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"The world is a book and those that don't travel only read one page." - Augustine of Hippo
At Travel Counsellors, I do things a bit differently, because I care for my travellers and I want you to have an experience of a lifetime, every time you travel. I do not use the one size all cookie cutter approach for my traveller’s adventures. Instead, I get to know you, find out what you like and what you don't, and then tailor-make your next adventure, especially for you.
At last count, I have travelled to over 55 countries and travelled on over 50 different airlines, with many more on my bucket list. I have recently travelled to Singapore, Taiwan, Samoa, Cuba, Mexico and also to Las Vegas & San Francisco. I have just achieved Commodore status in the Princess Cruises training program (which is the highest level).
I love sharing my travel stories, and I love to give you hints and tips on where to go and what to do, wherever you go!
Joining Travel Counsellors gives me the opportunity to incorporate my 20 years of industry knowledge and experience to provide you with the level of service you deserve, all at a place and time that is convenient to you, at your office, your home or over a coffee at the local café - even outside of normal business hours and weekends.
Whatever reason you have for travelling, I have the support and experience to turn your dreams into reality by removing the stress of planning your trip. Whether it's a personal holiday, business trip, sporting group, wedding or honeymoon, school group or volunteer group, please let me know.
I am able to offer you a seamless travel experience and with our global support team available 24/7, we are only ever a phone call away.
I love helping clients plan their perfect holiday and the satisfaction I get when my clients refer their family and friends is one of the biggest compliments I could ever receive.
I look forward to hearing from you to arrange your holiday, business or group travel.
Please send me your holiday or travel requirements and I will do my best to help you.
Sent in by Carol S
Rosebery NSW, 26 October 2018
We are planning our honeymoon and Andrew has been nothing short of amazing. Absolutely fantastic customer service. It's a pleasure dealing with Andrew, he has been able to fulfil our travel requirements, including providing great advice.
Sent in by J Hamilton
Wooloongabba ,QLD, 26 October 2018
Andrew is so helpful and is definitely there when you need him! Thanks Andrew for keeping an eye on my family and my business travel .
Sent in by John Flett
Tarragindi, 18 July 2018
We love Andrew! He has organised major overseas trips for us for the past several years. He helps us to conceptualise our itinerary before we firm up our trips, which can be quite complex. He listens carefully to what we want and is very efficient with bookings and organisation. He is knowledgeable and friendly and no task is too much. We would highly recommend him to anyone for any travel needs.
Sent in by Debbie Langdon
Boondall QLD, 18 July 2018
We would like to thank Andrew for his wonderful help. He certainly looks after all your travel needs in a warm, friendly and professional manner.
Sent in by John Flett
Tarragindi QLD, 11 June 2018
Best Travel Agent to have on your side. His listening skills are second to none and his professional ability the same. I can’t recommend him highly enough - love your work Andrew and amexcited about the holidays and the travel details you have organised so well for Heather and myself coming up very soon again.
Sent in by Lou Mcdonnell
greenslopes QLD, 11 June 2018
Amazing service. We will be coming back to you to book our holidays and trips in future! We can't wait for our holiday. Thank you Andrew
Sent in by Margi Angel
Morningside QLD, 11 June 2018
What an amazing holiday Andrew organised and booked for our family in Vietnam. With a young family Andrew made sure we had the perfect amount of fun, sight-seeing and relaxation. All of the hotels were fantastic and kid friendly. We had a couple of flight changes and he was there to amend the transfers without a hitch. I would highly recommend Andrew and our family has a holiday that we will always remember. Thank you.
Sent in by Kelly Woods
Greenbank QLD, 11 June 2018
We have booked numerous holidays through Andrew, He is patient and willing to go above and beyond to ensure complete customer satisfaction. If your looking for an agent that will exceed expectations then you need to speak to Andrew.
