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Thank you for visiting my travel page. I hope you like what you see and perhaps we will chat in the not too distant future.
In 2021 I was lucky enough to travel a fair bit despite the challenges of the ever-present global pandemic. So even more than before I can speak from experience of what it is like to travel in these times and share some tips with my customers to make things easier. But the good news is, things are getting better aren't they and travel is getting a bit easier with more places available to us.
I've been living in Dubai and working as a Travel Counsellor for 9 years now. That time has flown by and as my business has evolved, my experience has broadened, so I have so much to share with you. About the UAE which is such a great destination but also countries all around the world. I feel lucky every day to live in such a vibrant and culturally diverse country. There is always something to see and do here in UAE so if you fancy a visit please get in touch and I can help you plan. It's not just Dubai, the other Emirates have plenty to offer. And the location of this country makes it so easy to get around the globe. So for those of you based here, nowhere is too far or too difficult. I can get you to wherever your dream destination is whether be it the very close by Indian Ocean or a far-flung destination like Fiji.
Originally I'm from Bolton where Travel Counsellors was born. But prior to moving here, I was in Warwickshire, a beautiful county in central England. From there I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time travelling both for leisure and business. I love visiting new places, both at home and abroad and over time I have enjoyed visiting over 200 cities in 60 countries including beaches, cruises, cities, and adventures. Trying new foods, meeting wonderful people, witnessing different cultures and experiencing all that the world has to offer. Like many people, I intend to travel much more in the months and years ahead. Both local, short and long haul. So far this year I have visited Saudia Arabia and Cyprus with Nepal, the UK, Oman, Spain, Portugal and Maldives in the diary. So what about you, where is your imagination taking you?
As your personal Travel Counsellor, I can speak from my own wealth of leisure and business travel experience to offer unbiased, impartial guidance when helping you find your own perfect trip. That might be a luxury romantic break, cruise, honeymoon, group, a unique tailor-made holiday to your dream destination or just an overnight getaway from the stresses and strains of everyday life. I recognise that no matter where you are going, it's important to you that the trip is the right one. Let me help you make sure it is.
With 30 years in customer care, it is my aim to offer the best possible service. My promise to you is to make your travel booking as pleasurable and simple as possible, taking away the headache of brochures and search engines if you don't want them. And to be as flexible as possible when things change. In 2019 I reached the status of Gold Travel Counsellor, putting me in the top 10 % of over 2000 of us in 7 countries. It was a proud achievement and one I am delighted to have retained, proving I always do the best I can for my customers.
So, if you have a holiday in mind, give me a call and we can start planning together.
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I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
27 November 2020
My story of the Seychelles trip is broken into 2 parts. This first one being about the travel experience. Part 1 On 27th December my husband and I embarked on our first holiday of 2020, thanks to the Coronavirus spoiling all of our previous plans. We had booked before the restrictions came into our lives. And whilst all year I had hoped it would go ahead, I couldn’t be sure even until the last evening before we travelled. This is because travelling to Seychelles from Dubai during this period meant being able to submit a negative covid 19 certificate and then a completed...
27 November 2020
My story of the Seychelles trip is broken into 2 parts. This second one being about the holiday experience. Part 2 At the hotel, the team were waiting for us by the helipad. I didn’t notice them at first as I was busy taking a video of our arrival. Because it was spectacular and I loved watching the daily arrivals from the beach during our trip. A very warm and friendly welcome, wave the pilot off again and a short buggy to our villa where we were shown around and checked in with no waiting around. We were staying at the beautiful...
22 November 2019
Saudia Arabia recently launched much easier access to visit the Kingdom for leisure and business travellers. So like many people I was intrigued to know more about this country and what it would have to offer me in terms of leisure. In November I took the opportunity to visit for an event. The first step - the visa. Obtaining the visa on line was very quick and easy. The website is very clear, in English and user friendly. It is pretty expensive. But, the visa is valid for 12 months multiple entry. After my experience I will use mine again. Then what to wear! It's...
