About

“ALL I EVER WANTED TO DO WAS EXPLORE DIFFERENT LANDS, MEET PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD… AND COME TO KNOW THEM AND UNDERSTAND THEM. THAT DESIRE AND PASSION IS STILL WITH ME. IT HAS  NEVER LEFT ME!”
– Mark Nicholls

I would sit in school and gaze out the window, watch the ships leaving the Port of Napier and wonder where are they going, what will they see… and say to myself, “will get on one, one day and go and see whats over that horizon.”

Thats what I did, at 16 years of age I signed on to a Norwegian ship as a deck hand and that started a life time of travel and exploring this amazing planet.

For the last 32 years I have worked for the Globus, Cosmos and Avalon family of brands… first as an International Tour Manager doing land/Coach tours in most parts of the world. For the last 8 years I have worked for the Avalon side of the company managing river cruise ships on the Mekong River, first through Vietnam and Cambodia, then for the last 4 years managing a river cruise ship on the beautiful Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, Burma.

I love people who have a passion for adventure and so have started my own business, TRUE VACATIONS, where we custom design itineraries to the most fascinating parts of the world taking true travellers to explore and learn.

If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about me or my crews, feel free to get in touch here.


True Vacations // Mark Nicholls // 0210708956 // true.vacations@yahoo.co.nz