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Nick Santonastasso’s Journey Unveiled – Part 3

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Nick Santonastasso wearing a shirt, in front of a bright wall, smiling at the camera

Hello, everyone, Nick here. As we venture into the final installment, I’m excited to share the intriguing tale of my journey to China and the unforgettable moments captured in ‘that video’ on the Great Wall. Join me as we delve deeper into my explorations and uncover the remarkable experiences that await.

So I want to ask you about your China trip because it looks insane.

Nick: My trips to China have been nothing short of extraordinary, especially when it comes to iconic experiences like walking the Great Wall. I’ve been fortunate to visit China around six times for world tours, typically organized through my agent who also acts as my translator. The setup involves booking venues, promoting events, selling tickets, and then I take the stage to speak.

Navigating China, particularly in its updated cities, can be relatively smooth due to the advanced infrastructure. However, in more remote areas or with certain logistics, it can become a bit challenging, especially given the language barrier. That’s why having someone who knows the language and can assist with bookings and communication is crucial.

Walking the Great Wall was an unforgettable experience, albeit a crowded one. Despite the chilly weather, the sheer number of people didn’t deter me. As someone who loves creating content, I saw it as an opportunity to capture something truly special. Typically, I prefer to stay elevated in crowded places, but for the sake of filming promotional material for our tour, I decided to climb down to a particular spot. The reaction from onlookers was priceless—they were captivated, as if they had never seen anything quite like it before.

Overall, the experience of walking the Great Wall was both awe-inspiring and humbling. It’s moments like these that remind me of the incredible diversity and beauty our world has to offer.

How many trips do you think you do a year, both personally and together?

Nick: Oh man, probably like 60 trips. So I mean I’ve gotten the system down, pretty dialed in.

So do you find a lot of pre-planning is needed when you’re on your own Traveling?

Nick: Yeah, I would say, I don’t find myself on trips alone. No. Because of that, because of that reason. I mean, that’d be super cool. Like I always have this, I do have a vision of eventually owning or even chartering like a jet. Yeah. And so like I drive on my own, so I’d love to drive up to the jet and get in and fly, a fully independent kind of thing. But yeah, to be honest, that would be super cool if one day I did a full solo trip. But as of now, I always make sure either my business partners are with me or if they’re handing me off, that someone’s a handler, like, yo, help me out.

Where are you planning to travel for the rest of the year? What’s on your list? 

Nick: For the remainder of the year, I have a few exciting travel plans lined up. Firstly, I’ll be heading to Cancun for a speaking engagement, which promises to be both productive and enjoyable. After that, I’m looking forward to spending some time in Colombia, where I’ll mix business with leisure, taking in the vibrant culture and beautiful landscapes.

One highlight on my travel wishlist is a trip to Dubai, especially since my business partner and I have our birthdays coming up in May. It feels like the perfect opportunity to celebrate in style and explore all that this dynamic city has to offer. So, that’s definitely a top priority on my travel agenda for the year.

Overall, I’m excited about the mix of work and leisure trips ahead, each offering unique experiences and opportunities for growth. It’s shaping up to be an exciting year of travel ahead!

Do you prefer the beach or city? Like what’s your ideal? 

Nick: When it comes to choosing between the beach and the city, I honestly enjoy both. I find that if I spend too much time in one setting, I start itching for a change of scenery. So, I really appreciate having the best of both worlds.

I love the energy and buzz of city life, especially being in high-rise buildings with stunning views. But at the same time, I also enjoy the tranquility of nature. Whether it’s skiing in a remote cabin or lounging on a beach, I find peace in both environments.

As for adrenaline-pumping activities, I’ve dabbled in a few. I did a hot air balloon ride in Arizona once, at sunrise no less, which was incredible. But I’ll admit, once the initial excitement wore off, I couldn’t shake the feeling of being in a basket thousands of feet above the ground with no seat belts. It was a bit nerve-wracking, to say the least.

And as for jumping out of a plane, well, I haven’t done that yet, but it’s definitely on my bucket list. However, I know there are specific considerations for someone with my physical condition, like needing a specialized harness and an experienced instructor. I wouldn’t want to be anyone’s guinea pig, that’s for sure!

Overall, I believe life is all about balance and embracing new experiences, even if they come with a bit of fear or uncertainty. It’s what keeps things interesting, right? 

Thank you for sharing this incredible journey with me today. 

Nick Santonastasso message to you!

Nick: It’s been an absolute honor to be here on Journeyable, paving the way for travelers and serving as a pioneer in accessible travel. Don’t miss out on more inspiring stories and follow me here on Instagram

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