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About Johnny Ward


SHORT VERSION: Left Ireland in 2006 broke, taught English in Thailand and Korea, travel A LOT, worked in Australia, started my blog, monetized, started more blogs, made $1m+ from my laptop, visiting every country in the world….

LONG VERSION: Hey guys, I’m Johnny Ward, Generation Y, Irish guy who just knew that there was more to life than a 40+ hour work week, a bland social calendar and a 2 week break in the sun each year.  Now I work 10-20 hour weeks from my laptop anywhere on the planet, whilst on a full-time journey to travel to every country in the world – check out my progress here. I’m a huge advocate of lifestyle design, so I’ve redesigned my lifestyle to allow me to follow my dreams, now I’m hoping I can help you follow yours…

Starting a travel blog changed my life, it allowed me to live like this, from being a broke English teacher, to making over $1million USD from blogging, and buying properties in London and Bangkok, now I’m free. If you want to know how to start a travel blog of your very own, and do the same thing as me, check out how to do that here.

NOTE: If you wanna read about how I made $1,000,000 dollars online in 3 years BLOGGING, I wrote about it here.


I don’t come from a rich family, quite the opposite in fact. Born in Galway, I grew up in a single-mother-family in Northern Ireland. I lived in Ireland for 18 years, getting up to mischief along the way. Fled to England for 4 years of university to graduate with a degree in International Economics, which as a budding entrepreneur, I’d soon find redundant. I loved my childhood, but I always dreamt of the open road, so as soon as I was free, I was gone. That was 2006.


Having no wealthy benefactors, there was no way I could just ‘travel’ indefinitely either before or after university, so the whole ‘gap year’ thing wasn’t possible for me. My solution was to head to the USA to work on summer camps, then broke again, a stint doing ‘Medical Research’ where I was locked in hospital for five weeks while they tested experimental drugs on me, with that money I was off with a one-way ticket to Chiang Mai, Thailand to study my TEFL and teach English.

Another couple of years of budget backpacking left my travel fund depleted, English camps in South Korea helped extend my travels, but with online business dreams rumbling around my brain, I headed to Australia to work and save. was born during those 12 months of lost hours spent in an office. Never again. I headed to Zimbabwe, Africa with a one-way ticket, and now more than 150 countries later I don’t need to ‘work’ for anyone anymore. I learned how to monetize blogs, founded, made some big money pretty fast and now I’m as free as I could have ever dreamt and I love it.



If you’re not happy, a good salary isn’t progress, it’s financial prison. Life is meant to be lived, not sold to the highest bidder. Social conformity, the media, our education systems dictate that we should go to school, go to uni, go to a city, work in an office, save for a retirement that we’ll be too old to enjoy. Personally, I don’t want to do that. Not one bit. I wanna live now, today so I make sure I do exactly that. Every single day.


I’d call myself a lifestyle designer. I founded a digital media company, but I have limited technical abilities at all (signing in and out of facebook can prove too stressful for me). I outsource everything, I manage my amazing staff from my laptop and I travel the world indefinitely. When I get too tired of traveling, I go back to my ‘home’ in Bangkok, Thailand where I bought an apartment. Each year I spend around nine or ten months travelling and two or three months in Thailand. Thailand’s in my heart, I love going back, throwing my dusty backpack on the floor and kicking back. Traveling’s got me now though, I’m lucky if I make it a month before wanderlust kicks in, and then I’m off again.



If you’re reading this on your smart phone/laptop/ipad then you’re lucky than most people on the planet and you can live the life you want. Starting literally changed my life, so my advice? Start a blog, TODAY, from there doors will open and before you know it you’ll be swimming with sharks, sky diving over volcanoes, visiting every country in the world and hiring staff. It all depends on how much you want it. Signing up below is a good way to start. I’ll be writing a course about how EXACTLY I did what I did, so if you wanna stay in the loop, read on.

Wanna travel the world indefinitely like me? Do something about it. Sign up here and learn more…



You don’t have to be rich, win the lottery or rob a bank. You can live the life you want to and you can start right now, and not wait for the retirement that may never come. Redesign your lifestyle, as I redesign mine and we can enjoy the ride together…

If you need to get in contact with me, feel free to email me on johnny ‘at’ onestep4ward ‘dot’ com


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~ If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced ~ Vincent Van Gogh


Johnny Ward.

