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DON'T STOP LIVING: A LIFESTYLE OF TRAVEL
JONNY BLAIR'S TRAVEL BLOG

I’m Jonny Blair, your host for this journey. I’m a travelling Northern Irishman and I have an absolute passion for people, places, travel, history, geography, culture, beer and football. Sometimes all at the same time…

 

MY TRAVELS

AFRICA

ANTARCTICA

ASIA

CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN​

EUROPE

CENTRAL ASIA, EX USSR AND MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AMERICA

OCEANIA

SOUTH AMERICA

UNTIED QUEENDOM

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AFRICA

Read Jonny’s stories from Africa, from feeding hyenas mouth to mouth in Ethiopia to stroking crocodiles in The Gambia to the 100 country toast in Tunisia to a shipwreck graveyard in Angola. #tourist #dontstopliving #africa

Jonny Blair in Antarctica - swimming naked at deception island

ANTARCTICA

Read Jonny’s stories from touring Antarctica in 2010, where he visited the British and Polish bases, swam in the cold sea, hiked Cuverville island and fell in love with a girl. #tourist #dontstopliving #antarctica

Backpacking in Vietnam: Top 5 Memories

ASIA

Since his first visit to Asia in 2007, Jonny has visited all except 6 Asian countries, spending over 3 years in China and Hong Kong alone. He has written passionately about China, Hong Kong, North Korea, Bangladesh, Singapore and East Timor and also covered some unusual parts of Taiwan and India. #tourist #dontstopliving #asia

EUROPE

Read all Jonny’s stories from Europe, his home continent. Jonny grew up in Bangor, Northern Ireland and later lived in Bournemouth, Dartford and London (England) before his biggest challenge of relocating to Poland in 2016, where Jonny has since lived in Brzeźno, Gdańsk and Warszawa. Jonny has been to over 70 countries in Europe alone. #tourist #dontstopliving #europe

FORMER SOVIET UNION

With a potential 23 countries to visit in what was once the Soviet Union (CCCP), Jonny has only a few left to visit such as Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Over the years Jonny has visited Azerbaijan, Belarus, Uzupis, Karakalpakstan and Moldova. #tourist #ussr #sovietunion #dontstopliving

Backpacking in Kugel Mugel: A Spherical House Republic in Vienna, Austria

MICRONATIONS & CRAZY REPUBLICS

Jonny’s real backpacking niche lies in remote towns, unrecognised countries, wacaday republics, disputed regions, self-proclaimed countries, special zones and pure fire Micronations. Expect to read the ONLY backpacking stories on places like Nedland, Austenasia, Krolestwo Dreamlandu, Adammia and everywhere you never heard of. #tourist #wacaday #crazycountries #dontstopliving

bangor northern ireland flag jordan wadi rum

MIDDLE EAST

Read about Jonny’s journeys in the Middle East. Jonny has toured Iraq, Iran, Jordan, UAE, Bahrain, Afghanistan and some truly remote places not covered anywhere else like Isfiya, Jabal Um Sanman and Yaseh Chah. #tourist #dontstopliving #middleeast

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NORTH AMERICA

Read Jonny’s Journeys through North and Central America. From Toronto (birthplace of this website) all the way south to Panama City including devouring Mexican food and loving El Salvador. #centralamerica #northamerica #tourist #dontstopliving

Glentoran Street, East Belfast, Northern Ireland. Where my Dad grew up.

NORTHERN IRELAND

As a proud Northern Irishman, Jonny also goes backpacking and groundhopping in his home country’s six beautiful counties. This also takes us “off the wheaten craic” to places like Milford, Ballyhalbert and Ballintoy. #northernireland #norniron #dontstopliving #tourist

OCEANIA

Jonny spent 2 years living in the land down under, Australia and has also backpacked twice through New Zealand and a load of Pacific Islands. Jonny wrote heavily about Australia, in particular Parramatta and Tasmania and visited every village and region of Nauru. #tourist #oceania #nauru #dontstopliving

Andrew Mozart does Ushuaia in The Liar's Guide to South America

SOUTH AMERICA

Read Jonny’s adventures through every country in South America. Here Jonny backpacks overland through the Guyana hat-trick, attends the World Cup Final in Brazil and visits the triple border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. #dontstopliving #tourist #southamerica

“Where do you go? Buttoned in your favourite coat, stepping out to a different world, and you might be home late”
- Ocean Colour Scene

JONNY'S FAVOURITES

VISA TIPS

World Borders: How To Get From France to Monaco (And Get Your Passport Stamped in Monte Carlo)

BORDER CROSSINGS

Jonny Blair in Bolivia with llamas

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JONNY BLAIR IN THE MEDIA

A Northern Ireland fan who has visited more than 100 countries is hoping for a special victory on Saturday. Jonny Blair, 36, from Bangor in Co Down, said he had been caught up in the buzz of the Euro 2016 Championship. He is a full-time traveller who was at several of the team’s away game qualifiers in places like Romania and the Faroe Islands. Mr Blair said: “I have been to over 100 countries now and this is just another step on the journey, so it is off to another destination after the tournament anyway, win, lose or draw.” He added: “I just got the big buzz of finally being at a tournament so I had to be here.”
Belfast Telegraph
'Much-travelled Northern Ireland fan hopes for special victory'
From Bangor, Co Down, Jonny Blair has travelled to Afghanistan, Iraq, El Salvador and many places you may not have even ever heard of – such as Transnistria and the Republic of Karakalpakstan. A travel writer and backpacker, he has been travelling full-time for seven of the past 13 years and has visited around 120 countries – many of them currently struggling under the weight of years of warfare. “I like to go to places where there are typically less tourists, or preferably, no other tourists,” says Blair, who takes up jobs along the way and blogs at dontstopliving.net.
Irish Times
‘I’ve been to Afghanistan and Iraq, but main security incident I experienced was in Belfast’
These photographs are more than holiday snaps. The man in them, originally from Bangor, Northern Ireland, has made travelling his lifestyle for the last 10 years. During the decade since he packed his bags, Jonny Blair has visited more than 70 countries, met tribespeople, worked on farms, fed hyenas and been white-water rafting. And he has brought a reminder of home on his journey.
BBC
'Bangor man travels the world with Northern Ireland flag'
Jonny Blair, a 36-year-old Irish backpacker, said he was undaunted by the violence. “My lasting memory of Afghanistan was playing football with children by the Buddha monastery in Samangan (northern Afghanistan) (and) a night out drinking tea and smoking shisha (water pipe) in Mazari-Sharif,” he told AFP. “It’s totally worth the risk.”
Daily Mail
'War tourism in Afghanistan: adventure or reckless hedonism?'
Bangor-born blogger Jonny Blair describes himself as “a long term backpacker and digital nomad”. He has been travelling the world since 2003. “Since 2003, I have visited around 130 FIFA countries and a further 40 unrecognised countries and states,” he said. “I have worked in Irish pubs in three continents, taught English to children, teenagers and adults and spent six months on the farms of Tasmania.”
Irish Examiner
'Online Lives of a Digital Nomad'
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 an 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.
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CONTACT JONNY BLAIR

Jonny Blair is a very approachable and welcoming guy, message him here, he replies to every message that doesn’t go into junk.