During the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of backpackers, travellers, and international students were left stranded across Australia, New Zealand & the rest of the world.
Cancelled flights, rising ticket prices, unemployment & strict restrictions put backpackers in a state of uncertainty.
In March 2020, "Abroadly" started out as a single Facebook group called Adopt A Backpacker WA (Western Australia), founded by Miguel & partner Nikki, which served as a platform to connect struggling backpackers, travellers & international students to find temporary accommodation with local families who are now known as 'Local Host.'
Founders of Abroadly
As word quickly spread, the need for expansion was imminent. co-founders Abel and Hélène, from Airlie Beach in Queensland, Australia, joined the Abroadly family. Multiple groups were created in every state of Australia to help manage hundreds of inquiries received daily.
Originally created to help just a handful of people, the Abroadly movement grew exponentially to over 30,000 Facebook members spread across New Zealand, Canada, and even as far as Europe.
So what's Abroadly now?
Abroadly is an innovative social networking platform designed to connect budget-conscious travellers with unique opportunities that elevate their travel experience while minimizing costs.
We are all about making travel epic for budget-savvy explorers. Think free or affordable stays from like-minded hosts, cool job opportunities abroad, meet fellow adventurers for long-distance rideshare, and book eco-friendly, sustainable tours/attractions in one seamless platform.
A dedicated hub for budget travellers!
We're on a mission to redefine travel, connect cultures, and inspire a new generation of wanderers because we believe that the world will be much safer, more understanding, and more peaceful if everyone is given the opportunity to travel.
Co-founders of Abroadly