Sean Mulhern – Australia
Sean Mulhern – Australia
Pierre Araman – UK
Joe Silk – UK
Hugo Trygg – Sweden
Dusty Brown – Australia
Milly Tamati – New Zealand
Ollie Khedun – Australia
Amy Morris – Australia
I find the worst thing about getting to play around with an amazing new website (thanks Amy!) is being forced to populate it with sections like this.
The temptation when you own your own business is to use this section to absolutely go nuts, lavishing yourself in praise and achievements whilst attempting to disguise your ego by writing it all in third person.
So here goes nothing …
I worked in sales. I was half decent at it but I lost my way big time. I initially thought it was because I had just somehow just lost it (any alpha male reading this will relate that its hard sometimes to look yourself in the mirror and question if you are not the man you once were but that’s exactly where I found myself). It’s only recently, and after forming One Life Adventures, that I realized why I fell so far – and so quickly.
I had ZERO passion for what I was doing!
I have absolutely loved travelling since I was a boy, as I turned older I joined the corporate rat race, the one feeling that I always remember being so special was being overseas and especially the pure bliss of getting away from the 9-5 grind. To be honest, waging a personal war on the 9-5 was never my intention at the outset but the more I think about it, the more I know this is exactly what I want this company to do as I genuinely believe that all great things happen away from your mouse and keyboard.
So how did it all happen? Well, I could sit here and say that One Life Adventures was a product of 5-10 years of strategic planning, testing and deliberating but I would be lying. I simply looked at the market and saw that bigger companies were asking their customers to constantly cover additional costs on tour. Worse than that, they were sprinkling rather than pouring inclusions over their tours. I pitched this idea to a mate (and well respected member of the industry) that I trusted and before you know it and after many, many hours and sleepless nights, we launched. Fortunately, the industry got behind us (which I will address further shortly) and gave us the push we so desperately needed to get this baby off the ground.
I’m certainly not an expert thought leader by any stretch of the imagination but for what it’s worth if I could pass on one piece of advice as I sit here with a platform to do so, it would be to dig deep and face your weaknesses, fears and problems head on. You never know, things might just turn out well based on changes you make from doing so. That’s what I did at least and that’s why I sit here writing this.
Anyway, before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s important to state the obvious and recognize that compared to market, One Life Adventures is still a tiny little company. We have however, since starting this thing, made more progress than I ever thought was possible and without making this sound like an Oscars acceptance speech, there are people that I would like to thank for that publicly.
Firstly, I have an amazing business partner who balances my mood swings when things aren’t moving as quickly as I want them to move. He’s way smarter than me, better with people and just generally good at what he does, thank god!
Secondly, we have the best staff in the industry – I firmly believe that. As I write this, I can hand on heart say we have not had a single member of staff resign since we started. This of course, won’t last forever but it’s something I see as a big marker of who we are as an organization and who Pierre and I are as leaders and as human beings.
Finally, to each and every industry professional, especially those travel agents out there who I know, just like we do, work so hard to give their customers the best possible experiences and in doing so have recommended our tour, I am forever in your debt.
I am very proud to be associated with One Life Adventures which is so much more than a travel company.
I am a really lucky and grateful guy.
I have been traveling for as long as I can remember. It’s in my blood. Holding 2 passports and having lived and worked in 7 different countries, I live for the thrill you get when discovering a new place. Not just scratching the surface, but completely immersing yourself in local life. I fell in love with Asia from my very first visit as a child. The raw energy of Asia is what keeps me coming back for more.
It was after working in the tourism industry for 5 years that I started looking for something more. I was in my late 20s and started asking myself the same question most people ask themselves at some point or another “Is this all there is?”
I met Sean at a small restaurant in Bangkok and we got chatting about the possibilities out there. At the time we both were too absorbed in what we were doing that the ideas just remained ideas.
After I left Thailand it took a further year before we even met again! Fast-forward to Australia. Sean is in the corporate world and I’m running a travel agency on the other side of the country. We meet again and inevitably started throwing ideas around, only this time they didn’t stay ideas.
Within a day we had agreed to start a tour, within 2 days we had the name, and within a week we had officially registered One Life Adventures.
