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JVP Intro

I live and work in London.

I am still available for selection to represent my country in all major sports. Respect all religions, practise none, yet embrace most. I have strong pacifist leanings, but will fight for my right to vote. I believe in the ‘power of travel’ to recognise, enhance and promote the practise of fundamental ‘human rights’, as well as encourage the development of friendly relations between nations.

I believe today is the golden age of travel, with a wider platform of cultural and environmental opportunities available to international travellers, than at any other time in the past or future.

I am married and have 19 year old twins, who have travelled across five continents embarking on more hotel and destination inspections than anyone in their right mind would want to do. I am also a Director & Founder Trustee of New Lifeline – a registered UK charity supporting vulnerable children and young people through social, health and education programmes. Nomadic Thoughts run and operate the charity’s UK office covering all administrative and management costs. I am keen photographer, qualified football & cricket coach, experienced conference moderator, event speaker and travel industry enthusiast.

I am delighted that this blog was selected for the recent ‘UK Blog Awards‘ – in addition to being previously listed in the Responsible Tourism Awards nominations.

“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled” – Prophet Mohammed (570-632 AD)

Having travelled to over 70 countries:

  • My greatest claim to fame – once being closer to the sun than anyone else on planet earth
  • Travel Tip – lose the watch, bargain with a smile
  • CV – School, jobs, travel, jobs, travel, travel, Nomadic Thoughts … travel
  • Longest overland journeys – London-Cape Town (local transport – 1 year) … Hong Kong-Beijing-London (bus, truck, train – ½ year) … Vancouver-Quebec City (thumb – ½ month)
  • Longest train rides – Trans Siberian Express … Khartoum to Wau, The Sudan  … Darjeeling Toy Train
  • Favourite drives – Icefields Parkway, Rockies … Empty Quarter, Yemen … Great Ocean Road, Australia
  • Way to go water – Amazon by canoe … Nile by dahabiya … Kerala Backwaters by rice barge
  • Luxury stays – Riads … haciendas … tropical islands
  • Top views – North Face of Everest … beach sun-downer  … back of a child soldier’s roadblock
  • Best walks – Torres Del Paine, Patagonia … Annapurna Range, Nepal … GR20 Corsican High Route
  • Strange star beds – High Temple of Sacrifice, Temple IV Tikal … roof of Sub-Saharan train … guerrilla no-go zone
  • Food – Portuguese sardines … Las Pampas steak … Morton Bay bugs … Masala dosa
  • Anorak – I collect a present day bank note the first time I visit a country outside Europe … different script Coca-Cola bottles and football World Cups (I’ve been to the last eight)
  • Travel downtime – Photography … artifact hunting … Astanga yoga …  throwing/kicking/hitting a ball
  • Don’t forget – 16-310 mm camera lens … bottled water … ATM pin code

“Jono – congratulations, you deserve a large audience and a career in the media” – Simon Reeve, BBC Travel Presenter.

“Follow me, we are going to shoot you” Army officer, Africa.

“I wish I lived on a perminant Nomadic Thoughts holiday” – returning client.

” You have a lot of diseases”Asian medical consultant.

  • Hugh Lohan - June 9, 2012 - 14:38

    Congrats on your Blog. Love your photography. Keep it up ….

  • Carol Roberts - May 10, 2012 - 15:23

    Wow you look a bit different to when you turned up in Johannesburg all those years ago!!! Nice to read about the company.

    Best wishes from Peter and Carol Robertsxx

  • Michael Vernon-Powell - March 7, 2012 - 15:59

    Never thought I would find out so much a bout my son by going to his Blog!!

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