Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Reviews For Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

5/5

Very informative as a travel agent to listen to. My 1 year old daughter loves your theme song also ha
Like everyone else, I struggle to find time in the day to listen to all of the podcast that I would like to. I stumbled across this podcast by accident a couple of years ago, and it has been a game changer for me. I don’t feel like I need to look elsewhere as this podcast covers all of my interests. The host and guests are informative.The pace is perfect (I still listen at one and a half speed). My favorite feature is the interactive component with pictures that I can look at while the host and guests are talking. Keep up the fantastic work!
Chris Christensen is a boomer who spends half of the episodes interrupting and correcting the guests, especially the female guests. It gets really hard to listen to. Episode 449 on Mainland Greece is one of many examples. He also hasn’t updated the format of the show or interview questions for the last 14 years. C’mon, dude, the world is changing. Change with it. I keep listening because I love travel, especially in 2020 where the only places I can go are my memories and future plans.
Always look forward to new episodes of this show. Chris has a great format that works. He lets the guests tell the story, but always asks important questions and contributes to the conversation in thoughtful ways. Great mix of unusual destinations, and familiar ones. Guests are always knowledgeable and informative. I’ve noticed a certain “luxury” travel podcaster has stolen some of his format…I had to unfollow her because it bugged me so much, lol.
Could you consider doing an updated episode about Newfoundland, Nova Scotia or PEI? Our family is planning a trip this summer and the last episodes about those places have been several years. Thank you !
We often get great info from this show, but here are a few things that would help. Firstly, the theme music! We reach for the fast-forward every time it starts :-| Lastly, the host is good and fairly low-key, but it’s often a much better experience for the listener if the host doesn’t frequently mention their knowledge on a place if the guest is supposed to be covering the topic. We don’t really need to know that the host has been here and there, just for the sake of making it known, do we? (A perfect example of this done skillfully is Rick Steves, who has traveled for decades and will know about even the most remote little cafe or church in a small village: he has a very modest way of ASKING the guest to prompt them about it, rather than making a STATEMENT about it.) Although, it is quite helpful when the host looks something up that the guest may be struggling with. A delicate balance…
Great program, wonderful guests but a complete jerk of a host. Chris is condescending, sarcastic and cold. Seems disinterested as well.
Never miss an episode. Travel inspiration in each episode.
The guests on this show are always really great and are always so knowledgeable about their respective destination. It’s always fun learning about a place I don’t know much about and the destinations are really diverse. The host could be better, though. He’s always saying, “I’m looking at this picture” or “I just looked up this information.” I’m sure his intentions are good (supplementing/clarifying what the guest just said) but it makes him come off as uninterested and really disrupts the flow of the conversation. If I want to know more about something that was talked about in an episode, I can just look it up after I’m done with the episode.
I just discovered this podcast about 5 days ago and cant stop listening to it. So many locations to hear about. We’re already planning a family road trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway based off an episode
Chris really puts in the extra work to make this podcast great. From the interesting guests to the insightful questions and real-time googling for facts and clarifications. I especially appreciate that he breaks every episode into chapters with a different photo, notes, and links for each topic or place discussed. I’m sure that’s a ton of extra work, but I really appreciate it.
Wonderful podcast with a wealth of information about places I’m dreaming of visiting as well as those I’ve never heard of. Thanks for all the great information!
As a new listener, I’m excited for a good resource for my own travels. I am also really enjoying hearing about places I’ll never visit myself, but I can dream.
Chris has excellent content on a weekly basis. This podcast is a weekly listen for me. I have used it to enhance my travels around the world - Hong Kong, Boston, Munich, Hawaii, Thailand, and so many more. Keep it up Chris! Dan @ Zipping Around The World Travel Podcast.
I have been a longtime listener to AT. Whenever I’m planning a trip this podcast is where I always start. The guest singers bring places to life and I’m always adding to my bucket list. Best destination travel podcast out there!
I really enjoy hearing about different places around the world. I like the format of the show too. But Chris is consistently belittling the places guests talk about. If someone says there are wineries in their location, Chris hassss to mention that he’s from California and ask “but how’s the wine?” I’ve heard this many times! In the Cleveland episode, Chris just haddd to mention that shark tunnels aren’t unique to Cleveland. Why does he have to put down places?
