Published: 04th December 2018
This one-of-a-kind Mumbai-based travel company doesn’t reveal your destination until the day of departure
When you travel with WanderTrust, just give them your travel dates, budget, fill out a few forms and state your travel preferences, and you're good to go
Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures – Lovelle Drachman
Have you ever planned a surprise trip for someone you love? Where you book the tickets and take care of the hotel reservations and all the person has to do is pack their bags and get ready to be surprised. Now, imagine that there's a company that does the same for you. How amazing would it be, especially for hardcore travellers, to take a trip and not know where the destination lies! Here's a travel company that's doing just that. And it isn't located somewhere across the ocean on foreign soil!
Based in Mumbai, WanderTrust, founded in August 2017 by Sanket Somani, will let you wander off the cuff to your heart's content because they believe that nothing makes you feel more alive than travelling. When you travel with them, all you need to do is state your desired travel dates and budget, fill out a form about your personality ('cause that's how they pick the perfect place for you) and mention travel preferences. Once you reach the airport, railway station or bus terminal on the day of your departure, you get to open an envelope revealing the destination. It can be anywhere from a remote hill station in Himachal Pradesh to the pristine beaches of the Andaman Islands.
To wander is to live: WanderTrust plans a trip for you and doesn't tell you where the destination lies until the day of your departure
So, let's give you the lowdown of how it works. You first visit their website, WanderTrust.in and fill out a survey form. "The form requires you to specify the places you have already been to and where you don't wish to go. The form is tailor-made for every traveller so that we don't miss out on any of the details. Often times, people have been curious as to how we ensure that we don't send our clients to places they've already been to. That is why we emphasise on collecting the necessary information," says Sanket.
The traveller then has to provide their preferred travel dates and budget details on the form. Following this, the WanderTrust team will call you for a budget confirmation.
We also ask for other details even if they've already mentioned them in the form to tailor the vacation to suit the customer's purpose. Then, we get our travel experts to work to put together the perfect itinerary for the surprise destination
Sanket Somani, Founder, WanderTrust
And then the fun begins! WanderTrust will send you a teaser mail to get you excited ten days before the departure date. The mail will contain details like the kind of clothes to carry, the weather conditions of the place, departure location and time. But the mail still won't reveal the name of the destination. Just a day before your departure, you will receive an envelope that contains your tickets, hotel vouchers, and itinerary. And you are sorted!
Like most dream jobs, Sanket's love for planning surprise trips began when he was a child. He completed his BTech in Mumbai and went on to work at Accenture. But he soon realised that this was not his cup of tea and he wanted to do something in the travel domain. Sanket's brainchild, WanderTrust, came into being after he had planned a surprise trip for his friend's girlfriend. "I did not think twice then, I just planned it and kept the destination a surprise for the girl as she stayed in the US. I planned her trip to India so that she could meet her boyfriend here. When I finally saw how happy they both were, that was the moment I thought of this. It took a lot of hard work and research to set it up and make it work. We have been receiving satisfying reviews and people get excited by the idea as the concept is something that hasn't been done before in the country," says Sanket.
WanderTrust has also started organising international trips, but only to countries which provide visa on arrival. "If you want to go to Europe or the US, we would have to get the visa done earlier and that would take away the surprise element," concludes Sanket.
My experience with WanderTrust was very fruitful. This was a very new concept for me and my family. They really surprised us with all the destinations. All the work was done by WanderTrust and we just packed our stuff and went on the trip, which was great. All the requirements were fulfilled nicely which was important as I was travelling with my baby. All the details I had mentioned in the form were covered. As I'm a nature lover, they covered all such locations along with the scenic beaches of Pondicherry. Thank you WanderTrust for the memorable vacation
Sonal, who went to Puducherry with WanderTrust
Until I visited Udupi, I thought it meant a small South Indian restaurant. After visiting this small town, I fell in love with the place as well as its people. Being unexplored or under-explored, it’s extremely clean as a city! The people are pretty helpful. We loved the beaches and the lighthouse! Neer dosa — a must try!
Sanket and Siddhi, who went to Udupi