Ian Livingston

About Ian Livingston

Ian Livingston has traveled to 42 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+.

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) […]

A sailing escape in NYC…and Florida, and the BVI, and…

NYC sail

Today, on a dreary Thursday, on the Hudson River beside Tribeca, I joined the Offshore Sailing School for a quick two-hour sail. And it was great. The views were insane—with the top of the Freedom Tower lost to the clouds—and the air was salty and fresh(er). The school’s special edition 50th-anniversary sails snapped blue and red and white […]

Product Review: Timbuk2 Copilot Luggage Roller

Timbuk2 Copilot Luggage Roller

I’m not one for rolling suitcases. I pack light, to a fault, out of a preference for carrying weight on my back—even in hand—over dragging it alongside me. Why? Something about the romance of freewheeling travel, and trusting your feet as your only anchors to the ground. Nonetheless, San Francisco-based luggage company Timbuk2 (which at the […]

April 19-27, 2014 is National Park Week

Grand Teton National Park, as seen from the Grand Teton Lodge Company

Most people know that today is Earth Day, but did you know that this week—April 19-27, 2014—is National Park Week? Well it is, and that means seven more days (it’s more than a week, for some reason) worth of excuses to celebrate the spectacular and one-of-of-a-kind natural beauty packaged as America’s 58 U.S. National Parks. […]

Make-A-Wish come true by donating your airline miles

Six-year-old Ryan surfing, as per his wish, the waves of Hawaii

Causes don’t get much better than this. Make-A-Wish—which famously grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses—is right now in the midst of its “Wishes in Flight” campaign, and it’s calling on travelers everywhere to help out. And to do that, all that’s required is a few unused frequent flyer miles. With “Wishes in Flight,” Make-A-Wish […]

Huge summer savings at Jamaica’s Half Moon resort

Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Warm weather anywhere is great. Warm weather in Jamaica? It doesn’t get much better. Actually, it does, as luxurious Half Moon resort in Montego Bay is currently making summer visits to Jamaica more affordable than usual with a wave of huge summer discounts. The offers—headlined by the incredible Ultimate Summer package—include: Summer Suite Sale — 35% off […]

Johnny speaking at New York Travel Fest on Saturday, April 26 at 10 am!

NY

Saturday, April 25, 2014—Johnny Jet will be speaking at 10 am ET at New York Travel Fest, an annual consumer travel show held at Bohemian National Hall (home of the Czech consulate; 321 E. 73rd St. NY, NY 10021). The event joins travel professionals, national tourist boards with thousands of consumers—that’s everyone else—interested in travel of […]