited for our trip in 319 days!! We knew exactly what we wanted and you did it for us. Yours is an industry that is often shrouded in miscommunication and resulting disappointments. But not you Wayne. I would highly recommend booking your next holiday with Wayne. He knows the world inside out and takes the time to listen to determine exactly what you want. As someone who has booked many holidays online, it was a real pleasure to talk to a real person, who has taken all the stress out of it. No getting an email 3 weeks before urgently needing passport details, because that's all done by him. Now we can forget about it for the next 10 months (although we're so excited we probably won't). Thank you so much.
Sent in by Stacey Howlett
Sudbury, 06 June 2016
This was my first time travelling alone and I was rather nervous. Wayne was brilliant, took care of everything day and night and answered all my silly questions, sometimes twice. Nothing was too much trouble, he cares about his clients and is there every step of the way. I had a fantastic holiday in Petra, the holiday of a lifetime. I have since recommended him to friends to find the right holiday for them.
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