Who is this Mark and what Map is he on?

In March of 2008 I left my television job in New York City and moved to the Caribbean.  Disillusioned with the life I was leading, I spent the next two years sniffing out my true passions.  Late in 2009, I left my small tree house in St John, Virgin Islands, for the larger islands of New Zealand.  It was then that MarkontheMap began.

I could never have imagined how successful the blog would become.  It was always my dream to create a quality travel blog full of photos and stories with a unique perspective.  I used the blog as an excuse to travel and as a way of forcing myself to write everyday and grow in my craft.  Upon returning to New York City in May of 2011 I managed to parlay my three-plus years of world travel into a bona fide job in travel writing, becoming the travel editor of an international web-based newspaper, IBTimes. Now, in 2016, I am a full-time freelance travel writer. You can follow my professional career at www.markjohanson.com.


14 thoughts on “About

  1. Mawk…your writing it absolutely beautiful, however, moonshine free. I wish you the best and hope we can SEE eachother sometime soon! I love you! 🙂

  2. Hi Mark,

    Hydee suggested checking out your blog. Good job! I enjoy reading your essays. A fellow impassioned write is an enjoyable find.
    I am in Chaing Mai, heading for Luang Prabang in a few days. I just finished up 28 days in Burma. Check out my blog for Buddhist related epiphanies and some tongue-in-cheekiness.
    I hope to run into you someday.

    Aloha, Andy

  3. Totally love your photos. I have been to some of these and wish I was as skilled with a camera as you.
    I portray myself as a writer, and have a few cute stories of Vietnam, if interested.
    Perhaps our paths will meet out there somewhere, sometime.
    Keep clicking those great shots.

  4. Hello Mark,

    Hi I’m Lara from Philippines and I’d say your writing is amazing. It’s filled with wisdom and joy a bit playful with words though. I hope I can fulfill what you have done today.

    Hope to meet you somehow.



  5. Hi Mark,

    I’d like to invite you to participate in my research: “What Do Bloggers Want to Preserve? Defining the ‘Essence’ of User-Generated Content for Preservation.” This study will gain an understanding of how bloggers value their blogs and what elements bloggers think are important for preservation.

    You are being asked to participate because your blog posts are tagged as being related to the theme of travel in one of the blog-hosting services and because your blog is not hosted by any commercial agency. Your participation is completely voluntary.

    The survey is NOW OPEN and will remain open until midnight (EDT) 20 April 2011. If you are interested and would like to part in take the survey, please visit this URL: http://bloggersurvey.web.unc.edu/

    Thank you in advance for considering participation in my study, and please
    feel free to pass along this survey to others who might be interested!
    Ayoung Yoon
    Doctoral Student
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    School of Information and Library Science

  6. Mark – I wish your ‘About’ page was on my blog 🙂 The first thing that struck me was your quote – “Not all those who wander are lost”. I was going to use it in my blog yesterday though decided to use: “Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.” Ray Bradbury. Essentially different in their meaning but really when it comes down to it, they end up at the same place. Thanks for a credit worthy blog!

  7. You are amazing. I envy your ability to capture a reader through prose and visual. I’ve commented several times on your blog. You’ve got an extraordinary eye for photos and I hope this blog never ends. Keep that thirst for seeing the world and sharing it forever!

  8. I stumbled upon your blog looking for a photo of a waterfall with rocks that look like fists, and was blown away by your work! Your photographs are phenomenal, your writing is intriguing, and the overall experience of this blog is nothing short of spectacular! Thank you for sharing!!

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