Would You Travel With A Complete Stranger?

Would You Travel With A Complete Stranger?

It’s a question which does stir up quite a bit of debate. However, many backpackers all around the world actually embark on a journey all the time with a stranger that they may have only just recently met.

You only need to Google “Travel with a stranger” to find hundreds of links to blogs and articles outlining the benefits of travelling with strangers and how travellers have met great new travel buddies and mates for life from doing so.

We need to point out though, we are talking more so about organic travel experiences that bring two strangers together, not companion based/dating-type travel sites that attempt to put strangers together for companionship. No, we are talking about the experiences where travellers find themselves in situations where fate brings the two together and they decide to take the plunge and travel together. That could be two travellers or even just a traveller that has met a local too.

Solo travel is a hugely popular category, and in fact female solo travellers are well supported all around the world with likeminded groups, forums and of course apps. Travello also caters for this segment of solo travellers of course but also female travellers with a private Female Travellers group too, connecting females that are travelling now or in destinations where they will be travelling to as well.

Our latest competition is an invitation to the adventurous at heart. We would love to match two individual strangers together for a trip of a lifetime around Australia. However entrants are actually open to both individuals who would love to win and travel with a stranger as well as two mates or even couples as well. It’s one heck of a trip from Cairns down to Sydney and the Adelaide up to Uluru on a 4-6 week adventure together!

It includes Airfares, accommodation mostly with YHAs, a JUCY camper van, spending money, travel insurance and a whole heap of adventures along the way in every destination. The whole trip is worth over $25,000 for the two winners. For a full outline of prize details make sure you check out the competition entry page here – https://www.travelloapp.com/travelmates/

All you need to do to enter is submit your details along with a 1-2 minute video explaining why you or you and your mate or partner would be the best travel mate in the world for this adventure! So you can enter as an individual wanting to be matched by us to a new travel mate for this adventure or as a team of two already.

We are looking for entrants from Australia as well as anywhere around the world. We’d love Australian’s to enter as we’d love to be able to match up 1 Australian with an International for the trip, however entrants are open to teams from anywhere around the world as well.

If you are an aspiring travel blogger, photographer or vlogger then this prize is right up your alley too, as the requirement of this trip is that you will be sharing every experience not only on the Travello app but also across our social channels and of course yours as well. So this will help springboard an intense travel content challenge for you.

To give you a small taste of what the winners will be up to, over the coming weeks we will be doing a few small teasers from a couple of the destinations that the winners will be visiting. The first one of these we did on the Gold Coast recently. We approached the Surfers Paradise YHA to find us two backpackers that would be up for a full days adventure.

The day started with picking up a JUCY Champ camper van and heading over to the Surfers Paradise YHA to pick up the two backpackers. From there we hopped in the JUCY van for a quick chat to find out a little more about them. The two lucky backpackers were Anniken from Norway and Emanuel from Argentina. They then got to experience a Surf lesson thanks to our prize partner GetWetSurf, a SUP lesson thanks to Go Vertical SUP Hire and an exhilarating jetboat ride thanks to Paradise Jetboating!

Here is a bit of that action that we captured so that you can get a taste of all the fun the winners will have!

THANKS AGAIN TO OUR COMPETITION MAJOR PRIZE PARTNERS:

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10 reasons why travel reunions are so important

10 reasons why travel reunions are so important
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Travel is the only venture you can do in the world that brings you close to a someone you’ve never met before and go on to enjoy the best moments together during your trip. The social side of travelling can be surreal, and it’s not unusual you can meet friends for life. You can ask any traveller, especially the solo ones. You will hear amazing stories. It’s the people you meet that can turn a trip from cool to extraordinary. But what is the big hype about travel reunions? At some point though, unfortunately, we all have to move on and do our own thing. Some keep going, some stay, but most of us go home. Despite this, it’s super easy to stay in contact with our travel friends through social media – and it is the technology that is the catalyst for all travel reunions. Some people are just naturally wired to forget about the people they met on the road, while others (like me) can’t wait to meet their trip buddies again.  Check out ten reasons why travel reunions are essential for travellers.

1.Establish worldly friendships

When you meet people travelling, it happens in quick time, and before you know it the time comes to part ways. The travel bond has been created and forever in your memory. Reuniting allows the worldly friendship to establish itself. It evolves from being solely a trip meet up to sustained the feeling.

2. The urge to travel again

Not everyone can travel all the time, so what you might find is that your travel reunions take place while one of you is ‘back into reality’ again, perhaps working or studying. Reuniting for however long will give you the urge to go travel again. Why is that important? Because travelling is amazing!

3. Epic meetings

We can’t reunite with EVERYONE we meet while travelling, and if we did it would take some effort. So for the time, we decide to join with our best traveller friends, the reunion is epic. Funny stories, plans, and probably a few drinks in between. Epic!!!

4.  A different perspective

If you’re chatting about your past travels together, then it’s always interesting to hear the view from your travel friend with whom you’re reuniting. There are bound to be some bits you forgot about or something you experienced in a different way to your friend. The reunion allows you to combine both memories into one tale, giving it a more extended better version to relate too in the future.

 5. An excuse to travel

If you’ve found yourself a ‘new sister from another mister’ or had a little bit of a bromance with someone travelling, it’s an excuse to see one another again. Especially if you’re from different countries, why not see somewhere new and reunite with your travel buddy? It makes complete sense!

