The purpose of my blog is to chronicle my travels and my lifestyle in the hope that it will inspire other people to realise how easy it is to live the life you want to live right now. I’m on the way to visiting every country in the world, check out my progress here.

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, and do the same thing as me, check out how to do that here.

Johnny Ward lifestyle design
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo

I know it’s scary to leave the secure life we know behind us but if we truly want to live our dreams we have to ignore what people think we should be doing and actually do what we dream to do. That is the essence of  Lifestyle Design. Through this, since graduating from university in 2006, I have :

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Lived in 6 different countries on 4 different continents

Traveled extensively through more 100 countries…

Climbed Kilimanjaro

Took the TransSiberian train across Russia

Paraglided in the Himalayas

Watched a camel sacrifice in Khartoum, Sudan

Cage dived with great white sharks

Trekked mountain gorillas in Rwanda

Created an online income to become location independent

Skydived in Australia

Commenced and paid for my Masters (deferred since my online business took off)

Ridden camels through the Thar desert on the India/Pakistani border

Went to the ice festival, at -35 degrees (-31 farenheit), in Harbin, North Eastern China

Presented a Thai Travel TV Show in Asia

Saw wild orangutans in Borneo

Crossed the Arctic Circle in Lapland (and visited the ‘real’ Santa!)

Witnessed an exorcism in Mongolia

Watched Usain bolt break the world record at the Beijing Olympics (China, 2008)

Hot-air ‘balloned’ over the Nile for sunrise

Hiked to Mount Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Studied and completed my Cambridge university TEFL English teaching qualification

Attended a World Cup Final (Johannesburg, South Africa 2010)

Stayed in the slums of Bangladesh

Climbed the tallest building in the world in the United Arab Emirates

Eaten fugu (the infamous, expensive deadly blowfish) in Japan

Scubadived in the great barrier reef

Hiked to the Tiger’s Nest Temple in Bhutan

Hit 50 degrees (122 farenheit) in Doha, Qatar

Fed hyenas mouth to mouth in Ethiopia

Took an armed guard with me in Somaliland, Somalia

Taken a helicopter to untouched glaciers in New Zealand

Taken political tours in Belfast

Swam in the lowest place in the world – The Dead Sea, Jordan (and Israel)

Attended a house party in Kazakhstan

Road horses through the Gobi Desert

Stayed with a tribe in Papua New Guinea

Partied in a UN compound in East Timor

Saw the Northern Lights in Iceland

Visited Dracula’s castle in Transylvania

Bungeed at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Climbed Mount Kinabalu, Borneo

Ate in the oldest restaurant in the world in Madrid

Slept in Chernobyl, Ukraine

Visited the Holyland in Jerusalem (Israel/Palestine)

Bought an aparment in Bangkok, Thailand mortgage free

‘Worked’ in USA, Korea, Australia and Thailand

Watched people mourning Kim Jong-Il in North Korea

Rafted at the source of the Nile in Africa

Studied in Thailand and Malaysia

Learned another language (x 2 – Thai & French – still learning)

Taken a Chinese cargo boat the length of the Mekong river through Burma to China

Gambled too much in Las Vegas

Wandered alone through the pyramids in Sudan

Partied in Beirut

Got drunk at Oktoberfest in Munich

Climbed the CN tower in Toronto

Smoked in Amsterdam

Set-up a company to help other people change their lives

Watched a live volcano spit out lava in Vanuatu

Drunk snake’s blood in Taiwan

Got blessed by monks on a train to Mandalaay, Burma

Watched Messi score twice at the Nou Camp, Barcelona

Made more friends than I can count 🙂

White-water rafted, go-karted, rock climbed, paintballed and been sightseeing in endless countries etc etc etc etc..

Top of Kilimanjaro,   Africa's highest mountain
Top of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain

Honestly, this is not any attempt at bragging because I am nothing special, just an average guy who wanted to live his life to the fullest imaginable degree. So I have chosen to do that and, if you really want, so can you.

Paragliding in the Himalayas
Paragliding in the Himalayas

So forget about keeping up with the Jones’, forget about choosing the charcoal-grey tie ahead of the night-black one, forget about being micromanaged, forget about clicking through other peoples facebook photos and feeling jealous, forget about the feeling on a sunday night when you don’t want to fall asleep because when you wake you’re off to work again. Live the life you want before it’s gone right past you.

Pyramids in Sudan
Pyramids in Sudan
hyenas in ethiopia
Feeding hyenas in Ethiopia, scary!

If you have any questions, queries or need any extra motivation to take the plunge feel free to:

email me on johnny ‘at’ (I respond to all of my emails personally, normally within 48 hours)

‘Like’ my facebook page and my Instgram Page

Follow me on twitter

~ Go confidently in the direction of your Dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined ~ Henry David Thoreau

~ He who spends time regretting the past loses the present and risks the future ~ Quevedo

~ And in the end,  it’s not the years in your life that count,  it’s the life in your years ~ Abraham Lincoln


NOTE: If you’re still wondering what lifestyle design is – click HERE

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