Penny Spencer – Managing Director
Penny has had over 25 years experience in the Travel Industry, working in a number of areas but predominately Corporate Travel.
She has a passion for Travel and the Industry and having travelled extensively can advise you on her favourite pastime and give her own personal recommendations.
After starting Spencer Travel Oct 1998, Penny has educated herself in Business skills and has grown the business 150% since opening the doors.
Having been awarded numerous industry and non industry awards, including being a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, Penny continues to contribute to the Travel Industry by being on numerous committees and a member of different associations.
Recently being awarded as one of only a few accredited Space Agents in the World, Penny continues to strive for excellence and innovation in everything that she does.
Carissa Johnson – Manager Spencer Travel Southside
As a child I was very interested in Geography and loved pouring over the pages in glossy travel magazines, this has not changed. I love to discover what the world has to offer as often as possible. At home I have 3 young children and firsthand experience about what works best for families travelling. I also love to get away without the children to busy cities and more adventurous destinations.
My passion is to create innovative, tailored itineraries for my clients. From luxurious hotels and resorts with exceptional service, incredible local touring companies, once in a lifetime experiences and to turn your dreams into reality.
The United Kingdom is a sentimental favourite destination having lived in London for 2 years and travelling into Europe and the Middle East, with many visits since. Croatia, Spain and Turkey are amongst my favourites there. South America and Mexico I absolutely adore for the history, culture, food and dramatic sights. New York is always on my revisit list.
Closer to home, I love Vietnam, Fiji, Cambodia and Bhutan
Merilyn Heslop – Travel Specialist Spencer Travel Southside
Exploring the diversity of our wonderful world is my passion, so it is difficult to nominate favourites. Enjoying the buzz of New York, the beauty of Paris or the gourmet delights of Italy is a completely different experience from witnessing the amazing wildlife of Africa, the icebergs in Antarctica or the majesty of Iguazu Falls – you just have to try to do it all and I would love to help you do that!
Europe, North America & cruising anywhere in the world are my “special interests”. Highlights have been summer trips to Scandinavia, France & Italy as well as a winter trip to Chicago, Quebec & New York. I’ve cruised on traditional ships in the Mediterranean, Pacific, Caribbean, Alaska & through the Suez Canal, however some other very memorable experiences have been a river cruise on the Danube, a self-skippered barge in Burgundy & cruising the fjords of Norway on the Hurtigruten. A voyage to Antarctica on a luxury expedition ship was in a class of its own – an added bonus was notching up my seventh continent!
I have found the greatest advantage of cruising is the opportunity to visit an amazing array of relatively “off the beaten track” destinations such as Malta, Corsica, Sardinia, Israel, Jordan & Oman, all easily accessed in great comfort & style
Giselle Pennington – Travel Specialist Spencer Travel Southside
The excitement of experiencing other countries, people and their culture captured my attention to commence my career in travel as soon as I left school. Now over 29 years later I still love meeting with my clients and turning their dreams into a reality , there is nothing more satisfying than when clients return and their holiday has exceeded their expectations and already planning the next .
Having travelled through Asia, South Pacific, Canada, America , Europe and most of Australia its extremely hard to pick my all-time favourite place..
A few of my favourites are Canada for the friendly people and scenery , Vietnam for the culture ,Club Med has certainly ticked all the boxes for my family holidays in the past few years having stayed at Phuket, Bintan , Maldives , Mauritius all inclusive stop and drop heaven for all family members. For the most breath taking back drop I have experienced was the Kimberley Coast when I cruised from Broome to Darwin in our own fabulous backyard.
There are many places on my bucket list and hope I get to tick quite a few of them off sooner rather than later – Africa is hot on the list and will be next cab off the rank – my son is 11 years old and his ever growing bucket list is also spilling over of course – with one being priority on getting to Ferrari Land Abu Dhabi as soon as possible ! we will have to see who’s list is the most important first .
Jess Minton – Travel Specialist Spencer Travel Southside
I first realised my passion for travel when at the age of fifteen my parents took my sister and I on our first overseas trip to Europe. It was on this trip that I decided that I had to create a life for myself that was filled with anything and everything to do with travel. Nothing excites me more than sharing my amazing experiences with those around me and listening to the experiences of others. I am constantly perusing the internet and magazines for inspiration.
My love of travel has been renewed in the last couple of years since having children of my own. I now have the opportunity to share these experiences with my kids and I get to enjoy, through their eyes, the simple things that we often take for granted like the excitement of stepping on an aeroplane! I look forward to the next couple of years as they get older and being able to slowly introduce them to the huge world around them!
That’s why I love travel! There is always something new and exciting, the possibilities are endless and and I love to create once in a lifetime experiences for everyone! My favourite destination is hard to pin down! I have always had a soft spot for Fiji, its such an easy, relaxing destination, the warmth and friendliness of the local people is infectious. The buzz of New York city and watching the sunset over Angkor Wat are hard ones to beat for me. However I recently travelled to Finland and that really re-ignited my love and passion for Europe. The history, architecture and cultural immersion are unmatched – visiting a reindeer farm and staying in a glass igloo to catch a glimpse of the Northern lights – it really was a trip of a lifetime!
Nothing beats the experiences travel brings and although I haven’t been everywhere, I love having the opportunity to discover new, unique and exciting destinations and help create memories to reflect on and share forever.
Leanne Ralston – Travel Specialist Spencer Travel Southside
Since I was a young girl, my interest in geography and destinations around the world sparked a long term dream to work in the travel industry. The determination I had was strong and when I was in primary school I wrote a letter to Qantas to find out what requirements I needed to get my foot in the door.
In 2008, I started with Spencer Travel in a corporate consultant role where I managed high end corporate clients for almost 9 years. Whilst working in corporate has given me great insight into booking travel in the main cities, my passion is now leisure travel and creating dream itineraries to the amazing places, for all types of travelers.
I love to explore and learn about other cultures, I also enjoy holidays for sun and sand. My travelling includes Europe, Egypt, Hong Kong, Fiji, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, New Zealand, and Vietnam. Each trip has been memorable, however, the place I love the most is Vietnam. Vietnam is still an untouched destination with a lot of history, friendly locals, delicious food and beautiful scenery. I am already planning to return again to explore further.
Demi Davis – Travel Specialist Spencer Travel Southside
My passion for travel was ignited when I was 3 years old when my mum took me to my first overseas trip. I remember the thrill of going to somewhere new and my feet have been itchy ever since.
I started in the travel industry straight out of high School looking after high-end corporate clients while in my down time away from the office, I was exploring the world. I have multiple favorite destinations as it is impossible to pick just one. South Africa, Fiji, Switzerland and a bubbletent in Australia’s very own backyard in Capertee Valley just to name a few. I love staying in luxury hotels, being pampered like a princess and can also “Slum it” camping in Australia’s remote locations.
After 8 years in the corporate world, I decided I want to share my own travel experiences to clients, suggest places for them to visit, researching destinations and creating their stress-free dream holidays. I get excited hear other people’s travel stories and what I can learn from them, hence making my transition to a retail/leisure consultant.