Deep Travel: Have Adventures No Guidebook Can Tell You About
What you'll learn
- Thrive in foreign environments and embrace the joy of culture shock.
- Gently stretch the limits of your culture shock boundaries, moving deeper and deeper into big adventures.
- Make authentic connections with local residents in the places you visit – even when there are thick language and cultural barriers.
- Choose alternative forms of accommodations, transportation, dining, etc., that bring you more closely in touch with local experiences.
- Go beyond the limits of mainstream tourism to find unique travel experiences no guidebook could ever tell you about.
- Read people and situations when traveling to determine whether they are safe.
- Come home your trips with phenomenal stories to tell.
- (And along the way, you'll hear lots of fun travel tales that illustrate the lessons in this course.)
- A fascination for travel and a desire to connect with people in the places you visit.
- The desire to experience travel beyond generic guidebook suggestions and have rich, meaningful connections in the places you visit.
Have life-changing travel adventures no guidebook can tell you about. Dive DEEP into foreign cultures and enjoy authentic, rich connections with the people who live in the places you visit.
Taught by a professional travel writer, world explorer, and former Rick Steves tour guide ~ Dave Fox has been featured for his knowledge of foreign cultures on the History Channel, Channel NewsAsia, National Public Radio in the United States, and ABC Radio in Australia.
Have you ever known somebody who goes on vacation and comes home with larger-than-life tales to tell – every single time? Have you ever wondered why some people have incredible adventures when they travel, while others have a good time but never seem to go beyond the generic tourist experience? Have you ever wished you could be one of the people who has all the incredible adventures – an intrepid explorer who plunges deep into local cultures, connects with fascinating people, transcends cultural differences, and comes home with wild stories?
~ This course teaches you how to make that happen ... even if you're an introvert! ~
Huge, crazy, life-changing travel experiences don't happen by accident. Yes, there's an element of chance involved as to when they occur, but they happen far more frequently to people who travel with a certain mindset, a special attitude, a willingness to venture beyond the usual guidebook recommendations and dive deep into local life.
To some people, that might sound scary, but if you follow the tips in this course, it won't be. You'll discover how to slowly, gently stretch the boundaries of your cultural comfort zones, tiptoeing lightly at first until you gain the confidence to plunge deeper into the enthralling world of culture shock.
You'll discover how to...
- Travel with the mindset necessary to transcend mainstream tourism and dive deep into unfamiliar places.
- Explore the challenges (and thrills) of culture shock, and flow with those challenges so that traveling in a foreign environment doesn't feel intimidating.
- Connect with people who live in the places you visit – in authentic ways that are far more sincere and intimate than any scripted tour company activity.
- Make yourself approachable as a traveler, so you meet new friends and gain invitations into people's lives.
- Meet people safely, reading their attitude and body language, and developing a sense of when it's okay to trust a stranger or a potential new friend.
This course also includes an interview with Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, about travel safety concerns specific to women.
Dave Fox is a professional travel writer and bestselling author ... and he's one of those people who has deep, rich encounters with the local culture whenever and wherever he travels. For years, Dave has been exploring the world, seeking out unique, sometimes wacky adventures, and teaching aspiring travel writers how to craft amazing tales.
Now, in this course for non-writers and writers alike, he explains his techniques for plunging deep into foreign environments, immersing himself confidently in cultures he doesn't understand, and connecting with the people who live in the places he writes about.
And hey, Dave believes learning should be entertaining ... so his lessons aren't just full of useful tips for connecting with people in the places you visit. He also weaves lively personal anecdotes into each lesson to illustrate what he teaches! He offers tales from his journeys on five continents as he reveals how he connects with people wherever he goes.
Whether you're an experienced explorer seeking a deeper level of excitement in your travels, or a new adventurer planning your first trip abroad, you'll discover how to transcend mainstream tourism, break free from guidebook "must see" checklists, and connect with local cultures in authentic ways that most travelers wish they could do, but don't know how to.
If you've read this far, that probably means you love to travel. You're curious about the world and you want to have the biggest, boldest travel experiences you possibly can. The skills you learn here will enrich your life with extraordinary adventures as you discover how to connect in any culture with people who are different from you.
Most tourists just skim the surface of the places they visit. If you want to dive deep and come home with big tales to tell, join us in this three hour workshop – and get ready to travel like you never have before!
Also check out my writing courses on Udemy:
- Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)
- Travel Writing: Explore the World & Publish Your Stories
- Professional Humor Tricks for Writers, Speakers, and Other Misfits
- The Writing Mind 1: Defeat Writer's Block & Write Confidently
- The Writing Mind 2: Overcome Distractions & Get More Written
Who this course is for:
- Beginning travelers who want to maximize their adventures on their first trip abroad.
- Experienced travelers who want to feel comfortable traveling in more culturally challenging destinations.
- Anyone who wants to go beyond mainstream tourism to have richer cultural adventures and deeper contact with people who live in the places they visit.
Dave Fox is on a mission to help people tell scintillating stories. He's a professional travel and humor writer, a writing and humor coach, a chronic storyteller, and the author of two bestselling books. Dave thrives on stepping outside of his cultural comfort zones in search of adventures and misadventures. He also makes really good sandwiches if you ask him nicely.
Originally from the United States, Dave started travel journaling at age seven when his family moved to England for a year. During that time, he developed an obsession with foreign cultures, which eventually morphed into his travel writing career. He also developed a British accent, which eventually morphed back to a mostly-American accent, but he respects your right to spell "humour" with that extra "U" if it makes you happy.
Dave's love for humo(u)r writing evolved in early adulthood when he discovered office memos didn't have to be boring. He fled nine-to-five life in 2001 on a mission to expand beyond office memos, and published his first book of travel-humor essays three years later after winning the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest. He has been teaching writing workshops for more than 20 years. He has been making sandwiches even longer.
Dave has worked as a Public Radio news anchor, a tour guide for Rick Steves' Europe, an international cruise ship lecturer, and an iguana groomer. (Okay, not really an iguana groomer. Iguanas get cranky when you try to groom them.) His work has been featured on the History Channel, Channel NewsAsia, and national radio broadcasts in the US and Australia. He has also been an opening speaker for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway. (True story: When the princess told Dave he spoke excellent Norwegian, Dave replied, "Thank you, Your Majesty. So do you.")
For 16 years, Dave guided tours around Europe for Rick Steves' travel company. He has lived in the US, England, Norway, and Turkey and Singapore. He currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he works as the Vietnam correspondent for TTG Asia and freelances for a variety of other publications including the Straits Times of Singapore, and Singapore Airlines' magazine and website. His work has also appeared in books by Rick Steves, Lonely Planet, Travelers' Tales, and the 2014 Moon Guide to Burma.
Dave's own books, Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad, and Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!), have both been Amazon travel bestsellers. He is currently working on a new book, The Ghosts of Bui Vien Street, about modern life in Ho Chi Minh City.
Dave shares his travel tales, humor essays, and writing advice on his website. (Please see below for the link.) He is available for one-on-one writing and life coaching via Skype, phone, and in person.