Media Kit

About Dave Fox

Dave Fox in Ho Chi Minh City

Dave Fox is a best-selling humor and travel author, a lively public speaker and storyteller, and a passionate writing / humor coach. Originally from the United States, he has traveled in nearly 60 countries. He has lived in England, Turkey, and Norway, and Singapore, and speaks fluent Norwegian. He is currently based in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.

Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad is Dave’s book of hilarious travel mishaps. In Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!), he teaches journaling techniques that enhance the reader’s journey so that writing a travel diary doesn’t feel like an arduous chore. Both books are published by Inkwater Press, and both have been travel bestsellers.

The History Channel program, “Weird U.S.,” profiled Dave in its 2005 Christmas episode, “It’s a Wonderful Time to be Weird,” as a proud Norwegian-American who embraces his right to not eat lutefisk. He has also been an opening speaker for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway. In 2010, he was the featured travel expert on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s national New Year’s Eve broadcast. He has also been a guest on the “Travels with Rick Steves” Public Radio program in the United States, and Channel NewsAsia’s morning TV news program, “First Look Asia.”

From 1995 to 2011, Dave was based in Seattle and spent roughly three months each year in Europe guiding tours for Rick Steves‘ travel company. He has also guided humor-driven history tours for Bill Speidell’s Underground Tour in Seattle, worked as a guest lecturer for Holland America Cruises, and organized small-group travel writing workshops in Vietnam and Botswana.

In July, 2011, he moved to Singapore with his wife, Kattina, who teaches at the Singapore American School. He works as a freelance travel and humor writer and writing coach. He also offers a series of online writing workshops. In July, 2015, he will relocate to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, where he is working on a new book, The Ghosts of Bùi Viện Street, about the lives of local residents who live and work in the city’s so-called “backpacker ghetto.”

In March, 2012, Dave found himself at the center of an international media scandal after he uncovered the stunning plagiarism spree of veteran newspaper editor Jon Flatland. After Dave discovered  Flatland had plagiarized one of his humor columns on multiple occasions, he dug deeper and exposed Flatand’s years of illegal activity. Dave’s investigation prompted the Poynter Institute, a media watchdog group in Washington, DC, to dub Flatland “one of the worst serial plagiarists ever.”

Dave gives engaging interviews. He is happy to share his knowledge about travel and writing with the media and enjoys giving presentations to groups of five or 500.

Freelance Publications
Dave has contributed to books by Lonely Planet and Rick Steves, and Moon Handbooks, as well as the Living in Singapore guidebook, Italy from a Backpack, and the Mug of Woe humor series. He has written for magazines including Silver Kris (Singapore Airlines), Expat Living-Singapore, Transitions Abroad, Trips, and Big World. His newspaper credits include articles in the Straits Times (Singapore), the Singapore American Newspaper, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Portland Oregonian, Dallas Morning News, and Wisconsin State Journal. He also blogs for Singapore Airlines’ website.

Speaking Engagements
Dave’s past speaking engagements include:

  • Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (University of Dayton, Ohio)
  • Wisconsin Book Festival
  • Singapore Writers’ Festival “Write Camp”
  • Rick Steves Travel Seminars
  • Holland America Cruises
  • American Women’s Association of Singapore
  • Singapore American School
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic (teacher training)
  • Seattle University
  • Portland Community College
  • Rotary International
  • Sons of Norway
  • Deaf-Blind Club of Seattle

For interview and speaking requests, please e-mail Dave at