Reviews For Amateur Traveler Podcast (iTunes enhanced) | travel for the love of it

Interesting locations, good questions, and a solid format. Everything you need in a travel podcast. It's so good that I'm bent on listening to every past episode. It's like five hundred hours of travel talk!
Chris Do you have a search engine where I can search by place I want to visit.? Since you have more than 600 pods I have been paging thru and cannot find quickly the city or place I am looking for How do I search on your podcast Thanks Elyse
I love that this podcast not only covers the obvious travel destinations, but also interesting places you might not have thought of. The theme song sounds like Elvis Costello. What’s not to like?
I love how you learn not only about a location but also get clear guidance on what to do when you get there. It saves a ton of time!
What a fabulous resource for travel planning and inspiration. Chris interviews a wide variety of guests on so many destinations - he even circles back to popular destinations covered years before. He is a knowledgable and kind interviewer, asking helpful questions. Most interviewees are able to give an excellent overview of a destination as well as some hand-picked treats.
I’ve been listening for years and I still love it. Chris would be enjoyable to listen to no matter what he was talking about, a rare skill in podcasters. But the fact that his content is always interesting and engaging makes it oh so much better. He picks the greatest places to talk about and the best guests to interview. But most of all, he knows just the right questions to ask to make the location they are discussing come alive. Thanks Chris for all the great content you have produced. I am looking forward to hearing what is next.
My favorite aspect of the Amateur Traveler podcast, in addition to the warm and approachability of the host (Chris) and guests, is the specificity and level of knowledge Chris brings. His apparent love for learning makes the discussion engaging to the mind as well as spirit/imagination. Whether I am at home in a bite-sized apartment folding laundry with no vacation plans on the horizon or deciding to take an impromptu trip on the cheapest international flight found on Kayak Explore (this Jan: Denmark), the Amateur Traveler brings so much joy. As the Stanford study showed, there is “a biological advantage to being awestruck” - this podcast has a knack for .. the wonder (and wander :) factor.
Host Chris might be talking about your home city, or other place you know well, or a place you have always wanted to see, or some far-flung corner of the world you are not likely ever to visit. But the conversations are always entertaining. And informative - who knew New Caledonia was part of France? I purchased an atlas - an actual book! - so I can check out where exactly some of those far flung corners of the world are. And I have turned to a U.S. road atlas to see what kind drive I might have to some of the less far-flung areas. These podcasts are will suited to making the time pass faster during a commute or a workout.
This is one of my favorite podcasts. I haven't noticed Chris being condescending to his guests. There is some valuable information in all the podcasts I have listened to so I will continue to listen and find more ways to travel on a budget.

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By MBB2ID
I’ve traveled all 7 continents. This is my go-to podcast wherever I go.
I turn to this podcast every time I plan a trip. The host is knowledgable and kind. Keep up the great work!
I love listening to this podcast. I love traveling vicariously through his and contributors especially the lesser known places. Great job!!
Chris and his guests share inspiring and actionable insights and tips on everything you need to know when it comes to travel. Highly recommend listening and subscribing if you have the desire to travel, and want to learn how best to do it (AND where to go)!!
Listening to this podcast every week for the past several years has made working, working out, or driving so much more enjoyable. Thanks Chris! Some of the destinations Chris and his guests talk about I will never get to, but learning about these far off spots is part of the enjoyment. However, many of the destinations have been on our own personal travel radar and his show has become as useful as a GPS. Here is an example: When our family traveled to Kansas City and wanted good BBQ we knew Chris's guest had recommended good BBQ joints. Problem solved! Great work Chris!
The discussions inspire me to travel. Some of the subjects are very exotic destinations and is not really practical for the average U.S traveler who gets limited vacation/ I enjoy the experts he interviews who are usally travel writers and/or live in the destination discussed. One thing that I do not like, is Chris has a tendency to show his knowledge to the person by adding on in an odd way to what they say and it comes across like he is showing off. I have also heard him correct the experts more than once, sometimes they call him on it when what he thinks is right, and is not. I would say that is not a good way to interview. This is constructive criticism since I like the podcast.
This is my favorite of all the travel podcasts I follow. Chris is extremely knowledgeable about the areas discussed. He layers in fascinating tidbits of background information that bring places to life. He makes the podcasts very conversational and attracts very accomplished guests who bring a lot to the show. The delivery is very pleasant to listen to. I have learned a great deal and gained many hours of enjoyment from this excellent podcast.
I agree with every word of the latest review that was read on the show. That the host is very condescending and annoying. He's a bit of a know it all and constantly is correcting his guest. Not sure why he even has a guest when he thinks he knows more than them. People need to write and perhaps the host will change his cocky attitude. Perhaps you need to take a break and re-evaluate the reason you started the podcast in the first place. Get fresh questions and freshen up the show. Its become boring, boring boring. This is also my first review of a podcast but I agreed so completely with that review that I had to write and let the person who wrote the review that they were not alone in the disappointment of the host.
