Chris Christensen

Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

travel for the love of it
Amateur Traveler Travel Podcast

Description

Amateur Traveler is an award winning audio travel show that focuses primarily on the question: "where should you go next and what should you see, do and eat there?". Amateur Traveler won its creator Chris Christensen a Travel+Leisure SMITTY award as the best independent travel journalist and a Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Award. It is also used to teach English at Oxford University.

Episodes

AT#692 - Travel to Yunnan, China

Feb 15, 2020 44:51

Description:

Hear about travel to the Yunnan province of China as the Amateur Traveler talks to Zach and Leah from peregrination-travel.com about their trip to this mountainous corner of the country.

AT#691 - Travel to Bulgaria

Feb 8, 2020 53:13

Description:

Hear about travel to Bulgaria as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tom and Patty Burkett about their road trip from Sofia to the Black Sea.

AT#690 - Travel to Tainan, Taiwan

Feb 1, 2020 39:55

Description:

Hear about what to do in Tainan, Taiwan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Katy Liang from photospired.com about her native Taiwan.

AT#689 - Travel to Namibia (Sossusvlei and Namib-Naukluft National Park)

Jan 25, 2020 46:31

Description:

Hear about travel to Namibia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Karthik Iyer about his most recent trip to this desert country.

AT#688 - Travel to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jan 18, 2020 55:30

Description:

Hear about travel to the Mississippi Gulf Coast as the Amateur Traveler talks to Charles McCool from McCoolTravel.com about this tasty area with great beaches.

AT#687 - Travel to Switzerland

Jan 11, 2020 01:06:05

Description:

Hear about travel to Switzerland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Zack Best about this beautiful country where he has studied and worked.

AT#686 - Travel to Moldova

Jan 4, 2020 31:35

Description:

Hear about travel to Moldova as the Amateur Traveler talks to Christina Lutcan from findingelevation.com about her country of origin.

AT#589 - Travel to Lombok, Indonesia (Repeat)

Dec 28, 2019 45:30

Description:

Hear about travel to Lombok in Indonesia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jason Andrew Jenkins from AnEpicEducation.com about his family's recent 5 week trip to this island paradise.

AT#685 - Travel to Krabi, Thailand

Dec 21, 2019 44:08

Description:

Hear about travel to Krabi, Thailand as the Amateur Traveler talks to Annette Fortner from chaseforadventure.com about this tropical paradise.

AT#684 - Travel to Berlin

Dec 14, 2019 56:49

Description:

Hear about travel to Berlin as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dan Noll and Audrey Scott from uncorneredmarket.com about the city they now call home.

AT#683 - Travel to Saint Lucia

Dec 7, 2019 49:45

Description:

Hear about travel to Saint Lucia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Keiwa Simpson from discoverstluciatours.com about her beautiful island.

AT#682 - Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nov 30, 2019 52:49

Description:

Hear about travel to Virunga National Park as the Amateur Traveler talks to Niall from Ireland about his visit to this stunning national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

AT#681 - Travel to Chennai India

Nov 23, 2019 46:39

Description:

Hear about travel to Chennai India as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amanda from millennialtraveller.com about this city in southern India. 

AT#680 - Travel to the Canary Islands

Nov 16, 2019 43:34

Description:

Hear about travel to the Canary Islands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Alice Ford from alicesadventuresonearth.com about the best of the Canary Islands.

AT#679 - Canada's Dempster Highway

Nov 9, 2019 39:45

Description:

Hear about traveling the Dempster Highway as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lisa from TheHotFlashPacker.com about this iconic drive into the Arctic Circle in Canada. 

AT#573 - Travel to the Yukon Territory (Repeat)

Nov 2, 2019 58:52

Description:

Hear about travel to the Yukon Territory in Canada as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stephen Reynolds from Tourism Yukon about a recent trip that I did to his home.

AT#678 - Travel to to Porto, Portugal

Oct 26, 2019 47:48

Description:

Hear about travel to Porto, Portugal as the Amateur Traveler talks to João Reis and Sara Silva from nofootprintnomads.com about their home city.

AT#677 - Travel to Nagoya, Japan

Oct 19, 2019 39:19

Description:

Hear about travel to Nagoya, Japan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lena Yamaguchi from nagoyafoodie.com about her adopted home.