09 June 2019
In the new year, Travel Counsellors ran an incentive for all TCs to win a place on an educational trip to Antigua. An educational trip is a travel Trade visit to understand a location and properties to enable us to promote it more knowledgeably. The Caribbean has been a favourite destination of mine for many years with my husband regularly being told that’s where I want to retire to. So imagine my delight on finding that from over 1600 Travel Counsellors in 7 countries, I won one of the 20 spaces. The trip was planned for mid May and all I...
18 March 2019
When I was invited to attend an event in Langkawi about luxury travel, I jumped at the opportunity. It's somewhere I had never been to and having only been to Penang in Malaysia before I figured it was a great time to do a little more. So after a brief discussion my husband and I decided to start my trip with a short break in Kuala Lumpur. Choosing a hotel was quite a daunting task as I didn't know the city at all. In the end we decided on something mid range in the city's 'Golden Triangle' which is basically...
20 September 2018
WOW. WOW. WOW. This is the word of the trip. Alaska is wonderful. Spectacular. Interesting. We spent 11 nights sailing the Inside Passage on Seabourn Sojourn. And to be honest, I don't know where to start on writing a blog. So I am going to let the photos do the talking. Some of them aren't great quality as my camera can't see what my eyes do. But trust me, it was sensational. Please contact me to know more. [email protected] +971 55 438 6868
10 April 2018
We visited Krakow very briefly tagged onto a business trip. It was February and there was snow on the ground although we managed to escape more in the time we were there. At the time of Travel we had to fly via Warsaw which is available with Emirates from Dubai but now there are direct flights available with FlyDubai and it’s just 6hrs direct. If you travel from UK there are lots of options at about 2.5hrs. The city is around a 30minute easy journey from the airport and we had checked into a lovely little boutique hotel between the Jewish quarter...
17 January 2018
I cannot tell you how excited I was to be going to Hong Kong for New Year. Kong Kong had been on our 'must visit' list since arriving in UAE and somehow we just hadn't got there in 5 years. So we decided to treat ourselves and visit in style for New Year. Business class flights and a high end hotel stay. So we were booked on Cathay Pacific business class and into Mandarin Oriental hotel. We left on a night flight at almost midnight arriving late morning into HKG. The airport was fast and efficient and within 45 minutes of...
13 December 2017
I was lucky enough to go and visit a new country in December with some colleagues from the industry arranged by our preferred tour company. It was a bit of a whirlwind trip visiting lots of hotels so we could see what was offered by both the city of Yerevan and also the mountain destination of Tsaghkadzor. We travelling on FlyDubai direct from Dubai to Yerevan. These are great value flights and it was a comfortable trip of just 3hours. FlyDubai offers business class as well as economy service. We arrived to find it around 2degrees. Cold! There was snow on...
04 June 2017
I have had a few conversations recently with people telling me they didn’t even know Azerbaijan existed until they saw it represented the Eurovision song contest a few years ago. But more and more people are keen to get to visit the city. Having now visited myself it is somewhere I would highly recommend and I hope to go back. In early June the city was bright, sunny and warm. I actually visited with friends during Ramadan. Interestingly for a Muslim country, there were no restrictions on entertainment or consumption and the city was alive with people enjoying the beautiful parks...
09 February 2017
I’ve visited Athens a couple of times previous but only on my way to or from a Greek Island or a cruise. This time I decided I wanted to really see what the city had to offer. Visiting in February meant that the tourist season hadn’t kicked in so thankfully no long queues to any of the attractions. On the other hand it was pretty chilly so I was glad of boots, gloves and a scarf. One of the things that attracted me to Greece was food. Simple yet delicious is how I had remembered it and thats exactly what I...
22 August 2016
After quite a lot of planning, in August I headed out on a girls weekend to Romania. I flew into Bucharest directly from Dubai with FlyDubai. The flight times were good and we arrived mid afternoon. I wish we had pre-booked a car transfer, the taxi system is chaotic and the ticket machine that runs the system didn't work properly. Not many people had much English language so it was difficult to communicate. On the plus side, there was a cafe/bar where we could get refreshed whilst getting organised. The airport was about 25minutes in the car from the city...
