Travello User of the Week: Meet Crystal

Travello User of the Week: Meet Crystal

With more than 600.000 users worldwide, in more than 180 countries, Travello is the largest community of travellers in the world, on app. But even with a large number of users, we at Travello still aim to create a close community of travellers and will every week publish a short interview with one of our avid travellers! 

This week we are getting to know Crystal from the Philippines, but you might also know her as “MrsGunaydin” from the Travello app. 

Hi Crystal! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi. My real name is Crystal and I am from Manila. I love to be called Mrs. Gunaydin, my Turkish husband’s surname.  I’m a very spontaneous person. I don’t follow norms, I’m friendly and funny, but learning different languages is my weakness. I started exploring when I was still working back home around 2001-2005. I only traveled in neighboring countries as per my budget, and then in 2006 I moved to Dubai and from there I started going to Europe and other places. Through traveling I met the man whom I got married to twice in the same year and who is the father of my beautiful baby girl.

What is your favourite travel destination and why?

I love Dahab and Nuweiba in Egypt. Maybe you will wonder why, with all the dangers of going there. I love the serenity of the place. Specifically Mount Sinai and the colorful canyons. It gave me goosebumps when I saw the tree, the burning bush, right in front of my eye. Imagining that God talked to Moses there and gave us his commandments. Just by telling this story, I still feel great and spiritually uplifted.

What do you always bring with you when you travel?

I love to wear black t-shirts, denim shorts or pants, and a white Adidas cap. I hate heavy SLR’s and Drones.

Why do you like to use Travello?

Finally, I found an app where the travelers are posting their actual activities. As a solo traveler, I always use guides and this could be a great help for my future travels. Also, I always wanted to create travel blogs just to share my adventures, but I am pretty much occupied with my family and work. I wanna share my travel experiences and I want to give tips. I want to practice my writing and I want to meet more travelers like you.

Where do you plan on travelling to next?

That is a good question. We never stop traveling, whether for personal time or leisure. The last time I really traveled for fun was when I was 6-months pregnant. Since the baby arrived, because my husband is Turkish and I am Filipina, we have traveled half of the globe just to see our families. I want to wait until my baby is ready to appreciate things around her.

 

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Travello User of the Week: Meet Katrina

Travello User of the Week: Meet Katrina

With more than 600.000 users worldwide, in more than 180 countries, Travello is the largest community of travellers in the world, on app. But even with a large number of users, we at Travello still aim to create a close community of travellers and will every week publish a short interview with one of our avid travellers! 

This week we are getting to know Katrina from Hungary, but you might also know her as “Katrina Nyeste” from the Travello app.  

Hi Katrina! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I got my name ‘Katrina’ from friends after the same named hurricane – because my life is ‘boring’ 😀 Spicing my average life with travelling and hobbies.

What is your favourite travel destination and why?

My all-time favourite destination is London; I also used to live there and left back so many friends. Bubbly, never-sleeping city where you simply can’t get bored, and of course one of the best places to pick up different cultures as so many nationalities live there. British mentality is very close to my heart.

What do you always bring with you when you travel?

A tiny little glass vial – I collect sand or soil from all the places I visit and also ask my friends to bring me the same present from all over the world – cheap and looks perfect on a shelf.

Why do you like to use Travello?

Best feature of Travello for me is to get tips or views about things from local people. I’m also amazed by the unusual photos others share about places I haven’t seen before. I also met a lovely girl from Travello on my last Londoner trip and felt so good that we connected via this platform. We have kept in touch since then. 🙂

 

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How Travello helped Jelyn overcome depression

How Travello helped Jelyn overcome depression

Depression is a common mental disorder that people all over the world suffer from. In fact, the World Health Organization reported in March 2018 that more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from it. There are various reasons for why people are depressed, but loneliness is one major cause.  

Jelyn (34), from the Philippines, is one of many who has suffered from depression. Besides from having a successful career as a civil engineer and running her own construction firm, she still felt miserable and discouraged. After having experienced family problems and a heartbreak, Jelyn found it difficult to get up in the morning and take on a new day. However, this started to change once she joined Travello.

Travello is the world’s largest travel community on app, which aims to connect people and travellers around the world. There are currently more than 500.000 people, from more than 180 countries that are using Travello, and the Philippines is the second largest market in terms of users. The majority of the Travello users from the Philippines are between 23-30 of age.

