John was born and raised in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and developed a strong passion for adventure travel from a young age. While completing his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at West Chester University in his home state, he embarked on his first solo-backpacking trip across Europe. That experience inspired him to dedicate the next 12 years of his life to international travel and study. Since then, John has visited some 57 countries on six continents, studied abroad in Greece and South America, and has used his master’s in TESOL education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) to teach English in New York City, Ecuador and Colombia. In addition to his teaching experience, John has also managed and led several licensed Americans groups to Cuba under people-to-people exchange programs. As an avid climber and hiker, he's finished several ambitious treks through Asia, the Middle East, South America and Oceania. John is delighted to be a part of the Natural Habitat Adventures team as an Adventure Specialist and enjoys sharing his experiences and product knowledge with travelers from all walks of life.