89 thoughts on “About Johnny Ward

  1. Noel Bastola

    I know I cannot travel all the countries in the world even I want….I have been travelling from 2004 but the visa is a big headache… throw the big money for the visas and you cannot fly in one way ticket as most of the travelers from affluent countries m that is because of the powerful bureaucrats but what I learned from my journey to the world = The world is beautiful and we all people are so beautiful- keep it of Johny….I wish you my luck

  2. John St

    I got to this blog when reading about Myanmar. My name is Johnny too and I have a pretty similar lifestyle as a digital nomad. I’d really like to check out your home place Northern Ireland. Cheers

  3. Fernando Rivas Olmedo

    This is the 1st time I read that phrase you wrote at the end and I give it a new meaning… I aletas genar a códice that tells me “you can’t get a life full of adventures” I must silence some voices in my head!

    Greetings from Paraguay!

  4. Kapadokya

    i visit your page everyday. someone like me learns so much from your website
    i am writing blog about my is in Turkish. When i saw your blog,i start to write in English. i hope people like my first page my home town fairy land with fairy chimneys and rock formations used as a house,storeroom or hotel.I call it the flintstones, STILL PEOPLE LIVES IN A CAVE. Do you believe it?

  5. ikrah

    Hi, Johnny love your website. Recently been very interested in this and your bucket list is amazing I have about 50 things I want to do before am 35 and only done about 5. I recently sent a email to you hoping you can help me.


    Johnny you are doing great.i visit your page everyday. someone like me learns so much from your website
    i am writing blog about my is in Turkish. When i saw your blog,i start to write in English. i hope people like my first page my home town fairy land with fairy chimneys and rock formations used as a house,storeroom or hotel.I call it the flintstones, STILL PEOPLE LIVES IN A CAVE. Do you believe it?

  7. ken

    how did you do all this things with satisfaction of wages and fulfilling life adventure? Can you help me to be like you?

  8. Luke Ryan

    Hi there, I found out about you from your comments in Vagabonding (I read it all in one day yesterday). I like what you had to say so I looked you up, and I love what you have to say here. I’m excited to keep reading and start my own slow world travel by moving to France next month!

  9. Debra | The Saffron Girl

    Hi Johnny,

    I just literally discovered you and am just exploring your site. But this page alone is inspiring, so is Van Gogh’s quote. Gonna keep reading and learning from you. My number one passion is travelling… all the rest are second.


  10. Diarmuid

    Hi Johnny, great story. Well done!

    If you need to get to Libya, let me know. I might be able to help you out.

  11. Rish

    Visit India …….nature, love, religion’s , people,food,roads, village, cities, animals,weather, rain, Sun,moon,night, each nd everything will make u feel loved …..Nd rest I love ths world , it’s big, it’s Awsum, it’s love, it’s taste tht keeps us here, or people cud hav taken other planets….Stay blessed

  12. Erica

    Hi Johnny,

    I just came across your blog while surfing the internet at work in Sydney. I would love to start a blog (and have been wanting to for ages). I look forward to reading about all the advice you have. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Kelsey

    I’ve always chosen “experiences over money” EVERY TIME. And here you are doing both. Glad to see it is possible! I am a marine biologist, but maybe I could save the world via blog 😉 Also, if you are ever looking for a traveling buddy or a wife…. haha

    Keep it up!

  14. marcelo gomes

    Congrats Johnny, 4 your courage that change life and to became a realy freedom man.Tks sincerely for share yours life’s experiences.
    I’m Brazilian, live in Salvador, 34 years old, I’ve wife and one daughter, owner a small building company.
    I just have been dream with a life like yours and have been made plans to move to Florida.
    Can you give some ideas?

  15. Leah

    Nice blog! Hope to see you in Manila. I’m going back to Europe this September. You inspire us with your blog. I’ve been wanting to start a travel blog.

  16. Tangeni

    I absolutely love your blog, this has inspired me to travel 🙂 I hope you come to my country(Namibia) very soon

      1. wayne

        Hello Johnny; It’s a pleasure to have found your blog! I want to redesign my life also. It has been a dream of mine to travel the world and live life for today. do you have any training or how could you help me to achieve this? Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated!

