I'm not a writer. I'm not a photographer. I'm just an engineer trying to find the simple happiness in life. I've traveled to 30 countries and hope to spread my knowledge while gaining some from others along the way. I'd love to hear from anyone with questions, concerns, or advice.
"My 10 day trip was easily the best trip of my life, largely thanks to the planning from TWC. They gave me the perfect balance of structure and freedom as I had tons of optional local activities and restaurants to choose from in Banos, CotoPaxi, and Quito. They managed to book hostels other travelers would rave to me about without knowing I was staying there that had amazing views and people. Gavin always went out of his way to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. Thanks!"
-TWC Traveler, James
THE EFFORT PUT IN IS EVIDENT
"Totally exceeded my expectations! The effort y’all put in is so evident from the hostel choices to the food recs. Traveling with y’all really is a unique way to not “just be a tourist.” Y’all were the best! Such a good mix of exploring/ chilling with the group and guided/ planned activities. I have no idea how this trip was able to facilitate the group becoming so close so fast but I truly believe I met people I will for sure be texting to hang out with me!"
-TWC Traveler, Abi
GET CLOSE AS A GROUP
"It was an awesome trip!!! Thank you so much for planning everything. It was so fun to get to meet y'all, hang with y'all, and get to know the rest of the group. The group was the sweetest and I thought it was the perfect size for us to all get to know each other and get close as a group. All the excursions were great and you guys gave us so many options to choose from on our free days. You kept us well informed the whole time!"
-TWC Traveler, Kaylee
GREAT COMPANY TO TRAVEL WITH
"TWC is a great company to travel with, I went on their Portugal spring break trip and would recommend them to anyone and everyone! They are very sweet and very well educated about the cities we visited! While I was on the trip I got the chance to meet so many great people I can call my friends, the community and environment was great especially because I've never stayed in a hostel before. Jess and Gavin picked out the best hostels and made staying at one very comfortable and easy to adjust to. TWC is a wonderful company and I am glad to say that I will be going on more trips with them!"
-TWC Traveler, Ashley
GET A REAL FEEL FOR THE CITY
"Gavin was super creative in planning and easily found local spots to get a real feel for the city. I look forward to my next trip with Gavin's help because I know it'll be a great one."
- TWC Traveler, Zach
WITHOUT ANY STRESS & HASSLE
"Gavin and Jess planned the perfect trip to Ecuador that let me travel with old and new friends without any of the stress and hassle of planning and booking everything! From jumping off bridges to delicious arepas to massive waterfalls to incredible volcano sunsets, Ecuador was one of my favorite destinations. Very clean and social hostels for a very affordable price. Would recommend TWC and this trip to everyone!"
-TWC Traveler, Don
THE GROUP WAS SO MUCH FUN
"Loved the trip! Everything was perfectly planned out and the group was so much fun. Met and exceeded all my expectations! 11/10 group of people and experiences! Couldn’t be beat from game nights to karaoke."
-TWC Traveler, Mattie
AVOID STRESS OF PLANNING
"TWC helped me avoid the stress of planning the small details and finding good deals by myself. They showed me the best spots on my trip to Athens. Best trip ever!"
-TWC Traveler, Laura
BEST TRIP EVER!!
"I had such a great time! Best trip ever!! Thank y’all!"
-TWC Traveler, Zoe
LOVED THE VARIETY
"I really enjoyed all of it - the trip definitely exceeded my expectations. The group leaders were ridiculously awesome. The places were SO clean and fun and interesting. The transportation was all really comfortable, and it was definitely nice that it was mostly private. I loved the variety offered in the trip - historical tours to food-based experiences to outdoorsy athletic stuff - really great."
-TWC Traveler, Teagan
GUIDES WERE SO PASSIONATE
"I loved every minute of Colombia! Definitely have been recommending all my friends to go! All of the tour guides were amazing & I loved learning about the history of Colombia through them, because they were so passionate and showed some much love to their country. JESS AND GAVIN ARE MY FAVORITES! ALL THE HOSTELS WERE AMAZING!!!! Thank you for constantly emailing/posting on FB for us before the trip. It made me worry less and more prepared for what was to come. I can't wait until our group reunion!"
-TWC Traveler, Tam
"Absolutely amazing experience! Couldn’t ask for better tour guides😁"
-TWC Traveler, Michael
10/10 WOULD DO IT AGAIN!
"Their service was amazing! They were well educated in the cities we visited. Super sweet and caring people. 10/10 would do it again!"
-TWC Traveler, Allison
"Fantastic trip! Would definitely recommend, always glad to help young entrepreneurs. Hook 'em."
-TWC Traveler, Joseph
AMAZING NEW FRIENDSHIPS!
"Jess & Gavin were the best at planning everything & making the Colombia trip so worry-free for everyone on it! All we had to worry about was having genuine conversations and making some amazing new friendships!!! I've never been to South America before or stayed in hostels, so it was definitely an experience of a lifetime!! sOoOo glad I chose to go to Colombia with TWC!! I wouldn't have wanted to experience Colombia any other way or with anyone else! 10/10 highly recommended!!!!"
