Traveller Tuesday with John of In The Loop Travel

Each Tuesday from now on I'll be hosting interviews with other travel bloggers, to help you discover more blogs and even more inspiration to travel. If you want to be part of this series please contact me.

1. For those who don’t know you, introduce yourself and your blog

Hi there. I’m John Roberts, and I run the website and blog at, which focuses on cruises and destinations and how travelers can break away from the pack to have a more active, healthful and exciting experience.

2. Are you a light packer or an overpacker, what one thing won’t you leave the house without?

I tend to be a very light packer. Just enough underwear and socks and a pair of swim trunks, comfy shirts, some workout apparel and I’m all good.

3. Do you plan trips or just go with the flow?

I find that planning well in advance is the best way to find your best deals and make connections that can save you money on excursions and tours etc. But sometimes, I will just go with the flow and wander off to see what the day brings me in some destinations. My must have when I travel is my new Sony RX 10 camera. This is a recent upgrade to my equipment, and it has made the images I bring back so much better.

4. Where has been your favourite place to visit to date?

This is asked often, and I have always said Costa Rica. I love the climate, wide array of activities, the people, animals, fruits. So much to enjoy there.

5. Is there anywhere you don’t want to go?

I admit to being very apprehensive about some places because of the seemingly constant turmoil and terror dangers. I really am in no rush to go to many spots in the Middle East for example. I would love my view on this to change some day soon, but my thinking is that there are so many places in the world to see in this one brief lifetime that I can still find plenty to keep me busy and happy.

6. What is the most important item on your “Bucket List”, or if you don’t have one what one place or thing don’t you want to miss out?

I have to get to Australia. I suppose we could spend a year or more exploring that great country.

7.What is the best experience you’ve had whilst traveling?

I had a wonderful visit and homecooked meal in the home of a Turkish woman in Sirince, Turkey, last year. That was awesome.

8. What tip would you give other travellers?

Always travel happy!

9. If you had to choose one place to live forever, where would it be and why?

I have this grand plan to live half the year in Bonaire and travel the other six months. We love to snorkel, and the island has a great reef system and climate and is fairly remote. We’ll have to see if it stays that way. (I want to keep it my little secret.)

10. What’s next for you…

I will be traveling a lot with my wife through the year. We’ll head to the Mediterranean for our first visit to St. Tropez as well as Cannes, Barcelona and other neat spots. A big trip is for our 10th anniversary, and we’ll go on a 17-day cruise through the Panama Canal with stops in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Colombia. And I’m very excited for a cruise in Burma later this year.

John can be found around the internet at:

In The Loop Travel


  1. great interview! I haven't know John's blog before so I will definitely follow it, thanks!

  2. All these people lately saying how amazing Costa Rica is really makes me want to go!

  3. Great interview! I could learn a few things from John lol I strive to be the light packer he is!!

  4. Looks like a lot of fun adventures. Although, Costa Rica is famous for that! Love it there :)

  5. I really need to explore Costa Rica soon--sounds amazing! Love the advice too--always travel happy ;) Great words to live by!

  6. Sounds like you've got some really nice plans coming up, enjoy!


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