Brought up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the far-western Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn and Israel, Daniel first saw Europe at age nine, when family travels brought him to pre-Thatcher London, post-1968 Prague and economic-miracle-era Rome. He first hit the road as a backpacker at age 17 with a trip to Cyprus.
During a break from a Near Eastern Studies BA at Princeton, Daniel’s peregrinations around Asia brought him to Vietnam just as doi moi (the Vietnamese version of perestroika) was emerging, leading to work with a US-based humanitarian aid group – and a contract to research and write LP’s first guides to Vietnam and Cambodia. The stories of his close encounter with a deadly Hanuman snake and filament mines in an overgrown Angkor temple, and of a regrettable misunderstanding with the Hanoi secret police that ended with his expulsion from Vietnam, are told in the LP travel lit anthologies Lonely Planet Unpacked, Lonely Planet Unpacked Again and Middle of Nowhere.
The experience of having his beloved slide film maliciously fried in an old Soviet x-ray machine at Hanoi airport served to remind Daniel that while France may be a tough place to work – outstanding cuisine and fine wines are a constant distraction – the poisonous snakes are few and shy and, these days at least, people carrying clipboards are seldom hustled into unmarked police cars.
Over the past 21 years, Daniel has co-authored the first editions of LP’s Cambodia country guide and Paris city guide (both with Tony Wheeler) and worked on all nine editions of LP’s France country guide, covering virtually every region of the Hexagone in rain, sleet and snow and, if he’s lucky, the kind of glorious sunlight that inspired the postimpressionists. His latest projects include Germany 6, Cambodia 7, France 9 and Borneo 2.
Daniel’s travel writing appears in the New York Times and various magazines and has been translated into ten foreign languages.
- Full Name Daniel Robinson
- Country United States
- Languages English, Hebrew, Arabic, French, German, Spanish
- Interests ecotourism, community-based tourism, sustainable transport, cycling, languages