Debbie Hudzik is a travel agent, retreat planner and the founder of The Lotus Travel Company.
She helps plan travel packages for people who understand the importance of having experiences over acquiring things. Her motto is, “Have stories to tell, not stuff to show. Travel to learn, travel to grow.”
Facing serious mid-life burnout while living so far out of authenticity, the time had come for her to be brave. At age 52, Debbie downsized everything, left behind the comfortable and familiar and set out for the unknown. She traveled the world –alone- for a year straight on a quest of discovery. “Sure I was terrified, but, at that point, staying put, staying numb, would have been fatal. I put on my ‘I’m not scared of you armor’ and literally fell off a train in a crumpled mess in Italy. And so it began.”
Realizing that many lives are spent, in one form or another, in the pursuit of happiness, she started hosting informal guided tours of the places she lived and loved. Working with contacts she established in several countries, she began sharing insider travel knowledge with anyone who asked. Word started to spread which led to the launch of the Lotus Travel Company.
“Now we frequently work with self-help leaders and holistic practitioners who realize a live retreat is the best way for their tribes to immerse in whatever it may be they are studying. In addition to working with individuals and small groups, we are experts at handling the behind the scenes logistics for retreats”, says Debbie.