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David Rich on a camel on the Pakistan border.GoNOMAD Writer Profiles

David Rich: He Was Once Happily Homeless

David Rich is GoNOMAD's most intrepid writer, braving blizzards, monsoons, desert heat and State Department travel advisories to visit the world's most out-of-the-way places from the Karakoram Mountains in Pakistan to the wilds of Borneo to the Harley-Davidson Rally Week in Sturgis, South Dakota.

David retired in his forties to become a full-time international traveler, an occupation he finds far preferable to his former professions of law professor and trial lawyer, from which he says he's now "mostly recovered."

He has pursued freelance travel writing and exotic travel for sixteen years, living so far in more than 140 countries. However, with 191 countries in the United Nations (and 202 at the Olympics) he's barely halfway through the list. He says he has "sold everything" and is "classically homeless."

With his wife Mary he RVed Europe, Scandinavia, Northern Africa and the Middle East for three years, Australia for over a year, New Zealand six months, and South America for two years.

Then it was on to Nepal, India and China before helping sail a 39-foot steel cutter from Malaysia to Thailand. Then on to Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia and Hawaii.

In 2004 they took a 4x4 overland trip from Johannesberg, South Africa to Yemen via "a bunch of interesting countries."

Next was Japan, then Korea, Bangkok, Borneo, sailing the Philippines and driving for a month through Java. They popped back to South Africa for Namibia, Botswana and Victoria Falls, then dipped into Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho before taking the Garden Route back to Capetown. Their next stops were Rome, Tunisia, Malta, Sardinia and Corsica.

These days he and Mary have settled down in Glendale Arizona, where his latest passion is flying. Check out his book,
RV The World
, about his travels with recreational vehicles around the globe.

Read travel articles by David Rich



The Arctic. A photo gallery

The Arctic. A photo gallery
The Arctic:Photos of the Arctic animals and landscapes by David Rich.

Vale of Kashmir: An Idyllic Locale of Uncommon Beauty

Vale of Kashmir: An Idyllic Locale of Uncommon Beauty
Kashimir: David Rich describes the beauty and tranquility of the Vale of Kashmir.

Burkina Faso: From Holy Catfish to Percusso Picassos

Burkina Faso: From Holy Catfish to Percusso Picassos
Burkina Faso: David Rich travels to Burkina Faso where he sacrifices three chickens to the sacred catfish (no kidding) and listens to eclectic percussive jazz in the capital of Ouagadougou.

David Rich's Egyptian Photo Gallery

David Rich's Egyptian Photo Gallery
Egypt: David Rich makes a visit to Egyptian museums and historic sites including the Western Oases and includes his usual fantastic photographs.

Tunisia Will Seize Ya

Tunisia Will Seize Ya
Tunisia: David Rich visits Tunisia and describes the extensive Greek and Roman ruins, the succulent cuisine and the friendly locals.

Kyrgyzstan: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

Kyrgyzstan: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
Kyrgyzstan: David Rich visits Kyrgyzstan and finds it to be a vanguard of Western permissiveness in the world of Islam.

Death Valley California: The Innards of the Earth

Death Valley California: The Innards of the Earth
Death Valley California: David Rich visits Death Valley, California, where he explores a number of scenic hikes and drives.

The Spiti Valley: In the Middle of the Mystic Himalayas

The Spiti Valley: In the Middle of the Mystic Himalayas
Himalayas: David Rich travels to the remote Spiti Valley, where he gets a fleeting glimpse of the Dalai Lama.

What-a Ball-a in Guatemala

What-a Ball-a in Guatemala
Guatemala: David Rich reports on the colorful markets, the extensive Mayan ruins and the striking landscapes in Guatemala.

Good Golly, I Sure Do Miss Mali

Good Golly, I Sure Do Miss Mali
Mali: David Rich describes the colorful country of Mali including the capital, Timbuktu.

Jordan: Petra Rocks

Jordan: Petra Rocks
Petra Jordan: David Rich visits Petra in Jordan where natural rock formations and historic temples join to create one of the most amazing historical-geological marvels in the world.

Georgia, the Country: Where Wine Was First Invented

Georgia, the Country: Where Wine Was First Invented
Georgia, the Country: David Rich travels to Georgia, the country, where he visits ancient cave cities, churches and cathedrals and does some extensive sampling of deep purple Georgian wine.

Wild Thailand: Elephants, Cobras and Tigers

Wild Thailand: Elephants, Cobras and Tigers
Thailand:David Rich explores the wild side of Thailand, getting up close and personal with elephants, cobras and tigers.

Machu Picchu: An Ancient Treasure Threatened by Man and Nature

Machu Picchu: An Ancient Treasure Threatened by Man and Nature
Machu Picchu: David Rich visits the spectacular Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, and reports that the ancient site is threatened by earthquakes and heavy tourist traffic.

Mongolia: The Big Empty is Full of Surprises

Mongolia: The Big Empty is Full of Surprises
Mongolia: David Rich visits the famous Flaming Cliffs in Mongolia's Gobi Desert and attends the Naadam Festival in Karakorum.

