About Travel With Jules
TRAVEL WITH JULES IS AN AWARD WINNING, INDEPENDENT, BESPOKE TRAVEL AGENCY BASED IN RURAL SUFFOLK
How Travel With Jules came to be ...
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 c...
TRAVEL WITH JULES IS AN AWARD WINNING, INDEPENDENT, BESPOKE TRAVEL AGENCY BASED IN RURAL SUFFOLK
How Travel With Jules came to be ...
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 (including helping rear baby elephants and leopards!) and events management. After nearly a decade organising travel for people and animals alike, I travelled myself around Europe organising zoological 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)
Jules' Travel Career
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 furry and feathered friends who I'm mummy to - different kinds of felines to those in Africa!
I made the move to set up my own business, Travel With Jules, in 2011. Drawing on years of travel experience and knowledge, Travel With Jules now has a large number of repeat clients 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, Lapland, Canada and several trips to India.
Margaret (Mags) Reed has been with me since 2014, bringing a wealth of travel experience with her from her own journeys around the world - her specific areas of expertise include USA , the Far East and Australia. Recent travels have included Japan, Lapland, Dubai, Brazil Zambia &Argentina. She loves planning road trips & when she's not in the office she enjoys theatre, dance and foodie experiences!
We currently don't have an Office Manager but always happy to help is Lemur Catta (who has her own Facebook page ) Lemur particularly enjoys planning road trips, helping with filing and acting as a paperweight on Mags' desk ...!
Together we are specialists in creating five star, extraordinary travel experiences with first class after sales support!
Travel With Jules is a Theo Paphitis SBS winner
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 do we 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 trips of a lifetime! We hope that this website gives you some ideas and inspiration and that you will let us organise your travels for you. We specialise in tailor made long haul, luxury holidays and African safaris but can put together whatever you want.
LET US BOOK YOUR HOLIDAYS SAFELY, SECURELY AND GET YOU THE BEST VALUE FOR MONEY!
Expert Travel Advice
At Travel With Jules our team are experts in transforming your dreams into the perfect tailor-made holiday experience. Our unique holiday planning process, collaborative way of working and specialist knowledge will help you design, create and plan the ultimate travel experience. This is a bespoke, specialist process that draws on our teams 30 years+ of travel experience, our insider knowledge and personal relationships with hotels, airlines, tour operators and ground agents worldwide that allows Travel With Jules to unlock insider deals for you.
Benefits of booking your holiday with us
The benefits of working with and booking your tailor-made holidays with Travel With Jules include: Our primary purpose is to create a dream holiday for you and to provide a tailored service listening to your requirements carefully. We are with you through every stage of your holiday, from planning through to booking to the holiday itself, looking after you whilst you are travelling and following up when you return home.
We Save You Time
Time is precious to everyone yet so many people are willing to waste it looking for their holiday when we can save you that time. Hours, and sometimes days or weeks, can be spent properly researching a holiday. With the amount of conflicting information available online, it’s easy to quickly get overwhelmed and confused. The questions you may have about a particular location or hotel are often ones that we can answer right away thanks to our knowledge and years of firsthand experience. If you are starting from scratch, have detailed questions or need to plan a complicated itinerary, we do all the work for you. We make the international phone calls to get your questions answered. We know who and how to contact in order to get the job done saving you hours of frustration!
We Protect You, Your Family And Your Financial Investment
Many people are oblivious to the fine print terms and conditions of their travel documents until it’s too late. This can often be a big issue and can cost them a lot of money unless you know what you’re looking for. We have personally booked over 1,000 holidays so are well versed in these rules, terms and conditions. We help navigate the legal issues and protect you, your family and your investment. Travel With Jules are members of ABTA, AITO Specialist Agents and ATTA and sell ATOL protected holidays.
We Can Save You Money
We are happiest when we can provide that perfect holiday whilst saving you money. We make our recommendations based on the specific needs and requests you have. We don’t base our recommendations on industry sales incentives or bonus gifts. If we know of a better hotel or experience that will enhance your holiday, then we’ll suggest it. We are focused on our clients needs and helping them make the best informed impartial decisions to get the most value for their holiday budget.
