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Chris Christensen

San Jose


About Me

Chris is the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is a popular online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog. Amateur Traveler had over a million downloads in 2013. The Amateur Traveler is over 8 years old and they use Amateur Traveler to teach English at Oxford University.

Together with Jen Leo and Gary Arndt he also produces the award winning This Week in Travel podcast.

By day Chris has worked for years in technology startups in Silicon Valley. He was formerly the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor's New Initiatives group, the EVP Engineering at LiveWorld where his team built and ran online communities and events for companies include eBay, HBO, TV Guide, Expedia, Marriott, A&E, History Channel, the NBA, NBC, ABC, Disney, Microsoft, WebTV and American Express. Chris now owns and runs which is a new startup connecting bloggers and industry contacts.

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QWhat’s you favorite "comfort food” you have had on the road?

This week's episode of the Amateur Traveler talks a lot about Southern food as we go to Little Rock, Arkansas. Travelers often ask what is the weirdest thing that you ate but this is almost the opposite, when did the food bring you "home" to a home you never... See More

AWhat is your favorite podcast while traveling?

let's not forget travel podcasts like Amateur Traveler ​! See More

QWhat is the most dramatically beautiful place you have seen?

In this week's Amateur Traveler episode we talk about the Mainland of Greece and in particular in the striking scenery of Meteora. I want to know, as the question of the week, what have you seen that took your breath away? See More

QIn what foreign city did you feel most at home?

I remember my wife finding soulmates in the people of Zürich because it ran so smoothly while I felt more at home pick up croissants for breakfast from the local bakery in Nice, France. Where do you feel most at home, when you were so far from home? See More

QWhat are the most unexpectedly good countries for wine?

This week's episode of Amateur Traveler is about the Island of Madeira which is known for it's wine. We have all heard of Burgundy or Champagne in France, but where did you go that you were surprised how good the wine was? See More

AWhat is your favorite capital city you've ever traveled to?

​As we mentioned on the last Amateur Traveler show, I really enjoyed Luxembourg​ City. Small, very beautiful and unexpected. See More

QWhat is your favorite capital city you've ever traveled to?

On Amateur Traveler this week we are talking about Canberra Australia which leads to this week's question, what is the best capital city you have been to? What makes it the best? Is it the most beautiful? Has the best museums? Has the best nightlife or food? See More

QWhere is the most remote beach you've ever gone to in the world?

One of my favorite remote beaches is the Baths at Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. You have to traverse a set of half submerged caves under boulders to get to this beach so getting there is half the fun. Where is the most remote beach you have ever gone to? See More

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