Mummy Dearest: A Visit to the Real Egypt

Mummy Dearest: A Visit to the Real Egypt
Egypt: David Rich makes a visit to Egyptian museums and historic sites including the Western Oases and includes his usual fantastic photographs.

New Zealand's North Island: Top Three Escapades

New Zealand's North Island: Top Three Escapades
New Zealand's North Island: David Rich visits New Zealand's North Island and reports on its top three attractions: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, White Island, an active volcano, and the Waitomo Caves.

New Zealand's South Island: Splendid Adventuring

New Zealand's South Island: Splendid Adventuring
New Zealand's South Island: David Rich goes adventuring on New Zealand's South Island, rafting Class V rapids, climbing Franz Josef Glacier and boating on the Marlborough Sounds.

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Panama: More Than Just a Hat

Panama: More Than Just a Hat
Panama: David Rich, visits Panama, starting with the 365 idyllic San Blas Islands, passing through the canal, and winding up at the Bocas del Toro.

Tajikistan: Following the Ancient Silk Road

Tajikistan: Following the Ancient Silk Road
Tajikstan: David Rich travels the ancient silk road through Tajikistan, along the border with Afghanistan into the Pamir Mountains.

The Philippines' Mountain Provinces

The Philippines' Mountain Provinces
The Philippines David Rich describes a visit to the mountain provinces of the Philippines, with visits to World Heritage rice terraces, cliffside gravesites and a historic Chinese colonial town.
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Turkmenistan: Tinhorn Tyranny

Turkmenistan: Tinhorn Tyranny
Turkemenistan David Rich visits the 'tin-horn tyranny' of Turkmenistan, where every tourist is required to have a 'guide' with them at all times.

Titicaca the Great: Urcos, Yavari and Sillustani Too!

Titicaca the Great: Urcos, Yavari and Sillustani Too!
Lake Titicaca David Rich visits Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, visits the archaeological site at Sillustani, and checks out the steamship Yavari, which was shipped from England an ...

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
A photo of the Andes, The Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru

Half a Million Harleys: Rally Week in Sturgis, South Dakota

Half a Million Harleys: Rally Week in Sturgis, South Dakota
David Rich visits Rally Week in Sturgis, South Dakota, along with 506,000 other Harley-Davidson enthusiasts.

Sinnam, Korea: The World's Pointiest Park

Sinnam, Korea: The World's Pointiest Park
David Rich visits Sinnam, Korea, where local fisherman have erected pointy sculptures to propitiate a finicky virgin.

Spain's 500-Mile Walk

Spain's 500-Mile Walk
Santiago de Compostela, Spain's famous pilgrimage route, is trod by our own David Rich.

Cuba: Lost in Time, Lost in Space

Cuba: Lost in Time, Lost in Space
Anonymous travels to Cuba and describes the history, the cuisine, the natural beauty and the nightlife.

Uzbekistan: Police State Jewel

Uzbekistan: Police State Jewel
Uzbekistan: Police state jewel.

Tierra del Fuego: The Uttermost End of the Earth

Tierra del Fuego: The Uttermost End of the Earth
A detailed destination guide to Tierra del Fuego, Ushiaia, and journeying to the end of the earth.

Nevada's Burning Man Festival: Raunchy, Rainbow Picture Show

Nevada's Burning Man Festival: Raunchy, Rainbow Picture Show
David Rich visits the Burning Man Festival in Gerlach, Nevada, and reports on the remarkable antics there.

A Horse-Drawn Wagon in Cartagena, Colombia

A Horse-Drawn Wagon in Cartagena, Colombia
A horse-drawn wagon in cartegena, columbia

Turkmenistan's Akhal-Teke Horses, Father of the Modern Thoroughbred

Turkmenistan's Akhal-Teke Horses, Father of the Modern Thoroughbred
Turkmenistan's Akhal-Teke Horses, father of the modern throughbred

Tajikistan Photo Gallery

Tajikistan Photo Gallery
Tajikistan Gallery Photos by David Rich   Penjakent funeral   Kids in Rashnor Poyon     A yurt resta ...

Tunisia Photo Gallery

Tunisia Photo Gallery
Striking photos of Tunisia by David Rich.

Sturgis Rally Week

Sturgis Rally Week
Sturgis South Dakota rally week

The Vale of Kashmir: An Iyllic Locale of Uncommon Beauty

The Vale of Kashmir: An Iyllic Locale of Uncommon Beauty
The vale of Kashmir: an idyllic locale of uncommon beauty

Hiking to the Base of Mt. Everest

Hiking  to the Base of Mt. Everest
David Rich describes his journey to the base of Mt. Everest, explaining some of the dangers, including ice falls and altitude sickness.

South Korea: Flying the Bullet Train from Seoul to Busan

South Korea: Flying the Bullet Train from Seoul to Busan
David Rich rides the Korean bullet train from Seoul to Busan and finds it is quieter, smoother and faster than any train he has every ridden.

 
 


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