Nicholas Kontis

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United States. Born 24/01/1960

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After a trip around the world, I started the first travel agency in North America specializing in discount around the world airfares

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. At age 12 he learned the meaning of travel immersion by staying in various relatives homes, sleeping on couches, and learn to bake bread.

At age 19, Nick did his first Europe stomp, renting a car with two friends in Nice, France and later participating in the annual “Running of the Bulls” in Pamplona, Spain, during the San Fermin Festival, where he came out unscathed.

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, even saving a baby in Bangladesh. It was this trip of a lifetime that drove Nick to a long-lasting affection for travel as well as to a career in the travel industry.
After returning to his native San Francisco with no job in sight, Nick proceeded to start the first successful travel agency in the United States specializing in discount around the world airfares.

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." He is also a guest writer for USA Today and Huffington Post Travel, as well as numerous other travel publications. Maybe the greatest point of distinction for Nick 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 industry.

Nick's first book is titled, “Going Local – Experiences and Encounters on the Road.”
Nicholas Kontis still calls San Francisco home, and spends the dominant part of his year travelling between his four home bases of San Francisco, The Napa Valley, Los Angeles and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia, South America, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Botswana, Georgia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Zambia

Animal Care
Conservation Work

Volunteered in Bangladesh and on a turtle conservation project in Tortuguero, Costa Rica

https://www.nicholaskontis.com www.worldtravellist.com www.circletheplanet.com

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Please find my experiential travel book on Amazon... http://amzn.to/2iQaekR

on 13/06/2017


See my experiential travel book on Amazon.

http://amzn.to/2iQaekR


Luminaries in the field of travel. Writing traveling explorers back my mantra of “Going Local” and have lent their takes on travel in my book.

Tony Wheeler * Richard Bangs * Don George * Rick Steves * Judith Fein * David Noyes * Tim Leffel * James Dosey * Andrew Zimmern * Larissa & Michael Milne * Tomislav Perko * Tamara Lowe * Eric Wolf * Brian Chesky * Dr Harald Goodwin

As I recently self-published my first experiential travel book located on the big bookstore called the Amazon. I’ve learned that the marketing task about you have a book out is as or more daunting than getting a better to press.

Since, 2/3 of Americans do not care about immersion with people on their travel journeys, because they rarely leave their state. Without a boatload of cash to market, one must work within the Amazon system to increase sales, downloads and reviews.

I cover:

The Rise in Peer to Peer Travel * Food’s new center stage in meeting locals and learning a culture * Becoming a Responsible Traveler * Volunteer on your journey * Taking a life changing trip around the world * Living and moving overseas
With key note interviews * case studies * Apps and Websites to plan your trip

I’ve done 5 radio shows, including one with Peter Greenberg who interviewed me on the phone at Saturday night at 12 midnight while I was in Istanbul.

For Peter’s listeners, Peter asked me if I was safe. I mentioned that the American people should not base their travel plans soly on the usually unwarented warnings of our state department.

http://amzn.to/2iQaekR

Just a note that I will run another FREE E-book Kindle version giveaway Monday May 22 through Wednesday - May 24. If there is any way to mention my book to your following, it would most appreciated, and I’m surely for more interviews.

As I was reminded.

The average American reads fewer than two books a year though and only 1/3 of Americans have a passport. So there aren't many travel books that are blockbusters. Expect slow and steady, not a mad rush.





http://amzn.to/2iQaekR - 100 stellar reviews

Travel industry luminary, Tim Leffel gives his review of the experiential travel book by Nicholas Kontis

Going Local: Experiences and Encounters on the Road
By Nicholas Kontis
Review from travel icon – Tim Leffel
We often hear of people wanting to “travel like a local” (which is already an oxymoron) or to “go where the locals hang out,” but that’s often a romantic notion easier in theory than in practice. While I expected this book to be all about the inspiration, it’s actually a useful guide to going deeper into a destination and making more local connections.
Kontis was born on a Greek island, raised in San Francisco, and once ran an agency booking round-the-world plane tickets. He now spends much of his time living in Mexico. This life of travel and the tri-cultural experience have given him plenty of insights on how to travel deeply and with meaning. He also approached this book like a real journalist instead of a self-obsessed first-time author, packing it with valuable resources.
He doesn’t just talk about “eating like a local,” but shows how to discover the great finds and how to get advice from the right people who live in a place. He doesn’t just discuss the benefits of staying in a real neighborhood and shopping there, but provides a long list of services that will get you there. Other sections cover volunteering, living abroad, and taking a sabbatical. The last section provides advice on slow travel and making local connections, but from a variety of travel industry icons. You’ll probably recognize some familiar names there, from Richard Bangs and Tony Wheeler to your humble editor at this online magazine.
If you want to do more than zip from one site to another to check things off your list, Going Local will show you how to travel in a way that builds deep memories through real encounters.

