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

We're deeply passionate about travel and we believe that putting Travel Pros centre stage is the key to making it better. Think about it. Our most precious intelligence is not artificial, it is human. That means you.

Our mission is to connect travel pros with each other, to create a global travel agent network where you can tap into the knowledge and experience of thousands of your colleagues.

With these expert recommendations at your fingertips you will be able to organise the best travel experiences for your clients.

Together we've been everywhere

We believe that the rivalry with the internet should be over. Clients taking your advice and then booking for themselves online? That should stop. That's why we have built a one-stop internet booking platform for travel pros. That gives you access to 2,000,000 hotels of the 5 main internet brands and pays you a commission for every booking that you make.

With TRVL you can price and commission compare and browse 60,000 hotels with exclusive industry discounts of 20% to 65%.

How it started

TRVL is the brainchild of photographer, writer, entrepreneur 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. He then bought an old Landrover to explore Europe during the summer months. After graduating from University he traveled around the world for a year. Jochem was a travel photographer and -writer for National Geographic and other global publications for 15 years.

In 2010, when the iPad was introduced, he launched TRVL as free iPad magazine with beautiful photography and passionate stories about destinations around the world. It had 2 million app installs and a 5 star rating from its readers and won several awards. TRVL decided to create its own publishing software software to better serve its readers, which was acquired by Apple in 2014 and developed into Apple News.

TRVL, as you see it now came from a realisation Jochem had when he was planning a trip to Mexico. After spending 40 hours researching he still had no idea where to go or to stay. What he needed was advice from a travel expert, but he had no idea where to get it.

That's when he decided to build a worldwide travel agent platform to empower travel agents and give them everything they need to successfully do their job. And to become the driving force again behind the most amazing travel experiences of travelers around the globe.