AT#676 - Travel to La Rochelle, France

Oct 12, 2019 35:13

Description:

Hear about travel to La Rochelle, France as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jacob Kell from facilitateluxury.com about this beautiful medieval city. What things are there to do in La Rochelle.

AT#675 - Kansas Road Trip

Oct 5, 2019 01:02:18

Description:

Hear about a road trip in Kansas as the Amateur Traveler talks to John McKenzie of johnthetraveler.com about the state of his birth. 

AT#579 - Travel to Istanbul, Turkey (Repeat)

Sep 28, 2019 48:44

Description:

Hear about travel to Istanbul, Turkey as the Amateur Traveler talks to Christopher Mitchell from travelingmitch.com about the city where he lived for 3 years.

AT#674 - Travel to the Le Marche Region of Italy

Sep 21, 2019 54:02

Description:

Hear about travel to the Le Marche Region of Italy as the Amateur Traveler talks to Chantelle and Giovanni from theitalianontour.com about this off the beaten path destination.

AT#673 - Travel to Kenya

Sep 14, 2019 59:58

Description:

Hear about places to visit in Kenya as the Amateur Traveler talks to Shane Dallas from TheTravelCamel.com about his adopted country.

AT#672 - Kumano Kodo Trail in Japan

Sep 7, 2019 44:24

Description:

Hear about hiking the Kumano Koto trek in Japan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sherry Ott about her experience on this trail that was used by medieval emperors on the Kii Peninsula. 

AT#671 - Travel to Lafayette, Louisiana

Aug 31, 2019 46:30

Description:

Hear about travel to Lafayette, Louisiana as the Amateur Traveler talks to Susan Moore from solotripsandtips.com about this center of Cajun culture.

AT#670 - Africa Overland - Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Aug 24, 2019 49:21

Description:

In this special episode of Amateur Traveler, I get to introduce to you some of the wonderful people who joined me in Africa last May. We drove overland from Johannesburg, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. 

AT#669 - Best California State Parks

Aug 17, 2019 52:49

Description:

Hear about the best of California's state parks as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jeff Ohlfs who has been to all the parks in the state park system.

AT#668 - Travel to Lima Peru

Aug 10, 2019 48:35

Description:

Hear about travel to Lima, Peru as the Amateur Traveler talks to Maggie O’Reilly from the Mayta Collection about a city she has come to love.

AT#667 - Travel to Sri Lanka

Aug 3, 2019 42:55

Description:

Hear about travel to Sri Lanka as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mike Powers of SmallOfTheRoad.blogspot.ca about his recent trip to the island nation.

AT#666 - Travel to Saskatchewan

Jul 27, 2019 42:11

Description:

Hear about travel to Saskatchewan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ashlyn George from thelostgirlsguide.com about her home province of Canada. 

AT#665 - National Parks in and near Washington D.C.

Jul 20, 2019 51:08

Description:

Hear about National Parks in Washington D.C. and the vicinity as the Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith about monuments, memorials, mansions, battlefields, gardens and more.

AT#664 - Danube River Cruise

Jul 13, 2019 51:13

Description:

Hear about a cruise on the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers from Budapest to Amsterdam as the Amateur Traveler talks again to travel writer Mark Baker.

AT#663 - Travel to Southwest Colorado

Jul 6, 2019 39:14

Description:

Hear about travel to Southwest Colorado as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kelly Beasley and Marshall Wendler about road trips they have made to Durango and Silverton.

AT#662 - Travel to the Piedmont Region of Italy

Jun 29, 2019 37:18

Description:

Hear about travel to Barolo and the Piedmont region of Italy as the Amateur Traveler talks to Betsy and Greg Ball from eurotravelcoach.com about this wine region that they love.

AT#661 - Travel to the Algarve, Portugal

Jun 22, 2019 37:37

Description:

Hear about travel to the Algarve region of Southern Portugal as the Amateur Traveler talks to Eileen Cotter Wright from purewander.com.

AT#660 - Travel to Manchester England

Jun 15, 2019 43:57

Description:

Hear about travel to Manchester England as the Amateur Traveler talks to Helena Ringstrom about her adopted home.

