We believe that travel is about going beyond the destination. It’s about discovering memorable experiences and finding the right set of people to share them with. And so, we’re bringing together a community of travellers who share common interests and a curiosity about the world around us.
We organize and lead small-group journeys for like-minded travellers. Our groups range from women-only travellers to yoga, bikers to wine lovers, mom & kids and more. On request, we’ll even help you create a customized journey for your own private group!
Our journeys feature personal interactions with local communities, cultures, arts, music and food, but what makes our trips stand out are our travellers. Like you, they love new adventures with new friends, exploring the unfamiliar, and enjoy sharing stories and moments of (self) discovery with their crew. Meet some of our travellers here.
All our travellers are friendly, open-minded, and curious about the world, all seeking adventures in far-flung places and local experiences that are authentic and inspiring. Like you, they want to travel with great people.
Our travelers currently belong to multiple communities – from all-yoga, self-drive, women-only, mom and kids, music and dance, singles and mixed groups.
Our guests start our trips as strangers, but they all return with a new group of friends, special memories, and incredible stories. It’s why many return to travel with us over and over again, which is something our team is incredibly proud of.
No matter the destination, all our journeys focus on local interactions with communities, history, culture, food, wine, music and dance and are built with recommendations from local partners, experts and partner Tourism boards.
This means we will duck into Vietnamese cafes for a sip of egg coffee and hike to the top of a mountain summit to practice a surya namaskar. We’ll learn how to make pasta from an Italian grandmother in Tuscany, and lunch with locals with Bedouins.
A note of caution, we don’t do typical sightseeing-only itineraries. If you think you would enjoy traveling with us, get started by choosing one of our journeys.
We’ve partnered with Eastbound, one of the world’s leading travel management companies, to build a team with more than a 100 years of combined travel industry experience. We work with over 500 partners globally and have successfully helped more than 2000 group trips in over 50 countries. Basically, we know how to plan and execute travel really well.
Once you sign-up with Byond, we take care of everything on ground for you, from accommodation, transfers, the best local guides and curating uniquely local experiences.
Trust us when we say all you need to do is show up.
Our travels are usually inspired by stories from other travellers like us and that’s why we organize the Lime Diaries with the goal of rediscovering the lost art of storytelling, especially when they’re wonderful or weird tales from the road (previous storytellers include Suhel Seth, Kunal Vijaykar, Mahesh Murthy and others). Join us as a storyteller here.
Our journeys are hand-crafted and our travelers are carefully picked keeping the wider preferences and sensibilities of our groups in mind. All our travel journeys have a few elements that remain consistent.
Hotels are 4-star and above only, well rated by guests
Located near city centers, central landmarks or scenic landscapes
Both single-room and twin-sharing options offered
Curated list of the destination’s most popular and offbeat sights seen differently
Immersive experiences with locals, from dance lessons to expert culinary sessions
Journeys are built keeping your safety in mind always
We collaborate with tourism boards for local support and security
We always have access to emergency contacts and medical support while on the road
Breakfast included on most days
A gala welcome and farewell dinner
We ensure that there are options available for vegetarians and vegans
Plenty of sampling the local cuisine, at both restaurants and local families
Plenty of sampling the local beverage too! There will be pub crawls, food tours and wine tasting
Wander and explore at leisure on ‘me time’ days
Complete freedom to do what you want with free time
Exclusive private transfers, usually in comfortable, air-conditioned minibuses
Options for airport pickups and drops
Handpicked local experts with unrivaled local knowledge and often a fun story or two to share
English speakers with an enthusiasm to help you with anything you might need while on the road
A Byond Trip Leader will accompany you on the trip
Our destination experts are available around the clock to assist and answer queries
We’re foremost a group of people of truly diverse backgrounds and specialties who love to travel (duh). We’re also yogis, designers, jedi knights, analysts, coders, storytellers, strategists, beer addicts, photographers, salsa dancers, herbalists, writers, pork aficionados and comedians.
Anees has worked in the industry for more than 7 years. Consequently, he has a joke for every situation and an answer to every question.
Will never be seen without: Cigarettes
If Anees is your trip leader, you can expect massive LOLs and lots of good food.
Bharath is from Bangalore. He has 15 years of experience in the tech and travel industry. Previous lives were spent at Google, Mygola and MakeMyTrip. He can drive trains. He maintains a list of India's seediest, shadiest bars and frequents them.
Interests: Trains (duh!), cooking and typography
Will never be seen without: His small notebook and Pilot v5 Pen
If Bharath is your trip leader, you can be assured of a rollicking good time with lots of crazy stories.
Gauri is from Delhi. She has more than 16 years of experience in the industry, and has previously worked with MakeMyTrip and TUI, and now heads our team of travel designers in curating experience-led travel products.
Interests: Reading, listening to music, locating the best food joints around
Will never be seen without: Her to-do list, a pen, hand-lotion and sanitizer, and coffee
If Gauri is your trip leader you can expect explorer at heart so you can be sure that if she’s your trip leader, you’ll definitely venture off the tourist trail, to explore and experience a side of the destination only the locals know about.
