In 1989, Steven Shulem started Strictly Vacations, a boutique travel agency that specializes in exotic locations and specialty cruises. Steven’s clients come to him when they want to take unique, extraordinary vacations that require inside knowledge and artful logistical coordination. Steven and his team work with locations all over the world, providing customized, high-touch experiences to their clientele.
Take a minute on the Strictly Vacations website and you’ll find an advanced search page with highly customizable filters. Through the site, customers can select specifics such as destination, mode of travel, price point, and level of luxury in which they desire to travel. Steven and his team are confident in their ability to arrange any dream vacation or adventure that their clients can imagine.
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A co-working success story
Strictly Vacations has been in Santa Barbara since its inception in the 1980’s, but has recently made a new home at Impact Hub. One of the reasons the team of four made the move from a large, plush office a few blocks away is because, thanks to technological advances, they simply don’t need the kind of space that they used to.
“I can run my company from anywhere now,” Steven explains. “I don’t need a big, luxurious office anymore because no one needs to come to my office; everything is done over the phone and via email.” Indeed, gone are the days of massive filing cabinets and paper trails; now Steven’s team uses voice-over IP phones, which need only an internet connection and allow them to communicate as if they were in the same office sharing the same telephone lines. “My phone bill went from $700 per month to $100,” he says. Between the phone bills, utilities, and rent, the company saves money by being at Impact Hub, and his team has the freedom to work from anywhere, which they do. Indeed, the world has gotten smaller and bigger at the same time.
Steven explains that the Impact Hub space was on his radar for awhile, and once he came for a tour he was bowled over. Later, when he found out that one of his long-standing clients, Paul Orfalea, was involved, he says that he gained even more confidence in the co-working vision.
To the future and beyond
Steven says he’s looking forward to getting more involved with the Impact Hub community, and that he has plans for special travel promotions and offerings for its members through his agency. The agency specializes in cruises, which they say can often be a cost-effective and worry-free way to travel. “Cruising has become so much more popular these days, even with the younger people.”
While the bigger, more ornate trips are what Strictly Vacations has been doing really well for decades, their offerings will soon be expanding. Looking into the future, Strictly Vacations is interested in promoting trips for young people that are adventurous and affordable. Many are even centered on service. There’s a growing demand, Steven explains, for adventurous trips and vacations that add a social good component to the itinerary. More and more, people of all ages want to make their travels more meaningful in this way. Strictly Vacations is doing this by partnering with a company called G Adventures that reaches this demographic very effectively. By the same token, Steven is a very active contributor to the Dream Foundation in Santa Barbara.
Further, Steven says he wants to be a resource for Impact Hub members who have travel-related questions big and small. “I want it to be an open door; people can come in and ask us anything about travel.”
While there’s a lot of information for travel enthusiasts on the web these days, Steven explains that there’s still a lot to be said for utilizing services that can dial you in, find you the inside deals, and organize logistics in a way that most people would likely want to leave to an expert. And there’s no question that Steven is precisely one of those experts.
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