Join the Festival | 11th January 2020

WHERE THE TRIBE MEETS

Hello World! We bring to you the Mumbai Travel Festival.

If you are as excited about travelling as we are and are constantly on the lookout to meet other fellow travellers to hear stories and learn from them, then we are glad to tell you that we are here to help you tread your way through this road and reach your destination. At Mumbai Travel Festival (MTF) we bring together globe trotters, change-makers, influencers and thinkers under one roof, where they share their travel experiences and help you find your tribe.

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Once you are part of the tribe, we ensure that you are well fed with tips and tricks to help you plan your travel, find your tribe and keep you updated about the latest happenings in the travel world. You will be the first one to know!

Monthly Travel Meetups

We are curating a tribe of travellers – and exploring what travel means and beyond. Monthly travel meetups are more than just a meet-up of exciting stories, music, and screenings: It’s a platform to share and explore your next great adventure.

Become a Speaker at Our Events

Are you a travel story-teller who is not yet part of our tribe? Gosh! We are already excited to meet you!
Come, share your travel journeys with us and help us give you an audience you relate to.
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SPEAKERS

Meet our speakers for January 2020 edition

Damian Irzyk
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Damian Irzyk

Consulate General - Poland

Rodrigo Canelas
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Rodrigo Canelas

Slow Traveler

Divyakshi Gupta
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Divyakshi Gupta

Travel Content Creator

Jimeet Ved
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Jimeet Ved

Shoestring Backpacker

Roxanne Bamboat
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Roxanne Bamboat

Food Curator

Dharmesh Jhaveri
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Dharmesh Jhaveri

Couchsurfer

Elita
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Elita

Solo Women Traveller

Kunal Bhatia
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Kunal Bhatia

Travel Writer & Photographer

Sachin Bhandary
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Sachin Bhandary

Travel Challenges & Youtuber

Namita Shiv Kumar
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Namita Shiv Kumar

Spanish Language Trainer

Dr. Aman Bhonsle
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Dr. Aman Bhonsle

Host

Kristin Templin
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Kristin Templin

Solo Women Traveller

Dipty Shah
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Dipty Shah

French Language Trainer

Aaliyah Khan
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Aaliyah Khan

Video Jockey

Subhash Motwani
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Subhash Motwani

Off Beat Destination Specialist

PROGRAM

Registration

Registration start.

Coffee Tasting with Empresso

Try some new kind of coffee on the house with our specially curated coffee partner Empresso.

60min

Networking Area

Damian Irzyk – Keynote Speaker

Peppy Poland - The variety of landscapes the country offers must make an impression on even the most hardened tourist who 'has seen it all'. Poland lies on the Vistula River, and along this river all the more or less dramatic events played out that made Poland the thoroughly European country it is today.

30min

Damian Irzyk

Graduate of Poznań University of Economics and National School of Public Administration. Before assuming his duties in Mumbai on May 2018, he had served as Cohesion Fund expert at the Ministry of Regional Development, economic counsellor at Polish Embassy in Jakarta and political counsellor at Polish Embassy in Beijing.

https://www.gov.pl/web/india/consulate-mumbai

Couchsurfing the globe – Travel Journey by Dharmesh Jhaveri

Dharmesh will talk about his extensive Couchsurfing experience while visiting as a guest, being a host & hanging out with travellers within his city and while travelling. He will break myths about Couchsurfing and talk about how to utilise the platform to your advantage. He will help you overcome food, culture and tradition barriers while travelling along with his famous South Mumbai Walking Tour.

