This week I talk with TWIP’s Lauren Koenig about travel, how people differ in their behavior while traveling, and who makes the best traveling companions.
I have noticed that as I have traveled with people whom I know well and respect… at times that feeling of respect has been replaced with anger, frustration or just annoyance. We may be friends, family, colleagues or even lovers but well, we are not well suited to travel together.
Lauren Koenig has has noticed this problem as well.. and many other minor details I hadn’t thought about, from when someone wants to eat breakfast, to what someone wants to do in the evening. Of course Lauren hasn’t just noticed this problem, Lauren has decided to do something about. Her solution is TWIP.co.
TWIP.co is a “pre-launch” mode as I write this and is hopefully coming to the market soon. It is a place for people to find other folks to travel with and/or where they can book tours offered by TWIP with a “curated” group of strangers who like a dating site, have been matched but not for chemistry, but rather for for travel compatibility.
Company founder and Twip CEO, Lauren A. Koenig grew up in the Midwest. Educated at Ball State University while holding a 4-year Presidential Scholarship, she left her hometown of Chicago at the invitation of the French Ministry of Education to teach English.
Lauren welcomed the challenge of working abroad; travel became a hallmark of her early and future stage development. Returning to Chicago, she worked for Anita Dee Yacht Charters before joining The International Kitchen, the leading provider of cooking school vacations covering Italy, France and Spain.
The travel market is becoming increasingly cluttered thereby enabling TWIP’s unique competitive advantage to stand out from the pack.
Twip offers travelers the opportunity to travel to the most interesting countries in the world, discovering global events and exciting, exclusive adventures. While importantly, being compatible with each travelers previously identified needs.
As of Spring 2015, Lauren is an Alumni of the Women’s StartUp Lab Accelerator in San Francisco, California.
Lauren can be reached at Lauren@twip.co.