Meet the Nomads: Dave of TLWH

Meet the Nomads: Dave of TLWH

Dave’s blog would probably be one of my top five favorite blogs of all time. I’ve been reading his articles for awhile and I came across his website when I was starting my own blog a few months ago. His story is not really that unique, most of us had this feeling of finding a place that we could call home, but only a few of us dared to go out and search for it like what Dave did.

What makes the blog special is that it makes you feel the emotions of Dave as you read his blog from post to post.

Here’s Flip’s short interview with Dave.

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“I would have to say it was the idea that there is something better out there.”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

“Probably being dumped out into a desert in Pakistan. It could have been very nasty.”

What’s the most outstanding travel experience that you’ve ever had?

“Being in the center of the riots in Lhasa (Tibet), my camera became a weapon for good. The feeling of knowing what home feels like in Nepal is also pretty much up there.”

What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?

“Every culture is basically the same at heart. We all want something good for our family’s, and hate pain.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“My travel is a little different to most. I am traveling in search of place to call home. This is what got me through years of hellish sacrifices, and it’s what keeps me going today”

This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?

“Can I give a silly answer? 🙂 Lara Croft or Indiana Jones. Who wouldn’t want to travel with these guys!?”

What could stop you from travelling?

“Death, maybe. I’ve stated it on my blog sidebar. This is a journey to the death. I will find home, or die trying, and that’s no joke.”

Among the places that you’ve been to, which one fascinated you the most?

“Good question. Fascinated … Pakistan. A world of one sided media that bared no resemblance to reality. A diverse mix of people, some of whom are the nicest most welcoming I’ve met. And for sure, the most honorable. Iran also comes close. The Philippines ranks high too, it’s a very different place that has the potential to be so much more.”

What’s the best travel advice that you could give for a novice traveler like me?

“Travel slow. Many people only get 1-2 weeks of holiday. They rush to get in everything. I say slow down. Visit a place, and get to know it. Get to know the people, the food, don’t be afraid to embrace a place just because it’s different. That’s the whole point of travel, not to go abroad and eat the same food from back home!

What do you think about yourself?

“I think my travel life has and is quite different to others. However, I also feel I am no different to the millions of others around the world who are searching for something better. The only difference is, I’m doing it online. That way, it might help others too.”


The Longest Way Home is a travel website that’s my office to write the story of my journey, a wall to hang my photographs, and a library of travel resources that everyone’s welcome to come visit! (you get a free photo-e-book for subscribing via email too :))” – Dave

Next: Lauren of Abandon the Cube. Previously: Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere. For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.


  1. thepinaysolobackpacker says:

    one of my favorite too! 🙂

  2. ☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ says:

    Same here. Been following his blog for the longest time!

  3. flipnomad says:

    @ gael and @ gaye: what an adventure!!! 🙂

  4. Shannon OD says:

    I actually only happened upon it a couple months back but have been following diligently since 🙂


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