Who Going Local resonates well with, or what people are writing in book reviews…..
Solely female travelers who perhaps need a bit of an inspiration that it is possible and relatively safe to travel the world.
Younger travelers who might be on their first travel overseas or on their first around the world trip
Baby boomers who perhaps waited to travel until their kids went off to college before they became world travelers.
More About Nicholas Kontis and Going Local Experiences and Encounters on the Road


“Going Local – Experiences and Encounters on the Road” is the first travel book by industry veteran Nicholas Kontis. “Going Local“ details how to implement a focal point for travel we should all have– that of learning from the local cultures. With the assistance of technology, never before has it been so easy to stay in someone’s home, share a meal, hitch a ride, and be guided by and learn from local society. “Going Local” delves into the rise in peer-to-peer travel and shows how to meal share, use apps to mingle with local society, take a trip around the world, move out of your comfort zone overseas, or to volunteer. You’ll learn why responsible travel matters and enjoy case studies along with keynote talks with travel visionaries, icons and explorers in the field of travel such as Tony Wheeler, Rick Steves, Richard Bangs, Don George, Judith Fein, David Noyes, and James Dorsey. The great Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler, gives the cover endorsement stating: “Many people – Mark Twain included - have noted how travel is a certain cure for bigotry and narrow-mindedness. I hope Nick’s book may help persuade people to take the treatment.”


Review from travel journalist John Gottberg Anderson.

If you’ve ever considered what it might be like to travel free of resorts and hotels, perhaps for months on end, and experience exotic destinations from the perspective of the citizen of that country, Nicholas Kontis has prepared your road map.
A travel agent-turned-author, Kontis has written a book that combines a lifetime of knowledge with a contagious enthusiasm that just might convince you to plan your next overseas trip before you finish reading. He introduces you to "peer-to-peer" travel, and how to get launched into their world through AirBnB, Couch Surfing, Home Exchange and other hotel alternatives. He provides websites that connect travelers with others who may share their interests -- from beer to bikes to battlefields -- and tells you where to go for travel advice, from GoGoBot to Skout to Virtual Tourist.
Food is a catalyst for many travelers' shared experiences, and he offers long sections on food-focused tourism around the world. He discusses the how-tos of sustainable tourism for responsible travelers, and provides information on volunteer opportunities around the world, from cultural and economic to ecologically oriented.
Finally, he talks about living overseas for long periods of time, and features interviews with such icons of modern American travel as Rick Steves ("Europe Through the Back Door"). I'm only disappointed he didn't corner Anthony Bourdain.
I'm already putting in my application for a volunteer position overseas. Kontis is very convincing.


About The Author

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. At age 12 he learned the meaning of travel immersion by staying in various relatives homes, sleeping on couches, and learn to bake bread.
At age 19, Nick did his first Europe stomp, renting a car with two friends in Nice, France and later participating in the annual “Running of the Bulls” in Pamplona, Spain, during the San Fermin Festival, where he came out unscathed.
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, even saving a baby in Bangladesh. It was this trip of a lifetime that drove Nick to a long-lasting affection for travel as well as to a career in the travel industry.
After returning to his native San Francisco with no job in sight, Nick proceeded to start the first successful travel agency in the United States specializing in discount around the world airfares.
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." He is also a guest writer for USA Today and Huffington Post Travel, as well as numerous other travel publications. Maybe the greatest point of distinction for Nick 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 industry. Nick's first book is titled, “Going Local – Experiences and Encounters on the Road.”
Nicholas Kontis still calls San Francisco home, and spends the dominant part of his year travelling between his four home bases of San Francisco, The Napa Valley, Los Angeles and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

His web site is www.nicholaskontis.com

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Praise for Nick

“Nick Kontis fully showcases a better way to travel by fully immersing into local society” Richard Bangs – Author, television personality, and regarded as the father of modern adventure travel

“Nick Kontis writes about the way we should

Baby on Board in Bangledesh

on 12/06/2017
On my first trip around the world, the first destination outside of North America or Europe that I touched down upon was Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Nothing in the world could have prepared me for blaring loud sounds, the congestion and chaos, that was everywhere.

While traveling by bus from Dhaka heading to Calcutta, a local man enters the bus with a humongous basket of clothing while carrying a baby. He sticks the baby on the floor of the bus and the basket of laundry on his lap.

I offer to hold the baby. The man gestures that the baby is fine laying under his seat. I convince him to allow me hold the baby. I fall asleep, when I wake up the man is gone, but I'm carrying the infant.

At the next village I take the baby to the authorities.

It was one of life changing moments. I retreated to Dhaka and volunteered a week in orphanage that I would pass on the streets while going to buy tea.

Volunteering is engrained in all of our DNA.

Sadly, American's do not traveler. A mere 38% of American's have passports.

We all should spend a part of our pilgrimages volunteering our time to help people less fortunate and the natural habitat. Keeping lands pristine is of the utmost importance to our fragile planet.