Traveling And Want To Connect With Locals Outside Of Dating Apps? Book Personal Tours On Trip4Real
The main reason we travel, outside of wanting to relax and party, is to learn about other cultures and the people who make a continuous effort to cultivate them. And while many of us have been guilty of only frolicking to tourists’ areas, there’s a start-up tour company that wants you to scratch more than the surface of the locations you frequent.
Trip4Real will keep you out of tourist lines and tour buses to fully immerse you in (for now) European culture so you can learn the symbolism behind Spanish architecture, have food tastings in Paris, or indulge in Lisbon’s African markets. Launched by former Google employee Gloria Molins in Barcelona, Trip4Real was birthed because Molins felt there was a need for locals and tourists to connect while promoting micro-entrepreneurship.
According to Forbes, Molins believes, “Mass tourism fosters superficial, impersonal, standard, low-quality tourism. Mass tourism trivializes the experiences and encourages stereotypes. Paris is the Eiffel tour and the Louvre, Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia, Rome is the Coliseum. Everyone sees the same thing at the same time, explained by the same guide,” she explained in her interview with the finance media outlet.
Molins continued to explain that because she’s lived and traveled in five different continents, it’s imperative for travelers to share in the same experiences locals have in their day-to-day lives.
So where does a start-up entrepreneur receive all the coins to travel and expand her business, while some of us feel like we have to a rob a bank to achieve the same?
“Being an entrepreneur doesn’t always make you “money” rich. It is more about doing what you love, being passionate and motivated daily. After a very good job in Sydney with a high salary, I had to invest all my savings to start Trip4real. I moved back with my parents for a while and had no salary in year one. After that, I had a salary and increased a bit yearly — but it’s less than a third of what I was making as a professional before becoming an entrepreneur.” Molins even revealed that despite being 9-months-pregnant, she has traveled to nine different countries throughout the span of her pregnancy.
Molins concluded her interview noting that Trip4Real plans to expand their business to Latin America.
Read her interview in its entirety, here.