About Me

Greetings! My name is Jack Noah Rees and I am a travel blogger and freelance writer from a small corner of the Welsh countryside in the United Kingdom. It’s a picturesque and peaceful part of the world, and a location that constantly inspires and drives me to travel around the world to find other places equally as beautiful.

My Sister & I

I have always had a mild – others may say a fervent – obsession with countries, flags and travelling for as long as I can remember. I could recognise every country’s national flag before I could swim, cycle or use a Super Pumper (see adjacent photo of me in my youth). I would spend countless hours looking through atlases and always dreamt of being able to visit these strange and foreign lands when I became old enough to do so.

When I became old enough to do so, I never seemed to be able to make that initial step, and start the voyages and journeys that I had dreamt of as a child. I had lived in Wales my whole life – and had had more jobs than fingers on both hands – when I decided to take the plunge, and move to Canada for a year. I had only made short trips around Europe until that point, so it was quite a big step, but it became the first step towards a completely different life.

My time road tripping around Vancouver, British Columbia, strengthened my travelling ambitions, and I quickly realised that I was now unable to go back to the monotonous, safe existence I once had. My lifetime ambition, instigated by picking up a book on flags as a toddler, became to travel to each and every one of the 196 countries in the world. This includes all 193 member states of the United Nations, plus the two non-member observer states (Vatican City and Palestine), as well as Kosovo (the only country recognised by the United Kingdom but not yet by the UN).

Grand CanyonI thought a good way of preparing for my journey would be to attempt to visit all fifty states in America in one calendar year. A feat I completed in 2015 as I drove, along with three companions, the length and breadth of the contiguous forty-eight states, living in the back of a 1997 Plymouth Voyager called Sam. With so many tales to tell and tips to share from our epic adventure, I felt I had to write them down. The result of which is the subject of my first e-book, to be released in the Spring of 2018.

As for the future, my love of travel led me to create this website, from which I do my very best to inspire, advise and encourage you to move away from normality, take the first step towards becoming a global traveller, and start filling your life with fantastic experiences in foreign lands. Start by subscribing to my newsletter below before you begin your adventure with me, right here.  

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