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Chris Christensen Chris Christensen

Chris is the creator of AmateurTraveler.com. Amateur Traveler is a popular online travel podcast and blog that focuses primarily on travel destinations. The Amateur Traveler podcast was downloaded over 2 million times in 2023.

The Amateur Traveler is 18+ years old and they use Amateur Traveler to teach English at Oxford University and to test English proficiency for employment with the Thailand Foreign Ministry.

Chris has won a Lowell Thomas Award, 5 NATJA awards, and a SMITTY Award from Travel+Leisure as the "best independent travel journalist."

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At#896 - Travel To Southern Morocco &Raquo; C63495Bee3A64959F0A1Fc10B61F504D
AT#896 – Travel to Southern Morocco

Hear about travel to Southern Morocco as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ady from Hit The Road Music Studio about an area he fell in love with while touring it in a mobile recording studio.Ady recommend…

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Hear about travel to Southern Morocco as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ady from Hit The Road Music Studio about an area he fell in love with while touring it in a mobile recording studio.Ady recommends a detailed itinerary for a week-long trip exploring Southern Morocco, starting and ending in Marrakesh. Here’s a breakdown of the suggested trip:Day 1: MarrakeshArrive in Marrakesh and spend the night. Experience the bustling city, try a mix of European and Moroccan cuisine, and get a taste of the local culture.Day 2: Travel over the Atlas MountainsTravel from Marrakesh over the Atlas Mountain…

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At#895 - Travel To Palau &Raquo; 7E7891566E4D22Ebfffdde77D23A9E22
AT#895 – Travel to Palau

Hear about travel to the country Palau as the Amateur Traveler talks to Randy Rohrer about his recent kayak and scuba safari to this tropical paradise. Why should you go to Palau?Randy says, "I think…

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Hear about travel to the country Palau as the Amateur Traveler talks to Randy Rohrer about his recent kayak and scuba safari to this tropical paradise. Why should you go to Palau?Randy says, "I think people should go to Palau if you want to experience incredible diverse underwater marine life colorful corals, clear warm water. It's an unspoiled underwater paradise with beautiful sandy beaches, and it also has World War II history. When we were there, we saw colorful corals, fish of all species and sizes, jellyfish, turtles, sharks, squid, manta rays, dolphins, giant clams, and all kinds of ex…

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At#894 - Travel To Oklahoma &Raquo; 222Ae707Db619220F22A9971B5Ffe52E
AT#894 – Travel to Oklahoma

Hear about travel to Oklahoma as the Amateur Traveler talks to Caitlin from TwinFamilyTravels.com about her home state and its history, culture, and scenic beauty.Why should you go to Oklahoma?Caitlin…

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Hear about travel to Oklahoma as the Amateur Traveler talks to Caitlin from TwinFamilyTravels.com about her home state and its history, culture, and scenic beauty.Why should you go to Oklahoma?Caitlin says, "People should visit Oklahoma because it has a unique history and it has a lot of natural beauty. I think it's surprising and unexpected to a lot of people. It has a complicated history in many ways. We'll get into that. But it has seen a lot of revitalization and improvement over the years. There's really been an increase of top-notch museums, and outdoor spaces, and there's really just so…

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At#893 - Travel To Newfoundland And Labrador &Raquo; 8050136200Dc63De56D61887Befe8120
AT#893 – Travel to Newfoundland and Labrador

Hear about travel to Newfoundland and Labrador as the Amateur Traveler talks to Bri Mitchell from travelingmitch.com based on the summer they spent in this less visited Canadian province.Why should yo…

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Hear about travel to Newfoundland and Labrador as the Amateur Traveler talks to Bri Mitchell from travelingmitch.com based on the summer they spent in this less visited Canadian province.Why should you go to Newfoundland and Labrador?Bri says, "It is a very vast, wide, and open province. It has extremely warm people very enticing outdoor adventures really incredible opportunities to get out onto the water and explore different parts of the Atlantic Ocean. And specifically today, I want to talk a little bit about Western Newfoundland and Labrador, so starting in the western coast and making you…

