Josh is a busy person, always down to try new things, and is generally missing the “fear” emotion. His family often calls him a high-risk junky. As an adult he’s mellowed out some, but he’s still often an instigator and open to try anything once.
Josh grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California. Josh’s father worked as an entrepreneur in construction. Between these two themes, Josh was always outside and always up to something.
A quick unique sound bite is that Josh Melick has traveled across 30 countries via motorcycles. Not too many people have done that but it's an incredible way to explore a new area. Josh is also a frequent sailor and loves all things home renovation.
Josh’s dad put tools in his hands starting as a baby, and Josh worked in construction every summer for close to 15 years. Home building, remodeling, and roofing were the most common trades. As an adult, Josh completely gutted and renovated two homes for himself, while taking part in half-dozen or so other large projects along the way. Josh’s degrees are in Electrical Engineering, so Josh picked up Electrical work along the way as well.
Josh doesn't do any of this full time but Josh is still quick to grab a hammer or Skilsaw and loves the smell of fresh sawdust. Josh’s uncle also worked in the trades, and Josh has fond memories of working with his dad and uncle and his uncle playing off the Apocalypse Now line of “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning” - usually referring to some nasty smelling construction material.
As a high schooler, Josh found a great climbing area not far from his house. Josh and friends quickly taught themselves sport climbing and ended up climbing quite often and all over. Josh has climbed over much of Yosemite, Tahoe, Joshua Tree, etc. Post college graduation Josh drove up to Yosemite and set out to the climb the Nose, the quintessential route up El Capitan.
Josh didn’t make it to the top on that attempt, but still had a great time with three days on the rock. Josh also has climbed Half Dome (with ropes, not the cable trail), Lost Arrow Spire, Washington Column, and more. Josh doesn’t climb much anymore, after having a few close calls and seeing some gnarly stuff first hand, Josh apparently has grown up a little to prefer safer and more closer-to-the-ground activities.
Growing up by Tahoe meant plenty of time on the slopes. Josh is an accomplished snowboarder and decently comfortable on skis. These days he’ll let the group dictate which activity he’ll do for the day, as well as making sure there’s plenty of time for the Après Ski as well -- depending on conditions of course -- having skied enough to be a bit picky on snow quality and location.
Unfortunately Josh is a shitty surfer. The level of effort to time riding waves has never quite computed for him. Of course that doesn’t stop him from trying now and again. Josh spent a few years pretending to be a whitewater kayaker, thinking those videos of kayaks going over waterfalls would be something he should try.
Wakeboarding and wakesurfing are a ton of fun but unfortunately living in the city he hasn’t gotten enough boat time as compared to living in the foothills earlier in life.
Sailing the San Francisco Bay has always been a favorite past time, Josh first learning as a child with his grandfather, and Josh has owned two sailboats over the years.
In 2009 Josh and friends got the idea that they should be riding motorcycles across various 3rd world countries, doing various “survival” challenges along the way, and of course making sure they sampled any local adult beverages -- properly observing any local customs. This started with Vietnam, from Hannoi to Saigon that year, and has continued around the world since. India, Nepal, Peru, Cambodia, China, Mongolia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Costa Rica, Uganda, Rwanda, … and the list goes on. The bonding and adventure of trips like these simply cannot be measured.
All trips have been done without guides and with limited support, meaning food, lodging, bike repairs, and who knows what else get solved day by day. It is not for the faint of heart, but it certainly builds character, develops problem solving skills under pressure, and allows one to really experience a country or region like no other mode of transportation. Josh expects to continue these traditions for as long as he is able, with no end in sight. (Josh does hope the standards of accommodations go up a little, let’s increase the budget a bit guys!!) Josh can literally tell stories about any country or any situation for hours. Don’t get him started.
Growing up Josh didn’t travel far, mostly simpler vacations and stayed in the USA. 2009 was Josh’s first trip outside continental North America. Since then, however, he’s been busy, averaging 3 new countries per year (now 30+ total). At Josh’s company Broadly.com, he instituted a yearly “International Travel Stipend”, where the company reimbursed one international plane ticket a year for each employee. The world is a beautiful place and we should do our best to enjoy it and care for it. Part of travel is fun but a big part is seeing how others live and how they do things. The human experience is humbling but important. More below.
Travelling for Josh is as much about leaning about culture as it is anything else. Josh loves to hear stories and learn about people. Our stories is what make us human. Memorable experiences and those we share it with is the hope we hold onto. Josh attempts to apply this in all that he does. His personal travel often involves contact with as many people as he can along the way.
The photo to the far right is Josh next to a woman who’s house he stayed at in 2009 in Vietnam, who he was able to find again and visit with in 2019. He shared photos with her of her young children from 2009 who aren’t so young anymore. At that time, it was before smart phones and digital cameras weren't something her family had.
In business, Josh tries to convey these concepts as well. Josh believes that businesses are powerful cultural change agents. We spend a lot of time at work and a lot of time with our co-workers. Let’s make sure we are working on something we believe in and and make sure the company itself has values we can get behind. Josh also tries to make sure the events and the time at work are things we can cherish, just like the rest of our lives. Josh has had many memorable work events and dinners he will always cherish, like this photo from a dinner on the beach with colleagues in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.