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.

Penny Spencer  –

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 2 young boys and travelling with children has really given me an insight about what works best for families. 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 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 several 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, 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 & skiing are my “special interests”. Recent highlights have been a summer trip 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 however some other very memorable experiences have been on a river cruise on the Danube, barging 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! Last summer I sailed on the highest-rated new cruise ship in the world Europa 2 – Monte Carlo to Malta via an amazing array of ports including Corsica, Sardinia, Capri & Sicily, all 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 20 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 ,Whitsundays for a relaxing family getaway and 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 over the next few years – my son is 7 years old and his first priority is to get to New York as he tells me he must visit the Ninja Turtles in the sewers under New York City… I’m hopeful I can talk him into Disney World Florida instead ..we will see .

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 favourite destinations are endless. I have a real soft spot for Fiji and the warmth and friendliness of the local people. I love the cultural insights and delicious food of Vietnam and the excitement and buzz of New York City. One of my favourite trips was when I went to Alaska and went dog sledding on top of the glaciers. Sky diving over the Austrian Alps on a trip to Europe was a once in a lifetime experience that is up there with walking the Great Wall and watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat.

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. I’m always up for a travel challenge!

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.