Hello from Peru! We hope that you are safe and well, wherever you are in the world. Our treks are up and running again, with updated safety precautions, of course. We have had several groups join us in the beautiful Andean mountains since late 2021, with great success. If you’re ready to travel again, we are ready to host you!
Recently, we had the pleasure of chatting with our good friend and travel blogger, Jonny Melon! Read our interview below to learn about Johnny, his travels in Peru, and his impression of traveling in the time of COVID.
How did you become a travel blogger? I grew up in Australia and after I finished school I started working as a tradie because it was well paid and I wanted to save up some cash to go traveling. After my first overseas adventure, I got struck with the travel bug (as I am sure most of us do) and I started thinking of ways of how I could make money online and continue my travels full-time. So in May 2017, I finally quit my job as a builder, sold everything I owned (which wasn’t much), and booked a one-way ticket to Europe to begin a new journey with nothing more than a bag on my back and a camera in hand. It didn’t take me long to figure out that photography, social media marketing, and travel blogging were ways to earn some cash on the road. These few things combined resonated highly with me as photography had always been a huge passion of mine and keeping a journal on my travels was something else that I thoroughly enjoyed. Alas, Jonny Melon Adventure Travel Blog was born!
What do you love about Peru? Backpacking Peru is up there with one of my favorite adventures of all time, and that’s saying something! I had no idea what to expect on my first trip to Peru and after one month of adventures, I soon realized that no other place quite compares to Peru’s exceedingly diverse landscapes, rich culture, and ancient world wonders!
If you could only choose 3 items to take on your trek, what would they be? Comfortable boots, a journal, and plenty of extra camera batteries!
How do you think COVID will change the way people travel in the future? Speaking from experience as I have already started traveling again, it’s important now more than ever to support the local business, especially in third-world countries. Also, remote work and longer travel is the new trend which I fully support as its more sustainable and allows people to immerse themselves in various experiences by moving slowly throughout each destination.
What made you choose Killa Expeditions? Finding a Peru trekking company that was highly experienced, safe, and reputable was most important for me being a beginner/intermediate hiker. Through word of mouth, Killa Expeditions came highly recommended, and without hesitation, I joined the 7-day Ausangate Trek which was hands down one of the best experiences I have ever had! I was also able to experience the iconic Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu. Definitely add these to your list of “must-see” when you find your way to Peru. If you’d like to find more ideas when you are in the area, also check out my blog post on Things To Do In Cusco.
Thanks for the catch-up Jonny Melon, and hope to hear more about your other adventures soon!
Want to trek to the same locations as Johnny? Check out our treks & tours to Machu Picchu here! If you found this information helpful, please refer to posts about COVID19 Safety Travel Protocol, Updates on Machu Picchu Entry Times and Hikes, Winter Solstice and read about the best time to visit Machu Picchu. Killa Expeditions is passionate about providing exceptional & sustainable adventure eco-travel experiences, encouraging people to explore off the beaten path, and inspiring others to give back.