  17. AnwerAshif

    It seem to me that living your dreams, really. In the first month of next year will leave home for the world. I shaped this plan before but can’t make it happen. Hope it’ll be… Again inspired by Onestep4ward.

  18. Hafiz Noor

    Hey there J! I was researching about Budapest (Heading there in Sept) when I came across your blog. At first I thought you were Johnny Blair, than I saw your pic and like, “oo.. another Johnny ; ) “. It seems a lot of Johnny’s have travelled more than 100+ countries. ; ) In the future I have a son, I’m definitely gonna call him Johnny ; ). You really are living the dream man. I have this bucket list, in my head and reading your blog, makes me wanna start a blog too on my bucket list.. ; ) It’s really nice man, getting to live the life of a traveller through your blog.. ; )


  19. Richard Smith

    Fair play for following your dreams and all that, but I think the huge gaping flaw in your whole philosophy is that your lifestyle is only an available option if there are people in the world who choose to do more with their lives than lie on a beach all day. I think you need to give some credit to the poor fella in china who slaved his arse off working in a sweatshop to manufacture your shiny Apple Mac so that you can live your dream.

    1. Johnny Post author

      Hey Rich, there are people all over the world who started with nothing and made something better with their lives. Admittedly it’s more difficult in some countries than other, but with an internet connection and a laptop, the sky is your limit.

      PS I hate sitting on the beach all day 😛

  20. atulkumar

    Very nice blog provides this information very use full for user though Gujarati is the official language of the state, we can find people belonging to different states speaking different languages here. The culture of Gujarat Tourism Packages is fully evident during important festivals lime Navarathri and Diwali.

  21. John

    Hi Jonny, Like the website. I came across it whilst looking for a handy, quiet, beach within easy reach of BKK. We, my partner & I both of us old goats in our early sixties, are staying in BKK in Feb 15. I travel widely for work but have never been to Thailand. My partner has never been to a tropical beach & she’s looking forward to crystal clear waters. I’d like to show her the delights of snorkeling too. I’m fed up of flying so would prefer a bus or train ride to this hoped for paradise. It’ll give me a bucket full of brownie points too! Hope you can help, thanks JJ PS where is the beach, on one of your photos, with the tall, covered, rocks towering out of the sea? Cheers for any advice JJ

  22. Nick @ Goats On The Road

    Hey Johnny,

    You’re the reason we started our travel blog 2.5 years ago and today, it’s completely sustaining our life of travel. Now we’re enjoying press trips, a steady income and a blog that we love to continue to build. After seeing your redesign, we even hired the same guy! (Scott’s awesome.)

    Anyway, I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time but never checked out this page, or at least, never read it right through. Very inspiring stuff. Love the way you worded everything here. You’re still an inspiration.

    Keep up the good work. I hope one day we can meet up somewhere on the road.



  23. Toby powell

    Hi Johnny,

    Sounds like you got it all figured out! What are you doing work wise that you can pull in a decent wage… I been a web designer for over 8 years and I’m still working on trying to make things happen! I live in BKK too, maybe when your back I can pick your brains over a pint?

  24. rati

    Hi….today i came acrosed ur web site..i liked ur web site…evn i want to start a blog lik dis…so if you could help me with following things den dat would be great:

    > how to start a blog

    ..which includes…from where can i get creative site designs…whom to contact…who vl help me to develop and structure my web site…

    > how much intitial money is require to start a interactive web side..where users can sign up and post there comments
    > how much mentainance/ hosting cost is requuired

    > please help me with the helpfull links
    > how to earn from my website

  25. Lorna

    Wow, this is the most inspirational website I’ve come across… EVER! your lifestyle is what I want for myself, as I’m sure most people would! I did Cambodia this summer and actually just quit my job and (in 9 days) I’m going to travel across South America for almost 2 months, so I’m getting there 🙂

    watch this space for the next place I visit!

  26. Barrie

    Hi – great site and posts. My travel blog has been going for the last 4 months or so while travelling through Africa. I’m happy with the content but I’m starting to think that the layout and design is a bit poor. Any tips or thoughts how to up my game? I’m not an HTML expert or anything…

  27. Barrie

    Hi, great site and blogs posts. I’ve had travel my blog up and running for the last 4 months while travelling through Africa. I’m quite happy with the content but feel the design etc is basic. Any tips on how to revamp travel blogs relatively easily?

