Hello Jonny, Thanks for your time. Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Sure, I'm a wandering Northern Irishman who loves to travel around, work in different jobs, meet new people and experience new things. I'm also working as a travel blogger as I jaunt around the world. I've now been to over 80 countries across all seven continents with plans to travel around Central Asia and the Middle East next. I am currently in Baku, Azerbaijan. My website is called Don't Stop Living.
Hiking in Wadi Rum, Jordan
How did you start travelling?
My first ever trip was to the Netherlands with the school when I was 11. It was the first time I had been away from my family for a week and I loved it. In my teens I ventured to a few more places, including France and Spain. But it was when I hit my twenties that I became a hardcore traveller. By the age of 30 I had made it to all seven continents, all through hard work and a desire to see the world. As a keen football fan, football also influenced my travels a lot, and when I looked at sticker albums as a kid I always wanted to visit places like South Korea, Hungary and Brazil.
You've been everywhere 'it seems! What's your favorite and least favorite country?
Not quite everywhere guys!! So much of the world still to see. I don't have a single favourite country but I'm from Northern Ireland so I strongly recommend it. It's my home and I'm proud of it. I find it hard to choose between Taiwan, Bolivia, China, Uruguay, Australia and the Middle East.
Backpacking in Bethlehem, Palestine
My husband is Iranian, but his mother and her family come from Azerbaijan. We're taking our own trip next year,so I'm looking forward to read about your journey in Azerbaijan! Are you excited? What's your travel plan?
Yes I am here now in Baku and I have to say I love Azerbaijan so far!! You will just love it. In Baku, I have toured the Old City, some Mosques, the new city, the triple flame towers and taken a cruise on the Caspian Sea. It's been amazing. Outside the capital city, we have seen the James Bond Oil Fields, some mud volcanoes, a red lake (Lake Masazir) and the Gobustan inscriptions World Heritage Site. I'm off to Quba and Sheki next with plans to head back into Georgia then south to Armenia.
Mud volcanoes, Azerbaijan
Cruising on the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan
Any advice for people who want to start travelling and blogging?
In terms of travelling - get a one way ticket booked to a place you've never been, once you're there get a job, immerse yourself in the culture. Work hard, save hard then travel hard. In terms of blogging - think of a good title, reach out to others, promote yourself and write about things that nobody else does and go places nobody else goes! Good luck and safe travels.
Awesome Jonny, thanks again.