Don George has been a pioneering travel writer and editor for more than two decades. Currently the global travel editor for Lonely Planet, Don writes the award-winning “Traveler at Large” column for lonelyplanet.com and serves as Lonely Planet’s global spokesperson, working with print, radio and TV journalists, editors and producers around the world. Prior to joining Lonely Planet, Don was travel editor at the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle and then founded and edited Salon.com’s travel site, “Wanderlust.” He has edited four anthologies, including Lonely Planet’s highly acclaimed The Kindness of Strangers and A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad, and has published more than 600 articles in magazines and newspapers around the globe. Don has received dozens of awards for his writing and editing, including, most recently, the 2002 Pacific Area Travel Association’s Gold Award for Best Travel Article and the Society of American Travel Writers 2002 Lowell Thomas Award. In two and a half decades of wandering, he has visited more than 60 countries; he has also worked as a teacher in Athens, a translator in Paris and a TV talk show host in Tokyo. Don is co-founder and chairman of the annual Book Passage Travel Writers Conference and has been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism; he frequently speaks about travel writing and travel industry issues around the world. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. 

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