AT#659 - Travel to Wyoming

Jun 8, 2019 37:28

Description:

Hear about travel to Wyoming's national parks, state parks, and tourist sites as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jennifer Melroy from nationalparkobsessed.com about her love for the state.

AT#552 - Travel to Northern Italy (replay)

Jun 1, 2019 44:43

Description:

Hear about travel to Mantua, Verona, Padua Italy as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gina Mussio from ginamussio.com about these wonderful cities in her adopted country.

AT#658 - Travel the Northern Mississippi River Valley

May 25, 2019 58:18

Description:

Hear about travel to the Northern Mississippi River Valley in Minnesota and Wisconsin as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dean Klinkenberg from MississippiValleyTraveler.com about this stretch of America's mightiest river.

AT#657 - Travel to Bath, England

May 18, 2019 36:50

Description:

Hear about travel to Bath, England as the Amateur Traveler talks to Karen Warren about her new hometown.

AT#656 - Travel to Slovenia

May 11, 2019 46:43

Description:

Hear about travel to Slovenia as Chris Christensen (the Amateur Traveler) talks about his recent solo road trip through western Slovenia as a guest of the Slovenia Tourism board. 

AT#655 - Canal Cruising in France

May 4, 2019 46:56

Description:

Hear about travel to The Canal du Midi and Carcassonne in southern France as Chris from the Amateur Traveler talks about his recent luxury hotel barge cruise.

AT#564 - Travel to Curaçao

Apr 27, 2019 56:26

Description:

Hear about travel to Curaçao as the Amateur Traveler talks to Wendy Blumenstein-Elliott from adventurousretirement.com about her favorite Caribbean island.

AT#653 - Travel to Thailand

Apr 20, 2019 36:49

Description:

Hear about travel to Thailand as the Amateur Traveler talks to Taiss and Rob from togethertowherever.com about the country where they lived as expats for some time.

AT#652 - Alaska National Parks

Apr 13, 2019 46:48

Description:

Hear about travel to Alaska's National Parks as the Amateur Traveler talks once again to Gary Arndt about his visits to each of the 8 National Parks in Alaska.

AT#651 - Travel to Sicily in Italy

Apr 6, 2019 41:55

Description:

Hear about travel to the Island of Sicily in Italy as the Amateur Traveler talks to Barbara Riedel from barbaralicious.com about the home of her mother's family and the "home of her heart".

AT#650 - Travel to Rajasthan, India

Mar 30, 2019 50:24

Description:

Hear about travel to the northern India state of Rajasthan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dr Pankaj Jain about his native region.

AT#550 - Travel to Tokyo, Japan (replay)

Mar 23, 2019 53:51

Description:

Hear about travel to Tokyo as the Amateur Traveler talks to family travel blogger / podcaster Jason Andrew Jenkins from AnEpicEducation.com about a city he called home for 13 years.

AT#649 - Travel to Bali

Mar 16, 2019 32:03

Description:

Hear about travel to the Island of Bali in Indonesia as the Amateur Traveler talks to David Brodie from TravelIn10.com about a recent family trip to this popular tropical destination.

AT#648 - Route 66 Road Trip

Mar 9, 2019 53:34

Description:

Hear about a Route 66 road trip as the Amateur Traveler talks to Austin Coop from 2laneamerica.com and guidedroute66tours.com about the Mother Road.

AT#647 - Travel to Phoenix, Arizona

Mar 2, 2019 49:35

Description:

Hear about travel to Phoenix, Arizona as the Amateur Traveler talks to Cindy Carlsson about Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun.

AT#646 - Travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Feb 23, 2019 49:37

Description:

Hear about travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Keri Hedrick from ourglobetrotters.com and familytravel-middleeast.com about her adopted country.

AT#645 - Travel to The Island of Samos, Greece

Feb 16, 2019 01:00:47

Description:

Hear about travel to The Island of Samos in Greece and the vicinity as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dan from the Zipping Around the World podcast about this part of the Greek Islands. 

AT#644 - Travel to Idaho

Feb 9, 2019 52:01

Description:

Hear about travel to an Idaho road trip as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jaime Mazur about her honeymoon in Idaho.

AT#643 - Travel to Serbia

Feb 2, 2019 48:11

Description:

Hear about travel to Serbia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stephanie Craig and Allison Green from sofiaadventures.com about one of the Balkan countries that they love.

