Getting to Know TFT – Johnny Perkins

Johnny Perkins is one of the talented few who count themselves as full-time Travel for Teens staff. He handles the TFT website, Internet marketing, and also manages to be one of our Spain Trip Directors. Johnny is fluent in Spanish and has spent 4 years living, traveling, working, and volunteering in Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain. 

Introducing the man, the myth, the legend…


Name: Johnny Perkins

Hometown: Watertown, MA

Current town: Philadelphia, PA

Languages you speak: Spanish


TFT trips that you’ve been on: All Spain trips, Discover Europe

Countries you’ve been to: Most countries in Western Europe, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil

College major: Still deciding

Favorite travel book, magazine, or film? Motorcycle Diaries


Besides the essentials, list 3 things you refuse to travel without: Guitar, brass knuckles, and my lucky pink rabbit’s foot

What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Sevilla, Spain

What’s the most beautiful place on Earth? El Chorro, Spain. El Diablo Waterfall in Ecuador. Views from the Greek Islands.

If you could live in one country (besides your current residence) where would it be and why? I used to say either Barcelona or Sevilla, Spain but after visiting Costa Rica I may have changed my mind.

What’s the strangest food you have eaten? Saw someone eat goat head/eyes/brain, dared someone to drink a bottle of hot sauce for 100 pesos (which like a total doof, he did), never eaten anything too crazy with the exception of Trader Joe’s sushi. 

What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had? Translating for a wedding coordinator at a beachside restaurant in a tiny surfing town on the Pacific in Mexico.

Do you play a musical instrument? Love to play a little guitar whenever anyone’s interested in listening or singing along. 

What kind of camera do you bring with you when you travel? iPhone 

Have you ever backpacked through Europe, and where did you go? Was fortunate enough to spend 2.5 months when I was 18 traveling from Amsterdam to Bruges, to Paris to Barcelona, to Granada, to Sevilla, to Madrid and back up to Amsterdam on a EuroRail pass back in ‘02  

What do you love most about working for Travel for Teens? Working in the office and going to camp fairs!


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