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Hello my name is Leah. I'm based in Hale, Cheshire and I am committed to carefully planning your next trip to ensure it is tailored perfectly to your needs.
From a young age I’ve had a relentless passion for travel – my friends now call me Marco Polo and Judith Chalmers. I was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, one of the most isolated cities in the world, which is possibly why I have a personal mission to see every corner of the world. I haven’t been everywhere yet, but it is on the list.
I have travelled extensively throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America. Now, as a Travel Counsellor, I can help everyone achieve their travel goals and provide a wealth of knowledge gained through my own travel experiences. Being truly independent I am not restricted to the deals I can provide. I have access to thousands of suppliers across the globe so there is something out there to suit every one of my customers all with the added bonus of 100% financial protection.
Anything from package holidays, flights, hotels, car hire, excursions, transfers, cruises, honeymoons – even planning a wedding abroad, whatever your travel needs are, I won’t rest until I’ve found the right deal for you. Let me take the hard work out of endless hours of research and price checking. Whatever you’re planning – a family holiday, a city break, your annual holiday or the once in a lifetime trip, by knowing your specific requirements I will give your holiday the same personal care and attention I would give my own trip.
The service does not end once your holiday is planned, booked and paid for. My commitment to customer service is my number one priority, especially if anything unexpected happens while you are travelling. I’ll always be here to help, because with me... it’s personal.
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I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
17 January 2022
Recently engaged? Our exclusive wedding and honeymoon gift registry service might be the perfect solution for you to enjoy an easy, stress-free way to manage your dream wedding and honeymoon online. Our gift registry service allows your guests to give you the most memorable gift of all – your dream wedding or honeymoon tailor-made down to the finest detail. You may already have house full of items you need, or you may have a perfect honeymoon in mind, but need a helping hand making your dream trip a reality. Whether it’s the ultimate adventure trip, a romantic city break or a luxurious retreat to faraway shores, our gift registry service means you can have the wedding or honeymoon you always wanted. You will be provided with your own gift registry webpage with your personalised photo and message, allowing guests, friends and family to log in easily and contribute an amount of their choice. As part of this service, you can also purchase a honeymoon registry pack, which includes guest cards designed to send out with your wedding invitations, to let guests know how they can contribute. The pack also includes thank you cards and envelopes, to let your guests know how much you appreciate their contribution. For more information, or to add this service to your booking please get in touch.
02 September 2019
Top Cruise Trends in 2019 Have you ever thought about cruising or are you already hooked on cruising? It’s an easy way to experience so many places in very little time without unpacking multiple times! Did you know that the average age of a cruiser is now 56 years old? And around 2 million people from the UK will travel on an ocean cruise this year? Cruising offers great value for money, price and there always seems to be an offer on such as all inclusive, drinks packages, low deposits etc. So where are we all going? On average the 60+ year age group are now visiting countries such as China, Japan and South America; the 50+ year olds are going on expedition cruises and visiting the Galapagos, Polar regions; and the over 40s are discovering Northern Europe and the Caribbean. There are so many different types of cruises out there and cruise lines, so it’s important that you select what is right for you. And that’s where I can help. • All Inclusive • Expedition and Adventure • Luxury • Family • River • Yacht/Tall Ship • Tailor made – a cruise and a land tour So, what are the trends that we are seeing in 2019? 1. More and more travellers are going solo 2. Working Nomads = holiday plus work 3. Discovering places in the quieter colder months 4. Under 30s exploring multiple destinations and taking cruises which include festivals 5. Expedition cruises to gain access to places that you can’t get to very easily 6. Eco friendly travellers 7. More smart technology on board 8. Goal orientated bucket lists i.e. to climb Machu Pichu or complete a culinary workshop with a Michelin chef. 9. Total restoration, wellness, healthy food 10. Instagrammable travel – get those pictures for your account. Cruising offers us so many opportunities and experiences and it is becoming increasingly popular with all age groups. It’s a perfect trip for multi generations! Please do not hesitate to get in touch and I can help you discover your perfect cruise line and itinerary.
