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A Guide to the Indian Ocean

19 February 2021

Picture the dream tropical island. Palm trees swaying softly in the breeze, crystalline waters lapping against talcum powder-white sand and a myriad of tropical fish darting through the shallows around their magnificent coral reef – all whilst the sun casts its warming glow across the horizon. Chances are you’re envisaging one of the dream-like islands that lay adrift in the vast Indian Ocean.

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The moments we're excited about

19 February 2021

As travel restrictions continue to linger, we decided to look back on where our Travel Counsellors have helped you to create the moments that mattered to you, as a reminder of what’s to come when normality resumes. 
With your help, we’ve compiled a list of the moments that we’re most looking forward to – those that are keeping us excited about travel in the future.

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Look to winter 2022 with Club Med

19 February 2021

With 70 years of experience, Club Med is a worldwide leader and pioneer in premium all-inclusive holidays, providing you with a comprehensive package of inclusions in the most beautiful locations worldwide. Choose from a range of accommodations from superior to suite and a selection of private villas and chalets in some of the resorts. There is something for everyone next winter.

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A message from our CEO, Steve Byrne

19 February 2021

We recognise that the last few months have been a really challenging period for many, and as we head towards the light at the end of the tunnel it feels timely to share some thoughts on how we’re continuing to support people to explore the world safely, keeping the health and wellbeing of our customers at the very heart of everything we do.

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3 easy Christmas crafts to make with children

21 December 2020

Add an extra special touch to Christmas presents and tabletops with homemade decorations, gift tags and wrapping paper.

These three Christmas crafts are really easy to make and should help to occupy children and get them into the Christmas Spirit!

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Trusted Travel: Why you should book your next holiday with Travel Counsellors

18 February 2019

With an uncertain climate as we move forward in the travel industry, it is vital to book with someone who can ensure not only that you’ll have a good trip, but that things will run as smoothly as possible. At Travel Counsellors, we make it our business to ensure that trust is at the centre of everything we do, and here’s how it can be of benefit to you.

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10 family-friendly activities in South Africa

21 December 2020

South Africa is an incredible destination with plenty to occupy both little ones and big kids (read: moms and dads!). Spot animals race across the savannah or watch penguins waddle across the beach. Pop on your explorer hats and discover breathtaking scenery, sky-high cable cars and giant caves.

There's a huge amount to see and do in South Africa but here's a taster of 10 activities to delight everyone in your family...

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Top 5 Best Locations when Travelling around South Africa with Kids

21 December 2020

The pinnacle of cultural and natural experience can be found when venturing around South Africa on a staycation for a family holiday adventure. There are so many gems sitting on our doorstep just waiting to be discovered from inviting cosmopolitan cities, majestic landscapes, beautiful beaches and activity rich locations.

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The luxury of having a Travel Counsellor

21 December 2020

It’s no secret that having a Travel Counsellor really takes the stress out of booking your holiday, making sure everything runs as seamlessly as possible for you, even after you return. Having a Travel Counsellor guarantees to put a luxury touch on your escape – here’s what some clients had to say about what having a Travel Counsellor does for them.

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Ten things that you won’t want to miss during your stay in Durban

21 December 2020

South Africa’s third largest city, delightful Durban is a mesmerising melting pot of African, Indian and colonial cultures. Home to glorious golden beaches, a year-round warm sub-tropical climate, and a wealth of culture and adventures, it’s no surprise that Durban is one of the country’s most popular tourist hotspots.

Sitting at the edge of the stunning KwaZulu Natal, a region of beautiful nature reserves, fascinating history and spectacular scenery, and within striking distance of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains, you’ll find plenty to occupy your time in this magnificent multi-faceted gem.

 

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7 incredible places to visit in South Africa

21 December 2020

South Africa is an incredibly diverse country, with a huge variety of landscapes, from nature reserves to unspoilt beaches. 

If you've already visited parts of South africa or if you are looking to explore some of South Africa's hidden gems, then read on to discover seven breathtaking spots for your next adventure

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Go on safari and relax in luxury at Shamwari Game Reserve

21 December 2020

At Shamwari Game Reserve you’ll find the traditional Big Five inside 25,000 hectares with five of seven fauna and flora habitats represented. Shamwari celebrated 25+ wild years of Eastern Cape conservation and whether you’re travelling for a leisurely holiday, business conference, educational visit or volunteering, you can bask in the glory of nature in both luxury and style.

