Are you ready to hitchhike during your vacation?
It seems that M6 is preparing to relaunch one of its legendary programs: Beijing Express , a game in which pairs of candidates are dropped in a country they do not know with 1 € per day per person, and the mission to go from point A to point B by hitchhiking and sleeping at the inhabitant. In short, the trouble. Ewen Le Roux confides that one day he sent an application to participate in this adventure, just as he did for Koh Lanta . But each time, thousands of aspiring travelers try their luck, and only twenty are retained … Not him. But that did not demotivate him and he was inspired by the TV program to set up his company, a travel agency with a shape that is still rather unusual …
Treks, treasure hunts …
For those who really want to live adventures, and more generally to travel “differently”, travel agencies are created to surprise them. Mystery destinations, homestays … The possibilities are many. Ewen Le Roux goes a step further: after 7 years in his previous company, Tourangeau adapts Beijing Express in real life by offering his customers mysterious journeys to the starting point, with events, hitchhiking, housing homestay, competition (treks, treasure hunts) … And even a cameraman to film the whole.
“I organized every year for my friends events Koh Lanta or Queens of shopping . It worked well so I started, “he explains today, 3 months after the actual birth of his company, Numaterra. “The tourism industry is looking for an evolution. We leave the classic and traditional trip with visits and nights at the hotel. “
To encourage meetings with locals, even if they do not speak English
In connection with a travel agency in La Rochelle that specializes in trips full of surprises, the entrepreneur has devised 3 formulas: a week in a European country with stop, tests and need to find the cheapest accommodation possible, a week in a more distant country with host families booked upstream (or two weeks, for an extended change of scenery).
To imagine its hardships, to find the accommodations, to establish the itineraries … Ewen Le Roux has approached local guides, but also a professional from Tours to film his future clients and clients (the first departures are announced in May, some forty countries are among the possible destinations, and well secured).
“This is especially for people who are already used to traveling,” says the travel agent who also targets for scholarship rather easy, the prices of formulas starting at almost € 2,000 for a week, to reach 5 000 € the trip of 15 days. For this price, a supervision is on the spot permanently, with GPS beacons to follow the pairs in case of problem, for example. “The goal is really that people play the game, meet people. Today you can visit a country without discussing with locals, there they will be forced to meet them. And when we take the time to interact with people, we take a step back on ourselves. Sometimes we end up in a naked position or we ask for services from people who are poorer than us. “