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What makes this entrepreneur qualified to launch a travel business??

One thing in travel that is-and always will be-a certainty, planning increases confidence in one’s circumstances.

Entrepreneur, “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.” This is what you’ll find when you research the meaning in Webster’s dictionary. It’s a good definition, short and concise. Yet it tells us nothing about why it is that an entrepreneur feels that a specific field is one in which they are qualified enough to offer something valuable to the world. Value… isn’t that why we start businesses? Because we believe that our knowledge and experience is enough to turn into a service that adds value to everyone else?

“where there is the will to have that sense of organization, deferring to someone else’s experience may be just the thing that’s needed.”

When talking travel, what exactly is it that makes a person qualified enough to create something which people will find utility in, at a value so substantial that the business itself grows, molds, adapts, and expands to a global level? This is something that I ask myself often. Creating a business is turning experience into something that serves the consumer, as well as generates growth and wealth for the entrepreneur; essentially an ROI (return on idea).  But honestly, haven’t most of us traveled? Are there levels of differentiation in travel experience that are significant enough for one person to offer others the lessons of their experiences for a cost? When do the scales actually tip?

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The idea for Planiversity was developed by an individual whose mission was to expand on a concept learned over the course of fourteen years of military experience; nearly a decade of that time as an aviator. The concept was a simple one, to ensure that before we set our feet on the ground at our destination, that we are already empowered with information about that location. Now, while some may see the value in just going and learning on the fly, there are many that enjoy having a sense of control, which ultimately saves time, costs, and leaves room to enjoy those things that bring them to that location.

Most of us have experienced one of two variations of travel experience: the one where we figure things out as we go, and the one where we walk around with a binder or folder full of printouts, which are the itineraries, bookings, maps, etc. Obviously, for the uber-adventurer, who enjoys letting things happen as they will, a travel logistics and organization service is of little use; it’s the antithesis of what adventure means to them. However, where there is the will to have that sense of organization, deferring to someone else’s experience may be just the thing that’s needed.

For this entrepreneur, the skills learned while in the military were so valuable that it was difficult to avoid sharing the experience with the public. Although, it was obvious that some aspects of planning needed to change, and that is why the focus of Planiversity is to allow users to decide what resource knowledge is critical to have before arrival, and then provide them the tools to piece together their own travel packet. For example, maybe the user just wants to keep things simple and only have a single source document for all of their itineraries, while another wants the same, plus to have a schedule, maps, and knowledge of which hospitals, police stations, etc. are in close proximity to their hotel. But that’s only a fraction of what Planiversity can do. This service, it’s a logistics engine for the traveler, and designed by someone who knows the value of information while travelling.

So, when asked why THIS particular entrepreneur believes he is qualified to start a travel logistics service, the answer is an easy one; experience. Having traveled to 28 foreign countries, and with plans to see much more of the world, the experiences and knowledge gained while on the move generates the inspiration for designing a service that simplifies planning and reduces the need to occupy valuable time with problem solving dilemmas. One thing in travel that is-and always will be-a certainty, planning increases confidence in one’s circumstances.

So, give Planiversity.com a shot. A little information and planning never hurts!

 

Why traveling says more about you than you think

A departure flight from Nuremberg, Germany to Istanbul, and then on to Tel Aviv, with an arrival of 5:30 a.m. Hit the ground, collect the baggage, head to customs, and then onto a taxi, hopefully getting to a bed sooner than later. Sleep sounds more than ideal, but the sun is already up and the body is fading towards shutdown mode, while the mind is becoming active with every passing minute into the day. Wanting desperately to get some shuteye, the Airbnb flat can’t be checked into for another five hours, so then the choice to grab a hotel room–just to be able to nap–is what happens.

There’s no fear, no regret, and no hesitation to step into a reality other than the one they are most comfortable with.

This was the introduction into one of my travel experiences, in the not so distant past. It was a stressful trip initially, but the thought to avoid travelling again never once came to mind.

Christmas time, 2017, hit the road later in the day, bound for Quebec City (QC), Canada. Traffic thins, temperatures are dropping, the roads of upstate New York are becoming more saturated in snow and ice; something virtually non-existent in the Philadelphia area at that point. Close to crossing the Canadian border and still no word from the Airbnb host, and knowing that cellular service will soon be lost, a decision is demanded in that situation, and once again–just to be able to sleep–a hotel room gets booked. An overnight stay on the outskirts of Montreal, then onto QC to haggle over the first day’s booking cost for a flat unoccupied the night before. Again, the thought of travelling does not become discouraged.

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Travelling is–and always will be–an addiction for many. It’s a sensory experience that rarely goes as planned. Unless you are on a business trip and following a schedule, your time is yours and its subject to the extensive list of experiences that one can add to their individualistic bag. The things that stun and thrill travelers equally–an inability to speak the language, no knowledge of and discovering the hot (less touristy) spots, authentic cuisine, and getting to talk to people from a completely different walk of life–are what keeps them coming back for more.

Like many things in this world, the experience offers a number of stressors, likely to question the less adventurous why travelers do it as often as they do. But the simple, and yet strangely complex, answer…they don’t know. Travelers are special breed; a specific type of individual wired for and geared towards a love for the unknown. They love being out of their element and know that every experience gained in a far away place is just another notch in their adventured personalities. There’s no fear, no regret, and no hesitation to step into a reality other than the one they are most comfortable with. Being a traveler means being adaptive; someone who makes necessary split second decisions, has a sharp sense for independence, and a heightened posture of survivability.

Every traveler knows and can identify many people in and around their circle, who are less than willing to put themselves out of the comfort zone, and yet the traveler cannot seem to mentally identify with that concept. I alone know more than ten people who have never traveled farther than the neighboring state or set foot on an airplane. The traveler, he or she isn’t wired for limitations, for permanence in the comfort zone, or for letting a fear of the unknown trump the feeling of experiences. Being a traveler says a lot about a person, more so than it does to speak against them. They may be a lot of other things in their lives, and in some areas they may be much less. But one thing they will not be in the end is a person who regrets not living to learn and to experience the unknown.

All this is the reason why a traveler is much more than they appear to be on the surface; it’s just not something for everyone.