Our Story

We’re both extremely close with our families. We’re animal & sushi enthusiasts. We get silly. We both lived in Spain–at the same time–but this was 2 years before we knew each other.

At least, we’re 60% positive that we didn’t cross paths in Spain…

Our story begins 7 years & 3000 miles apart.

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The stories of Danielle & Adam

Danielle (D)

Danielle was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina (Go Heels!) and graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She has a passion for dogs, piano and photography.

Adam (A)

Adam was born and raised in Novato, California and graduated from the University of Southern California (Fight On!). He has a passion for manatees, hip-hop music and the written word.

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The story of DnA

We met at work in Santa Barbara, California where we lived from 2014-2017.

In our years together, we snuck away from the corporate grind to travel as much as possible, but were always limited to short, one or two-week trips. During one such trip in November 2016, we attended the incredible Aussie-American-Thanksgiving-Wedding celebration of some dear friends in Sydney, Australia.

A week later, we found ourselves atop a hill sitting on a bench watching the sunset on Hamilton Island, in the Whitsundays. Soaking in the beauty of the current moment in this far corner of the world, we began reflecting on the healthy work-life balance we’d observed from our Australian friends: everyone seems to work reasonable hours; everyone seems to travel 6-8 weeks per year; everyone just seems so…happy!

Hamilton Island, travelhelix, Australia, inspiration, sunset
The scene that inspired our major life changes.

We were inspired to make a change.

In early 2017, we began to pursue a more balanced life, with a greater focus on our shared passion for our world and its people. These days, we split time between California, North Carolina…and the rest of the world.

Between us, we’ve traveled across 6 continents, 51 countries & 42 U.S. states, gathering stories of people, places & experiences along the way.

Stories are the foundation of travelhelix. We hope the stories we tell inspire your desire to travel, and that the resources we offer make it easier to turn that desire into action.

  • book a flight
  • buy a train ticket
  • take a chance
  • talk to strangers
  • join a drum circle
  • have a snack
  • gain some fresh perspective
  • follow a dream

Or simply open your heart to the beautiful world that’s out there and the people that make every corner of it a special place.

So, start discovering. Your story is waiting to be written.

Let us know how we can help.

Cheers!

-DnA