I don’t really like to talk about myself (I know it’s not the best attribute for someone writing a blog) so I roped in an old friend to ask me some questions. 

Other Jon: So, tell me about yourself Jon, I’m assuming that’s your name.

Jon: You’re correct Other Jon; I see research really does pay off. I left New Zealand in July 2010 to teach English in Taiwan and it was quite an experience. I was thrown completely out of my comfort zone from day one and surprised myself by how I adapted. I completed my contract and set out into Southeast Asia for six months, then I taught for 2 years in Singapore and now I’m travelling the world.

Other Jon: Interesting…why did you leave New Zealand in the first place?

Jon: I left New Zealand for an adventure, to see the world and because I didn’t want to get a proper job. I had just finished university and felt the whole world was at my feet, I just needed to save some money, which is why I went to Taiwan.

Other Jon: Tell me about your six months in Southeast Asia.

Jon: It was the best six months of my life, every day brought something new and I met so many great people. Travelling long term with no schedule is the most freeing thing anyone can do — I recommend it.

Other Jon: What are you up to now?

Jon: I spent 2 years teaching English in Singapore and I’ve been travelling full time since May 2014.

Other Jon: You spelt traveling wrong. Come to think of it, you misspell a lot of things…

Jon: This is a hatchet job! You must be from America, this is how the rest of the world spells it.

Other Jon: Future plans?

Jon: I’m currently back in New Zealand, exploring the South Island while trying to turn my blog into a money making machine — from here…who knows!

Other Jon: Thanks Jon, you’re a true inspiration. I’ll be following you with great interest.

Jon: Thanks Other Jon, your questions were great. You could really make it in this business.

To anyone reading, I hope you keep coming back for more stories, travel advice and creepy split-personality interviews.


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Jon Algie

A travel blogger from New Zealand who hates talking about himself in the third person and has no imagination when it comes to naming websites.


  1. Neethi CN
    April 7, 2015 at 10:09 am — Reply

    Haha! Loved the creepy interview..

    • April 19, 2015 at 5:55 am — Reply

      Cheers Neethi!

      • Cordelia
        March 4, 2016 at 2:58 pm — Reply

        Hi it’s a wonderful post, I’d love to teach in Singapore. Is there any agency you an recommend?

        • March 5, 2016 at 11:34 pm — Reply

          No agencies Cordelia just apply directly at the schools.

  2. November 8, 2015 at 4:50 pm — Reply

    Hahaha, I didn’t find it that creepy….honest 🙂

    • January 7, 2016 at 1:00 am — Reply

      Haha, Other Jon will be happy about that!

  3. Anie
    March 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    I really enjoy reading your blog, (and the creepy interview :))
    I’m Indonesian, and love how you describe my country, you are welcome to come here again… 🙂
    Always fascinate by New Zealand and hope I can visit there sometimes,
    good luck with your journey

    • March 13, 2016 at 5:45 pm — Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Anie, I hope to visit Indonesia again soon!

  4. Brandon
    March 17, 2016 at 10:12 am — Reply

    Hi, I am Brandon, I am Chinese, my wife and I just move to Singapore, now I have job, and my company is nice, give me EP, so my wife has DP, but the biggest problem is she doesnt has a job here, she tried to apple cove 30 schools, no respond…we dont know where is the problem, we want to find out, so hope she can find a job soon, and I hope make friend with you~

    • March 26, 2016 at 9:10 am — Reply

      Hi Brandon, sounds good. Is she applying for English schools? If she’s Chinese she might be better going for Chinese tuition centres, I’m sure there are a lot of them.

  5. July 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    Very interesting and lovely blog! Look forward to reading many of your posts:)

  6. Andy Smith
    August 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm — Reply

    Jon…bro! Just had the pleasure of stumbling across your blog. Love your sense of humour, reminds of a very funny guy I know…um…MYSELF! I taught English in Korea in the early 90’s and then went to Guatemala and to make a long story short, one night in the No-tel Motel (American English term) and baba boom – instant family! I stayed the course for 23 years, I have two great bambinos in Quetzaltenango and now at age 60, I have to start all over again. Talk about leaving my comfort zone…OUCH-A-WA-WA!

    The plan is to look for work in Macau first. If I can’t find work there Plan B gets activated. Plan B includes Korea and Japan and now, thanks to Jon, Singapore! Never considered Singapore before.

    Will keep checking out your blog broski.

    • August 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm — Reply

      Thanks for the comment Andy, I appreciate it! Sounds like you’ve lived an interesting life — and it’s never too late to leave your comfort zone again, I reckon that’s what keeps people young. Good luck with the job hunt, let me know how it pans out.

