Born and raised in Ireland by his single mother, Johnny Ward led a pretty ordinary life- that was until decided to he wanted to visit every country in the world. Johnny described his frustrations with the usual 40 hour week and explained how he knew there had to be more.
Leaving Ireland with little money, he set off on his adventure, teaching English in Thailand and Korea. Johnny started up a travel blog while working and living in Australia and was sharing his story online, daily. After earning his first $80.00 off his website, he realised there was the potential to make real money- this was when he made the commitment to take blogging seriously.
Johnny then headed to Africa for 12 months before deciding to take on the enormous challenge of visiting every country in the world. Within three years of blogging, Johnny had made over 1 million dollars, working an average of 10 hours per week, from anywhere in the world.
Inspired? We almost fell off our sit when we first came across Johnny’s website onestep4ward. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to ask Johnny a couple of questions and are being kind enough to share them with you all. Johnny, thank you so much for taking the time out to speak with us.
Interview with Johnny Ward of One Step 4ward
At what point did you realise you wanted more than the 40 hour work week?
Always, I think! But for sure it was clear when I was teaching English in Northern Thailand for a year (making $500 a month but super happy) that I realised a conventional life wasn’t for me.
Over 190 countries is an amazing achievement. I’m sure you are asked this often, but could you pick a top three?
Super tough but let’s go with China (and not Beijing, Shanghai China but rural China, amazing!), Ethiopia, Iceland
Was there ever a moment that you thought you had a made a mistake, deciding to buy a one-way ticket?
Haha not really, sometimes it’s been tough, lonely, etc. and when I was broke, it was even more difficult. But I’ve always felt sooo alive with this lifestyle, that I’m making the most of my life, chasing dreams, living an adventure, I would never regret that.
Its obvious you love to travel. Money and blog aside, what is the thing you love most about a life of travelling?
The freedom. Each day is new, seeing things, and experiencing things that blow your mind. The reality that a ‘normal’ month of my life is more full than a lot of people’s best month! But anyone can do it; I’m nothing special, that’s hat surprises me – how many people tamely accept mediocracy when something much more exciting is so attainable. Each to their own I guess 🙂
I‘m sure MANY of my readers would be feeling like it is an impossible dream to chase. What would be your first piece of advice for someone wishing they could do the same thing?
Always the same advice – START A BLOG! You can read more about how to here:
Inspired? Make sure you head over to his blog to read about all 196 countries.