30min

Dharmesh Jhaveri

Dharmesh Jhaveri, (53) partner at Indian Diam is fondly called as DJ in the local Couchsurfing community has hosted and surfed with over 250+ travellers throughout the globe and in India. He is a fulltime diamond trader by profession and true Couchsurfer at heart. He follows a strict Jain diet while he is travelling and […]

https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/friendlyguy66

Backpacking on a shoe-string budget – Travel story by Jimeet Ved

  • How to plan your first travel
  • Planning shoestring backpacking trips
  • Tricks to save costs before and during the trips
  • What not to do while backpacking
  • How to budget your trip before travelling and during travelling
  • Disadvantages of backing and how to overcome them

30min

Jimeet Ved

Jimeet Ved is a fulltime developer at ICICI Bank and has been backpacking across the globe He started his first full-fledged backpacking trips in 2017 in Asian countries where he planned for 30 days! The next year it was half of Europe with a trip to the last inhabited town on planet earth – Longyearbyen. […]

https://www.outofofficedaku.com/

How Less is More While Traveling by Aaliyah Khan

  • Aaliyah's talk is build around her experiences as a travel anchor with Bindas - Beg Borrow Steal,  where her task was to survive 7 days of travelling under the budget of Rs.300 for a week.
  • Spending less is the way to go
  • Learnings from local

30min

Aaliyah Khan

Aaliyah started her career as an emcee and eventually moved to television anchoring. She anchored with Nickelodeon where she worked as a VJ on shows for a year, after which she was in an exclusive anchor contract with UTV Bindass for 5 years. She is a freelance artist and regularly works with Star sports, Zee […]

https://www.facebook.com/dipty.shah.90

Coffee Break

20min

Travel Trends for 2020

Let's decode what does 2020 look like for the travellers.

45min

Subhash Motwani

Subhash has over 31 years experienced in the tourism industry, he started his career as a Travel & Tourism trainer, followed by writing articles and blogs and editing a magazine and then starting a travel company which focuses on experiential travel to niche destinations. Subhash has travelled to over 50 countries and his travels include […]

http://www.namastetourism.com
Kristin Templin

Kristin is originally from Ohio, USA, She always knew that she wanted a life that was different than that of my hometown. While other teenagers were working to save money for new clothes or a CD player, she saved money for trips to Europe to visit my sister who was studying in Italy. She quit […]

http://www.notripophobia.com
Roxanne Bamboat

Roxanne Bamboat, more popularly known as The Tiny Taster is a food and travel writer based in Mumbai. She’s an avid traveller and documents all her culinary escapades on her website and contributes to various media publications. She’s the curator for the Food Section at the Kalaghoda Arts Festival and has been so for the […]

http://www.thetinytaster.com%20
Damian Irzyk

Graduate of Poznań University of Economics and National School of Public Administration. Before assuming his duties in Mumbai on May 2018, he had served as Cohesion Fund expert at the Ministry of Regional Development, economic counsellor at Polish Embassy in Jakarta and political counsellor at Polish Embassy in Beijing.

https://www.gov.pl/web/india/consulate-mumbai

The Fearless Solo Woman Traveler – Travel Journey by Elita

While many foreigners throng India, travelling within the country does not seem to be a priority for most Indians. Elita has and continues to venture out - solo and otherwise - only to unlearn everything she thought she knew as an urban educated citizen of her country. Before you travel the world, have you travelled in your own country?

30min

Elita

Elita is a freelance facilitator and writer/blogger i.e. she writes and makes people write. An ex-development sector professional, she currently runs workshops on expressive writing to explore the narratives we tell ourselves, engages with like-minded organisations to create human-centred content and gives in to the inner-nomad when her spirit needs recharging. She has travelled to […]

https://nomadicthunker.com

Soul-Travel – Travel Story by Rodrigo Canelas

  • Why should you shift to long term travel
  • How to plan for long term travel
  • What they don't tell you about long term travel
  • Impact of long term travel, on you and on others

30min

Rodrigo Canelas

Rodrigo Canelas is a regional vice president of an Irish company but he is a permanent traveller and a wanderer. He left Portugal 13 years ago and since then has been living in Brazil, France, India and, nowadays, Singapore. He visited more than 70 countries and worked in more than 25. In 2009 he started […]

http://www.rodrigocanelas.com

Using Travel as a Method of Self-Discovery to Reinvent Yourself by Kristin Templin

Travel can be the ultimate tool for self-discovery. Often, you push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of. In this session, Kristin will talk about her experience using travel as a way to reinvent her life.

