Hello my name is Liz Van Boxel and I am a Gold Travel Counsellor. Originally from the UK, I made the move to Australia nearly 13 years ago and have never looked back.
It was my experience in the travel industry that led me to become a Travel Counsellor nearly 9 years ago. My travel/hospitality background spans some 30 years. I have always had a passion for travel and have been fortunate enough to work extensively throughout Europe as a tour director. This has allowed me the privilege of visiting and experiencing first hand many different cultures and traditions. I spent ten years working in Austria, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. I lived in Southern Holland for two years and experienced the culture of living in another country. I was also fortunate enough as a Tour director to visit China, Hong Kong, and Asia and learnt a huge amount whilst I travelled.
After having my family, I opened a hotel in the UK. I spent the next few years building up a successful business and enjoyed the satisfaction of having many repeat clients. After migrating to Australia in 2006, I obtained my Diploma of Tourism and began work in the retail travel industry. During my time as a Travel Counsellor I have also had the opportunity to travel with my work and have more recently visited India, Mexico, Dubai. I have undertaken river cruising in Europe and South Pacific cruises from Australia.
Working as a Travel Counsellor is a fantastic way to service my clients. Being available 24/7 unlike a traditional retail agent I can meet at a time and place to suit my clients and assist them with all aspects of their trip.
I have a strong background in group and corporate travel. I have arranged school travel to the USA, Europe and Asia for groups of 35 - 106 students. Being a parent myself I understand how important the safety of your child is and work closely with schools to achieve memorable study tours and group travel. So whether you are looking for an organiser for your next group or event or a detailed trip to Europe or just a short break away please get in touch as I would love to be able to assist you with planning your next holiday.
Please send me your holiday or travel requirements and I will do my best to help you.
Sent in by Dale Dickson
Gold Coast, 09 January 2018
Liz is a highly professional and courteous agent who we will continue to use in the future.
Sent in by Nicole Conway
Wagga Wagga, 03 October 2014
Lovely lady very easy to deal with.
Sent in by Adele Bonser
Brisbane, 09 May 2014
Liz is fantastic to work with, super friendly, knowledgeable and creative in planning travel. Liz is always keen to work with either myself and/or clients with ever changing briefs - she will always find better, faster and cheaper options. I have no hesitation in recommending Liz, in fact I have done so on numerous occasions.
Sent in by Natasha Kuth
Surat, QLD, 20 August 2013
Thank you for organising an amazing holiday for us. Your suggestions were spot on and the hotels you booked for our trip were fabulous. Even when we had problems with a connecting flight, Liz managed to sort everything out from the other side of the globe. Liz, you were amazing and we will definitely be organising our upcoming wedding in Bali with your help. If you want the holiday of your dreams, Liz is your girl!
Sent in by Elaine Makepeace
Mermaid Waters, 20 August 2013
I really enjoyed Liz's 'can do' attitude when it came to getting a cruise organised for me and 3 others. I just find her so friendly and easy going. I also trust her years of experience in the travel industry, it gives you confidence. I have no hesitation in recommending her to family and friends.
Sent in by Mark Carn
Adelaide, 20 August 2013
Liz has organised several of my travel arrangements. All have gone successfully and she is very helpful, organised and professional. I can highly recommend her services.
Sent in by Trent Achurch
Surat, QLD, 20 August 2013
We recently had to fly to Bali and London for two family weddings over the course of a month but had no idea how to plan our time. Some might say, we were a little lost...until we contacted Liz. She was so helpful and her wealth of knowledge was second to none. We simply gave her an idea of the types of things we wanted to do and she gave us a list of possibilities. Our trip was unbelievable and this was all down to Liz's hard work. Thank you for making our holiday so special.