I could not take it any longer. I have been a subscriber for years but finally cut the cord as I could not take the host any more. I subscribe to about 30 podcasts and I feel I know when a host is doing a great job. I find the host condescending and righteous. It is not obvious and I am sure the host will disagree but I can't tell you how many times the host will correct the guest on some fact. That in itself is OK when done well but it comes across as all-knowing - just poorly done. And enough with the same four questions at the end. It has run its course. Inevitably it always about the same answer just packaged differently. I really tried to hang in since some of the places are unique and wonderful but I need to move on. I will stick to the Rick Steves podcasts for my travel.
Chris is a wonderful host. This show is laid back and very relaxing but entertaining and very informative at the same time. Can't wait to dig into this podcast further!
I enjoy 95% of these shows. The 5% account for those shows where a guest may not be an expert in the community or has a narrow focus (as an example; lots of info about food and drink, but not much info about what makes a place special and different). Chris: I enjoy your podcasts on my commute, so I do not take advantage of the enhanced podcasts. No need to invest the time if remainder of audience has same input.
Great style and content
Wow glad I found you. I have enjoyed 10 podcast and desire to start at your 1st episode. I love the four questions and the informal format. Thank you Chris
I stumbled upon the Amateur Traveler podcast a few months ago and love it. I've been moving from Rochester to Buffalo, NY and commute back and forth often. Listening to each episode inspires me to go to places that weren't on my radar and go back to places I've already been. I'm 25 and I've backpacked through Europe four times, I've done it alone, with new friends I've met while abroad and friends who have come over with me. This podcast does a great job at exploring places I now want to go and visit solely because I've been listening.
Great podcast! Interesting hearing what so many different places are like. Would love to hear an episode about Denmark!
I am addicted to this podcast. Chris Christensen, the interviewer, asks great questions and gives his guests a chance to talk. Chris also has some interesting things to add.
I have really been enjoying the variety of destinations that are covered! Keep them coming!
I would like to like this podcast, but Chris, you breathe so heavily and so close to the mic that it drowns out your guests. Seriously, mute your mic or lean back so we can hear something besides your labored breathing.
Fort Worth episode "You don't now if someone wearing a cowboy hat is billionaire oil man". Yeah you do know he is not cause they are not just walking around in the heat like you are. All the restaurants you listed are overrated and overpriced. You failed to mention the drive in theatre, billy bobs, north side culture. You've really never been up in a high rise downtown but your an authority on the city? Had some good thoughts but overall this is a guy who doesn't have anywhere near the experience to be giving out advice on touring or visiting Fort Worth Texas.
I love this podcast. Interviews are always interesting. Good quality of sound.
A friend of mine introduced me this podcast channel a few months ago, and ever since this became my favorite podcast. The podcast invites guests to talk about destinations they actually live in or stayed. From the discussion between the host Chris and guests, we can acquire in-depth information and the quintessence of the destination. I listen to amateur traveler on a daily basis when I commute from my place to work, and each episode is 30-40 minutes long just about the time I need. Moreover, as a non-native English speaker, I also find these episodes useful because I can improve my English listening ability while enjoying the interesting and informative contents in the episodes. Thanks to all the guests for sharing your stories, and especially Chris for putting all information together.
I follow a lot of podcasts and this is one my favorites. The pictures they show and links to Wikipedia as you go along are great. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys travel/history/culture.
I started listening to the Amateur Traveler for the practical reason of planning a trip. Now I love listening to all episodes whether it's about places I've visited, places I plan to visit, places I dream of visiting, or places I know I'll never visit. The Amateur Travel is as addictive as traveling.
I listen to a a dozen or so travel podcasts. The gold standard is Travel with Rick Steves, but Rick is one of the hugest success stories in the travel business, and he can get anybody. If he wants to interview the Pope or the president he can do it. The Amateur Traveler Podcast is a one man operation (although he does have help editing and some sponsorship) and covers one destination at a time, and usually one guest at a time, sometimes a couple talking about the same destination. The interviews move right along, giving you an idea what you might do if you decided to go to the target destination, what to see and what to miss. Chris Christensen has a lot of skill as an interviewer and is very good at not interrupting his guests and letting people talk. The selection of guests is key. Some of them are great - I really enjoyed the guy who talked about Austin, Texas, for example - I felt like I was sitting there watching the bats take off at sunset. There was even a guy that got me excited about Oklahoma, and I’d already been there many times before. Some of the guests don’t always have the best sound, and some of them are not great speakers, but you have to take what you can get when you are trying to cover so many varied places without a large budget. I use the iTunes enhanced version, which gives you still photos of some of the people and some of the places they are talking about. I especially like when they place it on a map and you can see the actual map, because this podcast takes you to places that you have never heard of as well as to many you have. The iTunes enhanced version works well on an iPad, but sometimes it seems to get stuck on one image. (I think it is an editing issue related to the insertion of sponsor ads.) I have used the audio only version and that is fine. It’s just nice to have pictures. This podcast is educational and fun and consistently good. Recommended.
