Soul Travelling (Untraced Paths Travellers LLP) specializes in offbeat tourism. We plan to change the way people perceive travel and while doing so, break the myth of the notoriously popular concept of what Goa is and instead give them some of the most local experiences steeped in history and true Goan flavor.
In that way, we aim to change the stereotypes associated with Goa and how Goans look at their home. Our initial focus area is Goa with future global expansion plans. To be acquainted with a place and having pride in it, knowing it well is important. We believe that the best way to learn about the culture, the stories, and the history of a place is to walk through it. We've realized that today's youth are losing touch with their cities, villages, and towns. Our purpose is to connect places with the people, and to give them an experience they will never forget.
It’s the man himself, the first Soul Traveller. Varun tells us about what inspired him to start Soul Travelling and the road ahead. “Can't believe it's been a year already. I still remember that day on 12th November. The first ever Margao City Walk. I'd put in a lot of effort for curating it, but went easy on the promotions. Only 3 people turned up, but it was a lot of fun showing them around Margao. In the second walk, we focused more on promotions - and we had 26 people! This time we had to learn - about managing crowd. It's been a delightful journey since then. Born and brought up in Goa, it has a special place in my heart. I did my engineering, and then worked for 4 long years in the IT industry. My last job was in Frankfurt. I had an amazing time travelling the lengths and breaths of Europe, and realized that travel was a part of life in the European culture. People there don’t just travel for sightseeing. Exploring new cultures, traditions, cuisines, meeting new people are some of the reasons that drive European travellers. That is where the idea of Soul Travelling was born. In Goa, you have a very interesting Baga-Calangute model. You are bombarded with questions the moment you say you're from Goa - the stereotypes exist. So the time is ripe to break the stereotypes and provide an alternate model for Tourism - and that is what Soul Travelling intends to do - Change the way people perceive travel in Goa and rest of India.”