Meet Jelyn:
She is 34 years and a civil engineer who runs her own construction firm in the Philippines, where she is from.
She loves to travel and plans on visiting the UK, Australia, USA and Canada next.

In September 2018, Jelyn posted an emotional message on Travello, which appeared in the main newsfeed. The message reached thousands of people and created a lot of engagement. In the post, Jelyn bravely wrote about overcoming severe depression, thanks to the global community of people she found when she joined Travello. You can read her full post at the end.

After posting, she has received plenty of messages from people all around the world, sending her encouraging messages as well as their own stories of depression. Travello reached out to Jelyn to understand how the app had helped her.

 

Travello: Jelyn, you mentioned that joining Travello helped you overcome severe depression. Could you explain to us how it helped?

Jelyn: For me, Travello plays a big part in my healing process. After losing the presence of a father and the man I thought was the right one, I felt alone and depressed. I lost my interest in everything and shut the world out. Until one day, while browsing the net I saw the Travello app and downloaded it. I decided to join Travello because I want to share my travel experience and at the same time to meet new people. The first picture I posted got a number of likes so I felt appreciated and some even sent messages and became my friends. I opened up to them about myself and what I was going through. And surprisingly, these people helped me and gave me encouraging words.  I am very thankful that the people I met became part of my healing process.

Travello: You posted an emotional post on Travello that thousands of users around the world could see. Why did you decide to do this?

Jelyn: The reason why I decided to share how I overcame my depression, is to help and encourage others who are in the same shoes as I am. We all know that depression is really a serious thing and can even lead to a suicidal stage. So, as a survivor, I decided to share this and be able to enlighten those who are experiencing it and help them realize that everything happens for a reason. That we must focus on other things that can make us a better individual. Life is wonderful after all.

Travello: What has happened after sharing your experience with the Travello community?

Jelyn: After I posted about my depression, I received a lot of messages from Travello members and some even shared their own encounters with depression. There is also one woman who is suffering from cancer who felt blessed of what I posted. 

Travello: How do you believe that travel can help with depression?

Jelyn: As a person who loves traveling, a solo or group trip is one way to overcome depression. It is in travel that we learn to appreciate every little thing that we have. Travel allows us to become the person who we really are. It helps us to communicate and deal with people. We learn to value the importance of humanity and humility. 

Travello: Would you recommend other people with depression to join the Travello community?

Jelyn: Yes. I would recommend the Travello app to people, especially to those who love to travel. It’s a good app to share travel experiences and to meet new people. Travel does not need be expensive or luxurious. 

With the Travello app, people are able to connect, attend and set up meetups in order to meet with other travellers around the world.  It also shows other Travello users who are nearby and what country they’re from. Travello users will therefore always find fellow travellers on their trips to connect with, either in person or by messaging in the app itself.

Here’s Jelyn’s post on Travello:

 

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Travello User of the Week: Meet Guillem

Travello User of the Week: Meet Guillem

With more than 600.000 users worldwide, in more than 180 countries, Travello is the largest community of travellers in the world, on app. But even with a large number of users, we at Travello still aim to create a close community of travellers and will every week publish a short interview with one of our avid travellers! 

This week we are getting to know Guillem from Spain, but you might also know him as “Feast of Travel” in the Travello app. 

Hi Guillem! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Guillem, I am 27 and I love to travel (shocker!). My travel bug developed at the age of 10, when my parents took me on a trip to Costa Rica. Ever since I have seized every opportunity I had to explore the world!

Recently, my love for travel brought me to start my own travel blog Feast of Travel (feastoftravel.com), which has only made my travel experiences richer and has allowed me to join a wonderful community of like-minded people.

What is your favourite travel destination and why?

I am reticent to use the word “favourite” when it comes to travel, since it really depends on each individual experience. However, I must say that I have a soft spot for Southeast Asia. It has everything I could ever want! It has breathtaking nature, bustling city life, amazing cultural heritage, the most beautiful beaches, ridiculously welcoming people and my favourite food! It also doesn’t hurt that it’s cheap and safe to move around.

What do you always bring with you when you travel?

My camera. I forgot the battery charger in one of my recent trips and it felt somewhat incomplete. The phones nowadays have really good cameras, but there is something ritual about taking a picture with a DSLR camera that can’t be replaced.

Why do you like to use Travello?

