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Nex2Trips: Meet The Founder Of This Black-Owned Travel Company
Jason Garrett founded the travel company Nex2Trips because he wanted to create a travel company with “people full of flavor.”
“I wanted something for our people who want to experience something different and wanted to meet new people,” he told Travel Noire during an interview.
Nex2Trips just launched in 2020 and has already hit the ground running, planning for trips for every type of traveler, including groups and solo travelers.
In an interview with Travel Noire, Garrett opens up about what inspired him to take a leap of faith to start his own travel company and launching a business during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Travel Noire: What inspired you to start Nex2Trips?
Jason Garrett: I’ve been involved with the development of at least two different travel groups. I helped to develop and grow them and then I just became inspired by the community of travelers who wanted something more.
Travel Noire: What do you hope people will get out of your experiences?
Jason Garrett: A lot of my trips are comprised of a lot of new travelers. Many of them were scared to take a leap of faith to travel solo. I’ve heard from so many people instances where their trips were canceled because friends backed out.
I want to create lasting memories and new friendships of course, but I want to create a space where travelers know they don’t have to be afraid to travel solo.
Travel Noire: What kinds of trips do you take, and how you decide on each destination?
Jason Garrett: Nex2Trips is community-driven, so I plan on the trips based on what the people tell me they want. The most requested trips are adventurous vacations or educational ones.
Travel Noire: Can you tell our readers if you faced any challenges starting during a pandemic, and how did you overcome them?
Jason Garrett: I’ve had to be more selective on destinations because not every country accepts international travelers at its borders. I’ve had an internal debate of what’s best for the travelers and how to keep them safe while simultaneously meeting their needs for new travel experiences.
Travel Noire: What trips do you have planned coming up?
Jason Garett: With this being a new group, we plan to take a group to Cartagena in February 2021 and we are looking into Greece later in the year […] and that’s based on requests from our members. We’re also taking a small group to Belize in December.