This blog was originally created in 2013 when I was taking a job offer to go to South Africa. I figured, I didn’t want to be a one trick pony and wanted to do more than just post to Facebook & Instagram. I wanted to really write and document my experiences living in South Africa (which there weren’t many blogs serving this purpose), and write about all the stunning places in Africa. South Africa is an incredible country, I absolutely loved it. It’s not without its own problems of course, but from an outsiders perspective, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience working and living abroad.
I have since moved back to America, but not before I visited 12 countries in Africa and then some. Whether it was gorilla trekking in Uganda, watching the migration in the Serengeti, hitch-hiking to the most beautiful beaches in the world in Mozambique, or trying to (unsuccessfully) climb the other-worldly giant baobab trees in Madagascar, I was lucky enough to do everything I wanted to do while in Africa.
So why is the name of this blog “Johnny Africa” when I’m no longer in Africa? Good question, I’ve thought about changing the name to something cheesy like “Johnny Meets World”. When I was 25, I had only been to 3 countries in the world. I suppose I was never that interested, which is the American mentality sadly, and just didn’t know what was out there. After taking a trip to Thailand with my wonderful girlfriend, I was hooked. This is Thailand by the way, the most touristy country in the world. I would take the occasional trip given my vacation allotment at work but it was not until I moved to Africa that I really got bit by the travel bug.
I traveled all throughout my time living in South Africa and working. After my stint in South Africa finished, I spent five straight months traveling the continent and while that may not seem like much compared to some of the people I’ve met (here’s looking at you my European and Aussie gap year friends), this is no small deal for someone trying to make a career in the American corporate world! I’ve now been to almost 40 countries and while I work full time, I no longer waste my time off taking “staycations” but spend it all traveling the world. I do, however, look forward to my next multiple month travel stint as that is what real traveling feels like!
So with that in mind, I decided to keep this name because it was Africa that really sealed the deal for my love to travel. It holds a special place in my heart and there’s nowhere else I’ve traveled in the world that quite compares to the things I’ve experience on this continent. Plus, I think it sounds kind of catchy!
So with that said, enjoy my travel experiences, my time as an ex-pat in South Africa, and please leave a comment if you like what you see and/or have any questions about planning your trip!