Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Life on the Go with Travel Hacker Clint Johnston

Travel Photographer Clint Johnston
Steve Makowski

Some of us yearn for simplicity. Others crave adventure. For world-renowned travel hacker Clint Johnston, the two go hand in hand. Over the past decade Clint has journeyed to over 120 countries, frequently managing to score free tickets and hotel rooms. He’s summited the Tibetan Himalayas, gone “gorilla trekking” in Uganda, and surfed in Iceland (in December, no less!). For Clint, travel hacking comes down to a very simple concept: versatility.

Sperry
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Hanging out with Clint on a sunny California day, we couldn’t resist picking his brain for travel hacks. “My number one tip is to pack smart and never check a bag,” he told us. “I stick to a carry-on and a backpack. This saves me money on baggage fees, but it also saves me time since I never have to stick around and wait at the baggage carousel. It also means I’ll never lose a bag.”

 

Sperry shoes
Steve Makowski

When we asked about the most important tool in Clint’s travel arsenal, his answer was simple: a good pair of shoes. Clint always packs light—and he had much to say about how shoes fit into his lifestyle. “I need in-flight shoes that can hit the ground running and let me be on my feet all day without getting tired. I need to be able to dress my shoes up or down for any occasion, need to be able to explore a city on foot and wear the same shoes out to a nice dinner. That makes my life a lot easier and keeps my bag light.”

But what kind of shoes are ideal for Clint’s hard-charging lifestyle? Recently, Sperry announced its new Plushwave technology—a light-as-air sole built from the ground up with new foam technology that grips with every step, and endures whatever the day brings your way. Men’s Journal decided to put Sperry’s new technology to the test, letting Clint wear the shoes out on his daily adventures. And Clint was up to the challenge.

Sperry
Steve Makowski

So, how did the new Sperry Plushwave technology hold up against Clint’s relentless lifestyle? “We went for a hike up to one of the highest peaks in Laguna. I had no problem doing that in my Sperrys.” Likewise, the Sperrys were perfect for the beach. “I can kick them off, get in the water, and then wear them out later that night. You can wear them with pants, wear them with shorts. . . . I even wore them onto the golf course! These shoes are perfect for travel. They’re light, durable, comfortable—and most importantly, they’re versatile.”

And for Clint Johnston—always one the go, perpetually in motion—that kind of versatility is priceless.

 

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Steve Makowski

 

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