“Move closer; set my mind on fire” – Tim Wheeler.
Jonny is a Northern Irishman who currently lives in Poland. However, his journey to get there has been nothing short of insane. Along the way, he’s lived in 7 countries, studied in 5, and worked in over 50 different types of jobs. He loves adventure, and as a tourist, he's visited over 150 countries and all 7 continents. You can follow Jonny’s adventures on his Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr accounts, as well as on his two blog’s Don’t Stop Living and Northern Irishman In Poland. You can also connect with him on GAFFL.
Why I Travel
“It’s a small world after all. It’s a small small world” – Disney.
Panini World Cup sticker books. As a kid, I collected stickers from the World Cup. In 1986, I remember seeing South Korea, Morocco, Iraq, Uruguay, Brazil and so on and I dreamed that one day I could visit such countries. Slowly but surely I work my way through them all. Self-motivation and selfishness make me continue. I revel in the thrill of it all.
I’ve Made Some Amazing Friends Along The Way
“Spend your night life table hopping, trying to keep your bag of bones in trim” – Noel Gallagher.
I have met too many people in fact. Of course, many long-lasting friendships, however down the years my best friends were from Northern Ireland, Poland or England. My best lovers were from Hong Kong and Hungary. We cannot trust everyone we meet so we must be careful but you can learn a little something from every single person that you meet.
I Travel To Places That Are More Obscure
“A kaleidoscope of chaos; it’s a long long way from here to there” – Paul Van Dyk.
I hate following trends so I decided to find places that are more obscure, a little bit wacaday and bereft of mass tourism.
My favourite destination is Northern Ireland. I have never seen a more beautiful country in my life and I have spent more time there than anywhere else. However, I have a slight bias as I grew up in Northern Ireland and I love it. Away from the beauty of Ballintoy, Bangor and Belfast city, I also love Mexico, Uruguay, Poland, Australia, Iran and England. It’s hard to pick a single favourite destination, so here I narrowed it down.
Favourite city – Belfast/Gdansk.
Favourite town – Bangor/Bournemouth/Starogard Gdanski.
Favourite village – Nieciecza/Yaseh Chah.
Favourite hike – Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Favourite extreme place – Antarctica.
Favourite unusual place – Uzupis or Podjistan.
I just prefer every trip whether popular or not, but the ones I love to write about and promote the most are always the less popular places. You won’t see me churning out a “top 5 bars in Paris”. I’d be sick on the way in!