08 August 2016
I cannot lie, 3 days without luggage because the airline lost it wasn't a good start. But, I didn't let that ruin the trip. We started in Gibralter which is the island known as 'The Rock' due to the huge rock that's the landmark. Separated from Spain by a small border it really is England in the sunshine with high street shopping, pubs and fish'n chip shops. The island is known for the Barbary Apes upon the rock that can be very cheeky and will steal your belongings of you don't watch out. We stayed on a docked cruise ship...
12 May 2016
I had visited Sri Lanka before. Just to Negombo area on a long girls' weekend which was perfect with some lively bars and restaurants for our evenings out. On this, my second trip, there was a whole different experience planned. Travelling with colleagues to learn more about the history, culture and geography of the area. 6 nights and 6 different hotels and another 9 for lunch and dinner. It was a packed schedule with some long journeys and a lot of walking, but what a fabulous experience. On day 1 we visited the Pinnawela elephant orphanage. We watched baby elephants being...
29 October 2015
Having visited lots of beautiful hotels in UAE since I moved here, it takes quite a lot to impress me. Well this place did. It's the only place we have visited where my husband said he could stay for several days, a week even, as he really felt 'on holiday' and there was so much to do. We decided to drive from Dubai and there is no doubt, it's a long drive. But once arrived at the jetty which is around and hour and a half from Abu Dhabi, the stress dissipates. We checked in at the jetty quickly and our...
17 August 2015
We had dinner outside. Outside in August! If you live in the Middle East you will know how wonderful that is. On checking in to this wonderful hotel, the hostess told us that the temperature in this part of the world rarely goes above 33 degrees. Bearing in mind that on Jumeirah beach in Dubai on that day it was 47 degrees this was brilliant news to us. We were shown to our room pointing out the hotel’s gym, spa and restaurants en-route. We didn't use the very well-equipped gym but we did use the spa and it was bliss....
19 April 2015
So many people know that the Anantara brand represents good quality and exceptional service. This is certainly what we found at Anantara Qasr al Sarab, desert resort. This is a resort that many of my clients aspire to visit and the feedback made me want to go. So when I found a free weekend in the diary, I was booked, packed and ready to go. I hadn't anticipated the long journey. It took around 3 hours from Dubai Marina. That's not so bad but there was not much to see on the way. So my advice is take snacks and drinks...
29 May 2014
My trip started on a train journey from Malaga. The scenery was stunning. Miles after miles of undulating fields, oranges and olive groves with very few people in sight. It took just under 2 hours into SANTA JUSTA station which is modern and easy to navigate. I visited Seville just for 2 days and it wasn't enough. It's just lovely. We were helped out most certainly by beautiful sunshine and blue skies in May so sitting outside one of the many pavement cafes was easy and fun. We went as a couple and it felt so romantic. As an animal...
18 May 2014
I recently found myself enjoying an unexpected weekend in Al Alain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It took exactly 1.5hours from Dubai Marina to reach the centre of the town, and we filled our time of the journey watching lots of camels in the desert either side of the road. I'm not sure what I expected from Al Ain but I was pleasantly pleased with what I found. It's known as 'The Garden City' due to its greenery and following my visit this now makes sense as I saw trees and plants, perfectly manicured wherever we went. Other noticeable factors were...
09 April 2014
I've been looking around my house at some of the souvenirs I have from my travels. I love bringing reminders back from my holidays but sometimes I make mistakes. Have you any holiday shopping disasters? Here are a few of mine- 1, Istanbul tall lamp. I toured the Grand Bazaar many times and then haggled extensively to get the exact coloured glass shades that I wanted. Finally price agreed and I was free to take my purchase home. It was a huge and heavy bundle consisting of a box of glass and a large metal frame wrapped in black bin bags that...
