Hello! I'm Shreyas - a Bengaluru based traveler, passionate about the art of exploration. Landscapes excite me and cultures intrigue me.
'Map My Stories' was conceived as a YouTube channel for my raw travel vlogs. Exhausted by the "content" game, I rebuilt it into an Immersive travel experience curation project bringing in the joy of slow, mindful exploration.
Three years (& counting) of non-stop travel has led me to approach exploration like an art form.
Have I earned the right to call myself a "Travel Experience Curator"? Why don't you find out?
How is 'Map My Stories' Different?
I place local communities at the centre of my curated journeys.
My curations are designed to support local & indigenous.
Personally Curated Community
I am selective about who gets to join my journeys. The journey needs to be an enriching experience for all. Travel with only those you vibe with. Quality over Quantity, always.
I purposely scout locations that are away from tourist crowds and wish to keep them that way. A strong request is made to keep locations a secret.
FAQ About 'Map My Stories'?
How is 'Map My Stories' not a travel company?
It's personal. There's no "staff" or "team of employees". Journeys that I haven't personally experienced myself aren't on my website. Unlike most travel companies, I initiate projects to support local communities.
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 the locals to facilitate these projects and marketing these projects to responsible travellers, I believe I deserve some financial compensation. The money supports me in curating more such 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).