David Dagley was born in San Francisco, California, and raised in nearby Mill Valley. He attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, as well as participated in a London, England-based exchange program, eventually acquiring a B.A. in Political Science (International Affairs and China Trade). David grew up working as a carpenter, and eventually took a job on the Pacific Stock Exchange options floor, all the while remodeling homes with his father for immediate resale. After four years on the PSE he moved to Seward, Alaska. An avid mountaineer and cyclist at the time, David summited Denali (Mt. McKinley) in 1990, and went on to cycle the western states of America, eastern Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand (also popping in a stint as a bike courier in Washington DC).
While in Alaska David became a ‘100-ton captain/200 mate’, working and gaining experience on tug boats and research vessels in the northern Pacific waters, from Seattle to Barrow in the Arctic Ocean. He built his own 3,000 sq. ft. home in Seward, and lived there intermittently while boating around Dutch Harbor, Alaska. When the boat season ended he spent time teaching English language in South Korea, and then on to explore Thailand, Burma, the Philippines, Mongolia, Malaysia, China, Indonesia, Nepal, and all across the European continent.
Always on the move, David left Alaska for the global road – writing and publishing books from and about his experiences as he went. He has been posting blogs and photographs for many years, giving others inspiration and clues on what to expect while traveling the international road. Scuba diving has also become a big part of his life and that experience has taken him further out into the blue. Meanwhile, his road has included repeated visits to Nepal for jungle safaris and Himalayan trekking.
See where he is today – www.davidcdagley.blogspot.com