Globejotting Meet-Ups for Writers & Travelers

Bethesda — Seattle — Denver — San Francisco

By Dave Fox

I’ll be on a jetlagged, whirlwind blitz through four U.S. cities in the next couple of weeks, and I’m throwing together travel / writing gatherings in all four of them to hang out and have a beer with my readers, and anyone else who wants to chat about travel, writing, or whatever else excites them.

I’m still hammering out the details, so these dates and times are still tentative. Please check back to this page in a few days for more specific information. Here’s the rough plan as it stands right now:

Globejotting mascot Sven Wondermoose will be joining us at all four gatherings to pose for photos and down a few shots.

Globejotting mascot Sven Wondermoose will be joining us at all four gatherings to pose for photos and slurp a few pints.

Bethesda, Maryland
When: Saturday, December 29 — 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Mussel Bar, 7262 Woodmont Avenue, a five-minute walk from the Bethesda Metro station.

When: Wednesday, January 2 — 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Avenue N. (On the #5 and 64 bus lines.)

When: Sunday, January 6 — 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street between Wynkoop and Wazee Streets, across from Union Train Station.

San Francisco
When: Wednesday, January 9 — 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: We have finally confirmed our location! We’ll be meeting at Vesuvio in North Beach, a quirky bar where Jack Kerouac used to imbibe. Their website has directions on how to get there. (We will not be at the Bourbon & Branch, as formerly speculated.)

These events will be free (other than that you pay for what you order) and completely casual. Unlike my more structured classes and talks, I’ll just be hanging out to chat with anyone who wants to stop by. If you’re under 21 and would like to attend, please let me know! I’m trying to find venues that have a happy hour’esque atmosphere but can still cater to minors. (Children under three, please get your parent’s permission.)

Dave and Sven share a quick beer on the night train from Bangkok, Thailand, to Vientiane, Laos.

Dave and Sven share a quick beer on the night train from Bangkok, Thailand, to Vientiane, Laos. (Dave’s the one on the right.)

How to Find Us
Look for a really short guy with a shaved head and glasses, or Globejotting mascot Sven Wondermoose. Ladies, be forewarned: Svenny gets a little flirtatious at times, but really, he’s harmless.

“But wait! Dave Fox? Who the hell are you and what is this all about?”
Oh… pardon me. For those of you who have never heard of me or Globejotting, and have found this page via Craigslist, Twitter, or some other wacky Internet glitch, I’m a travel and humor writer and writing coach based in Singapore. I’m also the founder  of, a website that features travel tales, humor columns, and writing tips, and I’ve written two books: Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals and Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad. I teach online writing classes. I’ve taught Kalahari Bushmen how to play Frisbee. Beer makes me smile.

I live in Singapore but I spent most of my childhood in Bethesda, Maryland (near Washington, DC). I’ve still got family there and in Denver. My wife’s from San Francisco. I lived in Seattle for 16 years. Hence the itinerary.

“Cool! So how do I sign up?”
If you’d drop me a quick e-mail to let me know you’ll be joining us, I’d appreciate it, so I can let the bars know roughly how many people to expect.

“Will you be scheduling any more of these gatherings elsewhere?”
Hopefully! I always enjoy connecting with my readers and other like-minded people. I co-organized a couple of events last year in Singapore, and I travel frequently in other parts of the world. Let me know where you live or where you’d like to attend a Globejotting event. If I know I have a big enough audience in a particular spot, I’ll keep you high on my list of possibilities for future meet-ups. 

I am also kicking around some new writing tour ideas for Africa and Asia in the next year or so. If you’d be interested in hopping on board with a small group of laid-back, aspiring travel writers for some fun world exploration and writing lessons, let me know!

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


Published on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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