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Get Your Passport to Adventure With Nicholas Woodhams, Founder of Adventure Pass

Renting sport equipment can be a hassle and expensive. Your only other option would be to bring your own equipment, but who wants to bring a surfboard or a bike on a plane? Nicholas Woodhams, Founder of Adventure Pass, faced that same issue. Luckily, we now have a better option. He set out to create an alternate way that gets you affordable rental equipment without the hassle of lugging it around from place to place, and fits in your back pocket! As Nicholas would say, Adventure Pass is your passport to adventure by providing member-only discounts on gear around the world. As a member of the British army, he’s no stranger to adventure that awaits around every corner and has now made it easily accessible to everyone.

What is Adventure Pass?

An Adventure Pass gets you discounts from 25 -100 percent on sports equipment rental and tuition around the world for an annual fee. You can buy it online or at one of our partner rental shops. Having these discounts at your fingertips helps to turn your travels into adventures.

How is Adventure Pass different from owning or renting sporting equipment?

If you own equipment you and want to travel you will have to pay most airlines to carry it for you. Then you have the hassle of transporting your gear from the airport to your hotel. However, with our passes it’s a lot cheaper to simply forgo those hassles and costs and rent in all the places you are traveling.

Where did the idea of Adventure pass come about?

It was two things really. I toured Iraq and Afghanistan with the  British army and I would be given a large amount of leave. I always took off kitesurfing for 5-6 weeks and was very bored of dragging all my gear around the place but rental costs were prohibitively high for that length of time. Secondly, we’re lucky in the army to be given lots of adventurous training for free. The idea is you push soldiers out of their comfort zone so they understand how to deal with fear. I think this is great for personal development whether you’re a soldier or not. So, I set out to make trying adventurous sports cheaper for everyone not just the wealthy and military. I realized if I could get the buying power of a lot people like me and partner with outward bound charities I would be able to arrange sizable discounts on gear rental.

Adventure Pass is launching in September 2017. Who will be the first travelers that are eligible to get this card?

The first people to receive our club pass, which is our 25 percent discount pass, will be disabled and disadvantaged children in the UK who have completed one of the outward-bound courses that our amazing charity partners run. We have four other cards too. Three sport specific passes (green for mountain biking, blue for watersports & silver for snow sports) they give holders free rental for a year of all the equipment specific to those sports. They are aimed at people who have recently taken up a sport and want to try different gear out. Finally, we have the Premier Pass which gets you free rental of all gear and that’s aimed at the long-term travelers, people taking gap years, sabbaticals, career breaks, etc.

Currently, Adventure Pass is in tech development. What has been the biggest hurdle and how was it overcome?

It’s foolish to build tech before you have customers, I think you have find your customers and work out what they need then try and find tech that can deliver and match it to the information you want to get. So, the biggest hurdle is trying not build something because you’re itching to and you know it’s much easier to sell something that exists.

How does the app and website assist with Adventure Pass?

It’s a great interface, it tells you where your nearest shop is, what other users think of that shop, lets you book your gear in advance and look at your history. Also allows you to review the gear you’ve hired and send that feedback to equipment manufacturers. In the future you’ll get snow reports, wave reports weather reports and maps.

You have also been a Business Development Adviser for Advntur and Co-Founder of KiteShare.org. How has these businesses help prepare you for Adventure Pass?

All those businesses were in the same industry and in their own way were solving the same issue, which is that action sports equipment is expensive to buy, expensive to travel with and expensive to rent. Going through the process of customer acquisition taught me about getting the lowest barrier to entry and about making sure you have a singular, clear message/vision for your customers to get behind.

How was the experience being the British army and how has it made you into the traveler you are today?

With the Army, I traveled a lot and saw parts of the world you simply can’t go to. Some of these places are breathtakingly beautiful with the most wonderful warm hearted people trying to eke out very basic lives. I wish we could all visit them because we would not be so quick to advocate violet action against them. So, I travel now because I think that, as Mark Twain said “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”

What are some of the main goals you most want to accomplish in professional career?

The big one is to grow a company that does some good in the world. To get there I’d like to use the leadership skills I gained in the military to grow a strong, happy, inspired team that can execute that goal.

