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Chris Christensen
Travel Podcaster / Blogger, /
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Chris is the owner of which is a new startup connecting bloggers and industry contacts.

He is the host of the Amateur Traveler which is an award winning online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog. In 2015, Chris won a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism from the Society of American Travel Writers and was called the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel & Leisure Magazine in their annual SMITTY Awards.

He has worked for years in technology startups in Silicon Valley. He was formerly the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor's New Initiatives group and was the EVP Engineering at LiveWorld where his team built and ran online communities and events for companies including eBay, HBO, TV Guide, Expedia, Marriott, A&E, History Channel, the NBA, NBC, ABC, Disney, Microsoft, WebTV and American Express.

March 2015
San Jose, CA
6 events


  • What he said. :-) Covid set the destinations back a couple of years, as some of the people who did know what they wanted to do with bloggers got laid off. It's one of the reasons I was impressed that the hotels I talked to in Phuket seemed to have a ... show more

  • Amateur Traveler is one of the longest-running travel podcasts and blogs. I hope you enjoy it!

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    Amateur Traveler 21 hours ago

  • There have been 27 different TBEX events and I have been to 25 of them so I can speak with some authority. There are a number of different elements for a TBEX event: Pre-trips: These are usually day trips or half-day adventures sponsored by the local... show more

  • I have a long-running and popular podcast at We do trips annually... except during pandemics. We discuss those in a private facebook group at

  • Greece in May, including a sailing charter Japan in September with listeners of my Amateur Traveler podcast South Africa in November for TBEX blogging conference