The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and the best places to travel to.
It covers everything from knowing what to put on your Chicago dog when you go to the Windy City to swimming with whales in Tonga. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast and a blog with quite a lot of travel photography.
The audio podcast started in 2005 and was downloaded more than 1.74 million times in 2022. The blog covers destinations in long form written photo-rich posts.
Amateur Traveler has previous won a Lowell Thomas travel journalism award from the Society of American Travel Writers and also earned me a SMITTY award from Travel+Leisure magazine as the “best independent travel journalist / blogger”. It also topped the audio category in the 2017 NATJA awards.
Amateur Traveler is also used to teach English at Oxford University and is part of the English proficiency exam for the Thailand State department.