My name is Erin Papworth, and I am the CEO of Nav.it, the travel and lifestyle app for women who run the world and want to see it.
We have a saying at Nav.it: Be Borderless. For many of us, it feels like that was never a choice, it was just a part of who we were – citizens of the world.
In my early twenties, I went on what was meant to be a week-long safari in Africa. Thirteen years later I returned home, having worked for humanitarian groups in 15 countries across the sub-Saharan region. I’ve met so many incredible people in my travels, but what always resonated with me was how utterly universal and unique the female experience is.
You see, “travel” means much more to me than a week long vacation somewhere. It is a way of life; a form of incomparable enrichment. Through my work and the way I budgeted my money, I was able to establish a level of financial freedom that gave me opportunities to live out of the box (boxes have borders, after all), and deeply shape my understanding of life.
I created Nav.it so that women can find the tools they need to navigate the world on their own terms; to understand their power and agency, and most importantly – to learn how to manage their money in a way that turns travel dreams into plans.
When my team at Nav.it says we are a community of female travelers for female travelers, it comes from the knowledge that women comprise two-thirds of the world’s globetrotters, and make 92% of all online travel purchases in the U.S. That is a lot of decision-making and a lot of travel stories to be told. Our team is a group of passionate, primarily former expats who want nothing more than to elevate other women’s lives through travel.
And here’s the thing. We didn’t want to be yet another travel app that simply shows you pictures of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen and tell you that you’d be happier there. Because…yah. Obviously.
The barrage of #travelinspo content rushing across our screens every five seconds making us feel irresponsible for having jobs when we could be frolicking down some French Polynesian beach instead? It’s not helping anyone get anywhere.
So we decided to change the game. Nav.it takes aspirational travel and makes it actionable.
We firmly believe that wealth is experiential, but it does cost money to get places. Knowing how to manage your money and save what you have is paramount to freedom, whether you’re traveling on a sexy shoestring or going on a luxury blitz.
We don’t just tell you about amazing finds around the world, we help you get there. We give you the option to sync your bank account with our app, and set saving goals for trips you want to go on. We create monetizable city itineraries for you. We let you budget for every restaurant, hotel, museum and flight we review. And to top it off, we’ve created a community where you can share your tips and experiences with others while learning from their travel fails, their hacks and, most importantly, where to get the most amazing crème brûlée in Nice. We do this all focused on the female experience in the world.
Women’s lives are not one-size-fits-all, so neither is the Nav.it experience. We are here to empower every woman to see the world in a way that is feasible to her, and we hope you come along for the ride!
Note from the editor: We’re trying to change the narrative around money but change can’t happen with a one-sided conversation. That’s why we’re excited to bring different voices and experts to share their wisdom. Send us an email and let us know what you think.
And remember the nav.it money app offers you free tools for automating your savings and managing your money moves.