  28. Alexandros Tsachouridis

    Hi dude,
    sitting in Bangladesh and going for the Sundarbans, soon. Waiting for the last permission. I think you know what can happen there… I mean, this country is one of the most intense countries that I ever traveled in my life!

    But the beauty is so obviously! It is good that you putting words to your thoughts. Many people just staying on their place, and they waiting to get picked up by some one… you and me knows that it will be not someone else, who will pick them up – to show them the world…

    It is always the inner drive and the own motivation.
    And it starts to grow, if you make the first steps…

    I did it 2011, so nice to met you – maybe our paths will cross one day.


  29. John Laing

    Mate, I’m a 46 year old guy who had a similar epiphany to yours back in 1991. Leaving Australia for the first time (from Darwin to Kupang in West Timor), I had the same kind of psychological orgasm as you. Now, twenty-something years later, I have manipulated my life to suit me (perhaps not as fully as you seem to have done, but certainly in a way that serves my desire for freedom AND financial security I guess). I gave up a career as a TV producer, went back to uni, and now teach English as a second language, not because I want to be a slave to the man, but because it affords me a fantastic lifestyle. I’ve volunteered too, been to almost every corner of the world, and live/love every minute of it. We are the masters of our own destinies. Master them. Good on you, mate. Johnny Laing.

    1. Johnny Post author

      hey john, awesome mate! I loved Kupang, and it must have been even more remote 20 years ago! English teaching is a great way to redesign our lives, it gives us a level of freedom that normal jobs can never. Where are you based now?

      1. John Laing

        I’m based in Abu Dhabi in the UAE at the moment. I’ve worked my way up the TESOL ladder, you might say. 😉

  30. Chris Kelly

    Johnny I couldn’t comment on your rants so I’m doing it here.

    They made me laugh out loud. You’ve got a knack for humorous writing, bravo sir.

    On flip flops: I’ve always gone for hiking style sandals, a bit grandaddy I know but sturdy mofos. So sturdy in fact when I was last in Beijing I tripped on the edge of said footwear and over a ridiculously high kerb. Instant duck egg on my ankle. Hopped onto the bus my friends and I were running for to be informed in a cheery tone that “this bus stops outside Beijing’s top bone hospital.” To which I replied “What a stroke of luck.”

    Good luck on your travels mate.

    1. Johnny Post author

      Hmmm, odd about the comments but thanks for letting me know Chris! I feel your pain on the flipflop front bro, both figuratively and literally – i’m sporting many a scar due to similar mishaps!

  31. Javier

    Happy for you, really, but I disagree on that everyone can do it just by wanting it, or daring to. A dream like this is banned for the majority of the world population indeed. To know English clearly facilitates the entire process. To have a bachelor degree also. To being born in certain countries is an advantage above others, for example in the case of the Working Holidays Visas, which are granted only for a few countries. Not to mention having family, kids, etc. About me, I’m one of VERY lucky ones also, but I think it is important to just make the point about is not THAT easy. In fact, it is easy only for the priviliged ones.

    1. Johnny Post author

      true buddy, but i’m writing an english-speaking blog, so the assumption is that my readers can speak English 🙂 If you can do that, then you can make money online, and therefore travel – it all depends on how much you want it.

  32. Trueindian

    Really it’s simplification and clarification about yourself. I have never been seen before such kind of writing. I have realized at every word as well sentence. So also from me “Redesign your life” which is repeatedly you’ve told. Traveling is the only way to get out of depression. It’s very true that I am also a blogger. So I can understand your every pulse of mind. Thanks for sharing your views.

  33. Mo

    I have the same dream since i was young.
    I’m going to thailand within a week first time on my own.
    If your in asia maybe we can meet and share stories

  34. Adam

    What up Johnny!
    I left Ireland in 2009 and have been on the road since.. Love it, live your dream.

    Wish you all the best with your travels and keep up the good work with the website!


  35. chahu

    Johny i believe in one thing we are just a visitors of this planet so before i die i just need to see this beautiful planet . i really love u man


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