There are so many social apps to share content right now: Insta-moments, tweets, pins… Overwhelming! With Travello, not only you get a curated travel content, but also you step into a community that has the same drive as you. A community that wants to know more about the world and with whom you can share experiences and tips besides posting the pretty picture. I feel like the focus here is less on the shell and more on the actual content, if that makes any sense.

 

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Travello User of the Week: Meet Brinlie

Travello User of the Week: Meet Brinlie

With more than 600.000 users worldwide, in more than 180 countries, Travello is the largest community of travellers in the world, on app. But even with a large number of users, we at Travello still aim to create a close community of travellers and will every week publish a short interview with one of our avid travellers! 

This week we are getting to know Brinlie from USA, but you might also know her as “Brinlietravels” from the Travello app. 

Hi Brinlie! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a bright, bubbly person who loves trying new things and meeting new people. I love reading as I am a voracious learner. I also love making art and creating. I love that travel pushes me to do all these things. I am inspired by the world and want to help make it better. I love transcending language and cultural barriers to create meaningful connections with people. I like challenges, breaking stereotypes, and enjoying the little things.

What is your favourite travel destination and why?

Sydney, Australia. It might be because it was the first big city I’d lived in for an extended amount of time so it has a special place in my heart… but I also think it is a magical city. During the summer the nights are warm and the smell of flowers from the Jakarta trees will safely guide you home. The sky is bright and the city is full of excited energy. No matter where you are from you will find friends, the perfect beach, a party bus, tacos, and so many cool niches to discover that are tucked away. For me Sydney has it all.

What do you always bring with you when you travel?

For me, one thing I have to have is my laptop. I make money while traveling by teaching online. If I can’t make any money then I would need to go home fairly quickly.

Why do you like to use Travello?

Europeans and Australians maybe known to travel but Americans are not. I think because of this it may be a little harder to connect to fellow expats. I have found Travello an awesome way to bridge that gap. And I’m glad it had as I have connected with some really great people on here. Additionally, there are great people I’ve not met on the app who have given me good travel advice. I went to the little gem of Yogyakarta, Indonesia because of some direction from a fellow Travello user. And it was a gorgeous city that I otherwise might have missed out on. Traveling on the road for a while can get lonely and Travello has connected me to many like-minded people who have supported me on my journey.

 

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Travello User of the Week: Meet Jelyn

Travello User of the Week: Meet Jelyn

With more than 600.000 users worldwide, in more than 180 countries, Travello is the largest community of travellers in the world, on app. But even with a large number of users, we at Travello still aim to create a close community of travellers and will every week publish a short interview with one of our avid travellers! 

This week we are getting to know Jelyn from the Philippines, but you might also know her from the app as “Jel”. 

Hi Jelyn! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I would describe myself as a very simple,God fearing, warm, caring, loving and trustworthy person. I have a great sense of humor and love to talk to funny people.  I am single, independent and a career woman. I am a civil engineer by profession and spent most of my time in project sites. I am very passionate about traveling, watching Disney or cartoon movies and enjoy chatting with great people.
I am very friendly but a little shy. I always look into the kindness of each person and I love respectful and humble people.

What is your favourite travel destination and why?

So far my favourite travel destination is Singapore. Why? because it is in that place that I find peace. I can be who I am and I feel so relax every time I’m in that place. Aside that Singapore is known for its cleanliness, Singapore is also a very peaceful country and they care so much about the environment. You can even see some planted trees on top of the building or residences. It’s because they believe that nature will treat us the way we treat them. It is Prohibited to cut trees/branches or even pick a flower. It is punishable by Singapore law. That is what makes Singapore a very special place for me and I keep on coming back every year.
But of course, I also enjoyed my travel in Bali, Japan and Switzerland. These places are amazing too.

What do you always bring with you when you travel?

Every time I travel, I always bring my passport with me (just kidding). I always carry my phone which is very important for picture taking and updates on social media and means of communication also. Also I always carry my hygiene kit, medicines and a lot of dresses.
I just love taking pictures with dresses as it adds drama to every picture. But of course it depends on the country and the weather too.

Why do you like to use Travello?

