Hi, my name is Kris Higgins.
I have been a proud business owner with Travel Counsellors since August 2016 and I love what I do.
Most recently I have fallen in love with the cruising world of travel and now have a wealth of knowledge to be able to find the best cruise for my customers.
As part of a global travel organization I am able to access some amazing product from around the world which I can tailor make into individual traveller’s dreams.
Thinking of a safari in Africa, Ballooning over Turkey or even capturing the amazing sights of the Northern Lights, these are experiences bucket lists are made of!
I am available at a time that suits you so don’t feel stressed that you need to rush to get to a travel retail shop or spend hours online trying to find something that fits.
Just call me l and I will do the rest.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
12 October 2019
Saturday and after a good nights sleep we are up and having breakfast to get ready for another big day. Breakfast itself at the Ritz-Carlton is an absolute smorgasbord the variety is outstanding from cereal, fruits, continental breakfast, Asian breakfast and a chef who cooks fabulous omelets. Then it was check out time and loaded back into the bus and to the Falcon Hospital. I think this was a highlight for me as I love animals and was very interested in how this works. The falcons are a national bird for the UAE and...
10 October 2019
Wow what a great trip. Flew direct from Brisbane to Abu Dhabi on Etihad. Great flight with a wide range of movies, games and information channels. The food was great and plentiful. Seeing as I can never sleep on flights I got to watch 5 of the new release movies to keep me amused. Arrived in Abu Dhabi and we met our guide from Orient Tours Rashu and he was so helpful and nothing was too much trouble for him. He was a very safe driver and kept the bottles of water cold for us on each...
18 June 2019
Started this tour at 8.30am pick up at the hotel and off for a fun day. After winding our way to the Barossa from Adelaide city we arrived at our first stop which was this little family owned boutique winery called Te-Aro. What a stunning place to go to very homely and welcoming. We had morning tea and then the wine tasting started. WOW is all I can say and I wanted to buy a bottle of each however restrained my self and only purchased a bottle of the Pruner's reward Fortified. Next stop was Maggie Beer's...
18 June 2019
Wow what a tour. Even though it does start at 6.10 am and doesn't finish till about 10.30pm it is worth the time. Hotel pick up and off we go down Cape Jervis - about a 2 hour drive. Once there we board the ferry and head over to Kangaroo Island which is a 45 minute trip and on arrival your buses and tour guides await you. First stop was the Eucalyptus Distillery where Larry makes Eucalyptus Oil, Ti-Tree oil and Emu oil in a very rustic way. You will also learn how this and done and...
11 June 2019
Land Before Time... this is how I would describe Southland. Southland is New Zealand's southernmost region and Stewart Island is a portion of this region. The people are friendly and the land is wild.... maybe that should be the other way round! Visitors will receive a pleasant surprise when travelling the Southern Scenic route, the Geology, Flora and Wildlife are breathtaking. Take note of the ways the trees grow! While in Invercargill, head out to Bluff and try the oysters, sooooo fresh and delicious. Also get on a boat and head to Stewart Island and dare if you will,...
11 June 2019
Perth City is a big country place, if you are staying in the city, try the free walking tours of the CBD. Up in the hills of Perth you will find quaint little places that are great for food and coffee. I found an out of the way winery that I believe makes the best port... Jadran Wines, and its not far from the CBD. In Fremantle, go to the prison and take the tunnel tour, you will be in a small boat and its very interesting. Further afield at Margaret River, make sure you go into at least one...
11 June 2019
Darwin, Darwin, Darwin... what a unique place, swim with crocodiles in the CBD, see the jumping crocs in Adelaide River, down the track. Visit the war museum at East Point, and a short drive towards the city to see the Botanical Gardens. Make sure you see the sunset at Mindal Beach Markets and try the food at the Road Kill food van...dare you. There is fish feeding in Doctors Gully which is in the vicinity of the City.
17 June 2018
Is it Transformational Travel where you can do good while holidaying? There are so many options for this including helping with elephants, or the Orangutans. There are also options which include Voluntourism, ecotourism and there are also now so many different types of accommodation including homestay's where you get to learn about the local culture, food and people and you can see firsthand the impact you make when you assist them. Or maybe it is walking with the Gorillas in Rwanda. What a fantastic trip this would be and to see these magnificent animals up close and be able...
