Our mission is to create better global citizens by helping them experience cultures and people different from their own.
About the Founders
Naveen Dittakavi is an airfare search savant, passionate about helping everyday people realize their goals of traveling internationally sooner rather than later.
As an entrepreneur for over 25 years, he’s been designing software programs since 1996 and holds a patent in data retrieval systems. From early on, he’s been fascinated with creating software products that make people’s lives easier.
He knows that it’s too easy to put off international travel until retirement because it seems out of reach. So, after he and his wife Shaylee found an incredible flight deal in 2014, he turned his passion for travel and his entrepreneurial spirit toward building a system that would allow others to share in the experience.
Shaylee has been involved in Next Vacay® from the very beginning when they were both working from the kitchen table (or the airport before setting off on their next trip). She was the original deal hunter, customer service rep, and everything in between, supporting wherever she could as they struggled to keep up with the company’s fast growth—which took off faster than they ever imagined! Although Naveen has made Next Vacay his full-time job, Shaylee still holds her full-time position as a Hospitalist physician in Augusta, GA.
Outside of work, the couple is passionate about travel and juggles their busy schedules to make time for domestic and international trips each year. In 2019, they welcomed their son Shiv — Next Vacay’s current CEO (Cutest Executive Officer) — and look forward to introducing him to the great big world out there on future trips! Sadly, in 2018, they lost their firstborn daughter Sonum at 39 weeks, 6 days due to an umbilical cord accident. Sonum has inspired a deeply personal mission to touch the lives of others who have experienced a loss such as this.
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