Ever since sailing from his birthplace in Greece to the United States as a boy, the life of Odysseus has always come easy for Dave Stamboulis, and he has over 3 decades of adventure travel, writing, and photography under his belt. After growing up in Berkeley, California, and traveling throughout Europe and the Americas in the 1980's, Dave moved to Asia in the 1990's, calling Japan home for 3 years and then riding a bicycle 45,000 kilometers around the world, crossing the Himalayas several times, including a year’s stint in both Nepal and India. The result of this journey was the well received book, Odysseus' Last Stand , which won the Silver medal for Travel Book of the Year in 2006 from the Society of American Travel Writers.
For the past 7 years, Dave has resided in Bangkok, Thailand, where he works as a freelance photographer and travel writer. His photographic images are represented worldwide by Alamy and Getty Images, and his written contributions are found in publications throughout the region and include Silver Kris (Singapore Airlines), International Traveller, Asian Geographic, Bangkok 101, Tropical Magazine, Get Lost, Virgin Voyeur, Tiger Tales, Sawaddi, and Fah Thai. Dave is also the updating writer for Fodor's Guidebook to Thailand and Laos, he is one of the co authors of Southeast Asia On More Than A Shoestring, and has contributed to Cycling's Greatest Misadventures. In addition to print media, Dave works as the Bangkok Local Expert for 10Best.com, an award-winning travel website which is part of the USA TODAY network, and he is the author of Unanchor.com's mini-guide to Bangkok. He is also featured on the Vagobond.com travel website, with his The World Through a Photographer's Lens column running weekly.
In Thailand, Dave specializes in travel, festivals, and features on ethnic minorities , as well as covering high end properties, dining, and drinking. When not at home, Stamboulis can be found traveling around the globe, where his quest for off the beaten path stories, photographs, and adventures have taken him to spots such as Mongolia, Borneo, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Patagonia, Madagascar, and other way out locations, often reached via bicycle, kayak, or on foot.