We like to profile businesses and people that we think are doing great things. Health and Fitness Travel is right up there. Combining the love of travel with the importance of health and well being. As soon as we heard about it from one of the founders, Sam Lippiatt, we had to know more. Read here about how Sam started the business and why she’s passionate about running the company!
Name: Samantha Lippiatt
Business: Health and Fitness Travel
Position: Co-Founder and Managing Director
Country of Residence: Australia
Business Phone: 1300 551 353
Give us your elevator pitch. What does your business do?
Health and Fitness Travel is a luxury wellness travel company specialising in creating exceptional healthy holidays around the world. We are Australia’s only dedicated health and wellness travel agency.
Why did you start your business?
To combine my passion for travel with my personal interest in well-being, initially I planned to run my own retreats after a healthy life overhaul. However during my research phase I identified a gap in the market for a specialist travel business in the Australian market and I knew there was an opportunity to connect wellness focused travellers with their perfect holidays worldwide.
What’s your passion?
Travel is my number one passion and I believe that our health is the most undervalued wealth, we take it for granted far too often.
What do you love most about running your business?
Positive customer feedback, there is nothing more rewarding than hearing a guest say “Thank you, your business helped me have the perfect holiday experience”.
What are three difficulties you face in running your business?
- Time – There is never enough hours in a day
- Boundaries – When you work for yourself it can be hard to separate days from nights. Especially in the initial growth phase when you are wearing many hats.
- Patience – Learning to have patience and plan accordingly has been a big lesson for me in the past few years.
What are three pieces of advice you would give to someone starting their own business?
- Begin, don’t be afraid to fail fast and know there are very, very few overnight successes. The success comes from the long haul, so get prepared for that.
- Ask for help, there are plenty of people who have experience they are very open to sharing.
- Make your health and relationships a priority, it will keep you in a better place mentally and physically.
Tell us, with an anecdote, why your business has changed your life?
My business allows me the opportunity to visit many of our beautiful partners, the laptop is always packed and I am working on the go but on retreat my days might include a heavenly massage in Thailand, hiking the sub-alpine Alps in New Zealand or a dive in aquamarine water in the Maldives.
How do you manage a work/life balance?
I have an incredible husband who is a great support and has been from day 1. Keeping active is important for me, I like to get outdoors every day, I have recently started stand up paddle boarding and love being on the water. I also love traveling which is often blended with work now.
What movie most inspires you in running your business?
I am not sure which movie but I love this Youtube video – First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy
The best book to read before starting a business or when running a business?
Tim Ferris – 4 hour work week. I love this, it really resonates with me.
I believe automation and outsourcing are two key steps to business success and happiness. And I want to run my business from wherever I am, not have my business run my life. Last year I was abroad for more than 100 days of the year.
Your favourite inspiration/ motivation/ business quote?
“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”
The four words which best describe your business?
Specialist, Professional, Friendly, Influential.