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Leah Mackay

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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.

Honeymoon gift registry

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.

Top Crusing Trends in 2019

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.

Perth Western Australia - sun, sea, surf & foodie heaven

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.

My customer stories

Sent by Janine Bennett

Leah has booked four holidays for us and they have all been amazing and I’m sure Dubai in February will be the same

Sent by Mel Robertson

Leah arranged fantastic hotels , accomodation and sorted our travel arrangements for our 3 week stay in Spain. Her knowledge and suggestions on all things related to our trip were exceptional. Will definitely be going back and I have passed on her details to anyone that I know planning European vacations. Many thanks Leah ??

Sent by Fi O'BRIEN

Dear Leah Thanks so much for your tips and expertise on our recent ladies trip to Soain. Arriving to Barcelona and onto Majorca, then to Logrono, onto Sans Sebastian (new favourite location) and back home via Barcelona ?? we travelled via Trains, Planes and Automobiles, found welcome gifts along the way and sparkles too, accommodation locations were fab too and wanted to say thank for your agency assistance on our wonderful and memorable trip. cheers Fiona

Sent by N Sutton

Leah is always speedy with her responses and is flexible with changes and looking for the best deal. She always goes above and beyond.

Sent by L Davies

Prompt, professional and efficient service always delivered with a smile.

Sent by N Atkins

Excellent service as always

Sent by J Isaacs

The whole experience so far has been of an impeccable standard. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this service and Leah has been fantastic throughout.

Sent by Katie L

I have used Leah for years, she is incredibly friendly and helpful and takes care of our holidays from start to finish

Sent by B Russell

Leah has been extremely helpful and has gone the extra mile to arrange our holiday in what has been very challenging circumstances for the travel industry. I would highly recommend her.

Sent by Melinda Beckett-Hughes

I booked through Leah to travel for 3 weeks solo around Antalya area, staying in 3 different hotels which Leah researched and booked for me. They were all excellent choices. I changed my plans twice meaning she had to rearrange my hotels and my fights (twice). I had some medical issues (not COVID) while I was away and again Leah dealt deftly with the special requirements for my return flight. I had an amazing time and I honestly could not have done it without Leah. I would highly recommend you retain her for your next holiday, especially in these uncertain times when you really need someone on your side who has all the connections at her fingertips and knows what she is doing. She was never more than a message away when needed and this was very reassuring in my case. Thank you again Leah! ??

Sent by Lee Sharpe

Leah was great, she made things very simple and got us a great deal on our chosen hotel. Thanks Leah, would definitely recommend to others.

Sent by N Lentin

Leah has been an excellent travel consultant booking flights and hotels to Australia for my boyfriend and I over Christmas and New Year!

Sent by A Cunningham

Fast and friendly service. Rather than trawling through websites to find the best deal, this comes from someone who works to not only get you the best price, but also how enjoyable your vacation can be. I have a family, two tweenagers, with this in mind, Leah has found us something really central and fought for the best price too. Really happy and will use again and again.

Sent by A Tolson

Despite my confusing itinerary and changes along the way, Leah was always happy and helpful. Nothing seemed too much trouble.

Sent by S Hasselberg

Superb service, knowledge and very friendly service.

Sent by Kevin Williams

Leah provides me with a fast, friendly and efficient travel booking service that I know I can 100% trust. This is very important to me, having been scammed this year by another travel consultant/company who have stolen tens of thousands from travellers over the past year. When targeted fraud is ever present, having Leah and Travel Counsellors at the end of the phone is very, very important and reassuring. I will always recommend both to family, friends and co-workers

Sent by S Nicholson

Fabulous service will never use any other travel service again

Sent by B Paterson

Really good service, professional and thorough, would definitely recommend

Sent by K Hazelhurst

Great service, Leah made us both feel really special. Looking forward to an amazing holiday!

Sent by K Williams

Friendly, efficient a pleasure to deal with.

Sent by C Bateman

Great service from start to finish

Sent by J Bennett

Fantabulous she has made holiday booking stress free again

Sent by A Mason

Leah was great and very patient with us as we kept changing our mind and postponing calls to discuss. She certainly has more patience than me!

Sent by P Smith

Wow what an experience. From start to finish and even after finish you guys just keep delivering. I have NEVER been treated so well. I would recommend you to anyone. You certainly know your stuff as every place was just perfect in it's own way. Very, very impressed. The personal touches just made my day, thank you so very much.

Sent by G Maitland

Leah has been fantastic, very patient with our many changes and accommodated all of our requests.

Sent by G Cowieson

You've done a lot of hard work to get where we are. It can't be easy organising a family holiday flying from different airport to coincide more or less at the destination. Well done Leah

Sent by A Leatham

A pleasure to deal with and puts up with our weeks of indecision without complaint! A true pro!

Sent by A Williams

Leah spent time finding out exactly what we wanted and then offered us a few suggestions which were all really suitable

Sent by J Bennett

After a fantastic experience working with Leah on our holiday, I have already recommended her to a work colleague who contacted her yesterday. We received a lovely card and Leah's business cards which are now in my purse and to hand to give to others which we intend to do. I think going forward this will be our preferred choice of booking our holidays

Sent by L Paterson

Excellent service both in researching deals and aftercare

Sent by K Williams

I prefer to deal with someone I trust rather than an automated service. I like the personal touch. As if I was the only person booking a holiday. I have already recommended Leah and Travel Counsellor to family friends and work

Sent by S Barnes

Amazing service and a fantastic holiday to look forward to. Thank you Leah

Sent by A Powell

Excellent service and very helpful at putting the package together for us.

Sent by T Henderson Griffiths

Excellent service, first class!

Sent by A Kitson

Excellent and very helpful service from Leah, I will definitely be booking my future holidays with her.

Sent by G Ball

I’ve already recommended you to friends and family. Wonderful service.

Sent by Samantha Kerr

Leah went out of her way to find the best deal for me and make the trip special for my daughter and I. I would use her services again and recommend her to friends and family.

Sent by Peter Bell

Leah went above and beyond expectations when planning a short notice trip for us and dealt with the Monarch collapse, swiftly booking new flights.

Sent by F Bartles

If I could score this higher I would score Leah 100! The fact that we only started talking to Leah about a week before we due to leave, and the (frankly ridiculous) amount of changes we made to the plans, it's a miracle we got to the airport, let alone enjoyed a fabulous holiday. Throughout all of our dithering, Leah remained calm, supremely professional, and above all really nice to talk to. Couldn't recommend highly enough.

Sent by Neil Clarke

Leah made our booking extremely easy whilst giving us confidence we were getting the best itinerary for our needs. As a group we will definitely use Leah's services again. Thanks Leah, Great work.

Sent by Eddie Craighill

Great service, very helpful in narrowing down suitable choice for a family holiday from wide selection we had available. Thanks for your patience and glad we finally could make a decision and book our holiday through you!