Interview with Dave Thompson, Founder of Dave’s Travel Corner


Dave is a travel writer who foundedáDave’s Travel Corner, an internationalátravel community, in 1996. California born and raised,áhe co-founded a collegiate solar racing team whichádesigned and built a solar car from scratch. He runs aáwebsite promoting currently undefeated WBA WorldáSuper Middleweight boxing champion, Andre Ward, is aámember of the Traveler’s Century Club and is aápartner in, an online travel videoácommunity.

His latest endeavour isáThe Napa Wine Projectáwhich has taken 6áyears to date and is expected to be an initial 10áyear project that involves wine tasting at all NapaáValley commercial wine producers. He has personallyávisited, tasted with and reviewed 700+ commercial Napaáwine producers to date. His first book titled ‘TheáFreeways of Los Angeles’ was published in 2010.

What is it that you do exactly?

My daysárevolve around travel or wine writing. I’m abroad aásignificant portion of the year visiting “new”ádestinations and collecting new content for my travelásite. When I am “home” I spend a lot of time in frontáof this computer compiling all this informationá(photos, videos, notes) into articles and posts onáthe website. In addition, I’m also working on my NapaáWine Project which takes significant time to produceáa “new” review of a Napa winery. My goal is to tasteáwith nearly every winery/producer in the Napa Valleyá- more than 900 of them!

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I love traveling Internationally – especially toáplaces where everything is so new or “different” thanáwhat you are used to…not to mention the adrenalineáhigh of moving between place I’ve never been before!áI love trips that combine experiences and culture.

What would you say are the 3 best places you’ve ever stayed?

Zitahli Resort & Spa Kuda-Funafaru on its own privateáisland in the Maldives. Seaplane ride to get there,átouching down among some of the most incredibleáisland beauty I’ve seen. Impeccable service, food andástunning location.

Ngoma Safari Lodge in the Chobe National Park ináBotswana. This luxury lodge is accessible only viaádirt tracks through the bush, but puts you right ináthe heart of prime wildlife viewing.

The Oriental Hotel along the exotic Chao Praya Riveráin Bangkok. This hotel combines wonderful food, aáspa, top service and history. Sit out on the verandaáand watch “life” happen along the river. Or hang outáin the “authors room” some lazy afternoon for tea.áThis room is named in tribute to prominent authorsásuch as James Michener who used to frequent the hotel.

What’s been your most memorable dining experience to date?

This is a tough one as there have been many! Oneámemorable dining experience was at the BelvedereáRestaurant at the Peninsula in Beverly Hills. Whileáthe restaurant is known for its culinary excellence,ááit was almost more fun watching the “Hollywoodádynamics” at play. Nearly everyone was checkingáeveryone else out at the restaurant – those subtleáglances, those not subtle glances. A party welláconnected with one of the Presidentialáadministrations was eating next to us and made foráinteresting conversation.

Have you rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, either through your work or your travels?

I spend quite a bit of time in Los Angeles and itáis a town where invariably you will run into aácelebrity. I saw Joseph Gordon-Levitt pull up in aáfancy car at LAX one time. I had some fun doing a redácarpet photo shoot in Hollywood where a number ofáactors and actresses were present including pornástar, Mary Carey (ran for governor of California atáone point and incidentally has the largest breastsáI’ve ever seen on a woman). I met Buffy the VampireáSlayer at a party once. Her agent was working theácrowd like no tomorrow!

What currently ranks highest on your travel wish list?

Visiting any country ending in “stan” and trekkingáthrough the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea. Oháand I think it would be fun to hang out with superátraveler, Lee Abbamonte on one of his exotic trips.

Thank you for taking part in our interview, Dave. I looked up Lee, not knowing he was, and – being the youngest US citizen to have visited every country in the world (at the age of 32) – áhe certainly sounds like he’d be an experienced and interesting travel companion.

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