John A. Vlahides is co-host of the TV series Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled, screening worldwide on National Geographic Adventure. He hosts the pilot in Morocco, and the first season's closing episode in Madagascar, where he cracked a rib wrestling a bull. Watch the Morocco trailer and the series trailer (stay tuned for the Madagascar trailer).
John is co-founder of 71miles.com and founding contributor of Trazzler.com. He has authored over a dozen guides for Lonely Planet. His work has also been published by Sydney Morning Herald, Fodor's, 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 program "Mornings with Margaret Throsby," ABC Adelaide (Australia), and KALW Bay Area public radio.
A native New Yorker, John lives in San Francisco. He's 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.
When not talking travel, John sings tenor with the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, one of the few full-season symphony choruses in America. He spends his 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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