written by: Kartik Anita Khandelwal
Go-getter | Entrepreneur | Business Builder
behind the success of the most loved travel start-up in Central India, Barefootrekians!
Ever noticed those budget trips that pop along at every friend's group and Instagram handles to tempt you like anything? Well, yes...this 24-year-old, a banker turned entrepreneur, Kartik Khandelwal who couldn't get through his cliche sales job for even 6 months has now made it possible for common people to enjoy travel that doesn't hurt their pockets.
Come..let's dig deep to find out his story of success?
WHAT IS BAREFOOTREKIANS & HOW IT ALL BEGAN?
Well, Barefootrekians is indeed the first travel group in Central Asia to initiate the culture of group travel with fixed departures with mind-blowing plans & itinerary for all-age-types.
Starting a journey 3 years back in the year 2017, Kartik, founder of BFT with the help of his friends from college randomly thought of taking a group trip to Triund to earn some extra income during his MBA.
A dreamer, a go-getter & powerhouse of jugads, Kartik always had an interest in travel since the beginning, and with this raw idea, keen interest, abrupt planning, somehow he managed to gather 29 travellers and took the first step towards this journey. “We made our Instagram page only 5 days prior to the trip and actually convinced our friends & some other people to join us via verbal conversations and contacts”- says Tarun, an Instagram friend in the team.
Fortunately, the first trip turned out successful and everyone really appreciated their travel plan, facilities and management. In fact, this not-so-professional team actually made a record of trekking in -2 degree cold in Triund that got published in the media and newspapers. And then, the rest they say is history!
GROWTH, CHALLENGES and SUCCESS
Since then Kartik, a young chap with a never-give-up attitude has not looked back. “Initially, my team members actually had to meet parents at their houses to win their trust as we were new, even people used to come home to check my ID and address for verification. Even parents & people above my age would actually question me - WHAT, YOU? YOU SURE YOU ALONE WOULD BE ABLE TO MANAGE ALL THIS? informs Kartik
But gradually, things started changing over the years and the company started gaining trust, confidence and love amongst the local trave-loving audience. With every trip that we completed successfully, fortunately, gave us a new set of loyal clients who would genuinely recommend our plans to their friends and family. And that's how with immense hard work, patience, tolerance and many sleepless nights, they actually build a separate fan base amongst the clients who loved their plans for premium services with the best of luxury.
With minimum profit margins, lesser ROI and greater risks, this young-spirited team was gaining love and appreciation with each passing trip.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THE BFT TRIP PLANS?
When we say unique, we actually mean it! Ranging from a crazy college getaway to a sophisticated corporate tour plan to a social weekend camping day out...they have something for everyone...ALL IN BUDGET WITH PREMIUM SERVICES.
In Frame: Aditi Chourasiya, owner Engineer Babu with his colleague Sahil on BFT Himachal Trip 2019.
Not just this, Kartik has represented Barefootreakians in largest travel show like OTM, Mumbai.
To name a few: Career Classes, a popular coaching class chain; Engineer Babu, a famous tech-startup & Book My College, a college facilitating an online company, Indore Institute of Law are some of their esteemed corporate clients. Not just this, they have actually hosted them on their group trips with
THE STRUGGLE THAT LET TO GLORY!
They say age has no barrier when it comes to success. Yes, we can say it's aptly right when we see entrepreneurs like Kartik who struggle hard to make a place of their own. Even today, after 3 years when my company is well-known and established, I join my travellers in every single trip for complete assistance and to make them feel comfortable and safe. Because every trip is my opportunity and every happy traveller that I meet keeps me motivated to work better.
Today & Forever, here to stay:
With 5/5 ratings on FB, 4.8 ratings on Google and 12K+ crowd of genuine followership, Barefootrekians is growing by leaps and bounds.
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I have contacts in every local region and make sure to find the best services for my customers - says Kartik.
So...this guy with a die heart spirit for entrepreneurship & a never-give-up attitude is turning the tables for the travel industry! Kudos!