I'm a Bengaluru based traveler, passionate about the art of exploration. Landscapes stimulate me, cultures intrigue me - and the interweaving of both excites me.
'Map My Stories' was conceived as a YouTube channel for my raw travel vlogs. Exhausted by the "content" game and just the general state of the travel industry, I rebuilt it into an Immersive travel experience curation project bringing in the joy of slow, mindful exploration.
Head of Experiences - Kongchen Lyang:
Pem Tshering 'Jauns' Lepcha-
How is 'Map My Stories' Different?
Local Communities and Climate Consciousness are at the heart of my curated journeys.
Quality > Quantity
Small groups only. I am very selective about who gets to join my journeys.
(Yes, we reject applications).
Travel with only those you vibe with.
I operate in locations away from tourist crowds. A strong request is made to keep locations a secret for the same reason.
FAQ About 'Map My Stories'?
How is 'Map My Stories' not a travel company?
It's a personal passion project. Journeys that I haven't personally experienced myself aren't on my website. Unlike most travel companies, I have prioritised people over profits having initiated several projects to bring in quality>quantity tourism to the places and communities I deeply care about.
If 'Map My Stories' isn't a travel company why are you charging a service fee?
After personally exploring and vetting locations for quality and safety, initiating experiential projects, training my local friends to facilitate these projects and marketing these projects to responsible travellers, I believe I deserve some financial compensation. The money supports me in starting similar projects in other locations.
Why are locations kept a secret?
Eco-sensitive locations getting destroyed by over-tourism as a result of mindless geo-tagging on social media has left me heartbroken. Travel should be accessible to all - But at what cost?
Also, keeping locations a secret is my way of protecting my itineraries (that I've put time, money and effort into designing).