Traveljunkies – Our ‘Why’ Story.

Who We Are, What Do We Do and Why Do We Do It?

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At Traveljunkies we connect travelers with travel and activities businesses around the world.

We list small travel companies and travel bloggers in our Traveljunkies Adventure & Travel Directory.

Hi there. I’m Cliff and Alison is our daughter.

I live on Hayling Island, Hampshire in the UK and Ali lives in Cairns in Queensland Australia, and we’ve been running Traveljunkies promoting small adventure, travel & tourism businesses since 2002.

In the early 2000’s we owned Dunk Jet Sports in the small town of Mission Beach, QLD, Australia.

We ran jet ski tours around Dunk Island, one of the group of Family Islands lying 7km off Australia’s east coast in the Great Barrier Reef Heritage Area.

In 2006 all that changed.

On 20 March 2006, Category 4 Cyclone Larry paid us a visit.
It came ashore right over us. Dunk Island was in its path and Larry completely demolished the holiday resort on Dunk Island that supplied our customers.

In 24 hours on that fateful day we went from a profitable lifestyle business to having no business at all.

We struggled on for a while hiring out jet skis on the beach while we waited for the resort to re-open. It re-opened several months later but it had its own jet skis and we were forced to close.

A big company had closed us down and from comments we’ve received over the years we aren’t the only ones to suffer at the hands of big competitors.

Why do we run Traveljunkies and why small businesses?

When we lost our business we were helped by local people and local businesses who were also suffering, so we decided to help them by advertising their businesses for free. We know what it’s like to struggle after a setback and we are always happy to help others when we can.

A short while ago I got this email from one of our dear clients with their bad news.

 

Hello Cliff

The information is correct although we have sad news. Tyll’s Dive will close down begin may this year.
Our small business could just not survive and compete against new dive businesses with a good money back up.
As of now we have no one interested in buying the name and the permit owner of building is not interested in new tenents, which makes it difficult to sell the business as a whole package.
After we close down we will take a couple of weeks to relax and enjoy the island again, then most likely going back to Denmark for a while and find out what will happen from there and what options we have.

Thank you for your support over the years.
Dorte
Tyll’s Dive
Roatan, Honduras

 

This really hit home.
It reminded us how fragile small businesses can be and it reinforced our determination to help where we can, so we opened up Traveljunkies to small businesses and it has grown from there.

As the word spread around the world,Traveljunkies has grown from a few businesses in a small town in Australia to more than 3,000 companies worldwide.

Who Is Traveljunkies For?

  • On the one hand it’s for everybody and anybody who wants to travel. (And that’s a lot of people).
  • And it’s for any small business owner and blogger in the travel, tourism, adventure and leisure industries.

What’s In It For You?

It’s another marketing channel. It doesn’t replace or compete with the marketing and advertising you already do, it complements it and it’s free.

You may already be listed in Traveljunkies. You may have forgotten you joined or one of your customers may have added you, but  if you’re not and would like to be included, we will be delighted

What’s In It For Us?

We are growing fast and if you search for Traveljunkies or Adventure Travel Directory you’ll find us on page 1 in Google (and most other search engines), and as more people visit us, the more people we are able to help, it’s a win/win all round.

 

Thank you


With very best wishes

Cliff & Alison