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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Inkwater Pr (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592993443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592993444
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A vivid and thoughtfully written journal can be your most treasured souvenir. Dave Fox understands how journaling can help that great trip become a candy jar of memories that you can dip into for the rest of your life. And his book tells how. --Rick Steves, PBS TV host and author of Europe Through the Back Door

About the Author

Dave Fox started traveling the world at age seven, and he's been journaling ever since. Based in Seattle, Washington, he has lived in England, Norway, and Turkey, and visited more than 40 countries. His first book, Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad, won the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop Book Proposal Contest in 2004. The second edition was published by Inkwater Press in 2008. Dave works as a freelance writer, speaker, and international tour guide. His travel journaling classes have been recommended in the Wall Street Journal. He offers entertaining and informative presentations on a variety of topics for businesses and other organizations. He's a veteran tour guide for European travel guru Rick Steves, and also leads his own travel journaling tours.
To contact Dave, or for more information about his work, please visit his websites:
TRAVELJOURNALING.COM and DAVETHEFOX.COM.

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Dave Fox is an award-winning travel and humor writer. He has lived in Norway, England, and Turkey, and visited more than 50 countries on five continents. He currently lives in Singapore.

"I'm fascinated with the psychology of travel," Dave says, "...with how we view ourselves when we're in a foreign place."

In 2004, Dave won the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest sponsored by the University of Dayton, Ohio. His resulting collection of travel humor essays, "Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad," was originally published in 2006 by AuthorHouse Books. A second, re-edited and improved edition was published in 2008 by Inkwater Press, along with Dave's second book, "Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)"

A former news anchor for Wisconsin Public Radio, Dave has contributed to books by Rick Steves and Lonely Planet. He also guided tours in Europe for Rick Steves' travel company from 1995 to 2011. His writing has appeared in travel magazines such as Transitions Abroad, Trips, Big World, and Silver Kris (Singapore Airlines' in-flight magazine), and in newspapers including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Portland Oregonian, Dallas Morning News, and Wisconsin State Journal. He has appeared on the History Channel travel program, Weird U.S., as an authority on Scandinavian-American culture, and has been an opening speaker for Princess Märtha-Louise of Norway.

Dave's travel journaling classes have been recommended in the Wall Street Journal. He is available to teach classes in travel journaling, humor writing, and a variety of other topics, and to deliver humorous keynotes that are both laughter-inducing and inspiring.

In 2011, Dave moved to Singapore where he is currently based. He offers online travel and humor writing courses, and has founded Globejotting.com, his "home for global storytelling," featuring travel and humor tales, and tips to help others write their own stories.

You can contact Dave via his website: Globejotting.com.

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After reading the book, I can now write as freely as I'd like to without worrying about anything.
Friendly Skies of Oxnard
The writing style is accessible and never condescending; his voice is usually very humorous and often quite touching.
L. Montano
I would highly recommend this book to all those who are interested in travel writing and journaling.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Duerst on March 21, 2009
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I've always wanted to document my travels better but it never seems to work out. A few times, I have started a travel journal only to abandon it a few days in because I've forgotten to write so many days in a row or it was too much work. Dave Fox's approach to travel journaling is a real change. Something that is easy to implement and fun to do at the same time. It helps that the approach in the book is very light hearted and encouraging, so you feel that you really can write a few things down per day. I look forward to trying the technique out on my next trip.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Miller on November 5, 2009
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Dave Fox adds a lot of humor in his instructions on how to travel journal. There are practice sessions throughout the book to help you get used to different writing techniques before your trip. I bought this book because of our planned trip to Egypt next spring. I want to be able to capture and remember every bit of this once in a lifetime opportunity. I now have many ideas of how I'll be able to do it. I used to journal all of the time but fell out of the habit; this book has inspired me to take it up again - and not just for traveling!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By herownjourney on October 2, 2009
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This book is accessible to everyone and is not an intimidating book on how to write. It's incredibly funny, informative, and offers very useful tips on how to bring life and feeling to your travel journals. You feel like Dave Fox is right there with you, a friend and guide on your travels. This book also opened my mind about how to travel and use the experiences as personal growth. I used to be so frustrated by the banality of my journals, but now they are richer in content, and I can always go back to them to relive my travels. The best part is, with the author's time-saving tips, I'm no longer a slave to my journal when I'm traveling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2011
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This is a good work and a resource for anyone who want to journal regardless of whether for travel or just musings and chronologies.

I do enjoy the author's humor and this book is a very easy yet meaty read! I have have kept journals for well over 25 years and within the first 30 pages I was envisioning things to practice in my journaling that I would never have thought of on my own. And isn't that the point?

The points on speed and theme journaling were especially good and I found my mind seeded with new ideas.

This book has taken the challenge of daily writing and made it fun again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By silentfilmfan on September 2, 2011
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This book is the best! Every chapter has a new way - technique - of journaling. You never will waste another night on trip thinking I really need to journal for an hour. Dave Fox opens up your mind and ways of thinking about journaling. All his techniques can be applied to other types of journaling - not just travel. His easy exercises get you right in the mood for journaling and your next trip. Journaling nirvana is just a click away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Montano on June 23, 2012
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I love to travel, but my circumstances keep me from venturing far. I have been a writer for almost 10 years. This book opened my eyes to so many new techniques, even after all these years. It is so much more than a travel writing book. Any writer can benefit from what Mr. Fox has to teach in this book. I love his brilliant wit and down-to-earth advice. The writing style is accessible and never condescending; his voice is usually very humorous and often quite touching.

He has empowered me to be more present in my journeys (even if only to the local park), and relish details. I am now a much more efficient people watcher (much to the chagrin of my kids). I have learned a few things about myself, when reviewing my journals - like the types of details and people I gravitate toward. In turn, it has enriched my creative writing by raising awareness to those details.

I can't say enough good stuff about this book. It fundamentally changed the way I interact with our surroundings when we adventure and for that I am so grateful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Wraspir on April 2, 2014
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If you're serious at all about travel journaling, journaling in general, or blogging (which is what I was interested in) this book is a must. Dave Fox does an exceptional job providing you with techniques to help you get the most out of your travel. It definitely takes practice, so don't expect you'll be writing award winning stories immediately (unless you're one of those writer types who can do that). He's funny and entertaining throughout the entire book. I've read it twice and will use it as a reference moving forward.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam on February 2, 2012
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I have been keeping a travel journal for many years, however after our recent trip to China during the summer, I was feeling that I wanted to expand my writing to reflect more fully the impact that the places we were visiting were having on me, rather than a chronological list of events during the trip. This book has given me some incredible new perspectives and ways to focus my writing. Very recently, since I bought the book, I visited Tanzania and used a couple of ideas from Dave Fox's great little book. These ideas enabled me to capture so much more of this amazing country and the experiences I was lucky enough to have enjoyed. This journal is a truer reflection of the surroundings, the sounds, the tastes and the emotions as I experienced them along the way. I now know that I can build on this and also I know ways I can further develop my travel writing in general. I fully plan to take it along with me in future trips to provide me with further inspiration. I write journals for my own edification and it is the writing itself that is exciting. I am now armed with other ideas for writing from different angles and this has ignited my interest to continue to a far greater extent.
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