The travel industry is the wrong way round. That idea – all eight words of it – set us on our path to transform travel for the better.
When you’re inside this industry you can see it clearly – all the layers that sit between travellers at one end, and local people in the destination at the other. All the inefficiencies, the bureaucracy, the half-baked tour ideas that don’t work. We wanted out of all that – the thinking was “let’s do something different and better, and have fun on the way”.
We had our first bookings more than ten years ago. Press attention came quickly – there was a hunger for new ideas. There was a similar hunger from all these amazing local tour operators around the world – with TravelLocal they could be themselves, use their own creativity and talk to their own customers. Suddenly they had a voice, and travellers liked what they had to say.
50,000 customers later, and we are going into our biggest ever period of growth. The next decade feels ripe for us – everyone is talking about sustainability, about contributing to local economies, about getting out into the world and seeing things differently, with a new spirit.
Join us, and help build the future of travel.