Virtualtrips started as a way for co-founders John and Liam to keep exploring new places. As avid travellers themselves, they wanted to help people stay connected with the world and for those in the travel industry to continue doing what they love.
They believe that travel is an incredibly important way to break down cultural barriers and understand the world through other people’s eyes. They also recognize it is often a privilege reserved for the few. For many people, hopping on a plane half-way around the world is out of reach and comes with serious consequences for our planet’s health.
John and Liam realised that there needed to be a way to embrace the culture of other countries in an environmentally conscious way; to still travel when family obligations makes it difficult to get away; and to keep exploring even when an injury or disability means travelling is harder.
So that’s why they created Virtualtrips - a travel specific live-streaming platform. One that would allow local guides to share the places they know best with the hope that it can bring people around the world closer together.
A few months into their journey, and the Virtualtrips team has been overwhelmed by the positive feedback that travellers have shared about the tours and the growing community spirit.
It’s been incredible to see people from places like Wisconsin, Delhi or New Zealand come together for a shared experience. One where they can connect with family, friends and even total strangers across timezones, borders and socio-economic backgrounds.
The team has also been swept away by the energy and enthusiasm of every guide they’ve worked with. Their commitment, unique perspectives and fun personalities have made each tour a special experience.
Born and raised in Canada to Romanian immigrants, John came to the UK to pursue a law degree at Oxford before moving into corporate law. Having always had a passion for his local community, John keeps the team focused on the mission behind the platform.
The tech guy
Liam loves to see the world on his bike, having pedalled across several continents. He graduated with a Masters in Chemistry from Oxford before pursuing a career as a management consultant and then as a software engineer. Liam’s technical expertise keeps the platform running like a well-oiled machine.
The marketing whizz
Justine joined the team from STA Travel where she was their UK Senior Marketing Executive, bringing with her a deep knowledge of the travel industry. Her experience working around the world helps the team bring its vision to a global audience.