  7. Divij
    November 21, 2016 at 3:15 am — Reply

    Hey there Jon,
    I felt a great sense of pleasure reading ur chat (this is what it is ? Right ?)
    I am a 17 yr old from India, a country where one can find everything. From High rise snowy Mountains to Monuments, Exotic Beaches to Peaceful Lagoons, Lakes to Deserts, Chirping nd dense Forests to Lively Cities. I hope that u enjoy this place by Heart 🙂

    Now coming to point,
    U know that in India almost all the people are of only one kind… Indians have the same schedule every day and that is they go to work, come back home, and this goes into a loop every day ! Parents want their children to be studious and u know kind of top in every exam…. We Indians have an Orthodox approach towards life…
    But there are some like me those dont want to live a life such ordinary… U know we get our life once. So why not live it to the fullest.. i jst like u want to travel, want to go to new places randomly, meet new ppl, experience new cultures and feel that serene nature…i wanna roam around the whole world..I wanna show ppl how beautiful this earth is. I wanna capture photographs and take behind just the memories with me to the heaven. I wanna skydive,i wanna snorkel,i wanna climb up tall Mountains and feel that cool breeze..I want to stand different, and dont wanna live a boring life..
    At the present moment i have travelled most part of India on my father’s money ? but not that time is coming to an end… College yrs, then job, marriage, family, retirement and then death. now i have 2 options, either get into that mainstream indian life or get out of it and take my footsteps to wherever the road takes me.. but u know we middle class indian all lack money to travel 🙁

    So jst wanna say-
    I ll do whatever u say… All forms of work.. I ll write blogs, do work, learn photography,adobe. I ll pickup loads(even urs ) while travelling ?and u know whatever u can think of to travel 🙂
    I ll come out to be a great companion.. Pl can i come with u !! Can i work with u … Can i get a job….
    i dont need any money !! I need is jst some food and lots of travel. Pl respond…

    • December 14, 2016 at 10:28 am — Reply

      Hey Divij, I love the enthusiasm. Unfortunately I’m not in the position to be hiring people and my girlfriend does a lot of that for free anyway. Good luck though and follow your travel dreams!

  8. Lupe G
    August 11, 2017 at 3:36 am — Reply

    Hey man i wanted to see if i could talk to you about your trip true peru also if you could give me some insight on how u are able to travel for such long periods of time.

    • November 2, 2017 at 8:47 am — Reply

      Sure, give me an email if you like!

  9. King Tut
    February 23, 2018 at 11:03 pm — Reply

    Jon, I just happen to swing thru your travel blog while online. Great info and you did a good job explaining little things to any novice traveller. I travel a lot but don’t have a blog 🙂 I just got back last week from a 14 country backpacking. Now I was planning my next destination and that when I happen to see your pictures from Machu picchu 🙂 I have never made it to South America though I live in North AM. Over all great insight and you are so blessed to have a great partner Gia who love your passion. Hope to meet you sometime because I am sure we will have lots to share and let me know if you happen to visit here. Happy Backpacking

    • February 26, 2018 at 11:43 am — Reply

      Thanks for the kind words! It must have been an awesome trip, I’ve been stuck in New Zealand for like a year now so looking forward to getting back out there. Definitely go to Machu Picchu if you get the chance, there’s heaps more to see in Peru too. Let me know if you’re ever in New Zealand — cheers!

  10. Robert Walker
    September 28, 2019 at 5:24 am — Reply

    Hello Jon
    Could I please have your permission to use some of your photos for a book I am writing on SE Asia? Naturally I will give you the photo credit. The reason I would like to use some of your shots is that they are best I have found that don’t come from a commercial service.
    Please let me know, I would be very grateful.
    Sincerely Robert Walker

  11. Quentin
    October 9, 2019 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    Very Interesting reading your stuff. Thanks I came across this. I plan to travel to Bali this december, any suggestions about the places to stay. I plan to spend six days with my wife, dividing it into three days in two different islands.
    I come from Bangalore, that’s a southern city of India.
    I must say I visited many places abroad and been many times to N.Z. I must say that N.Z is arguably one of the best places to visit. this is not me saying, but heard this from many western and British tourist I met during my trips.
    Cheers and all the best.


    • October 10, 2019 at 5:48 am — Reply

      Hey Quentin, yeah New Zealand is awesome! For Bali, I’d probably go three nights in Ubud (a good base for exploring central Bali) and then three nights on one of the Gili Islands. That way you’ll get plenty of beach time (Gili Islands beaches are better than beaches in Bali) and you’ll be able to see the volcanoes, rice terraces, waterfalls and temples of the interior. Enjoy the trip!

  12. May 3, 2020 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    Nice one buddy. thumbs up from a fellow blogger from india

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