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Smile While You Paddle

Season #3 Episode #56

Travis Bays is the co-founder of Bodhi Surf and Yoga in Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica. He is a father, a business owner, an eco-entrepreneur, and creative do gooder in the world. In this interview he shares some wisdom and insight about life, choices, and doing the hard work (or in surfing - paddling). 

In this episode Travis talks about:

  • How he went from working a finance job in Wells Fargo to starting his adventure in the Peace Corps and why he chose to serve in his early adulthood; 
  • How adapting and changing are critical for success in any area of life; and
  • How smiling has helped him overcome the daily grind of making life and business work. 

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At Bodhi Surf + Yoga, Travis Bays is known as the connector and the “ideas guy”, always dreaming up new projects to take on, finding ways to connect (or connect with) individuals and movements, and looking for ways to improve himself and everything around him. 

A former Peace Corp Costa Rica volunteer who spent his two service years in Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica, Travis feels privileged to have been able to start a social and environmental impact business in the community that stole his heart and affected his life so positively. 

Professionally, aside from being a social and environmental entrepreneur, Travis is also a consultant for the Stanford Woods Institute for the environment, and has over 15 years of experience in micro credit community banking, project design and management, and best practices for sustainable tourism.