Twelve years ago we (Dan and Audrey) left San Francisco with six suitcases, a one-way ticket to Prague, Czech Republic and no jobs. Everyone asked, “Are you crazy?”
Five years later, we did it again.
We quit our traditional office jobs in Prague, sold everything, packed our life into backpacks and set off with a one-way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand. Our sights were set not on a particular place this time, but on the rest of the world.
Our family and friends really thought we’d lost it.
What was meant to be a 12-18 month creative sabbatical turned into seven years (and still going) of exploring and sharing stories from this big, beautiful world of ours through our blog and social media channels, and on stage at conferences and events.
Our goal at Uncornered Market is not just to inspire, but to help others build a story-filled life, whether that life takes them around the block…or around the world.
Dan and Audrey: Driven by curiosity, guided by respect
You might find us on a grimy, overnight chicken bus in rural India one day and sharing the story on stage the next day.
We have been described as adventurers, professionals, and – most recently – as travelers and storytellers.
Our passions: creativity, personal development, technology, public diplomacy, travel and street food. And yes, we do believe there is a common thread woven between them all.
What drives us: to humanize the places we visit, drawing our readers in through photographs and stories, so they connect with people and places they might otherwise never hear about or actively disregard.
This is the “How do you make money?” section.
We’ll give you a hint. It’s not because companies just give us money to travel.
When we began this journey we never imagined turning it into a lifestyle or being able to run a business while on the road. We had saved money to travel for 12-18 months. During that time, several freelance opportunities arose in connection to our writing, photography and blog. We pursued them to extend the life of our trip, and over time we honed our skills and services we could offer to make our travels sustainable.
In other words, how we’ve made money over the years has evolved, just as our skills have developed and the online publishing and travel industries have changed.
A few of the ways we earn money:
- Sponsorships and Partnerships (e.g., Wanderers in Residence with G Adventures)
- Speaking at Conferences and Universities
- Consulting and Training
- Digital Storytelling for Destinations and Journeys
- Freelance Writing and Photography
- Affiliate sales and advertising
A note on transparency and disclosure: We do work with travel companies and tourism boards on projects where they will provide us a travel experience and sometimes even compensate us for the content we create. We will always disclose when something has been provided to us.
If you are interested in working with us or hearing what we can do for you, contact us here or give us a call at +1 415 320 6395.
Professionally, Dan balances the analytical with the creative and derives pleasure from catalyzing ideas from seemingly unrelated fields. His prior professional experience is concentrated in management consulting, technology, and large-scale project management. He values integrity, freedom, curiosity, and creativity and believes in trying to maintain a sense of stewardship towards those around us.
Dan took his first trip abroad at the ripe old age of 26. He went to India by himself, discovered another planet located on Earth, and fell terribly ill (dengue fever). He eventually recovered and has struggled with various bouts of the travel bug ever since.
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Professionally, Audrey has a natural ability to build rapport in diverse settings and gain trust at all levels of an organization. She has successfully managed projects in over twenty countries – often remotely – but prefers to be on the ground working directly with the people affected.
Coming from a family tradition in international work that goes back three generations, her international focus in life is not a surprise to those who know her well. She looks for everyday universal experiences when she travels and aims to make personal connections with people and cultures in varied environments. She has a weakness for dark chocolate and can bake a mean apple crisp.
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