Let a marine biologist, travel writer and Broken Compass plan your next holiday. Bon Voyage!
When a travel writer and a marine biologist offer to veer you off the beaten track, you’d be a fool to refuse. Put your voyage in the hands of this duo’s new travel company, Broken Compass, and you might end up playing guest to an all-important Village Chief in Leh. Or land in Thailand with a local boatman’s telephone number, who’ll teach you to fish. With quirky itineraries and local contacts, Broken Compass aims to customise holidays to suit every case.
From half day trips around Mumbai to longer international sojourns, founders Manjari Verma and Avani Patel help make your holiday different and fun, handling the bookings and sharing personal travel secrets. For busy bees like us, they suggested Hide Out, an eco-farm stay two hours from Mumbai where you can live in jute huts. And if you can’t spare an entire day, they’ll pack you off on a cycling trip to a hidden fort, and get you back in a few hours. There was also talk of a spa stay where you can pluck and cook your own fruit. But this secret we couldn’t get them to divulge. “Come meet us and we’ll tell you more,” they insist.
Old City, New Map
If you don’t want your plans to go completely “off the compass radar”, Manjari and Avani try and repackage done-to-death locales like they’ve never been explored before. “We’ve travelled extensively and established local contacts in cities, both in India and abroad,” says Manjari.
What about Timbuktu?
A recce of their travel lists showed that Broken Compass has a super exciting domestic line-up, but their international destination picks don’t seem to go beyond the usual Greece and Turkey. We suggest you hit them up for a weekend getaway close to the city, and take it from there.
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