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Please tell us about yourself
My name is Ruchika Gupta and I am the founder of a travel advisory company, Travel Dosti Etc (popularly called TDE), which is based out of Mumbai.
Share about what you do
We offer well-researched, experiential holidays to our customers. One of our aims is to help people discover India responsibly. We help people in planning international holidays too. Besides Travel Dosti Etc, I am also the business partner at Moneyedge Financial Consultancy. Here, we provide holistic financial planning solutions to our clients. Being from equity research background, I support research – be it in travel or finance.
Say something about your beginning
I was an equity research analyst before I started Travel Dosti Etc. The idea of starting a travel advisory company stemmed from the fact that while there was travel information readily available on the internet, there was no one who could genuinely guide me or give me tips while planning my holiday. I realized that one of the major things missing in today’s age of information is someone who will help us organise and put this information overload into a digestible format. The need for providing organised information is what prompted me to start TDE.
What have been some of your achievements
We have imbibed the idea of going on experiential holidays through strong research in the mind of the people. For me, achievement is when people understand the idea of going on experiential holidays and choose to go to offbeat places and explore the place responsibly.
The difference you have made to others
We as travel advisors have revolutionized the travel industry by promoting responsible tourism and bringing transparency in the way the travel industry functions. We believe one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to travel style, and hence ask our clients to fill profile to understand their preferences and then guide them accordingly.
What do you want to be acknowledged for
I want to be acknowledged as a travel advisor who plans well-researched and experiential holidays in India and abroad.
Ruchika is the founder of a travel advisory company – Travel Dosti Etc. based at Mumbai, India
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