17 June 2018
People are always asking ‘why should I take out Travel Insurance’?! Well I can tell you many reasons why it is best that you do and hopefully you will take it out automatically from now on. When I was working in the Airline Industry I got a lot of calls from people asking for refunds, changes, assistance and even free flights due to medical and work situations all of which would have been covered by Insurance. When asked if they had Insurance it was always the same answer " I didn't think I would need it" or "This was unexpected"....
15 June 2018
How long is a piece of string? This is a hard question to answer however there are a few basic rules to follow. Flights can be booked about 10 months in advance depending on the airline. Normally the cheapest months to fly is out of holiday season as the fares are more expensive during school holidays, Christmas and Easter. They also increase when there are major sporting events around the world and the school holidays also overseas count as well. Weather also plays a big part in the prices; cheap airfares are available to Asia during...
30 January 2018
Here is my last journal for January... make sure you see the brilliant blood orange blue moon on the 31st January 2018! This month I share a few of the things that I take on my travels to help me in the case of emergencies... 1. Super Glue - This can have so many uses and saves you from shoe disasters, bag disasters, and so many other uses and you will be amazed how much time and money it can save you. 2. I collect ear plugs as these come in use for when flying and try and drown out some of the...
23 January 2018
Well there is always so much to do prior to departing on your journey and here are a few reminders for you: PASSPORT - Make sure prior to making your booking with your trust Travel Counsellor that you have a minimum 6 months left on your passport and always check if this is enough for the country you are visiting as it changes quite often. Passports can be obtained at short notice however it is very costly. Also check any visa's that may be required for entry into the country you are visiting. INSURANCE: Always recommended no matter where you...
21 January 2018
HI, well late last year I was lucky enough to win a trip to Singapore with 7 other colleagues. Wow what a trip we had. There were many laughs and lots of experiences. We started off the trip by arriving on the Friday night and stayed at Park Hotel Clarke Quay and we checked in for our stay. Off to explore this beautiful city as we had a free night so made the most of it with a walk. Humid and hot but nothing can dampen that feeling when you are on a holiday....
20 January 2018
Following an early morning rise and departure from Rome, we ventured south to Napoli. After arriving into what seemed a rather unsafe, dirty and dank train station, we then had a 15-minute walk to our accommodation, through territory that had me holding my bags tight and sticking close to my compatriots. I must admit - NOT what we were expecting. The silver lining was, whilst waiting for check in time, we left our bags and decided to make our way to Pompeii!! History classes came flooding back and the inner geek in me came out. Having spent a few...
17 January 2018
MS Noordam – WOW what a great and fabulous ship. I had the honour of being included on a famil from Dunedin to Hobart with several other agents from all over the place. Arrived in Dunedin and waited for the chance to embark and see this beautiful ship. I was stoked to see I was sharing with a lovely agent similar in age to myself and that we had a balcony room. The rooms are very well laid out and have 2 single beds, lounge, desk area, a lot of cupboard space and the bathroom is a good...
11 January 2018
Even after the many years of travelling, the hundreds of flights I’ve taken and the copious amounts of airports I’ve been in, nothing makes me feel happier than getting off the plane and arriving at my intended destination. Usually, with a big sigh of relief when I grab my bags and exit. However, we made it to Roma, but our bags weren’t so lucky…due to an unplanned detour through Moscow, they decided to stay and see the sights of the Kremlin (I mean come on, we only had to push through the customs line and run through 4 terminals at...
13 September 2017
1. Don’t limit yourself if you don’t see availability in and out of Australia which is often the most difficult to find in peak times consider using your points ex Asia to Europe or within Europe country hopping, or within the different continents i.e.: USA, ASIA. 2. Familiarise yourself with all the oneworld carriers you can use and their route network before you make that call. 3. Know that not all oneworld carriers are loaded onto Qantas computer system and ones that are, not all the routes are available on line, so move forward knowing. 4. Keep an eye on the oneworld carriers...
04 September 2017
Are you getting what you deserve out of your travel agent? Here are a few things you should be asking: 1. Is the Agent you have chosen experienced to guide you on where to stay and what to do that suits the destination/s you are interested in visiting? 2. Are they offering the airline(s) that best suit your requirements? Your requirements might be “can I upgrade on this airfare”, “what are the costs to make changes prior to travel beginning and whilst you are away”. 3. Who do you call and whats the phone number? Whilst you are overseas generally the agent will...