"I went on the Portugal spring break trip and can't recommend it enough! The itinerary we had managed to perfectly plan out a trip that had exciting activities scheduled for every day while also including free time to always fit the needs of every traveler. For someone like me who had never stayed in a hostel, traveling with TWC was perfect because the sense of community that Jess and Gavin helped foster really allowed the group to bond quickly so everyone felt very comfortable with one another. The people I met on the trip were just as memorable as the places I got to see and I'd highly recommend using TWC to anyone considering!"
-TWC Traveler, Aneesha
A TRUE EXPERT'S EXPERIENCE
"Best way to travel for people who are new to the travel scene or want to meet new people. Jess and Gavin were so great at communicating and making sure everyone was comfortable before and after the trip. Many travel companies feel pretty impersonal but TWC is very intimate and you get a true expert’s experience on their trips. I went on the Ecuador trip and had the time of my life. The accommodations made could not be beat and would have been hard to find on my own. All the planned activities were a blast, but there was plenty of room in the schedule to do your own thing. 100% reccomend for any travel endeavors."
-TWC Traveler, Monica
PLANNED TRIP TO PERFECTION
"I went on the Ecuador trip with my sister, and we had an amazing time! Jess and Gavin planned the trip out to perfection and made sure the accommodations and activities were the best of the best. Some of my favorite moments were finding my new favorite hostel in Cotopaxi National Park where we had no cell service and the group became close friends by enjoying meals and card games together and doing adventurous things that challenged myself like diving headfirst off of a bridge (with a harness of course) and riding bikes along the road to 7 different beautiful waterfalls. Before finding Travel World Culture, I hadn't thought much about traveling to South America, but I can wholeheartedly say that I loved it and will be returning in the future, as well as joining another TWC trip in the near future!!"
EASY AND ENJOYABLE
"The TWC Ecuador trip exceeded my expectations and more. I've always wanted to travel, but the stress of planning and finding affordable, safe, and quality places to stay has always deterred me from trying. TWC made everything so easy and enjoyable! It felt like a vacation because everything was already taken care of. They also provided endless recommendations, which I really appreciated. I would recommend their trips to anyone and am looking forward to going on another in the future!"
-TWC Traveler, Sunjna
"I can honestly say the TWC Ecuador trip was one of the best trips I have ever taken. I could have never visited so many incredible places and had so many awesome activities in just 9 days."
-TWC Traveler, Meaghan
"Amazing memory credits to Travel World Culture!!"
CUSTOM TRIP OF A LIFETIME
"The honeymoon dreams are made of all thanks to @travelworldculture ! Thank you for putting together the trip of a lifetime!"
-TWC CUSTOM TRIP Traveler, Hannah
SENSE OF COMMUNITY
"Truly incredible. I loved that y’all included excursions and some structure but also gave us the flexibility of being independent. It was such a fun, stress-free experience. I loved the sense of community and how y’all are culturally sensitive and aware and try to incorporate that into your company!"
-TWC Traveler, Kaitlyn
MOST GENUINE EXPERIENCE
"I just went on the Colombia trip and I had SUCH a great time! I highly recommend anyone who’s wanting to take a trip to book with TWC. This was the first time I ever went on a trip that was organized by a company and it was better than what I could’ve experienced if I planned it myself or went with a bigger less personal and intimate company. I’m an event planner and am usually the one who plans every vacation I take and it was such a huge relief to not only not have to plan anything- but to also know that TWC’s itinerary was better than what I would’ve pulled off on my own. Plus - I didn’t have to convince any of my friends to take PTO when I could and didn’t worry about having to make friends because I knew the people going on the trip would be cool and I’d have no problem making friends with them! Jess and Gavin are so comprehensive and it’s impressive all the thought and care they’ve put into their trips. They extensively research the areas firsthand and make connections and partnerships with locals to provide the best and most genuine experience for everyone. I can’t wait to go on another soon and to bring all my friends! P.S. they also do custom trips!"
-TWC Traveler, Andrea
IN LOVE WITH PORTUGAL
"Seriously such an incredible experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you for EVERYTHING. I wish we could've stayed in each place longer! I am so in love with Portugal and the hostel accommodations were nothing short of incredible! Thank you for setting us up with such amazingly wonderful places to stay!"
BEST TRIP I'VE EVER BEEN ON
"TWC is an incredible company run by two incredible people! I went on the spring break Portugal trip and it was by far the best trip I’ve ever been on/best travel experience I’ve ever had. The accommodations and excursions are hand picked and have all been highly rated/recommended. I felt like I got to experience the culture of the cities as a traveler rather than just a tourist and got to see so many different aspects of the country. Jess and Gavin do an amazing job of planning trips in a way that gives you both guidance and freedom to get to see the best parts of the country you visit. I genuinely can’t rave about them enough!!!! I can’t wait to go on more TWC trips in the near future!!"
