05 January 2016
Meet our first travel experts this year, Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott, the creators of Uncornered Market. They are adventurous professional full-time travellers and storytellers, who left their secure jobs to live their true passions: creativity, personal development and, of course, lifelong travelling. Their approach to life is to live deliberately and not to look back one day and wonder "What if?". We've asked Dan and Audrey to share their insight on respectful and curious way of travelling.
Serious, or perhaps meaningful or mindful. Since the beginning, that’s been our approach at Uncornered Market. Only recently, did we fully explain and elaborate the history on The Art of Traveling the World for Good on our blog. The most important principles are curiosity, and respect for others.
We first moved from San Francisco to Prague in 2001 because we felt it offered opportunity, but also quality of life. It was developed enough and offer job opportunities and also a bit of adventure since it was still developing at the time.
From the standpoint of food, culture and people, the best way to orient ourselves to a new country or a new destination: by visiting the market, in particular fresh markets where we can see, feel and taste the fruits and vegetables local people eat.
Lesser known and lesser travelled destinations tend to exhibit a sense of what I would call “innocence”. Once tourism becomes a local business behaviors of locals can sometimes change.
We both set off to do this, but initially our website was less about a business and more about a creative outlet and portfolio for our writing and photography. It was something we planned in Prague, before setting off. Then we completed and launched it during our first few months on the road in Southeast Asia.
The best example are in the stories in our video on Youtube: What Is Your What If? I think we change the world one interaction at a time, and we influence the world one traveller at a time as our stories are absorbed and acted on by our audience.
The greatest challenge travel brings is to continually break down prejudices you didn’t know you had, the first of which is the one tricks you into occasionally thinking you’ve seen it all.
I would suggest reading our 7 Habits of Highly Effective Travelers on our blog.
We do have similar points of interest, especially when it comes to what energizes us about travel. Because of this, we tend to make decisions together, just as we write and edit together. Balancing the needs of two people is always more difficult than one, but we’d like to think the final product is all the better for it.
As I look back on it, some of the earliest, simplest lessons, are the best. This list, for example, includes references to something as simple as earplugs to something as profound as the commonality of experience: Two Years On, What Have We Learned?
Food safety is high on the list, as least based on our website traffic and questions. Our article, entitled How to Travel Without Hugging the Bowl, covers this topic.
As for safety, these Unconventional Travel Safety Tips are worth a look.
“Driven by curiosity, guided by respect.”
We thank Daniel and Audrey for sharing their travel experience and some great travel tips with us and we wish them to continue discovering more incredible places and cultures while further creating a movement of respectful travellers from around the world.