Dave founded his blog ‘Dave’s Travel Corner‘ in 1996 and over the last 20 years it has grown into an international travel community and leading online travel and lifestyle platform. When he is not travelling or seeking out his next adventure, Dave spends most of his time in Los Angeles and the Napa Valley.
1. Who or what inspired you to start your blog?
I was inspired to start ‘Dave’s Travel Corner‘ in 1996 when I took an adventure trekking trip to Nepal. The trip stuck with me for numerous reasons; I met some good friends who I am still in contact with, it was my first exposure to this part of the world and the culture and foods that were foreign to me growing up in California, and I experienced severe hardship trekking to Everest Base Camp (ultimately had to be carried down part of the mountain by our guide and a lady in our group because I was so weak from food poisoning and altitude sickness that I physically was unable to walk).
2. What has been your hardest challenge so far?
Turning Dave’s Travel Corner into a viable business – there are thousands of travel blogs these days and as a result, the competition for business has been diluted.
3. Over 450 people have contributed to Dave’s Travel Corner. Where and how do you find good writers?
They often find me online when searching for sites that accept guest posts or showcase talent of writers. I’ve run travel writing contests in the past and that has been a good source for new writers. In addition I often meet writers on press trips and once we start talking they sometimes voice an interest in contributing some of their own content to my site.
4. You are passionate about wine and the Napa Valley and have written over 800 reviews of Napa producers for your Napa Wine Project. Can you tell us a bit more about this project and why it means so much to you?
It’s given me a unique insight into one of the most well known wine regions in the world that few have. It has been extremely educational – I want to be the go to person when it comes to Napa wineries and providing information about them. I want to visit, taste and write about every winery and producer in the Napa Valley – there are over 1,100 of them and always changing. As a result this is a life long pursuit.
5. What advice can you give to someone just starting out with their own blog?
Keep it a hobby if you want – or turn it into a business if you want. If you turn it into a business be prepared to make very little money for a year or more – and be prepared to spend significant time learning about the business of travel blogging – attend conferences, go to travel meetups – reach out to others in the industry.
And just for fun…
6. Tell us something about your favourite holiday destination?
Thailand – I love the good food, the relaxing vibe, the warm weather islands.
7. You have a time travel machine and can use it just once. Where do you go?
Probably Greenland as I have yet to visit.
8. Travelling all over the world you have experienced many different cuisines, which one is your favourite?
Thai and Greek food.
9. What have you learned in the last week?
More about the oldest known winery on the planet – as I just visited it yesterday in Armenia. It is 6,100 years old.
10. What is your favourite quote?
My own: “Ownership of most things is overrated. Ownership of worldly experiences is not.”