Sent in by Talei Vosaki
Tanah Merah QLD, 11 June 2018
Andrew has been taking care of my family's travel needs for well over 10 years. I have trusted him to always find the most suitable options to meet our requirements. He provides efficient, knowledgeable and fantastic service. I gladly recommend him to anyone looking to book their next holiday
Sent in by Carly Walsh
Sydney NSW, 07 May 2018
Andrew is absolutely the greatest. He always sticks to my budget and even saves me money most of the time. He has the best travel advice and tips. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to plan their next trip.
Sent in by Jillian Hamilton
Wooloongabba, 01 March 2018
Andrew recently assisted me when my usual travel agent was unable to assist. I approached 3 separate people from a major competitor at the same time due to a need for prompt Business Flights and the service level from Andrew far surpassed his competitors by helping secure the exact preferred flight, by making special requests and chasing the airline. He also assisted with accommodation services; Andrew was a patient, fast acting and amazing agent... one I will use in future and will recommend highly to anyone who is looking to book flights or make travel arrangements.
Sent in by Julie Harris
Carindale, 24 October 2017
I wouldn't use anyone else to book my holidays, Andrew's the best!
Sent in by Cathy Walsh
Chiswick, 24 October 2017
Best travel agent ever!!! Very confident and knows his stuff I would recommend him to all my family and friends,
Sent in by Heather Entworth
Tarragindi, 30 September 2017
Andrew is an amazing Travel Counsellor! He is thorough and prompt and he is so experienced with his travel knowledge that he always adds something extra to our holidays that we hadn't thought of. He listens and gets exactly what we want each time we do our big overseas trips which are quite complex. I would highly recommend Andrew to anyone who wants a lovely experience, peace of mind and great value for their travel plans.
Sent in by Amanda Manton
Brisbane QLD, 13 September 2017
Andrew Turner is the best Travel Counsellor I have ever had. He is prompt, reliable and really goes out of his way to plan the perfect trip for you and your loved ones.
Sent in by D Langdon
Boondall QLD, 18 August 2017
I have never had such personalized customer service from a Travel Agent. Andrew was very attuned to my concern at flying alone to Toronto. He went through my change of flights, baggage and every other worry I could come up with. Andrew is even going to meet with me prior to flying, to go through all I need to know to feel confident to make my journey safe and enjoyable. I truly cannot praise this lovely man enough. He even saved me close to $700, as this is how much more another agent wanted to charge me. I am telling all my family and friends they must book their next trip away with Andrew Turner.
Sent in by C McCallum
Wynnum, 18 August 2017
Andrew made booking our trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe very easy by taking care of all of the international and overseas domestic flights for us. For personal, hassle free service I couldn't recommend Andrew highly enough.
Sent in by P Kwan
Camp Hill, 18 August 2017
Really great service. Andrew goes out of his way to make your trip great and will always ensure that you have options that you need. He has organised a number of trips for me and he always makes it really simple and gets me to the right places on the right schedule.
Sent in by D Angel
Seven HIlls, 18 August 2017
Andrew recently organised our Family holiday to Vietnam. He was fantastic to deal with, very knowledgeable about the places we were going and more than happy to help us change our itinerary around to suit. And all this and he came in under budget! We highly recommend Andrew Turner to anyone looking for travel help/bookings.
Sent in by N Martin
Morningside, 18 August 2017
Andrew is extremely helpful & knowledgeable. Nothing is too much of a problem & he was always available to answer my questions. If you want to travel with peace of mind, then there is no other choice to book your next adventure. He has made travelling with a family fantastic!
Sent in by EJ Kehoe
Bondi NSW, 22 May 2017
Andrew is fast, organised, and accurate; also a terrific guy. I have already recommended him to several people.
Sent in by Heather Wentworth
Taragindi QLD, 21 November 2016
Andrew is amazing in his ability to plan holidays. He listened to me when I gave him an idea of what we wanted for our Italy trip and gave us the perfect itinerary solution. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants ease in their holiday planning, incredible customer service and in-depth knowledge and experience.
