In this edition of Celebrity Travel Addicts, we speak with Cait Scudder, a business coach, yoga instructor, and CEO of a multi six-figure company who has a serious passion for travel. We speak with Cait about what makes her native New England such a great travel destination, her passion for coaching female entrepreneurs, her favorite destinations around the world, and much more! Find out what her dream travel destination is and see where she’s headed next!
How many days/weeks are you traveling in any given year? What are the types of places you like to visit?
Hard to say! I’ve only just moved back to the states and have been living in Bali for the past 4 years where international travel once every 60 days was required for visa purposes. This year alone we’ve done a few trips to Australia – once for family beach holiday time with my husband’s family and the others just to visit family, flew back to New England to ski for my birthday, did visa runs to eat chili crab in Singapore, visited Paris, and spent 3 weeks on the Amalfi Coast. Since we got here to Maine, we’ve done lots of weekend trips (New York City, Bar Harbor and Acadia State park, upstate New York). We like to mix up travel styles and reasons – family and friend visits, adventure/nature exploring, and posh city adventures!
You grew up in New England. What makes New England a great travel destination? What do you suggest people do when they visit?
New England is so diverse and every season has its beauty. My favorite, not surprisingly, is autumn. There is truly nothing like late September through mid October and feeling the cool air, warm sun, and the magical colors of fall foliage.
After you earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at the age of 23, you taught Spanish and Yoga for two years before quitting after your second year. How did that moment set you on the path you’re on today?
I always knew I wanted to continue teaching and that supporting others to evolve on their life path was my calling. Problem was, I knew teaching high school Spanish wasn’t where I was meant to stay. That calling and curiosity for more is what gave me the courage to leave a stable job and income, and book a trip to Bali to earn my 500-hour Yoga Teaching certificate with a focus in women’s leadership. That trip to Bali changed everything. I met my now husband, but also accessed my own creativity at an unprecedented level and later became exposed to the digital nomad scene in Ubud which nurtured me into starting my own business.
You earn six figures per year by coaching women to create and own their own businesses. How and when did this passion of yours come about? What is your favorite part of the job?
I began my coaching business by helping women access their radiant power — I called it Radiant Living Coaching, and took them through my signature DARE framework. Define your desires, values, and goals, ALIGN beliefs and behaviors to match values and desires, REFINE habits to support growth, and EXPAND into embodying this leadership in daily life and relationships. I had a lot of success with this early on, and what I found was every time I coached a woman through this process, after doing the work, the question was always, “What’s next?” Once we step into our power as women, the question of, What do I DO with all this creative energy, focus, empowerment, rose to the surface. My business naturally evolved into coaching women how to do what I was doing — running a successful business by using my gifts. How to brand themselves, market themselves, create offers that solved problems, and serve greater numbers of people was a massive gap I saw my people needed and it quickly became the single biggest passion of mine to help close. My favorite part of my work today is hands down actually coaching my clients and teaching my students, whether it’s 1-1 or in a group program or course. Witnessing the women I serve claim their power and grow their businesses is the most rewarding thing in the world.
What do you want audiences to gain and learn from your work?
I want them to realize that they truly have everything they need right now to launch and lead a profitable, purpose-driven business. The three most important things you need to scale are energy, strategy, and sales. When you focus on bringing high performance energy and magnetic content that serves your people, strategic offers that solve for specific problems, and a sales process that works, you become unstoppable. If you’re reading this and are considering starting a business, start with one thing. Who do you want to help? What problem do you want to help others solve? From there, seek out community and support to help you grow!
What are the top two destinations you’ve visited?
Such a hard one!
Santorini and the Amalfi Coast
Give us your ‘Top 5’ list for one of your top 3 destinations. Like a mini-guide or a to-do list of sorts. It can be anything from your favorite hotel, best place to have lunch, best sightseeing, etc.
Amalfi Coast (because I just got back from there)
- Take a boat to Capri (there is a daily boat that leaves at 8 AM from Praiano) and ask the boat driver to stop and swim along the way. On Capri, walk the streets, do a bit of shopping, and if you have time, visit the Blue Grotto. Best to go in an off season though as lines now are super long).
- Go to Ravello and try limoncello. Visit Villa Cimbrone gardens. If you can, time your visit with the Ravello festival and book tickets to the 5 AM sunrise concert. The concert was sold out for a year but I luckily scored a ticket the night before the show and it was one of the most magical experiences I’ve ever had.
- In Positano, visit the rooftop bar on top of Rada (opens at 7 PM) and eat at the restaurant downstairs (reserve one of the best tables early). This was the most romantic meal I’ve ever had in my life! The view of Positano is unbeatable.
- For a relaxed beach day, visit Capo di Conca private beach in Conca dei Marini.
- If you’re looking for super upscale accommodations, stay at Santa Rosa hotel in Conca dei Marini, a quiter town on the coast between Praiano and Amalfi. This is where Beyonce stays when she goes.
How many countries have you visited so far?
What are your top 3 favorite cuisines?
Italian, Mexican, Thai
What is your favorite restaurant in the world? What dish do you recommend there?
Hujan Locale in Ubud, Bali, which is an upscale Indonesian restaurant. Everything is SO good, but it’s very spicy so be warned. The Ikan bambu (which is traditional steamed fish cooked inside of bamboo) is unbeatable. Order a green papaya salad and a side of the stir fried kangkung (greens) as well.
What is your favorite travel movie?
Cheesy as it sounds, given my story of meeting my husband on the beach in Bali, Eat Pray Love is my all time fave (book first, then movie).
What is your favorite international airport?
Doha – the business lounge is amazing.
Which city had the friendliest people?
Who is your favorite travel companion?
My husband, Toby
What is the best way to kill time while traveling?
Listening to podcasts or books on tape.
What is the most exotic place your career has taken you?
Hmm, I’ve been to a lot of exotic places but for career specifically, leading a private retreat in Sardinia at a luxury 5 star hotel was quite exotic!
What is your best bit of travel advice for someone who wants to, or is about to, embark on a life of travel?
Stay open to the people you meet and yes to new experiences. It literally changed my entire life when I was walking past on a beach and a guy asked me to sit down at a table with his friends. I paused, tuned into if they were creeps (they weren’t) and sat down. Now we’re married. You have to stay open to what the universe is trying to give you. Second big piece of advice is WRITE. Journal, voice note, whatever you have to do but your creativity is going to be firing full throttle and you need to capture that.
What are 4 things you could never travel without?
Audible books, Thick socks, cozy oversized sweater, and a water bottle.
What is your ultimate dream destination?
South African safari
What is your favorite travel quote?
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
Where are you headed next?
I just arrived home last night from a month in Europe. I have a little stateside tour coming up – New York, Los Angeles, and then grounding for a bit. Next trip looks like London in December.
Cait Scudder is a multi 6-figure business coach, TEDx speaker, and success mentor for ambitious women. Her mission is to empower one million driven, bold-hearted women to unlock their unique genius and use it to create profitable, purpose-driven businesses that change the world. Cait’s work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Thrive Global, among several other publications. She is the host of the Born to Rise podcast and free Facebook community for female entrepreneurs, The Radiant Entrepreneur. For more information, head to caitscudder.com.