John’s Bio

John A. Vlahides is co-host of the National Geographic TV series Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled, screening internationally on NatGeo Adventure. He hosts the series pilot in Morocco, and the first season’s closing episode in Madagascar, where he cracked a rib wrestling a bull. For a glimpse, here’s the Madagascar trailer, the Morocco trailer and the series trailer.

Professional writer and luxury-travel expert, John is co-founder of 71miles.com, which grew into Trazzler.com. He has authored 18 travel guides for Lonely Planet, and formerly assigned stars for Fodor’s. His work has also been published by Sydney Morning Herald, Condé Nast, Sunset, Wanderlust, San Francisco Magazine, King Features Syndicate, and various other American and international publications. He has been featured in the New York Times and Outside Magazine, and appears regularly on television and radio. He formerly co-produced a quick-vacations travel segment, called “One Night Stands with John Vlahides,” on San Francisco’s KRON 4 News Weekend. He has appeared as a travel expert on CNN, ABC7′s View from the Bay, as well as on various international and local radio programs, including ABC Classic FM’s prestigious Mornings with Margaret Throsby, ABC Adelaide (Australia), and KALW Bay Area public radio.

John is a former luxury-hotel concierge and member of Les Clefs d’Or, the Paris-based union of the world’s elite concierges. He holds a degree in classic French cooking from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, in Paris, where he worked as an interpreter and studied with the same chefs who trained Julia Child. He studied literature at the Sorbonne, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University.

When not talking travel, John sings tenor with the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and spends free time downhill-skiing and hiking the Sierra, touring the West Coast by motorcycle, and sunning on the beach beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

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