eldridge.jpgA native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Dan Eldridge was raised in a military family and lived in California, Wyoming, Nebraska and Texas before moving to Western Pennsylvania. During his junior year at the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied journalism, Dan circumnavigated the world as a student aboard the SS Universe Explorer, a 617-foot-long floating campus that visited ten countries on four continents in 100 days. After graduation, he spent time in Seattle, San Francisco, Ireland and Turkey before returning to Pittsburgh and launching Young Pioneers, a magazine about independent travel culture that was nominated for the pretigious Independent Press Award by the Utne Reader in 2004.

Dan has also worked as a contributing writer for dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites; his reporting has taken him to locations as remote as the Buddhist temples of Chiang Mai, and as close to home as the infamous New Vrindaban Hare Krishna compound in West Virginia. Dan spent just over a year as the music editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper, where he also filed frequent news and feature stories. He is the author of Moon Handbooks Pittsburgh, 1st edition (AvalonTravel), which was nominated for a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award in 2008; he’s currently researching the guide’s second edition, which will be available in major bookstores throughout the country in 2010. As a Lonely Planet guidebook writer, Dan has worked as a co-author on guides to Turkey, Thailand, New England and the Philippines.

Before creating a career in journalism, Dan held dozens of jobs in a handful of fields. He worked as a bicycle messenger and a postcard salesman in San Francisco; a bookseller in New York City; a barista and an office temp in Seattle; a taxi driver, a dishwasher and a telemarketer in Pittsburgh; an English teacher in Istanbul; and a busboy in Dublin. He currently lives in a Philadelphia rowhouse with his fiancee, Carrie Ann, and their four cats: Jameson, Mother, Eisha, and the inimitable Mr. Bojangles. You can learn more at, where Dan’s journalism portfolio is displayed. 

If you’re interested in contacting Dan, send email to: dan{at}youngpioneers{dot}com … Alternately, dial the YP Media Office Hotline at +1 215.360.5356

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  1. megan grabowski
    June 24, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Kudos! It’s great to know you’re doing so well. Congratulations on all of you success.

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