Why I love to use Travello? Because this App is perfect for travellers. As a traveller, it is very helpful to me as I got the chance to meet new people, learn about new places and take some recommendations from fellow travellers. I enjoyed posting about my travels and I feel happy every time I can be a big help to fellow travelers.  Aside from these, Travello founders,staffs and admins are very friendly and accommodating. I love it when they interact with the users and I can feel their sincerity and concerns. For me,Travello is a big family of travellers

 

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These Travello Users Have Become International Stars

These Travello Users Have Become International Stars

Over the last couple of days, Travello users, Tom Cunningham and Natalie Otto, have appeared in international news that has been published in countries such as the UK, Poland, Germany, France and China, to mention some. In the news, they wrote about how the two went on a 5 week trip together, as strangers. They were the winners of Travello’s Ultimate Oz competition, that aimed to bring two strangers together on a trip worth 25,000 AUD for 5 weeks. The international media found new angles to portray the trip that was organized by Travello…. 

It started with an international competition, and the goal was to find two strangers who would travel together. To many people this might sound like a crazy idea, to spend so much time with a person you have not even met before, but Travello wanted to show that strangers can have the trip of a lifetime together. 

However, popular news sites, such as the Daily Mail and Unilad, portrayed the trip a bit differently…

 

The stories published on the Daily Mail and Unilad quickly made their way to news sites in countries such as; France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Australia, China, Vietnam and several others – talk about international coverage! 

Have a look here:

Media in Poland

 

But no matter how the media portrayed their journey, Natalie and Tom both agree that the Travello trip was the adventure of a lifetime, and they are both very happy that they took the chance to travel with a stranger and got to discover some of the best places Australia has to offer.

Even before Natalie and Tom started the journey they appeared on the popular Australian TV show, the Today Show, to talk about traveling together as strangers. They were even brought on TV for an interview – in separate locations! 

Have a look at the interview below; 

 

With the exposure on TV, there were plenty of people eager to see how they would get along, so the pressure was on when they both arrived in Cairns and finally met in person.They had both been a bit nervous beforehand, but quickly relaxed when they finally met and realized they would get along. They set out on the road and started their journey that would take them from Cairns and all the way down to Sydney.  

During the trip they both slept in the JUCY camper van; a car that is fitted with a bed, fridge and a pop-up tent on the roof, so that they each had their own place to sleep in. When they didn’t sleep in the car, they stayed at a range of different accommodations. From the social and popular YHA hostels, to luxurious private villas in Whitsundays – they got to experience it all! 

Many people who followed their journey were wondering if there were any romantic sparks between Natalie and Tom, considering all the time they spent together, but Natalie has a boyfriend, so they just became very good travel mates.

“Nothing happened, and the only romantic elements were the locations we stayed in. But what I will say, is if she was single, I would ask her out in a heartbeat after this trip” Tom said when asked about any romantic moments during the trip.

But the lack of romance didn’t stop the two of them from having an amazing time together. During their trip along the coast they experienced everything from skydiving over Byron Bay, to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, flying in a seaplane over the Whitsunday islands, and abseiling off cliffs in Brisbane, just to mention some. The many hours in the car was a great way to get to know each other, and when it finally was time to say goodbye in Sydney 5 weeks later, it was with tears in their eyes and a promise to stay in touch.

Solo traveling is increasing as traveling is becoming more available to people around the world, and thus the global travel community that is offered in the Travello app is helpful for travelers who are keen to meet locals or other travelers in different destinations. Who knows, maybe you will find a new friend on your next trip and together create the adventure of a lifetime! Sign up on Travello to find out… 

 

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – The Last Week: SA & NT

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – The Last Week: SA & NT

NATALIE & SANDRINE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 6: SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA & NORTHERN TERRITORY

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@Sandrine Hecq & @Natalie Otto

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Overview map of where and what Natalie & Sandrine got up to this week!

TRANSPORT
Plane, bus

STAYS
Adelaide YHA, Coober Pedy underground, Alice Springs YHA, camping outdoors

ACTIVITIES
Hiking, camping, museum, kangaroo orphanage

LOCATIONS
Adelaide, Flinders Range, Coober Pedy, King’s Canyon, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Alice Springs

Meet Sandrine!

Sandrine Hecq

Sandrine is a lifestyle vlogger and travel enthusiast with a passion for drone photography. She grew up in South Africa and now lives in Perth, Western Australia. She is a brand ambassador for Women Who Drone, so you can expect some pretty awesome drone shots from their journey through the Australian outback! 

