Welcome To Travel: Melbourne

Welcome To Travel

About

Welcome to Travel: Melbourne is Australia's most unique, diverse and most of all FUN welcome package.

Welcome To Travel founders Adam and Darryl are just like you! Why so? Well because back in 2010 they were excited and nervous backpackers leaving for a 6 month trip, which turned in to a gap year, which turned in to a life in Australia, specifically Melbourne.

In their seven years in the country they've done everything that a backpacker could possibly experience in Australia. They've picked avocados and pruned vineyards, they've surfed, skydived and bungy jumped their way around the country and they've worked in many different sectors. All of these things make them the perfect real life guidebooks for you to use in Australia.

After falling in love with Melbourne themselves they now want to show off their adopted city as they put on the perfect Welcome to Melbourne for you.

They promise to make the first week of your travels the best week of your travels. #thisisyourweek

Founded
2017
Headquarters

2/300 Inkerman Street
ST KILDA EAST VIC 3183
Australia

Reviews

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Ruari
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Had an incredible trip exploring Melbourne, Mornington and Phillip Island. Would highly recommend Welcome to Travel, they made it super easy to navigate between the different spots and managed to see an unbelievable in a short time without it being overwhelming. Definitely one of the best trips I’ve ever done, so many incredible places. It has given me a great insight into Australia and I will definitely be using Welcome to Travel in the future.

What would you improve about this program?
Not possible.
Timothy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolute legends. Great service, awesome staff, extremely good knowledge about the travel industry. 100% will be booking again. Hahahahaha everything was booked to precision, really well timed, can’t wait to book more tours. Anyone coming to Melbourne, I would strongly advise contacting these guys for anything. They have great understanding of the backpacker lifestyle (having done it themselves) and they’ll always provide you with loss of options.y time in Melbourne would have been a lot more stressful without them!

What would you improve about this program?
It can’t. Keep being legends
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Bryan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The week in Melbourne with Welcome to Travel really was everything that I could have hoped for and more! It was packed with cool activities and we were always out doing something interesting. There were fun beach activities like paddle boarding and surfing (which was particularly amazing) and we also got to see the Australian wildlife at a park with kangaroos and koalas and then watched penguins at the beach. They also took us on a food tour one day and to other cool restaurants and bars throughout the week. Lastly, the week ended with a bar crawl on Saturday night which was fun to experience Melbourne nightlife before a nice, relaxing barbecue and hangout on Sunday. It was great to be able to do all of these things just in the first week and in an enjoyable atmosphere with a group of other travelers as well as with experts like Adam and Darryl as guides. They really are so knowledgeable about Melbourne and Australia in general and they’re both such fun and friendly guys too so they are the perfect people to start an Australian journey with. From the assistance dealing with banking, phones, and jobs at the start, to all of the info and recommendations that they gave during and since that first week, and then to them creating a custom trip for the rest of Australia for you if you want, they truly give you everything that you would need or want to know. Without a doubt, I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone looking to come to Australia.

Megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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My week with welcome to travel! What an amazing week!
my welcome to Australia was more perfect than I could have imagined. Iv met some of the greatest people who also just arrived in Australia. People who I have made plans to carry on traveling with. And of course Adam and Daryl the two most lovely, fun amazing guys. They completely made the trip with there amazing enthusiasm and of course Daryls amazing fact! (Ask him all about koalas)
So we started with a meet and greet getting to know everybody followed by a tour around Melbourne . This was fantastic. We were shown a lot of things I wouldn't of noticed walking around by myself. Make sure you have plenty of charge in your camera or phone for amazing photo opportunities. We finished the day with a big family meal. (It was like a big travel family by the end!)
There's heaps more things you get up to during the week such as skydive! This was extra but what an opportunity! This in my opinion is a must do! Its the best view of the trip!!
My favourite two days by far was heading out the city and into Mornington bay and Phillip island. Not just because of the wine tasting but also watching the little fairy Penguins waddle home and getting up close with koalas and kangaroos! I done my first surf lesson too and if they got me standing they can get anyone standing!! It was incredible. Those two days felt like a true Aussie experience!
Not only surfing the next day back in st kilda was more of a relaxed day. Catching some sun on the beach and of course a bit of stand up paddle boarding! It's a must try.
So not only do these guys plan awesome activities they set you up ready for Australia. They set up a bank and help you out with work. And once that's done it's time to party! We went on a city bar crawl. Another great way of seeing the city! And finally BBQ! A true Aussie cuisine on the roof top of the hostel with a cold beer! Perfect way to end a perfect trip!

Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Honestly the best two day introduction into Melbourne and the surrounding areas. We had a group of mainly girls and not only did I meet some really great friends but we got to see some amazing things, including penguin parade (AMAZING but wrap up super warm) surfing lessons, wine tasting and even got a cheeky chocolate factory stop. There were a couple of surprises thrown in along the way which I thought was a really nice touch. Adam and Darryl put in so much effort to make this trip amazing for everybody and it definitely paid off. They're not your standard tour guides, they really get involved and genuinely have fun with you. I could not recommend this tour company enough, you are guaranteed to have a good time and I am looking forward to booking on to the next event.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Adam Ogle

Job Title
Owner/Director

What is your favorite travel memory?

My overall favorite travel memory is hiking Machu Picchu and seeing that sunrise after a tough trek, absolute magic.

My favorite Australian travel memory would kayaking through Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory. The sun was beating down and the view was consistently perfect as I kayaked. I was truly in awe of the size of the towering cliffs on either side of me. I felt like I was just a floating little dot in comparison.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have learned that not everything will work first time, and to not treat that as a negative.

You should think to look at it from the perspective of 'if that sounds amazing now, how good will it be when you redraft, redesign and rework it to perfection', and that's what we try and do with every aspect of the company, as opposed to settling with the easy option.

I suppose this is linked to the above but I've also learned more and more that myself and Darryl are ultimately accountable - if we don't put it in, we won't get it back. There's no relying on others which is hard, but also the ultimate freedom and feeling of pride when it comes off.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

There's no single one. It's always a special feeling to hear how our advice and personalized tips took passengers trips beyond their expectations. To know it's those experiences they're raving about to family and friends back home naturally gives you a lovely warm feeling.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Well, probably the Welcome to Melbourne program... it's the only one we do! It's not that we're lazy, it's just where we're at this early in our business, and it's what we know best.

I have no doubt in my mind that Welcome to Melbourne is the most exciting, diverse and personalized arrival package that is on offer in Australia, and that's why I'd choose it.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our company is based on the adventures of two best friends going traveling in 2010, with the idea of being home 6 months later. That's pretty unique.

What makes me proud is the fact we've consistently supported and competed with each other which has in turn aided our progression in our careers. We've had several ideas that we could have done for the sake of it but that's not us.

This is about the passion for the idea and how we can make it the best experience a traveller can get. The confidence and ambition to pursue an idea and work tirelessly to make it a success fills me with pride. I'm welling up here.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Communication.

It's important to discuss each idea at length, not only to decide if it's a good idea but also to progress a basic idea in to a much bigger idea that could have massively successful impact.

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