Dave Stamboulis

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Dave Stamboulis is a world wanderer, professional photographer and travel writer. Born in Greece and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has called Japan, Nepal, and Bellingham, Washington home and now lives in Bangkok, Thailand. He spent seven years cycling over 45,000 kilometres around the world, writing an award-winning book Odysseus' Last Stand. His photos have appeared in Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Fodor's and magazines around the globe. He is the Thailand guidebook updater for Fodor's and Bangkok "expert" for USA Today's 10Best website. Dave also travels to destinations such as Ethiopia, Pakistan, and Mongolia, trekking in mountain countries with a strong focus on indigenous culture. He is a connoisseur of craft beer, artisanal bread, Chinese dumplings, and is passionate about art house film.

Posts by Dave Stamboulis

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  • 1
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Travelling on foot–it allows one to slow down, meet the locals, and most importantly, pay attention to where one’s feet are stepping, meaning one can’t be looking at a phone or device at the same time!

  • 2
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    On my round the world bicycle trip, towards the end, on a day when I was feeling so jaded and tired of travel, I rounded a bend on a bumpy, potholed road near the Georgian-Turkish border, and came upon the most beautiful field of flowers I’d ever seen, so stunning that it reminded me to never take travel for granted again.

  • 3
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Yunnan, in southwestern China. There are 7,000 meter glaciated peaks, stunning larch forests, epic rice terraces, steaming jungles, ethnic minorities, and endless untrammelled destinations that see few tourists and are about as far from the normal perception of China as one can get.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    Always take the time to share a cup of tea with a stranger.