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I've been writing travel guidebooks since 1979, including guides to the South Pacific, Micronesia, Alaska, Eastern Europe, Cuba and Canada's Maritime Provinces.

Background Information

David Stanley has spent much of the past three decades on the road. He has crossed six continents overland and visited almost every country in the world. For his first trip across the Pacific in 1978, Stanley bought the longest ticket ever issued in Canada by Pan American Airways. Since then he has returned many times, visiting and revisiting the islands. His career as a travel writer began with the letters he wrote to Bill Dalton and Tony Wheeler, the pioneers of budget travel to Asia in the 1970s. That feedback soon led to guides of his own, published by Moon Handbooks and Lonely Planet.


During the first eight years of its life, South Pacific Handbook was the only guide to the region - many writers have followed in David's footsteps. South Pacific was only the second title to be published by Moon Handbooks (Bill Dalton's Indonesia was the first). Today over 100 titles are in their catalog. David also wrote early editions of Moon's Micronesia Handbook and Alaska-Yukon Handbook, although these have now passed to other authors. Eastern Europe was Lonely Planet's first guide to Europe, and David has since written their pioneering guides to Cuba and Canada's Maritime Provinces. While researching his books, David prefers to arrive unexpected and uninvited, without accepting the hospitality of airlines, tour companies, visitors bureaus, hotel chains, dive shops, or anyone else. As he sees it, his first responsibility is to his readers.

Additional Information

Though Stanley has traveled widely and become a specialist on many parts of the world, he always keeps returning to his favorite area, the South Pacific. One of the biggest treats for a guidebook writer is meeting people actually using their book. David researches his books incognito and the "mystery shopper" approach means he can't always admit who he is, but it's still fun hearing what unsuspecting readers think of the book. Stanley also enjoys receiving mail from those who have used his guides.

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David Stanley
803-225 Rosehill Street 
Nanaimo, BC  V9S1E1   Canada
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Favorite Links

South Pacific Travel
Guidebook writer David Stanley provides mini-guides to South Pacific destinations, answers to FAQs, island maps, listings of films, music, and books, and links to numerous other travel sites.

Map South Pacific
South Pacific maps and travel guides to Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Easter Island, and more. The De Rienzi Gallery displays 60 antique engravings.

Cuba Pictures is a photo gallery by David Stanley, original author of Lonely Planet Cuba.

Pacific Pictures
David Stanley's personal collection of Pacific travel photos.

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