Founder of Coast to Costa and RAUMP
There’s also Coast to Costa, in which I organize and curate personalized group travel experiences in Mexico and Spain...and wherever else anyone wants to go!
If you have multiple jobs and/or skills, which one do you wish you could do more often?
I currently am opening both of my travel brands by myself, which I could totally do full time and then some BUT to pay them bills, I am also a server at a super rad restaurant called Gracias Madre. I’m pretty sure it’s called HUSTLING! My aim is to do local LA and international tours full time.
Give us a specific example of how you do your job like a BOSS.
Last month, I was leading a group to Oaxaca, Mexico for day of the dead. There were 19 of us on the plane to Mexico City, the rest of the group were already there waiting (6 more). We get to Mexico City and our flight had left earlier than scheduled. They told us the only option is to fly out the NEXT afternoon, meaning we would lose a whole day waiting in an airport. I decided, NAH, man!
I quickly got us into 3 van taxis to the main bus station. Bought 22 (we picked up more stranded people on the way) bus tickets and were on our way in less than an hour. Done and done!
What are all the tools (digital or physical) you use on a regular basis?
I am pretty old school. I have a notebook that I write everything down in everyday. There are literally hundreds of pages of contacts that I meet, different ideas and tons and tons of to do lists. Sometimes I go through it just to make sure all the to dos are crossed out. They all are!
What are you working on right now?
Currently working on updating my websites, look for the new and improved in January. Have an upcoming trip to Tulum, Mexico for closing weekend of BPM/chilling on the beach January 15-20.
Also working on a DTLA RAUMP for January. Bars and food all afternoon!
What is frustrating you right now?
Not enough time. I feel like there is just SO much to do when starting a business (or two) and not enough time to do it. Plus, it’s just me. I’m also still trying to figure out this whole new world of social media.
What are you putting off right now, but you know you have to get to, but you haven’t had the time?
The website, the website, the website. I have needed to update the Coast to Costa one for like a year now. It only shows Spain trips and not the other Mexico ones that I now provide.
If you could hire someone for $20/hour, what would you have them do to make your day easier?
Probably my social media, web updates...that sort of thing. It doesn’t come easily for me. I am much better at bringing people together and curating amazing vacations. The internet and I aren’t that coo.
If you could talk to an expert to gain more insight on something, what would it be about?
Working in restaurants for years and now doing travel for a living, I admire Anthony Bourdain. I’ve read all of his books and love his take on travel/eating local foods. He seems to have the ideal job. Travel and eat...sign me up.
I mainly get inspired when I get out of my bubble and explore new places. I feel like I am at my most inspired when I am somewhere new.
What kind of opportunities/projects are you looking for right now?
Currently, I am starting to plan upcoming trips for 2015. So far, it is coming along nicely. I am trying to plan them out WAY in advance to keep the price low and make it less stressful for me.
Right now, we have Tulum in January, then we are heading back for our Spain tapas and vino (my favorite because I lived in Spain for 4 years) in June, a surf and whale watching trip to a beautiful pueblo right oustide of Sayulita, Mexico, that is PARADISE and then back to Oaxaca for day of the dead in November. Thats what I am doing solo but there are some sweet collaborations coming up!
Plus, LA walking tours in between.
How are you looking for these opportunities/projects right now?
Well, getting that website updated with all of the upcoming trips is a start. Currently I have been relying on Instagram to fill my trips but need some ideas of different ways to market to reach a wider audience. I’m totally open to suggestions!
Describe your ideal collaboration.
I am working on a concept with a few different people in which we would marry the idea of working remotely with tropical vacationing. We would have a beautiful house/work space for people to co exist in. Make some new business connections and friends, collaborate on future projects, and work on existing ones all while having the time of their lives.
Describe a client/partner you would rather not have. What are your deal breakers?
My philosophy is that I want people to learn to value vacation their time off from their jobs as much as they would eating healthily or exercising. I do not feel that people place enough value on leaving their routine, getting away and relaxing. It is seen as just “fucking off” and I do not agree with that. I believe that when you travel, you get back in touch with yourself and what is important in your life.
So I couldn’t work with someone who disagrees with that!
What is your hourly rate, retainer, or salary range?
I can’t really afford to pay anyone at this point but I can alway work off a discount from one of my trips! These projects are funded entirely by ME. I LOVE doing travel trades, ehem ehem!
How should someone approach you about working with you?
You can call me anytime before 4 pm (that’s when the night job begins) any day of the week. I likes me some old fashioned phone calls. (415)- 601-6631. Just say hi and we can have a conversation. I like those!
Or an email is always good. Ya know, hollerin! email@example.com is the best email for me.
This member profile was originally published on January 2015.