Really like the way things are described peppered with local stories and history. Would prefer to see lists of places and links to his blog and others in the show notes. I couldn’t find anything for the Slovenia episode, for example.
Chris’s voice is soft but crisp. He tells the story and the facts you need to know. His preparation is excellent. Yes, I am a fan. Thanks for some great content and interviews from a friendly podcaster on travel who aspires to this level.
Good travel show but can be a little hard to pay attention to some weeks. Overall, can’t complain and still listening every week!
I haven’t been able to find a better travel podcast than Mr. Christensen’s. He has an extensive podcast that grows even more every Saturday. It’s my go to podcast whenever I get that bit of wanderlust. It’s fun to listen to in the car, on a walk or when I’m on my echelon bike. I listen especially intently when I’m traveling to a location that he has podcasted on. He is great in his knowledge of the locations and their history. Thank you Chris!
I had been looking for a good travel podcast for a while when I finally stumbled upon the Amateur Traveler. It was exactly what I was looking for with its easy going nature and wide variety of destinations. I’ve enjoyed listening to episodes about places I’ve been and reminiscing on those trips while listening to episodes to help plan new adventures in the future. Keep doing what you’re doing Chris, this show is great!
This would be a 5-star review but for the guy you had on last week who talked about Mysore, India. What a self-important d-bag. I appreciate that it’s likely difficult to find good guests these days, but that was the bottom of the barrel. Come on Chris!
As a person who lives and dies from one adventure to the next being grounded in 2020 and now in 2021, has been challenging. I’m grateful to have a podcast that allows me to feel that I am traveling to new places that I’ve never been as well as opening my mind to revisiting other places that I’ve been before with a locals perspective. Thank you so much for having this podcast and can’t wait to hear what you have coming next.
This strikes me as exactly that. The people he speaks to are barely locals - like asking a study abroad student about their host culture. I don’t trust the authenticity much but it’s at least somewhere to start when thinking about a trip.
Although I am not such a world traveler, I love learning about new places. The episodes are timeless so it really doesn’t matter when I listen. Chris has a great radio voice and is great with his guests.
Whenever I’m traveling somewhere, I look to see if Chris has an episode about the location. I’ve gotten many good tips and ideas from his show. Very thorough episodes about each location and his guests are top notch!
As a transplanted Chennai-ite, enjoyed this episode very much. All the important locations were covered nicely. Just wanted to add the ‘tuk tuk’ is called an ‘auto rickshaw’, the locals hail one by clapping their hands and shouting ‘auto!’.
I agree the podcast is great but Nebraska? Nebraska?
I can’t believe you waited so long to discuss Nebraska. I have been all across the USA and Nebraska is my favorite state by far. I love the show. Keep it up Chris!
Chris host one of the best travel podcast out there. He always have interesting questions his guests are very local and acknowledgeable. He is also entertaining and fun to listen to. He always gave the best diverse and interesting itineraries and local resources to the destination places. He is so good, that had me thinking about visiting places I never never thought I would be interested in visiting, like Nebraska, Gulf Coast road trip in Mississippi, etc
This is one of my favorite podcasts! I enjoy listening to the various places described by many different guides even more so during the pandemic. I have listened to all episodes and when I am planning a trip I first go back and listen again to the episode of the destination on Amateur Traveler. Chris’ interviewing style is comfortable, friendly and positive. He fact checks the interviewee so take comfort that you are getting an accurate picture. If you love travel then you will love this podcast. No matter what my plans, I always listen to the new episode on Saturday morning. I subscribe to 10+ podcasts but this is one one where I never skip an episode and it is one of only three podcast I support on Patreon. Thanks Chris for all the hard work and great podcast! It is easy to see how passionate you are about travel.
Just what I was looking for in a travel podcast. I am a terribly picky person when it comes to podcasts and this fits the bill. The host is professional and has the right voice. Most (not all) guests are great but occasionally he will get a dud. Understandable though and I’m not going to knock off a star for this. Keep it up!
Well done podcast with an in-depth review of destinations. Sat with pen to paper to cull what appealed to me from their personal highlights. Both host and guests revealed/discussed their personal experiences. Thank you to the host!