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Final Week – Southern Australia & Northern Territory

After saying a teary goodbye to Tom in Sydney, Natalie flew to Adelaide where she would start the last leg of the trip with Ultimate Oz finalist, Sandrine Hecq. The two girls met briefly in Gold Coast two weeks earlier and quickly hit it off. From Adelaide, they would join a 6 day tour with the company Groovy Grape, that would take them through the outback of Australia and up to the famous Ayer’s Rock. 

 

Adelaide and Flinders Ranges, SA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie flew into Adelaide from Sydney, where should we would start the last week of the tour. Adelaide is the state capital of Southern Australia, with more than 75 % of the state’s population living in the city. Natalie checked into Adelaide Central YHA, which is located in the center of the city and and a short walk from the popular Adelaide Central Market. At the YHA, she met her new travel mate, Sandrine and her boyfriend Chris, and together they went and explore the city. Early the next morning they were picked up by the Groovy Grape bus at 6:30 am, and headed up to Flinders Ranges. The Flinders mountain ranges are the largest in Australia, and stretch for more than 430 km. On the first night of the Groovy Grape tour, they were provided sleeping-bags with mattress and pillows, and then slept outside, under the stars. Now that’s how you experience the real outback! 

 
Coober Pedy, SA

On their second day they continued through the desert landscape and stopped in Coober Pedy, which would be their last stop in South Australia. Coober Pedy is a town that is also known as the “opal capital of the world” and has the world’s largest mining area for opal. But the town has over the last years become more famous for its underground residences, which they call “dugouts”, and where people are actually living and working to this day. Why do they live underground? Because of the crazy desert heat during the day (it can reach as much as 47 degrees Celsius), it is much cooler to stay underground. Sandrine and Natalie got the experience of a lifetime as they enjoyed a tour of the underground mine and museum, learned the history of Coober Pedy, and then spent the night underground in bunkhouse accommodation. They also got to meet some rescued kangaroos at Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage. 

 
Kings Canyon & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT

They crossed the border and entered the Northern Territory state with the Groovy Grape bus. It was a long day on the road, with several stops, on the Stuart Highway, but eventually they reached Kings Canyon, which is on the end of the George Gill Mountain Range and in the Watarrka National Park. Kings Canyon is an impressive canyon with walls that are over 100 meters high, and with a creek at the bottom, known as Kings Creek. It was time to camp outside again, and this time they did so at the Kings Canyon Resort, with stunning views to the canyon, and at the same time easy access to the campsite’s facilities. Over the next two days they drove through and explored the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which houses the two famous rock formations made out of sandstone; Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thousands of tourists come every year to see the magnificent rock formations. Sandrine and Natalie got to experience both the sunrise and sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, something they surely will remember. 

 

Alice Springs, NT

They woke up early for a walk around the impressive Kata Tjuta rock formation, during sunrise, before it was time for the last stop of the Ultimate Oz journey. Alice Springs, the third-largest town in the Northern Territory would be the last destination. The town is actually located in the very center of Australia, and is a popular stop for tourist who visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Natalie, Sandrine and Chris checked into Alice Springs YHA, which is built within the ground of an old outdoor movie theater! How cool is that? In fact, guests at the hostel can enjoy outdoor movie screenings at night, under the stars. The hostel is centrally located and comes with facilities such as BBQ area, swimming pool and tour desk. It was the perfect location for the last night of the Ultimate Oz journey. 

 

Time to say goodbye…

 

After 6 weeks of traveling through Australia, Natalie’s Ultimate Oz journey comes to an end. For 5 weeks she has explored Queensland and New South Wales with fellow Ultimate Oz winner, Tom, until they reached Sydney and he stayed behind as Natalie continued. From Adelaide, Natalie was joined by Sandrine and her boyfriend Chris, for the last week and leg of the tour through South Australia and Northern Territory. And even though the trip was not as long for Sandrine, she still got to experience an amazing journey through the red landscape and outback of Australia, and get some awesome drone shots. They started off as strangers, but quickly became great travel mates. The Travello team was very excited to follow their journey, and we hope that more people will get inspired to go on an adventure, maybe with some new travel buddies, and get the trip of a lifetime! 

 

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Sandrine Hecq

Sandrine is a lifestyle vlogger and travel enthusiast with a passion for drone photography. She grew up in South Africa and now lives in Perth, Western Australia. She is a brand ambassador for Women Who Drone, so you can expect some pretty awesome drone shots from their journey through the Australian outback! 