Sent in by Carly Walsh
Sydney, Australia, 31 October 2016
I recently travelled to the States for 4 weeks spending time in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, North Carolina, Florida and Hawaii. During this time I was hit with complications due to Hurricane Matthew and multiple cancelled flights in multiple destinations. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing travel agent from Travel Counsellors named Andrew. He went above an beyond his role, rescheduling flights and details so that I could keep to my itinerary as closely as I could. He was working miracles even on his days off and in his own time. He made my trip absolutely incredible and kept me on budget and gave me fantastic advice on how to get around and where to go. I won't be travelling without using his expertise ever again! Highly recommended!!!
Sent in by Tom Papasavas
Brisbane, 24 September 2016
Hi Andrew, Just a short note to say thanks for organising our flights to the US. We managed to bid for an upgrade to Premium Economy which was well worth it at the price we got it for. The trip was absolutely amazing, too many great things to be able to list them all. Here's a few: Paramount studio tour in LA , the drive up the Coast from LA through BIG SUR to San Francisco, the dDrive through the national park at Pebble Beach, bike ride over the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito, Alcatraz tour , walk through Muir Woods & New York - Wow as a whole! Walked the Brooklyn Bridge, bike ride around Central Park, stayed a night at the Waldorf for our 25th Anniversary, the 911 Memorial Tour Helicopter ride over New York... The list goes on if you have a spare couple of hours...ha ha. Again thanks and I will pass your number on to family & friends. Cheers, Tom
Sent in by Ray Strong
Balmoral QLD, 26 July 2016
Andrew provided information on a range of destinations in the area I was interested in and put a package together that really suited my needs. He was always very prompt and provided good advice
Sent in by Saloj Amato
Robina QLD, 26 July 2016
Andrew's travel experience and his personality makes it a joy to arrange any travel plans.
Sent in by Jayne Parums
Newport NSW, 30 May 2016
I really enjoy working with Andrew, he is extremely reliable, fast in replying and overall wonderful friendly and helpful service.
Sent in by David Angel
Seven Hills , QLD, 24 April 2016
I would like to thank you for your recent assistance in booking me some domestic flights. Not only was your service impeccable and response instant but the pricing and schedule was better than I could have hoped for. I will definitely be using your services again.
Sent in by Debbie Perry
Taylors Arm, NSW, 24 April 2016
Andrew was excellent in every way, He was there to help us with every inquiry & returned our email questions ASAP
Sent in by Judy Hutton
Acacia Ridge, QLD, 24 April 2016
Andrew was very helpful, and arranged our travel to Sydney. I will be recommending Andrew to my friends
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I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
11 December 2018
As dawn broke over a cold and wintery Helsinki morning, AY132 from Singapore quietly flew over the city and landed at Vaanta Airport, around 35 minutes from the city. The city is easily accessible by bus, train or taxi. As my flight arrived in the wee hours of the morning, I had pre-booked a taxi as I wasn’t sure whether the trains or buses were running that early in the morning… but they were. I arrived at the Hotel Glo Art, which is about a 15 minute walk to the central CBD. Whilst it was too early for me to check...
19 October 2018
Today I flew on the Qantas A330-300 aircraft from Brisbane to Singapore. There was the usual niceties at the cabin door "welcome aboard Mr Turner, nice to have you with us again" The first thing I noticed was that there was no premium economy seating on this aircraft, only business and economy. After a brief look at the business class lie flat bed, I wandered down to my assigned seat 48D. As the plane began to fill up, my hopes of having a spare seat next to me were dashed, but it didn't seem to matter that there was someone next...
