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As a Gen Y, Australian, lifestyle enthusiast I’m constantly on the search to make life better, more fulfilling and more adventurous. To me it’s about being in love with your life, harnessing your passions and sharing them with the world.

I’ve always known there was more to life than a 40 hour work week, 1 mini vacation a year and a job that bored me to tears. So at 18 I set off on my own to see what the world could teach me and I haven’t stopped learning since.

I’ve designed my life to allow me to follow my dreams and I hope to inspire you to follow yours.

A Little About Me.

I grew up in a family with 3 sport-mad brothers, 2 dogs and cat that didn’t have a name (It’s a long story). We moved around a lot. At one point we lived on a tiny island where we rarely wore clothes, let alone shoes and really got to experience “The Outback” in all its wild beauty.

Our family didn’t come from money, quite the opposite in fact. After my parents divorced we were very much on the lower end of the socioeconomic scale. Even though there were hard times, I don’t see it as a negative aspect as my childhood. From it, I gained perspective and learnt to appreciate life for the important things.

As any single parent knows the challenges dramatically increase when you are on your own. To look back at the sacrifices both my parents made, my mother in particular, I will be forever grateful and indebted to them. 

After graduating High School I travelled Australia for three years playing the great game of Australian Rules Football. I worked any job I could to allow me to have a good time and save up for my next adventure.

Dane Bergman - Football

I had just moved to Canada when I received the terrifying news that my Father was in hospital with Pulmonary Fibrosis, a degenerative disease of the lungs. I returned home immediately but sadly he passed away two days later.

At 22 I was beside myself and could not comprehend that I would never see him again. My life had been turned upside down and I shut down emotionally. I numbed the pain by drinking myself into oblivion and shutting off to those close to me.

It was a hard time and one where I felt lost and uncertain of my path in the world. So I turned to the best healer and educator that I know – travel. 

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost.

I decided that I wanted to honour my father by improving the health and quality of life for as many people as possible. I studied courses in health and nutrition and soon became a Certified Personal Trainer. 

From 2008 onwards I’ve continued to work and travel throughout the world. My travels have taken me across 5 continents and 32 countries so far. Each one sparking life long friendships and a deep love for the people and cultures that I came across. 

From the exotically spicy foods of Mexico, to the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Andes, I know that travel will be an integral part of my life for as long as I can breathe.

Dane Bergman - Travel locations

The Lifestyle Empire.

I’ve seen how easily life can be taken away and I’ve felt the pain of wishing I could change something about myself. I created The Lifestyle Empire to make a positive impact in the health, happiness and lifestyle of everyday people around the world.

I want you to understand the world and experience it through travel.

I want you to feel amazing in your body and have the mindset that you can achieve anything you want.

I want you to be kind to people and be truly grateful for the little things we too often take for granted.

I want you to design a life that you dream about, then go out there and make it a reality.

The Lifestyle Empire is a way of reminding myself and you, that there is nothing so influential as a life well lived.

Dane and Ryan - The Lifestyle Empire

What It All Comes Down To.

  • If it doesn’t make you happy, don’t do it – Why live a life that you aren’t happy in? As far as I know we only get one. So make it the most exciting, adventurous, and fulfilling life you can. There are so many options available for you today to make a change for the better. The only thing stopping you is YOU.
  • Always be open to new experiences – Who knows what opportunities may arise from doing something outside of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself and continue to develop your skills. Do the things that you want to do. “Formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn.
  • Surround yourself with an amazing network – Inundate your life with people that you love and that love you. Associate with people that encourage you to better yourself and find people that want the same ideals that you want. Life and happiness are meant to be shared, share them with as many people a you can.
  • Keep smiling – Simple. Easy. Powerful. There’s one right under your nose, use it.

Thank You.

That about wraps it up for me. If you have made it this far then I thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little better. 

If you would like to get in contact, feel free to email me at You can also reach me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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– Dane Bergman.

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