-TWC Traveler, Sadika
MADE ME FEEL COMFORTABLE
"I’ve never stayed in a hostel before but I very much liked both of them. It created a really relaxed sense of community that made me feel comfortable while also trying out something new!! It was a great way to meet people too, everyone was so nice!"
AWESOME GROUP TRIP
"Planned an awesome group trip to Ecuador. Was a great experience and looking forward to traveling with again!"
-TWC Traveler, Jacob
"Loved how Jess & Gavin effortlessly rotated between responsible, informative tour guides and community-building friends in every situation."
-TWC Traveler, Godson
GIVING US THE CONFIDENCE
"Credit to Travel World Culture for helping us on our trip and giving us the confidence...! #travelworldculture"
-TWC Traveler, Reid
OUT OF THIS WORLD!
"Santiago was the best!, 5, The Cotapaxi hostel was out of this world!"
GREAT GROUP LEADER!
"Santiago was a great group leader!"
"It was such a wonderful trip!!! The activities y'all planned were spot-on. Thanks for everything - I had an amazing time."
-TWC Traveler, Caroline
"I DEFINITELY recommend Travel World Culture for all travelers - from novice to experienced! Some of my most cherished and memorable moments came from the breathtaking experiences TWC crafted. I have traveled internationally quite a few times and TWC made this the easiest trip to plan - because I didn’t have to plan! Typically, I spend MONTHS scouring reviews for accommodations, researching the top experiences, and planning logistics for itinerary and transportation. A lot of time and effort is needed to plan a memorable trip that runs smoothly. With TWC, I didn’t have to worry about any of this! Also, they are so accommodating to work with whatever your situation is.
For anyone worried about going solo, I say go for it!! TWC definitely cultivates a strong sense of community and camaraderie. I went by myself and made some amazing friends & travel buddies!"
-TWC Traveler, Casey
"The Spain/Morocco trip was an incredible experience. Gavin and Jess clearly put a lot of time and effort into planning the trip. I would highly recommend TWC to anyone looking to travel without the hassle of planning/booking everything on their own!"
-TWC Traveler, Connor
"I hadn’t gone on a trip in some time, so the second the Ecuador trip came out I didn’t hesitate. I decided to travel by myself, and it was easily one of the best decisions I’ve made! Jess and Gavin made the whole process so smooth from start to finish. Booking was easy. Transportation was efficient. Accommodations were homey, and execrations were AN ADVENTURE! I ziplined across a river, hiked a 16,000 ft volcano, and shared a coffee across hemispheres! I HIGHLY recommend TWC to everyone! Oh, and I met some of the coolest people 😊 see ya in CROATIA!!!!!!"
-TWC Traveler, Ankita
I'LL BE TAKING ANOTHER TRIP!
"I highly recommend taking your next trip with Travel World Culture!!! My recent trip with them to Ecuador was amazing. If you want the ease of not having to plan anything but still getting to do the coolest things, this is the company for you. The group of travelers that I met on this trip were also the best people and we all had an amazing time getting to know each other and exploring together. I know I'll be taking another trip with TWC very soon!"
"What's my least favorite part of traveling? The planning! That's exactly why I chose to go to Ecuador with TWC. Beautiful country, awesome excursions, and so many memories. Highly recommend!"
-TWC Traveler, Sam
MOST GENUINE EXPERIENCE
"Would definitely recommend TWC to anyone. The Spain/Morocco trip was very well organized, fun and affordable.
And thank you Gavin & Jess, you guys are great hosts."
-TWC Traveler, Guillermo
EXPERIENCED THE BEST PARTS
"I went on the Colombia trip with Jess & Gavin and would do anything to be back there with some guanabana! I think the coolest part of TWC is that they have taken the time to personally visit and find the best parts of every location. I feel so confident in the fact that I truly experienced the best parts of Colombia in my 11 days. Jess & Gavin knew everything there was to know- where the best (and cheapest) lunch spots were, who gave the best tours, and most importantly where the most fun brewery was at night. A close second for the coolest part of TWC is how close the group becomes. I am still hanging with the Colombia crew a month after the trip. Super thankful for these guys and I hope everyone gets to travel with Travel World Culture!"
"What an unforgettable trip! Everyone that I met and the things we got to do made for a beautiful experience. Best of all, I didn't have to coordinate anything! Highly recommend taking one of their trips!"
"Loved getting to meet new people that also go to UT" and other TX schools
HOSTELS WERE SO AMAZING!
"The Secret Garden hostels were SO amazing. The canyoning activity in Banos, Ecuador, was my favorite thing to do."
"UTTERLY SHOCKED BY HOW PERFECT IT WAS"
"Was really surprised especially for first time hostel. Both places had their own great vibe and I was utterly shocked by how perfect it was."