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Hi, thank you for visiting my travel page.
I’m Dan and I am proud to be a Travel Counsellor, part of an award-winning and industry-leading travel company.
"Travelling; it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
For me there is no greater way to sum up travel. Having been fortunate enough to have experienced so many countries around the world, planet Earth never fails to amaze me with breath-taking sights in every place I visit. Yet, when I come home, I am always full of stories from making more unforgettable memories.
My extensive travels (from roughing it through to some super luxury stays) combined with my long track record of first-class customer service and delivery of once-in-a-lifetime journeys for my clients leave me best-placed to help you plan your dream adventures, whatever they may be.
I have experienced all forms of travel from taking in Safaris in the Serengeti, seaplanes into the Maldives, sharing a bed with a Huntsman Spider and witnessing Elephants taking a mudbath; through to drinking a pint in the Shire’s Green Dragon Pub, Sundowners amid a thunderstorm on the Zambezi and even a cocktail or two after a day under the water whether it be Scuba diving on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef or watching Sharks circling closeby off the coast of South Africa.
As my clients, you are my priority. Taking the time to understand your needs and what is most important to you, I then use my experience and knowledge to tailor-make a truly unique journey for you and your loved ones. As a personal Travel Counsellor, I am part of a 5* Trustpilot rated team of passionate travel experts. Travel Counsellors are a multi-award wining travel company having been rated #1 (twice) for our handling of clients during the Coronavirus Pandemic and are the only Travel Company to have won the prestigious Queens’ Award on 3 occasions! All this AND we offer full financial protection for your money with our market-leading secure financial trust.
Unlike travel agents on the high street, as a Travel Counsellor I am focused on delivering the perfect holiday for you, I am not pushed to promote any brands or airlines so I take the time to craft a bespoke itinerary which is best suited to your dream trip.
So please, either give me a call or get in touch through email. I am completely flexible and can arrange to speak with you at a time that best suits you. As I want to get to the heart of what would make your journey special, I would love to sit down over a cuppa and build the excitement about your trip be it in a local café or even in the comfort of your own home.
I look forward to helping you plan your special holidays around the world to help you create lifelong memories you will treasure forever.
All the best,
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.
09 November 2023
I now work with County Wedding Magazines and here I share my first piece for this national magazine where I detail 8 of the most unique experiences you can arrange to create an unforgettable Honeymoon. The full published piece is available online here; https://www.county.wedding/honeymoon-news/26248/eight-romantic-honeymoon-experiences "Embark on Your Unforgettable Adventure as Newly-weds: 8 Inspiring Experiences That Redefine Your Honeymoon" Your honeymoon is the canvas of your love story, a chapter that deserves to be painted with unforgettable moments. It's not just a holiday; it's an adventure that marks the beginning of your newly-married life together. Here, I introduce eight inspiring experiences that elevate your honeymoon into a tale of love, adventure, and luxury, ensuring that your journey together is as magnificent as you have always dreamt it. 1. "A Night Beneath the African Stars: Tinyeleti Tree House, South Africa" Beneath the vast African sky, your Honeymoon story finds its setting in the Tinyeleti Tree House. Nestled within the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, this open-air wonder invites you to a night serenaded by the sounds of the wild. Here, your senses awaken to the symphony of the African night, and the possibility of encountering the "Big Five" adds an exhilarating thrill. 2. "Island Paradise for Two: Private Maldivian Escape" In the Maldives, discover a world where your own private island becomes your idyllic setting. The gentle lull of the waves becomes your serene soundtrack, while water sports, spa treatments, and intimate dinners on deserted beaches are yours to indulge in. There are islands where you can book an entire island for complete seclusion, your very own “Robinson Crusoe” experience in the paradise of the Indian Ocean. Here, your days are a dream made real, and your love blooms amidst the breathtaking serenity of the sandy atolls. 3. "Breakfast with Gentle Giants: Giraffe Manor, Kenya" At Giraffe Manor in Kenya, an enchanting breakfast experience awaits. As you sip your morning coffee and savour delicious breakfast treats, elegant giraffes poke their long necks through ornate windows and join you in a graceful dance over breakfast. This extraordinary interaction creates a heartwarming connection with these elegant giants of the natural world, an unforgettable way to celebrate your love amidst the serene beauty of Kenya's iconic landscapes. 4. "Polar Bears and Northern Lights: Churchill, Canada" In Churchill, Canada, adventure truly takes hold. Here, you'll witness the majestic polar bears in their natural habitat, and if luck graces you, the Northern Lights will illuminate the night sky. This extraordinary combination of wildlife and celestial wonder fills your hearts with awe, reminding you that love is as wild and mesmerizing as nature itself. 