06 November 2017
When you think of Australia, your impression may have come from Neighbours or Home and Away which is often quite close to real suburban life – but what lies beyond? Earlier this year I had the pleasure of acting as tour guide in my home town showing my friend all the delights on offer in Perth, Western Australia. Often overlooked in favour of the east coast, Perth can lay claim to the best weather in the country, a very relaxed easy going pace of life, stunning wildlife, spectacular beaches, romantic sunsets and a vibrant foodie scene. No trip to Australia would be complete without a day trip to the beach and fish & chips for lunch – yes, it might be 40 degrees on the beach but Australia still remains very British at heart, including a hot roast turkey on Christmas day! (FYI, BBQ on the beach on Christmas day is something visitors or recently immigrated folk do). If fish & chips are not your thing on a hot day, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious options along the coast. Top of the must do list for any visitor to Perth is a trip to Rottnest Island or “Rotto” to the locals. With a full-time population of under 150, this tiny island of only 7.3 square miles is 11 miles off the coast of Fremantle and accessible only by ferry, plane, helicopter or your own private vessel. Cycling or walking is the mode of transport on the island – only emergency and service vehicles are allowed, along with the island bus service. So, what’s all the fuss about this tiny island? Aside from the very slow pace and relaxed vibe, Rottnest has beautiful beaches, great surfing and diving, local historical sites and undoubtedly the biggest draw card are the Quokkas. These adorable marsupials are native to Rottnest (mistaken for giant rats by Dutch captain William de Vlamingh in 1696, hence the islands original name “Rat's nest”). Over the years these wild animals have become very comfortable with visitors to the island – often eating crumbs under the tables outside the bakery or directly from your hand (although this is not encouraged). We even witnessed one trying to open a picnic bag. They are completely harmless and complete gorgeous – sadly you can’t take one home. If your trip to Australia is short and you want to see as many of the native animals you can, always opt for a day out at one of the wildlife parks – I chose the wonderful Caversham Wildlife Park north of the city. Animals here are very well cared for in this park and are happy to be around humans. Wander about feeding the kangaroos while they find a nice cool spot to lay down and snooze. You’ll find all varieties from the small cute and cuddly wallabies to the giant big reds and if you’re lucky you might see a little joey’s legs poking out of its mother’s pouch. This wildlife park has all the native Australian animals you could think of, and more. Koalas of course, wombats, echidnas, penguins and emus to name but a few. A fantastic day out for the whole family, with plenty of space to enjoy your own picnic lunch and free entertainment throughout the day with shows and the chance to see the animals up close. The food scene in Australia has developed at a phenomenal rate over the past 30 or so years. Always predominantly British in nature, the vibrant food scene in Perth has seen many influences from post war southern European immigration and in more recent years an increase in Asian cuisine. With an abundance of excellent seafood from the port of Fremantle, to the vast variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, the Perth food scene has exploded into a melting pot of culinary creativity. From local cafes with homemade favourites, niche pop up food markets to high quality restaurants with a view, you’re never too far away from something mouth-watering and memorable in this city. Don’t miss lunch at a beach side restaurant, a day out in Fremantle at the Freo Markets or the cappuccino strip, a visit to the endless number of local food markets or a city restaurant with a view at sunset. I never leave Perth without a trip to one of my favourite spots – the South Perth Foreshore. A lovely stretch of shoreline along the Swan River with the stunning Perth skyline as a back drop. Everyone knows that Aussies love a BBQ and this setting is perfect for everyone. Oodles of space to spread out the picnic blankets and use the free gas BBQs provided by the council. Every time I visit Perth I get together with my extended family, we all pack up an esky or 3 (that’s Aussie for a cool box) and spend the afternoon drinking, eating and chatting under the shade of the many native Australian trees along this beautiful grassed open parkland. Hire a catamaran, stand up paddle board or kayak, fly a kite, kick a footy, run, walk, cycle, catch to ferry to the city (and maybe spot a dolphin) or simply relax in a riverside café or restaurant. I left Perth on my travels 15 years ago, and visit home at least once a year, usually in summer. It can be incredibly hot in the peak summer months of December, January and February; however, respite is never far away in the cool waters of the Indian Ocean. The perfect time to visit is October/November or March/April. If you’d like to travel during the British summer, head to the far north of the country, the weather is perfect at that time of year. I could spend days talking about Perth and everything you can do while you’re there on holiday. This is a tiny snapshot of the many attractions on offer, and I’d be more than happy to spend time with you to discuss anything you want to know. From March 2018, Qantas begin their non-stop service from Heathrow to Perth on their new 787 Dreamliner – next time you’re thinking of a trip to Australia, why not consider a stop off in Perth before continuing to another city. Stay tuned for the next blog, 5 days in Sydney and a stopover in Phuket on the way home.
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Perth Western Australia 28/06/2023
Bowdon, Cheshire 31/10/2020
Hale Cheshire 25/11/2019
West Yorkshire 10/10/2019
Hamburg, Germany 04/10/2019
Woking Surrey 05/08/2019
Telford Shropshire 05/08/2019
Perth, Western Australia 16/04/2019
Woking, Surrey 09/06/2018
Bowdon, Cheshire 22/01/2018
Hinckley, Leicestershire 10/10/2017
St Helens 26/07/2017