“I wholeheartedly believe that travel is education for living and it can change a person forever.”
That’s what motivated Nyack College 2011 alumnus Chadricks Everette to create his adventure travel company Dipaways in 2018. Trips were launched around the globe just last year.
USA Today announced this past Friday that Dipaways as one of the top 10 travel companies for its 10Best Reader’s Choice travel award contest for “Best Adventure Travel Company.” Contestants were selected by a panel of USA Today editors, expert contributors, 10Best.com editors and other media giant Gannett properties. After allowing its readers four weeks of digital voting, Dipaways came in at #9 competing against more established companies—some with 40 or 50 years in the business.
How did savvy marketer come up with the name Dipaways? Company CEO and trip host, Chad explains the essence of the venture this way: “Imagine taking a dip in paradise and floating away from all of your worries.” All travelers have to do is arrange their air flight and Dipaways packages a combination of relaxation and adventure for an unforgettable experience. Group and private getaways also include opportunities to support local communities, businesses and artists.
Though the travel industry, like so many businesses, was put on pause by COVID-19 restrictions, sheltering in time was spent making plans for 2021 trips to the Amalfi Coast, Italy; Bali, Indonesia; Marrakech, Morocco; and Tokyo, Japan. The globetrotting enterprise has World Travel and Tourism Councils “Safe Travels” approval. In this season of the pandemic, World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control guidelines are followed.
No stranger to being a winner, some may recall the Durham, North Carolina native was the only non-celebrity presented with the 2008 Teen Choice Award and a $100,000 prize to support his anti-tobacco activism by Do Something, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that was established to “celebrate people who see the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done and take action.” This victory also put his face on the Doritos bag. Chadricks began his anti-tobacco crusade after his grandfather’s death from lung cancer. He successfully petitioned a major tobacco company to end a multi-million dollar, which led to the historic Durham Bulls Athletic Park becoming one of the first 100% tobacco-free baseball stadiums. Two years later he gained additional funding for his cause by winning the top prize of $250,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project. Nyack’s 2012 “Young Alumnus of the Year,” Chad was also the College’s nominee in 2016 for the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities Alumni contest.
The USA Today 10Best recognition is another win for Chad that shows him continuing to live out key Nyack core values of being personally transformed and globally engaged.