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My name is Jono Vernon-Powell, I am the  Founder/MD of Nomadic Thoughts (Worldwide Travel) – a travel company sending people abroad for 32 years.

jono-vernon-powell-copyrighI have been blogging for over seven years, posting over 360 travel articles on destinations, subjects and tourism industry issues close to my heart.

Travelling, and arranging holidays and trips for others, has been a constant element in my adult life. Developing and growing Nomadic Thoughts has been a great journey in itself and I am particularly proud that, in addition to numerous nominations, we have previously won the British Travel Awards’  ‘Best Small Worldwide Luxury Tour Operator Award’.

We have also won additional awards in ‘Best Destination’ and ‘Most Environmental & Socially Responsible’ travel categories. Nomadic Thoughts was also Runner Up in the Daily Telegraph ‘Best Small Luxury Tour Operator 2015’.

Regarding this blog: I am delighted that to have been selected for this year’s ‘UK Blog Awards‘, in their ‘Travel’ and ‘Photography’ sections. In addition to being previously listed in the Responsible Tourism Awards nominations.

I remain as passionate about the worldwide destinations we offer as I am in believing that tourism should be a force for good. Whether sharing time with village elders, communicating with the Press or moderating at an international travel conference, I endeavour wholeheartedly to embrace sustainable tourism.  Core to my belief is that every holiday and trip must enrich – in equal measure – both the traveller and the destinations they are visiting.

I am a Council member the AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators – umbrella organisation for over 120 of Britain’s best independent tour operators). In addition to being on their Tourism Industry Issues Committee and founder member of their Sustainable Tourism Programme.

I am writing this blog to inspire you to travel, to share my love of photography and to offer topical information and comment on countries from all parts of the globe. My hope is that, along with many other clients, friends and fellow travellers, you too will come to regard Nomadic Thoughts as your first port of call for all things travel, whatever your aspirations, budget or dream for a ‘perfect escape’.

As highlighted, all the photographs used in my blog postings are mine.

After all, I firmly believe, despite present day global uncertainties, this is truly the golden age of travel. Whether travelling by thumb (as highlighted in my BBC Radio 4 presentation), or private Learjet.

  • Brian - August 4, 2014 - 23:03

    Hi Jono,
    Sorry, didn’t see your reply. I didn’t share the driving (I offered, of course; but the guy who picked us up had a broken arm, so drove with one arm only all the way, from Ballarat to Perth. We did stop once, during the night and pitched tent, on the Nullarbor Plain. But he remained in the car – after an hour or so, he shouted out “You guys awake?” – we were. He said, “It’s too cold to sleep, let’s press on – and we did.
    Another time, going in the opposite direction, a truckie picked us up. We stopped for a meal, but he insisted on paying for us!He said it was his way of paying back a guy who had looked after him, when hitching, years previously.
    Great times.

  • Jono - June 12, 2014 - 09:08

    Hi Brian, 2,066 miles … RESPECT. Hope you shared the driving? There’s a challenge.

    Meanwhile, thank you for your kind comments. Regards – Jono

  • Jono - June 12, 2014 - 09:05

    Hi Tony,

    Thank you. I am glad you liked it. Good luck with that thumb. Kind regards – Jono

  • Brian Barnbrook - June 11, 2014 - 23:51

    Such an impressive talk on hitch hiking. Motivated me to check out your excellent website. Thank you. Loved hitching in the ’70s – I think we even beat your distance with one ride: 2,066 miles – Ballarat to Fremantle.

  • TonyStephenson - June 11, 2014 - 21:39


    Well done with your Radio 4 ‘appearance’ tonight – great insight and good to hear some real travel common sense.



  • Angela Findlay - April 26, 2013 - 13:34

    Looking forward to all your news …

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