Ken Budd has volunteered around the world, from China to Kenya to the West Bank—a search for meaning and purpose following the unexpected death of his father. Ken shared his journey in his award-winning memoir, The Voluntourist, and he is investing all of his earnings from the book in the organizations and places where he volunteered.
After learning that the average human life lasts just 650,000 hours, Ken is focused on how we can all make the most of our limited time on Earth. Ken has made nearly 100 appearances on TV and radio, including NBC’s Today, CBS This Morning, ABC News Now, CBS’s The Early Show, National Geographic Weekend, and Martha Stewart Living Radio. His writing credits include The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, AARP The Magazine, McSweeney’s, and many more. His work has won gold awards from organizations such as the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association.
Ken and his wife live in Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. He is available for speaking engagements through the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau. Here is Ken with Charlie Rose and Gayle King on CBS This Morning, on a CBS segment with Harry Smith, and discussing The Voluntourist on DC Fox 5 and C-SPAN’s Book TV.