World Ventures – Is it a scam?

Posted on November 3, 2014 by in Travel Deals

What is World Ventures?

In 2005, World Ventures was created by founders Wayne Nugent and Mike Azcue in order to help others create fun, free, fulfilled lifestyles. Nugent and Azcue had both realized they wanted better ways to make a living and their business philosophy was formed from this.

By helping others combine great life experiences, financial options, personal development and contribution, World Ventures wanted to achieve the following:

– Enrich the lives of others by creating the world’s best vacation and entertainment club
– Assemble a family of world-class sales representatives who would grow their own businesses while marketing World Ventures
– Make the world a better place with regards community, voluntary work and corporate social responsibilities

It all sounds very avant garde and lovely, but a quick Google immediately sounds alarm bells. Read on to see if World Ventures should be avoided.

How is World Ventures involved with travel?

World Ventures state that they are the world’s largest direct seller of curated group gravel, with more than 24 countries covered by over 120,000 Independent Representatives.


World Ventures DreamTrips is a travel club and entertainment community. Personalized itineraries and deals are offered to members, and every budget is said to be catered for. From Disney getaways to trekking the Great Wall of China to rainforest zip-lining trips in Costa Rica, World Ventures adventures must come at a price, so let’s check out the cost…

How much does World Ventures DreamTrips cost?

There are two membership levels to choose from – Gold or Platinum.

– Gold level costs $199.99 then $54.99 per month.

– Platinum level costs $299.99 then $99.99 per month.

Gulp. Surely it would be cheaper to pay someone to organize each trip than to shell out all that cash every single month?

World Ventures conclusion

I’ve scoured the internet to find the good, the bad and the ugly and it looks like there’s no good, unfortunately. The costs are way too high, there’s a huge amount of poor reviews by past members and World Ventures is tantamount to a pyramid scheme overall, as the only people who seem to reap any benefits are those who recruit others in joining.

I’d avoid this company.


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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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