We attended the FIRST EVER Wanderfest in New Orleans hosted by Wanderful and loved every moment of it. The festival was made for travel lovers, entrepreneurs, and those looking to explore different cultures and destinations. It was valuable to meet other small business owners dealing with the same roller coaster that is entrepreneurship with us! No matter what anyone tells you, starting a business is REALLY hard. Joining a community like Wanderful and participating in an event was a great reminder of how important human connection is. After meeting everyone who attended, we wanted to recap our top three takeaways!
What really resonated is how so many small businesses help third world countries and local economies through travel. When travel stopped in 2020 it affected people in more ways than we can even imagine. It’s so important for people to understand the country they are visiting and how they can support local businesses, culture, and learn ways they can give back during their trip.
We spoke with a lot of attendees about their existing businesses and how they want to grow their bottom line. We have always believed in multiple revenue streams, and it was interesting to learn from others and see the many ways they earn money. Also, a lot of people don’t own a “business” but are simply self-employed which gives them the freedom they desire (digital nomads for example) but are earning money online in a variety of ways. This lifestyle is possible, but you need to surround yourself with the right people.
Everyone has a different definition of what financial freedom means to them. During Wanderfest, we saw that the freedom to live your life as you see fit is more important than the finances itself. The American Dream has changed, and people don’t want to be behind a desk from 9am-5pm. At HBK we believe people want autonomy in their work, the ability to be creative and most importantly the opportunity to be your own boss. If you can earn a living working for yourself while maintaining the flexibility to see the world you are truly living the NEW American Dream.
After leaving Wanderfest, we feel so inspired to help anyone start an online travel business, big or small. We thank you so much for stopping by our table, sharing feedback, collaborating, and your willingness to learn more about us!