Travel Entrepreneur & Expat Life: Courtney Goes | Changemaker Travel Series

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We're excited to introduce Courtney Goes in the second installment of our new Changemakers in Travel series, interviews with inspiring travelers making waves around the world!

Courtney has lived in Melbourne and London working as a freelance marketing consultant, all while running her own online business. Read on to learn more about Courtney! 

How did you start out? Tell us about yourself!

My name’s Courtney, I’m Australian and currently live in Melbourne, which has been voted the most livable city in the world for the last six years. I’m originally from a different part of Australia though and moved here two years ago after also living in London for four years. I’m a freelance marketing consultant and Founder of the Marketing Emporium which helps female entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and small business owners launch, grow and scale successful businesses.

What drives you?

I’m really inspired by different cultures and the life and business lessons you can learn from taking a step back out of everyday life to see how other people live. It’s always eye opening, humbling and motivating.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve been in marketing and PR roles for 10 years and am really passionate about simplifying marketing strategies for women trying to grow a side hustle into a business, or those who already have a business but don’t know how to grow it. There’s a lot of misguided marketing advice out there so I aim to give really actionable and achievable steps that don’t drain time and money.

What advice would you give to someone who aspires to do what you do?

Learn as much as possible, and never stop learning or testing. Travelling has taught me so many lessons that benefit me professionally as well, like patience, resilience and working things out on the fly. So I’ve always seen travel as an investment, not a cost.

When did you start traveling?

I’ve always loved traveling and exploring. I was born in Australia but my dad’s from The Netherlands so my first ever flight was when I was only one and was a 24 hour long-haul flight to Europe. When I was around 15 I knew I didn’t want to go straight to university after high school, so made a plan to start saving money and take a gap year once I finished. A few months after I finished high school and turned 18, I left on a round the world trip by myself with no real plan, which ended up lasting a year and a half. Since then I’ve traveled through 50 countries, but it seems like every time I tick one place off the list, I add three more.

We know there is rarely just one answer to this question, so: favorite place in the world (or top three) and why?

In no particular order:

  • The Philippines - The most amazing beaches and crystal clear water I’ve ever seen and still relatively tourist-free.
  • Bolivia - The most surprising country I’ve been to and one of my favourites as a tourist because there’s just so much to see and do. The terrain is insane - volcanoes, salt flats and the Amazon jungle all in one small country.
  • Spain - If I could live anywhere else it’d be Spain. The culture, food, vibrancy, passion of the people are all amazing.


Best airport style or travel tip?

There are 3 things I always pack:

  1. My travel kit (earplugs, eye mask and inflatable neck pillow)
  2. My plain black Lululemon tights - wear on the plane, workout, sleep in them - you name it.
  3. Sarong (or two) - depending on the situation it can be a sarong, scarf, towel, top, blanket or picnic rug


Follow Courtney through the links below!

Job: Freelance Marketing Consultant and Founder of the Marketing Emporium

Age: 30 (just!)

Countries visited: 51


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