5. "Elephants and Waterfront Romance: Elephant Hills, Thailand" Experience the enchantment of the Thai rainforest at Elephant Hills. Beyond feeding and bathing elephants, your nights unfold in luxury tents floating on the tranquil Cheow Lan Lake. Surrounded by pristine nature, the bond between you and the world deepens, creating extraordinary memories of a love that's as majestic and gentle as the elephants themselves. 6. "Underwater Villas: Maldivian Aquatic Bliss" Dive into a dream world beneath the waves in the Maldives' underwater villas. As you wake up to the vibrant marine life dancing outside your glass windows, your Honeymoon becomes intertwined with the ocean's enchanting symphony. Snorkeling adventures, underwater dining, and the reef beneath the waves make each moment a truly unique experience to begin your lifelong journey in the married life. 7. "Spirit Bear Adventure: Spirit Bear Lodge, Canada" At Spirit Bear Lodge in Canada, an extraordinary escape awaits. Jet off in a seaplane, landing on the water in a remote, picturesque part of the forest where you'll track the elusive Kermode bear, the "white spirit bear." Set in the breathtaking Great Bear Rainforest, this journey becomes a chapter of love and wonder. It's a journey that reminds you that these elusive creatures which grace these ancient, pristine landscapes are as rare and awe-inspiring as finding true love itself. 8. "Dining Beneath the Waterfall: The Sarojin, Thailand" In the heart of Thailand, The award-winning Sarojin offers a breath-taking culinary journey that transcends imagination. Your evening begins with a 4x4 journey from the white sands of the picture-perfect beach into the lush rainforest, to the foot of a waterfall where you can dive into the crystal clear waters for a simply exquisite, private dip to work up your appetite for the ultimate dinner setting. Picture a freshly-prepared romantic dinner at the base of a candlelit waterfall, surrounded by lush tropical greenery. Every bite becomes a memory, every moment a treasure. Here, your love is celebrated in the embrace of nature. These experiences redefine the notion of the finest honeymoons. Each one is a unique adventure, a romantic journey, and an opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. Love, adventure, and luxury unite harmoniously as you write your very own Honeymoon story as incredible as your dreams. Your honeymoon deserves to be extraordinary, and these experiences promise to make it a celebration like no other.
09 November 2023
Here I share my second editorial for Live Ribble Valley's Christmas edition. At this time of year, what better than a piece on all things Christmas Markets. Here is the full piece; https://issuu.com/live_magazines/docs/live_ribble_valley_issue_145_november_december_202 Unlocking the Magic of European Christmas Markets: A Festive Odyssey The holiday season is upon us, and there's no better way to unwrap the magic of Christmas than by embarking on a journey through European Christmas markets. While the UK has its own charming contenders, the allure of international markets beckon. “Step into Christmas” (markets) that will ignite your festive spirit, both at home and on the continent, and discover the excitement of a Christmas market river cruise. Exploring Homegrown Charm: UK Christmas Markets The UK boasts an array of delightful Christmas markets, each with its unique character. Whilst the doorstep destination of Manchester and London’s iconic backdrop often steal the show for Christmas market destinations, the quaint, historic city of Bath is a must for those wanting a festive staycation strolling sprawling markets with a unique mix of handmade crafts, European cuisine and “surprising performances in surprising places” with interactive shows from the National Theatre Company! Vienna's Musical Magic For a unique European experience, Vienna's Christmas markets are unmatched. The Austrian capital is renowned for its rich musical heritage, and during the festive season, the city's squares come alive with melodious tunes. From choirs and orchestras to street performers, Vienna's markets offer a symphony of holiday sounds that transport visitors into a magical world of music and merriment. International Cuisine Extravaganza One of the most appealing aspects of European Christmas markets is the opportunity to sample a wide array of culinary delights. While the classics like mulled wine and roasted chestnuts are always a treat, exploring up-and-coming markets allows you to sample international cuisines in a festive setting. Consider visiting Prague's Christmas markets for a taste of Czech cuisine. Savour the flavours of traditional sausages, a local favourite, trdelnik, and a wide selection of hearty dishes. It's a gastronomic adventure that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight. River Cruise Adventure If you're keen to experience multiple Christmas markets in one unforgettable journey, a Christmas market river cruise is the ultimate way to go. Companies like Viking River Cruises offer themed holiday cruises, stopping at several iconic European cities along the way. Imagine gliding along Europe's picturesque rivers, with stops in Vienna, Budapest, Strasbourg, and Cologne, each known for their enchanting Christmas markets. Onboard these cruises, the ships are transformed into floating winter wonderlands. Festive decorations, seasonal cuisine, and holiday-themed activities ensure that the magic of Christmas is never far away. The evening entertainment often includes traditional Christmas carollers and music performances, providing an immersive and unforgettable experience. This holiday season, seize the opportunity to embark on a journey through European Christmas markets, whether at home in the UK, on the captivating streets of the continent or even a Christmas market river cruise to witness the grandeur of multiple markets in one joyful adventure. The magic of Christmas awaits, and it's time to embrace it with open arms.
