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.