Johnny Jet

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Johnny Jet
Born John E. DiScala
(1969-05-31)May 31, 1969
Occupation Travel writer, blogger, personality

Johnny Jet (born John Einar DiScala on May 31, 1969) is a US-based travel expert and the Editor-in-Chief of JohnnyJet.com, a leading travel information website. He has visited over 70 countries and chronicles his experiences around the globe on JohnnyJet.com. Johnny has appeared over 3,000 times in numerous publications,[1] including The LA Times,[2] Outside Magazine,[3] USA Today,[4] and Travel and Leisure Magazine[5] among others. He has made television appearances on CNN,[6] Tech TV,[7] Fox News,[8] and various media outlets worldwide. He also hosted Hot Spots 2012 [9] for the Travel Channel.

John E. DiScala is the fourth child of Attorney Francis J. DiScala and Jeanne Hansen, both of South Norwalk, Connecticut. He attended Marymount College in Palos Verdes, California and completed his college education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, where he also played lacrosse.

After graduation, Johnny began working at Marymount as a high school recruiter. During this time, Johnny began posting travel tips and safety suggestions he had picked up while visiting recruits to a website entitled JohnnyJet.com. Officially launched in 1999, the website was meant as a resource for his friends and fellow recruiters. Johnny simply posted his own observations and ideas, mentioning and categorizing honest internet- and travel-related resources.

In early 2000, Laura Bly, writing at the time for USA Today, discovered and published a story on JohnnyJet.com to the front page of USA Today's Life section.[10] On that day the website's small server strained under the weight of 100,000 unique visitors.[11]

In the years since, JohnnyJet.com has grown into an online travel portal designed to provide users with a one-stop online resource for everything travel-related. As reported by Skift, the 2013 Portrait of American Travelers found the website to be among the most visited online travel communities.[12] Each week, JohnnyJet.com publishes a detailed newsletter[13] that chronicles his travel experiences and features a roundup from the week in travel. Visitors to JohnnyJet.com can sign up for the newsletter, as well as theTravel Deals and Daily Travel Tip newsletters the site launched in 2013.

In March 2003, Johnny Jet published a collection of his trademark online travel tips, websites and resources titled You Are Here Traveling With JohnnyJet.com.[14] He is a regular speaker at the LA Times Travel & Adventure Show,[15] the New York Times Travel Show,[16] and other major trade shows including the Digital Media Travel Symposium in 2009[17] and TBEX Europe 2013.[18] Johnny is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

Johnny now appears on Leo Laporte's The Tech Guy radio show on Saturdays and is a regular guest on Peter Greenberg Worldwide[19] and Bob Sirott’s WGN Radio in Chicago.[20]

In September 2012, Johnny married his long-time girlfriend in Toronto. The couple currently split their time between Toronto and Los Angeles.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "JohnnyJet in the news". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ Forgione, Mary. "LA Times Travel and Adventure show, Meet Johnny Jet". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "Outside Magazine, Best Jobs 2007". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Travel Booking for dummies". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ "Travel and Leisure Web Pick". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Youtube, Johnny Jet on CNN". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Tech TV Thanksgiving 2003". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "Johnny Jet on Fox News San Diego". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "Travel Channel's Hot Spots 2012". Retrieved 10/08/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "JohnnyJet.com's First Press!". Retrieved 10/08/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "About Johnny Jet. How It all began". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ "The Top Online Travel Communities Used by American Travelers". Retrieved 10/08/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ "JohnnyJet.com Newsletter Archive". Retrieved 10/08/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ "Barnes and Noble page for You Are Here Traveling With JohnnyJet.com". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. ^ "LA Times Travel & Adventure Show Speakers". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10/08/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. ^ "New York Times Travel Show". The New York Times. Retrieved 10/08/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  17. ^ "Medjet presents Digital Media Travel Symposium". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  18. ^ "TBEX Europe 2013 Speakers". Retrieved 10/08/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  19. ^ "Peter Greenberg Worldwide, Show Schedule". Retrieved 11/01/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  20. ^ "Johnny Jet on Bob Sirott's WGN Radio". Retrieved 10/08/13.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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