Ian Livingston

About Ian Livingston

Ian Livingston has traveled to 50 countries and six continents, carrying an unkempt, neck-heavy beard through many of them. Now living in Brooklyn, he has parlayed his passions for exploratory travel and the linguistic lens into his responsibilities as Editor here at JohnnyJet.com. His work has been featured in both local and international publications, in digital, video and print media, and he aspires to be able to continue sharing the world as he discovers it for many years to come. Get in touch at iantlivingston@gmail.com or on Google+.

Guatemala, in 15 photos

Tikal main plaza from Temple II

It’s hard to say exactly when Guatemala first showed up on my travel radar. I recall a faded sign in 2013, in the Salvadoran surf town of El Tunco, advertising a shuttle there for $25, but my memory takes me further back. It was Tikal. Whenever I first saw it in photos—five or seven or ten years ago, I can’t be […]

±1 hour from Frankfurt: Castles, half-timbers, Roman encampments, and wine

Rüdesheim am Rhein, from Niederwalddenkmal

Both the air and the Riesling are crisp on this June day in Germany, and the sun is bouncing off my wine glass with reckless summer abandon. Big blue sky above, the Rhine River below, a 700-year-old castle on all sides—it’s an uplifting scene. Rheinstein Castle (German: Burg Rheinstein), where I’m eating lunch, is one of the […]

Breaking: British Airways reveals Santa’s flight plan

Santa's flight plan (Credit: British Airways)

Today’s big Christmas-themed news comes from British Airways, which delighted children who read travel blogs everywhere this morning by revealing the details of Santa’s official flight plan. According to the airline, the big man’s North Pole-based team has officially filed the plan with authorities around the world, and preparations are now under way. Check it out above, […]

LOT hanging mistletoe on planes, encouraging world to #KISSaLOT

LOT mistletoe

LOT Polish Airlines, Poland’s national carrier, is bringing an old tradition to new heights this holiday season. The airline announced today that it will be hanging mistletoe twigs in every one of its aircraft through January 6, 2015, in the interest of bringing people—not just LOT customers—together. By way of their regular winter routes (to more than 40 cities around […]

An Aruban hotel to treasure

Aruba and the Caribbean Sea

There’s an outcrop of the Netherlands, about 70 square miles, from which you can see South America if you stand in the right spot. Contrary to geographic intuition, fewer than 20 miles stand between the two—between Dutch sovereignty and a particularly peninsular slab of northern Venezuela—a distance close enough that in the planning stages of my visit it was seriously suggested that I kiteboard between the […]

Where to stay in Tel Aviv + 10 notes on travel there

Tel Aviv on the water

Tel Aviv, to me, may as well have been in California. It’s a city of tremendous geographic heritage, with proximity to some of the world’s furthest documented reaches, but in all the best ways, it felt like California to me. With palms and heat and long, lively beaches, it looked like California. People seemed happy and relaxed, […]

Win a copy of Chris Guillebeau’s “The Happiness of Pursuit”—and my quest for Svalbard

"The Happiness of Pursuit," by Chris Guillebeau

Entry deadline extended until Wed, October 15! Chris Guillebeau is a big name in travel. He’s still on the move after time in every country in the world (or at least the 193 that he counts), blogging, speaking and tweeting along the way, and his “non-conformist” approach to travel has won him a considerable following among travelers of all shades. […]

Niagara Falls: A Canadian-American wonder, finally checked off

From the Journey Behind the Falls (Canada)

I was asked to participate in the #DoMoreCountry program, sponsored by Country Inns & Suites. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. I’d just landed in Buffalo, and was, in a modest black car, en route to my hotel on the other side of the US-Canadian border: the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, […]