We had the good fortune of connecting with Paul Hardersen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paul, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I wanted to build a business in the travel industry that is unique, different, and gives me a way to help make a positive difference in our world. As a Navy veteran and someone who absolutely loves sailing on tall ships, I decided to go with a nautical theme for my company. Why? Two reasons. Few travel agencies have a theme guiding what they do and offer. Having an overarching theme will help identify potential customers and help people understand the business immediately. Second, I am very, very concerned about climate change and ocean pollution. The travel industry needs to do more to address these issues — and this is my way to play a role in preserving the health and vitality of the oceans. Hence, our business has the vision to both explore and protect the oceans of the world. Everything that we do is connected to this vision. The first effort is to get the travel side of the business established. The second effort is much more expansive and has the goal of using a fleet of tall ships to both help people explore the oceans, but do real and meaningful science on the ships at the same time.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Seadog Travels is a diverse nautical travel company for anyone and everyone who loves the ocean. Whether you like cruises, boating, sailing, visiting tropical islands, fishing, have an interest in ocean conservation, diving, snorkeling, and more — Seadog Travels is meant for you. The ocean is our focus and we focus on helping people explore and protect the oceans of the world. We are now offering our initial set of immersive travel experiences. They range from reliving what it was like to sail like a pirate in the 17th Century across the Bahamas to exploring iconic destinations such as St. Lucia, the Florida Keys, and the coast of Maine. In addition, we focus on luxury cruises that offer small ships, smaller crowds, better service, and better experiences. Beyond that, we offer sport fishing excursions across the USA, boat brokerage services to people who buy and sell used boats, and we also offer a wide range of travel agency services. This is just the beginning, though, and we will add more destinations as we grow. Visit our website at https://seadogtravels.com to explore our latest offerings and activities.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Tucson, we’d have to dine at Kingfisher — what I think is the best, classiest seafood restaurant in town. Exploring downtown Tucson is also fun, as well as going to parks near the mountains for some hiking and checking out the nature of the area. Also, a drive up Mount Lemmon is always a great day trip.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Finding the people in your life who are truly there to support and encourage your dreams is so very important. They are few in number, at least in the beginning, and the support they give is meaningful beyond any words. So, I have to give a shoutout to my wife, Sarah, and my brother, Steve, for having the confidence in me to achieve this new goal of mine.