We Can Match And Beat Online Prices
Some people are more than happy to do the planning groundwork themselves. You can do that if you wish and then send us all the details (but our services save you that time!). We’ll either be able to match it, beat it or (more likely) present an alternative option that saves you money. In some cases we will identify ‘holes’ in the package you have seen online and provide you with the right solution. If you see an escorted tour, cruise or online holiday package that you like, we can book it at the same price, giving you the added bonus of us checking the details and adding tailor made options.
We Have Insider Rates
Our 30+ years of travel expertise, specialist knowledge of Africa and other locations together with first-hand travel experience has created a unique network of providers that we can call on to create the perfect holiday experience for you. We have insider access to special flight prices, discounted hotel and preferential rates that you will never find online yourself. This benefit alone will save you money. We also have the buying power to get extra benefits, upgrades, insider tours and additional experiences to enhance your travels.
We Have An Exclusive Little Black Book Of Contacts
Working with our specialist industry partners (particularly within AITO and ATTA) we have a world of exclusive contacts through whom we pass on special benefits to our clients. We invest our own money and our own time to travel and visit the destinations we recommend so we can provide first-hand knowledge. One of reasons we make this investment is for the opportunity to meet face to face with the right industry contacts. These important connections truly benefit the travel experience our clients enjoy. Our little black book of contacts is unmatched in the industry, especially within Africa (Where Jules herself worked for many years). We know exactly who to speak to in order to make special requests for our clients. This could mean things like meet and greets, welcome gifts, celebratory events or advanced restaurant reservations. These relationships have proved priceless and added huge value to our client base.
We Are Specialists
We are specialists in creating 5 Star Experiences, and have hundreds of happy clients who book multiple holidays with us every year (see website testimonials) We are experts in African safaris and USA road trips as well as a specialists in creating the perfect dream Honeymoon – we also offer honeymoon gift voucher schemes.
We Are Your Personal Troubleshooters
No matter how much preparation and planning is undertaken there can often be some bumps in the road…. When you book with Travel With Jules, we are there with you every step of the way. We are your personal concierge. Most of the time if any changes are needed to your holiday whilst travelling you won’t even notice what is going on behind the scenes! We work tirelessly with our partners to ensure your holiday runs smoothly. In the rare instance that you need to make a travel insurance claim or need to follow up on a complaint after you return home, we will continue to work on your behalf.
5 Star Reputation
When you book with us you are assured of 5 Star travel arrangements and we only work with the very best Tour Operators, all of whom are financially regulated and you are protected through our ABTA membership and ATOL regulations. Many of these tour operators are AITO members and we are AITO specialist agents giving you access to a wider variety of special interest holidays not available online. Travel With Jules are also proud members of ATTA and award winning Independent Travel Agents.
We Bring A Unique, Personal Service To Our Clients Holidays We bring you a very personal service and one that you can’t get elsewhere as you will receive product knowledge and impartial advice from us and our partner Tour Operators. With so many worldwide trips to choose from, selecting between different travel providers can be daunting.
As impartial agents we are able to negotiate and secure the best rates from multiple operators so we can provide you with the very best trip and because we partner so many different suppliers, you can be sure that we can discuss your personal needs and styles to each contact we deal with.
We Leave No Stone Unturned
Approximately two to three weeks before you travel we will send you all your travel documents. We always double check all the finer details so you can relax, knowing everything is taken care of for you. A few days before you travel we will call you to have a final talk through your itinerary and answer any last minute questions you may have.
We Have You Covered
We are a UK registered company and hence must fully comply with English law. When booking with us you can rest assured that your arrangements are carefully planned as we have a reputation to maintain and are legally liable for any omissions or negligent acts.
You may find you do NOT have this level of reassurance if you make your own travel arrangements independently or online. If you book your holiday arrangements on line you may not have ATOL protection on ALL components of your holiday and your money may be at risk.
We have the support of the Co-op Travel Consortium which means your money is safe in a client trust fund account. We NEVER send your hard earned money directly overseas and will issue you with an ATOL certificate and terms and conditions for all holidays booked with us.
PLEASE REFER TO OUR HOME PAGE FOOTER FOR LEGAL LINKS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
We look forward to hearing from you and helping plan your next travel adventure!