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 5: New South Wales

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 5: New South Wales

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 5: NEW SOUTH WALES

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Overview map of where and what Tom & Natalie got up to this week!

TRANSPORT
Jucy Van

STAYS
Jucy Van, Byron Bay YHA, Spot X Surf Camp, Newcastle YHA, Sydney Railway Square YHA

ACTIVITIES
Skydiving, Surf Camp, Kayak, Wine Tasting, Bridge Climb

LOCATIONS
Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Hunter & Sydney

Week 5 – New South Wales

After 4 weeks of exploring and traveling through the state of Queensland, Natalie and Tom crossed the border in their Jucy camper-van to New South Wales. The first stop was Byron Bay, which is only an hour drive from Gold Coast and the state border, before they ventured down the coast and stopped by Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and then finally arrived in Sydney. This would be Natalie and Tom’s last week together, as Tom would finish the trip in Sydney. Read on to find out what they got up to on their last week together…

Byron Bay

Natalie and Tom arrived in Byron Bay which is a popular place for surfers and even some Hollywood stars. They checked into YHA Byron Bay, which is located in the heart of the town and only a hundred meters from the beach. The town has a main street that is full of clothing and surf shops, and charming cafes and restaurants. The first activity on Natalie and Tom’s itinerary was quite an adventurous one – skydiving! Natalie had to overcome her fear of heights, but they both jumped off the plane and experienced the amazing thrill of soaring over Byron Bay with Skydive Australia. What an incredible way to see the town and coast from a different perspective! The next morning, Natalie and Tom joined a tour with Cape Byron Kayaks, who took them out to see the dolphins from the kayak. Not a bad way to start the day!

Coffs Harbour & Surf Camp
After 2 days in Byron Bay it was time to continue on south to Coffs Harbour. The city of Coffs Harbour is a popular stop for those who travel between Gold Coast and Sydney, and was once the hub of a flourishing banana industry. In fact, one of the city’s popular attractions is the World’s Largest Banana, and the wider region of the city is known as the “Bananacoast”! For Natalie and Tom it was time to really hone those surfing skills, and Mojosurf set them up for a 2 day surf school at their Spot X Surf Camp. The camp itself is located in a National Marine Park, in Arrawara, and from their cabin Natalie and Tom had some incredible views to the ocean. The surf camp is actually the only one in Australia with direct beach access! They were provided with wet suits and surfboard, and over 2 days they were taught how to surf by professional instructors. The experience is great for anyone wanting to learn how to surf in a fun and social environment.
Newcastle & Hunter Valley

Newcastle was next on Natalie and Tom’s itinerary, a 4-hours drive from Coffs Harbour, which is the second largest city in New South Wales. They checked into the Newcastle Beach YHA, which is located in the center of town and opposite of Newcastle Beach. Newcastle is known for its coal industry and is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world. Natalie and Tom checked out the amazing sand dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands before relaxing and enjoying some time off in Newcastle. The next day, they explored the Hunter Valley region, which is renowned for its wineries, and they made a stop to try some of the local wines.

Sydney

Sydney needs little introduction, but nevertheless we will add some; Sydney is the most populous city with more than 5 million people. It is also where Tom calls home, so he was the perfect tour guide for Natalie when they arrived the city, after driving down from Hunter Valley. They checked into the funky Sydney Railway Square YHA, where you have the option of staying in the main building or in an actual railway carriage. The hostel is located centrally, right next to the Central Station, and within walking distance to many popular attractions. Natalie’s fear of heights was once again put to the test, as they started their Sydney adventures with the very popular Sydney Bridge Climb, on the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. After enjoying the some amazing views from the bridge, Tom showed Natalie the popular sights in Sydney, like Bondi Beach, the Opera house and Darling Harbour, to mention some. For their last evening together, they bought some cheese and wine that they enjoyed on Lady Macquarie’s Chair, which is a bench made out of sandstone and with amazing views to the Sydney Harbour. What a perfect way to end a 5-week trip together!

