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+.

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, […]

A whiskey landmark in Loretto, KY + 5 whiskey facts

Top of the Stillhouse at Maker's Mark Distillery

EDITOR’S NOTE: Maker’s Mark Distillery will be offering candlelight tours on December 6 & 13 of 2014 (both Saturdays) from 5 pm – 8 pm. Back in March, I hopped on a plane bound for Louisville, Kentucky. The next day, in Louisville, I boarded another plane—it may well have been the same one (operated by Chautauqua, […]

Southwest reveals new “Heart” livery at Dallas’ Love Field

Heart One, the first in Southwest's new livery, sits at a hangar at Dallas Love Field

Yesterday, just before 9:30 am CT, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly introduced the flying public to his airline’s bold new look, unveiled in a short video and then in the form of an actual airplane: Heart One, a 737-800 and the first in Southwest’s new “Heart” livery. Here’s that video, as captured in a hangar […]

Mapping the Conch Republic

Out on the water with Hall's Diving Center in the Florida Keys

On April 23, 1982, the mayor of Key West, Florida, Dennis Wardlow, “broke a loaf of stale Cuban bread over the head of a man dressed in a naval uniform.” This naturally ushered his city into secession from the United States, officially as the “Conch Republic.” One minute into sovereignty, Prime Minister Wardlow surrendered to the same man, and the […]

Glacier tennis and chocolate in Roger Federer’s Switzerland

Good lord, this is a real view

Last week, I went to Switzerland. Why? The world’s tallest chocolate shop by elevation—Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven—was opened with great pageantry at Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe.” Why else? As part of that pageantry, Lindt ambassador and pride of all Switzerland Roger Federer (he’s from Basel) played tennis against Olympic ski racer (and pride of all Vail, Colorado) […]