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At#713 - Travel To Brittany France (Repeat) &Raquo; 017D3239993Ec36675384B3Ca2D54D12
AT#713 – Travel to Brittany France (Repeat)

Hear about things to do when you travel to the Brittany region of France as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kristin Montgomery from GrowingGlobalCitizens.com about this less-touristed corner of the coun…

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Hear about things to do when you travel to the Brittany region of France as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kristin Montgomery from GrowingGlobalCitizens.com about this less-touristed corner of the country.Kristin says, “Brittany is located in northwestern France. It used to be a Duchy but in the 1500s it was incorporated as part of France, basically taken over against their will so there is still a very strong regional identity. There are some people who still identify as being Breton before they’re French. Brittany is a place that is not usually on a lot of traveler’s lists. If you are g…

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At#892 - Travel To Central Portugal &Raquo; 335Fc4D6Ab1Cfd2854C3E03354D52Be3
AT#892 – Travel to Central Portugal

Hear about travel to Central Portugal as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stephanie Lambert from eurotravelsbydesign.com about this too often overlooked region.Why should you go to Central Portugal?Steph…

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Hear about travel to Central Portugal as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stephanie Lambert from eurotravelsbydesign.com about this too often overlooked region.Why should you go to Central Portugal?Stephanie says, "It's safe, it's beautiful, it's a culturally rich history. I feel like it's been underrated for some years. It's getting more popular now, but it's been overshadowed by Spain for a while, and I think, it deserves just as much love. It has gorgeous architecture, Fascinating history, breathtaking landscapes, warm and inviting people. I think the pastéis de nata are a reason to go, enoug…

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At#891 - Travel To Mexico City, Mexico &Raquo; 5Fbef4E55Dfa93Fe8E4Dc2D325C22202
AT#891 – Travel to Mexico City, Mexico

Hear about travel to Mexico City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ashlea Russell from SheRoamsAbout.com about the unique and vibrant capital of Mexico.Why should you go to Mexico City?Ashlea says, "I …

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Hear about travel to Mexico City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ashlea Russell from SheRoamsAbout.com about the unique and vibrant capital of Mexico.Why should you go to Mexico City?Ashlea says, "I think Mexico City is It's a very unique city people always say there's so much to do, there's so much architecture, and history, but what I think is interesting about it is, and what people don't expect, is that it's a fusion between the European opulence that you would get in cities like Paris and London, with all of the culture and flavor that comes with Latin America. There is so much to do and…

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At#890 - Travel To Mindanao, Philippines &Raquo; 25009578E2Ba9F6Fef41Fc4B600A9Fae
AT#890 – Travel to Mindanao, Philippines

Hear about tourist spots in Mindanao, the southernmost island in the Philippines, as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lonely Planet guidebook author Michael Grosberg and co-founder of LikeLocal.io about …

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Hear about tourist spots in Mindanao, the southernmost island in the Philippines, as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lonely Planet guidebook author Michael Grosberg and co-founder of LikeLocal.io about his many trips to Mindanao.Why should you go to Mindanao?Michael says, "Most people that go to Mindanao these days go directly to the island of Siargao, which is one of the hottest, most happening places in all the Philippines for people to travel to. We'll get to that and it's deservedly popular. However, there's so much more to see in Mindanao. Mindanao has one of the largest cities in the Phil…

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At#889 - Travel To Reunion Island &Raquo; 0Dfaf4Be1E0Ad7E49028E8E93D510209
AT#889 – Travel to Reunion Island

Hear about travel to Reunion Island, an outpost of France in the Indian Ocean as the Amateur Traveler talks to Collin McFadden about his recent trip to this adventure travel paradise.https://amateurtr…

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Hear about travel to Reunion Island, an outpost of France in the Indian Ocean as the Amateur Traveler talks to Collin McFadden about his recent trip to this adventure travel paradise.https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-reunion-island/Why should you travel to Reunion Island?Colin says:"Reunion is, I would say, first off, an adventure destination. It is not a place to go for beaches and just hanging out mostly because they don't have beaches per se, there are a few, but it is a volcano, very much like the Hawaiian Islands. It is a place to go for hiking, biking, climbing, canyoning, paraglidin…