6. Reunions show commitment

To reunite with someone there has to be a certain level of commitment to make it happen. If you’re travelling to their country, or them to you, it isn’t just an easy feat. To many people, it takes a significant effort. But in reality, if it’s worth it, then this only bodes well for your reunion. Being determined will work well for you!
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7. Remembering old memories

Reuniting with our traveller friends always brings back the conversations of old memories. That’s part of what travel reunions are about! Savouring travel tales puts us back in the moment, at least within our minds. It might be the memory of what it was like to be on that beach in the Philippines or hiking the mountains in Nepal or drinking them shots in Bangkok.  Whatever it is these can never be taken away. Memories and experiences are forever!

8. Creating new ones

“Reuniting with your travel buds is amazing, you share memories, but at the same time you create new ones.” And maybe this is what makes reunions so unique. You’re in a constant state of good thoughts. We all feel good when we fond memories to look back on while at the same time looking forward to the new experiences!

9. The power of social networks

Without social media and travel apps, how long would we keep in contact with the random people we meet travelling? It wouldn’t be as easy as it nowadays. Reunions via social media show you have an innovative and forward-thinking approach. You don’t rest on your laurels to ‘see’ each other through social media; you go out there and make the reunion happen.

10. Proof that it’s never goodbye

How many times have you heard the saying from one traveller to another, “It’s not goodbye, its see you later.” Well, travel reunions are living proof that this is the case. We can get emotional leaving good people we’ve just met, we can have a lot of feelings boiling when going back to the real world after travelling, but reunions challenge them emotions. They show that travel opens the door to many possibilities and that the good times are never over.

How was your last travel reunion? We would love to hear from you about the time that you met old travel buddies

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The Top Australian & NZ Backpacking Travel Businesses of 2016

The Top Australian & NZ Backpacking Travel Businesses of 2016

Congratulations to the best of the best in the backpacking industry for 2016 in Australia and NZ!

 

If you’re travelling around Australia or New Zealand in 2017 then why not start your search with a quick look over the recently crowned winners of the 2016 TNT Golden Backpack Awards. This list will help fill up your travel itinerary as you travel around Australia and NZ in 2017.

First up, we’d like to congratulate The Whitsundays for taking out the award for best destination in 2016! Most backpackers have The Whitsundays on their Australian travel itinerary and who can blame them with all the tropical adventure that can be had up there. Whether it’s sailing around any of the 74 stunning islands, learning to dive on some of the best reefs in the world, catching a see plane to see it all by air, camping on a secluded island for a couple nights or simply making the most of any of the water adventure activities, The Whitsundays has all your tropical playground experiences covered.

If you are wondering whats on at The Whitsundays over the coming months be sure to check out their events calendar here – What’s On – The Whitsundays

The award for best overall backpacker accommodation for Australia went to Base Sydney. With it being one of the most centrally located budget accommodation options just minutes from Darling Harbour along with it’s girl only floor called The Sanctuary, Base Sydney is certainly a popular choice for many backpackers, especially for downing a few cold drinks at their party den called The Scary Canary. However if you are travelling beyond Sydney, Base has you covered across many parts of Australia and NZ.

While the award for best overall tour activity in Australia was won by Skydive Australia. What better way for backpackers to take in the sights of Australia than from the air, with the 15 premium dropzones across Australia, which include the following options:

 

Congratulations to all of the other winners listed below from the 2016 TNT Golden Backpacker Awards:

AUSTRALIA

Best Destination – The Whitsundays

Best Tour Activity NSW & Australia Wide – Skydive Australia

Best Tour Activity (NT) – The Rock Tour

Best Tour Activity (QLD) – Drop Bear Adventures

Best Tour Activity (SA) – Calypso Star Charters

Best Tour Activity (TAS) – Under Down Under

Best Tour Activity (VIC) – Wildlife Tours

Best Tour Activity (WA) – Adventure Tours Australia

Best Accommodation (NSW) – Base Sydney

Best Accommodation (NT) – Melaleuca On Mitchell

Best Accommodation QLD & Australia Wide – BUNK Backpackers

Best Accommodation (SA) – Port Lincoln YHA

Best Accommodation (TAS) – The Pickled Frog

Best Accommodation (VIC) – Greenhouse Backpacker

Best Accommodation (WA) – Billabong Backpackers Resort

Best Holiday Park – Cairns Holiday Park

Best Online Travel Agent & Best Large Travel Agent – Peterpans 

Backpacker Night – Wicked Club Crawl

Best Campervan – JUCY

Best Small/Independent Travel Agent – One Stop Adventures

Best Destination – The Whitsundays

Best Transport – Greyhound Australia

Best Visitor Attraction – The Great Barrier Reef

Best Technology/Recruitment/Service Company – Visitoz

NEW ZEALAND

Best Destination – Queenstown

If you’d like some advice on how best to arrange a “sickie” to get off work and take some time off in Queenstown then take a look at this funny video from Destination Queenstown.

Best Accommodation – Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers

Best Backpacker Night – Pipi Patch

Best Campervan – Spaceships

Best Tour/Activity – Haka Tours

Best Transport – Kiwi Experience

Best Travel Agent – STA Travel

Best Visitor Attraction – Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Best Cultural Experience – Tamaki Maori Village

 

If you’d like to read a bit more about the winners above be sure to check out the summary in the latest digital edition of the TNT Magazine . We hope that this list helps you get started on planning your big Australia and New Zealand backpacking travel adventures!

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