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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

Pakistan's Karakorams: Mountains to the Max

Pakistan's Karakorams: Mountains to the Max
David Rich describes the Karakoram Mountains in northern Pakistan as the top mountain vacationland in the world.

Learning to Train Elephants in Thailand

Learning to Train Elephants in Thailand
Thailand: a school for elephant trainers in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Beyond Borat: Discovering the Real Kazakhstan

Beyond Borat: Discovering the Real Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan: Beyond Borat. David Rich visits Almaty and marvels at a country unlike any other.

Yemen: Probably Safer Than Where You Live

Yemen: Probably Safer Than Where You Live
David Rich explores the scenic, architechtural, and cultural attractions of Yemen, which has become a lot safer since September 11, 2001.

A Tale of Two Koreas

A Tale of Two Koreas
David Rich his visit to North and South Korea.


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