I listen to music and messages and podcasts while cycling and working in the garden and this is one of the very best! If I told you how much I love this travel podcast, you would think I know the host and he paid me to write this review. Chris chooses excellent guests to interview and asks thoughful questions. I've traveled a lot and now I'm going to all the places I've missed through this podcast. THANK YOU CHRIS for a job well done.
Really live this travel podcast I cannot wait for the next one to come out each time Chris does and an outstanding job great guests good tips
I travel quite a bit for work and love to get off the beaten pass as often as possible. Thanks for the inspiration.
Host breathes way too hard into his mic! Also, the sound quality is pretty "amateur" also but I guess it is fitting.
Listening to this podcast always makes me want to travel more
Personally, not many of the podcasts are destinations that greatly appeal to me but in those that do, Chris's interviews often brings out some real gems about those possible travel spots. When I hear an ‘enhanced’ podcast, the accompanying photos make the trips much more vivid and enjoyable. I appreciate the time and effort that Chris takes to both do the podcast and to add visuals for us. I’ve now got more destinations in the world to explore, thanks to Chris.
Great podcast featuring large and small destinations around the world, with people who obviously love the destination they are describing. Chris is an intelligent and engaging host and seems like a really great guy.
I really enjoy this podcast since I travel a lot and often to places that there are past episodes on. Even the episodes for places that I haven't been make me want to go there. Highly recommend for people who want to learn about this great big world we live in!
I’ve been listening to the “Amateur Traveler” for several years now. I enjoy it. I particularly like the variety of places covered and people Chris interviews. Places range from those dream spots you want to go to like Paris or Tuscany to places you might find yourself in on a business trip like St Louis or Minneapolis. He also interviews folks that have been to places I’m never going to go but that are still interesting like Iran or the Sudan. Even if it isn’t realistic for me to visit, the discussion of the places, the person Chris is interviewing along their experience is always fun to hear. I’m a fan!
Chris' Amateur Traveler is a great way to get excited for future travel and learn about awesome destinations. His insightful interviews are inspiring and educational. Chris has inspired me to get into blogging about MY travel experiences. Thanks for a great podcast, Chris!
Wow. I just stumbled across this podcast while planning a month-long international trip, and I absolutely love listening to the interviews. It's one thing to flip through guidebooks and skim through travel blogs, but an entirely different, and more personal experience, to hear locals discuss the highlights of their native country, point out the tourist traps, and give some of the best tips. Chris asks a lot of excellent questions to make the interviews even more informational. I especially enjoyed the episode on Sydney, Australia, and just being able to "travel" the world through these fantastic podcasts. Thanks for the constant flow of inspiration!
There are already so many good reviews for this podcast, but I have to add my two cents. I love this podcast. I discovered it after suddenly booking a huge world trip for cheap and needing some guidance in how to travel in the least-touristy and budget-friendly way. The host is professional and relaxed, the guests are informed and passionate and full of great tips. The related images are an amazing plus, especially when I'm listening while at my desk job. Saves me from needing to google everything when I should be working. Awesome podcast.
The audio quality was good but varied between ok and poor. What was distracting on the episode I listed to (Charleston) was the host "correcting" his guests. One of the guests had to actually to intervene to make the point that regardless of the correct name of the plantation, it was a good place to visit. Otherwise, the host did a good job of asking the right questions. I'll listen to a couple other episodes to give it more of a shot.
Love all the podcasts! Keep them coming!!
Not only is the host engaging and interesting, but his humility tempers his own prolific travels and he is careful not to interject overwhelming personal views or interrupt his guest. I have relied on this for years while I travel; both before I go to give me a better idea of what To expect and afterwards, to compare my impressions with his guests'. This podcast has passed many otherwise boring hours for me. I highly recommend if you are a victim of wanderlust.
My girlfriend and I have been planning a trip to the Baltics for over a year. On a whim, we decided to see if there were some additional podcasts about the region that we could listen to on our transatlantic flight. To my surprise, the last podcast I found was probably the best! I have enjoyed a few of these already and will use them for planning all my future trips!
Chris is the best podcast host of anyone, not just travel hosts. He remains true to his roots, open to new ideas, and eager to share the best parts of travel. He is the single reason why I have podcasts on my phone. I can listen to his podcasts over and over and get new information each time. The first is simply listening to the beauty of the location, the second for the little details, and every other time as an escape to that place. Do yourself a favor and subscribe!