Sometimes it’s fun to stumble across a travel site that actually “gets it”. Amateur Traveler is one of those finds. Hosted by Californian Chris Christensen, the site is more like an online travel show, featuring weekly audio podcasts or “episodes”, video and a blog. The right mix of “personal adventures, travel news and helpful tips” appeals to everyone from the weekend warrior to the expert traveler. With witty posts, engaging interviews and extraordinary images, it really does deliver on its promise to “motivate and help you decide where to go next”.
Since 2005, Chris has been sharing his love of storytelling and passion for photography with the world by bringing insider information to folks looking to explore unique destinations. Currently residing in San Jose, he is a startup engineer by day and hosts AmateurTraveler.com by night.
The audio podcast portion of the site features an interview with a destination expert who shares the “inside scoop” by exposing the unconventional side of destinations at home and abroad. And with an archive of over 300 podcast interviews and 60 videos, there’s enough information to keep you entertained for quite some time.
With the same relaxed, comfortable feeling as the podcasts, the editorials are worth a read. How about biking in Northern Spain, volunteer traveling or exploring Walt Disney World on a budget? Whether you’re interested in learning more about what makes Northern Iraq tick or you simply want to enjoy the city by the bay by perusing 75 facts about the Golden Gate Bridge, AmateurTraveler.com delivers.
So the next time you’re waffling between Japan, France or Indonesia for your next vacation, grab your iPhone and start exploring- you may just be inspired to visit all three.