Mark Vlaskamp walked from his Marketing Director job in pursuit of being 100% happy and embarked on a road trip chasing down his passion of fishing and documented his journey at CanoeVibes. He covered 15,482 miles through 37 states in his jeep with his canoe on the top and everything he needed to live inside.
But even with all of the planning, he still faced immediate self-doubt on mile #2 when he thought to himself, have I just screwed up my life. But he didn’t and he’s used his experience to propel him into the next phase of his life and new career.
We caught up with Mark outside of Austin Beer Garden Brewing in south Austin.
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In this episode we discuss…
His career as a Marketing Director at YakGear.
His meticulous planning of his road trip.
How he was going to make money on the road blogging about his adventures.
How he developed relationships with sponsors.
How he felt driving out of Houston on mile 1 and the panic that he had at mile 2.
The route on his 15,482 mile road trip.
Receiving 6 job offers throughout his road trip and turning them all down.
What he would have done over again and the lessons that he learned.
His current role with a startup, The Folde, saving people a few hours each week to go do something cool.
Documenting their customer’s stories to promote their startup.
If you liked Mark’s story, check out podcast episode #58 Bobby White of Sailing Doodles that was forced to quit his Pilot career after a brain hemorrhage and decided to buy a sailboat and see the world from the sea.
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