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We are Travelers. Wanderers. Explorers. We believe there are people who dream of traveling the way we do, who are waiting to rediscover themselves in unknown places and amidst unfamiliar faces. Our passion is beyond travel, it is about creating life-changing stories – born out of adventure, experience and a restless urge to see and feel the world around us.

 

Sameer believes that the only way is up - the mountain that is. Given a choice he’d live up there, but he draws his calm and peace from them nonetheless. He’s a globe-trotter (lived across US & Europe and travelled across continents), voracious reader, hard-rock fan and language addict. His favourite pass-time is map-watching and wine tasting. Yes, he can team up wine with anything; vada-pau and burgers included, and convince you that it’s fine dining. Up in the air, during a long flight the idea of Maps & Stories was born. Soon after, he gave up his plush job in America to pursue his travel dream. Ever since he’s founded M & S, Sameer has been ‘high and happy’ (don’t blame the wine), because he believes the joy in exploring the world is greater than no other. At Maps & Stories we call him the ‘Mountain Man’, true to his name he’s just the ‘rock’ this place needs.
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Jeshal, the other founding member looks at everything through a creative lens. Yes, at heart she’s an artist – and that she will always be. Close to her palette, colours and canvas. Everything from the walls to her wardrobe is arty, with little collectibles from her travels around the world. For this ex-advertising turned travel enthusiast, the world is as much about ‘people’ as ‘places’. Her travelogues are fascinating - full of conversations with people, and insights into their lives and stories. She loves teaching children and draws inspiration from the child-like, fairy-tale wonder of their minds. Also deeply passionate about photography, she can spend hours capturing ancient structures, pillars and even ruins. Jeshal designs trips with as much passion as she paints, making her the creative brain behind Maps & Stories.
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To say he's French is one thing, but Herbert is truly a man of the world (with a world map tattooed on his arm!). His needs are simple - A backpack, and a map. And he's off on the road, for days, months or even years. So we are perpetually on a Herbert hunt. He's curious by nature and fascinated by other cultures, traditions and recipes. He believes that only when you open your heart and unlock your imagination, you can experience a world full of surprises and secrets. He's explored every nook and cranny of Europe, all corners of North America, and almost every land around the Mediterranean Sea. After one year of adventure in India he's headed for the South East Asia. Herbert is our travel consultant Europe and South East Asia, well, as long as we have a secret agent to track him down.

What happens when an 18-year old Swede leaves her home to travel the World, and after wandering around in different continents, chances upon a tiny island, gets so charmed by it that she simply stays! That is the bond between Petra and Iceland. A trained physiotherapist & a professional tourist guide for over 25 years, Petra takes care of our guests in Iceland. And when she is not chasing Northern Lights, she turns to her other passion - horses. An experienced horse-trainer, Petra works with several farms around the island. But she admits that here true joy lies in showing foreign guests the fascinating country which she so long ago chose as her home.

Yugoslavia-born, Slovenia-living, Italian-speaking Janez Ohnjec is our eyes and ears in Central and Southern Europe. Juggling his professional career in modeling and his teaching career in Kickboxing & Judo, Janez finds time to follow his true passion, which is traveling. And travel he does. Whether it is sailing off the waters of Croatia or attending yoga seminars in the high himalayas, you will find him anywhere. A walking & talking encyclopedia of European history, Janez guides our trips to Slovenia, Italy & Germany

Mateja is the type of person known by her friends, colleagues, and clients as being able to organize anything at anytime! Once she graduated university at the tourism school of economy she started to work in various fields related to the tourism industry including organizing events, day to day management of an international automobile rental agency office, and local guiding of cruise ship clients. Over the past years she has traveled extensively to exotic locations in Europe, Africa, and Asia to experience life with the locals and partake in their traditions and culture. She is in love with the idea of living within the family environment of the places she visits, which affords her the ability to bring home personal and material souvenirs, along with encountering many new friends! Mateja was born in northern Slovenia near the borders of both Austria and Italy, therefore she speaks German, English, Slovenian with a good knowledge of Italian also, her hobbies include hiking, biking and skiing in the winter. She lives on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia which is bordered by both Italy and Croatia only minutes away in either direction, and is a certified travel consultant for the three countries.

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