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Five Amazing Things For Families To See And Do In South Africa

21 December 2020

Give your kids the adventure of a lifetime with a staycation around South Africa. This sun-soaked destination is home to a range of exciting attractions for all the family, from scenic beaches to intriguing safaris. Here are five amazing things to see and do in South Africa…

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Five amazing experiences you can have in Africa

21 December 2020

Africa is a continent with an enormous amount of diversity. From the vastness of the Sahara Desert to the tropical treasure trove that is the Congo Basin rainforest, it has no shortage of amazing wildlife and beautiful scenery.

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Introducing our app: my TC

22 March 2019

Your Travel Counsellor in app form! We know how important your Travel Counsellor is to you for all of your travel plans.

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Relax at Shamwari Game Reserve

21 December 2020

Relax in luxury and relish a truly unforgettable safari experience at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The pinnacle of private conservation, spectacular Shamwari, meaning “my friend” in Shona, is an incredible place where wildlife roams freely and where you can bask in the glory of nature in both luxury and style.

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Flying under Level 2 All you need to know

20 August 2020

This is the news that we have all been waiting for!  Level 2 Restrictions means that we can travel anywhere within South Africa. We can now fly and more importantly travel outside of our provinces where we live.

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Discover Mpumalanga's hidden gems

15 August 2020

If you would like to experience more of this beautiful region, then take a look at what is on offer… Your Travel Counsellor can recommend some great places to stay along with some awesome things to do and see.

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Discover the Northern Cape's hidden gems

15 August 2020

If you would like to explore through the Northern Cape, then take a look at what is on offer… Your Travel Counsellor can recommend some great places to stay along with some awesome things to do and see.

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Discover the North West’s hidden gems

15 August 2020

If you would like to explore through the North West Province, then take a look at what is on offer… Your Travel Counsellor can recommend some great places to stay along with some awesome things to do and see.

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Discover the Free State's hidden gems

15 August 2020

If you would like to experience more of this beautiful region, then take a look at what is on offer… Your Travel Counsellor can recommend some great places to stay along with some awesome things to do and see.

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Discover Gauteng's hidden gems

15 August 2020

If you would like to experience more of Gauteng, then take a look at what is on offer… Your Travel Counsellor can recommend some great places to stay along with some awesome things to do and see.

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Discover KZN's hidden gems

15 August 2020

If you would like to discover and explore through KZN, then take a look at what is on offer… Your Travel Counsellor can recommend some great places to stay along with some awesome things to do and see.

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Discover the Western Cape's hidden gems

15 August 2020

If you would like to explore through the Western Cape, then take a look at what is on offer… Your Travel Counsellor can recommend some great places to stay along with some awesome things to do and see.

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When you're ready, we'll be here

01 June 2020

When the world opens up, we’ll be here, always by your side and just a phone call away. With the support of our 24/7 duty office, we’ll here. So, keep dreaming about the experiences we’re yet to have, the destinations waiting to be explored, the friends to be met and the wonders to behold because when you’re ready, we’ll be here.

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10 European cities we can’t wait to visit once travel resumes

19 June 2020

Just like you, we’re itching to get back out there. Back to exploring new cities, indulging in new dishes, embracing different cultures and encountering life-changing experiences. However while we wait for travel to resume, we can’t help but dream of the ten European cities we're most excited to visit when it’s safe to jet off.

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Discover Limpopo's hidden gems

15 August 2020

If you would like to experience more of this beautiful region, then take a look at what is on offer… Your Travel Counsellor can recommend some great places to stay along with some awesome things to do and see.

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Discover the Eastern Cape's hidden gems

15 August 2020

If you would love to discover the Eastern Cape, then take a look at what is on offer… Your Travel Counsellor can recommend some great places to stay along with some awesome things to do and see.

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Indulge in a slice of tropical paradise at Rayavadee Resort

27 May 2020

Situated in the heart of Krabi's beautiful Phranang Peninsula, on the edge of Krabi Marine National Park, the exclusive Rayavadee Resort has all the right elements for a seriously luxurious escape in a unique location. Nestled amongst tropical gardens and coconut groves, Rayavadee is renowned for its natural beauty, crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea and its thriving marine life.