I love this podcast and listen to every episode! Chris does a terrific job of scheduling such a diverse range of places and people that make these various locations come to life. During this pandemic when we can’t travel (and those of us who are from the USA are understandably not welcome in most countries), listening to these weekly podcasts keeps the dream alive and ‘scratches that chronic itch” to see the world. Listen, learn, and support this podcast! Big thanks to Chris for his decade and a half of service to us! 😀👍
Great pod
I love the variety of places covered on this podcast. Chris brings on many fascinating guests and adds insightful commentary that immerses you in cultures and places around the world. I listen to this podcast every day in the car and even on my runs around the neighborhood. Thankfully there’s years of podcasts to go through!
Thank you, love this podcast!
You cover my favorite subject and it’s a pleasure to listen to a well spoken adult who knows their geography and history. I recommend listening to all episodes, as some destinations which one might not expect to hold much interest actually turn out to be among the best. I’ve always wondered though, how you find the time to create a weekly show like this along with your real job, family, travel, etc? Thank you Chris for your excellent and interesting podcast.
Chris it’s been a good run but time to admit that no one is going to travel again until this bio engineered scourge unleashed by China is eliminated. And that won’t be for years. Find a new podcast to do related to modern times and the invisible enemy referred to as Coronavirus. Thanks China
In this podcast, you will find information, tips narrations, and itineraries for tons and tons of different destinations from around the world. There are countless episodes where you can listen to guests talking about some of their favorite places they have visited and explored thoroughly.
In the midst of what will be known as the Great 2020 Shelter in Place, Amateur Traveler lets me go places viacariously while helping the world flattening the curve. I especially enjoed episode 694 Travel to Northern Pakistan. Pakistan has been on my bucket list, but for work reasons I can't go. So until I retire, the espisode will have to suffice. Keep up the great work Chris!
If possible, I would give an extra star for Chris’s persistence in keeping this podcast going while many other lifestyle podcasters have gone into corona-hibernation mode.
After moving to Bay St Louis from New York City I was excited to hear this episode. I thought your guest did a really crummy job with his take on the Gulf Coast, he got a lot wrong and did a bad job of ‘what to see, what to do etc.’
Chris has a passion for travel experiences and stories which you can hear on Amateur Traveller. I listened to over 100 different podcasts and only a few are so compelling that I go back to the archives and listened to every one from the start. AT has been running since 2005 and Includes many famous and obscure international countries and territories. But AT also has domestic cities and destinations in the US too. For any wanna be world traveller or person interested in really informative story telling give Amateur Traveller a try.

5/5

This is the podcast I’ve been looking for! I can’t believe it took me so long to find it. I’m very new to the podcast world in general having only listened to a few true crime podcasts to start. But this is where it’s at! I’ve traveled a fair amount (mostly domestically), but dream about lots of international travels. Literally EVERYWHERE is on my bucket list. This podcast fulfills my itch to learn more about exotic and domestic locations between my travels. Chris is interesting and knowledgeable. I am currently binging on the hundreds of episodes. Let’s say I’m in travelers heaven!
I love this podcast. On my flight to Europe last summer, I listened to the podcasts for the different countries we were going to. It was so fun! I also listened to them on the way home to see what I saw and compare! Great podcast. I’m hoping for an episode on the Circle Tour around Lake Superior. I’m planning to do this in the summer. :)
I am planning a trip to Provence for the fall and have read dozens of blogs and listened to many podcasts! Wendy’s insights we very refreshing with truly specific helpful tips! Her enthusiasm and pace was lovely. Thanks Chris! Appreciate the guidance your podcasts offer!
I love listening to this podcast that Cris put together so well to bring on guests about places to travel and share their experiences in each destination! I love the questions that Chris asks his guests on the show and I find this podcast really relaxing to listen to when driving to work or cleaning and cooking home! I am so grateful for Chris and his preparations for each episode of the show he shared with us here to travel around the world!
I am a huge fan of travel podcasts and listen to them religiously. I listen to travel podcasts to be inspired and to gather useful information to apply to my own travels. I enjoy the Amateur Traveler podcast because it’s ALL about travel and not much else. I appreciate that Chris gets straight to the point, the subject matter is discussed without too much personal banter like many other travel podcasts. Chris is a great host, calm, confident, and I even enjoy his (sometimes) sarcastic tone. One should listen to this podcast as part of their travel planning process. It's also very good at taking you to far away places when you physically can't travel at the moment. Thanks for your hard work Chris!