Don George

Don George is the Adventure Collection’s Web Editor in Chief. A highly respected and pioneering travel journalist for more than two decades, Don was most recently the Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. Prior to that, Don was Travel Editor at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle and then edited’s travel site, Wanderlust. Don has published seven books, including “Travel Writing,” “The Kindness of Strangers,” “By the Seat of My Pants,” and “Tales from Nowhere.” He has written more than 600 articles for magazines and newspapers around the globe, and has received dozens of awards for his writing and editing.

A popular and trusted travel expert and commentator, Don appears regularly on CNN and NPR as well as other TV and radio outlets, and is frequently quoted in major newspapers and online news sites. He also speaks frequently on travel issues at venues around the world; recent appearances include the Commonwealth Club, the World Affairs Council, the Chicago Humanities Center, the Educational Travel Conference, the Japan Society, the Australian Society of Travel Writers, and the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Don has also hosted a lively series of on-stage conversations with such acclaimed writers as Jan Morris, Simon Winchester, Pico Iyer, Isabel Allende and Amy Tan. He has taught travel writing at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism, and is co-founder and chairman of the annual Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference.

In a quarter-century of wandering, Don has visited more than 65 countries. He has worked as a teacher in Athens, a translator in Paris, and a TV talk show host in Tokyo. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife.

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