Experience NL’s team consists of MATT BARRETT and JOHN KEOUGH, two immensely proud Newfoundlanders.

Newfoundland and Labrador is a natural, cultural and historical gem. They are passionate about showcasing it to the world.

About Us

John Keough
Owner | NL Travel Specialist

Hello! I am John, born and raised in the community of Paradise, a short driving distance from our capital city St. John’s.

I am a graduate of Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University with a BA (Political Science) and MBA (Management and Taxation) respectively. 

My career began in accounting and public policy roles with the federal and provincial governments. Then I decided to put my research, and information management skills toward my true passion – NL travel and tourism.

I love nature and history of all kinds and am particularly passionate about heritage preservation and sustainable tourism. 

As a keen traveler, I have visited over a dozen European countries, Mexico, Continental United States and every Canadian province.

Matt Barrett
NL Travel Specialist

Hey there! I am Matt, born and raised in the small community of Arnold’s Cove located on the isthmus connecting the Avalon Peninsula to the remainder of Newfoundland.

I am a graduate of the Tourism Careers for Youth Program from Niagara College. My career includes working extensively as a host and server with Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.

I am an animal lover, an adventure seeker, a foodie fanatic and love international travel. For instance, my journeys have taken me extensively throughout Western, Central and Eastern Europe including Romania, Hungary and Italy.

My passion for NL is limitless.

Our Story

As passionate travelers, we seek out more satisfying, rewarding experiences that enrich us and improve the way we connect with the world.

Consequently, our own travel expectations have played a major role behind Experience NL. Because we believe travel should be about experiencing, feeling and valuing your journey not just visiting a place.

For instance, the internet has opened many travel options but countless challenges too. Most notably, loss of personalized service, repetitive/generic itineraries, and far too often, high prices. 

As a result, finding your exceptional travel experience over generic, pre-packaged ones is always difficult. Hence, taking away the fun of truly experiencing and understanding a destination.

Furthermore, while technology is changing the way we travel, this too remains extremely disorganized. Unfortunately, as travelers, we still use multiple service providers at different stages along our journey.

The reality is that travelers expect, but too little receive, that remarkable, seamless travel experience.

Read our Principles