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 15 years of his life to international travel and study. Since then, John has visited some 64 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 American groups to Cuba under people-to-people exchange programs. As an avid climber and hiker, John has finished several ambitious treks through Asia, the Middle East, South America and Oceania. John joined Natural Habitat Adventures in 2014 as an Adventure Specialist and enjoys sharing his experiences and trip knowledge with travelers from all walks of life. With Natural Habitat Adventures, John has visited the polar bears of Churchill, along with Botswana, Zambia, Greenland, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. When he's not in the office, John spends his time snowboarding, rock climbing throughout the U.S., writing on his travel blog and planning his next journey to the edge of civilization.