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Welcome and thanks for visiting my website Don’t Stop Living – a lifestyle of travel. This is a website and blog of my personal journey around the world.
Who Am I?
I’m Jonny Blair, your host for this journey. I’m a travelling Northern Irishman in my thirties and I have an absolute passion for people, places, travel, history, culture, beer and football. Sometimes all at the same time…
Where am I based?
I currently live in Warszawa, Poland (and before that, gorgeous Gdańsk in Poland) but have been around the world, a few times over. I grew up in the seaside city of Bangor in Northern Ireland but since leaving in 2003, I have managed to travel, work and live around the world, visiting all 7 continents and over 200 countries in the process, featuring some of the most obscure destinations on the planet including Bruny Island, Ladonia, Uzupis, Karakalpakstan, Podjistan and Krolestwo Dreamlandu. I have written about such places along the way on this travel blog, as well as in my book series, Backpacking Centurion and the 2022 release, I Went To Gdańsk With Somebody.
These journeys are what makes me tick. Every day should be different. Life is an adventure. I live a lifestyle of travel and want to encourage you to do it too! Which, you can, easily! Hopefully my stories and tips on this website can inspire you to get out there and see the world too. After my first ever trip abroad on my own back in 1991, I developed a keen passion in exploring the world, which eventually led to this website being started back in 2007 and becoming a professional travel blogger by 2012. The website you are now reading is now my business, this has been my platform for arranging all my tours, my transport and my accommodation as I wandered aimlessly yet purposefully around the world. Intentionally oxymoronic in the wake of nasty liars and GuruGods intent on making me depressed.
In the past I have worked in bars, boats, offices, farms, theatres, shops and schools, and for companies such as Apple, Delaney’s Irish Pub, Tesco and Tiger Beer. I have also studied in England, Poland, China, Australia and Uruguay. I have a degree in Public Relations and am a Published Author. My travel timeline is a useful page on where I have travelled, lived, worked and studied in the last 15 years. I have also listed all the places I have been on a page of flags.
I want to see the whole world, and I want YOU to join me on my journey if not in person, at least through this website. I write about places I go, people I meet, jobs I’ve had, buses I’ve missed, beers I’ve drank, adventures I’ve experienced, football stories and anything else that takes my fancy. A lifestyle of travel meant I was always on the move, even when I had a settled job, I was always taking side trips.
I hope to provide important travel tips, essential advice, endless stories and light hearted humour based on my experiences on this sphere we find ourselves on. I will give you a first hand account, an honest guide to travelling the world, backpacking through endless towns, cities, villages and mud huts. I will show the highs and lows of long term travel and will also be writing about death, suicide and war to ensure this story stays true to my heart and can be read by others.
Don’t Stop Living is a REAL travel blog. It’s not fake like most of the others. I have been backpacking for years on end and I still don’t own a car, flat, mortgage, wardrobe or anything bigger than my backpack or more expensive than my laptop.
Although I am now based in Poland (and in the past was mostly located in Hong Kong, Bournemouth, Parramatta or Bishkek), I continue to write about my travels and pump up my back catalogue to make this the best travel blog in the world. I have been self employed since December 2012 as a professional travel blogger. I still treat this blog as my hobby and passion and the money of course helped my journey.
I’ve already covered places such as Azerbaijan, Iraq, Ethiopia, Antarctica, Transnistria, Afghanistan and El Salvador on my journeys. You can contact me through this website, by e mail at jonny at dontstopliving dot net jonnyscottblair at hot mail dot com or like DSL on facebook and keep connected. Any advice, ideas and comments you have please get in touch! I reply personally to every e-mail.
Come join the ride and Don’t Stop Living!
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Don’t Stop Living – A lifestyle of travel. I’m a travelling Northern Irishman.
Buy my Backpacking Centurion book series –
Volume 1 – Don’t Look Back In Bangor
Volume 2 – Lands Down Under
Volume 3 – Taints And Honours
Volume 4 – The Black Volume
Buy my This Is The Next Century Series –
Volume 1 – Aftershot
Volume 2 – Starogard Girl
Volume 3 – Fool Circle
Volume 4 – The Darker Volume
By my book on Supporting The Northern Ireland International Football Team – Champian Stewartnova
Buy my story on How A Northern Irishman Ended Up In Poland – I Went To Gdansk With Somebody
Buy my First Ever Travel Blog
Buy my Guide to Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru
My travelling Northern Ireland flag website – http://www.travellingnorthernirelandflag.com/