From a man who couldn’t fly for his life to a man who basically flies for a living, John, or Johnny Jet as he is popularly known, has come a long way.
Johnny is a travel expert and editor-in-chief of the super popular travel information website, JohnnyJet.com. Johnny has visited over 60 countries, and is known to add a handful of new countries every year to his ever-growing list.
Johnny has frequently appeared in numerous publications including The LA Times, Outside Magazine, USA Today, and Travel and Leisure Magazine among others. He has made television appearances on CNN, Tech TV, Fox News, PBS, and various media outlets worldwide. In addition, Johnny frequently contributes articles to Frommers as well.
With a verified twitter account possessing over 45000 fans, Johnny Jet is a true “GlobeTrotter on Twitter”. Excerpts from our chat.
- What’s so special about traveling, and air travel specifically?
Johnny - I’m just amazed with air travel and our ability to be able to do it for such reasonable prices. It’s really amazing the world we live in today.
- And what’s your favorite part about air travel?
Johnny - I love to fly on new planes – especially inaugural flights because everyone is really friendly and bouncing around talking to each other. I’ve been lucky to do quite a few. Some of my favorites are:
- Do you have a preferred airline?
Johnny - It all depends on the route but I really enjoyed my around the world flight on Jet Airways (video)
- Tell us about your all-time favourite city? Any special moments associated with it?
Johnny - My favourite is New York City but I don’t have just one special moment.
- Most modern airports these days have Wi-Fi, what other feature you would like to see them adopt?
Johnny - More electrical outlets, faster Wi-Fi and natural light.
- Natural Light is a great suggestion. Makes the space looks bigger as well. What will you suggest to wannabe travellers out there who are afraid of expenses associated with traveling?
Johnny - Not having money is not a good excuse for not to travel. People either need to cut back on their daily habits like buying coffee or magazines and save that money. You can also travel for free. There are websites where you can sleep on people’s couches (couchsurfing.com). There are always good deals too. In our deals newsletter we’ve published deals like California to Brazil for under $300 RT. Or New York to Istanbul for under $400 R/T.
- Wow! Those two deals sound incredible. I think I’m going to subscribe to your newsletter right away. But which website, guide book etc. you refer to during your travels?
Johnny - I price out my tickets using our JohnnyJet.com search engine. Then I usually ask my friends/followers on Facebook and Twitter what they recommend.
- All right, that’s great info Johnny. Give us your 3 must follow twitter accounts please?
Johnny - Three best is tough but
@AirFareWatchDog (for airline deals),
@cjmcginnis (we co-host a weekly #TravelSkills Twitter chat),
@BreakingNews (for what’s going on in the world)
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