Author Details: David Stanley
David Stanley has spent much of the past three decades on the road. He has crossed six continents overland and visited 188 of the planet's 245 countries and territories. His travel guidebooks to the South Pacific, Micronesia, Alaska, Eastern Europe, and Cuba opened those areas to budget travelers for the first time.
During the late 1960s, David got involved in Mexican culture by spending a year in several small towns near Guanajuato. Later he studied at the universities of Barcelona and Florence, before settling down to get an honors degree (with distinction) in Spanish literature from the University of Guelph, Canada.
In 1978 Stanley linked up with future publisher Bill Dalton, and together they wrote the first edition of Moon Handbooks South Pacific. Since then, Stanley has gone on to write many additional travel guides, including Moon Handbooks Fiji, Moon Handbooks Tahiti, and Moon Handbooks Tonga-Samoa, plus early editions of Moon Handbooks Alaska-Yukon and Moon Handbooks Micronesia. He wrote the first three editions of Lonely Planet's Eastern Europe on a Shoestring, as well as the first two editions of their Guide to Cuba and the first edition of Canada's Maritime Provinces. His books have informed a generation of budget travelers.