09 November 2023
Here I share my first editorial for the local lifestyle magazine, Live Ribble Valley. I share advice on what to consider when planning that most important of trips, your Honeymoon. The full magazine can be found here; https://issuu.com/live_magazines/docs/live_ribble_valley_issue_143_september_2023 From Wedding to Wanderlust; Designing your Dream Honeymoon For those loved-up couples soon tying the knot, the wedding day offers that golden glow of the light at the end of a seemingly endless, and let’s be honest, stressful tunnel of planning. Your wedding day becomes your Shangri-La, the ecstasy of a day bursting at the seams with love, joy and celebration with all those held dear. But as the party winds down, the curtain calls, what next? What adventure first awaits in your newly married lives together? The Honeymoon! Most 2022 weddings involved 1-2 years’ planning* and with so much involved honeymoon planning occasionally began “once the Wedding was out of the way”. For most couples though, the excitement of having an adventure on the horizon is even more exciting than the Wedding as it is the first celebration just for the newly-weds. Here are some expert tips to bring your vision to life: Setting a budget This is the boring but critical part! Although waking up over-water in Bora Bora and hiking the Virunga mountains of Rwanda to find gorillas are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, they come with a hefty price tag. With the wedding to consider too, working out that “magic number” is crucial. Gift lists offer a fantastic means for loved ones to contribute toward memorable experiences or even flight upgrades to set off in style! The early bird catches the worm Planning ahead reaps many rewards; from “earlybird” accommodation offers, access to the best flight fares and greater availability throughout. This means couples have the best opportunity to secure their #1 choices and all at the best rates! Consider “shoulder months” Whilst everyone wants to visit their idyllic destination in its perfect season, travelling during “shoulder months” means travellers can enjoy their dream experiences in a season just outside peak times, taking advantage of significantly reduced prices while avoiding low season weather. Consider a Mini-moon Peak wedding season is August-September however preferred Honeymoon destination, the Maldives, experiences its wetter months around this time. So why not book a short break after the wedding, before taking on a far-flung adventure when the time is right? Plus it means two holidays! Enjoy the ride Planning your Honeymoon is something to truly get excited about. From the rush of a Safari, luxuriating in paradise, diving coral reefs or indulging in local cuisines, the world is quite literally your oyster! Guidebooks remain fantastic tools however social media boasts a wealth of inspiration so grab some fizz together and tuck into the feast of “content” out there! Starting with exploring the whole world through to those romantic details, a honeymoon is a truly magical journey and one which begins from the moment you open the door to the world of possibilities.
02 August 2023
The Riviera Maya and the wider stretch of the Caribbean Coast of Mexico is home to an amazing array of adventure-filled "X” parks, each offering a unique experience for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in the region's natural wonders. In this piece I will delve into the characteristics of the five prominent "X" parks; Xcaret, Xplor, Xel-Há, Xenses and Xoximilco. I will outline what visitors can expect from each park and what type of guests each park is best suited for, be it families, large groups, couples or of course solo travellers. Xcaret: An Ecological & Cultural Wonderland Xcaret, often referred to as an eco-archaeological park, epitomizes the essence of not just the rich history, culture, and biodiversity of the whole of Mexico. This park is ideal for families, culture and history enthusiasts, and eco-adventurers alike. Try and arrive as close to 8:30 as there is so much to do that you will need as much time as possible! Visitors can expect a diverse array of activities, such as: • Cultural Performances: Make sure to stay and experience vibrant Mexican folklore performances in their global award-winning “Best Theatrical Show”, the Mexico Espectacular Show (beating Cirque Du Soleil!) • Underground Rivers: Float along the crystal-clear waters of the cenotes. Did you know there are no overground rivers in Mexico? Due to the unique geology, all of Mexico’s rivers are underground. • Archaeological Sites: Wander through well-preserved Mayan ruins that offer a glimpse into the region's ancient past. • Wildlife Encounters: Discover a host of wildlife, including jaguars, butterflies, marine life, within the park's natural habitats. Plus stand amid hundreds of exotic birds in Xcaret’s breath-taking aviary. • Coral Reef & Aquarium: Snorkel in the Caribbean waters to observe colourful marine life and visit the park's stunning coral reef aquarium. • Photos for Lifelong Memories: Pay for your photo pass and make sure to pass the 40 points throughout the park for some creative photo opportunities. Xplor: Thrilling Adventures in Nature's Playground Xplor caters to adrenaline-seekers and adventure lovers looking for heart-pounding experiences. This park is best suited for couples, groups of friends and families with older children. With a handful of activities, you shouldn’t need as long here as Xcaret but a full day allows you to enjoy all the main activities and potentially repeat one or two of your favourites for even more fun! Expect an action-packed day with the following highlights: • Zip Lines: Glide through the treetops on no less than 14 exhilarating zip lines that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes! • Amphibious Vehicles: Take control of