Eric Hansen (travel writer)

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Eric Hansen, Literary Travel Writer in British Columbia, Canada

Eric Hansen is a travel writer, most famous for his book Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo, about a 4,000 km trek through the heartland of Borneo. He lives in San Francisco. For 25 years he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Nepal, and Southeast Asia. He lived in the deserts, jungles, rain forests and islands of the Middle East and Asia throughout the 1980s and has worked as a goldsmith, a buffalo catcher, a pig farmer, a wild dog hunter and as a barber in Mother Teresa's 'Home for the Destitute Dying' in Calcutta. His articles, photographs, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Travel and Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Outside, among other publications worldwide.

Hansen is a graduate of the University of California, where he studied industrial art and environmental design.

Hansen was interviewed by Michael Feldman on the latter's Whad'Ya Know? radio show.

Awards and honors[edit]

Stranger in the Forest (1988) was ranked #50 in National Geographic Adventure's "100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time" (2004).[1] The Bird Man and the Lapdancer (2004) was included in Condé Nast Traveler's "The 86 Greatest Travel Books of All Time" (2007).[2]



  1. ^ Brandt, Anthony (May 2004). "Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time". National Geographic Adventure. Archived from the original on 2 September 2004.  Additional pages archived on 22 July 2004: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5.
  2. ^ "The 86 Greatest Travel Books of All Time". Conde Nast Traveler. September 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 

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