While juggling our day jobs, and with the support from an outstanding team and my amazing wife Emily, we built One Life Adventures into what it is today.
I have known our operations manager Joe for years and he was my immediate first choice for the role. Thankfully he accepted and we have never looked back. I feel lucky to be part of this project with a business partner who is constantly pushing us forward, and a team who share the same values and passion as I do.
One Life Adventures is not just my business, it’s also the motto of how I live my life. You get one chance to experience as much of this world as possible. Explore more.
In 2011, Joe made the decision to move abroad, a decision that was tough at the time, but ultimately paid dividends.
Working in travel has been a more rewarding experience than he could ever have possibly imagined, after working his way through China, SE Asia, Bali, Australia and the Philippines
After visiting The Philippines briefly in 2012 (his first taste of SE Asia) he immediately fell in love with the white beaches, the overflowing craziness of Manila’s estranged streets, the excitement oozing out of every backpacker’s tales, the rickety tricycles and jeepneys that line the busy streets and the green nature that flowed across the land. It was then that he decided that travelling was a life worth living and life worth working for.
After a year in Australia and a brief stint in Bali, getting the call to come and work for One Life Adventures (a start-up travel company but with incredible potential) was an offer too good to turn down.
Now traversing his way over the beaches of Palawan, the shores of El Nido and back to the estranged streets of Manila, Joe is usually found under a palm tree drinking red horse working on his laptop, aiding to build a company to show the rest of the world why travel, is a life worth living as well.
Having worked in the sightseeing and tourism industry in Stockholm since high school, Hugo has continued his passion for working in travel on three different continents.
For him, working as a tour guide is the most rewarding role in the business, since, once you book your tour it’s up to your guide in making sure that you create memories for life.
Having possessed an affinity for travel since his parents took his brother and himself backpacking through Indonesia and Malaysia when he was five years old, to work and travel at the same time is a dream come true. Before he was 12 he had already backpacked Central America, Europe and South East Asia so when he got the opportunity to join One Life Adventures, a small but rapidly growing company, he was quick to go live the dream.
According to Hugo, “The Philippines is hugely rewarding in so many different ways”. Everything from the food to the scenery is flawless but it was the smiles, the warmth and the hospitality of the local people that made him fall in love with a country that he now calls home.
Come and join him in paradise and he will show you his world.
Having been lucky enough to have a father who worked in the airline industry coupled with a hippy mother, Dusty has grown up travelling the world. Exploring Africa, India, the USA and most of Europe, travelling has always been a way of life.
Travelling with family at a young age can be an incredible experience, but it was time to do it on his own, with nothing more than a backpack and a curious sense of adventure. After buying a one-way ticket to Bangkok, 18 months later he had traveled and worked all over South East Asia, finally came to a halt at what he thinks as one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Philippines.
The Philippines had stolen his heart especially when being able to work there with a company that is bringing like minded people to collectively explore its beauty. Dusty has been guiding for One Life Adventures pretty much from the get go and has watched the company grow and sees the potential it has. He has witnessed people’s life change as they leave from their busy, stressful life to unwind and be amazed. White sand, crystal clear water, pristine landscape The Philippines is more then paradise, it’s heaven.
Doing the tour countless times, Dusty feels like its still his first time. Each tour has its own atmosphere as he gets to make friends for life along the way. Showing countless people the Philippines and inspiring them to travel is the most rewarding thing he has ever done and now he feels right at home, overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality that locals always provide.
Hey, I’m Milly! I grew up in a small country town in New Zealand and at 21 I finished uni and realized there was a big wide world out there, packed a backpack and have barely been back since. I’ve been traveling and working all around the world for almost 5 years now. Some of my best memories are of diving with great white sharks in Africa, hiking through jungles in Central America and celebrating Holi festival in India. Traveling is my whole life and I’m super fortunate to be able to share my passion through guiding people through some of the coolest places on earth!
Hi, Ollie here. After years of suit wearing and deal making, I decided to sell up and explore the other side of the world. For me, that was New Zealand where I fell in love with it’s ever-changing landscape, it’s people, and it’s attitude that anything can happen.