About Me

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My name is Gareth Johnson and I am the founder of Young Pioneer Tours, The DMZ Bar, and a number of other companies, and projects that I will add to this section later (works in progress).

My Story

I originally left the UK in 2001 moving to the Cayman Islands as a bartender, before working on cruise ships, and then eventually moving to China as an English teacher (12 years ago), and then starting my travel empire!

Building YPT

Starting YPT got me on the road of being a tour guide, and a travel writer published by a number of leading newspapers and organizations, whilst being paid to travel the world and write about it. Overall not a bad way to pay the bills.

What inspired StreetFood.top

Being an expat, particularly in China introduced me to the world of Street Food! And in my mind, there is no better way to discover the culture of a country than through getting yourself on the street, grabbing some great food, a glass of the local hooch and breaking some bread with the locals. Street food brings people together.

And the best thing? Traveling the world and writing about your passions is something genuinely anyone can do, and I genuinely hope that my travels told through the medium of street food and drink can inspire you to do the same!

Don’t be a face in the crowd, be a Street Food Pioneer!