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Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad Paperback – March 1, 2008
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About the Author
Dave published his first book after winning the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest. Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad is his collection of hilarious tales about things that have gone wrong in his international travels. His second book, Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!), helps travelers write more meaningful travel diaries. He is currently working on his third book, The Ghosts of Bùi Vi n Street, about the local residents who live and work in the so-called backpacker ghetto in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam.
People ask me how many countries I ve visited, Dave says, and I don t like to answer that question. Travel shouldn t be about scoring points or bragging about passport stamps. It should be about having big experiences.
Travel is an investment in stories. Most of our trips are short, but we get to keep the stories we accumulate for a lifetime. I love sharing my stories and the stories of people I meet. I also love teaching travel writing helping people document their own journeys. Writing about our experiences helps us understand the deeper meanings in our travels.
Originally from the United States, Dave has lived in England, Norway, Turkey, and Singapore. He recently moved to Ho Chi Minh City, where he works as a freelance writer, teaches online writing courses, and offers in-person workshops and travel writing tours.
I made my first trip to Vietnam just as Globejotting was about to be published, he says. In the book, I offer examples of pre-journaling writing about a place before you go there and I describe my anxieties as I m about to travel way outside my cultural comfort zone. What I never imagined as I was writing that chapter was that I d fall madly in love with Vietnam and end up moving there. But travel does that sometimes. It gives us real-life plot twists.
You can read Dave Fox s stories and learn about his online writing courses, coaching, and in-person workshops, on his website Globejotting.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I've done a lot of traveling myself and can appreciate Fox's take on it. Most often, visiting a foreign land is not a life and death experience although it can feel like one and certainly several times WAS for Fox. I loved traveling vicariously with him--all the pleasure without the personal pain!
Fox is a freelance writer and works for the Rick Steves travel organization. After zipping through his book, I might be more inclined to read more of his stories than to sign on his next trip!
If you're looking for a book to top off your summer reading, this is one to enjoy.
Dave Fox has a gift for sharing his travel adventures with the reader. His personal style combines with a warm and very active sense of humor to place the reader right alongside Dave as he explores, for example, the ancient and mysterious streets of Istanbul, allowing one to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a foreign culture.
You laugh. You learn. You laugh some more. And you don't want it to end.
Schuyler T. Wallace
In order for a book to be considered "really good," I must be so into reading it that I completely forget about all the work I should be doing instead of reading. While reading Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad, I sort of forgot to get out of bed until 11:30 in the morning. Unfortunately for me this was a Monday.
Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad is an honest, forthright account of the author's many travel adventures, from childhood to present day. It's easy to read, flows well, and the author did a marvelous job of leaving mundane details out of it. Every chapter tells a complete story of one of Dave's real life journeys and leaves you feeling like you went along for the ride. From age 8 to adulthood, you become part of this world traveler's apprehension as he throws himself into (or his parents throw him into) unfamiliar territory time and time again. His bravery is to be commended. Best of all, Dave unfolds his adventures using a subtle, witty sense of humor. The optimal way to describe it is to say he makes light of otherwise sticky situations in a way that will make you chuckle out loud, and at the same time, you as a reader, will never be offended.
What makes this book really unique is that there are some small drawings with handwritten sidebar notes, much like a real travel journal might be. Dave starts his book by taking you to England, where at age 8, he lived for a year with his family and was faced with wearing tights for the school play.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious. Pee your pants snort-laughing hilarious.
Ever wonder what it would be like to travel the world -- as the tour guide? Imagine no more!!!
As a professional tour guide, Dave Fox's travel philosophy (articulated on page 7) is "When you travel, things go wrong. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by Andrew W. Johns
Getting Lost is a excellent book...I took a trip to Europe with my daughter in 2008 and ended up meeting Dave Fox, he was our tour guide for the trip. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Steven Paulus
Every spring I get the bug to travel to destinations far and wide. Of course, my travel in limited by budget and time, so it was such a delight to find this travel novel. Read morePublished on March 21, 2009 by Timothy Duerst