30min

Kristin Templin

Kristin is originally from Ohio, USA, She always knew that she wanted a life that was different than that of my hometown. While other teenagers were working to save money for new clothes or a CD player, she saved money for trips to Europe to visit my sister who was studying in Italy. She quit […]

http://www.notripophobia.com

Learn how to tell your travel Story with Divyakshi Gupta

In the era of the Instagram and limited attention span, telling a travel story is often deemed tedious and hey, who is reading?! Well, though long-form may not be the MOST preferable mode of information, stories are evergreen. This practical workshop revolves around how you can ace telling a travel story through your choice of medium.

60min

Divyakshi Gupta

A travel blogger, picture poet, Door lover and digital content creator. Her blog, Quirkywanderer.com was the first Indian Travel blog to be featured by wordpress.com in 2016. She was the curator of #DoorsOfIndia campaign for Tata Steel in 2017, a digital campaign covering the stories of iconic doors across India which won several awards. As […]

http://www.quirkywanderer.com

Hola en Ola | Learn Spanish in 30 minutes with Namita Shiv Kumar

Hola Chicos! Have you ever wanted to visit Spain or South America? Or maybe just know a few words in Spanish more than just Buenos Dias and Buenas Noches? This fun and interactive session will have you speaking Spanish as though you were born in Barcelona and have lived in Madrid your entire life! Well maybe not, but there’s nothing like knowing a few terms and sentences in Spanish, that will be sure to help you on a road trip through the Spanish countryside! Be warned, you might just consider this 30 minutes "Ola ride" to be a cue for your next travel destination!

30min

Namita Shiv Kumar

Namita is a passionate and enthusiastic Spanish language trainer from Kerala, born and brought up in Delhi and now living in Mumbai. She developed a passion for Spanish quite by accident, and there’s been no looking back! She teaches Spanish to students from all age groups, including professionals, and truly believe that learning needs to […]

Envision, Plan and Execute your Travel Project with Sachin Bhandary

Most of us dream of epic travels, of sabbaticals, of adventures across the globe. But end up taking the same old tourist vacations.  Travel projects are the best form of education and they are linked to your personal goals and desires, but the big hurdle that everyone faces is a playbook to bring your dream travel project to life. Sachin, the guy who travels around the world taking challenges, will give you a guide and also conduct an interactive workshop for the audience to put together their dream travel project and steps on how to bring it to life.  

60min

Sachin Bhandary

Sachin Bhandary is a content strategist and writer for hire, and his work appears regularly in Mint Lounge, Forbes Life, The Quint, Roads and Kingdoms and others. A few years ago he quit his successful PR career to do an MBA in the real world called ‘The 12 Project – 12 months, 12 countries and […]

http://www.eccentrips.com

Let’s say how the French say it! Interactive session by Dipty Shah

30min

Dipty Shah

Dipti is equipped with a Masters in French literature and has taught at the Mumbai University followed by the head of the department at JB Petit High School for girls.  She is currently a French teacher at Dhirubhai Ambani International School. She regularly conducts workshops for French teachers and works as a trainer to teach […]

Boost Up your Travel Photography with Kunal Bhatia

From a quick snapshot of an interesting signboard to a carefully composed frame of a panoramic landscape, travel photography can be as diverse and unique as our travels themselves, with plenty of possible subjects: from portraiture to architecture, street photography to wildlife, nature to cityscapes and many more. This workshop is divided into three components - Before You Go - On The Road - After You’re Back The workshop is based on non-technical tips, tricks and a whole lot of intuition-building to help you make better photographs on next travels.

60min

Kunal Bhatia

Kunal Bhatia is an architect, photographer and writer who works across the three genres and finds projects that combine design with travel to be the most fulfilling. His travel writing and travel photography works have also been widely published in leading national dailies, in-flight magazines and corporate publications. He is also amongst the foremost architectural […]

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Peninsula Business Park,
#1902 19th floor – Tower B,
Ganpatrao Kadam Marg,
Lower Parel, Mumbai.

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