Keerthi hails from Semiliguda, a small and beautiful town in Odisha. She started her journey in web development 2 years ago, and enjoys her work more than anything else.
Interests: Pets, youtube videos, music
Will never be seen without: Laptop
If Keerthi is your trip leader you can expect everything to be super-organized, punctuated with great music and street food.
Malvika is from the land of vineyards, Nashik. She has 5 years of experience in setting off on journeys spontaneously, and around 10 months of drinking just beer because of ‘Namma Bengaluru'. Had the pleasure of going on a date with a gentleman in Santorini and maybe falling in love ;)
Interests: Harvey Specter, British accent, tattoos
Will never be seen without: Parle G & a hot cup of coffee.
If Malvika is your trip leader, you can expect to get a thorough education of all the bars, pubs and clubs in your destination.
Mihika is a born traveller, and has worked in this industry for more than 2 years.
Interests: Harry Potter, Bruno Mars , pani puri and music!
Will never be seen without: Headphones
If Mihika is your trip leader you can expect that you're in for crazy nights and bouts of loud laughter.
Pavi is from Kodaikanal. As a child, she wanted to be Princess Leia when she grew up. She has 6-7 years of experience as a writer and editor, having covered a variety of topics, from strange popes to gender politics.
Interests: Pop-culture, politics, cats, B-movies
Will never be seen without: a cup of coffee and a sense of humour.
If Pavi is your trip leader, expect to learn a smattering of Tamil, lots of laughter and a kickass playlist.
Venkatesh is a writer but his job also involves making riddles. He is confident he'll come up with atleast fifty riddles by the end of this year. Born in Chennai and having spent most of his childhood in Kerala, he's proud of being multilingual, but sometimes ends up having funny conversations in Tamil & Malayalam, mixing words from both languages.
Interests: Doodling, FIFA and drinking tea on rainy days
Will never be seen without: A pen,a cup of tea and a notebook.
If Venkatesh is your trip leader, expect riddles (that don't rhyme), bouts of laughter, beer-drinking sessions and quirky facts about the places you visit.
Vikram is a serial entrepreneur with global experience in building and leading successful ventures in e-commerce and travel. Prior to founding Byond Travel, Vikram has lived in and worked across 3 continents and has held multiple product, strategy and technology roles as a startup entrepreneur and management consultant. He is also an early Founder @ Kyron, one of India’s leading startup accelerators.
Interests: Making silly videos with his wife Caroline, doodling, pranks, good food and better conversations.
Will never be seen without: An opinion!
If Vikram is your trip leader, expect experiments with local food, impulsive plans involving karaoke bars, adding something new to your #neverhaveiever list
Vipin is from God’s Own Country. Don’t challenge him to a eating contest because he will out-eat you. Vipin also usually replies emails with just one “OK”.
Interests: Riding his Enfield Bullet.
Will never be seen without: His beard.
If Vipin is your trip leader, you can expect a bike ride at midnight.
Our customers love us! From personal stories to quips about loving the hotels we've chosen for them to stay in, hear about their fabulous experiences travelling with us.
I have always wanted to visit Egypt and see the pyramids for as long as I can remember and Byond helped me to live my dream. Before I left I was tired and overworked, and in Egypt, the pyramids, the Nile cruise, the temples, good looking locals, shopping and exploring this country with a fun group of women was exactly what I needed. It was truly a memorable experience.
Finland was by far the craziest place we decided to go, and Byond ensured we had a memorable white Christmas. Everything from the Northern Lights, to the glass igloos and we even got to meet Santa. Plenty of memories and lots of photos later, we'd love to thank the team at Byond for firstly suggesting such an amazing destination but also ensuring every aspect of the trip was perfectly executed.
I cannot stop raving about the lovely time I had traveling with Byond to Bhutan. I was initially slightly skeptical, always being a solo traveller and not knowing a single soul on the trip. All my fears were alleviated right from the start till the end… I could not ask for a better travel experience and I look forward to traveling with Byond again.
Travelling with Byond was my first "group" travel. I Was very apprehensive, but was pleasantly surprised with my group, (aged 24 to 62), because each and everyone had their own fabulous characteristics that created this bunch of fun loving adventurous ladies who pushed me beyond my limits. Everything promised by Byond was true to word. Well planned and executed.
Traveling with Byond was a trip of delightful first's — from the first time entering and dancing in a pub, to learning Tai Chi and even sending a postcard from a faraway land to my family . I've particularly enjoyed meeting and interacting with some lovely ladies, and my room-mate in particular who was an absolute riot. We made sure we were giving the younger girls on the trip a run for their money with the amount of fun we were having together!
My experience with Byond in Ladakh was very well coordinated I and felt very well cared for by the team, beyond what I've experienced with any sort of excursion.(maybe that is where you got the name!!!).I can't say enough about how nice the group was and wonderful people. That…makes all the difference!
I traveled with Byond to Greece and I have many wonderful memories to share. The most favorite was definitely Santorini, the ferry from Athens and the volcanic cruise with hot springs. The resort in Crete, White Mountain safari and the wine tasting were good too. Overall, I felt that this trip was a great value for money and the experiences were very well planned. I have already been recommending Byond to many of my friends.