To continue our Expert Advisor Spotlight series, featuring expert travel advisors – and some of our best friends – who declare their travel independence with every trip they embark on, meet Jay Johnson! Jay is in the Travel Sales & Management department at Coastline Travel Advisors, based out of Southern California. He is also a member of our Travel Advisor Leadership Council. We so admire his passion for the industry – to which he’s been devoted to for many years – and his genuine love for adventure travel. Learn more about Jay and a few of the places he’s ventured to by reading his answers to our 10 question spotlight below!
1| Why you do what you do | I love what I do for a living. I’ve been in the travel business since I was 18 years old and I can’t think of anything else that I would rather do. A few years ago, I seriously contemplated getting out of the business, but I spent weeks trying to figure out what else I would rather do. I kept coming back to the realization that I have the best job in the world so why would I quit? God willing, I’ll do it until I retire, which won’t be any time soon.
2| Your travel style in 3 words | Unscripted Adventure Journeys
3| Most cherished passport stamp | Tanzania
Tarangire Treetops in Tarangire, Tanzania
4| Carry on item you can’t live without | iPad and headphones
5| Beloved off the beaten path destination | Namibia. I have never been to a destination that was so off the beaten path and fun in my life. I’d go back there in a heartbeat, but would love to do it on a motorcycle.
Serra Cafema Camp in Namibia; a lodging option with Micato Safaris
6| Favorite independent property and why | Gora Kadan in Japan. The place was freaking amazing.
7| Best moment you’ve captured with a photograph | A lion carrying a cub in her mouth. I’ll never forget it and think about it often.
Lions laying in the grass | pc: Jay Johnson
8| Top book you’ve read while traveling | Devil in the White City… I could not put it down!
9| A museum you could visit time and again | The Hermitage in Tennessee and The Arromanches, the D-Day museum, in Normandy.
10| Most unusually delicious dish you’ve tried while traveling | Springbok in Tanzania. Good god, that was yummy.
The Manor at Ngorongoro in Ngorongoro, Tanzania