Keep On Moving One Step Forward


He keeps on moving one step forward.

This is a story of a friend who will be able to visit the 197 countries soon. It is very possible as he visited 196 countries as of now. And guess which country is left? I’ll tell you later.

When I met this guy, it seems that I’ve known him for a long time.

He is Johnny Ward, the world traveler, a blogger, an influencer, an entrepreneur, etc. And I’m happy that I’ve met him in Salalah, Oman last November 2016.

But who is Johnny Ward? Yay, it’s not even a question. Maybe you know him as well. Or maybe you are one of the lucky persons who receive e-mails from him.

Johnny Ward is real. I mean, he is a human being… (hahaha).

He is the Irish guy behind and the son of Geriatric Traveller.

From the e-mails he sent, he shared a childhood experience that when the harsh winter comes and he feels cold and freezing but they don’t have a heater, his Mom will tell him to just wear his jacket.

He started traveling at the age of 22.

He locked himself in a hospital for a medical research in exchange of a good amount of money so he can travel (it means taking different medicines for experiments to assess side effects to the body, extracting blood several times for studies, etc.)

He taught English in Thailand for 5 years. He said, he didn’t actually teach the children but they were just playing. The kids love him, who wouldn’t?

He can only dream of Socotra at this time. Failed attempt #2

He started a website 5 years ago.

It took him 10 years to travel to 196 countries.

He’s not a fan of fan signs, I guess…

Treat him with a Guinness and you’ll call it a date.

He’s in a relationship with beautiful Jaa… Sorry, ladies…

And sometimes, he’s a bully. Yes, he is.

He is determined to complete his goal.

After taking attempts to enter Socotra and kept on failing, he was not defeated. He kept on moving one step forward. (His story of how tough it is to visit Yemen nowadays. You can read it here.)

His journey to Socotra is one of a kind and it only shows that to achieve a dream isn’t easy. Johnny’s experience to enter Yemen is like a scene that we can only see in movies. His full story here.

And now, March 2, 2017, to the most amazing man I’ve met in 2016— welcome back from the Island of Socotra, Yemen. 196/197 ACHIEVED.


He’ll be completing the 197 countries soon with a celebration in the beautiful Norway. Amazing and inspiring, isn’t he?

Storytelling while in Salalah, Oman


His lists of achievements, adventures and stories of failures and success are too long. But why I am sharing his story? It is because he is an inspiration and a good friend. Even though I’ve met him for a short time only in one of his frustrating trips, it was great to know him. And for a bonus, he finally added me as a Facebook friend.

How about us? Are we contented waiting and following others as they achieve their goals? Is it enough that we will cheer and be happy as the personalities that we follow attain their dreams?

Or are we going to take the risk now and keep on moving forward in spite of the many failures along the way? How can we know if we will succeed or not if we won’t try?

Johnny Ward is a proof.

How about us? Let us keep moving forward.

P.S. Here’s the latest blog of Johnny with his adventures in Socotra Island, Where Avatar Meets Jurassic Park, and for sure, after reading it, Socotra will be in your adventure list.


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Louiela Ann

A dream chaser… Louiela is an OFW based in UAE…
A small town girl from Kiamba, Sarangani Province…
A Nurse by profession who injected herself with much wanderlust.
You can find her easily online.


  • Loudy says:

    This is very inspiring,I love to read about people like this, I swear they make me want to leave everything pack my bag and travel the whole world, but sometimes its difficult to afford all flights and stuff. Nice post I enjoyed reading it

  • Hendrik says:

    Truly a great story. Your friend Johnny seems to be a very interesting person. I like determined people with goals. And his travel story is really inspiring, his Yemen story is amazing. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Mel says:

    I love those tree in the top photo! Johnny sounds like a fascinating guy. Norway should be pretty easy after a visit to Yemen! How lucky you are to have him in your life (and on Facebook). It’s nice to have inspirational friends that motivate you to follow your own dreams.