Time to say goodbye…

They started off this incredible journey as two complete strangers, but quickly became good friends and travel mates. The Travello team was very excited to follow their journey, and was happy to see how good friends they became. It was tough to say goodbye as Tom dropped Natalie off at the airport for her flight to Adelaide. Natalie cried, the Travello team cried, and we’re sure that Tom cried a little bit too. Even though Tom’s journey ended in Sydney, Natalie did not continue the Ultimate Oz trip alone and she was joined by Ultimate Oz finalist, Sandrine Hecq. Read on in our next blog post to find out more about Sandrine and their trip from Adelaide to Uluru.

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Sandrine on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 4: Sth East Queensland

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 4: Sth East Queensland

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 4: STH EAST QUEENSLAND

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Overview map of where and what Tom & Natalie got up to this week!

TRANSPORT
Jucy Van, helicopter, speedboat

STAYS
Jucy Van, Brisbane City YHA, Surfers Paradise YHA

ACTIVITIES
Zoo, Travello meetup, Helicopter ride, SUP, Movie World, Jetboating, Abseiling

LOCATIONS
Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast

Week 4 – Sth East Queensland

After some lovely days in Noosa, Natalie and Tom continued in their Jucy camper-van down to south east Queensland. They first stopped by Australia Zoo and the Glasshouse Mountains, before continuing down to Brisbane and Gold Coast. Their adventures from this week included; getting up and close with animals, attending the official Travello meetup, abseiling, helicopter tour and much more! Read on to see what else they got up to along around south east Queensland…  

 

Australia Zoo & Glasshouse Mountains

The week started off with a trip to Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. The famous Australian zoo is owned by Terri Irwin, the widow of the late “crocodile hunter”, Steve Irwin, and is located on the Sunshine Coast. The Zoo boasts a large collection of animals and shows, which Natalie and Tom got to experience up and close. The day at the zoo was topped off when they were about to leave and ran into none other than Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, who is a famous actress and conservationist. Crikey, what an experience! After their fan moment, Tim, from Shakas Tour, took them to see the famous Glasshouse Mountains, which are an impressive group of 13 hills on the Sunshine Coast. After taking in the amazing sights of the mountains, they continued on to Brisbane. 

 

 
Brisbane & Travello Meetup
Natalie and Tom arrived in Brisbane, which is Australia’s third largest city, and checked into the Brisbane City YHA, where they each got their own room. The hostel is located in the city center of Brisbane, which meant that they had a short walk to the Down Under Bar and Grill, a popular place for backpackers, and where the official Travello meetup was happening. Backpackers from all around the world, along with locals and the Travello team, were at the event. After some quiz games and dancing, Natalie and Tom gave out, on behalf of Travello, some amazing prizes to two lucky Travello users who attended the event. The next day, the founders of Travello, Mark Cantoni and Ryan Hanly, took Natalie and Tom up in a helicopter for a tour over Brisbane city, with V2 Helicopters. It just so happens that Mark has a helicopter license! After the helicopter tour the adventures continued with Tim, from Shakas Tour, who gave them a guided tour of the city before they went abseiling off the cliffs of Kangaroo Point. Not bad for 2 days in Brisbane! 

 

Gold Coast & Award Ceremony

After two adventurous days in Brisbane, Natalie and Tom left the city and continued south towards Gold Coast. But, before they reached the city, they stopped by the theme park, Warner Bros. Movie World, which is a popular attraction close to Gold Coast. The park has 26 rides and several studios that are still being used for movies today. They enjoyed the thrills of the roller coasters and the shows in the park before they made their way onward to Gold Coast. They checked into Surfers Paradise YHA, which has a great location on Main Beach. Gold Coast is Queensland’s second largest city, and Surfers Paradise is a popular area for backpackers with its nightlife and beaches that are great for surfing. Paradise jetboating took Natalie and Tom out on a fun ride around the waterways that go around the city, so they could see the city and the amazing houses along the water. Next up it was time for some surf lessons with GetWetSurf, and then some SUP with Go Vertical Sup. Even though their time in the Gold Coast was packed with fun activities, they still had time for some partying with the Travello team, as Travello took home the award for Innovation,at the AU/NZ Adventure Tourism Award Ceremony

 

The award ceremony with the Travello team was a nice way to end their journey through Queensland, after traveling through the state for 4 weeks. With a brand new Jucy camper-van that they got to test out, it was now time to cross the nearby border and venture into New South Wales for some new adventures… 

 

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Tom on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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THANKS AGAIN TO OUR MAJOR COMPETITION PARTNERS!

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