Our Story

Our Story

What We Believe

Everyone at Welcome to Travel, is a traveller at heart and the reason why we travel is to:

Have new experiences that will broaden our horizons.

Explore new places, as it sparks creativity.

To connect with people from around the world with similar values.

You will be amazed at how one shared experience can create a lifelong friendship.

All it takes is to start…Take that first step… But we know it can be overwhelming and daunting.

This is exactly why we set up Welcome to Travel, so you can meet like minded people and discover places that you have only ever dreamed of.

This is the start of your travel story, so let us share ours with you.

Our Story

The founders of Welcome to Travel Adam and Darryl, have been in your position of not knowing where to start on their journey.

Adam and Darryl starting their journey.

After finishing their studies they left the UK in 2010 for what was supposed to be six-months of travelling around South Africa, Thailand and then finally Australia, but it ended up being a life-changing journey.

As soon as they landed in Australia they travelled along with getting employment on vineyards and avocado farm to extend their stay. In their second year they found themselves working in the travel industry from 2012, which enabled Adam and Darryl help over 15,000 people go travelling around Australia and beyond.

Adam getting a candid shot whilst doing his regional work.
Darryl doing it for the Gram before the Gram existed.

They believe that through their own adventures; travelling is the best form of education, where you’ll meet people from all around the world, experience things you have only ever dreamed of and be a more confident you. But they also know from their own experience that the hardest part of travelling is always at the start.

With these beliefs in mind Welcome to Travel was born in July 2017 and they created both an 8 and 4-day tour of Melbourne, which coincidentally happens to be their favourite city in the world.

After several months of getting it off the ground they ran their first ever tour in January 2018 and just ten months later they won the best tour in Victoria at the Adventure Tourism Awards, one of the highest achievements for a travel company in Australia.

Picking up the award from Tourism Australia.

The Welcome to Travel fam is still growing with every single person that books on our tours along with the legends that join the team. We want people to have the best time travelling, join our travel community and realise that Welcome to Travel is more than a tour.

The Welcome To Travel Team

Adam - Co-founder
One of the 2 founders, Adam left for a 6 month trip back in 2010. Fast forward to now and he’s still here. Adam is a sport, food and music lover and that’s ideal because Melbourne is the perfect place for all of those things. Like Darryl, Adam is passionate about showing each and every traveller why he loves Melbourne so much. Adam mainly looks after day-to-day operations and is the main point of contact before arriving.
Darryl - Co-founder
Darryl also set off on his travels with Adam back in 2010. He has lived in Western Australia, Sydney and Byron, but has always found himself returning to his favourite City, Melbourne. Darryl’s main roles at Welcome to Travel include guiding, social media content and content production. Darryl loves sport but his number one passion is meeting travellers and ensuring their Australian journey is as incredible as possible.
Clauds - Tour Guide
Clauds is lucky, why? Because she’s a Melburnian, meaning she’s from the best City in the World. Clauds’s Danish mother and Aussie father actually met travelling meaning travelling is quite literally in her blood. Before joining WTT as a guide in September 2018 Clauds had lived abroad 3 times, in the US, Denmark and most recently in Thailand meaning although she’s from Melbourne, she understands the journey each and everyone one of you are on!
Sander - Community Manager
Originally from the Netherlands, he has been in Australia since 2016. He’s worked in several roles in travel and is now Welcome to Travel’s Community Manager meaning he is the go to guy for travel, employment or general life advice after your tour. Something Sander is great at? Eating dumplings! Something Sander is terrible at? Paddleboarding…just ask anyone that’s been on tour with him!
Billy - Tour Guide
Billy is also a Melbourne local, but when he turned 21 he went on a four day holiday to the Whitsundays and didn’t return back to Melbourne for 7 years. Billy ended up sailing boats around paradise islands, along with working as a scuba dive instructor and he lived a life only most of us can dream of. Now back in Melbourne, he is ready to show you his hometown, give you local insights and tell you all about what Melbourne and Australia has to offer.
Annisa - Operations Manager
Annisa has grown up in 3 different countries, speaks 3 languages and with an Indonesian mother & Aussie dad she’s has a very international upbringing. As Ops Manager Annisa will be answering all questions you have about our tours. She has a Masters in International Sustainable Tourism Management at Monash University in Melbourne where she moved from Brisbane 2.5 years ago.
Lauren - Tour Guide & Experience Coordinator
Originally from the UK, Lauren went on a working holiday in 2008. After a couple of years travelling with a few months of farm work in-between, she was going to have to move back to England, until 9 days before her flight home, her legendary parents called her to say that they were migrating to New Zealand. Lauren has worked in travel for the past six years both in Australia, New Zealand and Europe with her last job being a tour guide for Busabout.
Harvey - Office Dog
Meet Harvey our Office Dog. The biggest distraction in the office by far and all the travellers love him! He doesn’t offer too much in terms of helping out around the office, no real input in meetings and sometimes he forgets where the toilet is…but look at his cute little face.

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