USCT 002: From The Amateur Traveler Podcast – Meet Chris Christensen

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USCTIn this episode of the US City Traveler Podcast, you get to meet the second guest on the show. Chris Christensen is not only a leader in the tech industry in Silicon Valley but he is also quite popular in the travel industry. His podcast has been downloaded over six million times!

He has released nearly 400 episodes of The Ameteur Traveler Podcast since it was first launched back in 2005. It has been featured in National Geographic, Men’s Journal, The Chicago Sun Times, and Best Life Magazine. He has run online communities for companies like Marriott, American Express, eBay, HBO, the NBA, Kraft, Campbells, Kimberly Clark, A&E, and QVC. He is also a co-host of This Week In Travel, along with Jen Leo and Gary Arndt.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about: 

  • How Chris likes living in Silicon Valley and another place that he would consider living.
  • What it was like for Chris to work as the Director of Engineering at Trip Advisor. Also learn about his new dream job!
  • A celebrity who Chris would like as a travel companion!
  • What it was like for Chris to do business and meet with Bill Gates!
  • His favorite travel book.
  • His all-time favorite podcast episode.
  • His favorite city to photograph.
  • Helpful photography tips. Learn why you should think like a movie director! Also learn how not to look like a target when traveling with an expensive camera.
  • Tips for first time Europe visitors.
  • Where Chris would go if he had an unlimited travel budget for one week.
  • And so much more!

Pictured above is an image of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey (Courtesy of Chris).

Resources and Links Mentioned in this Session Include:
  • Eye-Fi  allows you to get WiFi access on your camera without having to buy a new camera. Instatantly send your photos to a different device.
  • Chris manages to keep up with 70 podcasts (at one time it was over 100!!) each week! I later asked him how he finds the time and he says he multi-tasks and listens at three times the regular speed.
  • Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country.
  • Chris is currently using the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.
  • Venice, Istanbul, South Africa, Mumbai, Delhi

The Video Version

Rather than listening to the 27 minute podcast episode, you can listen to the shortened version (15 minute video) instead. It lacks my commentary:

Thank you Chris!

Chris was incredibly gracious with sharing his knowledge with us! Thank you, Chris, for your advice! If you have a few seconds, click on the link below to give a shout out to Chris on Twitter!

Click here to thank Chris on Twitter!

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For those that prefer to read a written version of the podcast (along with some of Chris’s best photographs!), that can be found here.

Other Interviews

I have also done interviews with Melvin Broecher from Travel DudesRicky Brigante from and Robert Niles from, author of Stories From A Theme Park Insider, if you would like to check those out as well. Those interested in entrepreneurship may want to check out my interview with Cameron Johnson, author of You Call The Shots.

Pictured above is an image of the gondolas in Venice (Courtesy of Chris).

Thank you for listening! I hope you enjoyed this episode of the US City Traveler Podcast. Check us out for more of the best cities to travel in the USA. Please let us know what you think in the comment section below. Cheers!


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Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

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