Our story

“Travel is a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed.”

- Pico Iyer, travel writer

Power to the Traveler!

We believe that travel makes you awesome. That’s why we want to make it better for the traveler in every way we can. Here’s how.

Revealing the secret world of the travel industry

TRVL gives you access to the secret world of the travel industry: to all the perks that are usually off limits to travelers.

First, we pay you a travel agent commission on every booking. TRVL rewards you for doing all your trip research, make all your holiday plans and booking your accommodation yourself; because you’re acting as a ‘do-it-yourself’ travel agent, we pay you the commission that used to go to industry insiders.

How cool is that?

Second, we give you access to 70,000 hotels with exclusive industry discounts of 20% to 65%. These discounts are usually hidden to the public. TRVL gives you access to them.

No catch. It’s as good as it sounds.

Access to genuine, valued travel advice

Personal recommendations, from one human to another, are always the most valuable.

But when you’re booking online they’re completely missing. We’re dedicated to connecting millions of travelers with each other so you can always find first-hand information about your destination when you need it most: while you’re booking your trip.

Make money from home

TRVL also provides travelers with a revenue model. Recommend and share a hotel with your friends and family and, when they book that hotel, you’ll get the commission.

You can even create your own travel booking website with us and set yourself up as a travel advisor for your social circle.

The TRVL team

TRVL is the brainchild of photographer, writer, and global wanderer Jochem Wijnands. When he was 16 he went to Paris on his first solo trip; before he was 20 he had hitchhiked through Europe.

Jochem was a travel photographer for National Geographic and other global publications for 15 years. In 2010, he started TRVL as an iPad magazine and created a proprietary mobile publishing platform called Prss, which was acquired by Apple in 2014 and developed into Apple News.

TRVL, as you see it now, came from a realization Jochem had when he was planning a trip to Mexico. He asked his team at Apple for tips and somebody came forward with a passionate story about a tiny village called Yelapa that could only be reached by boat. The hotel she recommended was simple but right on the beach, and it had its own natural pool.

Jochem was sold on her story and booked the trip. Two months later, when he found himself with his family, perfectly happy, on the crescent-shaped beach of Yelapa, the thought occurred to him.

“What if that kind of personal travel advice was available online, whenever you needed it?”

As for the rest of the team: we’re a bunch of talented and passionate people from all over the world. We share a deep love for travel and a passion for the world we live in; we believe that, through that passion, we’ll achieve our mission to put the traveler first. Always.