Taryn White, Founder of The Trip Wish List


Who are you?

Taryn White, wanderluster always plotting my next trip and Founder of The Trip Wish List.

Can you tell us the story of your business from idea to where you are now?

It all started after I returned from vacation in the Algarve region of Portugal. The laid-back lifestyle, beautiful cliffs and beaches, warm weather, and great food made me stop and think, “Why can’t this be my reality?”

It was the catalyst for my desire to follow my long-held entrepreneurial passions. I started brainstorming ideas and eventually decided on the travel bucket list platform, which is a direct reflection of me as a writer, planner, list maker, and traveler.

I thought it would be great to share my travel ideas and stories with others as well a provide a platform for others to discover and pursue their travel dreams.

What has been your biggest failure or struggle?

There’s so much to do when running a business that putting in the time and prioritizing the work has been a big struggle.

And what has been your biggest achievement or success?

Things are in the beginning stages, but we’ve rapidly grown our followership since launching summer 2016. I’ve also been featured in USA Today, Huffington Post, and Yahoo and am the author of Get Your Travel On!, a practical guide offering useful travel strategies and money savings tips.

What’s your must read business book?

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. I love how he articulates his ideas and was intrigued by his underlying keys to success (e.g., working 10,000 hours in a vocation).

Who’s your most inspirational CEO or founder?

Kendra Blackett-Dibinga of Bikram Yoga Riverdale Park, Ivy City, and Takoma Park.

She’s a successful wellness entrepreneur and Founder of an amazing group of yoga studios in the DC metro area.

We went to graduate school together, and she’s been my accountability partner and encouraged me every step of the way.

And can you tell us something weird or interesting about yourself?

When I was a kid, I ‘stole’ my sister’s computer programming book to teach myself a programming language on our family’s computer. She would get frustrated when her book went missing, as she needed it for class. I would write computer programs and hack into existing programs to change the content. Family and friends would play my games. That is what I did for fun!