NEW TRIP: A different kinda holiday
When Michael Bodsgård was diagnosed with cancer back in 2001, while at the same time suffering from an eye condition, giving him only 20-30 percent vision, he started to see life in a different way. He decided that none of this should stop him from doing what he loved and together with his wife Ulrica, they founded their dream company; the travel agency NEW TRIP.
NEW TRIP is a travel agency that bring small groups of people to different locations in Europe. Their business idea is simple: Combining exercise, traveling and enjoying the good of life.
– Sunbeds and umbrella drinks in all honor, but the latest trend goes in the opposite direction. Now it’s an active holiday that applies. What we offer is the chance to combine a holiday with exercise and different activities. We focus on a small group of 10-50 people in order to maintain as high quality and good group dynamics, Michael Bodsgård explains.
After having suffered from both cancer and an eye disease, Michael decided he didn’t want that to stop him from living his dreams. He wanted to do something he could be proud of, and in April 2014 they did their first official training trip to Turkey.
– Our focus on these trips is wellness, from the inside and out. The amount of training you choose to participate in is totally up to you. This is for everyone who enjoys traveling, meeting new people and take care of themselves at the same time, he says.
Today Michael is a trained health developer, licensed masseur and a certified massage therapist since 2003. Having a huge passion for health and exercise in general, he likes to inspire and help others perform.
Never give up on a dream because of the time it takes to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
What makes NEW TRIP unique?
– The group feeling we build up on our trips and the way we can adapt to the group we have with us. Fantastic leaders and instructors with great experience who know how to get the best out of the travellers in many ways and make them feel great.
And since day one the focus has been on their customers.
-We still have the same priority and the same thinking since the first trip. We keep on doing what we do, and try to do it a little better for each time. Feedback from our customers is highly appreciate, since they are in focus. What makes us happy to see is that we have many customers returning and joining new trips with us, Michael says.
And while Michael and Ulrica care for their passion, they also work full time. And for Michael, juggling his passion next to a full-time job has become somewhat of a lifestyle.
– It’s not just a job or a company. It’s a lifestyle. You must make priorities and stick to them. It is a challenge, but if you are prepared to work hard, not always getting paid and believe in yourself, your dreams do come true. Never give up on a dream because of the time it takes to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway, he says
Name: Michael Bodsgård
Lives: Växjö, Sweden
Best New Trip memory: The first time I really realised that people were traveling with us to do what I had only dreamt of doing.
By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo Cred: Private