Anywhr: Select A Travel Budget & This Singaporean Startup Will Plan A Surprise Destination For You.
Travelling has a different meaning to everyone — some lounge around and pamper themselves, while others soak in the culture or throw themselves into Mother Nature’s not so friendly embrace. But everyone wants to experience something “different”.
Singapore startup Anywhr, removes the troublesome (over) thinking that gets in the way of a good holiday, by having all your travel preferences checked for you.
Sometimes, to find new perspectives and to get out of your bubble – you have to lose control. And by this, I mean to go on a surprise trip entirely planned by the company.
Questions like “Where will they send me?”, “What’s there to do?”, “Will I regret this?” have probably come to mind when engaging Anywhr. Even for the seemingly adventurous like me, taking away the ability to plan left me a little jittery.
But, you’re going to thank me for introducing this to you, I promise.
This S'pore Startup Wants To Send You On Trips - But Not Tell You Where You're Going
A labour of love born out of a passion for travelling, Anywhr is an online travel booking service that plans surprise trips. All travellers have to do is pick a budget, a desired date, and a preferred holiday style.
The Anywhr team will then finish off the booking and prepare what you need at that surprise destination.
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She said: "We want to share the passion of being a traveller, and not just a tourist who ticks off a checklist."
On the "mystery tour", flights and lodgings will be booked on your behalf, and you will be given a list of suggested activities to do at the location.
During the booking process, travellers choose a theme, their budget and travel dates.
There are three themes to choose from - adventure, getaway and experience.
An "experience" trip would see you staying near local cultural hotspots, while the "getaway" trips take you to relaxing locales. "Adventure" trips will "take you to locations close to adrenaline," said Miss Leong.
Travellers with specific requirements can highlight them during the booking.
They will be worked into the customised travelogue, an eight-page long guide featuring activity suggestions and places you can visit.
The guide will be mailed to you a week before the trip with $30 in the currency of the destination country.
The money is meant to cover transportation costs from the airport to the hotel.
ELEMENT OF SURPRISE
Although travellers can open the package earlier, Miss Leong suggests they open it at the airport for an element of surprise.
For travellers who fret about details, she said an e-mail would be sent three days after booking. The e-mail includes recommended essentials to pack and the departure time.
Travel enthusiast Darren Ng, 42, told TNP: "I think the service is great for people who like surprises or are strapped for time to plan."