The VENTO STAFF – It’s my kids! Niko, Kallie & MJ
Teen Writer – Niko Vento
I am Niko, 16-year-old ice hockey and tennis player, who travels the world, with severe food and latex allergies.
My grades are a priority I want to be a Doctor, so I make sure that I am an honor roll student.
Love to travel? Yep. Well, at least when it is with my mom. We have the best adventures from snorkeling to ATV’s to zip-lining!
I think I am her biggest daredevil and it fits me well.
My biggest challenge when traveling is eating and as a teen, I eat a lot, so food and travel go hand-in-hand.
School & Travel
Just in case you are curious and have seen some of my adventures, you know my mom takes me out of school during the year.
I make sure to stay on the honor roll so that I can get my travel approved during the school year, and not worry about things.
Travel is an education tool.
Since I love to travel and we do, and I have food allergies, I figure sharing my adventures can help so many others with food allergies (we learned a lot when we cruised with a big Cruise brand a little while back).
Dining & Travel with Niko
My dining adventures include foods that I am not allergic too, which is a tough challenge, especially when traveling in countries where I don’t speak their language.
But, I have managed to dine in the Western Caribbean, the Eastern Caribbean, Mexico and on the high seas.
Also from coast to coast. Honestly, I had a harder time In Aruba eating than anywhere else!
The Moment that changed my travel experiences forever and I had that ‘AHA’ moment.
My mom stopped along the highway in Georgia to eat, she asked to speak to the Food Manager, to see if we could eat at this one restaurant, we were starved.
The Restaurant Frustration That Started ME
Frustrated, she was turned away, I knew that I had to help others in the same situation.
Sharing what I eat and where I eat might just help you all out and then you too can travel with a lot less fear.
Each time I travel, I challenge restaurants to work with my complicated allergies, so that I am knocking over those Chef Doors and helping others struggling with food allergies.
Some do this more gracefully than others, trust me and I will tell you the truth.
BTW, Great Wolf Lodge really rocks food allergies and since they are all over the US this is a tip you gotta know!
Luggage & Travel I Want To See The World
Every time I pull out a piece of luggage (it better have 4 wheel spinner luggage wheels) I start to think about my next adventure.
I do love keeping up with all sports and keeping my streaks on Snapchat, so wherever I go WiFi needs to be there.
I mean, these are teen requirements for travel are they not? Travel is like an unpacked piece of luggage that is never full and is waiting to be filled with memories.
I’ve experienced so much it’s almost too hard to know what favorite thing is; From zip-lining over alligators to almost falling off a zip line in a course, to coaster rides, plane rides and Swimming in crystal clear waters of Roatan (Mahogany Bay) there’s something everywhere that I love.
Come along and let’s make the coolest beverages in those new Coca-Cola beverage dispensers that offer so many flavors you could literally get sick from trying them all (been there, done that, Wendy’s doesn’t kick you out, lol) – Travel is full of combinations just like the beverage machine, always different, never the same, so try it all.
Are you curious #WhereNikoTravels? Join me to see where I go and what I do. Stay tuned as I am on a quest to find the most teen-friendly and allergen-friendly locations that show me things I have never seen and experienced. Join me to find out @wherenikotravels.
Adrenaline, Good Times & Conquering the World
Food & Travel – keeping priorities straight!
I Am Adventurous
Cruising Is A-Teen’s Best Friend… depending on the cruise ship.
We’ve traveled with 2 different brands and one was not great at all, while the other was amazing!
While I would hope to try out Disney, my mom said, “don’t hold your breath!”
She’s so honest and real! Mom loves Disney, but they don’t love her back and we don’t get it, but she still takes us there.
I think I am ready to do a longer cruise to Alaska where it’s about the destination, not the characters onboard!