J. D. Brown - Stride Destination Expert

Africa, China Expert
East Africa; China; Far East; Cruises
Safaris; cruising
Other expertise

Adventure travel; mountain climbing; off-the-beaten path travel. 


J. D, Brown lives on the Pacific Rim in Oregon where he keeps an eye on exotic locations in the Far East and, more recently, on Africa. After teaching in China, he became a professional travel writer, creating more than a dozen guidebooks for Frommer’s, Fodor’s, The Wall Street Journal and Berlitz while contributing travel pieces to The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler and the Chicago Tribune.

Traveling to far-flung places, by any means possible, is his cup of tea. He has ridden camels on the Silk Road, bicycles on the city wall of China’s ancient capital, riverboats on the Nile, snowmobiles in the Tetons, helicopters into the crater of Mount Saint Helens, reindeer sleds on the Arctic Circle, elephants in the jungles of northern Thailand, yachts in the Galapagos, carts on the world’s highest golf course and Land Cruisers in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. 

Favorite travel number: 9—the number of sacred Buddhist and Daoist mountains he has scaled in China, and the number of weeks he required to do so.

What keeps J. D. awake at night plotting trips: the dream of seeing more wildlife on safari in eastern and southern Africa.

Favorite travel memories: watching lions prey on warthogs while on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve; sleeping two-strangers-to-a-cot at an inn on the summit of China’s Tai Shan; reaching the top of Borneo’s Mt. Kinabalu at sunrise; swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos; watching a herd of elephants march toward Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park.

Favorite Trip

Scaling the summits of China’s nine holy peaks in succession, a nine-week solo trip.

Next Trip

Circumnavigating Iceland via its rim highway, with guided excursions along the way.



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