About Us

Travengers was inspired by the founder Agnes’ younger autistic sister, Elise.

Travengers AU was launched in January 2020, after many years of frustration with the lack of opportunities for young people with hidden disabilities.

Our Why


Many young neurodivergent people find it hard to make friends, or to build independence apart from family. Some may spend a lot of energy trying to fit in, by masking and adapting to a society where they feel like they are different. 

Many young people dream of visiting places, as well as having a fulfilling social life. For some neurodivergent people, things like travelling can feel overwhelming with the uncertainties, changes and planning that comes with it. Being excluded or struggling to fit in over time can also cause loneliness, anxiety and other challenges. 

But challenges can be turned into empowerment!

Everyone deserves the opportunity to feel connected, travel, experience the world, and to be appreciated and accepted as a valid part of a community. Through Travengers we enable building social networks with like-minded people who gets you, travelling and building skills and confidence. And of course, having fun doing it!

And we aspire to educate others about autism and hidden disabilities on our way.

This is why we started Travengers AU – Supported Youth Travel. 


Some Insights

Our Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

We will create equal opportunities for young people with social support needs to travel, challenge themselves, build connections and enjoy a good quality of life.

We will educate others through our travels, and create a ripple-effect of acceptance and understanding.


A world where travel and social connection is possible for all young adults.

A world where people with hidden disabilities are accommodated for, and accepted and appreciated for who they are.

To be available for young people across Australia and beyond. 

Our Values


And respect between us and everyone involved, no matter who we are and our backgrounds.


To listen, and to keep learning. To seek new adventures, and to be open-minded.


Creating opportunities, and empowering others to live as they wish.


Feeling connected can mean a lot for your mental health. We seek to create meaningful connections.

Meet The Team

Who We Are

Our team consists of a passionate group of neurodivergent and neurotypical folks working together for a more inclusive and accepting world.

Agnes Abelsen
Founder & CEO
Agnes is originally a Learning Disability Nurse with 13 years experience in the disability sector, including accessible travel. She is deeply passionate about opportunities and advocacy for young neurodivergent people. She is an award-winning entrepeneur, been a finalist in Business NSW's awards as Outstanding Young Business Leader, and originally being from an island in Norway, she also loves being outdoors.
Sophie Shaw
Operations Manager and Overseas Trip Coordinator
Sophie was a travel agent in the UK for 8 years and has since had a career in Human Resources. She has also worked in many outreach roles and relishes any opportunity to connect her love of travel with wonderful communities, like Travengers! Sophie has traveled extensively and comes from the UK. Her favourite places to visit are Florida and San Francisco, and her dream is to one day cruise to Alaska!
Saskia Eisermann
Sydney Event Coordinator & Support Guide
Saskia has worked as a Visual Arts Therapeutic Art teacher in disability and with NDIS clients for the last 2 years. She lived abroad in Canada and lives between the country and the city. Her passions and hobbies include painting, wearable art, music, piano, singing, animals, exploring new places, chasing sunsets, and being outdoors. She loves traveling, storytelling, and sharing new experiences.
Breanna Turnbull
Melbourne Event Coordinator & Support Guide
Breanna is an avid traveler and an advocate for all things adventure. She strives to experience as much out of life as she possibly can, regardless of the circumstances. Despite growing up confined to a wheelchair, she set goals for herself to see and do as much as possible, overcoming setbacks along the way. Breanna is passionate about helping everyone experience as much in life as possible, and sharing her love for travel is the perfect way to do that. She can't wait to explore with you all!
Customer Service Officer

Shannen loves the outdoors and has an aptitude for helping others. While studying to become a paramedic, Shannen was unfortunately struck by a motor vehicle, leaving her unable to meet the physical requirements to become a paramedic. She then became an NDIS participant and noticed many gaps within the system. Shannen then obtained a job within the NDIS Commission to help make a real change. During her time at the NDIS Commission, she received 3 Above and Beyond awards for making positive impacts within the department.
Steph Wilson​
Travel Planner
Steph loves travel and has helped travellers go to over 120 countries. She's been following the Special Olympics team to many countries, and is passionate about both tourism and the health care industry.
Jordy Breen​
Support Guide
Jordy relocated from Tasmania to Sydney and is passionate about Disability Support, Mental Health, and Equal Opportunity for all. She has been in the Disability Sector for the past 8 years. Jordy has a sunny smile and caring nature and has been an integral part of the Travengers team the past two years.
Gayle Samson
Bookkeeper & Admin

Gayle, from the Philippines, she believes in staying strong through tough times and finding success after struggles. She keeps pushing forward, showing that even in hard times, there's always a way to keep going and eventually find happiness.

Our Support Guides

All our Support Workers/Guides have a minimum of First Aid Certificate, Police check, Working With Children Check, references, and relevant experience. We follow the NDIS Code of Conduct, as well as our own tour training and procedures.
Enquire to become a part of our team of Support Guides!

Advisory Board Members
As well as continuously getting advice and feedback from our travellers and community, we are fortunate to have an incredible advisory board.

Neil Thompson

Advisory Board Member
(FACID): Long time travel and aviation industry executive. Former CEO of Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer business and former head of Qantas Loyalty. Currently non-executive director, corporate advisor and executive mentor.

Jane Mitchell

Advisory Board Member
Financial Adviser, business experience, and has an autistic son.

Danielle Warren - Smith

Advisory Board Member
Chartered Accountant with Private Equity, Corporate Advisory and Wealth Management experience.

Our Story

Travengers was inspired by the founder Agnes Abelsen’s younger autistic sister, Elise. Elise was diagnosed late, and during her years in a mainstream school, she often fell between the cracks, not feeling like she fitted in anywhere. Now being 22, Elise wants to have friends, study, have a job and travel. She has amazing qualities, yet the world is not built for different.

Through studying Learning Disability Nursing and working over 11 years with people with disabilities and young autistic people, Agnes met many others struggling with loneliness, anxiety and making friends.

In 2017, Agnes moved from Norway to Australia to work in disability. Here she heard about a young man and his carer travelling from Europe to and around Australia. They were having the time of their lives. Hearing this, Agnes realised she had never met a young person with support needs on her travels, even though she had met many wanting to do so, including her sister. 

Knowing how much it means having something to look forward to, having people around you who accept you, and what having a good quality of life means for someone’s mental health – it sparked a strong motivation to make a change.

Besides, if Agnes could travel the world, why shouldn’t her sister be able to?

And so… the idea of Travengers was born, and in January 2020 it was finally launched, right before the pandemic. Since then we’ve connected many people through social events, virtual tours, and domestic tours, we’ve built a team, established an advisory board, and are in the process of expanding our services. We want young people and their families across Australia to be assured there are opportunities out there to meet people and be more independent, while experiencing the joys of travelling. 

There are still a lot of misconceptions around autism and hidden disabilities, and we will continue to work on our mission towards acceptance and inclusivity.

Our Supporters

We are fortunate to be supported by some great organisations.

Partner with us

Does what we do align with you? We’d love to chat! 
We are open for business partnerships, collaborations and funding opportunities.