28 August 2018
Thanks to Jim Kehoe from Bondi NSW for his fantastic review: “The National Geographic G-Adventures 13-Day Tour of Morocco was amazing and happily memorable in every respect. As I look over my photos and the itinerary, I am astonished at how much we did, in what was nevertheless a relaxing vacation. Among many, many excellent things, the big highlight for me was a night in the Sahara, sleeping in the open under the stars in a crystal clear sky with zero light pollution. Other than an occasional breeze, the silence was also extraordinary. I have certainly slept under the stars many...
08 June 2018
Well today I had the most WOW moments and it has truly exceeded all my expectations. Today I decided to hire a car and drive up the Icefields Parkway, and I am so glad I did. The Icefields parkway is the main highway between Lake Louise and Jasper. I didn’t get all the way to Jasper, but I was definitely treated to some truly spectacular scenery. First stop was the world famous Lake Louise, home of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which sits majestically next to the lake. The lake is still frozen over from winter but there are small parts of...
29 May 2018
Here we go on the Rocky Mountaineer. When I woke up this morning, I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting. Some of the things that I didn’t expect were that Rocky Mountaineer have their own train station from which it departs in Vancouver, and its only a 5-minute drive from the centre of the city. Another thing I didn’t expect was the gentlemen inside the station all dressed in his tuxedo playing the grand piano and the third thing I didn’t expect was the 364 other guests traveling on the train today. The “All Aboard” call was made right on the strike...
29 May 2018
Day 2 of the train Journey begins with an early departure out of Kamloops. Today we are experiencing the wonderful Silver Leaf service on board the train. So, what is the difference between gold and silver leaf, I hear you ask!!! Ok so the 3 main differences that I could see straight away were: 1. Silver leaf is single level with no separate dining area. The meals are served at your seat 2. The seats are not as luxurious and there is a tray table attached to the seat in front 3. The vestibule in Golf Leaf is much bigger and can hold 10 guests rather than 2...
17 May 2018
I am so happy I got to tick this off my bucket list. What an absolutely amazing trip I was lucky enough to travel on. A massive thank you to Tourism Vancouver, Rocky Mountaineer and Tourism Alberta for looking after me so well- this truly is the trip of a lifetime In Australia we have are predominantly a beach culture, loving the beach and the warm weather, I don’t think I could truly appreciate the other side of the weather spectrum until now. Now I’m not sure if it was the friendliness of the Canadian people that made me fall in love...
17 May 2018
Day 2 in Vancouver was a bit more of a structured affair. Tourism Vancouver took charge today and we had a few things to tick off the must-do list in Vancouver. The main stops today are going to be Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Fly-Over Canada. The only thing halting our progress was Vancouver’s biggest fun run, which was on today, which closed quite a few of the main streets in the city, so things didn’t quite go to plan!!! Our first adventure for the day was to head out to explore Stanley Park. This place is a favourite amongst...
10 May 2018
It’s been a few years since I was in the Cairns area but not a lot has changed except the weather was much better than the cyclonic conditions I found myself in last time. The centre of the city is still very compact and flat, so it’s easy to walk everywhere. Cairns really does have something for everyone. From budget and backpackers right up to the 5-star luxury resorts. There is so much to do, and you will be hard pushed to fit everything in if you are staying less than 5 days. There are many of the well know...
10 April 2018
As we were flying into Sydney we got our first glimpse of this magnificent ship. The ship is so large, it almost overshadowed the beauty that is Sydney Harbour. Docked right across from the Opera House is one of the largest cruise ships in the world, and we were only minutes away from boarding the ship for our weekend away on the high seas. After a fairly smooth and quick boarding we scanned our boarding cards and jumped on board. This is my first real cruise, so I was a bit nervous about how it would go. Would it rock?...
16 January 2018
I've been to Singapore a number of time but it’s been about 5 years since I have been back. Singapore has traditionally been a 2-3 nights stopover for Australians travelling to Europe, but it has really come into its own as a holiday destination, and I can see more and more people spending 5 to 7 nights, as there is so much to do. We jam packed our itinerary and here is a little review with the top 10 things we did: Day 1: Arrival Today we arrived in Singapore after our direct Qantas flight from Brisbane and transferred to the Park Hotel...
