January 27, 2021

Tripedia

The Trip Encyclopedia

"Be Present and Let Go". Interview with Dan and Audrey

1.When did you first start travelling and which is your favorite travel memory?
 
Although we are originally from the United States, we were living and working in Prague, Czech Republic in December 2006 when we decided to quit our jobs and sell everything to travel the world on what was originally meant to be a 12-18 month creative sabbatical. Travel has always been a part of our relationship since we first met a little over 18 years ago.
To choose one memory from a life of travel is next to impossible. Best to read our blog and choose for yourself!
 
2. What is your favourite travel movie/song/book? Any traveller – dead or alive – who inspired you to travel in the first place?
 
Lost in Translation is a great not-so-traditional travel film. The documentary Baraka is also excellent.  As for inspiring travelers, the author Peter Matthiessen, author of Snow Leopard, is pretty inspiring not only in terms of travel, but how he communicates his experiences.
 

Smiling for the camera in front of El Castillo in Chichen Itza, Mexico.
Smiling for the camera in front of El Castillo in Chichen Itza, Mexico.

 
3. What are your 5 must‐haves (apart from the basics such as passport, credit card, phone) when travelling?
 
Ear plugs, sleep sack, packing cubes, travel towel, headlamp. Check out more gear here.
 
4.How do you fund your travels?
 
At first we saved for the initial 12-18 months of travel.  Now we run a business that includes ad/blog revenue, brand sponsorship, consulting, speaking and some photography sales.
 
5. What do you focus on while travelling to a new place – people, culture, attractions, food, adventure, or nature?
 
All of those are important, though people are the primary focus.  The first place we visit in a destination is typically the fresh market, because it’s gives a sense of place, orients us to the food and gives us a chance to meet people.
 
6. What is your advice to travellers who are just beginning their journey?
 
Take it slowly, be present: / and let go.
 
7.What is your number 1 money‐saving tip to other travellers?
 
Take public transportation wherever you can.
 
8. What is the longest you have travelled for? What advice would you give to travellers thinking of long‐term travel but are hesitant to go ahead?
 
When we first set off in 2006, we traveled consistently for 18 months, but we were nomadic for 6.5 years before becoming semi-nomadic. The advice we’d give is to try it for a shorter period of time, say 3-4 months and see what you think of the experience.
 
9.What is that one destination in your list that you are dying to go to and why?
 
Hard to say, but Papua New Guinea has been on our mind for years.
 
Dan and Audrey canoeing on Orange River, Namibian Side -  Northern Cape, South Africa.
Dan and Audrey canoeing on Orange River, Namibian Side – Northern Cape, South Africa.

 
10. What was your favourite trip so far? Why was it memorable?
 
One of the best overall experiences in terms of landsapce and culture was hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.
 
11. Is there a place you’d never go to? Why?
 
Never say never.
 
12. What are your upcoming travel plans?
 
We are currently considering trips to the Caribbean and also Australia early next year, among other plans.
 
13. What has been your favourite destination? Why?
 
This list of offbeat travel destinations is a good place to start to answer that question.
 
14. What is the craziest thing you’ve done during your travels?
 
Crazy is in the eye of the beholder.  Rappeling down a waterfall in Kazakhstan might qualify.
 
Diving on the north side of the island of Utila, Honduras. Taken by Alice Andrew, our dive instructor.
Diving on the north side of the island of Utila, Honduras. Taken by Alice Andrew, our dive instructor.

 
15. What advice would you give to anyone who is considering travelling but is scared to take the leap of faith?
 
Planning always helps. No sense taking a leap without considering what you are actually going to do.
 
16. Do you travel full time? Or do you take breaks in between?
 
We traveled full-time, but with breaks in between for 6.5 years.  Now we are what we call semi-nomadic, traveling from time to time from a base we have set up in Berlin, Germany.
 
17. Where do you see yourself in a year? In five years?
 
More speaking, a book, and helping others to travel and learn abroad.
 
18. We know that travel affects our lives in many positive ways, but no one ever talks about the negative side of it (i.e. relationships can suffer, etc). Has travelling affected your life negatively in any way?
 
We think it’s important to realize that anything in life comes with ups and downs, particularly once you make a business out of it.
 
Parasailing high above the Red Sea outside of Hurghada, Egypt.
Parasailing high above the Red Sea outside of Hurghada, Egypt.

 
19. Where have you visited so far?
 
We’ve traveled to about 90 countries. The ones we’ve written about in depth, you can find a list with links to articles at the bottom footer of our blog.
 
20. What is the most challenging aspect of travel in your opinion?
 
For us, travel is less challenging than balancing business with our personal lives and also being the editors of one another’s work.
 
21. There are many ways to travel: from staying in luxurious resorts to hitchhiking and living off the grid. How do you travel?
 
We tend to go for the experiential, but in a way that’s budget-oriented.  We enjoy luxury accommodation, but you’ll more often find us at a family-run guest house.
 
We smile with Mount Fuji in the background. Japan.
We smile with Mount Fuji in the background. Japan.

 
22. Is it on your plans to settle down somewhere in the future and stop travelling as much?
 
This article about our transition to being semi-nomadic covers that.  Beyond our current situation, it’s difficult to say since we have family and aging parents in the United States. We remain open and flexible.
 
23. Why did you decide to blog? Has it had any impact on the way you travel?
 
Initially, we set up the blog as a creative outlet for our writing and photography and as a portfolio for that work. Writing about one’s travels (either in a blog or journal) serves as a fitting way to capture memories and also to process depth of experience.
 
24. Any useful travel gadgets or apps that you recommend using)
 
You can at our travel resources page.