Inspiring Travelling Couples | Ashley Michael | AdventurPro
Tell us about AdventurPro where Adventure Awaits. What inspired you to create it?
We are a husband and wife duo who created a couple’s travel blog to capture our awesome adventures with each other around the world while being able to inspire others. Our inspiration came from our love for travel with each other and the bond we created building memories that would last a lifetime. While our friends were saving up for the latest iphone, etc, we always found ourselves saving up for our next trip. Although we were living in Los Angeles, commuting to our full-time corporate jobs and living the cultural idea of “success”, we were living somebody else’s dream. We wanted to pursue our own passions in finding a way to earn a living by doing what we love.
That sounds really inspiring and interesting. How did you come up with the idea for it?
In 2016, one of our vacation videos was seen by a resort we had stayed at and they reached out to us to ask if they could use some of the footage in their promotional video. This was the start of AdventurPro. We had always wanted to pursue a life of travel full time and this inspired us to make our dreams a reality.
Where and how did you both meet one another?
We met in college at a mutual friend’s house in the summer of 2010. While Michael’s friends told him they were going to a house party, it ended up being an all girl’s night slumber party. Ashley was also unaware that anyone else was coming over, as she was in a ponytail, pajamas, and no makeup. The comical night turned into an instant connection and we became the best of friends which later blossomed into love.
What is your definition of a travel insider?
A travel insider focuses within the hospitality and tourism industry. We work with tourism boards, PR agencies, resorts, hotels, tour companies, airlines, and cruise lines. Exceptional travel experiences require more than just reading a map or being able to google and navigate. It requires insight or a personal story. We provide digital storytelling, brand ambassadorship, social media campaigns, and sponsored content. We can carry your words, far and wide, allowing them to feel like they are a less biased recommendation. 79% of consumers believe brands should be less intrusive, and that is where we step in.
Clearly a couple with a lot of plans, we’re wondering – where are you off to next
We have partnered with multiple tourism boards and our next destination will be Asia!
What are your future plans for AdventurPro?
Our future plans involve pina coladas, unlimited kisses, and crossing off bucket list destinations with each other! We also plan for continued growth and positive success in our business. Everyday we come up with new creative ideas for content and we hope to keep inspiring people around the world.
Michael, what is the most romantic thing that Ashley has ever done for you?
In June 2016 we had planned to take a trip for my 30th birthday to the Maldives, however, the night before we left Ashley had a little surprise. I remember arriving home from work that day to find a Range Rover limo with 30 of our closest family and friends waiting to pop champagne in honor of my birthday. Ashley had planned an amazing birthday celebration at none other than the famous Castaway restaurant in Burbank, CA. The entire night was unforgettable as we partied into the night with 180-degree views of the city. Even though everyone was looking at me, I was only looking at her and thinking to myself how lucky of a husband I was to have such an incredible wife.
Ashley, what is the most romantic thing that Michael has ever done for you?
Michael hopelessly knocked me off my feet when he proposed on Mt. Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii in August of 2014. We took a helicopter ride over where they filmed Jurassic Park and through the road to Hana where we viewed the seven sacred waterfalls and the wonders of the world before landing on Mt. Haleakala. Upon landing, we popped pineapple champagne, took some pictures with the most amazing scenic views, and Michael surprised me with a video. This video changed my life!!! I had always created travel videos of our adventures in the past and he said he created one to surprise me. However, little did I know at the end of this video, Michael had filmed himself asking my dad for permission to marry me followed by my father giving us a speech. As I looked up crying tears of happiness, he was on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said YES! He then showed me another video of some of our friends and family back home saying congratulations! The tears kept flowing! It was truly the most romantic and happiest moment of my life! We flew back to our resort where we went to a luau for dinner and our family was there to surprise us with a big congratulations!!!
Where is the most amazing place that you’ve visited and would recommend to everyone that you meet?
Bora Bora!! This was a trip of a lifetime! From overwater huts on the clearest water we have ever seen to world-class scuba diving with manta rays, it was absolute paradise! The experience truly left us speechless and we highly recommend to make Bora Bora the top of your bucket list!
How would you describe yourselves as a couple?
We are definitely thrill seekers and adventure lovers! Our favorite experiences have been scuba diving with sharks and manta rays in Bora Bora, swimming with whalesharks in the Maldives, playing with elephants in Thailand, feeding salt-water crocodiles down under in Australia, hang-gliding waterfalls in Maui, splashing through volcanoes in Santorini, climbing the pyramids in Mexico, and skydiving the California coast! In addition, we have a strong love for food! Our best experience was road-tripping through Italy eating our way through Northern Caprese, pizza, and tiramisu to Southern pastas, carbonaras, and canolis! We also can’t forget about the gelato!! It was truly an experience!
Describe your dream trip if money and time were no object?
Our absolute dream trip would be to start in Antarctica and end in the Galapagos! It is our dream to get up close with the penguins, walk among the massive colonies, and kayak through the glaciers in Antarctica! In the Galapagos, our dream is to experience the extreme scuba diving including the famous Shark Point and visit the giant tortoises!
What one piece of advice would you give to people that are looking to follow in your footsteps and set up as travel insiders?
Don’t be afraid to take that first step! Big journeys begin with little steps so create the life you want to live. The perfect time is now! When setting up as a travel insider or influencer, do not get discouraged and even if you get a hundred no’s, keep pursuing until you get a yes! Everyone is on different paths, it is your job to stay true to yourself and follow your heart.
And finally, what do you love most about travelling together – and what do you hate?
We love discovering new places together that we have never been and creating new experiences that create a strong bond, deeper connection, and trust between us which makes us fall more in love. The best moments in life are those you spend with the one you love and we love being able to share those once in a lifetime experiences with each other. We love that travelling together has tested us in many ways and it has only made us stronger. We have had to adapt to last minute changes and scary situations as well which we were able to face and conquer together.
We don’t hate anything about travelling together but we do hate that airlines put a weight limit on luggage, which at times can cause us to be dressed in four layers of clothing on a jam-packed flight!
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