About Me

Greetings! My name is Jack Noah Rees and I’m a travel blogger and nomadic English teacher 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 has, quite simply, inspired me to travel the world – with the seeds sewn at a very young age.

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 the adjacent photo of my sister and me in our youths). 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 struggled to take the first step into uncertainty – to start the voyages and journeys that I had always dreamt of as a child. I had lived in Wales my whole life – and had had more part-time jobs than fingers on both hands – when I finally 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 leap, but it soon became the first step towards a completely different life.

My time road tripping and exploring 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 one hundred and ninety-six countries in the world. This includes all one hundred and ninety-three 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). I decided to name my intrepid expedition Bucket List 196.

However, I am not going to each country simply to tick them off a list. I won’t be flagpoling nations (jumping across a border for five minutes before returning) as this would defeat the whole object of my journey – except in places where there is a high likelihood that I will get shot! I think it is essential to experience a country through the eyes of locals, to contribute to their economy and to better understand what daily life is really like – this is one the main reasons I advocate road tripping. I want to see as much of our world as I possibly can, both the spectacular and the deplorable, and following a list of nations is the best way of quantifying my goal.

Grand CanyonI decided that a good way of preparing for my journey would be to attempt to visit all the fifty states of 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 grand adventure, I felt a sudden irrepressible urge to write them down (or rather type them up). The result of which is the subject of my first e-book, to be released in the spring of 2019.

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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