Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Since 2005 Amateur Traveler has been talking about a different destination every week. It covers destinations all of the world with an emphasis on culturally rich travel. Learn more about your world. Amateur Traveler won its creator Chris Christensen a Travel+Leisure award as the "best independent travel journalist".

Episodes

February 24, 2024 48 mins

Hear about travel to Poland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sharon Kurtz from sharonkkurtz.com about her recent trip exploring the culture and food of Warsaw, Krakow, and Poznan.

show notes - https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-poland-warsaw-krakow-and-poznan

Sharon says, "It is a beautiful country. It's a blend of history that goes back to the tenth century. And then it has sad history, World War II, and then they were occupied...

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Hear about a week-long road trip from Dublin to Cork through southeastern Ireland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amber Hagerty from AmberEverywhere.com about this out-of-the-way corner of Ireland.

https://amateurtraveler.com/dublin-to-cork-road-trip-in-southeastern-ireland/

Day 1: Dublin to Wicklow

  • Morning: Arrive in Dublin and explore the city. Visit Bar 1661 for the best Irish coffee and Trinity College to admire the camp...
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Hear about a German road trip to 9 UNESCO Cities as the Amateur Traveler talks to Renee Hannes from dreamplanexperience.com about her exploration of the land of her ancestors.

https://amateurtraveler.com/germany-road-trip-to-9-unesco-cities/

Renee says, "I just returned from living in Berlin for 3 months. So had an opportunity to make a little bit of a longer trip and was there with my husband and dog and lived in Berlin and I had...

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    Hear about travel to Zaragoza as the Amateur Traveler talks to Cat Driver about this historic but under-visited region of Spain.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/things-to-do-in-zaragoza-spain/

    Cat says, "Every time I have said to people that I lived in Spain and they asked me where and I say Zaragoza, I usually just get a blank stare and then I have to explain it. Zaragoza is between Barcelona and Madrid almost exactly. I was teaching ...

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    January 27, 2024 52 mins

    Hear about travel to the island nation of Malta as Chris Christensen, the Amateur Traveler, tells about a recent week-long trip to the island at the center of the Mediterranean Sea.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-the-island-of-malta/

    Why should you visit Malta?

    Malta is an amazing island country with a rich history and spectacular scenery.

    The one-week itinerary for Malta includes the following highlights:

    Sunday:

    • Take ...
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    Hear about travel to Croatia's Istrian Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to Olivia from inspiredbycroatia.com about her adopted country.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-croatias-istrian-peninsula/

    Why should you go to the Istrian Peninsula?

    Olivia says, "I think that Istria is still a little bit underrated. Personally, I like to Talk about it as this like a fairytale like region. It has quite a strong Italian heritage ...

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    January 13, 2024 48 mins

    Hear about travel to Tokyo as the Amateur Traveler talks to Matthew Jasek from The Nerd Tourist about one of his favorite, if nerdy, cities. 

    https://amateurtraveler.com/otaku-guide-to-tokyo-japan/

    Day 1: Arrival and Food Tour

    • Afternoon: Arrive in Tokyo and check into your hotel.
    • Evening: Join a food tour or find a local guide to visit a traditional Japanese restaurant. Explore the dining culture with the help of a guide who c...
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    January 6, 2024 34 mins

    Hear about travel to the Exumas in the Bahamas as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tessie from TravelingTessie.com about these sundrenched islands she has fallen in love with.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-the-exumas-bahamas/

    Why should someone go to the Exumas?

    Tessie says, "It's a perfect destination if obviously, you enjoy the beach. But the beaches, they're very unique because they're really unspoiled. And there's not a lo...

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    December 30, 2023 43 mins

    Hear about travel to Gujarat, India as the Amateur Traveler talks again to James Schomburgk about festivals, temples, and Asiatic lions.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-gujarat/

    James says, "Gujarat is in the far western central of northern India. Pakistan is its western border. And the southern border is the Arabian Sea. It's actually close to some of the big-hitting states in terms of tourism, but it's a very different geograp...

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    Hear about driving the Selkirk Loop in Washington State, Idaho, and British Columbia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Anthony and Jodie St. Clair from learnersandmakers.com about their favorite road trip.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/driving-the-selkirk-loop/

    Why should you drive the Selkirk Loop?