Sent in by William Dinsmore
Gold Coast, 20 August 2013
Well, all I can say is that I haven't had a minute's peace since you have become my travel agent! Every time we have booked a holiday with you my wife has to be dragged home from it kicking and screaming and vowing she wants to live there......this means I have been under constant threat to move house to England, to The wilds of Canada and to the middle of the desert (the Australian outback) and she will probably want to jump ship when we go on a cruise round the pacific islands in September. I will end up living on fish and coconuts, what a thought. Seriously, Liz, it has been a wonderful time with your help, fulfilling our bucket list of places we want to see. It makes such a difference to have all the difficult logistics of arranging travel and expeditions smoothly organised by an expert. In the past, we have wasted both time and money on the few holidays we did take, for instance in the USA, we did not enjoy the holiday at all because we spent most of it asleep on a bus! Another aspect of dealing with one travel agent is that we have established a lovely friendly relationship in which we trust someone to get us the best possible deals and who also understands our needs - I'm getting on a bit and can't do certain strenuous things. While ever we are able to travel, we want you to organise it for us if that's OK with you. It never seems to be too much trouble even when we want to change some minor thing, so if we haven't said it before, thank you very much for looking after us. Bill and Lorraine Dinsmore
Sent in by Jacqueline Haworth
Burleigh Heads, 20 August 2013
Liz, you were prompt, efficient and helpful when I was planning my trip to the UK after many years of not travelling. You managed to get cheaper and more direct flights than any one else and came in under the prices advertised on the web. You organised my car hire and transfers, all of which were great and you organised wheelchairs for all 4 flights at the last minute. You have a lovely friendly manner and obviously know your business extremely well. You were prepared to take care of the finer details and that eased the stress of trying to figure it all out for myself. I have already recommended you and would not hesitate to do so again. I will be using you again in the future. We had a wonderful trip and a large part of that is thanks to you!
Sent in by Mike Collins
Gold Coast Queensland, 13 June 2012
Liz van Boxel is one of the most special people on the face of the planet! My wife and I celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary this year, and my wife has always wanted to go to England. So, we're going. Liz has been just incredible in the way she has advised, guided and supported us in this venture. She is thoroughly professional, very personable and extremely knowledgeable. A new friend!
Sent in by ROBIN MOORE
Robina, 09 June 2012
We were recommended to Liz by a friend and from our first point of contact we were very impressed with her knowledge and very friendly approach. We were needing help with European flights and hiring of car etc. Liz put it all together very quickly and obtained good prices. We will certainly be using Liz for any future trips and have recommended her services to friends already.
Sent in by Ronald Irvine
Ashmore Qld, 08 June 2012
Liz has recently organised several trips for both myself and my wife. Her services have been excellent. She made it all seem so easy and nothing was too much trouble for her. I would not hesitate in recommending her for all travel needs. Ron and Esther Irvine.
Sent in by MARK BATEMAN
MELBOURNE, 08 June 2012
LIZ ORGANISED A TRIP TO VEGAS FOR ME AND A FRIEND, IT WENT OFF SMOOTH AS SILK. THANKS LIZ, FOR AN EASY TO DEAL WITH EXPERT
Sent in by Amanda Van Den Broek
Gold Coast, Australia, 02 July 2010
I appreciate the personal, professional service that Liz provides. She was very helpful and prompt in responding to my many queries when organising my holiday. Liz took the stress out of the planning and I will be referring her services to my friends and work colleagues.
Sent in by Bianca Achurch
Palm Beach, 28 June 2010
I'm busy, life is busy, and the idea of a holiday is always in my mind however the planning for one never fits into my day. Liz has been fantastic to deal with from the moment I contacted her! We're looking forward to our holiday & knowing everything has been taken care of means all I have to worry about is what to pack. Liz is a gem, I will be passing on her details to family & friends!
Sent in by Catherine Guthmann
Southport, 22 June 2010
A last minute decision to surprise my children on a weekend away to Sydney. With no time to spare, I contacted Liz from the Travel Counsellors. Liz did all the research for my accommodation and came back to me with a few options and her recommendation. Liz was professional, really friendly, and delivered. An awesome time we had and the accommodation was perfect.
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