, San Jose, CA, USA

The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and the best places to travel to. It covers everything from knowing what to put on your Chicago dog when you go to the Windy City to swimming with whales in Tonga. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast and a blog with quite a lot of travel photography. The audio podcast is 10 years old and was downloaded around 4,000 times a day last year or over a million times.

Amateur Traveler has previous won a Lowell Thomas travel journalism award from the Society of American Travel Writers and also earned me a SMITTY award from Travel+Leisure magazine as the “best independent travel journalist / blogger”. Amateur Traveler is also used to teach English at Oxford University and is part of the English proficiency exam for the Thailand State department.

I also do This Week in Travel with Gary Arndt and Jen Leo. This Week in Travel has won three North America Travel Journalism awards.

by Chris Christensen