What It’s Like Building a Travel Company

Life Nomading Adventures has been around for much longer than you may know.

This blog was a place where I first began sharing my thoughts about travel and life back in 2012.

Life Nomading Office throwbackCan you spot the old school Life Nomading website circa 2015 ⏫

For some, seven years doesn’t seem like all that long ago. For me, it has been quite the journey.

I’ve moved six times, which if you do the math, isn’t very long in one place.

Nomad, amirite? 😂

But what’s even more interesting is the life that this website has taken on since those early days. We’ve been able to educate thousands of readers, share adventures with travelers on our group trips, and connect with one another online to help reach travel goals.

I recently left my full-time marketing career to pursue the ambitious goals I have for Life Nomading Adventures. I’ve always dreamed about this day, but for one reason or another, I never quite felt like it was the right time.

The truth is, this company has never been sustainable for me to focus all of my efforts. But today is the day I give it the chance it deserves.

2020 is our most ambitious year yet for our Life Nomading trips. We have three amazing adventures planned in Iceland, Bulgaria, and Portugal. If I want them to have the most impact possible on our travelers, I know I must put everything I have into it.

I had my aha moment while in Bulgaria this past summer hosting our trip on the coast of the Black Sea.

Life Nomading Bulgaria Group TripOne evening on the trip, as our Guides were getting our travelers situated in a small coastal village called Sozopol, I looked at Caroline and we both smiled. That day, we had watched our trip-goers have one of those life-changing, lightbulb, blow-your-mind moments that you simply can’t plan for, and it had brought us more joy than we could have imagined. We had unknowingly created something special in those late-night planning sessions for these trips and we knew we had to do more.

The impact these trips have had on our travelers is infectious. They create friendships, inspire people to make positive changes in their lives, let go of their past, and give people a reprieve from social pressures and stressors that come with the “daily grind”. We get to see people be their true authentic selves while traveling.

Hosting trips is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. So why would I ever stop doing it?

This transition doesn’t come without many questions for me, personally. How will we be able to grow our business in these early days? How will I make my rent each month? How the hell can we market ourselves with no budget, no funding, and with plenty of competition in the market?

These are all exciting hurdles I’m ready to tackle.

I’ve spent the last seven years marketing other people’s startups, and finally, I feel it’s my time to “cash-in” on my experience.

But as I start this new chapter of growth for our Life Nomading Adventures, I realized that I missed sharing them with this blog I created to do exactly that.

So I’m back! Whether my mom is the only one reading or not, I need to document this progress and I hope you’ll join along for the ride! 🙂

Our business trials, tribulations, and what we’re trying to do here for all of you to see, comment on, and maybe chuckle at.

Every week a small article like this will be available. Follow along here as I try my hardest to grow this travel business into something sustainable and impactful for a small team, our local vendors in our humble destinations, and for the travelers that join us on our adventures.

Let’s get started.

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