[148] Why Adventure, Business and Philanthropy are a Perfect Trio with Scott Brills

Posted on /by Natalie Sisson/ in Podcast / 7 comments

148 QuoteMy motto for the Suitcase Entrepreneur has been Create freedom in business and adventure in life for as long as I’ve run my business. It’s also something I live and breathe by.

But I have to say I’m put to shame when it comes to real adventuring by my good friend Scott Brills. He’s managed to make a full-time gig out of doing what he loves, going on crazy adventures and giving back. A pretty perfect trio for a full life!

How does 3,500km (2,200 mile) on a pan-Indian Rickshaw Run adventure in 3 weeks sound while helping to provide clean water and sanitation? Or driving an old car from London to Mongolia to raise money to build a kindergarten? Or organizing yet another group outing to Burning Man to just party like a rockstar?

From a web development firm and consulting, to travel hacking and now setting up a safari business, Scott has much to teach us all about the importance of adding adventure into our lives and combining that with entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

As I discovered in our interview, it’s not just about the challenge, it’s about incorporating this into your way of life and using the lessons learned to improve your business and life on every front.

But how do you choose your adventures, schedule them in, and make it sustainable, enjoyable and profitable?

Listen to this episode to find out.

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What you’ll learn in this podcast:

  • How energizing, tiring, logistically fun it really is to organize your adventures and itinerary for a year
  • How Scott took all the things he loved and was good at to create a business and lifestyle he loved
  • Scott’s favorite adventure to date, how he fits them in and why they’re so important to him
  • Why it’s important to go on adventures and what they teach you
  • The surprising challenges of doing business from anywhere and how to handle them
  • Scott’s favorite travel hacking tips

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  • Sasha Peakall

    Love all your podcasts but particularly loved this one! I can really relate to Scott’s story. I started off my business journey as a freelance we designer because “I was good at it” and I could live from anywhere but pretty soon I realised it was becoming too much of a “job” and I found myself with the same dissatisfaction as I had when I worked a day job. Fast forward to now and for the past 8 months I’ve been living in Laos trying to launch a tourism business in Vang Vieng with my Lao partner. Our idea was this business could also support the non-profit we launched early 2014 finically. But we’ve learned more slowly then I would have liked that it is hell of a lot more difficult to set up a “tangible” business here then we anticipated for the same reasons Scott mentioned for Africa, the bureaucracy, lack of set systems and the most problematic, bribes.

    I don’t know if we will stick with the “tangible” business concept at this stage but it’s great to hear the story from someone going through a similar thing!

    Thanks Natalie for creating these podcast, I’m really stating to believe that some of the things I thought were impossible to achieve for my life just might be possible! 🙂

  • Love all your podcasts but particularly loved this one! I can really relate to Scott’s story. I started off my business journey as a freelance we designer because “I was good at it” and I could live from anywhere but pretty soon I realised it was becoming too much of a “job” and I found myself with the same dissatisfaction as I had when I worked a day job. Fast forward to now and for the past 8 months I’ve been living in Laos trying to launch a tourism business in Vang Vieng with my Lao partner. Our idea was this business could also support the non-profit we launched early 2014 finically. But we’ve learned more slowly then I would have liked that it is hell of a lot more difficult to set up a “tangible” business here then we anticipated for the same reasons Scott mentioned for Africa, the bureaucracy, lack of set systems and the most problematic, bribes.

    I don’t know if we will stick with the “tangible” business concept at this stage but it’s great to hear the story from someone going through a similar thing!

    Thanks Natalie for creating these podcast, I’m really stating to believe that some of the things I thought were impossible to achieve for my life just might be possible! 🙂

  • Jennifer Zivic

    Hey Natalie – I drove from Denver to Dallas round trip last week – about 25 hours. I think I spent 3/4 of that listening to about 20 of your episodes! Always love your podcasts. That’s how I first found you and you never cease to impress!
    Big love as always. JZ, The Adventure Travel Gal

  • Jennifer Zivic

    Hey Natalie – I drove from Denver to Dallas round trip last week – about 25 hours. I think I spent 3/4 of that listening to about 20 of your episodes! Always love your podcasts. That’s how I first found you and you never cease to impress!
    Big love as always. JZ, The Adventure Travel Gal

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