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Enjoy a relaxing beach break at Centara Karon Resort Phuket

27 May 2020

Nestled against a beautiful backdrop of emerald-green hills and only a few minutes’ walk from the glorious golden sands of Karon Beach, the stunning Centara Karon Resort Phuket is the perfect hideaway, offering activities for everyone, from a cliff-jumping platform, teens’ club, Thai boxing lessons and even its own water park with a lazy river and slides to a serene pool just for adults. 

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Sanctuary for the Senses at Banyan Tree Phuket

27 May 2020

Keep dreaming about a holdiay escape to a haven of pure tranquillity at the award-winning Bayan Tree Phuket; where a private paradise of luxurious all-pool villas nestled around a saltwater lagoon awaits and the decision between being active and relaxing is totally in your hands. At the Banyan Tree Phuket, you’ll step into a world of unspoilt natural beauty and unrivalled luxury where you’ll discover the island’s captivating heritage and culture.

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Find your home away from home at Aphrodite Hills

27 May 2020

Surrounded by a stunning, multi-award-winning golf course on Cyprus’ southern coast, Aphrodite Hills’ Holiday Residences offer a unique experience of blissful privacy. Set within the award-winning 5-star Aphrodite Hills resort, each of the luxury villas and apartments offer a slice of high-end living at its finest with a “home away from home” ambiance. 

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Homeschooling with Sir David Attenborough: discovering the continents

11 May 2020

Sir David Attenborough’s new series: “Seven Worlds, One Planet”, in which the legendary presenter takes us on a journey across each of the seven continents, demonstrating the natural diversity that exists between them and highlighting the importance of preserving these beautiful ecosystems.

Here at Travel Counsellors we believe that travel should be done sustainably so that people can experience the wonders of the world whilst maintaining them for future generations. Here’s a sustainable travel experience from each continent to inspire your next adventure.

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Travel to South-East Asia

11 May 2020

Due to the current uncertainty around travel, it’s understandable that people are looking to push their trips back to allow time for things to have cleared up. With these carefully selected itineraries around South East, we hope that it might inspire you to take a trip to South-East Asia when the skies are open again. 

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10 destinations we can't wait to visit once lockdown is over

11 May 2020

Being unable to travel has only deepened our thirst for exploration. For seeing new sights, indulging in new dishes and encountering new experiences that open our eyes to the wonders that the world has to offer. With all this in mind, we decided to bring you the ten destinations that are top of our list for visiting once the travel ban is lifted. 

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Ultimate Guide to holidaying from home

11 May 2020

With holidays delayed and all travel plans on hold, there’s now ample time to look to the future to start planning your next big adventure for when normality finally resumes, so you can enjoy those precious #MomentsThatMatter that we know are so special.

Within the pages of our online magazine, you'll find travel inspiration in abundance for both now and when restrictions are finally lifted.

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Travel podcasts to inspire your future adventures

04 May 2020

Over the past few years, the number of people listening to podcasts has doubled. With this, hundreds of new shows have sprung up covering everything from science to music and of course, travel. To help you skip straight to the most fun and informative, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite travel podcasts that you should be listening to for inspiration on future adventures. 

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Relax at Raffles Singapore

04 May 2020

Following the hotel’s extensive restoration, we decided to take a look at the iconic property to see what Raffles Singapore has to offer for a relaxing getaway. From the legendary service to the comfortable suites and soothing spa facilities, join us as we find out why this elegant hotel could be the perfect spot for focusing on your own wellness once travel resumes.

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Travel Counsellor’s tips for creating a wellness retreat at home

04 May 2020

As we try to look ahead to that relaxing getaway, we all deserve at the end of this lockdown, it’s important not to lose sight of the here and now. In this stressful situation, we need to take time out to focus on our own wellbeing and bring a little bit of that luxury wellness retreat to us.

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Our Travel Counsellors' favourite Instagram locations across the Caribbean

04 May 2020

When we're finally able to venture out once more, everyone will be looking for those memorable travel snaps that encapsulate the moments that matter from our time away. To help you pick the perfect location for your travel pictures, the Travel Counsellors' community has selected a few of the Caribbean's premier spots that will give your Instagram a fresh new look. 