    • Louiela Ann Louiela Ann says:

      Hi Mel, those are dragon trees… (only found in Socotra, if I’m not mistaken). He saved Norway for last, to have family and friends celebrate with him.

      Oh, btw, I saved your articles for Croatia and Slovenia… thanks 🙂

  • Only By Land says:

    I didn’t realize it was so difficult to travel to this part of the world, I am planning to visit but not in the immediate future. He must be doing well if he can afford to party in Norway

  • I follow Hohnny from a long time now. I’ve always liked him, and I think he is a great inspiration and motivation for travelers.

  • Meg says:

    That’s super impressive! Congrats! Hard work usually pays off!

  • Jessica says:

    I heard about his story earlier this year. How was it that you were able to meet him?

  • Nadine says:

    I heard about his story and also visited his website and I agree he truly is an inspiring person. It is nice to read his story here again because it keeps me motivated and shows that you can achieve anything! thanks for sharing

  • Christina says:

    Amazing that Johnny finally made it into Yemen after so many attempts. I read one of his posts describing one of this failed attempts. I could definitely feel his determination. Happy that he will finally get to celebrate #197 in Norway.

  • Truly inspiring and shows if you want to live your dream don’t be afraid to take risks.

  • Wow 196 countries – that’s a big accomplishment! I don’t know if I will ever accomplishment in my life, but that’s an inspiration! Very happy for him 🙂

  • Ali May says:

    What an inspiration about not letting anything stand in the way of your goals. And he has left one of the most beautiful countries til last on his lift – smart guy!

  • Bhushavali says:

    OMG! That’s so inspiring!!! That’s every traveler’s dream to be able to visit all the countries in the world and to see a person who actually achieved it, its just awesome!

  • Jacklyn says:

    What an inspiring story! I love how he also took his time hitting the 196 countries. 10 years of exploring the world sounds like true life goals. I never thought to put myself into a medical research to earn money for travel but it sounds like a great idea LOL

  • It so wonderful to come across people that genuinely inspire you, especially when the inspiration is to continue on the path that you are already on. We need people like to this to ignite our dreams, to remind us that dreams should not just be dreams. It is up to us to make them come true.

  • Gabor says:

    It’s amazing that he will be done with all the countries of the world. I discovered him on twitter about two weeks ago and I saw that he has invited fellow travellers to Norway for his completion party. I wish I could go just to meet him, I’m sure he could tell us a lot of interesting stories about his adventures. I hope he won’t retire after Norway and we will have a pleasure to meet him in a country somewhere.

  • Andi says:

    Wow 197 countries! And I haven’t been to a foreign land. It really takes a lot of passion and determination to do such a milestone. I wish him good luck and a record on Guinness haha.

  • The dragon tree photos are so cool. We’d love to see them in person. They make the world look like its upside down. Guess we’ll have to make it to Socotra.

  • The life of Johny Ward is really inspiring. The fact that he is near that 200 mark of countries visited is a testimony to the numerous experiences he must have had. It would indeed have been a privilege to meet and talk to him, he would be a treasure trove of travel stories and experiences.

  • neha says:

    His passion for travel clearly comes out from his story. He locked himself up and did so many different things in order to make money to travel. That is so wonderful. His story is so inspiring

  • Elisa says:

    I love to read the stories behind these so inspiring people. I imagine him as a great story teller as well, I am sure that he has tons of stories to tell! Do you know what was the problem for entering Socotra Island? I know that Yemen is difficult but I thought that Socotra was sth apart. Thanks

  • These are my dream trees. Very famous and enchanting trees of Yemen. Congratulations to Johnny’s journey and thank you for sharing his story and the wonderful photos!!!!

  • A very inspiring interview – it was great to learn more about johnny ward! His blog is awesome and he is really inspirational for any traveller wishing to travel around the world.

  • Indrani says:

    196 done! That is commendable! I have done only 20 🙁
    He is inspiring! I wish him more happy travels.

  • Adrian says:

    What a beautiful picture! Thank you for your sharing!

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