rugged amphibious vehicles to navigate through jungle trails and underground caves for an experience unlike any other! (Check your lights are working before driving through the waterfall, driving into the cave wall comes with a hefty repair fee…oops!) • Underground Rivers: Embark on a journey through mystical cenotes. • Hammock Splash: Experience the unique thrill of swinging on a hammock before splashing into a natural cenote, perfect for cooling off from the midday heat. Xel-Há: Paradise for Snorkelers and Nature Lovers Xel-Há is a haven for those who appreciate the tranquillity of nature and the beauty of marine life. This park suits families, nature enthusiasts, and visitors seeking a more relaxed experience. Expect the following activities: • Snorkelling: Immerse yourself in the vast natural aquarium, where freshwater rivers meet the Caribbean Sea, offering a stunning array of tropical fish. (Let your little ones know there are some big fish in the lagoon, definitely gave me a shock when I stuck my head under the water as a youngster!) • Cliff Diving: For the adventurous, there are safe spots for cliff diving into the turquoise waters below. • Cenotes and Caves: Explore the park's cenotes and caves, offering opportunities for peaceful swims in pristine waters. • Jungle Trails: Stroll along jungle trails to observe the diverse flora and fauna native to the Riviera Maya. • Obstacle Courses: Challenge your family to see who can make it the furthest along the obstacle course before splashing into the lagoon. • Lazy River: Climb (as gracefully as possible) onto a rubber ring and float along a scenic, natural, lazy river through the mangroves. Xenses: A Mind-Bending Adventure to X-cite all the Xenses Xenses Park appeals to thrill-seekers, families, and curious minds alike, offering mind-bending sensory experiences and outdoor adventures, including optical illusions, a journey through the Xensatorium, and a slide with unexpected twists. • Xensatorium: A journey through various ecosystems without leaving a single room. • The Way of Dwarfs & Giants: A playful environment with distorted perception of sizes to create optical illusions and some eye-catching photos. • Bird Flight: Soaring through the air on a bird-like zip line – head-first! • Riverlaxing Xwim: Floating along a slow river with a twist - it’s full of liquid mud! (Apparently it’s great for your skin!) • The Town: Gravity-defying town with twisting walls and floors – mind your step, it might not be where you expect it to be! Xoximilco: A Fiesta on the Water Xoximilco is a unique park that pays homage to the traditional Mexican fiesta. This park is perfect for groups of friends, families celebrating special occasions, and anyone seeking a festive experience. Expect the following festivities: • Trajinera Rides: Cruise along in a colorful trajinera (a traditional Mexican party boat) and enjoying live music and regional cuisine. • Mexican Traditions: Participate in traditional games, dances, and rituals, ensuring a truly authentic Mexican experience. • Gastronomic Journey: Savor a variety of Mexican dishes and beverages, from tacos to tequila, all served in an atmosphere of joy and celebration. The "X" parks along the Caribbean coast of Mexico present an Xhilarating array of adventures and cultural Xperiences, catering to diverse interests and preferences. Whether you're seeking ecological wonders, thrilling adventures, marine encounters, or vibrant fiestas, these parks have something special in store for everyone. So, pack your sense of wonder and embark on an unforgettable journey through nature's treasures in the heart of the Riviera Maya.
04 July 2023
After the whirlwind of wedding preparations and a beautiful ceremony, it's time for newlyweds to embark on their much-anticipated honeymoon. For UK honeymoon couples, the world is their oyster when it comes to choosing a romantic getaway. From breathtaking beaches to stunning cityscapes, there are numerous destinations that cater to different tastes and preferences. In this blog post, I'll explore some of the top honeymoon destinations that UK couples often consider for their dream honeymoon (In another article I shall be sharing some emerging destinations which are fantastic alternatives to some of these destinations too); 1. Santorini, Greece: Renowned for its breathtaking sunsets and idyllic landscapes, Santorini is a Greek island that captures the hearts of honeymooners. Its whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches perched on cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea create a picture-perfect setting. Couples can indulge in romantic walks along the narrow streets of Oia, explore volcanic beaches, and savour delectable Mediterranean cuisine. Santorini offers luxurious accommodations, private villas, and a relaxed atmosphere, making it an ideal choice for a romantic escape. 2. Bali, Indonesia: For couples seeking an exotic and culturally rich honeymoon destination, Bali is a true gem. This Indonesian island offers an enticing blend of stunning beaches, lush rice terraces, ancient temples, and vibrant markets. Couples can enjoy romantic walks along the golden sands of Nusa Dua, explore the artistic, forest town of Ubud, and experience a traditional Balinese spa treatment together. Bali also boasts a wide range of luxury resorts and villas, ensuring a honeymoon filled with tranquillity, adventure, and romance. 3. Amalfi Coast, Italy: Italy's Amalfi Coast is a postcard-perfect destination that has been captivating honeymooners for decades. With its dramatic cliffs, charming coastal towns and azure waters, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a romantic ambiance like no other. Couples can explore the colourful villages of Positano and Ravello, take boat trips to the enchanting island of Capri, and indulge in mouthwatering Italian cuisine. Whether lounging on a sun-kissed beach or strolling hand in hand through lemon-scented streets, the Amalfi Coast promises an unforgettable honeymoon experience. 