Ace: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Britt: I am the Founder of Origin Travels, the adventure travel company for young professional women. I am currently running good vibe retreats that nurture your wild, and nourish your soul.
Ace: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Britt: I have dedicated the last 10 years to jump on a plane every chance I’ve had. Pretty sights and delicious food aside, embarking abroad has given me the opportunity to think on my feet, find my way in the world without wifi, trust the guidance of others, use my body to conquer natural landscapes, and take risks. Ultimately, it is the times that I have allowed myself to nurture wild ambitions did I walk away feeling a little more sure of myself, a little more confident (badass, really). It pained me to see that so many women were rejecting travel opportunities due to insecurities of travelling alone, so I started Origin Travels to empower self-identified women to boldly explore the wild, beautiful world in the company of an like-minded group.
Ace: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Britt: Thinking back, I wanted to be a marine biologist, or an actress – neither of which involved me sitting at a desk from 9-5, so I think my 10-year old self would be proud of where I am today! That being said, the other day my mom found a business card I had made for myself, and my title was “Money Maker” of the Billionaire Girl’s Club. I can’t say that I was destined for a life of travel from day one, but I always had a knack for dreaming big.
Ace: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Britt: Intuitive. Adventurous. Clumsy.
Ace: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Britt: My recently late grandmother, Gizella. She lived up to the age of 92 on her own, in a 4-storey house, swam laps at the gym three times a week, and visited the casino that was two hours away once a week. Up until the last few months when her cancer took over, I swear she could run up the stairs faster than I could. She was a Holocaust survivor, so she was hard wired to not let her situation impact her ability to thrive. Her vigour taught me a lot about mind over matter.
Ace: What does the term “Boss Babe” mean to you?
Britt: COMMUNITY. I swear, I am not sure where I would be without being surrounded by a community of badass women who work tirelessly so make their dreams happen.
Ace: How do you empower other women?
Britt: Living life outside of your daily routine and comfort zone is one the most impactful ways to realize how dynamic, strong, and unique you are as a person. Travel – even if it’s to a town an hour away - is one of the best ways to explore yourself. When you are outside what’s comfortable, your awareness of your surroundings is heightened, you chance trying new things, share a laugh with someone you’ve never met, your day is dictated by the random events life throws at you. My goal is to increase the safe accessibility of off-the-beaten-path places for young women so that we can feel supported in this type of exploration.
Ace: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?
Britt: The bathroom stall at my women-specific co-working space, Make Lemonade, is graffitied with some of the best 1-liners I have come across. “Make your own money and marry someone funny”, is one of my favourites. There was also a time where I was debating signing up for real estate school as a plan B, just in case this travel biz didn’t work out for me, and someone told me: “J Lo says that if you have a Plan B, that’s the plan you are taking.” I never signed up for that real estate course. One month later I had an investor approach me to take equity in my travel business. I guess JLo was right!
Ace: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
Britt: The biggest lesson I’ve learned from failure is how to deal with the anxiety that comes with it. I had started my business with my boyfriend by my side, and never realized how much I relied on his physical presence to get through the hard days - until he left for a 10-day ski trip in the wake of some business turmoil. I didn’t sleep the first night, or days after, due to paralyzing anxiety that kept me up. Learning ways to cope with the anxiety alone was one of the hardest experiences I’ve ever had, but I can now say that I have practices in place to keep the fear at bay. It was a really important development to manage the day to day stress that comes with being an entrepreneur.
Ace: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Britt: It’s simple… actually take a break. Getting outside really helps clear my head, there’s nothing like birds chirping and fresh air to quiet the chatter in my brain for a while.
Ace: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?
Britt: Paving the way for young women to boldly explore the world.
Ace: Where can we find out more about you so we can continue to support you?
Stay connected with Brittany: @origintravels