25 March 2014
We decided that we needed a break away from the "Bright Lights of the Big City.' After pouring over pages and pages of short breaks and trying to make flight times work we decided to go closer to home and opted for a the short drive to Abu Dhabi instead. We narrowed down the search and based on pure reputation alone we decided to try Eastern Mangroves by Anantara. Many would be put off by this hotel not being on the beach, but as we have access to the beach all of the time we didn't think we would mind. And we...
21 August 2013
I spend a lot of time in Torrox near Nerja on Costa del Sol. My mum live's there so it means I get to be looked after for a while! Over the years it's become like my own second home. 44 kilometres east of Málaga between Vélez-Málaga and Nerja, protected by the Sierra Almijara and Tejeda mountains, it has a very temperate climate. In fact, Torrox is widely accredited as having ‘the best climate in Europe’ which is a key attraction for many visitors including myself before I moved to Dubai. Torrox Costa is a beach resort overlooking the Mediterranean Sea....
18 March 2013
My partner and I cruised on Norwegian Sky in the Bahamas. I had never cruised with NCL before so wasn't sure what to expect but I wasn't disappointed. In the weeks before we set sail I was able to check in online to speed up the boarding process. It worked very well and embarkation was quick and easy. Unlike other some other cruise liners, this was casual and relaxed without any 'fanfare' as we boarded. We were able to quickly go and check out our cabin. We had a balcony cabin mid ship. It was exactly as we had...
06 September 2012
I visited Singapore with some friends to celebrate my birthday. There were 14 of us in the group and each and every member of the party found something about Singapore that they loved. For some it was the glamour and opulence of the hotels. I particularly loved The Fullerton which was grand and imposing. We enjoyed the most spectacular brunch here with a vast array of the fresh seafood and exquisite sushi. Others preferred the wonder of the more modern and elaborate buildings. Such as the spectacular three tower Marina Bay Sands with 'Skypark' across the top. Many loved the historic and...
04 April 2012
I hadn't expected Istanbul to be so cold! A friend and I visited in April and hoped for sunshine. Instead we wrapped up warm and instead of walking to the sights, we hopped on a city tour bus. What a good decision. The bus took us to all of the main historical attractions and many less known sights. Mosques, museums, monuments and towers galore. The operator was friendly and the multi lingual commentary meant everyone is catered for. We managed to lose ourself for an entire day in the Grand Bazaar. There are over 60 streets and 5000 shops selling...
07 July 2011
Visiting The Algarve in July means long, hot days. Not a cloud in the glorious blue sky from 7am to 7pm. There is something for everyone here. Young or old, wanting to party or relax, The Algarve is a playground of luxury hotels to more affordable apartments and stunning villas with private pool. If you don't want to spend time relaxing on one of the many sandy beaches in rocky coves, there is shopping, watersports, sailing or what about a game of golf on beautifully manicured courses. Meander around the Marina at Villamoura having lunch in the many excellent restaurants all around...
10 December 2010
Do you believe in Father Christmas? You will by the time you leave Lapland! What an amazing adventure for children. I have never seen such excitement before. As the plane started to land and the kids saw snow out of the windows, the atmosphere started to build. But nothing could have prepared me for the giddiness of the little ones when Elves, yes Elves, greeted us as we reached the terminal. First stop was collecting everything we needed to keep us warm. Well it was -20 degrees! Then the journey to the hotel keeping an eye out for Rudolf in the bushes as...
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Dubai, 17 February 2020
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Dubai, 31 December 2019
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UK, 12 March 2019
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Dubai, 12 March 2019
Thank you so much Sarah for your patience and helpful information whilst we decided the right holiday for us. I appreciated your honesty with regards to the various resorts' suitability. Really looking forward to our holiday - it's going to be amazing!!!
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Dubai, 12 March 2019
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Dubai, 28 August 2017
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The Greens, 28 August 2017
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Duabi, 23 March 2017
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Dubai, 14 February 2016
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