14 January 2018
Most people think of Taiwan as being highly industrialized with lots of high rise buildings. I was very surprised when we left the city limits of Taipei, what we found was lots of open space, plenty of greenery and some stunning scenery. Below is a shortened version of my 5-day trip to Taiwan. I hope you like it. Day 1 After an 8 1/2 flight from Australia we touched down in Taipei early this morning. We headed straight out of the city and visited one of the most important temples called Mengjia Longshan Temple. We were lucky enough to see part of...
04 December 2016
San Francisco is a beautiful bayside city with lots of charm and character with plenty to do and see, and definitely worth a look. If you have no need to stop in Los Angeles, opt for San Francisco instead. From the moment you arrive, you can soak up the ambience of the bay-city. Everything and everyone seems to be more relaxed than other cities in the US and I’m sure it has something to do with the spectacular bay that the city is built around. Your first stop should be the Golden Gate Bridge. It sits majestically at the entrance to the...
03 December 2016
Sedona, is one of the hidden gems of Arizona. Only 2 ½ hours drive from both the Grand Canyon, and Phoenix, be sure to put this place on your itinerary when you are next travelling to this part of the world. We visited as part of a road-trip we did from Las Vegas to Phoenix, and was definitely one of the highlights and surprises. Better known as Red Rock country, you can immediately see why. As you edge closer to the town, you start to notice that everything starts to turn red and then you stumble upon some of the most...
20 September 2016
I have always been fascinated by Cuba, ever since I was a young boy, but I never really understood the political situation between Cuba & the USA and that it was all a big secret. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to visit, even if it was just to see the vintage chevvies and the old decaying buildings, and I wanted to go back to a time when there was no internet, mobile phone or laptop to occupy my thoughts. Arriving very very late into Havana in the evening (thanks to our delayed flight with...
27 July 2016
Hi Everyone, Ive been lucky enough to travel to some great destinations in my life, but if you are looking for a fantastic honeymoon destinations, here are some 2016 hot spots. Many of these destinations are surprisingly affordable. Sri Lanka Fall in love all over again while lying on one of the white sandy beaches or wandering through the endless plantations with a hot cup of tea in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. You can’t go wrong at one of the ultimate destinations for honeymooners with endless privileges for that perfect honeymoon vacation. Whether you are looking to do something...
28 February 2016
When I rocked up to the Brisbane Cruise Ship Wharf, all I had running through my head was that I was going to see the original ‘Love Boat’, but alas there was no Doc, Isaac or Julie the cruise director, but what I found was much more than I expected. This is where our adventure began. As we ascended up the 30 steps toward the gangway, we wondered how the crew dealt with their elderly and less mobile travelers. Luckily they have a separate gangway with no stairs that brings them onto the ship on a lower deck and they catch...
28 January 2016
From the moment you land at the airport, the stress of everyday life starts to melt away and you begin island time. The arrivals staff at the airport are very welcoming and friendly and will direct you to where you need to go. Hopefully there is only one flight arriving at a time as the airport is small with only 1 baggage carousel. We chose to fly Air NZ via Auckland due to the better flight schedules, but Virgin Australia also fly direct from Sydney & Brisbane. The flights were perfectly comfortable with very standard meals, and I saw glimpses why...
28 January 2016
Visiting Melbourne is always great, but Melbourne in January is by far the best time to visit. The sun is shining (mostly), its warm, everyone is happy to shed the winter layers and the sporting capital of Australia comes alive. The start of the Australian Open Tennis and the continuation of the T20 Cricket will keep any sports mad fan happy. There is a great buzz around town with the endless bars and restaurants full to capacity. Melbourne really is a foodie heaven. From high-end restaurants to on trend burger joints, you should never be hungry or thirsty on any...