This platform sends tourists on secret trips
Spontaneous travellers are in for a surprise as travel website Anywhr (anywhr.co) adds a little more thrill to the usual getaways. Launched in January 2017, Anywhr offers a fresh approach to travel - it is the first and only surprise travel company in Asia that lets travellers book trips to destinations that only get revealed when they arrive on the airport. This Singapore-based start-up is becoming a go-to choice for adventurous and spontaneous travellers that have visited all the usual tourist destinations like Phuket, Bali or Langkawi, and want to explore fresh places around the world that they themselves would not have been able to discover on their own.
“Right now we’re focusing heavily on technology and product, and looking to raise a round of funding soon to supplement the functions in our roadmap,” said Zelia Leong, co-founder of Anywhr who started the company with fellow co-founder Felix Tan. Both are former Rocket Internet executives that headed marketing, product and operations roles.
Part of Anywhr’s next growth steps is to hire more so-called trip curators who will plan and decide the trips of travellers that book on the website.
“We also promise not to send travellers to over-travelled destinations such as major big cities,” Zelia said. “Travel is about discovering the people, the place, yourself, and seeing things with fresh eyes and gaining new experiences,” said Leong. “We help frequent travellers discover new places they never knew existed, and new travellers to embark on their globetrotting journey when they do not know how to start.”