4. Maldives: Known for its pristine turquoise waters and luxurious overwater villas, the Maldives is a paradise tailor-made for honeymooners. This tropical archipelago in the Indian Ocean offers seclusion, serenity, and unparalleled natural beauty. Couples can enjoy snorkelling and diving in vibrant coral reefs, stepping out from the private villas onto the idyllic white sands, dive into the Indian Ocean from their over-water villa or indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, and relish candlelit dinners on secluded beaches. The Maldives provides an idyllic backdrop for couples to celebrate their love and create cherished memories. 5. South Africa: For couples seeking a diverse honeymoon experience, South Africa is a captivating and diverse destination. Nestled beneath the iconic Table Mountain, lies Cape Town. This cosmopolitan city offers a blend of natural wonders, rich history, and vibrant culture. Couples can explore the stunning Cape Peninsula, visit world-renowned wineries in the nearby Cape Winelands, and embark on thrilling wildlife safaris. South Africa also boasts a vibrant culinary scene, luxurious accommodations, and breathtaking sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean and Game Reserves ensuring a truly unforgettable honeymoon. Selecting the perfect honeymoon destination is an important decision for couples; whether they seek a relaxing beach retreat, a culturally immersive experience, or a blend of adventure and romance, the world offers a myriad of options. From the sun-soaked beaches of Santorini to the exotic allure of Bali, or the captivating beauty of the Amalfi Coast to the tranquillity of the Maldives, and the diverse wonders of South Africa, each destination provides a unique and unforgettable honeymoon experience. Whichever destination couples, the most important aspect of a honeymoon is the opportunity to celebrate love, create cherished memories, and embark on a lifelong journey together.
05 July 2023
When it comes to planning a honeymoon, UK couples have a plethora of choices to make their romantic getaway truly special. While popular destinations like Santorini, the Amalfi Coast, the Maldives, Bali, and South Africa offer incredible experiences, it's worth considering some alternatives that provide unique and enticing features. In this comparative blog post, I'll explore alternative Greek islands to Santorini, the charm of Puglia compared to the Amalfi Coast, the allure of Mozambique instead of the Maldives, the adventure of Costa Rica over Bali, and the wildlife wonders of Botswana and Zimbabwe in place of South Africa. 1. Alternative Greek Islands: Exploring Beyond Santorini While Santorini is undoubtedly a romantic destination, other Greek islands offer equally enchanting experiences with fewer crowds. For a more laid-back atmosphere, consider exploring alternative islands like Naxos or Crete. Naxos boasts beautiful sandy beaches, charming villages, and a rich history that can be discovered by visiting ancient ruins. Crete, the largest Greek island, offers a diverse landscape, from stunning beaches to rugged mountains, as well as traditional villages and delicious cuisine. These alternative islands provide a serene and intimate setting for a romantic honeymoon away from the hustle and bustle of Santorini. 2. Puglia: An Italian Gem Beyond the Amalfi Coast While the Amalfi Coast is known for its breathtaking cliffs and picturesque towns, Puglia offers a charming and less crowded alternative for UK honeymoon couples. Located in southern Italy, Puglia boasts stunning beaches, charming countryside, and unique architectural wonders like the trulli houses in Alberobello. With its relaxed atmosphere and delicious cuisine, Puglia provides a serene and authentic Italian experience. Couples can explore the charming towns of Ostuni and Lecce, enjoy romantic strolls along the Adriatic coastline, dine in a cave overlooking the Sea and indulge in the region's renowned wines and culinary delights. 3. Mozambique: Experiencing Seclusion Instead of the Maldives While the Maldives are synonymous with luxury and seclusion, Mozambique offers a captivating alternative that is equally enchanting. With its pristine white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs, Mozambique is a paradise for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. The country's remote islands, such as the Quirimbas and Bazaruto Archipelagos, offer secluded and luxurious accommodations, providing a sense of exclusivity and intimacy. Couples can immerse themselves in the laid-back island lifestyle, enjoy romantic beach picnics, and embark on unforgettable marine adventures in this off-the-beaten-path destination. 4. Costa Rica: Adventure and Nature Beyond Bali While Bali is renowned for its exotic beauty and enchanting forests, Costa Rica offers an exciting alternative for adventure-seeking honeymoon couples. Known for its diverse landscapes, Costa Rica offers everything from lush rainforests and pristine beaches to breathtaking volcanoes and thrilling wildlife encounters. Couples can go zip-lining through the jungle canopy, hike to stunning waterfalls, relax in natural hot springs, and even spot incredible wildlife like sloths and toucans (and if you’re extremely lucky, you may spot Jaguars!). Costa Rica's eco-luxury resorts and eco-friendly activities ensure an unforgettable honeymoon experience filled with adventure, nature, and romance. 5. Botswana and Zimbabwe: Wildlife Wonders Outside of South Africa For couples seeking an immersive wildlife experience, Botswana and Zimbabwe offer exceptional alternatives to South Africa. Botswana's Okavango Delta is one of Africa's top wildlife destinations, known for its abundant wildlife, including elephants, lions, and hippos. Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park also offer incredible game viewing opportunities, the latter is the only spot in the World where Elephants are known for standing on two feet to reach higher leaves!). These destinations provide unique and intimate safari experiences, with fewer tourists compared to some of the more popular reserves in South Africa. Couples can enjoy game drives, bushwalks, and romantic sunset cruises, creating unforgettable memories in the heart of Africa's wilderness. While popular honeymoon destinations like Santorini, the Amalfi Coast, the Maldives, Bali, and South Africa hold undeniable allure, exploring alternative destinations can offer UK couples unique and unforgettable experiences. Whether it's discovering lesser-known Greek islands, immersing in the charm of Puglia, experiencing seclusion in Mozambique, embarking on adventurous journeys in Costa Rica, or encountering wildlife wonders in Botswana and Zimbabwe, these alternatives provide opportunities for intimacy, exploration, and romance. By considering these comparative destinations, honeymooners can create cherished memories in less crowded settings while embracing the beauty and diversity our world has to offer.
06 July 2023
Love knows no boundaries, and as the LGBTQ+ community celebrates the freedom to marry, choosing the perfect honeymoon destination becomes an exciting endeavour. From vibrant cities to exotic escapes, the world offers a plethora of LGBTQ+-friendly destinations that cater to diverse interests and preferences. In this post, I’ll explore some of the top LGBTQ+ honeymoon destinations and highlight what makes each of them special, ensuring an unforgettable celebration of your marriage. 1. Seychelles: Renowned for its pristine turquoise waters and secluded beaches, the Seychelles is a tropical paradise that offers an intimate and romantic escape for LGBTQ+ honeymooners. Couples can indulge in secluded beachfront accommodations, enjoy snorkelling and diving adventures, and savour candlelit dinners under the stars. With its welcoming and LGBTQ+-friendly environment, the Seychelles sets the stage for a blissful honeymoon experience. 2. South Africa: With its vibrant LGBTQ+ scene and stunning landscapes, South Africa offers a diverse and inclusive honeymoon destination. From cosmopolitan cities like Cape Town to captivating wildlife experiences in Kruger National Park, couples can enjoy wine tasting, breathtaking views, and thrilling safaris. South Africa's welcoming atmosphere and breathtaking natural beauty create the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable LGBTQ+ honeymoon. 3. Greek Isles: The Greek Isles provide a magical setting for LGBTQ+ honeymooners. Islands like Mykonos and Santorini offer picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and crystal-clear waters. Couples can relax on beautiful beaches, explore quaint towns, and indulge in delicious Greek cuisine. With their LGBTQ+-friendly environment and stunning beauty, the Greek Isles offer a dreamy and romantic escape for newlyweds. 4. Massachusetts, USA: Provincetown, located in Massachusetts, has long been known as an LGBTQ+ haven and offers a charming and inclusive atmosphere for honeymooners. This seaside town provides stunning beaches, art galleries, and a vibrant LGBTQ+ community. Couples can enjoy romantic walks along the shore, experience the lively entertainment scene, and immerse themselves in LGBTQ+ culture. In Provincetown, love is celebrated and embraced, making it an ideal destination for an unforgettable LGBTQ+ honeymoon. 5. Thailand: Thailand offers a blend of vibrant cities, lush landscapes, and cultural wonders, making it an enticing destination for LGBTQ+ honeymooners. Couples can explore historic temples, relax on tropical beaches, and indulge in delicious street food. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the tranquil beauty of Phuket or Krabi, Thailand's LGBTQ+-friendly atmosphere and rich cultural experiences create a honeymoon filled with adventure and romance. 6. Maldives: Known for its secluded luxury resorts and stunning overwater villas, the Maldives is a paradise tailor-made for romantic LGBTQ+ honeymoons. Couples can relax in their private villas, enjoy water sports, and savor intimate candlelit dinners. With its LGBTQ+-friendly environment and breathtaking natural beauty, the Maldives offers a secluded and romantic escape for couples to celebrate their love. 7. Australia: With its vibrant cities, stunning landscapes, and LGBTQ+-friendly environment, Australia offers diverse honeymoon experiences. Couples can explore iconic cityscapes, witness natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef, and immerse themselves in the local culture. From the lively streets of Sydney to the pristine beaches of the Whitsunday Islands, Australia's welcoming atmosphere and diverse offerings create an unforgettable LGBTQ+ honeymoon. As LGBTQ+ couples celebrate the freedom to marry, choosing the perfect honeymoon destination is an opportunity to create cherished memories in a welcoming and accepting environment. From the stunning beaches of the Seychelles to the vibrant LGBTQ+ scene in South Africa, the picturesque Greek Isles, the inclusive charm of Massachusetts, the cultural wonders of Thailand, the secluded luxury of the Maldives, and the diverse experiences in Australia, these destinations offer unique experiences that embrace and celebrate LGBTQ+ love. If you're ready to start planning your dream LGBTQ+ honeymoon, I'm here to help. As a dedicated honeymoon expert, I understand the unique needs and desires of couples like you. Together, we can tailor your honeymoon experience to your preferences, ensuring that every detail is taken care of. Reach out to me today to discuss your honeymoon plans and let's make your dreams a reality.
