Firstly, welcome to Johnny Africa! If you haven’t already guessed, my name is Johnny and I’ve been writing this blog for a few years now. To put it simply, I’m just a regular dude that loves to travel. I started this blog when I first moved to South Africa in 2013 as a way to store my thoughts and experiences on the expat experience (outside of the typical Facebook and Instagram).
While living in South Africa, I traveled extensively around Africa visiting mesmerizing beaches in Mozambique, lemurs in Madagascar, red deserts in Namibia, gorilla trekking in Uganda, and of course all over South Africa. So the name “Johnny Africa”. was born. After moving home from South Africa, my love for travel never went away. I flirted with changing the name of the blog numerous times but decided to keep it because my time in Africa really was the genesis for my life of travel!
After spending two years in South Africa, I moved back to the US where I continued traveling as much as I could with a full time job. Eventually, I got the itch to move abroad again because I just realized how dull life was living in the same places you’ve grown up in.
Now comes 2019 where I made a move to Europe and lived in Germany! Europe is of course worlds away from living in South Africa but it was exactly what I needed. Life in Europe is fantastic and I was able to travel to almost every country on the continent.
In addition to my life of travel, I was always had a strong interest in Finance. My career up to this point had been at a financial institution so this goes hand in hand. I stopped working in 2020 after achieving Financial Independence which is essentially saving up enough money to live off your investments without worrying about working at a traditional job.
Everyone has their reasons for no longer working and mine was simply that I felt like there was more meaning to life than staring at a 2-4 computer monitors all day. In addition to travel, I also on occasion write about financial topics (credit cards, stocks, my portfolio etc.) which I think actually goes hand in hand with travel!
Why I started blogging
I started this blog purely out of interest, hobby, and passion. I never planned or plan to write things like how to travel for $50 a day, or how you can get rich by blogging, or anything related to “how you can be like me super easily”. I think there are too many travel bloggers focused on making a living from their blogs that they forget why they started writing and traveling in the first place. To see and experience the world.
This blog is purely just me writing about my travels in the way I see it. I love taking nice photos and showcasing what the world has to offer. The whole idea of this is to inspire you, the reader, to one day make that journey of your own because travel makes everyone better in my opinion. I’ve been to over 80 countries at this point in my life and have no plans to stop any time soon.
So with that said, enjoy my travel experiences, my life as an expat, and please leave a comment if you like what you see and/or have any questions about planning your trip!