Sent by Hannah Roberts
Based in Stockport
Hello, I’m Leanne, thank you for visiting my webpage. I’m a travel counsellor based in Hazel Grove where I live with my boyfriend and black Labrador, Jasper.
Travel has been a pivotal part of my life since 2002 when I embarked on a round the world trip with a friend from university. We commenced our adventure in Rio de Janeiro and finished in Bangkok 12 months later after working our way across South America, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia and South East Asia.
My career started as a holiday rep in Austria, Andorra and Finland, then becoming a travel consultant in London, a round the world expert in Kensington and the general manager of a high street agency in Manchester. I enjoy booking both leisure and corporate travel and building relationships with my customers. I really do care about what I do, and believe that, ‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page!’
My expertise and passion for travel will prove invaluable to your plans (I’ve travelled to 58 countries so far). I’ll start by getting to know you and your travel needs and then I will create a number of quotes tailored just for you. I will ensure all the finer details are covered to provide you with unforgettable memories and ensure a stress-free experience.
When you book with me you can enjoy the peace of mind of our unique financial trust, which protects every single penny of your booking. No other travel company can provide this level of financial protection. You will also benefit from our 24/7 assistance with no chat bots, just real people available to help you.
So what are you waiting for? Whether you’re looking for a cruise, round the world flights, a ski holiday, a luxury beach break or a safari (to name but a few), give me a call, drop me an email or send a text and let’s book a time to discuss all things travel.
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.
18 December 2023
On our way to Western Australia we stopped off in Singapore for 3 nights. It’s a fabulous city any time of year as it has a tropical climate but we were there in April. We stayed in 2 different hotels which are next door to each other, so when we checked out of The Quincy, we simply crossed the courtyard into the Vibe Hotel. These hotels are walking distance to Orchard Road and a plethora of shopping centres and public transport options. We used the subway system a lot and simply tapped our bank cards in and out. It is really cheap at only a couple of pounds per day and it’s as efficient as the London Underground but much cleaner! People think that Singapore is expensive, and it can be, but we found ways to cost save. Our favourite of these was eating at the hawker markets. They’re nearly always busy with locals which proves that they are good, and you can eat an array of Singapore cuisine such as crab, duck, noodles and curry (if in Little India). Singapore is a very walkable city so make sure you wear comfortable shoes and prepare for the humidity. We walked over to Sentosa Island but a better way to get there is the cable car as then you can take in the great views at the same time. Sentosa Island is a playground and you can spend a few nights here as well as a few on the mainland if you’d like the variation. Universal Studios resides here as does the Adventure Cove Waterpark, Madame Tussauds, the aquarium and lots of beach activities. Gardens by the Bay is another amazing attraction in Singapore. This showpiece of horticulture and garden artistry presents the plant kingdom in a whole new way. There are areas you need to pay to access but we simply walked around for free and watched the amazing garden rhapsody. This is a sound and light show which occurs every evening at 7.45 and 8.45pm. Continuing on the nature theme, we headed to the botanical gardens and paid entry into the National Orchid Garden which was beautiful and fascinating with over 1000 species and 2000 hybrids on display. There are plenty of ways to spend money in Singapore and if you would like to experience something special you can book a table at the Marina Bay Sands rooftop restaurant Ce La Vie. It’s extremely popular at sunset so you will need to book early but the photos you’ll capture are definitely worth it. You can pay to visit The Long Bar at Raffles and have an iconic Singapore Sling, but as were on a budget we simply walked around the grounds of this majestic hotel. You can meander around the interior as there are other bars and shops inside. You’ll just not be able to go into the hotel guest areas which are roped off. I found parts of Singapore similar to New York but much cleaner and with less hustle and bustle. With a stop here on-route to Australia or New Zealand you’ll really feel the benefit as your body will acclimatise to the time zone causing less jetlag. It’s a very clean country and the locals are extremely polite and hardworking.
30 October 2023
I spent November to March in Ruka; a ski resort in Finland just 30 minutes south of the Arctic Circle. It’s a perfect winter wonderland and a great place to enjoy the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). There isn’t much daylight in the winter months, usually around 3-5 hours, so the slopes are floodlit allowing full days of skiing or snowboarding. Once a week the slopes are open until 11pm and this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the dancing sky when the Northern Lights come out to play. Accommodation - Did you know that all properties in Finland have saunas? Whether you choose to stay in a traditional log cabin, a hotel or a self-catering apartment, a sauna will be present to warm your cold bones and ease your sore muscles after a day on the slopes. Much more than just ski - My personal favourite excursion was visiting Joulupukki (the Finnish word for Father Christmas). You are welcomed to his house by elves and can enjoy sledging on the hill outside or baking gingerbread cookies with Mrs Claus before Santa makes an appearance. The first thing you hear are his bells and then as if by magic the big man arrives. Santa tells some amazing stories and he knows everyone’s names and will always have a present for you, even if Christmas has already passed. A close second favourite activity is husky sledding; mushing the huskies across frozen lakes is quite scary at first but once you learn how to brake, it’s a fabulous feeling, even if your eyelashes are prone to freezing! Fancy riding a skidoo / snowmobile? Racing reindeers? Ice fishing? Ice skating? Snowshoeing? Cross country skiing? Axe throwing? These are all activities available in resort and can be pre-booked or booked locally. Food and drink - Alongside the traditional ski resort favourites of fondue and raclette, the tastiest food in my opinion is the sautéed reindeer with mash and lingonberries. At first try it’s a bit weird as you picture Rudolph with every mouthful but once you get over that it’s delicious! Finland gets really cold; I experienced minus 40 degrees Celsius while I was there. So a recommendation is to keep popping into the slope side cafes and have a Minttu hot chocolate. Minttu is a Finnish liqueur with a peppermint flavour and the perfect solution to warm you from the inside out. Many Lapland holidays are only 2 or 3 days long but I recommend taking a full week to enjoy the numerous activities on offer. Please share my blog and get in touch if you fancy visiting this amazing country.