Travis April 2021 Update - What's New?

Nicole Tj
April 9, 2021

Half price flights. The AU/NZ travel bubble. 40,000 travel vouchers snapped up in 2 minutes. We’re so, so lucky to be on this side of the world, thinking about our getaways for the year - safely again. 


Here's a big update! Here’s what we’re celebrating at Travis as we swing into April. 

Notable Moments

🎂 We marked Sylvain’s one year anniversary with Travis.

Starting your first day as CTO at a travel startup while in Melbourne lockdown, that’s not for the faint of heart. When asked what he’s most proud of in this time? “Simply seeing people use the product that we’ve built from the ground up! Every time I see a new story shared or moodboard created, that makes me proud.” 


🎉 We’ve officially completed the Skalata Ventures Seed Investment Program.

In Oct 2020, Skalata Ventures came on board as our first investor! Here we joined a cohort of 14 other Australian startups as we worked through a fast-paced six months, from launching in private beta and tripling our beta waitlist in this time, to weekly pitch practice sessions, and getting feedback by some of Australia’s best startup operators. 


New Product Releases

🗺 Discover 1000s of places

You can now get inspired by 1000s of places from all guides shared on Travis, on your very own infinite-scroll feed of places.  Like something? Save it into your moodboards in just one click!


🔎 Search for what you know you want

Try searching “Sydney”, “Queensland”, or even “Little Ramen Bar, Melbourne”. Toggle between Stories and Places in the search results to discover what’s been shared by the community. Or find a result for a place even if it hasn’t yet been shared - so that you can add this straight to your moodboard, too.


📱Curate multiple moodboards

Being the always-on digital creatures we are, we’re constantly on the look out for new places and experiences to try - one day. With multiple moodboards, you can organise your unlimited travel inspiration, into beautifully curated moodboards, with an instant map view so that you can see all your favourite places in one place. 


🛏 Booking.com partnership

You get special deals like 15% of all stays globally when booking via Travis - 1) by searching through nearby stays on our platform, or 2) by clicking through the banner on our website. Need some suggestions on where to stay for your next Aussie getaway? Here’s our curated list of stays in regional Victoria, and Melbourne!



Travis in the Media

📣 Startups Roundtable Podcast - Nicole joins podcast host Tony Hackett for a conversation on how we take an insights-driven approach to designing for millennial and Gen Z travellers at Travis, what diversity means to us, and how to get started up startups. 

📣 The Australian - Technology Editor David Swan speaks with Nicole (and the COO of Twitch!) about the challenges women in tech face and how we can disrupt this. 


📣 Travel Weekly - An inside view to what we’re building at Travis.



Collaborations

We are big believers of collaboration and are thrilled to be working with Aussie travel and tourism brands to uncover unique Australian destinations and experiences, and inspire Aussies to go on their next weekend getaway or first roadtrip in 2021.

By Harry Pope


🚐 Camplify is Australia’s largest van-sharing site, and works like Airbnb for vans. Whether you’re planning to spend 3 days or 2 weeks on the road, we love their range of vans - from. We teamed up with Camplify, and photographers Harry Pope and bloggers Maddie & Jeromie from The Wining Hills to discover roadtrips in VIC and WA! Here’s Harry’s guide to 3 days down the iconic Great Ocean Road in Sproutvans. Thinking of a lap around Western Australia and not sure where to start? The Wining Hills shares their guide to 7 days around Western Australia - their first roadtrip in their van Harry with highlights like Esperance, Denmark, and Margaret River.


👝 July offers beautifully designed bags - from luggage to totes - for the modern traveller. They’ve recently launched the lightest double-wheel suitcase in the world, at just 1.8kg! No more awkwardly, clumsily trying to manage your bags while on the go. We teamed up with July to uncover diverse weekend escape experiences across the country - from a roadtrip in the New England Highlands in New South Wales with photographer Alex Spurway, to a foodie weekend in Daylesford, Victoria with food writer Elizabeth Maidment, and a coastal escape in the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, with Jenn Thompson.


⛰ Hike & Seek offers small group day hikes to Victoria’s best regional destinations, like Wilsons Prom, Great Ocean Road, and Mornington Peninsula. With pick ups and drop offs right in Melbourne CBD, we think it’s perfect for anyone who would love to be driven and shown where to go, instead of figuring it all out yourself! Hatty Bell joined Hike & Seek for a day to the Grampians, for some of the most unreal landscapes just outside of Melbourne. Check out her guide to the Grampians here to get inspired for your next adventure. 

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We are always looking for travel-obsessed early adopters - around the world - to join 1000s of other travellers on Travis, be first to test out new releases on our beta, and provide feedback to help actively shape the future of travel. 


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