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Rachael Wood

Lovely to meet you

Every day I feel so lucky that I get to help travelers book their dream trips. It is undeniably refreshing to come back from a holiday and feeling rejuvenated, inspired and already planning the next one.

Culture, adventure, art, and food are my top motivators to explore the world. I lived in Japan for 4 months and loved it so much I went back a second time, this time on a 7 night cruise! In Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, I traversed through thick rainforest to see the protected Silverback Gorillas munching on leaves in paradise. I've relaxed and adventured in Fiji, explored the USA multiple with friends and family. I have first-hand experience with ski & snowboard holidays, cruising, solo travel, coach touring, safaris and road-trips, and I can't wait to share this knowledge with you. 


My favourite holiday memories

  • Uganda
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    Nothing can quite prepare you for standing meters away from a family of Silverback Gorillas, peacefully eating leaves in the shining Ugandan sun.

  • Hokkaido
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    Learning to snowboard in the famous JAPOW was a life-changing experience. Hokkaido mountains are unbeatable, and the views are absolutely stunning!

  • Princess Cruise
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    I never imagined myself as a cruise person but I absolutely loved my first time! It is an experience you should try if you can - and you don't have to commit to a long time away, with some really awesome 3 & 4 night cruises going out of New Zealand. Let go of the stress and let the incredible cruise staff pamper you for the weekend!

  • Idaho
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    Trek through Snake River Canyon and marvel at Shoshone falls. Idaho is full of natural gems like these!

  • Fiji
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    Visit Fiji and feel the warmth of the Fijian people! You will feel like you are all a big family. Bonus is the exceptional food, crystal clear waters full of exotic fish, and the beautiful golden sand beaches. 

Creating better holidays 

Whatever your travel dreams, I will work with you to create the best holiday possible. The holidays I specialise in include:

  • 18yr-30 Something Travel
  • Skiing
  • Adventure
  • Coach Touring
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Family Travel
  • Group Travel
  • Luxury Travel
  • Road Trips
  • Safaris
  • Solo Travel
  • Train Journeys

My travel passions

Ski & Snowboarding - I love winter, the snow, and I taught children to ski in Japan while snowboarding on my days off! I've also boarded at Pomerelle in Idaho and look forward to many more. Combine the incredible mountains with some Après-ski and you've got an unforgettable holiday. 

Japan - I lived in Hokkaido for 4 months and have so much love for this country. The food, the culture, the architecture, nature, and people. I get truly excited when someone walks in to House of Travel Hornby and mentions they want to go to Japan. I'm also a bit of an anime nerd so can tell you the best spots to go if you love anime! 

Cruise- Cruising is such an awesome way to see the world. Unpack once, stop in the most unique towns & cities, and pamper yourself along the way! It's becoming one of the best ways to get value for your money while travelling, with your meals all being included, and options to add drinks, shore excursions, and spa packages too.

Some of the destinations I have explored

AFRICA: Kenya | Uganda/Rwanda
ASIA: Japan | Korea
AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast | Sydney, New South Wales

What my customers have to say

  • From the time I called to pop in and visit, to 20 minutes later in the office to meet Rachael, and 30 minutes after that, my holiday was booked. I couldn't be happier and am now very much looking forward to our holiday in Fiji. Thank you Rachael, we look forward to working with you for our big trip next year!
  • Rachael has helped us before with our travels and met all of our expectations and more... her friendly manner and patience was why we have come back to her to plan our next holiday next year ...
  • Rachael was very attentive and genuinely interested in my holiday. She supported me as I was a bit anxious about going alone. She was very encouraging and took care of all the details.
  • Rachael Wood did so much more than just give me an itinerary. She looked at different options at different price points but always kept in mind what I was trying to achieve. When I requested changes to what I had already advised Rachael looked into these and came back with options without any complaint or frustration. Rachael's customer service skills are exemplary.
  • Rachael is a good listener and gave us great suggestions about what we could do on our trip and where we could stay. She is very friendly, efficient and nothing seemed a problem.
  • We immediately felt welcome and comfortable with Rachael. She made us feel at ease with booking our very first big trip. She treated us with kindness. Our questions were answered and her service was excellent. We will definitely love to work with Rachael for all out future travel plans.

Awards & qualifications

  • Cruise Line International Association
  • Aussie Specialist
  • Fiji Specialist
  • CLIA Rising Star Finalist 2023