04 September 2017
A must see in the heart of the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, is the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings and has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. Bangkok is a busy city, so if the hectic city holiday doesn't appeal to you, then head South. Krabi is the perfect holiday destination for those looking for a relaxing area in southern Thailand. The province of Krabi is less developed and crowded than Phuket, more laid back than Koh Samui, and just 1 hour and 20 minutes by air from Bangkok. With...
04 September 2017
Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, its a global financial centre with a tropical climate and multicultural population. I have always advised passengers new to travel to include Singapore along with the Pacific Islands and New Zealand as a great introduction and a safe destination. Often viewed as a transit port by many you miss out on what is on offer by not spending a few days here. Raffles Hotel is a colonial-style luxury hotel. It was established by Armenian hoteliers, the Sarkies Brothers, in 1887. The hotel was named after British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of...
04 September 2017
If you feel it’s just not the right time to utilise your airline ticket due to... - Incidents regarding terrorism worldwide - Weather phenomena - Political/Religious unrest - Delayed arrival of an incoming ship ... then it's worth knowing the guidelines that the airlines release to their staff to help passengers with these or similar situations. The guidelines may vary slightly however there is always a series of options offered to the travelling public for all situations: 1.Store the ticket in credit if travel has not begun and use it at a later date to an itinerary of equal or higher value somewhere in the...
04 September 2017
Want to avoid additional chares on the budget airlines... here are a few tips: 1. Think before you buy. 2. Read up and know your limitations in the cabin and take carry on only. 3. Pack your own nibbles and food as long as it is consumed before arriving at your destination, you are ok (Internationally). Domestically it is usually fruit that is an issue travelling from Queensland. 4. Take your own in-flight entertainment i.e. I-Pad, book etc. 5. Try and avoid pandering to their add ons, do your math. As the price escalates you may as well travel on a full-service Airline, it’s a...
30 March 2017
From Paris, we drove a leisurely pace towards the Burgundy Region of France and headed to Corcelles les Arts. It’s funny when you are going to a place you have never been before and don’t have any other preconceived ideas, other than a photo of the B & B you are headed to. So, there we were and the wonderful FIFI (yes, we name our GPS for the country we are in at the time) tells us we are at our destination. The middle of a village, the middle of the road and no further help, so we drive up...
30 March 2017
Arriving in Paris and feeling every hour of the 30 odd that we had spent both in flight and in the 5 airports en route, we were warmly greeted at our ‘home’ for the next four nights by our host. How fortunate we were to be able to rent this amazing loft, just a few hundred yards from the Arc de Triomphe. The Avenue (Rue Faubourg Saint Honore) is famous, not least for all the fashion houses that inhabit it, but it seems our near neighbours include a French President, and various Ambassadors. We were told there was a lot...
Sent in by Rex McPhee
Narangba, 05 December 2018
As usual great service from Kris, always very helpful. Kris shows much knowledge of many travel solutions and I know can always rely on her advice. Keep up the good work.
Sent in by Jennifer Cumner
Sunshine Coast, 05 December 2018
My recent trip to Perth was at short notice and I wasn’t disappointed with the service I received from Kris Higgins. She worked in perfectly with my requests of travel times etc. When my return flight was delayed by over 2 hours, she rang me to make sure I knew and then looked into other flights I could get and booked me on another flight that arrived in Brisbane earlier. Kris did everything possible to help me making me a very satisfied customer and I am looking forward to using her service again and will highly recommend her to anyone I know. Many thanks Kris.
Sent in by Julian & Verity Cole
Sunshine Coast, 05 December 2018
Love the flexibility of booking through Kris. Her prices were spot on for our extensive European trip and attention to detail was great. Kris even sent through a reminder that one of our passports was due to expire! We haven't had that level of service from anyone else we have dealt with in the past. We will indeed use Kris for future booking and thoroughly recommend.
Sent in by Khoa Nguyen
Saigon, 13 June 2018
Good morning from Vietnam. Kris has been great and worked with me for many years in the touring business. Kris is fantastic in arranging the holiday for you and your family.
Sent in by Bronwyn Frewen-Lord
MT Cotton, 08 June 2018
Kris has done all my travel bookings for me. I recent went to South Korea and Kris was able to get me flights which fitted my schedule and price perfectly. I would recommend Kris to any one of my friends for travel bookings.
Sent in by Gizella Halasz
Gold Coast, 08 June 2018
Thank you for booking my travel plans to the Canadian Rockies. The itinerary you suggested met the criteria I had and within budget. Appreciate you going the extra mile to make it all work.
