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A pen and a passport have been the tools of the trade for Niki Sepsas for most of his life. After college at West Point and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Niki served in the army before embarking on a thirty-year travel career that has taken him to more than 120 countries on the world’s seven continents.
Niki began fueling his passion for adventure by signing on to work on offshore oil drilling rigs operating in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean, Southeast Asia, the North Sea and the Middle East.
He later began working as a freelance tour guide and tour manager carrying groups to Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and throughout North America. Companies he worked for offered everything from round-the-world cruises to adventure travel programs in some of the most remote corners of the globe. Addicted to the life of a rootless wanderer, he logged thousands of miles climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, hot air ballooning across the Serengeti, sea kayaking in Iceland, camel trips through the Australian outback, trekking in the Himalayas, slogging through the Amazonian rainforest, drifting down the Nile on a felucca, and hiking the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu. When he realized that he enjoyed climbing the hills as much as he enjoyed discovering what lay just beyond, he began working as a freelance writer documenting the world of wonders that beckons to each of us.
As a writer, Niki has had more than 900 articles published in fifty national, regional and local magazines and newspapers. He is a contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books where one of his stories was adapted into a short film that aired on PAX Television. In addition to having written more than two dozen coffee table books and five personal memoirs, Niki’s first novel, "Song of the Gypsy," was published in 2003 and is set in the wild mountains of the Peloponnesos region of Greece. Another book chronicling the history of Greek immigration to the United States was published in 2012.
When not writing or cruising, Niki can be found climbing, kayaking, ballroom dancing or camping somewhere searching for the perfect sunset.