AT#642 - Travel to Guangzhou, China

Jan 26, 2019 52:18

Description:

Hear about what to do in Guangzhou as the Amateur Traveler talks to Bill Abbott about a somewhat less well known area for tourists in China.

AT#641 - Travel to New Zealand

Jan 19, 2019 50:54

Description:

Hear about a two week New Zealand road trip  as the Amateur Traveler talks to Hanson Cheng.

AT#640 - Travel to Chad

Jan 12, 2019 42:52

Description:

Hear about travel to Chad as the Amateur Traveler talks to Francis Tapon about his travel to Chad as part of a 5 and a half year journey to all 54 countries in Africa.

AT#639 - Botswana Safari

Jan 5, 2019 01:14:55

Description:

Hear about travel to Botswana on safari as I, the Amateur Traveler, relates stories from his recent experience on mobile safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta and a Safari Camp experience in the Kalahari desert on a press trip with Botswana Trek.

AT#638 - Travel to Beijing, China

Dec 29, 2018 01:05:26

Description:

Hear about travel to Beijing, China as the Amateur Traveler talks to Daniel Rickleman who calls Beijing Home.

AT#549 - Travel to Scotland (Repeat)

Dec 22, 2018 51:33

Description:

Hear about travel to Scotland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sarah from www.thegirlwiththemaptattoo.com about travel to this beautiful and historic country.

AT#637 - Visiting Universal Orlando Resort

Dec 15, 2018 53:47

Description:

Hear about visiting Universal Orlando Resort as the Amateur Traveler talks to Eric Stoen from travelbabbo.com about he and his kids favorite theme parks.

AT#636 - Travel to Hong Kong

Dec 8, 2018 43:08

Description:

Hear about travel to Hong Kong as the Amateur Traveler talks to Marianne Rogerson from mumonthemove.com about the city where she lived for 4 years.

AT#635 - Travel to New York's Hudson Valley

Dec 1, 2018 55:29

Description:

Hear about things to do in the Hudson Valley in New York  as the Amateur Traveler talks to Adrien Behn from the Stranger's Abroad Podcast about this beautiful region where she grew up.

AT#634 - Travel to Mauritius

Nov 24, 2018 32:57

Description:

Hear about travel to Mauritius as the Amateur Traveler talks to Corinne Vail from ReflectionsEnroute.com about her visit to this warm island paradise.

AT#633 Travel to Seoul, South Korea

Nov 17, 2018 46:00

Description:

Hear about travel to Seoul, South Korea as the Amateur Traveler talks to Spencer Zentzch the CEO of Hacker Paradise about a city where he has live for 3 years over 6 different trips.

AT#632 - Travel to Central Europe (Prague, Krakow, Budapest)

Nov 10, 2018 50:40

Description:

Hear about travel to Central Europe (Prague, Krakow, Budapest) as the Amateur Traveler talks to 4 people who joined me on this year's Amateur Traveler trip: Darrell, Derrick, Loraine and Holly.

AT#631 - Travel to Patagonia in Chile

Nov 3, 2018 39:46

Description:

Hear about travel to Patagonia in Chile as the Amateur Traveler talks to Talek Nantes about her recent trip to the bottom of South America.

AT#630 - Travel to Boston, Massachusetts

Oct 27, 2018 53:51

Description:

Hear about travel to Boston, Massachusetts as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lillie Marshall from AroundTheWorldL.com about her hometown.

AT#629 - Travel to the Big Island of Hawaii

Oct 20, 2018 55:16

Description:

Hear about travel to the Big Island of Hawaii as the Amateur Traveler talks to Justin Barnes from justinandcrystal.com about his island home.

AT#628 - Travel to Singapore

Oct 13, 2018 57:29

Description:

Hear about travel to the island, city and country of Singapore as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ashley Hall who lives there.

AT#627 - Travel to Minas Gerais, Brazil

Oct 6, 2018 35:41

Description:

Hear about travel to Minas Gerais, Brazil as the Amateur Traveler talks to Juergen Keller from southamerica.travel about the colonial heart of Brazil.

AT#626 - The Liberation Route Europe (WWII)

Sep 29, 2018 53:27

Description:

Hear about travel to some of the WWII sites in Western Europe  as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt from everything-everywhere.com about the Liberation Route.

