Today we are taking you behind the scenes to get to know Ashley, Wendy and Krystal - your hosts of the Travel Biz CEO Podcast.
Ashley, Wendy and Krystal came together after hosting Virtual Travel Career Summit’s - online education events for travel entrepreneurs and those looking to enter the industry. Their common background as military spouses brought them together. Their desire to create better education opportunities in the travel industry is what helped them make the leap into a partnership to found Kinship Travel Academy.
In this episode we learn how Ashley got her start in the travel industry when she decided to enter entrepreneurship after working for Carnival Corporation. Seeing that there was more long term potential as a military spouse with a more portable career, she decided to launch Kinship Travel Academy.
After being stationed in Guantanamo Bay (Yep - that Gitmo!) Wendy knew that she really needed to lean into learning digital marketing to get Rebel on the Go off the ground. It was during that experience that she developed a soft spot for military spouses and was drawn to Ashley and Kinship Vacation’s mission to help military spouses find a portable career.
Krystal entered the travel industry partially out of love of travel and partially out of necessity of needing a work from home opportunity. After living in Germany for six years, her love of travel and knowledge of planning travel was cemented. Her oldest daughter was born with a rare brain deformity, which limited traditional working opportunities.
Frustrated by the limited education around digital entrepreneurship in the travel industry, Ashley, Wendy, and Krystal sought after education outside the industry. Launching Kinship Travel Academy was a way to encourage travel entrepreneurs to step out of their comfort zones and modernize their businesses to keep up with the current marketplace.
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Meet your podcast hosts:
Ashley, Krystal, and Wendy are the founders of Kinship Travel Academy and hosts of Travel Biz CEO. What started as a little bit of fun to help educate fellow colleagues in the travel industry, quickly morphed into a passion. Through their educaiton community of Kinship Travel Academy, Ashley, Krystal, and Wendy encourage entrepreneurs to embrace the role of CEO in their business by learning to balance their marketing, business systems, and mindset. You can learn more about them and their program here.