Meet Gaëlle De Vriendt
Gaëlle co-creates experiential travelling that liberates the thirst of solo women travellers. She is a liberator.
Her Many Hats
Founder / Life lover / Equestrian / Social networker / Travel addict / World traveller / Travel organizer / Meetup creator
First moment of enlightenment
That moment when I realized some women would rather not travel rather than having to travel alone!
F*ck this shit moment
Last year working in events, I had hard times to cope with the "lows" of the industry. The highs were really intense, challenging and I loved the job, but the weeks after that with barely any work was too hard for me to cope. This on top of the dodgy business ethics and employees dragging the company down... I quit the job to create my business!
Books that transformed her life
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and Grit by Angela Duckworth
One of the hardest moments of her life?
Having to realize that home was not the place I should stay. Realizing that my safe heaven was actually away from home where I could create a stable environment. And this is what I did, I left my 'home" country and I have found a new home here in London! Never felt better.
What used to terrify her?
Public speaking. How did she overcome it? Mindfulness and practice helped.
Where did she Meet her top BFFs
At high school and university. I just want to thank them to be the best friends ever!
We met via a group of friends, and we are now married!
About her Business
About her business (5 words or less)
Connecting and empowering women!
How to attract the right customers
Biggest leap of faith taken in her business?
Launching the business!
MOST THRILLING "HIGH"? MOST CHALLENGING "LOW"?
High • First bookings, happy customers during the trips, going along on the trips and meeting other women.
Low • Constantly trying to find where the next customer is.
False advice being taught in her industry
The travel market is saturated. (NOT at all, so many ways to get creative around it!)
What does She need to do less of in Her business?
HOW DID SHE OVERCOME HER FEAR OF SELLING?
I haven't, but pushing hard to overcome it.
Hardest part about being a trailblazer?
Constantly doing the best without anything in return and keep doing so (at least at the beginning ;-))
What's Next for Her?
Horse-riding in India, New Year's Eve in Thailand and next ski trips in France!
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(First Published Oct 29, 2018)