Sent in by Danny Lidell
Brisbane, 08 June 2018
Love the idea of a Travel Agent coming to me at a time that suits me. I only had a rough idea what I wanted when I went to Kris. She put a package together without any fuss which helped me to work out what I did and didn't want. When I got back to her there was not a fuss and Kris quickly made the changes with a couple of options to choose from. I'd happily recommend Kris for your travel needs whether business or pleasure. Danny Liddell
Sent in by Ray Cram
Lawnton, 08 June 2018
Kris Higgins is a dedicated Travel Councillor and has a very caring attitude to her clients. If you have an unfortunate incident during an overseas holiday, Kris along with Travel Councillors will be working on a solution even in the wee hours of the morning here in Australia to ensure you are back on track as soon as possible to minimise disruptions to your enjoyment. Happy Holidays, Ray Cram.
Sent in by Phil Kean
Melbourne, 07 June 2018
Thank you for all your personal follow up when dealing with our travel to Europe. I am very happy with the extra special service you have given me and would be happy to recommend anyone to use your services. Thanks again
Sent in by Janet McManaway
Perth, 07 June 2018
Kris’s knowledge and professionalism was delivered with exceptional customer service when booking a cruise that would suit myself and my 80+ mum.
Sent in by Neil Rankin
Sunshine Coast, 07 June 2018
Kris was a former work mate of mine. We shared many enjoyable moments while working at Ansett Airlines. Our work entailed Customer Service where Kris excelled. Then, sometimes difficult situations were a challenge that Kris would take on and achieve. She was a top, much loved workmate and friend. Our work ethic was to do the best for our passengers with a design to get them to come back and travel with us again. If anyone asked me to refer them to a good travel agent, I would not hesitate to recommend Kris.
Sent in by Steve Whittle
Brisbane, 07 June 2018
We can highly recommend Kris from the Travel Councillors. Right from that first phone call, she has organised all our travel requirements in a professional manner. Our first use of her services was a cruise to Tasmania, and being impressed by her vast knowledge and friendly advice, we have engaged her again for a USA trip. Her preparation of all the required documents is immaculate, and we know the back-up will be there if we need it. The Travel Councillors App is very useful and easy to use. So give Kris a go, you won’t regret it.
Sent in by Isabelle Oconnor
Sydney, 07 June 2018
Excellent service and very helpful, would highly recommend.
Sent in by Cate Gough
Buderim Meadows, 06 June 2018
Hi all you lucky travellers! Kris Higgins organised my last trip to Spain, France and Singapore this year - she was amazing! Everything taken care of - no problems. Travel insurance - no problem! All taken care of at a great price. Kris was always available to answer any query and I found her to be very professional and friendly. Well done and thank you! ...... till next time. Cheers
Sent in by William Hague
Brisbane, 05 June 2018
I have known and worked with Kris for 20 years. I have been her team leader and utilised her skills as an Operational Supervisor. The day to day problems of working in the airline industry requires a great product knowledge and the ability to multitask and think outside the square. Great customer service is essential, plus the ability to empathise with the customer without comprimising the business product. Kris' skills in attaining these complex situations have been exemplary. No matter how hard the task, I could always rely on Kris to deliver the desired results. Kris is a very personalable young woman, reliable, hard working and totally trustworthy. Regards William M Hague
Sent in by Lynda Wolfe
Brisbane, 05 June 2018
Kris helped us with our overseas holiday and made it so easy, she has been very helpful and a joy to deal with and has so many helpful tips that made our trip easier. It's great having the one person look after everything for us, I would thoroughly recommend Kris anytime to organise your travel and will certainly be getting her to book our next big adventure. Regards Lynda
Sent in by John Arnfield
Brisbane, 05 June 2018
Hi, we used Kris and the Travel Counsellors this year for our band trip to New Caledonia. Kris saved around $50 per person, and was able to ensure our band drums are going free. We used one of the so called "biggest" companies last time and had a number of problems. They were supposed to arrange transport of the drums, but when we arrived at the airport we found it had not been done. We were faced with charges of around $100 per drum, but luckily the State manager of Aircalin was there and was able to waver the cost. That company would also not change the names on 2 tickets even though it was 3 months before we left, and we had to purchase 2 more tickets, and then wait for part refunds. Kris has done a far better job, and kept us informed at all times. John Arnfield, Pipe Major Pipes and Drums, National Servicemen's Memorial Band
Sent in by Richard Searle
adelaide, 05 June 2018
Hi Kris, I'm writing to let you know that when you booked my seats on the plane it was speedy and just what I wanted. I will be using you again, keep up the good work. Dick Searl.
