“If you’re lucky enough to still have grandparents, visit them, cherish them and celebrate them while you can.” - Regina Brett
Not every body gets the chance to meet their grandparents. Not all of us get a chance to be mature adults and have real conversations with them either. The Lifestyle Project’s team has been extremely fortunate to have grown up with four loving grandparents who have taught us priceless lessons that have formed who we are us people. In order to understand the ethos of our company, you have to understand what our ideas have been influenced by.
Our company is different. It isn’t your conventional idea, and our intention is not to become millionaires off of this. The context for personalized travel doesn’t allow us to take on too many projects, otherwise the quality would deteriorate. So why would we pursue such an idea to begin with? Why bother, if you aren’t going to get rich right?
Our motivations for running a company like this come from the following four lessons.
1)It is important to be fair.
When we treat others with respect and we try to do the right thing, good things will happen. With tourism, everyone is trying to make an extra dollar. A lot of destinations have “tourism menus” where they charge a little bit extra to the susceptible travellers simply because they won’t know any better. This type of attitude trickles through and unfortunately people end up paying way more than what the locals do. Travel companies create packages with predetermined prices on them and this results in you getting a generic experience. The Lifestyle Project however, designs the best possible trip to fit your budget so that you pay what you are comfortable with. Within your own budget, we curate a wide variety of activities based off of your own personal interests. No two trips will be the same. Our fees are upfront and your budget is respected. We think that this is a unique and fair way to operate.
2) It is best to take on a positive attitude.
Life is full of challenges, but how we decide to approach them changes everything. Some of us are natural optimists but for others it takes a great deal of effort to see the bright side of things. Anything is possible if we take on a positive attitude. We see challenges as opportunities to learn and to grow. We see designing experiences for others as a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life. By taking on a positive approach, we are naturally inclined to act in a way that enhances the overall mood of our customers. We want others to have a good time, and positivity tends to be contagious. We pack this positivity up into a package of enthusiasm and connect with others so that they too can overcome the challenges that life will present. For us, it is worth trying to manifest a positive outcome.
3) Be humble, we are all equals.
We all benefit from the actions of others. In 2018, we are lucky to experience some of the highest standards of living precisely because those who came before us made sacrifices. Hard work and heart can help achieve fantastic feats, but we must remember that almost nothing is done alone. The Lifestyle Project understands that we are in a lucky situation to be able to start our business. We don’t take this freedom for granted and we wouldn’t be in this situation if it wasn’t for the countless investments from others in our time. No matter what level of success one reaches, we see it as a collective gain. Our team-focused approach sees win-win as the only way to go about business and we only feel that we have won if our customers have enjoyed themselves. We are all in this together and we treat others as we would like to be treated.
4) Do something good for others.
It just feels good to be nice. When you see someone else enjoy their time a bit more because you have made an effort to think of them, it justifies the action. We all get pleasure from giving to others and the senior community is a stellar example of how volunteering can impact the community. Helping others provides us with a deep meaning for what we do. We believe it is worth trading up our time to offer these services because we can make a traveling experience more fruitful for someone. We spend countless hours trying to think outside the box for our customers so that they can enjoy their time more profoundly. We go the extra mile because we care.
We have been lucky to do a lot of amazing things in our lives, but our times with our grandparents have been the best moment. Time is best spent sharing the simple pleasures with those you care about so don’t hesitate to reach out to any of your loved ones and express how you feel.
There are lots of lessons to be learned in this life, we just hope to give back what has been given to us.
Let’s change the way we travel, together.
The Lifestyle Project