About Travel With Jules

Jules story .... My travel career really started when I was about eight years old and had a small toy globe (but I already knew the names of every bird in the garden by the time I was five!). Closely followed by the purchase of a second hand old Atlas (which I still have to this day!) the traveller in me took to the ‘virtual armchair’ of escaping round the colourful world when seventies Britain around me was still in black and white!

My parents interest in the natural world meant that family holidays were more bogs than Bognor and I soon became familiar with the wilds of Scotland and the birds of Pagham Harbour! Shortly after leaving school, having done secretarial training, I followed my heart to work with animals and found myself working at Chester Zoo, during which time I studied Zoology myself and had a lot of hands on animal experience and events management. After nearly a decade organising travel for people and animals alike, I travelled myself around Europe organising conferences and finally to Africa – there was the biggest mistake the Zoo ever made as I lost my heart to the sunsets of the Serengeti and chirping of the night time cicadas ….

(At Migration Camp, Serengeti in the 90’s)

That was many years ago now. In the last 20 years or so I have seen every side of the travel industry, including spending six years in Africa. I’ve been a tour leader, safari camp manager, ground handler, travel agent, tour operator, nurse maid and agony aunt! For six years after returning to the UK, I was leading the Africa team as sales manager for a tailor made tour operator.  Now, I’m living in rural Suffolk, near the coast and have a garden full of veggies and furry and feathered friends who I’m mummy to –  different kinds of felines to those in Africa!

Finally, I made the move to set up my own business in 2011 and using my years of travel experience and knowledge, Travel With Jules now has a large number of repeat customers around the world. My specialist niche and life long love will remain Africa along with all the wonderful wildlife of our Natural World. Recent travels have included Dominica, Malaysia, Arabia and several trips to India.

Mags Reed has been with me for several years now, bringing a wealth of travel experiences with her from her travels around the world – her specific areas of expertise include USA , the Far East and Australia.  Recently she has travelled to Japan and Lapland.  

Together we seek to provide you with holidays you will never forget!

MAGS

In March 2015 became a Dragon’s Den’s Theo Paphitis SBS Winner!  See the link through the logo on our footer for more information about this Dragon’s endorsement of our business and our blog about the SBS Event in February 2016.  In March 2016 just in time to celebrate our five year anniversary, we built our lovely rural office and moved out of my house! Read about it all here! 

How Does It Work?

As an ABTA independent travel agency we have access to hundreds of operators and suppliers to find the perfect holiday for you.  You will have financial protection on your holidays and a personal touch and bespoke travel service for all of your requirements – holidays, business or whatever the occasion for travel!  Come to us for independent, friendly and trustworthy advice on travel, anywhere in the world, we particularly have a passion for off the beaten track holidays and unusual travel experiences! I hope that this website gives you some ideas and inspiration and that you will let us organise your travels for you. Take a look through the ‘holidays’ section for some great ideas for group trips, special places to stay or fabulous wildlife encounters.

We specialise in tailor made long haul, luxury holidays and African safaris but can put together whatever you want.  I am self employed and earn commission through tour operators, so there are no hidden fees booking with me.  Sometimes there may be booking fees if a holiday is particularly complex in it’s planning but most of the time it won’t cost you any more to book with me than it would if you went direct to a tour operator or booked on line.  Because Travel With Jules is an independent travel agency we have access to thousands of suppliers, some of which sell to trade only, so we can find options for you which you had maybe not considered.

LET US BOOK YOUR HOLIDAYS SAFELY, SECURELY AND GET YOU THE BEST VALUE FOR MONEY!

Have a read of this blog about the benefits of using our services. 

Avoid the pitfalls of booking direct with overseas accommodation or booking on-line. 

Booking direct you have zero financial protection. If you are paying by credit card what are the hidden charges? If you cannot pay by credit card then you will have to arrange a money transfer at your expense. There have been cases of fraudulent bank details being given and your money is lost. When you arrive in your destination what happens if nobody is there to meet you? If you have any complaints about your holiday how do you try and arrange compensation, you have very limited rights. We offer full financial protection on all holidays and are there to help you 24/7 whilst you are travelling.

You pay no more booking through Travel With Jules than you would if you arranged the holiday yourself.

There are usually no additional costs to you for using our expertise, contacts and advice. Our suppliers pay us a commission for each booking which is how we make our money. Sometimes we are able to plan trips even cheaper than you would yourselves. If you think that we are charging you more for accommodation or services than you can find direct, we are happy to look at the difference and see if we can remedy the situation. If you are looking at escorted tours or group trips with tour operators, let us book them for you at the same price and take care of all the admin.

We can’t guarantee to be competitive with flight prices as sales and special offers released on airline websites sometimes undercut the rates we in the trade are given direct by the airlines. We will always break down the flight costs in our quotes and if you can find cheaper flights than us you are welcome to book these independently of our travel arrangements (though note that ATOL certificates will only be issued on flight inclusive packages). On the other hand, we do have some trade only suppliers who give us better rates than you can find yourself.

Travel With Jules can offer you are:

  • Available out of hours to suit you
  • 20 years experience in wildlife and global travel
  • Trustworthy, friendly (and to Suffolk residents, local!)
  • Stress free holiday planning
  • Safari Specialist – Jules knows Africa inside out (members of ATTA)
  • Financial security and industry accreditation (members of ABTA and AITO)

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Do you spend hours (or days!) trawling the internet looking for your holiday? Then give us a call.  We do the research for you and if you do know exactly which holiday you want to book come to us and we can compare operators to get the best option for you and add any other travel services you may need.

Prefer to take a look at brochures at your leisure? If you are local to me, we can meet up and I can bring you a selection of brochures to give you ideas and talk to you about your options, giving you time to peruse at your leisure before we meet again and I detail a travel plan for you. If you are not local, we can still chat on the phone and I can send you web links or arrange for brochures to be posted.

As an independent, adventurous traveller myself, I understand the importance of getting all the little details right.  When you are planning a ‘trip of a lifetime’ or want something out of the ordinary, don’t leave it to chance – pick up the phone and let me take care of it all for you.

Take a look at the testimonials to see what people say our services! If you want to know what the travel retail trade think have a read of this article published in Travel Weekly when they asked me for my tips on selling African Safaris (page 49). The UK travel trade often ask my advice as an African Safari Expert – you can do the same and I can plan the perfect safari directly for you! This expertise was also acknowledged by SATOA nominating me for an award as the ‘Best Retail Agent‘ promoting holidays to Africa. One of my regular safari suppliers in Tanzania (Tent with a View) commented on my great feedback:

“The reason so many of your clients are happy is so down to you and your knowledge and putting the right people with the right tour/destination/ground handler … that is not easy as we (ground agents and lodge owners) rely so much on that. Hats off to you!  You are one of the best in the business at doing that as far as I am concerned. Thanks for the great client feedback!”

Let us know if you need any ancillary services on your holiday bookings such as airport parking and lounge passes, car hire, transfers, travel insurance or information about visas and health issues.

We look forward to hearing from you and helping plan your next travel adventure!

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