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Nicholas Kontis
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About the Author: Nicholas Kontis - Travel Insider and Founder of World Travel List

Nick Kontis - started out as a world traveler at an early age traveling back and forth between California and his birth nation of Greece every summer. But it was a backpacking trip around the world at age 24 that proved to be a life changing experience. After traveling by car, train, plane, bike and, boat around the world, it would be this trip of a lifetime that would lead to a life as a travel entrepreneur, leading authority, influencer, writer, speaker, consultant and always on the pulse of all things travel. Nick has been on both radio and television. Featured on Arthur Frommer’s television show, and referred by Lonely Planet writers. Also seen in Entrepreneur Magazine, Travel Weekly, SF Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Frequently mentioned as the “father of around the world airfares.” Perhaps, the great Arthur Frommer said it best, “If Jules Verne were alive today he would use Nick to go around the world in 80 days.” Nick and his various travel companies have sent over 10,000 people taking their dream trip through airfare discounts of as much as 50% off the airlines published fares. While still being an expert at discounting first and business airfares, Nick’s passion lies in his linkedin type social media industry professionals travel site, bringing the travel industry to market and mingle on World Travel List.

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"Live Large - Live Abroad"

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 2:16 AM


Ever since I married a Mexican girl, with true ties to Mexico, not the typical Southern California Mexican, with no ties to Mexico. Who just as my friends in San Francisco, New York and Los Angles, continue to ask me, "Is...

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U.S. Travel Sector Seeing Boom Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 2:22 AM


The U.S travel sector is growing at a steady rate. An astounding seven percent increase in 2014 from 2013. The travel industry being among the largest industries globally offers a pulse into the local economy or even the global economy. In the United...

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Take a Job in Travel: You Might Never Leave

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 2:05 PM


The mantra of anyone who has had a long career in the travel industry is "once you start working in the field of travel, you never leave." I can definitely attest to this. Some people were just born to be working in the...

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How Will You Encounter Experiential Travel?

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2015 | 7:05 PM


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,...

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Herodion Hotel: Your Home Away From Home in Athens

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 9:14 AM

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world, having been continuously inhabited for at least 7,000 years. I most enjoy the fall season in Greece, as the city is perhaps less crowded and one sees the true, hospitable and open, Athenian. It would be on a seasonably warm...

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Circle the Planet -- at the San Francisco Bay Area Travel Show

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:51 PM


Looking for a special resort in Fiji, or perhaps you're planning a safari in East or South Africa. Has the cold U.S. winter put Mexico or the Caribbean on the brain? Planning a magical vacation to India or perhaps a California road trip.

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2014: The Year in Travel

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 4:56 PM


As we bid farewell to another year of travel, it is only appropriate to look back at some of the travel trends of 2014, and ring in a new year of wanderlust, seeking out astonishing, electrifying, or just off the beaten path destinations.

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Air Disasters Will Not Stop Travelers From Flying

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 3:31 PM

As a travel agency owner at the time, I will never forget lying in bed on Monday morning, Sept 11, 2001, watching the World Trade Center go down in Manhattan. Clearly, it was one of the worse days of my life. As much as air travel was affected by this...

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Belize Proves "Good Things Come In Small Packages"

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:21 PM

The ex-British colony, lodged between big brother Mexico to the north, the jungles of Guatemala to the south and west, and nestled on the world's second largest barrier reef to the east, offers a wide range of exploration to satisfy all travelers. Belize may pack in more flora, fauna and...

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'Go Local!' and You Just Might Return a Better Person

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:16 PM


Having started my career in the travel industry, right after I returned from a yearlong backpacking excursion, I learned at a young age how to live with locals and experience familiarity wherever I traveled.

Over the past few years there has been a...

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Does Travel Make You More Employable?

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:30 PM


This is an easy one for me. Right after college, I took a backpack trip and traveled around the world for a year. Upon returning to my native San Francisco, I had no idea what I would do to make a living. Travel,...

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Is Nicaragua the Next Costa Rica?

(5) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 12:50 PM

The Spanish Colonial City of Granada

I remember traveling to Costa Rica in the early ninties. This was when travelers were just starting to take notice of this lush land of jungle and beaches. As an owner of a travel agency, I heard...

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Riviera Nayarit Named Top Destination in "Where to Travel in 2014" by Arthur Frommer

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 6:20 PM


I first met Arthur Frommer when he invited me to New York to be a guest on his television show. As a young travel entrepreneur, Mr. Frommer immediately made a lasting impression on me. Arthur Frommer treated me as an equal, as a...

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