Jan was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up in Newport Beach, California, where he studied political science and design. His travel career began in 1977, escorting groups for the National Retired Teachers Association of America. His career advanced as he became associated with People to People, leading political delegations around the world. Working with Travcoa and Zegrahm has been the highlight of his travel career, helping curious travelers discover such exotic locales as Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, and China. His enthusiasm for travel is contagious, spending over half his life tour directing and in the process, visiting over 160 countries. Jan lives on the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, as well as Thailand, "the land of smiles," on the Gulf of Siam. In his free time he enjoys his exotic garden and traveling to new parts of the world, as well as returning to favorite destinations with family and friends.