I'm a Bengaluru based traveler, passionate about the art of exploration - interweaving landscapes that excite me and cultures that intrigue me.
'Map My Stories' was conceived as a YouTube channel to document my raw travel vlogs. Exhausted and saddened by the travel industry's chase of numbers, I rebuilt it into a niche, travel experience curation project bringing in the joy of slow, immersive & 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, applications may get rejected to ensure like-mindedness)
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'?
Is 'Map My Stories' a travel company?
Not really. It's a personal passion project that I'm sharing with my friends in Sikkim & Arunachal. Journeys that I haven't personally been impacted by aren't on my website. We're intentionally small with no ambitions to scale. It is true - we are not a non-profit but efforts are made to prioritise people & the planet 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 or earning a profit?
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?
When locations are revealed (on Instagram etc.) tourists start to flock to said locations. The moment a natural, pristine spot gains popularity among tourists, the govt and big corporates rush to capitalise on this by building roads, ticket counters, RCC hotels etc. which leads to environmental degradation. (Happens quicker than you'd think). By geo-tagging on social media we have no control over our audience (and most of the time, it reaches irresponsible travellers)
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).