If you’ve been following us for a while now, you know that VapeWild has literally been trotting the globe slinging this fabulous juice everywhere. We’ve spanned this amazing planet from California to Greece and points many points in between.
Every convention we attend, we get to meet some of the dopest people ever and it only takes a few inhales and exhales to fall in love with our flavors and spirit.
This week, I sit down with our convention maven, Jackie, who continues to spread VapeWild clouds everywhere and she’s about to embark on her greatest convention tour to date. The VapeWild World Tour spans five countries in a little over 30 days: Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, and Italy, and Jackie has her hands full with last minute plans and phone calls.
I caught up to her long enough to sit down and grill her about what life on the road is all about.
How do you typically prep for a show?
"Ideally, I would love to have about 6 months to prep for a show. Realistically though, I have about a month. It involves planning our travel (airfare, accommodations, and rental car), selecting the e-juice we’re bringing for samples and sales, swag, and booth planning. Oh, and shipping. Shipping sucks. I’m usually planning shows while at other shows, so life is pretty stressful during show season. But it’s so fun. I love it. Ask anyone. Seriously. I go to shows on my free time; I’m that person!"
*Author’s note: Yes, Jackie goes to OTHER conventions and shows on her own time. She will actually fly to another state to go to an all-natural health and beauty expo. Weirdo.
Of all the shows you’ve done so far, which one has been your favorite?
"Well, domestically, VPX NOLA was awesome. I loved our setup and I had never been to New Orleans before, so it was an awesome place to travel. Seems like that was 300 years ago (actually only 2), but our booth was definitely a show stopper for sure."
"Internationally, our booth at National Vape Expo Dublin was DYNAMITE. I cannot praise it enough. It was beautiful. The show was dead, but our booth was my favorite of all the ones we’ve had (20 so far, so that’s pretty great)."
"The best show was probably Vape Jam UK 2016. There were SO many people in attendance, which was amazing. We ran out of our samples midway through the 2nd day, sold pretty much all the bottles we brought, and the booth staff I had was amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better show at that point."
What’s the most outlandish thing you’ve seen or experienced at a show?
"Vendors are always coming up with crazy marketing ploys. I’ve seen a vampire, a Thor, and a bunch of Robots. But, the craziest thing, by far, was the taxi rides in Dublin, Ireland. I will never forget those. You were there, so you can fully attest to this! Hopefully, I don’t have to deal with those again when I’m in Dublin this time."
For the upcoming World Tour, which city/show are you looking forward to the most?
"Well two separate ones, actually. I’m sooo excited for Vaper Expo UK in Birmingham because that show gets bigger and more exciting every year. Last year, there was a straight up carnival in the center of the show floor. I’m pumped to see what new extras they have this year."
"Travelwise, I am SO excited for Barcelona. I LOVE Spanish food -- when we were in Madrid for a show a few months ago, I’m pretty sure I ate my entire body weight every day. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that I have an extra day there to see some cool tourist sites."
If you’ve been lucky enough to catch us at any of the shows we’ve been at over the last two years, you know how nuts it gets. And you don’t have to wonder why we do what we do, the answer is quite simple. We’re on a mission to not only change lives but save them too.
Vaping is clearly more than just a fad or the latest trend. It’s a lifestyle that has spawned a community of people who made the smartest decision ever and Jackie has the unique opportunity to meet the folks who choose VapeWild again and again.
It’s a heady feeling to see the people who purchase your products, having gone to a few conventions and witnessed the magic firsthand myself. People are always eager to meet the VapeWild crew, take tons of selfies, and get to sample some of the most delicious flavors in the world, speaking strictly for ourselves.
The one thing that’s certain, convention life isn’t all fun and games, but loads of hard work, long hours, and aching feet. But seeing those smiling faces for a few brief days makes the delayed flights and oversold hotel rooms worth the trouble. See? Good always outweighs bad! Check out the World Tour Schedule below! It's bananas!
VapeWild World Tour Schedule
Posted by Crystal Means on Oct 9th 2017