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At#888 - Train From Brisbane To Adelaide &Raquo; 4F2964E34161B0Bfbe37Bf7334136641
AT#888 – Train from Brisbane to Adelaide

Hear about travel by Train from Brisbane to Adelaide as the Amateur Traveler talks to Pamela and Gary Baker about the Great Southern and the other train trips from Journey Beyond.https://amateurtravel…

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Hear about travel by Train from Brisbane to Adelaide as the Amateur Traveler talks to Pamela and Gary Baker about the Great Southern and the other train trips from Journey Beyond.https://amateurtraveler.com/train-from-brisbane-to-adelaide/The Great Southern is one of three iconic train rides in Australia offered by Journey Beyond. It travels from Brisbane to Adelaide or vice versa, offering a scenic journey along the southeast coast. The train ride provides a luxurious experience with well-attended staff, excellent food, and curated off-train excursions. Each cabin comes with an ensuite bathro…

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At#887 - Travel To Kyushu Japan &Raquo; 7280F1A69F05Cd5F321C65946A8E2D0C
AT#887 – Travel to Kyushu Japan

Hear about a 7-day itinerary for the island of Kyushu, Japan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Adeline Kuroki, the owner of Saver and Soak travel company about her adopted home in southern Japan.https:…

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Hear about a 7-day itinerary for the island of Kyushu, Japan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Adeline Kuroki, the owner of Saver and Soak travel company about her adopted home in southern Japan.https://amateurtraveler.com/kyushu-itinerary-7-days/Why should you go to Kyushu?Adeline says, "I think there's so many things to do there. Also, it's a great way to get off the beaten path away from a lot of other tourists. Japan. For good reason, it's definitely very popular. It's easy to fly into Tokyo and so many people want to go and visit Kyoto, Osaka, and a lot of those really popular areas that a…

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At#886 - Travel To Northern Tasmania &Raquo; 6Efa4B6Ccf211E7Bb672D117Ba43470B
AT#886 – Travel to Northern Tasmania

Hear about travel to Northern Tasmania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Paula Barnes from trulyexpattravel.com about an unexpected visit to this popular region.https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-no…

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Hear about travel to Northern Tasmania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Paula Barnes from trulyexpattravel.com about an unexpected visit to this popular region.https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-northern-tasmania/Why should you go to Northern Tasmania?Paula says, "Firstly, it's because it's now classed as 1 of the 50 cities that is the City of Gastronomy. Australia has 2. We have 1 in Bendigo but we also now have 1 in Launceston and it's a foodie's paradise. It's also an amazing landscape and it's an adventure area. I thought this part of the world had Queenstown in New Zealand, but I'm te…

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At#885 - Travel To Poland (Warsaw, Krakow And Poznan) &Raquo; 2C5Bebbd8238683A5Bd894856Df106Ee
AT#885 – Travel to Poland (Warsaw, Krakow and Poznan)

Hear about travel to Poland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sharon Kurtz from sharonkkurtz.com about her recent trip exploring the culture and food of Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznan.show notes - https://…

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Hear about travel to Poland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sharon Kurtz from sharonkkurtz.com about her recent trip exploring the culture and food of Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznan.show notes - https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-poland-warsaw-krakow-and-poznanSharon says, "It is a beautiful country. It's a blend of history that goes back to the tenth century. And then it has sad history, World War II, and then they were occupied by the Soviets and got their independence in 1989. And some people seem to have this feeling that they're gray and it's sad and dark, and nothing could be further fro…

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At#884 - Dublin To Cork Road Trip In Southeastern Ireland &Raquo; Df8F9Ec518483Fddba3896A555B37445
AT#884 – Dublin to Cork Road Trip in Southeastern Ireland

Hear about a week-long road trip from Dublin to Cork through southeastern Ireland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amber Hagerty from AmberEverywhere.com about this out-of-the-way corner of Ireland. …