Sent in by Kerrie Watson
Brisbane, 05 June 2018
Kerrie and I would just like to thank you for the effort of putting together our European holiday. It is nice to see a travel agent who goes the extra mile and is patient with handling our 101 changes. Every aspect of your service has been highly professional and we do appreciate your efforts. We would highly recommend your service and look forward to booking future holidays with you. Regards Tony and Kerrie Watson
Sent in by Lori Stachan
Brisbane, 12 February 2018
I wanted to thank Kris for her words of wisdom, her knowledge and her sense of humour. I was wanting a very complex quote and there were places I never thought I would be able to get to. Kris looked at it all as if it was a giant jigsaw puzzle and went to work and viola there was a quote for me. I am now working hard to be able to book it all with Kris and I would say if you want to make a booking "Call Kris". She has the expertise, the knowledge and wants to book what you want not what someone else wants her to book for the kickbacks. Kris is honest and I would trust her to do any of my bookings, family and friends bookings and even business bookings. Thank you, Kris, for making (or attempting) to make my dream come true. I look forward to booking with you soon.
Sent in by Tony and Luciana Chipman
Brisbane, 07 February 2018
We would like to thank you for all the help and suggestions you gave us for our trip to Switzerland. Every thing went smoothly, and we had a great time, your suggestion re the train package saved us lots of money and it was fantastic! We will definitely use your services again and will not hesitate to recommend you to our friends and acquaintances. Thank you again, kind regards Tony Chipman
Sent in by Antony McDonald
Brisbane, 04 January 2018
WOW what service. I called Kris to ask for information on a trip to USA. I had no idea what I wanted or where to go. Kris was a mine of information and we met that afternoon and went through a few options. Kris narrowed down so that the family requirements were at the forefront and now it is a matter of getting leave and then we will be booking this trip of a life time. Well done Kris and I will definitely be recommending you.
Sent in by John Wellam
Albert Park, 13 December 2017
Kris brings a wealth of experience to her role as travel consultant which as we know is vital in this venture would have no hesitation in recommending Kris
Sent in by Julian Cole
Sunshine Coast, 13 December 2017
Have booked our European escape with Kris for 2018 and couldn't be happier with the price, the service and the personal attention. Looking forward to getting to Paris and will update Kris with feedback for both her content and the flights, airlines and some of the great places we find along the way. That way she can pass it on :) Very happy travellers, thank you Kris.
Sent in by Christine Dick
Alexandra Headland, 13 December 2017
We couldn’t be more delighted with the service you gave us. We are recommending you to many friends and family members. Thank you so much!
Sent in by Jennifer Cumner
Coes Creek, 14 September 2017
I recently contacted Kris to give me a quote on travel - mainly flights and Insurance. Kris was a pleasure to work with and covered all my questions with confidence, knowledge and expertise. She gave me a variety of options and reasons for the different options to ensure I had what I wanted and not what she thought I wanted. Kris listened to me and gave me what I wanted so I would definitely recommend her to my family and friends and will be booking with her in the future.
Sent in by Grace Higgins-Cole
Sunshine Coast, 04 September 2017
Kris went above and beyond any reasonable expectations to secure my flights and accommodation for a business/leisure trip to Canada. I would thoroughly recommend the personal service, helpful can-do attitude and experienced travel agent Kris Higgins, Travel Counsellor
Sent in by Helen Keepkie
Sydney, 04 September 2017
Kris Higgins is a very professional and knowledgeable travel consultant. Her wealth of knowledge is indicative of the many years she has worked in the industry. She always offers advise and solutions that suit our families needs or that of my husband's business needs. We would strongly recommend Kris for anyone's travel needs.
Sent in by Rohanna Higgins
Brisbane, 27 June 2017
Kris was a great Travel Counsellor for us - she made excellent suggestions, considered our budget, timing, and preferences. I would definitely work with Kris again as she made our trip easy and stress free both prior to and during our trip.
Sent in by Anthony Watson
North Lakes Brisbane, 26 June 2017
I recently had the opportunity to have Kris organize a holiday for me to Tasmania. I found Kris to be prompt, friendly and competitive. Kris organized all that I had requested and then some suggestions on other things that I might need. I would highly recommend Kris to organize my future travel. Well done Kris.