06 July 2023
Planning the perfect honeymoon requires more than just checking off items on your travel bucket list. Proper planning ensures that your dream trip becomes a reality and allows you to avoid potential mishaps. Let's dive into some essential planning tips and advice for your honeymoon. Timing is Everything: Consider the amount of time you have available for your honeymoon and the destination you wish to visit. Longer vacations allow for more far-flung destinations, while shorter getaways are better suited for closer locales. Additionally, be mindful of the seasonality of your chosen destination to make the most of your trip. If the timing for your dream destination isn't ideal immediately after your Wedding, consider a mini-moon for a short break for the two of you to enjoy wedded bliss after months of wedding planning. Passport: Whilst ensuring you have enough time on your passport upon your return is an obvious essential, with a Wedding there is the likelihood of one, or both, of the couple changing their surname. This is important to remember when booking your Honeymoon, if you are travelling immediately after your Wedding then book with your current names, if there is a long time between your Wedding and your Honeymoon you should have sufficient time to arrange a new passport in your married names allowing you embark on your adventure "for the first time as the new X and X". Building a Multi-Centre Honeymoon: Treat your honeymoon like a captivating novel, with each destination representing a different chapter. Start with a slow and gradual introduction, ramp up the excitement with thrilling adventures, and conclude with a relaxing and rejuvenating experience; whether this is visiting a bustling city before heading onto local islands for beaches such as Bangkok, to cultural hubs and then onto stunning beaches, Cape Town, safari and then Mauritius or the Culture and Wildlife of Sri Lanka before a short hop into the picture-perfect Maldives to name just a few. Choosing Hotels: Your choice of accommodations should complement the pace and narrative of your honeymoon. Each hotel should build upon the previous one, ensuring a progressive increase in comfort and luxury. Save the show-stopping hotel for the end, providing a grand finale to your romantic journey. Honeymoon Gift List: A Wedding Gift List is a growing part of a wedding now with couples looking to make the most of their Honeymoon. A Gift List allows your Wedding guests the chance to contribute toward your Honeymoon cost. Their generous gifts can be used to add some truly special finishing touches such as private dining experiences, excursions, room upgrades (and if extremely generous, flight upgrades!). Utilize Social Platforms: As the countdown to your honeymoon begins, use social media platforms to discover upcoming events, trending bars, and connect with friends who may be in your destination. These platforms can serve as valuable resources for last-minute recommendations and insider tips. Benefits of using a Honeymoon Expert: While all-inclusive hotels and websites may draw you in, planning your honeymoon with the help of a travel expert can be a rewarding experience. By sitting with a trusted expert you will be surprised at just how deep an understanding they can gain of your dream Honeymoon experience and using their knowledge, experience and expertise they can tailor the trip to your specific interests and preferences. Incorporating these planning tips will help ensure a smooth and unforgettable honeymoon experience. However, with so many details to consider, it can be overwhelming to tackle everything on your own. That's where a dedicated honeymoon expert can assist you. By entrusting the planning to a professional, you can relax and focus on the excitement of your upcoming wedding while they handle all the intricacies of your dream honeymoon. If you're looking for a stress-free and perfectly tailored honeymoon, get in touch with me today. As an experienced travel expert, I specialize in creating unforgettable experiences for Honeymoon couples. Let me handle the logistics, accommodations, and special touches, allowing you to embark on a honeymoon filled with love, joy, and incredible memories. Together, we'll make your dream honeymoon a reality.