    Anthony and Jodie say, "It is just the most epic, gorgeous views of nature, I think. And it's very accessible. I (Jodie) am an amputee, a...

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    Hear about travel to the northern island of Hokkaido in Japan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Inga from Inga's Adventures about a trip to hike in the Daisetsuzan National Park.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-hokkaido-japan/

    Why should someone go to Hokkaido?

    Inga says, "The natural beauty is the main reason to go to Hokkaido. The rugged landscapes and the feeling that you're far away fro...

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    December 9, 2023 41 mins

    Hear about travel to Long Island, New York as the Amateur Traveler talks to Vanessa Gordon from EastEndTasteMagazine.com about her home.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-long-island-new-york/

    Why should someone go to Long Island?

    Vanessa says, "Long Island, there truly is so to discover, even from living out here for many years, whether part-time or full-time there's truly so much to do, whether you're in Nassau or Suffolk Cou...

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    Hear about travel to the wine region Sonoma County in California as the Amateur Traveler talks to Brooke Herron about this popular tourism region where she grew up.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-sonoma-county/

    Why should someone travel to Sonoma County?

    Brooke says, "A myriad of reasons, in my opinion beyond wine. It is an absolutely stunning region from an outdoors perspective. You've got the coast, you've got hiking trail...

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    Hear about travel to Uluru and Central Australia as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel blogger Chris Fry from AquariusTraveller.com about her most recent trip to the red center of Australia.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-uluru-and-central-australia/

    Why should someone go to Central Australia?

    Chris says, "I Like visiting Uluru for the Aboriginal culture, the art, the history, learning about the Dreamtime. I think it's wh...

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    November 16, 2023 54 mins

    Hear about travel to Papua New Guinea as the Amateur Traveler talks to Chris Shorrock from TravelObscure.com about the Milne Bay Province of this exotic island country.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-papua-new-guinea-2/

    Why should someone travel to Papua New Guinea?

    Chris says, "There's a million reasons why someone should go to Papua New Guinea, it's such a varied country. I would say the main reason to go, is the people ar...

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    November 11, 2023 48 mins

    Hear about sightseeing in the island nation of Malta as the Amateur Traveler talks to Michelle and Nikki from cheekypassports.com about their native country.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/sightseeing-in-malta/

    They say, “The island is small and that has its restrictions but it’s also a nice thing to have because you can visit and do a lot of activities in a short span. Nowhere is more than 15 minutes by car. The island is maybe 27 ki...

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    Hear about travel to the Charente region of southwest France as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kylie Lang from LifeInRuralFrance.com about her adopted home.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-the-charente-region-of-france/

    The Charente region, part of Nouvelle Aquitaine in southwest France, is known for its charming sunflower fields, historical chateaux, and rich history. Visitors to the Charente can explore picturesque vineyard...

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    October 28, 2023 38 mins

    Hear about travel to Egypt including Cairo and climbing Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to Greg from ThePresentPerspective.com about their recent trip to see a different part of Egypt.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-egypt-and-mount-sinai/

    Why should you go to Egypt?

    Greg says, "I think there are a million reasons why someone should go to Egypt. Warm and hospitable people. Great culture. Egypt...

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    October 21, 2023 52 mins

    Hear about travel to Queensland's Gold Coast as the Amateur Traveler talks to Leanne and Lyle from BeachTravelWine.com about one of their favorite beach destinations.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/travel-to-queenslands-gold-coast/

    Why should you go to the Gold Coast?

    Leanne and Lyle say, "We go for lots of different reasons, but I guess the main one would be, the stunning beaches, and I know lots of places have stunning beaches, but...

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    October 14, 2023 43 mins

    Hear about a Viking Ocean Bay of Bengal Cruise to 5 countries from Bangkok to Mumbai as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Elsa Dixon about this East Asia sampler cruise.

    https://amateurtraveler.com/bay-of-bengal-cruise/

    The Viking Ocean Bay of Bengal Cruise travels to 5 different countries: Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and India. What Elsa loved about this cruise was experiencing diverse and exotic cultures, ...

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