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Travel-inspired recipes for you to try at home (part 2)

23 April 2020

We hope you enjoyed our previous collection of destination-inspired dishes. To keep your mealtimes diverse and exciting, we’ve brought you some more recipes from around the world that have been tried and tested, ready for you to whip up at home. While at this moment we may not be able to take you to your destination, we can still bring the destination to you.

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Travel Counsellors top tips for working at home

23 April 2020

With more of the nation working from home than ever before, we called upon our community of Travel Counsellors to tell us their top tips for working productively, efficiently and happily from home.

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Thank you for your feedback #MomentsThatMatter

23 April 2020

Here at Travel Counsellors, we take a personal approach to travel and always act in the best interests of our customers.  With the challenging circumstances over the last couple of weeks, it has been so reaffirming to hear customers' positive stories that show the work we do really makes a difference to people. If you have any positive stories, tag us in them and share the #MomentsThatMatter. 

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Top 10 wellness retreats to rejuvenate at once travel resumes

24 April 2020

While you do your best to focus on your wellness at home, when travel becomes an option again you deserve the chance to unwind within plush surroundings. Look forward to having your senses soothed by a range of treatments designed to rejuvenate and leave you feeling yourself once more. Here is our pick of the 10 best wellness escapes for you to enjoy…

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Travel-inspired recipes for you to try at home

14 April 2020

New activities to fill the days, and ways to freshen up mealtimes have been all over social media recently. So, how about combining these with your love of travel to create destination-inspired dishes from across the globe? Here is a selection of authentic recipes, featuring some local specialities, that you can adapt and adopt to keep your time filled, and hopefully your plates empty!

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Movie locations every film buff should visit

14 April 2020

While we have plenty of time on our hands at the minute for watching movies, you'll likely have come across a few stunning locations that have caught your eye and have got you wondering 1) are they real? and 2) where are they?

So, here’s a selection of the film locations that should be on the must-see list for any movie buff…

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Explore Japan as it hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games over summer 2021

02 April 2020

Following the news that Japan’s Olympic and Paralympic Games have been rescheduled to take place between 23 July and 8 August 2021 and 24 August and 5 September 2021 respectively, here is an itinerary to inspire your future travel plans around the Land of the Rising Sun and to allow you to catch a glimpse of one of the greatest sporting spectacles on earth.

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The travel trends

03 April 2020

We may have pressed pause on our travel plans but that doesn’t stop us dreaming about the destinations that are waiting to be explored when travel returns. So, why not take this opportunity to dream big, whether that involves learning about sustainable choices when planning your next adventure, practising yoga for your next wellness retreat or indulging in delectable cuisine from the comfort of your home inspired by delicious flavours that exist across the globe.

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Our top 10 travel activities you can do from home

03 April 2020

Travel may have felt the brunt of the ongoing pandemic but being on lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t put in the groundwork for when the world starts turning again.

We’ve called on our 1,900+ Travel Counsellors to recommend their top home-based travel activities, and here are some of the tips they suggested.

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Trusted Travel: Why you should book your next holiday with Travel Counsellors

18 February 2019

With an uncertain climate as we move forward in the travel industry, it is vital to book with someone who can ensure not only that you’ll have a good trip, but that things will run as smoothly as possible. At Travel Counsellors, we make it our business to ensure that trust is at the centre of everything we do, and here’s how it can be of benefit to you.

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Coronavirus Update

02 April 2020

We are following the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office relating to Coronavirus. This includes advising against all travel to Hubei Province, and all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China until further notice. For further information please click to continue reading.

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The travel trends taking over 2020

21 February 2020

Much like in fashion, travel trends come and go and with every new year, we get a new batch of exciting travel styles to try out. For your fashion guidance, you might go to the latest vogue but when it comes to travel who else would you ask but your very own Travel Counsellor? and here are their predictions for 2020’s travel trends for you to get involved with.  

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Elevate your travel with Emirates

21 February 2020

Emirates opens the door to ultimate luxury travel with their First and Business class offerings. Extending far beyond the inflight experience, travelling with Emirates begins from the moment you leave your house and carries you on a relaxed journey filled with all the luxuries and delectable dining options you could possibly wish for, before arriving you safely in your destination.

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A message from Travel Counsellors CEO

24 March 2020

I hope you, along with your friends, family and loved ones, are keeping safe and well at this difficult time.

I wanted to personally get in touch to let you know what we’re doing here at Travel Counsellors to keep our people and our travellers safe, and to thank you for your continued support.

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