Dave Stamboulis was born in Greece, and started travelling from the minute he boarded a ship bound for the U.S. as a toddler. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has since called New Mexico, Bellingham, Washington, Japan, and Nepal home. He has now lived in Bangkok, Thailand, for more than ten years.
Dave spent seven years riding a bicycle 45,000 kilometres around the world, a trip that solidified his passion for being a global nomad, as well as completely changing his life. His subsequent book about the journey, Odysseus’ Last Stand , won the silver medal prize for Travel Book of the Year from the Society of American Travel Writers in 2006, which launched his career as a professional photographer and travel writer.
Since then, Dave has worked as a writer and photographer for Fodor’s guidebooks, as the Bangkok ‘expert’ for USA Today’s 10Best website, and as the Thailand photographer for Trip Advisor’s oyster.com. His travel photos have been published by Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Conde Nast Traveller, Wanderlust, and Travel & Leisure, to name but a few, and his travel stories and photos have appeared in countless magazines and other publications around the globe.
While no longer much of a long distance bike tourist or mountaineer, Dave still seeks long distance adventures on foot in remote mountain regions of the world, as well as being a passionate cook, craft beer lover, and frequent watcher of arthouse film.