When you are having a stressful day at the office, how do you like to unwind?

If I’m in California, I’ll go surfing. If I’m back in Scotland, I’ll go Kitesurfing or catch a film. I love the escapism of a cinema.

What would someone be surprised to know about you?

I speak a dialect of Farsi called Dari.

More about Nicholas:

Personal Mantra: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch
De-Stress Technique: Imagining myself back on a beach in Egypt with my younger self next to me telling me it’ll be OK.
Latest Gadget: Thin collapsible USB wall plug.
Favorite App: Skyscanner
Favorite Travel Brand: The Adventurists
Next Vacation Destination: Oman

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Sally Elbassir from Passport and Plates.

Current city: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 26

Total countries visited: 26

What makes you interesting: I’m the only Arab-American Muslim solo female travel blogger out there! With my travels, I hope to help break stereotypes about my culture and religion, while simultaneously inspiring young Muslim women to get out there and explore.  

What brands do you love: Apple for most electronics, Lush for all-natural skincare and Lonely Planet for travel books.

What motivates you to travel: When I was ten days old, my parents boarded a plane with me to attend my first wedding. I’ve been traveling (and attending weddings!) ever since. After spending 6 months traveling post college graduation in 2012, I remember stumbling upon this concept of “digital nomads.” I vowed that one day I’d figure out how to be location independent because I knew that I couldn’t miss out on all the places I wanted to visit due to having an office job. A couple of years later, my quarter-life crisis was in full swing and my lack of success in finding my dream job led me to create it. Now as a blogger and social media manager, I get to dictate how and where to live my life, which is amazing! I’ve always been intrigued by how drastically different life could be in other places and I’m addicted to learning more about other cultures.

Describe your most unique or funniest travel experience: When I was traveling in Indonesia, a friend’s coworker offered to be in charge of booking some friends and I a weekend stay at one of the nearby Thousand Islands near Jakarta. Somehow, we ended up being transported on a cargo ship, stayed in an apartment with no running water, and had to share three people to a bed! Needless to say, our little island getaway wasn’t quite so relaxing, although we all laugh about it now.

What is the most interesting food you have ever tried and where: I’d have to say one of the worst “interesting” things I’ve eaten is balut (duck embryo), a popular street food in the Philippines that is served throughout Southeast Asia. I actually tried it in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Los Angeles. Once was more than enough.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: 10 days after I was born in Ireland, my parents took me to Egypt for my aunt’s wedding. One could say I was a traveler from the start! However, my first international experience that I actually remember was when I was 14. I spent the summer visiting my family in Cairo, Alexandria, and Sharm-el-Sheik and have been traveling consistently since then.  

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: I’d have to say Valencia, Spain. It’s a little off the beaten path and by no means a popular tourist destination, but once you dig deep and really explore, you’ll discover a tremendous variety of things to do, people to meet, and food to eat. I’m a bit of an introvert, but once you get to know me I’m vivacious, curious, sassy and always down for an adventure.  

What’s your favorite beverage to start the day with while on vacation: I’m a self-proclaimed caffeine addict, so coffee is always my go-to! Unless of course, it’s instant coffee. In that case, tea is an excellent alternative.  

Next travel destination: I’m traveling with my sister for the first time in ages! We’re headed to Italy mid-January before I make my way to Egypt.

TWIPPER OF THE MONTH – October 2016

Twippers of the Month – October 2016: Nick and Dariece from Goats on the Road.

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“We are here to inspire you to create a happier life for yourself.” Nick and Dariece are the Goats, a Canadian travel team dedicated to teaching all how to finance their trips around the world, and how travel blogging is a reliable source of income. One of their goals is to inspire others to travel the way they have. The Goats embody the idea that material possessions weigh us down. They financed their first trip by selling their house and using the money they had saved up over the years. Once they started traveling, they knew it was going to be how they would spend the rest of their lives. They worked for a year in Canada and soon after they taught English in China. With these jobs and free accommodations from being paid to house sit, they are proud of their success as travel bloggers.