06 July 2023
Are you in the midst of planning your wedding and searching for the perfect honeymoon destination? Look no further! At Travel Counsellors, we offer an exclusive Weddings and Honeymoon Gift Registry service that will make your dream honeymoon a reality. Our service provides an easy and stress-free way to manage all your wedding and honeymoon plans online, with the guidance and expertise of your personal Travel Counsellor. Imagine receiving the most unforgettable gift of all – a tailor-made honeymoon designed to perfection, with every detail thoughtfully planned. Our Honeymoon Gift Registry allows your friends and family to contribute towards your dream honeymoon, ensuring it becomes a truly magical experience. Perhaps you already have all the household items you need, and what you truly desire is a dream getaway. Whether it's an exhilarating adventure on an African safari, a romantic escape to the enchanting cities of Paris or Venice, or a luxurious retreat at a 5-star resort in the Maldives or Mauritius, our Gift Registry will make your honeymoon dreams come true. When you choose our service, we will create a personalized Honeymoon Gift Registry webpage exclusively for you. This webpage will feature your photo and heartfelt messages, making it easy for your guests, friends, and family to log in and contribute towards the costs of your trip. As part of this unique service, we also offer a Honeymoon Registry pack, which includes specially designed guest cards. These cards can be sent out with your wedding invitations, providing your loved ones with the information they need to make their contributions. Additionally, the pack includes thank you cards and envelopes, so you can express your sincere gratitude for their generous support. While our top-selling overseas wedding and honeymoon destinations include the breathtaking landscapes of Mauritius, the tropical paradise of the Maldives, and the sun-soaked Caribbean, rest assured that we can assist you in planning your dream honeymoon no matter where in the world you choose to go. At Travel Counsellors, we are dedicated to ensuring that your honeymoon is an extraordinary and unforgettable experience. If you would like more information about our Weddings and Honeymoon Gift Registry service, please do just get in touch. As an experienced Honeymoon Expert, I am ready to assist you every step of the way, helping you create the honeymoon of a lifetime. Setting up your Honeymoon Gift Registry Service is quick and easy – contact me, your personal Travel Counsellor on 01254 970 102 or email me Dan.Hyams@travelcounsellors.com
26 April 2023
As a Physical Geography graduate with a real passion for nature and wildlife, Canada has long been at the top of my travel bucket list. Finally, in April 2023, my best mate and I arrived into Vancouver, 3 years after we had originally booked this adventure. Our journey promised an action-packed 2 weeks of adventure, landscapes, snow, (hopefully) wildlife between over 2000km worth of open road! After waiting so long to finally reach its shores, I feared the hype may have been too great and the reality would not live up to expectations but this could not have been further from the truth, Canada. Blew. Me. Away. I love a road trip and I’m pretty sure Canada is THE ultimate destination for a journey of this kind. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider a road trip across Canada: Incredible Scenery: Canada has some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. From the rugged mountains of the Rockies to the stunning coastline of British Columbia and the beautiful lakes and forests of Ontario and Quebec, Canada has it all. Driving through these beautiful landscapes is an experience unlike any other. The drive between Jasper and Banff National Parks takes you down the Icefields Parkway, one of the finest drives anywhere on the planet! Vastness and Diversity: Canada is the second largest country in the world and has a diverse landscape, climate, and culture. Whilst you can drive for hours without seeing another car or person, the journey between Vancouver and Calgary passes through a number of towns and National Parks providing plenty of amazing places to visit along the way. This diversity makes for a unique and memorable road trip experience. Great Roads: Canada is known for having some of the best roads in the world. With wide open roads, not a pot hole in sight and alternating overtaking lanes, driving in Canada is a breeze. The highways are well-maintained with plenty of rest stops, “gas stations”, and attractions along the way. All of this combined with the amazing landscapes as a backdrop makes driving in Canada a genuine pleasure! (driving back in England is chaos by comparison). Wildlife: Canada is home to some of the world’s most iconic wildlife. On our journey alone we saw Elk, Deer, Mountain Goats, the Canadian Black Fox and on our boat trip we saw pods of Orca and even a Grey Whale! If you were to visit during the summer months (essentially any time not in the winter), you could add Humpback Whales, Grizzly Bears, Moose and Timber Wolves to this list. It goes without saying you need to keep a safe distance from ALL of these animals, however, seeing them in their natural habitat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Friendly People: It is almost a worldwide stereotype that Canadians are the nicest people on the planet. Always quick to help, offer advice and very welcoming at all times, you never feel alone when you’re out there and know you can turn to locals to ask for directions or for any local recommendations. Outdoor Adventures: Canada is a great place to get outdoors and explore. Whether you're hiking in the mountains, kayaking on a lake, or skiing in the winter, there are plenty of outdoor activities to you to enjoy so all you need to do is lace up your hiking boots and begin exploring the great outdoors (though don’t forget your bear spray if you’re off the grid). Overall, Canada is the ultimate road trip destination because it offers so much for absolutely anyone and everyone. From breath-taking scenery and unique wildlife through to world-beating hiking trails, skiing and canoeing, what more could you need? The growth of microbreweries and gin distilleries across Canada means no matter where you stop, you can enjoy a local brew or two after a day on the road. If you’re considering a trip to Canada then please do get in touch as I would be thrilled to help you plan such an exciting adventure and with access to your own car, the journey is entirely yours to enjoy at your leisure so what are you waiting for? P.S. hitting the road is the best way to explore Canada but a very close 2nd is rail travel, and specifically, to travel on the truly special Rocky Mountaineer.