Jonny Blair is a self confessed travel addict and nomad. Since leaving his hometown of Bangor in Northern Ireland in 2003, he has worked, travelled, blogged and charmed his way to all seven continents, taking in over 70 countries and over 400 towns and cities in the process. Jonny runs a one man highly passionate travel blog called Don’t Stop Living and wants to inspire others to travel the world!
You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?
I'm always thinking about my readers and my blog everywhere I go. I make notes, mental reminders and take photos which I feel will be relevant to my blog and readership. Travelling and blogging are my biggest passions so I love doing it. My laptop had been with me for the last 6 years since I started my travel blog!
Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?
I don't think so. If they are they don't show it. It's up to other people to design their own lifestyle. If you want to travel the world you will find a way to do it, if you don't want to, then you won't. You can't sit and moan or get jealous when you have the power to do it yourself. I've been telling other people this for years.
In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?
This has only ever happened once. I was walking through a busy festival parade in Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan when a guy comes over and asks me if I am Jonny from Don't Stop Living! I couldn't believe it - he recognised me from reading my stories on my travel blog!
Which three items would you never travel without?
Passport, money and clothes. I wouldn't want to be illegal, banned, refused entry. Nor would I want to be asking everyone for money. Nor would it be sensible to walk around naked. These three are totally essential!
Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?
Yes there are lots - I collect one banknote, one coin, one iron on flag badge from each country, a beer label, a beer bottle top and a plastic folder with all the things I want to keep from that place.