On this episode of the podcast we chat with Denise Chaykun, the founder of Magical Mystery Tours, which is a travel company that plans your itinerary to a surprise travel destination based on a few preferences you indicate. She was inspired to start the company after a friend asked her to design his vacation based on her travel experience because he didn’t have the time to plan it, and she decided to keep the destination a secret until he got to the airport. From its beginning, Denise designed Magical Mystery Tours to build custom experiences based on her clients’ travel styles, what they want to get out of their vacation, and if they want to be pushed out of their comfort zone, and feels greatly rewarded when Magical Mystery Tours gets feedback from repeat clients that their vacation fit their personalities perfectly.
Denise discovered her love of travel when a job she worked after graduating needed her to travel a lot, and recently completed a longer term road trip in the US with her husband and two dogs, living in AirBnbs along the way. After discovering their ideal travel lifestyle of living in new places for about a month at a time to establish routine, and visiting places like Denver, Texas and (her favourite) Prince Edward Island, Canada, Denise and her husband decided they were ready to slow down and be based out of one place for a while. Now living in Philadelphia, Denise and her husband still make travel a priority by not letting their house and lifestyle take up the majority of their time and financial resources, so they can still be flexible and travel when the opportunity arises.
On this episode we talk about the inspiration behind Denise’s travel company Magical Mystery Tours and how they design great vacations for their clients, the appeal of traveling to a surprise destination where you don’t know what awaits you, and some of the places Magical Mystery Tours has sent clients that are not usually on people’s radar. We also talk to Denise about her recent nomadic lifestyle, the decision to stop traveling, and how you can still make traveling a priority even if you are based out of one place.