Chris Christensen

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I am the creator of which is an award winning online travel podcast / blog that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast and a blog. Amateur Traveler started in 2005 and they use the Amateur Traveler podcast to teach English at Oxford University and to test English proficiency for employment with the Thailand Foreign Ministry.

Also the creator of the blog about California destinations.

I worked for years in technology startups in Silicon Valley. I was formerly the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor's New Initiatives group and was the EVP Engineering at LiveWorld where his team built and ran online communities and events for companies including eBay, HBO, TV Guide, Expedia, Marriott, A&E, History Channel, the NBA, NBC, ABC, Disney, Microsoft, WebTV and American Express. I also created which connects bloggers and companies.

I have won a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), 5 North America Travel Journalism Association (NATJA) awards and was called the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel & Leisure Magazine in their annual SMITTY Awards.

I am always looking for pitches for Amateur Traveler podcasts (see and guest posts (

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Carnival Guadeloupe and travel to the Guadeloupe Islands (Podcast)

Hear about Carnival in Guadeloupe and more as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mickela Mallozzi from the PBS show Barefeet with Mickela Mallozzi about her visit to these Caribbean islands. Mickela also recommends some more traditional beach resorts on the island like La Toubana Hotel & Spa and La Creole Beach Hotel & Spa. right click here to download (mp3) Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi Guadeloupe Islands Guadeloupe Music and Dance | Guadeloupe Islands Gwo-Ka Guadeloupe Carnival: Mas Maten Music of Guadeloupe Guadeloupe Memorial ACTe Bokit Guadeloupe National Park La Grande Soufrière (Volcano) La Toubana Hotel & Spa Pointe des Châteaux Tendacayou Ecolodge & Spa Zouk Bare Feet in The Caribbean Bare Feet

Travel to Guadalajara, Mexico

But then there’s also this relationship with the countryside, where a couple of times a year you’ll see 2 million pilgrims walking through the city, some of them on horseback, some of them walking on their knees, to follow the Virgin of Zapopan as she goes from the Guadalajara Cathedral all the way over to Zapopan. We talk about some of the local markets like San Juan de Dios Market (St Johnny) and Paul’s favorite market Mercado de Abastos which focuses more on food. To Do In Guadalajara, Jalisco Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan Plaza de las Nueve Esquinas Birria Templo de San Francisco de Asís | Guadalajara, Mexico Attractions – Díaz Tequila Volcano Tequila Cascahuin Tequila Tours Guadalajara Boca de Pascuales Mercado de Abastos Birrieria Chololo Torta ahogada

Driving the Dalton Highway in Alaska (Podcast)

Hear about driving the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean as the Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith about his journey. Of course, if you have time you should get to Denali National Park, but Erik also recommends the University of Alaska Museum of the North, the City of Northpole Alaska, Chena Hot Springs Resort, and the open-air museum at Pioneer Park. There are places to stay around Coldfoot Camp including a couple of AirBnbs near there where Erik stayed: Arctic Getaway Bed and Breakfast and Boreal Lodge. mp3) Preparing for the Dalton Highway Fairbanks to Coldfoot Fairbanks, Alaska Explore Fairbanks University of Alaska Museum of the North Pioneer Park Riverboat Discovery Alaska State Railroad Museum (Nenana) City of Northpole Alaska

Vacations from Calgary (Podcast)

Banff National Park is Canada’s first National Park. Locals tend to go to a place called Kanaskis and Kanaskis is about a 30-minute drive closer to Calgary than Banff is equally as beautiful with tons of hiking, also ski hills, lots of cross country tracks, some nice resorts, some nice camping options, some great glamping options in a teepee or a trappers tent. Kananaskis Nordic Spa Poperoy Kanaaskas Mountain Lodge Kananaskis Outfitters Snowshoe Tours in Kananaskis Skating in Banff National Park Ribbon Creek, Kovach and Terrace The Cowboy Trail Heartland (Canadian TV series) Waterton Lakes National Park Fairmont Jasper National Park Please take our listener survey

I didn’t know the Destination for this weeks Amateur Traveler Podcast… But now I want to go there, Friuli Venetia Giulia in Italy #travel #TravelBloggers #Podcast #Italy #friuliveneziagiulia #friuli #italy🇮🇹

At Surf Beach near Lompoc, miles of beach and 5 people #travel #beach

Passing through Santa Barbara this morning on the way to the Santa Ynez Valley. I stopped at Old Mission Santa Barbara #SantaBarbara #Travel #TravelBloggers #California #Mission

I am told as a blogger and podcaster that the real way to get successful on Instagram is with the lifestyle posts that encourage people to live the kind of awesome life I live... this is pretty much it these days. #TravelBloggers #Podcast #Podcast #Nerd

This weeks episode of the Amateur Traveler Podcast is about the central Asian country of Turkmenistan, which only gets 7000 visitors a year #Turkmenistan #Travel #Podcast #TravelBloggers #CentralAsia

This week’s episode of the Amateur Traveler podcast is about a road trip in Chilean Patagonia #chile #chile🇨🇱 #podcast #travel #travelbloggers #roadtrip

This week’s episode of the Amateur Traveler Podcast is a road trip in southern Chile as we drive the Carretera Astral #Chile #Travel #Podcast #TravelBloggers #RoadTrip

This week’s episode of the Amateur Traveler Podcast is about the beautiful region of Kerala in southern India #Travel #TravelBloggers #Podcast #India #Kerala #Backwaters #india_gram #keralagram

This week’s episode of Amateur T Traveler talks about Kerala in southern India. Hear about the backwaters, the tea plantations, the beaches and more #Kerala #Travel #TravelBloggers #Podcast #keralagram

This week’s episode of the Amateur Traveler Podcast talks about the island nation of Malta #Malta #Travel #TravelBloggers #Podcast #malta🇲🇹

This week’s episode of the Amateur Traveler Podcast is about the island nation of Malta #Malta #Travel #TravelBloggers #Podcast #malta🇲🇹

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