This post was most recently updated on July 27th, 2017
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What if I ask you to tell me your most memorable events in life till date?
Chances are, of all the moments, most of them will be related to travel.
That is because travel gives us memories and we remember those moments which has most memories.
But not all of us are fortunate enough to make our dream of travel come true.
Chances are most of you might be travelling once or twice a year and may be once in few years.
Most common reason?
It is the money that holds us back to fulfil our travel dreams. Or else why wouldn’t we travel?
Why would you stop dreaming about travel if money was not an issue?
Now, What if I tell you that there’s a travel cafe in Ahmedabad which provides free trip to everyone around the world for free?
Yes, for free. The main reason you are not travelling is no more.
Would you travel now?
I know you are curious.
There must be some reason. Who will provide
Who will provide free trip to someone without any reason?
You won’t get anything for free these days.
It must be a scam.
These are the things we hear when we hear the word “FREE”.
I too thought like that.
Until I was selected for a free trip.
By now, you must be eager to know who the one I am talking about is.
Enter La Vida – The Travel Cafe.
Image credit: La Vida – The Travel Cafe Facebook page.
La Vida is a Travel Cafe located in Ahmedabad. The main theme of cafe is to provide free trips to all.
They provide a place to connect to fellow travellers, one who has travelled and one who wants to travel. This cafe is open for all who wants to have a cup of coffee while discussing their travel plans.
They don’t charge anything to their travellers. Instead, they have an interesting concept of pay whatever you want. They have a box at the entrance where you can put whatever you wish based on your experience in cafe.
The place is managed by three moderators, Manish Asnani, Harshal Patel and Adithya Yagnik.
The trio is working hard to design a place where it’s all about travel. In next 5 years, they are planning to open the cafe in 30 countries.
So how do they provide free trips?
They announce a free trip few weeks before the trip on their facebook page and provide a form to fill up.
You have to fill up the details and based on your answers, you’ll be selected. You can be a solo traveller, a group, couple or a family.
Their recent trip was to Sanchal fort resort, Barmer, Rajasthan. 56 people were selected out of 2500+ applicants. All the costs were inclusive. There were no hidden charges and no terms and conditions. (Yes it’s true).
The trip was was free or pay whatever you like. They introduced the culture of pay whatever you want because some people were hesitant to come if it was totally free worried hat others might think they are going only because it’s free. With this in mind, they introduced the concept of pay whatever you like.
Here’s the moment from the trip.
Image credit: Sameer Makwana.
There’s always a way to make your travel dreams come true. But the problem is that we are always focused on money which makes it difficult for us to see new opportunities.
What you have to do is like their facebook page and wait for the notification. Fill up the form when they announce, sit back and relax. Who knows, you might turn out to be the next traveller.
Apart from La Vida, there are lots of ways to travel for free. Read this article on Forbes on ideas to travel for free.