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We love talking about travel so if you have any questions, or want to bounce off ideas on your trip to Asia generally, please do get in touch!
What is Seek Sophie and how does it work?
Seek Sophie means to seek wisdom ('Sophia' means wisdom in Greek). We find that when we travel, and get out of our comfort zones, we often learn so much about ourselves and the world we live in.
The adventures on Seek Sophie are adventures that we love to do as travellers. Some of them are more touristy, and some of them take you to forgotten rainforests in Borneo. The common theme to them is that they all tend to be a bit more adventurous (hikes, dives, safaris, visiting local tribes), and are adventures that we would recommend to our friends.
How it works: Find an adventure that you like, pick the local operator/guide and pick a date. Then, click to book instantly! Most of the adventures are private (other than e.g. snorkelling and Halong Bay). They tend to be much cheaper than existing online platforms because we actually go direct to the local operator/guide, instead of using intermediaries.
How do you decide on which guides to list on the site?
Once we find a special adventure we would like to offer on Seek Sophie, we will get to know all the local guides who can take travellers on that adventure. But we will not list all the guides we find. We will only list the guides who very good at what they do and who also have a huge amount of heart - guides who care about travellers as friends, who genuinely want to show someone else their home and who want to give back to their local communities through their work.
We also have a simple brand promise: you will not pay more through Seek Sophie than you would on the ground, locally. We've been burnt lots as travellers ourselves by the opaque travel industry, so we make sure that you pay fair, local prices here.
I have a great recommendation for you!
Yes please! Whenever we have a great guide, we want to shout it from the rooftops, so please do let us know about your awesome guide.
What is a personal travel stylist?
Our friends often tell us that it takes ages to plan a trip. They don't know the best way to get between places, and it's often hard to find interesting, less-touristy places. We love helping friends with their trip planning, and suggesting interesting local places that they would love.
A personal travel stylist is essentially like having a local friend who gets to know your travel style, and where you're headed to. Go ahead and ask your stylist any question - e.g. interesting local places, routes and/or itineraries that are personalised for you. We want to take the hassle out of going to fascinating places in the world.
How does it work?
1. Take the Travel Style Quiz. Share with us your preferences, and ask us any questions about your trip - we love a challenge :)
2. We will come back to you within 24 hours with personalised suggestions, based on your travel style
3. Tell us what you think! Give us your feedback on the suggestions - what you liked and what you didn't like. We promise we'll do even better next time :)
What kind of questions can I ask?
Anything relating to your trip (so long as it's in Southeast Asia or Sri Lanka)! Some questions we've been asked are:
"I have 2 weeks in Sri Lanka and would like to go whale watching, Yala, Sinharaja, and take the train. What's the best way of getting around?"
"I would like to see orangutans, but I only have a long weekend from Singapore. Where's the best place to do that?"
"I'm doing a gap year. What are the ethical places to volunteer with wildlife in Asia?"
"What's a non-touristy way of seeing Halong Bay?"
What kind of suggestions can I expect?
Everyone travels differently. Some people prefer comfortable trips, and others don't mind camping or spending 8 hours on the bus. So what we will suggest really depends on your travel style. Our suggestions may or may not be adventures that can be found on Seek Sophie, as it really depends on what your preferences are, and where you're thinking of heading.
However, we can promise that we will only suggest places that are beautiful, or have a fascinating story to tell. We will also only suggest ethical attractions. In Asia, there are many attractions, particularly around wildlife, that perpetuate unsustainable and unethical practices. We believe that travel can be a force for positive change in this region, and will not suggest attractions that perpetuate unsustainable or unethical practices.
What countries can I ask my personal travel stylist about?
Our personal travel stylists currently cover countries in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Brunei) and Sri Lanka. So go ahead, ask them any question about your next trip to any of these countries!
How are you different from a travel agent?
We're not selling you an end-to-end trip. We're independent travellers ourselves so we know that in planning a trip, there's no question that's too small. You can ask us about how to take public transport from point A to point B, where's the best local restaurant for Sri Lankan curries, or how to fit everything you want to do within 2 weeks. Our travel stylists are travellers like you who just want to take the hassle going out of interesting places!
You can decide if you would like to book a private car on your own, or whether you would like us to help you do so. You can decide if you want to get train tickets on the ground, or ask us to help you do so. You can book your own guides, or we could do it. YOU'RE in charge.
If you do require any help booking any parts of your trip, our brand promise nevertheless remains the same: we will source the lowest prices we can find for you, both online and through our local contacts.
Is it really free?
Yep! Helping other travellers plan their trips is a big part of what we do, and is what gets us really excited every day! We hope that by taking the hassle out of going to fascinating places in this world, more people will visit those places, and contribute tourism dollars toward local communities. We believe that together, we can make a positive impact on the world through travel.