Build the world’s largest and most useful* community for travellers

MISSION

*where they can connect with trusted travel experts to get authentic and personalized travel advice

Our Values

Authenticity

 

We define authenticity as being true to the highest values that we’ve chosen for ourselves. We also weigh every choice we present to our users in terms of whether or not it will help them live up to their own highest values as travellers.
    
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” 
― Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Keeping it Personal

 

While the forces of commodification of travel are strong, we insist on keeping travel and the trip planning experience about personality, human connection and personal growth.  Words like “readymade”, “package” and “instant” don’t find place in our world. Rather rewards come in the form of moments of connection.

“The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.” 
― Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel

Sustainability

We evaluate every opportunity through the lens of whether it is good for the user, good for the planet, does it make the world more open, honest and connected, and only then look into whether it can help us pay our bills. Much of the fun of doing what we’re doing lies in challenging conventional wisdom, leading a simpler and more examined life, and making a living without losing our souls.

“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” 
― Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

 

Our TRVL Buddies

Our handpicked panel of freelance experts with in-depth knowledge of the destinations they specialize in. They help you design your itineraries and create mind-blowing travel experiences.

Plan Awesome Trips

Whether you're off on a quick weekend break or the journey of a lifetime, we'll help you find and hire a TRVL Buddy who will help you plan it exactly to your tastes and needs.

Just For You

We inspire, inform and equip you to have trips that are fun, affordable and culturally broadening. Every trip plan is created from scratch just for you.

And It's Fun

We make your trip planning experience fun and engaging. You're gonna love this - we guarantee it!

And Open

We believe everyone deserves access to great itineraries. In the spirit of openness and sharing, the trip plans our users pay for are offered for free to all our other users (to protect your privacy names, travel dates, and one-on-one messages are never made public).

Aashish Gupta (founder)

I love travel. I founded TRVLbud to give expression to this love and to share it with the world.

When my mask and cape are off by day, I'm the Head of Product at a boutique software startup that caters to retail giants. By night (and on weekends), I'm busy *cough* saving the world *cough*, building TRVLbud.

In my 17 years of experience (as of 2019), I've worked both in India and the US, at very large companies (Microsoft, Amazon) and at startups of every size from 1-person to 100+ people teams.

My family includes a wife, two kids and a cat. In my spare time, I'm into travel (duh!), art, swimming, food (vegetarian), yoga, guitar, scuba diving and my motorcycle. I'm also a serious meditator (Vipassana) and am up for connecting over spiritual topics anytime.