John Vanda was born in Michigan, and lived there just long enough to be a lifelong Detroit sports fan, including the Lions, despite his father's urging to never like the Lions, because they'll always let you down. When he was 10 years old, the family moved to Virginia, and he lived there until after college. During the college years, he married Jessica Vanda, and shortly after, became a military spouse when Jessica joined the Navy. Two wonderful kids, 7 moves and 16 years later, John is still a military spouse, now living in the United Kingdom. Somewhere along the way, he met fellow Traveling Dad, Kevin Gillooly, and they both soon realized that they had quite a lot in common, including their love of all things Disney. He's been on two Disney Cruises (with a third one booked for May 2017), has been to Disney Tokyo by the Sea, as well as Disney World and Disney Land, and is also a Disney shareholder.