Not all those who wander are lost, especially if you discover million-dollar ideas while doing so.
Most people travel to take a break & rejuvenate, eager to go back to their 9-5. But the best travelers are the curious ones. Ones who take their experiences and turn it around to their next entrepreneurial venture.
#Zilingo was founded exactly like that, when in 2015, the founder was on a trip to Thailand where she discovered lifestyle products cost a fifth of what they did back home in India. There were products which would appeal to a large demographic in India but only those who travelled had access.
Well, she partnered with her friend (an engineer) and together they equipped the individual street sellers with technology, started a virtual store, helped digitize their operations and now everyone could buy fashion & beauty products on Zilingo.
6 years later, Zilingo is valued at >$ 1 Bn. It is one of the largest players of e-commerce in South-east Asia with its headquarters in Singapore to cater to global demand.
They say travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer, in her case, just by a few million dollars.