‘The longest running one man travel guide to all seven continents’ states the header on this weeks interviewee’s home page. Most of us dream about reaching and exploring all seven continents, but this man made it a reality, and for that reason alone he deserves your undivided attention for however long it takes you to read 25 questions and answers. Enjoy!
- Name? Jonny Blair
- Age? 33
- Travel Blog? Don’t Stop Living – A Lifestyle of Travel
- Twitter Handle? @jonnyblair
- Home Town? Bangor, Northern Ireland
- Current Location? Baku, Azerbaijan
- Your current location, business or pleasure? Sightseeing and backpacking but as I work on the move it’s a bit of both really, so pleasure first, then business
- Can you tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment? Best bits, worst bits etc. In the last 3 months I have done a Safari Tour in Tanzania, then went to Ethiopia in Africa and also went backpacking in China and North Korea. However I am now backpacking round the Middle East, taking in about 5-6 countries here. Currently I’m in Azerbaijan, with Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh and Iran up next. The highlights of all that have been celebrating my 10 year travel anniversary in the deserts of Wadi Rum after a long hike, backpacking in North Korea and getting the train across the border into China and feeding hyenas mouth to mouth in Ethiopia. In fact the last 3 months have had so many good moments, it’s been all crazy. The worst bits have probably just been the fact I was offline for so long which made it hard to get my work done.
LETS TALK TRAVEL
- First travel experience? First time I went travelling without my family was in 1991 – it was a one week school trip to the Netherlands. I was only 11 at the time but I still remember it and I loved it.
- Future travel plans? The next 3-4 months I’ll be concentrating on the Middle East and Central Asia, mostly countries where not many tourists go. After that I aim to be in Brazil for July 2014 for the World Cup. In between times, no set plans!
- If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why? The Moon, because nobody from Northern Ireland has ever been there!
- If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why? Venezuela, because I hate the country
- What 5 items would you not go travelling without? Passport,laptop, money, Northern Ireland flag, camera
- Best bit of advice you’ve received? Don’t listen to any advice – do your own thing!
- Worst advice? Listen to others who say “don’t go there – it’s dangerous”
- Best bit of advice you can give readers of this interview?Work hard, save hard, travel hard. Get off the beaten track. Meet as many people as you can. Avoid other touristy routes, Head to a country you’ve never heard of.
- Favourite ice cream flavour? Cherry or Blueberry
- Apple or Andriod? Neither.
- Blogger or Wordpress? I’ve used both in the past, now I prefer self hosted WordPress
- Hostel or hotel? Hostel every time – cheaper, better people, more social, less posh, the proper backpacker way to travel
- Guilty pleasure? Drinking Guinness – I love it – it’s my travel luxury and I’m always looking for a pint of Guinness or an Irish pub that serves it.
- Your chosen super-power? To live forever and stay young
- Airplane seat – aisle, centre or window? Don’t care at all – each has it’s bonuses. Aisle – easier access to toilet. Middle means talking to more people. Window has better views.
- What song/album are you listening to right now? Last album I listened to was by a band called Rokoko, based in Kent in England. Their latest offering is called Hatty Days. It’s the sort of guitar music I love to listen to on the road. I grew up listening to the likes of Oasis, Dire Straits and Crowded House.
- Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph to shameless plug of your website … Don’t Stop Living is my travel lifestyle website which covers my endless journey around the globe. It’s the longest running one man travel guide to all seven continents as I take my readers through over 80 countries, 500 cities and every continent. Along the way I share my stories from having 50 jobs, crossing endless borders, missing boats, drinking beers and losing $1,000 US in a river one day. I aim to inspire others to travel the world through my travel tips, stories and advice. Come find me on Facebook!