My name is Gareth Johnson and I am the founder and Managing-Director legendary adventure travel company Young Pioneer Tours. Aside from YPT, I am Managing-Director at GNTours, Soviet Wastelands, a director at Cuban Pioneers, and part owner of the DMZ Bar.
I was born and grew up in London and Kent not really doing all that much until I left the country at 21 to bartend in the Cayman Islands. This was a profoundly moving experience and set me on to a lifetime of travel.
After stints working on cruise ships and being headteacher of a school in China I eventually moved on to the love of my life YPT and taking people to the slightly more bat shit crazy parts of the planet. My current country count is 102 (including the unrecognized ones), with the aim being to hit 200 within the next 3 years.
I have been an/off blogger and travel writer for the last 7 years, and as an expert on the DPRK have featured in a number of major news networks such as the BBC, CNN, NBC and the wall street journal.
I will be using this blog to promote my travels, work, writing and general opinions about the planet. All opinions are at times offensive, my own and do not reflect the views of any company I represent.
Feel free to read, share and contact me.