Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals

About Dave Fox

Dave Fox is an award-winning humor and travel writer, a professional public speaker, and author of the books, Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip) and Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad. He spends several months in Europe each year as a tour guide for European travel expert Rick Steves. In 2010, Dave also launched his own travel company, Globejotter Tours, which offers specialized tours that include travel journaling and creative travel writing classes along the way. The first Globejotter itinerary was a writing safari in Botswana in January, 2010. Upcoming tour destinations include Vietnam and a return to Botswana.

A former news anchor for Wisconsin Public Radio, he has written for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and book publishers including:

  • Rick Steves
  • Lonely Planet
  • Silver Kris (Singapore Airlines in-flight magazine)
  • Singapore American Newspaper
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Portland Oregonian
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • Dallas Morning News

His writing has also appeared in letters to his mother, though not often enough if you ask her.

Dave got started in travel writing by journaling about his travels, which he has been doing ever since he lived in England at age seven. With his unique approach to travel journaling, he teaches travelers how to weave together their “inner journey” and “outer journey” to create a more vivid journal. His classes were recommended in the Wall Street Journal in February, 2003. His book about travel journaling, Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!), was published by Inkwater Press in July, 2008.

In 2004, Dave won the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Book Proposal Contest, sponsored by the University of Dayton, Ohio, for his proposal to write a collection of humorous stories about things that have gone wrong in his international travels. Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad was the resulting book. It was selected as a “new and notable” travel book in 2006 by The book was originally self-published. Later, Inkwater Press bought the rights and published a re-edited and improved second edition in 2008.

Dave has also released The Fox that Quacked: Essays from Planet Earth, an audiobook of his humor essays. The CD includes humorous stories from home and abroad.

Foreign travel has been a big part of Dave’s life since childhood. He has lived in Norway, Turkey, and England, and traveled in roughly 45 countries on five continents. In addition to his work for Rick Steves’ Europe , he has also worked on cruise ships as a guest lecturer for Holland America Lines, and was a featured presenter at the 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival. He has been a Scandinavian cultural consultant to the History Channel program, “Weird US,” and an opening speaker for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

Dave lectures frequently on a variety of topics — from informative writing and travel seminars to humorous keynotes about his overseas misadventures. He has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has studied linguistics at the University of Oslo, Norway. He currently lives in Seattle.

You can e-mail Dave at [email protected].