Meet A Bona Fide Travel Blogger

Meet A Bona Fide Travel Blogger

Construction to travelling creature

By Melissa Myrteza | 18th November 2020

Ever met a bloke who travels the world for a living? This Aussie surfer, photographer and coffee lover has been around the globe and back for work, and he’s taking adventure seeking to a whole other level. Starting off in construction, all it took was one international trip to change the course of his life and we’ve got to admit, we’re insanely jealous! We sat down with Jonny Melon to get an insight into the world of travel blogging, and he revealed his secret locations, must-have travel tips, coolest countries and more!    

Q. Construction to a travelling creature, just like that! What inspired the change of scenery and do you have any regrets?

A travelling creature, I like that! Well, after my first trip overseas to Indonesia in Southeast Asia, and experiencing a completely different culture outside of Australia, I was instantly hooked on travelling. This is definitely what sparked a new flame of inspiration to figure out a way to leave my construction job and find a means of being able to live on the road, travel full-time and make money online along the way. My only regret is not starting at a younger age!

Q. It seems you definitely caught the travel bug. Fave country? Coolest country? Scariest country?  

Guilty! That's a very difficult question as each country I've been to is so awesome and unique in their own way, but, if I have to choose, my top three fave countries are Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines. The coolest country I have been to would have to be Egypt – the temples, the pyramids, the Nile River, just wow! A must-see for any serious traveller. Scariest country – Cuba. As beautiful as Cuba is landscape-wise, the way of life there is totally different from anywhere I have experienced. Not a place I'll be rushing back to.

Q. What’s one place everyone needs to add to their bucket list?

For all the adventure-seekers out there, the Ausangate Trek in the Peruvian Andes is an absolute must. I personally embarked on a seven-day trek around Ausangate Mountain in Peru and it honestly felt as though I was hiking through The Land Before Time! A place that is so remote and boasts other-worldly landscapes. Add this one to the list, my friends!

Q. What travel book does everyone need on their bedside table?

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer. I guarantee this book will inspire you to leave the comfort of your home and explore new places! You can buy it here.

 

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Q. Where’s your current address?

This year I have been living on the Gold Coast, but previous to this year I was living in Bali, Indonesia for the past three years. Bali is my second home and I use this as a base between my travels.

Q. Favourite brand partnership to date and dream partnership deal?

I've had the opportunity to work with so many awesome brands and tourism boards, but I would have to say that exploring my home country with the Northern Territory Tourism Board, on two separate occasions now, has been absolutely amazing. My dream partnership deal is to become a brand ambassador with Canon Australia as this is the camera equipment I shoot with on a daily basis.

Q. What’s a secret spot in Bali we need to know about?

If I tell you, it wouldn't be a secret anymore... just kidding! One of my personal favourite spots is Dusun Kuning Waterfall in the Gianyar Region, central Bali. Not many tourists know about this epic waterfall, so I guarantee it'll be uncrowded when you get the chance to visit.

Q. What’s something we don’t know about you that we should?

Before I started blogging and photography, I used to live and breathe skateboarding for about 15 years. I was sponsored by a few local brands and used to compete in many competitions in my teenage years, which was a lot of fun. I'm a bit rusty now but give me a ten-minute warm up and I've still got a fair few tricks up my sleeve!

Q. What’s the hardest thing about being a business owner on the go?

Time management has got to be one of the hardest things about working online. I've got a good workflow now and have started outsourcing the tedious tasks, but at the beginning of my journey, there was no time for going out to parties or meeting up with people for a meal. I had to sacrifice doing fun stuff to spend that time building the business up. I am stoked now though, because the hard work has paid off and I can take time off whenever I want.

Q. What camera do we need on our Christmas wish list?

I always vote for Canon as they have arguably the best cameras on the market for both beginners and experts. I shoot with Canon EOS R and a 24-70mm Canon lens. It's a good combo for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level.

Q. What are your prime-time blogging conditions?

I mostly love travelling to tropical destinations. Beaches, waterfalls, mountains, you name it. I thoroughly enjoy shooting these types of landscapes and writing the content pieces to go with them. Adventure travel is what I'm all about!

Q. What has been the toughest thing about full-time blogging? 

The toughest thing about blogging and travelling full-time is being away from my family and friends. I feel like I miss out on a lot of would-be cherished moments, but this year has been great to spend some quality time with those closest to me.

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Article by Melissa Myrteza

Mel always has one eye on the grooviest happenings around town and the other one on the best foodie hotspots. When she’s not crossing another country off her bucket list, she’s either reading, eating Genkotsu Ramen or sippin’ on a glass of red.

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