July Employee of the Month: John DeVries

Hometown: Okotoks, Alberta

Favourite Attributes: I’m super easy to get along with, I love to laugh and always have fun!

Languages: English, English with an Asian accent

Favourite Travel Destination:

1) Playa Escameca, Nicaragua

2) Siargao, Philippines

3) Banff National Park, Canada

What countries have you traveled to? Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines

Why do you travel? So I can see the world before I’m gone…it’s such an amazing place! To meet new friends along the way…there are so many amazing people!! And the quarter life crisis hit pretty hard so here I am.


Where should we start with Mr. July? Everyone who has traveled with him can’t stop talking about how his love for the countries he leads in is contagious. His favourite place in the whole wide world? Probably Siargao in the Philippines. When people say he wears his heart on his sleeve it’s quite literal: he has a tattoo of the boardwalk in Siargao tattooed on his forearm. No matter how many trips he’s done to a country, whether it’s ThailandVietnam or the Philippines, his excitement at getting back to them is infectious! You’re guaranteed to have the most amazing time on a trip with Mr. July because everyone picks up on this amazing energy and genuine excitement. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have John DeVries as our Employee of the Month for July!


Your typical Alberta boy, Johnny loves his country music, his stakes bloooooody rare, and rippin’ around on his bike at home in Okotoks. With his flowing locks and beard, it’s also no surprise that in the heavily Catholic country of the Philippines he is regularly called out for looking like Jesus. This long-haired hippie has the biggest heart around and is always down to have the best time with you at all hours. Want to get on his good side? Suggest a sing-along speaker-filled travel day! Better yet, tempt Mr July with some cheese. No matter what kind, it’s always a Gouda time for Johnny boy!


But what Mr DeVries might best be known for is really a built in feature…his go-go-gadget arms! You are guaranteed the best group selfies on a trip with Johnny because his selfie stick arms were made for it! On that perfect white sand beach? No problem! Snap! On top of a bus in the middle of the rice terraces? He’s got it! Snap! You’ll have the best memories of this amazing dude to go with the wicked pictures he snapped. So next time you’re out in Southeast Asia and want to chill, bring Mr July a boffee (yup, that’s beer mixed with coffee) and sit your butt down. You won’t regret it.

If you’ve been on a trip with Johnny, help him win TourRadar’s 2016 Guide of the Year by reviewing your trip with him –> http://www.tourradar.com/guide/johndevries-172

Also follow along on his adventures on Instagram @johnnyd_22 or on the FnEZ snapchat at @insideFNEZ

“This was my first huge trip and John made it everything I wanted and more. I would recommend John to anyone who wants to travel to the Philippines. He knows his stuff and you won’t be disappointed :)” -Trip Member Rebecca

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