People are increasingly getting well versed with the finer nuances of travelling and have become more discerning while they no longer mind paying a premium for quality and experiential tours, which can give them the local flavours of a particular destination through its people, food, terrain or culture. Taking a cue from this idea, ‘Bucket My List’ was set up after realising a lacuna in this space for senior travellers who did not want the regular ‘cookie-cutter’ holidays. “Hence, since inception, the focus has been on experiential tour with emphasis on extreme localisation to get the real flavour of the country,” adds Shivali Bhargava, Founder & CEO of Bucket My List. Stern follower of “experience is much better than materialistic pleasures” and the “best stories are told between the passport pages”, she further apprises that the company offers escorted (bespoke) group tours, customised tours and specific ‘Bucket List’ experiences. Currently, the company’s holiday destinations include Europe, North America, Africa, a few of the GCC countries, Australia and South-East Asia.
“Being avid travellers, we realised that the current, non-specialised offerings within this space just didn’t make the ‘cut’ for the passionate and well-travelled audience. We strive to create deeper, richer, more authentic and immersive experiences that are inspiring even for the discerning traveller,” says Bhargava. “With personalised customer service from the planning stage to the actual trip, itself, we ensure that each guest is treated with special care by our handpicked suppliers, across the globe. Hotel and activity selection is also comprehended while keeping in mind the pace of travellers so that they can enjoy their tour to the fullest.” Bucket My List is gradually revered for promoting packages made while keeping in mind the comfort, safety and luxury from choicest hotels and resorts to best of an international destination.
The industry is at an exciting cusp of transformation wherein, people are increasingly looking at travelling with their families or friends, both domestically and overseas. Speaking of foreseeing the company’s forthcoming days, she reveals, “Being in a niche space, we do not intend to cater to several hundreds of tourists. This would help us to not spread ourselves too thin and prioritise on quality-driven, experiential holidays. Our mission is to grow into an Indian travel company of global repute by creating an innovative and intelligent solution, for seniors, that makes holiday planning, consulting and booking a transparent, self-reliant and enjoyable experience. She continues sharing that over time, the company would add like-minded partners to run their travel geography (South American expert, wildlife expert, wine tours specialist and more) along with focusing on inbound travel into India. Our partners in the geographies that we cover are large DMCs and we believe that mutually we can increase our pie significantly,” boasts the confident Bhargava.