This summer we've featured some ways to get off the awful dating apps and meet people back in the real world, aka IRL dating. While City Swoon and We Met IRL are fantastic speed dating companies you should definitely be checking out (see Episodes 74 & 75), this episode is still in keeping with IRL dating experiences, but it's also a bit more.
In July I traveled to Peru with a company called Flack Pack, a boutique adventure travel company offering excursions for solo group travel for people in the 30's and 40's. Co-founder Lee Thompson found that in his 30's he wanted to see the world, but friends were often unavailable, and because he and his co-founder Radha Vyas (now wife!) couldn't find any cool companies that catered to their age group, they decided to create their own.
You could meet someone on a solo group trip to Peru or elsewhere, but their mission is broader: to create one million friendships. It's extremely difficult to create and maintain a friend group, especially as we get older and especially as a single person. It's simultaneously so essential to our well-being and in a post-pandemic time, it couldn't be more crucial. So while Flash Pack is about joining like-minded people for the trip of a lifetime, it's even more so about human connection and community.
I'm so excited to sit down with Lee to learn about how he went from a viral "selfie with Jesus" to one of the leading travel group companies. We also talk about Flash Pack's new blog series SOLO and why it's so important to be having honest conversations about loneliness right now.
I hope this episode inspires you - if you're itching to travel you don't need to wait for anyone to show up in your life to do so. Say yes to yourself and go out and see the world!
Learn more about Flash Pack here!