Shortly after Vignettes of Taiwan was published I met Lonely Planet c0-founder Tony Wheeler at a Hong Kong book fair and handed him a copy.
A few weeks later I got an email from the LP office in Melbourne offering me a contract to work on the seventh edition of their Taiwan guide. This pretty much set the tone of my career for the next several years, as after Taiwan I headed – in both the literal and literary sense – to Belize, Singapore, China and Malaysia on various Lonely Planet assignments. In total, I’ve authored, co-authored or otherwise contributed to thirteen guidebooks for the company.
I kept a regular blog during my years on the road for Lonely Planet called Snarky Tofu. If you’re looking for travel tales from that era, click on over. If you’re looking for tales from a specific place (say, Belize or Taiwan), enter the place name in the search bar.
My last major guidebook project for Lonely Planet was 2013’s Belize guide. something about that project – perhaps it was climbing to the top of Ka’ana Pyramid during the sacred Maya festival of 12/21/12 in the midst of a full blown gout attack told me that it was time to settle down a bit after many years on the road.
Still, I’ve remained quite active as a contributor with Lonely Planet in the past few years, contributing essays, articles and recipes to many of their annual publications, writing for the website and otherwise hoisting the LP flag whenever possible. Click here to check out the many articles I’ve done for the Lonely Planet Website.
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