My name is Samantha and I am your local Travel Counsellor based in North East Victoria.
I arrived in Australia from the UK 7 years ago and loved it that much I have never left. As a child growing up in the UK, my family and I would go away on holidays to Europe, and we would never go back to the same place twice! This is a tradition that I also have continued, exploring the many great destinations and cultures across Europe, Asia and Australasia.
Before joining Travel Counsellors in 2017, I gained 17 years of experience in the travel industry, helping customers achieve their ultimate travel goals and experiences. Part of my travel career has seen me working in some fantastic and unique destinations like Egypt. One of my most memorable experiences in Egypt was visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza, the giant statues of the Luxor Temple and Tutankhamun Tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
Greece would have to be my favourite European destination, having worked there for several years. The beaches are amazing and the hospitality of the lovely locals is always very welcoming... not to mention all the history from the ancient Greek times.
Being a Travel Counsellor gives me the ability to offer you a more personal, one to one travel service. I am available 7 days a week including after hours and whilst you are away on holiday to ensure your travel experience is nothing less than perfect.
Travel, it leaves you speechless, and then turns you in to a story teller! To create unique travel stories of your own, you can contact me by email or by phone.
Please send me your holiday or travel requirements and I will do my best to help you.
Sent in by Jesscia Spence
Shepparton, 02 May 2018
Sam has been so helpful and easy to communicate with. We have the trip of our dreams booked and can not thank Sam enough for her help!
Sent in by Sallyanne Young
Benalla, 21 March 2018
10/10 Sam was very helpful.
Sent in by Brian Bacon
Canberra, 15 February 2018
10/10 - Samantha was very helpful and the customer service was outstanding
Sent in by Lucy Chambers
Lavington, 25 January 2018
10/10 - Such an easy process :)
Sent in by Mark Lamb
Benalla, 06 January 2018
Samantha was very friendly and helpful .
Sent in by Harry Parsons
Shepparton, 06 January 2018
Sam is the best! I would recommend her to anyone!
Sent in by Darron Watson
Mansfield, 06 January 2018
Thanks for your help Sam. You went above and beyond the call of duty
Sent in by Joanne Teklenburg
Eildon, 06 January 2018
Samantha was fantastic!
Sent in by Michael Ferris
Kilmore, 06 January 2018
I didn't have to lift a finger! Its better to pay someone to do what they know well.
Sent in by James Anderson
Melbourne, 06 January 2018
Outstanding service with a quick delivery. Thank you Samantha!
Sent in by Cornel Van Der Hayden
Mansfield, 06 January 2018
Extremely responsive to my requests - highly recommended stress-free booking with Samantha.
Sent in by Julia Colman
Mount Evelyn, 03 January 2018
I found my experience with Samantha Riddell very helpful. We had some specific requirements with my client having paraplegia. Samantha went to the extremes to find us appropriate accommodation and comfortable flight arrangements. She showed immense patience and professional capabilities as she had to give us 4 quotes as requirements/needs came to light. Dealing with the time difference and foreign languages, Samantha never got upset but continued to provide us with top rate service. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone making an overseas visit..........Julia
Sent in by Cassandra Buckle
Euroa, 03 January 2018
Samantha was friendly, quick and efficient. Her communication was fast and reliable and she ensured a stress free, hassle free booking that suited our needs perfectly. We will definitely be going through Samantha again for our future travel needs.
Sent in by Shona Miljkovic
Alexandra, 03 January 2018
We haven’t been on our trip yet so I cannot comment on the actual experience, however as far as dealing with Sam in the organisational stages of our holiday planning, she has been an absolute delight. Prompt, professional and very patient with me. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking at planning a trip. Thanks Sam!
With independent access to hundreds of travel suppliers around the world, I can pick out exceptional offers with amazing added value. Take a look through my latest selections – but even if nothing catches your eye, let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to find it for you!
Contact me on 0439 155 705
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
04 September 2018
Heading to Phuket was my first Thai experience. Flying out with Thai Airways via Bangkok with a connecting flight on the night flight from Melbourne offered spacious seats and friendly service. The benefit of flying with Thai Airways is that they offer a higher baggage allowance than other low-cost airlines and also have meals and beverages included in the cost of the flight. Arriving in to Phuket was a quick and easy process, heading through to collect the luggage and in to the arrivals area where we picked up the pre-booked transfer with Easia. Onwards to the Outrigger Laguna Beach Resort...
21 March 2018
WOW what can I say, I am in love with Fiji! Thank you- Fiji for a wonderful 8 days… 10 hotels… 5 Fiji Islands and the Mainland! If you are looking for a tropical destination within easy reach, then Fiji is this place to go! A quick 5-hour flight will take you to paradise! You can choose to stay either on the mainland or on one of the Islands, or why not have the best of both world. Getting across to the islands couldn’t be easier, you can cruise across with south sea cruises, which takes you around to the different island...
15 January 2018
A spontaneous 1 night road trip to Tassie. What to do? …drive to Cradle Mountain of course! Flying in to Tasmania from Melbourne could not be easier! No sooner had I opened my magazine it was time to land! A short 45-minute flight from Melbourne to Launceston… perfect for those that do not wish to spend a day travelling to the destination! We hopped off the plane and collected the car that I had hired which was ready and waiting for us, not really knowing which way to head we synced my iPhone up to take us to cradle mountain. It’s...
11 January 2018
I have recently had the opportunity to travel aboard the Oceania Regatta in December 2017 and I think I have found my “forever” cruise line! A smaller ship with an intimate feel to it along with the 5-star luxury! You cannot help but notice the amount of detail that went in to the multimillion- dollar transformation of the ship! From the comfort of the beds and amenity in cabins to the 5-star quality service you receive from every member of the crew. The ship holds 684 passengers and has approx. 400 crew members assisting those passengers in creating a lasting experience with...
06 January 2018
Thassos my one true love in form of a destination! If I didn't live in Australia, I would definitely be heading back here! This beautiful emerald island is somewhat overlooked as an island to visit in Greece, in some ways I like that as it gets to keep it charm unlike some of the other touristy islands that have an "Full English" café on every corner! To reach the island you would need to fly in to Kavala. Just a short flight from Athens for the all the international connections. After a 15-minute drive from the airport you will then hop...
01 January 2018
Egypt is defiantly on my list to travel back to and explore some more! I was lucky enough to have worked in Egypt for 6 months and had the opportunity to visit some of the amazing attractions that Egypt has on offer! A trip to Cairo took me to see the Pyramids of Giza – the last remaining wonder of the ancient world! You will defiantly be amazed when your stood at the foot of the Great Pyramid looking up and wonder how they managed to build such a structure all those years ago. After centuries of research they still cannot...
28 September 2017
I was very lucky to upgrade to business class from Melbourne to Kuala Lumper with Malaysia Airlines. Although the flight only took 8hrs, we flew at night so it was great to be able to lay flat and feel rested once we arrived. From Kuala Lumpur we decided to fly with Air Asia. It was only a 50min flight over to the island of Langkawi. We used the self check in and went to the baggage drop, the process was quick and easy. Things to take in to account though, if you fly Air Asia they depart from KLIA2 if you...