AT#625 - Travel to Langkawi Malaysia

Sep 22, 2018 28:35

Description:

Hear about travel to Langkawi Malaysia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Rod Sanchez from The Jetsetting Family Travel Podcast at thejetsettingfamily.com about this island paradise.

AT#624 - Travel to Los Angeles, California

Sep 15, 2018 48:05

Description:

los ángeles,hollywood,california,southern california,travel

AT#623 - Switzerland UNESCO Sites

Sep 8, 2018 59:44

Description:

Hear about travel to Switzerland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt from everything-everywhere.com about his recent trip to visit all the UNESCO sites in Switzerland.

AT#622 - Travel to San Francisco, California

Sep 1, 2018 53:04

Description:

Hear about travel to San Francisco, California as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jill Robinson and Kimberley Levato authors of 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die.

AT#621 - Travel to Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania

Aug 25, 2018 42:23

Description:

Hear about travel to Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tom Shaner about his hometown.

AT#620 - Sail the Virgin Islands

Aug 18, 2018 51:58

Description:

Hear about travel to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Captain Shane McClellan about a sailing trip to the area.

AT#619 - Travel to Valencia, Spain

Aug 11, 2018 58:26

Description:

Hear about travel to Valencia, Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jason Jenkins from AnEpicEducation.com about the 2 years his family lived in Spain's 3rd largest city.

AT#618 - Travel to Western Australia

Aug 4, 2018 32:06

Description:

Hear about travel to Western Australia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Erica Carrico from ericacarrico.com about her trip to the wild and surprising Pilbara region.

AT#617 - Travel to Southern Florida - Miami, The Everglades, The Florida Keys, Key West

Jul 28, 2018 01:06:04

Description:

Hear about travel to South Florida (Miami, Everglades National Park, and the Florida Keys) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith from onmyfeetorinmymind.com about this diverse region.

AT#616 - Travel to the Island of Sumatra, Indonesia

Jul 21, 2018 41:59

Description:

Hear about travel to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Luke Mackin from wildsumatra.com about this far-flung destination he now calls home.

AT#615 - Travel to the Coffee Region of Colombia

Jul 14, 2018 33:49

Description:

Hear about travel to the coffee region of Colombia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Alejandro from Bogota about an area of his country that he thinks doesn't get enough attention.

AT#614 - Travel to Qingdao, China

Jul 7, 2018 36:52

Description:

Hear about travel to Qingdao as the Amateur Traveler talks to Joseph Weiner about travel to the coastal city in China.

AT#613 - Travel to Alabama

Jun 30, 2018 53:05

Description:

Hear about travel to Alabama as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Larry Bleiberg about his adopted home state.

AT#612 - Travel to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina

Jun 23, 2018 49:43

Description:

Hear about travel to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kit Parks from the Active Travel Adventures Podcast about the area.

AT#611 - Basque Spain

Jun 16, 2018 44:17

Description:

Hear about travel to the Basque Region of Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to David Bumstead about his adopted country and region.

AT#610 - Travel to Guna Yala, Panama

Jun 9, 2018 37:45

Description:

Hear about travel to the Guna Yala region of Panama as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lynn Smith from lynnsmithdestinations.com about a small boat cruise in these remote islands.

AT#609 - Travel to Shanghai, China

Jun 2, 2018 44:43

Description:

Hear about travel to Shanghai, China as the Amateur Traveler talks to Carissa who is an American living in the city.

AT#512 - Travel to Cambodia (repeat)

May 26, 2018 49:05

Description:

This episode of the Amateur Traveler talks about the recent Amateur Traveler trip to Cambodia. 7 of the 9 people who joined me on this trip also join me for the podcast to share the highlights, surprises and challenges of the trip.

AT#608 - Travel to Jamaica

May 19, 2018 37:25

Description:

Hear about travel to Jamaica as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dave and Deb from theplanetD.com about their trips to the island.

AT#607 - Travel to Budapest, Hungary

May 12, 2018 48:22

Description:

Hear about travel to Budapest, Hungary as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jennifer Dombrowski from luxeadventuretraveler.com about her trips to the city.