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Hear about a week-long road trip from Dublin to Cork through southeastern Ireland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amber Hagerty from AmberEverywhere.com about this out-of-the-way corner of Ireland. https://amateurtraveler.com/dublin-to-cork-road-trip-in-southeastern-ireland/ Day 1: Dublin to Wicklow Morning: Arrive in Dublin and explore the city. Visit Bar 1661 for the best Irish coffee and Trinity College to admire the campus. Afternoon: Indulge in some delicious ice cream at Murphy's on Wicklow Street in Temple Bar. Evening: Rent a car and drive south to Bray. Enjoy a stroll along the pro…

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At#883 - Germany Road Trip To 9 Unesco Cities &Raquo; Bac7A36447B1249Fa5E855F4Cb892016
AT#883 – Germany Road Trip to 9 UNESCO Cities

Hear about a German road trip to 9 UNESCO Cities as the Amateur Traveler talks to Renee Hannes from dreamplanexperience.com about her exploration of the land of her ancestors. https://amateurtraveler…

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Hear about a German road trip to 9 UNESCO Cities as the Amateur Traveler talks to Renee Hannes from dreamplanexperience.com about her exploration of the land of her ancestors. https://amateurtraveler.com/germany-road-trip-to-9-unesco-cities/ Renee says, "I just returned from living in Berlin for 3 months. So had an opportunity to make a little bit of a longer trip and was there with my husband and dog and lived in Berlin and I had a good chance to be able to see the city and lots of other places around it. I had this long list of places on my to-do list. I think like most travelers, I become …

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At#784 - Travel To Zaragoza, Spain (Repeat) &Raquo; 52Ec444125C9203Cd0150B45Ea3F23E3
AT#784 – Travel to Zaragoza, Spain (Repeat)

Hear about travel to Zaragoza as the Amateur Traveler talks to Cat Driver about this historic but under-visited region of Spain. https://amateurtraveler.com/things-to-do-in-zaragoza-spain/ Cat says, "…

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Hear about travel to Zaragoza as the Amateur Traveler talks to Cat Driver about this historic but under-visited region of Spain. https://amateurtraveler.com/things-to-do-in-zaragoza-spain/ Cat says, "Every time I have said to people that I lived in Spain and they asked me where and I say Zaragoza, I usually just get a blank stare and then I have to explain it. Zaragoza is between Barcelona and Madrid almost exactly. I was teaching English there. I decided on Zaragoza because it  had everything I wanted. It was very local, not much English so I'd be forced to learn Spanish. The transportation …

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At#882 - Travel To The Island Of Malta &Raquo; C5984Adcd34C8093E5E2A91F0Efec2Ab
AT#882 – Travel to the Island of Malta

Hear about travel to the island nation of Malta as Chris Christensen, the Amateur Traveler, tells about a recent week-long trip to the island at the center of the Mediterranean Sea.https://amateurtrav…

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Hear about travel to the island nation of Malta as Chris Christensen, the Amateur Traveler, tells about a recent week-long trip to the island at the center of the Mediterranean Sea.https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-the-island-of-malta/Why should you visit Malta?Malta is an amazing island country with a rich history and spectacular scenery.The one-week itinerary for Malta includes the following highlights:Sunday: Take a harbor cruise around Valletta. Pick up a 7-day bus pass, if you are getting around by public transportation Explore Valletta a UNESCO city, and visit the Upper Barrakka Mond…

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At#881 - Travel To Croatia'S Istrian Peninsula &Raquo; Ab91349Abf343418D5F90464Fcde37Cc
AT#881 – Travel to Croatia's Istrian Peninsula

Hear about travel to Croatia's Istrian Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to Olivia from inspiredbycroatia.com about her adopted country.https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-croatias-istrian-pen…

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Hear about travel to Croatia's Istrian Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to Olivia from inspiredbycroatia.com about her adopted country.https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-croatias-istrian-peninsula/Why should you go to the Istrian Peninsula?Olivia says, "I think that Istria is still a little bit underrated. Personally, I like to Talk about it as this like a fairytale like region. It has quite a strong Italian heritage somewhat reminiscent of Tuscany, but with a Croatian flair It's filled with these emerald green hills dotted with medieval villages throughout the food there is absolute…

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