TBI BLOGS: Meet the Couple Who Quit Corporate Jobs To Build A Startup While Travelling The World

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It’s an art to make your life a perfect one. We are easily swayed by the wind of everyday life and join the mass race leading exactly to nowhere. The million stories of working individuals quitting their well-paying jobs and redefining life goals have inspired us over the years. These are the stories that fill us with courage and make us throw away all worldly excuses out from the window and take a step towards our goal. They restore faith.

Here is one such story. Meet Anuja and Gaurabh, the co-founders of Pikkabox.

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Currently on a year’s break, Anuja and Gaurabh are travelling and building their own start-up, Pikkabox, simultaneously.

Their life unveiled differently when they chose to take a break from a comfortable life in New York. Gaurabh worked as a creative director and Anuja was a design strategist in Manhattan before they began a life of travel.

They began their travel story with the help of Remote Year, a community of 75 working professionals from across the globe.

These professionals spend one year working and travelling as they connect with local communities and business ecosystems from around the world.

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Pikkabox is a mystery box that gives a snapshot of one country every month through curated products found locally. The couple travelling around the world engage with the local craftsmen and sellers who offer a range of special souvenirs.

Pikkabox helps you send your friends and family a box of souvenirs and products from every city you travel to.

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The start-up began with a simple idea in June 2015. While the couple travels this year, they are aiming to test their product on the move and give it roots. They will be back at work after an year.

While most entrepreneurs might find the idea of starting a business while travelling impractical, Anuja and Gaurabh are busy researching the ground realities. This is a major aspect of their venture.

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With the help of Remote Year, the couple paid a one time sum of $27,000 which takes care of their airfare and accommodation for a year. They are also funding their travels with freelance work and support it through an extensively planned expenditure.

Ever since the inception of the idea of Pikkabox, the couple were sure they would launch it while they travelled in order to review products from around the world.

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The couple is currently 6 months into this life changing journey and their business venture has seen wonderful premature success too. The journey of Anuja and Gaurabh gives one a break from the ‘quit job to travel’ stories and turns travel into an enterprising venture for a change.

The couple is living a life that’s enterprising and at the same time they are realizing their travel dreams each day.

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Gaurabh enjoying the scenic view from the Julian Alps

For some of us, travel makes our lives sing. Its an other worldly rhythm that makes us dance in the most wonderful corners of the globe. We know there are countless dreamers who wish to see this wonderful world and live a life of travel. So, if you look back at your day at work with regret even for a second, maybe it’s time to think differently.

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