“You turn around and life’s passed you by” – Doves.
Welcome to Don’t Stop Living, thanks for your visit. I’m Jonny Blair and this is my website. Don’t Stop Living is condemned to a lifestyle of travel. I’ve managed to live a lifestyle of travel away from my homeland of Northern Ireland since 2003, though I didn’t start this blog until 2007. I have written and released five books so far on my travels, as well as over 5,000 blog posts on this site and other sites. Through it, I want to tell my real story of ups and downs and meet a lot of people from different cultures around the world. Read on if you want to see the world…
So where do you start?? This page features the best posts from the archive on how you can live a lifestyle of travel like mine. Escape your mundane home towns and see the world. Don’t stop living! I really hope you can all take some encouragement from me and get out and see a bit of the world.
I want to share my amazing experiences from my travels and prove that YOU CAN DO IT, if you are reading this, I want you to get out there and see the world. Just to give you an idea about my lifestyle of travel, since leaving Northern Ireland in 2003 I have:
- Released a trilogy of books on my first 100 countries
- Visited over 200 recognised countries
- Hiked in Antarctica
- Studied Spanish in Uruguay
- Lived in a tent in the mountains of Tasmania for 3 months
- Fed hyenas mouth to mouth in Ethiopia
- Gone scuba diving in Honduras
- Backpacked in Chernobyl
- Had a Saturday night out in Afghanistan
- Played and watched football in Afghanistan
- Stroked crocodiles in the Gambia!
- Toured unknown towns in Poland
- Attended Holifest in Vrindavan, India
- Crossed into the disputed Republic of Transnistria
- Hiked the 4 Day Inca Trail in Peru
– Backpacked in Iraq
– Watched the greatest show on earth – the Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea
– Climbed to the peak of Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia (20th highest mountain in the world)
– Celebrated visiting 100 countries (Tunisia completed the century)
– Dated in the former free city of Danzing, in the oldest restaurant in Gdansk, Poland
– Become the first tourist to backpack in Austenasia
– Worked in Poland
– Kissed giraffes in Kenya
– Done a quad tour in The Azores
– Worked in PR for Apple
– Visited the stadium where Diego Maradona did the Hand of God
– Spent Christmas morning at Machu Picchu
– Milked cows in Colombia
– Attended the World Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– Got drunk with International Footballers
– Crossed the border into North Korea
– Met Roger Federer
– Worked in an Irish Pub in 3 different continents
– Witnessed a live fireball fight in El Salvador
– Released an eBook dating back to my first travel journey in 1991
– Had my own FM Radio show
– Crossed the equator by foot
– Visited the British Base at Port Lockroy in Antarctica
– Ridden on the world’s longest train – Choum to Nouadihbou in Mauritania
– Been chairman of a highly successful football supporters club
– Got paid to travel
– Toured Rural Kyrgyzstan
– Stayed in a Kibbutz in Mizra, Israel
– Lived with a Chinese family in Lam Tin, Hong Kong
– Flown my travelling Northern Ireland flag in over 1,000 locations spanning 7 continents
– Worked on the world’s first ever broccoli harvester in Tasmania
– Got spanked in Lviv, Ukraine
– I’m a published author. As well as my own websites and e-Books, I have written a chapter on Belarus for Shaun Schofield’s Book Albania to America, in 2010. I contributed to a book on the Green and White Army in 2008 and I have contributed to eBooks from Next Stop Who Knows and Crossing Borders in South America.
A few of my slightly crazy or wacky travel stories:
– The Day my best mate got expelled for nicking the exam paper
– The Day I got sacked by putting the interest rates up
– My Colombian mate who swapped his camera for a cow
– The Day I did a shit in a broccoli field
– The Day I smuggled drugs through Argentina
– Showing my willy to Germans in Munich
– Bungy jumping in Auckland
– Playing football in Afghanistan
– Buying booze in a death pelanty state
– Sky diving over Lake Taupo in New Zealand
– White water rafting in the mountains of Brazil at Juquitiba
– 10 Ways to get Sex When you Travel
– Nicky Barmby
– The Grodig Story
– Getting locked in a bus for a night in Australia
These are my Regular Features on Don’t Stop Living which are updated daily!
– Monday’s Money Saving Tips
– Tuesday’s Travel Essentials
– Working Wednesdays
– Thirsty Thursdays
– Friday’s Featured Food
– World Borders
– Travel Collectables
– Random Rants
– Sunday’s Inspiration
– World Travellers
– Backpacking Buddies
There’s also my own Travel Timeline from the last 12 years which gives a rundown of where I lived, worked, travelled and studied each year. Aside from this, there is also the option of making money from your travel blog…
So I really hope you can feel encouraged or inspired to get out and see the world. Like I said before, I’m just a normal guy from the seaside city of Bangor in Northern Ireland living my travel dreams and seeing the world while I can.
So there’s is nothing stopping you from living a lifestyle of travel!! Get out and see the world!!
jonny at dontstopliving dot net
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47 thoughts on “A Lifestyle of Travel”
Gosh, you’ve done more than I could ever dream of! I’m going to read it all at leisure! Can’t wait for more!
Hi Jade, thanks for the comment. Yes I travelled far and wide but it made me depressed sadly after I met serial liars and guruGods. Safe travels. Jonny
Thank you so much for sharing very help full sites
I never seen before like this blog
Hi Anirudh, thanks for your comment. Safe travels. Jonny
Wow! You are living a life that I am dreaming of. Hoping that I can find the courage outside Southeast Asia. Thank you. You encourage me a lot!
Great article. This is very useful for me. Thanks for sharing your experience.
You’ve definitely had a ton of adventures! Loved reading a few of your posts! You are inspiring us all to get out there!
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Hi Sherry, thanks for the comment. I hope you can backpack your way to some of these exciting places sometime. Stay safe, Jonny
Hi Kathy, thanks for the comment and apologies for the delay in response. The blog and I have been going through serious mid life crisis and depression, caused (not by me of course) by a serial liar and a Guru God wannabe. Yes cool time travelling – not just southern Asia- my book is now available – Backpacking Centurion – A Northern Irishman’s Journey Through 100 Countries: Volume 1 – Don’t Look Back In Bangor (1) . Stay safe. Jonny
Hi Kiran, Thanks for the comment and for checking my website. Apologies for the delay in response. Unfortunately I have been suffering from long-term depression caused by a liar and I wasn’t checking all comments and messages or replying. I hope you enjoyed my article. Stay safe. Jonny
Thank you for sharing your interesting life with all of us wanna-be-s. I like how original your traveling and travel conversations are and I like how you seem like a great person to travel to other countries and represent your country.
I’m enjoying the blog during COVID and I hope you continue to keep working on your mental health and get rest and nourishment. If you never travel again and just take it easy yo’ve done more to promote LIVING than anyone I’ve ever heard of.
Hi Karl, Thanks for the comment. Sadly I suffer from long term depression and neglected looking and replying to comments for a while. I’m getting back into it now and have about 800 to go through. The blog will return to its best one day. Safe travels to you! Jonny
I admire you for visitng North Korea. Not so many people have a chance to experience like this. I like that 🙂
Thanks for the comment. It’s nice to hear from a fellow blogger and you are also Polish, where I now live. Safe travels! Powodzenia! Jonny