Lillian Rafson wants to inspire you to take a surprise trip to see where life takes you!
She’s the founder of the surprise travel agency Pack Up + Go. She plans 3-day getaways tailored to your individual needs, but you have no idea where you’re going until the day you leave!
You’ve heard me say this before, travel can be so transformative because it takes you out of your typical routine and throws new perspectives at you to see new opportunities you’ve been overlooking.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- Why she quit her job with no safety net to go traveling and how it lead to finding her business idea.
- Why she believes you don’t need social events every day in the office to motivate your team.
- Why she decided not pursuing the fundraising to build her business.
- Why she still uses Squarepace to manage her website.
- Benefits of participating in a pitch competition.
- The moment she realized she could no longer do everything herself in her business.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Embrace discomfort
- Purge your life
- Self-direct your learning
- Build your community
How Lillian Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 6:45 am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Exercise. 2) Eat well. 3) Get a lot of sleep.
- Ideal work environment: Having a dedicated desk in a space where she feels at home, with a social work environment that doesn’t force being social, and having set work hours from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
- Regains focus by: Not forcing herself to work – taking a few minutes to go for a walk around the block or go on social media to remove the distraction.
- 90-day goal: Roll out the new software.
“There’s a big level of trust here, where our travelers know that they’re going to get something personalized and curated to their interests, they just don’t know what those details are.”
“My mindset has always been, ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’ and ‘why not try?'”
If you’re interested in taking a trip as a way to check back in with yourself, Lillian shared this advice to make the most of it:
1) Remember that it doesn’t have to be a huge expense.
2) It’s not about checking things off a list or spending a ton of money, it’s about changing your scenery and going to a new place.