Bruce Northam

Writer and host, 'American Detour'

Bruce Northam, the writer and host of American Detour, has reported (mostly good news) from 135 countries. His visually rich keynote speech, Street Anthropology, is a hit at colleges, corporate events, and Governor’s tourism conferences. Visit here.

This one-minute travel host audition introduces his travel philosophy.

Frequently anthologized, his third book, Globetrotter Dogma: 100 Canons for Escaping the Rat Race & Exploring the World, is an award-winning ode to freestyle wandering. It was cited by National Geographic as one of “Ten better choices: insightful travelogues that will inspire rather than dictate.” (Geographic's list included The Travels of Marco Polo, by Marco Polo.) His other books are The Frugal Globetrotter and In Search of Adventure: A Wild Travel Anthology.

A fourth book about the gritty wisdom shared by unsung heroes—THE DIRECTIONS TO HAPPINESS: A 125-Country Quest for Life Lessons—comes out in spring 2014.

Northam is regular contributor to Long Island Pulse and He’s also written for The Meeting Professional, Islands, CAAC (Air China’s in-flight magazine), USA Today, High Times, The Improper,, Newsday, Canvas, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, New York Post, Details, Natural Traveler, ALO, Forbes Traveler, National Public Radio,, The Huffington Post, Blue (USA version, former writer-at-large),, Utne Reader,,,, and Programming (NACA).