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 with an ambassador or incorporating it into a keynote at a conference the next.
We (Dan & Audrey) have been described as adventurers, tourism development professionals, world travelers and storytellers. Our passions: creativity, personal development, sustainability, technology, public diplomacy, travel and street food. And yes, we do believe there is a common thread woven between them all.
In 2001 we left San Francisco with six suitcases and a one-way ticket to Prague, Czech Republic and no jobs. Everyone asked, “Are you crazy?”
Five years later, we did it again.
In December 2006, we left our secure jobs and comfortable lifestyle in Prague for a creative sabbatical: traveling the world and sharing stories about people from all walks of life.
Our family and friends really thought we’d lost it.
Not at all. This was our approach: to live deliberately, to not look back one day and wonder What if? To practice regret avoidance.
What was meant to be a 12-18 month creative sabbatical turned into a business and lifestyle of exploring, sharing stories and advocating for travel as a force for good — for the traveler and the communities he visits. We do this through our advisory, blog and social media channels, and on stage at conferences and events.
We are now based in Berlin, Germany and take on projects that bring us to all corners of the world for much of the year.
More on our story as a traveling couple:
- It Happened In Monterey (Or, How We Met)
- I Drove to the Ends of the Earth: A Marriage Proposal
- Life Lessons from A Tuscan Wedding
- Traveling, Working, and Staying Together on the Road: Our Story
- Sweet 16: Anniversary Reflections and Travel Inflections
We are honored to have won Gold as Best Responsible Tourism Blog at the World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London.
Uncornered Market: The Big Picture
Our goal at Uncornered Market is through our stories, advisory, and speaking to create a movement of respectful travelers and organizations who live at the intersection of adventure, deep travel experiences and caring for our planet and its people. We hope 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.
We aim 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.
In turn, through our personal interactions we seek to alter the view of America that people get from watching the news, taking in movies, or watching popular television shows. Call this our small contribution to public diplomacy and mutual understanding in today’s complicated world.
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.
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.
This is the “How do you make money?” section, something we get asked about a lot.
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 develop a sustainable business that allows us to have a location independent lifestyle and apply our experience and expertise to develop and grow destinations and travel organizations.
In other words, how we've made money over the years has evolved, just as our skills have developed and the online publishing, digital marketing and travel industries have changed.
A few of the ways we earn money:
- Tourism Development and Marketing Advisory
- Speaking at Conferences and Universities
- Affiliate sales and website advertising
If you are interested in working with us or hearing what we can do for you, contact us here.
Our commitment to our readers is that everything you see here on Uncornered Market is created by us based on our first-hand experiences with a place, company or service. You can read our Editorial Policy for more details.