John has been travelling since his teens and doing so as a Lonely Planet writer since the 1980s. The number of LP titles he's written or co-written is well into three figures, covering a somewhat random selection of countries scattered across the globe, predominantly ones where Spanish, Russian or English are spoken (usually alongside numerous local languages). He still gets as excited as ever about heading out on the road to unfamiliar experiences, people and destinations, especially remote, off-the-beaten-track ones. Above all, he loves mountains, from the English Lake District to the Himalaya. See his pics on Instagram: @johnnoble11.
Born and bred in England's Ribble Valley, John has lived in an Andalucian hill village since the 1990s. He has contributed to every edition of LP's Spain and Andalucía guides and all 13 editions of Mexico since 1987. He and John King wrote LP's one and only guide to the USSR (1991), and he has since been involved in numerous guides to ex-Soviet states including Georgia Armenia & Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Russia & Belarus and Baltic States. Plus, among others, several editions each of India, Indonesia and Brazil. Favourite countries to travel in of all those: India and Georgia!
Georgia (the country), India, Mexico, Indonesia