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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, a writing coach with more than 25 years of experience, and a Transformation Academy certified life coach. Originally from the United States, he has traveled in 60 countries. He has lived in England, Norway, Turkey, and Singapore, and has been based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, since 2015.

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. He is currently working on a new book, The Ghosts of Bùi Viện Street, about the lives of local residents who live and work in Saigon’s so-called “backpacker ghetto.”

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, Dave was the featured travel expert on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s national New Year’s Eve radio broadcast. He has been a guest on the “Travels with Rick Steves” program on National Public Radio in the United States, and Channel NewsAsia’s morning TV news program, “First Look Asia.” In 2018, CNN Travel interviewed Dave for an article about misbehaving tourists in Hanoi.

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, Dave moved to Singapore with his wife, Kattina, who was working at the Singapore American School as a middle school science teacher. They relocated to Ho Chi Minh City in 2015 after Kattina was offered a position at Saigon South International School. Throughout this time, Dave has worked as a freelance travel and humor writer. He also teaches a series of online writing workshops and offers one-on-one writer coaching online.

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 discovering Flatland had plagiarized one of his humor columns on multiple occasions, Dave 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’s hobbies include learning languages, playing the violin, getting lost in foreign places (hence the book title), and beer tasting. He speaks fluent Norwegian, decent conversational French, and is currently learning Vietnamese. He plays the fiddle in Gwennili, a Breizh (Breton / French Celtic) folk group based in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dave gives engaging interviews. He is happy to share his knowledge about travel and writing with the media and enjoys speaking 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, the Travelers’ Tales series, Italy from a Backpack, and the Mug of Woe humor series.

He has written for magazines including SilverKris (Singapore Airlines), En Voyage (EVA Air), 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.

Speaking Engagements

Dave’s past speaking events and clients include:

  • Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (University of Dayton, Ohio)
  • University of Utah: Go Learn Travel Expo (keynote speaker) and Osher seminars
  • Wisconsin Book Festival
  • Write Camp at the Singapore Writers’ Festival
  • Opening speaker for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
  • Rick Steves Travel Seminars
  • Holland America Cruises
  • American Women’s Association of Singapore
  • Singapore American School
  • Saigon South International 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