Since their first journey in 2008, they have been to 46 countries in 5 continents and have also seen five out of seven wonders of the world. Their goal is to say they’ve seen the world. With a working knowledge of finance, determination, and a solid support system, these two are on their way to achieve just that, and it’s why we are naming them our Twippers of the Month for October 2016.

Oh, and why are they called the Goats? Because no matter where we travel in the world, there seems to be goats roaming the roads!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Christine Amorose from C’est Christine Blog

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Current city: Brooklyn, New York

Age: 27

Total countries visited: 33

What makes you interesting: I’m not afraid to take a risk. I’ve moved to new countries and cities without knowing a soul, traveled solo through many countries, skydived and bungee jumped, and gone canyoning. I think that my love of doing new things, especially when people say that it might be scary, has made for an interesting life so far.

What brands do you love: I gravitate toward brands with a simple aesthetic that focus on doing one or two things really well instead of trying to master everything like Everlane, Cuyana and In & Out Burger. In the travel space, I’m super dedicated to JetBlue.

It’s 2050, list all the places you are most proud to have visited: Machu Picchu in Peru, the Greek islands, the pyramids in Egypt and hopefully all of the islands in the Caribbean!

What motivates you to travel: I love trying new foods and new activities, but honestly, I love taking photos of new places and I’m most inspired when I’m somewhere unfamiliar.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: I can’t control everything and that’s okay. Traveling constantly reminds me to focus on what I can control, like my attitude, and let go of worrying about everything else.

What item will you never leave home without: I’ve recently become addicted to traveling with my Bose noise-canceling headphones. They are a total life-saver on long flights.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: No matter where I am, my favorite thing to do is take a long walk at sunrise.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: New York City! I always have a million things going on at once and I’m always looking forward to the next big thing.

Next travel destination: Quebec City!

TWIPPER OF THE WEEK

Twipper of the Week: Lala Rebelo from Lala Rebelo Travel Blog.

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Current city: Panama City

Age: 27

Total countries visited: 50

What makes you interesting: My capacity to bring to my readers only the positive side of the trips.  I am usually told that my happiness and optimism are contagious to other people, and they feel the energy I put into every post and picture.

What brands do you love: Benefit cosmetics, Farm Brazilian clothes, Triangl bikinis, Kartell, Apple, Kate Spade, and W Hotels.

Describe the last time you tried something new: The last one I most remember is the Cambodian BBQ.  I ate a dish that included more than ten kinds of meat, soup with noodles, and all of this was cooked on the same grill.

How has travel changed you or how do you hope it will change you: I believe that a world with more travelers would be better.  The phrase may seem cliché but makes complete sense. Travelling amplifies the soul by making us see our surroundings with different eyes.  Even a luxury trip always brings me out of our comfort zone and makes me more flexible and adaptable.  The best part, travel leaves me with no opinion about everything.  In the end, we figure out we are all the same.

It’s your first day arriving in a country with a language so foreign it might as well be gibberish, how do you plan to get by: I learned from my father, who has travelled the world speaking only Portuguese, the “FD Tactic”: Finger and Dollar!  You try to communicate, but in the case it’s impossible, just point and pay!

What are the top reasons should someone travel with you: The main reason is because I don’t like to be put in a “category” of traveler.  I go on trips where I stay in luxury hotels, but I will also stay in a wooden hut on a deserted island.  I go to obvious places, but also, take exotic trips such as my honeymoon in India or vacations in Cambodia or Egypt.  I had dinner in a 3 Star Michelin restaurant in Paris but had an amazing experience by having a free lunch sitting on the street consisting of rice from monks in a Bangkok temple.  For me, what’s most important is to live unique moments, enjoy a destination to the maximum and learn a lot from the experience.

What has been the most useful thing you have brought on a trip: Our tripod!  It’s perfect for a romantic trip so we can take pictures for both of us, without bothering our dinners.

What do you enjoy doing the most during your travels: First is to learn from what is different.  New cultures, history, people, food, places and everything that is not part of my knowledge attracts me more.  Second is to take as many beautiful pictures as possible, so I can always travel back when I am at home.

Next travel destination: Costa Rica

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