Julia Dudorov

Founder
Digital Nomad / Backpacker
since 2018

Hi there,

My name is Julia and I’m the founder of Travel Dude. I’d like to tell you more about me and the inspiration behind building the brand, Travel Dude.

A few years ago, after successfully finishing my bachelor’s degree, I thought: Finally, this is the time I’ve been waiting for. I’m now ready for my first big trip.

I was ready to change my life by traveling the world. However, the biggest change so far happened while preparing for the actual journey. That was the time when the Travel Dude story began. 

So I started to get ready and pack my backpack. 

The plan was to find a way to keep my backpack oragnized, save space, keep track of my belongings and be able to travel light and minimalistic. 

And honestly, it was not as easy as it should have been.

I had already heard of Packing Cubes, which helped with the points mentioned above. BUT…..

…So I Created my own

Since I simply did not find any appealing products on the market, I quickly decided to create MY OWN Travel Dude!

Since the first TRAVEL DUDE Packing Cubes were launched, I always use them on my trips around the world and today I can’t imagine an adventure without them.

I can assure you, that the Travel Dude packing cubes were created and tested by a traveler for you travelers!

Patrick Ly

Co-Founder
#Acroyoga #Techfan #GoodFood

Hi guys, it’s Patrick!

My story did not start with a journey like Julia’s, but with a monotonous office job that increasingly took my motivation and enjoyment of life. The product of the big company I was working for lost its magic.

Long story short, I could no longer identify myself with the company and its products.

But luckily at that time I met Julia at a sales conference in Hamburg, Germany. She told me about her vision and explained to me how you can travel in a more organized AND EFFICIENT MANNER and improve your travel experience through packing cubes.

“Neat travel is peaceful travel, and peaceful travel is good travel. Packing cubes can help you achieve this.”

It did not take long to get me inspired and thrilled by that vision. My first thought was to join her and help her achieve her vision.

“I’m all in!”, that’s what I said and I never regretted that decision.

Our First Steps

As you can imagine, the collaboration was so good that we later made Travel Dude our shared vision. We worked for days and weeks on the perfect product design. I remember the several meetings in coffee shops and bakeries.

We:

  • Collected our requirements for the packing cubes;
  • Compared materials and design approaches; and
  • Ordered, compared & tested a number of competing products.

Our Efforts

I remember the many nights I spent chatting with potential suppliers and discussing the feasibility of our design proposals.

After 5 long months of design and concept preparation, plenty of telephone conferences with our supplier and many sample orders, we were finally ready.

So finally end of February 2018, our first delivery arrived in Hamburg. Wuuhuu!

Our First Order Arrived

25 large cartons were delivered to Patrick’s front door. That sounds like a joke today, but back then, TRAVEL DUDE’s fate was depending on those cartons!

So we checked our goods personally, before forwarding them to the Amazon Warehouse. It was not easy lifting those 16 KG heavy cartons, bringing them to the next post office to send them to the warehouse, but we made it! 

After our Launch

After launching the products, you can just imagine how we followed and celebrated the very first sales as well as every single feedback from our customers. ðŸ˜âœŒï¸

With many ups and downs, after having periods when we got out-of-stock, but gaining loyal customers in return, we can now look back at very successful years.

We were able to inspire many travelers and make their journey a better one. Above all, they could experience a smarter and more carefree journey with our products, which makes us very proud of what we do everyday.

We take our vision very seriously and live by it ourselves. Julia as an example gave up her home and sold all of her valuables to travel around the world, indefinitely as a digital nomad, with her Travel Dude packing cubes and shoe bags always on her side for a more pleasant journey.

Let your next travel journey be an awesome one.
It’s in your power 😉


Patrick & Julia