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Nicholas Kontis
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Nicholas Kontis was born on one of the most breathtaking islands in the world, Santorini, Greece, and brought up in America's culture capital of San Francisco. Nick developed a passion for travel at a very young age, going back and forth between San Francisco and Athens, Greece during summer vacation.
It would be an exploring trip around the world at age 24 that would end up being a life changing experience. Subsequent to travelling by car, train, plane, bike, boat and hitchhiking all through the globe, it was this trip of a lifetime that drove Kontis to a long-lasting affection for travel as well as to a career in the travel industry.
Nick has been featured as a guest speaker on both radio and television. He has been mentioned by Lonely Planet's Tony Wheeler as an airfare master, and often alluded to as the "father of around the world airfares." Arthur Frommer once said, "If Jules Verne were alive today he would use Nick Kontis to go around the world in 80 days." Nick is also a guest writer for Huffington Post Travel, as well as numerous other travel publications. Maybe the greatest point of distinction for Kontis is that numerous fellow travel writers and specialists in the field have referred to him as the inspiration for their decision to embark on careers in the business. Nick's first book is titled, “Going Local – Experiences and Encounters on the Road.”
Nicholas Kontis spends the dominant part of his year travelling between San Francisco, Los Angeles, Napa, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Although I am a journalist and author now, I still discount first and business class around the world airfares to corporate clients and travel agents
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
business / first class discounts Around the world airfares, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Puerto Vallarta, Greece
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
Other travel / language expertise?
I have traveled to over 80 countries. I founded the backpackers around the world travel market back in the 80s

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California Dreamin’ in the O.C. - 24 Hours in Laguna Beach

Winter, spring, summer or fall - every day is a beach day in Laguna Beach

Since, the majority of my life has revolved around San Francisco and Northern California, where  the weather tends to be 10 to even 20 degrees colder than our neighbors to the south, any chance for a warm beach day has always been something that I cherished.  In my early days as a surfer in Santa Cruz, I have always been drawn to the California…


Posted on October 5, 2015 at 2:14pm — 1 Comment

A Slice of Americana at the San Diego County Fair

Did you know the bicycle, telephone, Ferris wheel, ice cream cone, and air conditioning were all introduced at a world's fair?…


Posted on July 7, 2015 at 4:17pm

Mixing Business With Travel - A Way of Life

Whether it be for business or for pleasure, or better yet, combining business and pleasure. I've always found that travel inspires me more than anything else in life. Nothing excites me more than to travel for business, only to discover new sightings that quickly turn into personal encounters. Evidence of the…


Posted on June 12, 2015 at 3:30pm

How Will You Experience 'Experiential' Travel?

Nick - Peru with Local Ladies in Cuzco


If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what is an experience worth? The experiences of travel are what make one’s journey priceless. The memories of these experiences are what make travel last forever.

Perhaps this is because I have been to 85 countries, but when I travel, it’s no longer stunning sites that fuel my…


Posted on April 4, 2015 at 6:00pm

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At 4:46am on November 1, 2013, Corina Manea said…

Hi Nick, Buenos días :)

Thank you for your kind offer and I am sorry to get back so late to you.

I would love if you add my post on your site.

Let me know where I can send you the post and photos.

Thanks again and best regards,

At 1:29pm on July 29, 2013, Deependra Simkhada said…

Everest South Base Camp Trekking in Nepal is an altitude of 5360 MSL. A majority of foreigner tourist in Nepal dot trekking to Everest south base Camp that is following the Mount Everest climber in Nepal.

At 4:16pm on March 27, 2013, Sharon A McCoy said…

Sorry for taking so long to respond to your request.   Must have spaced out....

At 12:55pm on August 30, 2012, Pietro Ferraris said…

Hi Nicholas, I will not go to the conf in LA. We should meet in SF in the next days.



At 3:45pm on June 12, 2012, Iberia Airlines said…

Hi Nicholas! Thanks for accepting our friend request, and our compliments on your site and your work in general. We'd also like to let you know that we have a great contest going on Twitter in which you can win a flight for two to various Iberia destinations just by tweeting. Details/play at If you have the chance to let your readers know about it, we'd very much appreciate it. It runs through early June 18.

Thanks, and once again, we look forward to staying in touch!

At 12:50am on December 23, 2011, Steven Jones said…

Hi Nick,

Thanks for connecting man

I currently manage my own site

You will love to see it.



At 5:31am on September 22, 2011, Jim DeLillo said…
Thanks for the friend invite. Great to see you on Tripatini. I love the Cadillac Mountain piece. Awesome photo!
At 3:20pm on August 26, 2011, Chullachaqui Lodge said…
I will Nick!  Thanks.
At 3:18pm on August 26, 2011, Chullachaqui Lodge said…

Please do come visit.  Chullachaqui Lodge is about 97 kilometers up the Amazon River.  It is a very beautiful area and filled with flora and fauana.  I am completely smitten with the Amazon River and Rainforest.  I hope you can visit some day.



At 8:22pm on July 14, 2011, Morocco Travel Tours Of Peace said…

Warm Greetings From Morocco Sahara Desert,


When you have the time, you may want to check our website at

We always offer customized tours based on the tastes and requirements of our clients with the best price quotations.

Don’t hesitate to contact us If you ever have any questions

Best Regards

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