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:

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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!

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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It’s True, A Journey Is Best Measured In Friends, Rather Than Miles

It’s True, A Journey Is Best Measured In Friends, Rather Than Miles

One of my favorite parts of traveling is the uncertainty of what I could encounter, but the most exciting part for me is the thrill of the unknown as to all the interesting people I will meet along the way. We can predict to a certain degree what we are going to see, but not the unpredictable nature of whom we will meet a long the way. Some of these characters will become part of our lives and stories, and others will change our lives forever.

After cooling down ourselves with a couple of beers in the garden of our hostel in Chiang Mai, me and some other travelers started wondering, how real, strong and long-lasting are the friendships you make while traveling? How those amazing and fun travel mates you get to know just for a couple of hours or days, in places like hostels, buses or trains can become long last friendships?

This conversation came to my mind the other day and couldn’t take it out of my head, so I decided to ask other Travel Bloggers their thought on this topic of meeting new friends while traveling, a perfect question for these adventurers that spend most of their time traveling around the world.

According to Travel Blogger Chantell Glenville (Travel For Your Life) there’s a big misconception that the friendships you make while traveling don’t last or aren’t real. She met some of her best friends and favorite people in the world while traveling. It is true that sometimes time defines the depth of the connection with others, like those friends we make during our childhood or school days, but it is not only time what creates that connection, is also sharing the same ideas or situations.

Travel Bloggers Emma & Yannick from Luxurybackpacking (they sent pictures as well) have become happier people and with a more positive mind-set than before by connecting with everyone along the road. Especially because most of them share their attitude towards being independent and not being stuck in a 9 to 5 job in a certain location.

Sometimes the connection that happens is so deep after hours of conversation that you continue traveling together or stay in touch for years creating a stronger bond. And giving both parts the opportunity to have someone across the globe that will be there for you as a friend. Like Travel Blogger Alice Pye (attached picture) who collects friends from around the world, not just stamps. In her own words, “Travelling has rewarded her with some pretty incredible people. A lot of them are what she would call best friends even though they live on the other side of the world! She has made friends in nearly every continent.”

Or for Lola Méndez (Miss Filatelista) who believes that travel friends are great because you’ve already connected over a shared passion and will have endless conversations about your past travels, current adventures and dream destinations. Travel-friendships have a tendency to last across cultures, borders and time zones.

But is not only time, Age is no barrier to friendship – at home we gravitate to our own age groups, travel friends are old and young. Just like what Regitse Cecillie Rosenvinge (The Copenhagen Traveller) experienced by meeting different people. “I’ve met some of my favorite people while traveling. When you dare to venture out in this world, you meet the most amazing people from all over the globe – young, old and from different cultural layers”. Without making it sound a bit cheese: creating friends from other cultures is the biggest gift you can give yourself. – Regitse Cecillie Rosenvinge (The Copenhagen Traveller)

Because when we decide to step out of your normal comfort zones for meeting new friends we could end up finding the craziest characters in the world. If you don’t believe me, ask Megan Seamans & Andrew Johnston from Indefinite Travel whose favorite part of traveling is meeting people along the way. From the hitchhikers they picked up in Costa Rica to the man they are pretty sure was running from the law in Oahu. Travel friends always have the greatest stories to tell.

Even that night at the hostel we all agreed that you can have a deep connection with people you just met and some of them can even become friends for life, because time, distance or age are not the only factors that define how strong a friendship will be. Its the fact that you meet people that just like you, decided to leave their comfort zone in order to travel around the world, those who help when you when you are completely alone in a foreign country without knowing you or asking anything in return. Because being vulnerable with others is what sometimes helps us connect.

So if you ever have issues connecting with others in a new destination, remember that Travello (Download here) gives you the amazing benefit of connecting with others before you get to your destination or while you are traveling. Connecting with others is just a signup away on Travello.


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  1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry.  Entry into this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Conditions of Entry by each entrant.
  2. Entry is open to all Travello users who are aged at least 18 years old. Entrant must be able to claim the prize within Australia by visiting a Student Flights store.
  3. Employees of Flight Centre Limited and Travello and their immediate families are not permitted to enter.

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  1. The competition commences at 5:00pm AEST Thursday 20th May, 2017.
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This will result in a maximum of one (1) “primary entry”.

  1. Entries will be deemed to be accepted at the time of receipt and not at the time of transmission. Entries received will be considered final by the Promoter. Incomplete, inaccurate, erroneous, illegible or incomprehensible entries will be deemed invalid. Entries must be received by the Promoter during the promotional period. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries.
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