Lonely Planet Writer

Meet the couple who've travelled around more than 90 countries in nine years

An American couple in their early 40s have travelled around more than 90 countries over the past nine years and are still going strong.

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott were living in San Francisco 14 years ago, when they decided to purchase a one-way ticket to Prague in the Czech Republic. They ended up staying for five years, and in December 2006, left their secure jobs and comfortable lifestyle for a creative sabbatical travelling the world.

Husband and wife Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott have been travelling for 14 years. Image: Uncornered Market
Husband and wife Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott have been travelling for 14 years. Image: Uncornered Market

They thought they might spend 12-18 months abroad, but their passion for travel has seen them turn their adventures into a business and lifestyle of exploring and sharing stories. They do this through their blog and social media channels, and on stage at conferences and events.

“We were completely nomadic for six years as we travelled around the world, and for the last three years we’ve had a base in Berlin, Germany, from where we continue to travel the world about half the time,” says Daniel. “Although we’ve taken an active part in making decisions to enable it, we consider ourselves fortunate to have travelled and experienced as much of the world as we have.”

Daniel and Audrey say that although every destination and experience is notable in its own way, their experience of hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal for two weeks stands out.

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott at the top of Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal. Image: Uncornered Market
Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott at the top of Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal. Image: Uncornered Market

“The landscape in the Himalayas is stunning, but we also really enjoyed experiencing the shifts in people and culture as we climbed in elevation,” says Audrey. “We also felt in excellent shape mentally and physically after this trek, and proved to ourselves what we were capable of doing. Since then, we’ve tried to undertake a long trek or walk each year.”

They both agree that summiting Mount Kilimanjaro is among the most intense and physically demanding travel experiences they’ve embarked on. While people like to do romantic things on Valentine’s Day, Daniel and Audrey spent the traditional lovers’ day in 2013 doing a tandem bungee jump from Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand.

 

While couples seeing the world together are in vogue, Daniel and Audrey say that travelling and working together forces various issues to the surface and can be challenging, and it can be tough sometimes to separate professional from personal at times. However, their experience has been that mutual respect and appreciation of their differences has helped them grow together.

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott scuba diving at Saba island in the Caribbean: Image: Uncornered Market
Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott scuba diving at Saba island in the Caribbean: Image: Uncornered Market

Their travels have helped them to realise that life is a journey to be taken and appreciated in full, from the spectacular to the ordinary and the everyday. Check out their website here and blog here.