We had the good fortune of connecting with Autumn Vassell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Autumn, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea for my business came from my love of travel. For the past 5 years, I have enjoyed traveling the world and experiencing new cultures. It have been my favorite hobby and what I am known to always do. My family and friends would always ask, “where am I headed next” or “when is my next trip”. As a result, I would get a lot of questions from them on travel advice or destination recommendations. This triggered the idea of making a business out of it. I knew with my experience that I could help a lot of people who aren’t familiar with traveling or are looking to travel affordably.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The thing that sets me apart from others is my determination. I’ve always set goals for my self and done whatever it takes to achieve them. When I started college, I wanted to be an engineer. I worked hard day in and out to graduate in 4 years with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Engineering. When I wanted to go to graduate school, I re-organized my schedule and got my MBA while working full-time as an engineer. However, while in grad school, I went through a lot of life-changing events from losing my grandmother at the start of 2020 to the pandemic and to losing my full-time job all within a span of three months. I was truly at a very low point and knew I needed a change to turn things around. That’s when the idea of entrepreneurship became a possibility. This was the determination I needed to start businesses of my own. I knew it was time to invest in myself and what better way to do then with my favorite hobby, traveling.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite restaurant for dinner is Yebo Beach Haus, amazing food with a beautiful ambiance. During the weekend on a summer day, Rooftop LOA is a must. The view from the pool is unmatched and the food/drinks are good too. In that same area, is the Interlock filled with fun things like Puttshack, Holiday Bar, and Kinjo Room. On a Friday night, I love to hangout at Views, a Detroit owned bar and grill for a night out. The Beltline and Ponce City Market has tons of things to do and restaurants for families or a friendly hangout.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout my mom, Lydia Teasley. She has been encouraging me for the past year to do something business-related with my travel like blogging or starting a business. My mom has always been my biggest cheerleader and supports all of my endeavors. So I knew that her push to turn my traveling into a business would give me the courage to actually move forward and do it. I want to thank her for always being in my corner. I’m not sure what I would do without her but I’m glad that I have someone that is always reminding me of my potential.
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