Here at Skye & Lach Eyewear we are pretty open about the fact that we are OBSESSED with travelling. We love hearing about other people’s travel adventures – almost as much as we love sharing ours – so we jumped at the chance to interview Ash from Discover Yourself Here Travel.
Tell us a bit about yourself & DYH..
I got involved with DYH at a time in my life where I had decided to flip the script and be up for anything. Travelling and being involved in DYH is very spontaneous, a little bit scary, crazy exciting to experience so many different things and places for the first time and definitely takes me out of my comfort zone which I feel is something that is very positive and encouraging for my personality. I’m an up for anything kind of chick, I LOVE to explore and I tend to either crack a joke or go silent when I’m scared. With all of the energy, experiences, cultures, highlights, opportunities and challenges that come from travelling with such an inspirational and vivacious company as DYH Travel, it’s also comforting to know you’ll be surrounded by driven and accepting people who adore every aspect of travel and encourage you to go for it!
Family means the absolute world to me and they are why I feel like I can do the things we do with DYH. I love that my family are a constant support and reminder that home will always be there if things go pear-shaped. They give me a sense of security to be able to go out and chase my dreams. Of all the fears in the world nothing scares me more than not living!
Tell us the story of DYH…
The idea for Discover Yourself Here was brought to life by Davey Houlton, founder of DYH, in a moment of realisation in the shower.
He was 27 years old at the time and had never travelled. After stumbling across a massive map on a wall in a travel agency and standing there staring at the countless places he’d never seen he was pretty much hit with the fact that he’d never taken the leap out of his own country and that sparked a massive sense of urgency to pack his bags and go! He decided to take a month off work and meet his mates on their California to Columbia trip to adventure around Cali, cross the border into Mexico and come back up and hit up Vegas before coming home. Once home again and realising how that month of travel had changed him, that’s when the thinking chamber episode occurred. He decided then and there that he wanted to create a life where he could encourage others to have that same life-changing experience and that he was going to create and build a company that could support that. He threw himself in the deep end, connected with like-minded creatives and taught himself everything he needed to know to make DYH a reality.
He wanted to zone in on the fact that so often we focus on discovering a destination, but what about your journey through that place and how it grows you as a person? Through DYH Travel we’ve been able to bring people together, organise travel adventures, and capture it all as a documentary style shows featuring people from all over the world coming together to share their unique personalities, experiences and stories. You live in the moment, we capture it!
Tell us about the recent trip…
Have you ever been in a place where you felt 100% content, revitalised and happy? Samoa was that for us and was one of the most special and precious countries we have visited. The people treated us as if we were family, the kids who by the way will melt your heart, found fun and laughter in the simplest things and it was so refreshing to see so many of them outside playing football, swimming, doing cartwheels and picking flowers for us. As well as Samoa’s natural beauty and people who we treasured, their cultural beliefs also remain strong and there is so much respect passed on through the generations.
We stayed in beachfront bungalows at the gorgeous Salani Surf Resort and spent our time exploring the islands, drinking fresh coconuts, surfing, taking out the SUP’s, deep sea fishing, chasing waterfalls, snorkelling, adventuring to the iconic and powerful blowholes, climbing down into the belly of the beautiful beast that is the To Sua Ocean Trench and meeting colourful characters like a man named “Hollywood” at Lalomanu Beach. We listened to island music, drank cocktails, were shown how to make delicious Palusami from shredding coconut flesh, got to learn about and be involved in their culture and we showed off our mad dance moves at the traditional cultural night dinner. It was one of the best feelings to be surrounded by genuine happiness and the pristine beauty of the island.
Tell us about some past trips (e.g. what countries have you visited)…
For DYH there was always the vision to create a variety of experiences. We wanted to start out by showcasing a snow based adventure (Auckland/Queenstown), a city life & party scene show (LA/Vegas), a tropical island escape (Airlie Beach & the Whitsunday Islands), and a cultural & surf experience (Samoa). The past trips were created and organised to bring together people from all walks of life to show that it doesn’t matter who you are, everyone can benefit and grow from travel. You can check out these out on our website.
Some of the stand-out DYH Travel experiences have been: Queenstown in New Zealand, it felt magical and adventurous. Everyone looks so cute all rugged up with snow-capped mountains hugging the town. It’s a place where you can find thrills and adrenaline activities for excitement or cosy up beside a fire and feel like you’re living in a fairytale story. Another favourite for us was actually right here in our current hometown, Airlie Beach & the Whitsunday Islands. Our two part documentary is probably the most jam-packed adventure we’ve thrown people into! We’ll continue to release more adventures that our awesome followers can apply to be a part of on our website and social media.
What makes you so passionate about travelling/why is it important to travel?
I’m a very hands on learner and nothing has taught me more about life than being thrown into certain situations and having to sink or swim. Other than my cool cat parentals of course! I really don’t think there’s anything better than getting lost in a conversation with someone telling you captivating stories and I guess I ultimately want to be a “story teller” myself. Something I’ve learned through travelling with DYH Travel and really believe is that even though you may not end up best buds for life with some of the people who cross your path, there’s always something you can learn from them.
Surprisingly to some I can be a little shy at first so travelling helps build my confidence and gives me an overwhelming sense of achievement. I’m also lucky enough to work in a boutique salon in a very transient town so I get to hear stories from travellers all over the world of things they’ve experienced, seen, felt and overcome. Hearing those stories always sparks my curiosity to be in the moments and places they’re telling me about.
Your travel essentials?
I’m pretty vigilant with skincare and I’m obsessed with dermalogica so I always trust their products to look after me while I’m travelling. That, coconut oil which can be used for countless things, a dress which can be worn multiple ways, an external charger for my phone and shades baby! I actually take a couple of pairs of sunnies to change up my look. You can’t really pack too much when you’re on the road so I switch it up with different styles of sunnies because they’re compact.
Favourite Skye & Lach style?
EMPIRE ROSE GOLD without a doubt! They’re just stylish, classy, elegant, edgy and a little bit sassy. It’s awesome that they can go from being worn in places like the beach to dressy events. Mate! Love! Love! Love!