AT#606 - Travel to Denmark

May 5, 2018 37:34

Description:

Hear about travel to Denmark as the Amateur Traveler talks to Joe Trevillion about a country where he has lived at times and where he has traveled recently.

AT#605 - Travel Along the Volga River in Russia

Apr 28, 2018 52:53

Description:

Hear about travel to Russia along the Volga River as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Mark Baker about this destination that he recently wrote about.

AT#604 - Travel to Montenegro

Apr 21, 2018 38:43

Description:

Hear about travel to Montenegro as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt from everything-everywhere.com about his recent trip to this beautiful mountainous country in the Balkans.

AT#603 - Travel to Mongolia

Apr 14, 2018 41:29

Description:

Hear about travel to Mongolia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Patricia from zewanderingfrogs.com about travel to this remote destination.

AT#602 - Travel to Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico

Apr 7, 2018 56:10

Description:

Hear about travel to Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tommo & Megsy from foodfuntravel.com about their recent homebase.

AT#601 - Travel to the Island of Crete in Greece

Mar 31, 2018 33:33

Description:

Hear about travel to the Island of Crete in Greece as the Amateur Traveler talks to Elizabeth from compassandfork.com about her travels to this special Greek Island.

AT#600 - Travel to Chengdu, China

Mar 24, 2018 35:29

Description:

Hear about travel to Chengdu, China as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jessica Elliot from howdareshe.org about her recent trip.

AT#599 - Travel to Madagascar

Mar 17, 2018 46:46

Description:

Hear about travel to Madagascar as the Amateur Traveler talks to Corinne Vale from reflectionsenroute.com about her travel to this island nation off southern Africa.

#547 - 1 Kings 4 – Solomon’s Officials and Governors

Mar 15, 2018 13:08

Description:

This is the episode is part 37 in a study of the kings of Israel and Judah. In this episode we see how Solomon organizes his new kingdom. We also see the torched passed to a new generation of leaders.

AT#598 - Travel to Brooklyn, New York

Mar 10, 2018 51:11

Description:

Hear about travel to the borough of Brooklyn in New York City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jessica Festa from jessieonajourney.com who used to live in the city and still leads tours there.

 

AT#597 - Travel to Chicago, Illinois

Mar 4, 2018 50:23

Description:

Hear about travel to Chicago, Illinois as the Amateur Traveler talks to Francesca Mazurkiewicz about her hometown of Chicago.

AT#596 - Travel to Tucson, Arizona

Feb 25, 2018 28:49

Description:

Hear about travel to Tucson, Arizona  as the Amateur Traveler talks to Misty Foster from Green Suitcase Travel about her adopted desert home.

 

AT#595 - Travel to Columbus and Central Ohio

Feb 18, 2018 38:33

Description:

Hear about travel to Columbus and central Ohio as the Amateur Traveler talks to Matthew Caracciolo from matthewcaracciolo.com about what to do in the Buckeye State.

AT#594 - Travel to Joshua Tree National Park

Feb 11, 2018 40:54

Description:

Hear about travel to Joshua Tree National Park in southern California as the Amateur Traveler talks to retired chief ranger from the park, Jeff Ohlfs.

AT#593 - Travel to Bhutan

Feb 4, 2018 43:49

Description:

Hear about travel to Bhutan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Beth Whitman from WanderlustAndLipstick.com about this country that she has fallen in love with.

AT#592 - Travel to Northern Flanders (Belgium)

Jan 27, 2018 42:04

Description:

Hear about travel to Mechelen, Hasselt and Leuven in Northern Flanders (Belgium) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sofie Couwenbergh from WonderfulWanderings.com about her country.

AT#591 - Travel to Rwanda

Jan 21, 2018 32:39

Description:

Hear about travel to Rwanda as the Amateur Traveler talks to VJ from imvoyager.com about his trip to that country.

 

AT#590 - Travel to India with the Amateur Traveler

Jan 14, 2018 49:54

Description:

Hear about travel to India as the Amateur Traveler talks to participants from the Amateur Traveler trip to India in November of 2017. 

AT#589 - Travel to Lombok, Indonesia

Jan 7, 2018 47:11

Description:

Hear about travel to Lombok in Indonesia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jason Andrew Jenkins from AnEpicEducation.com about his family's recent 5 week trip to this island paradise.

AT#588 - Travel to New Caledonia

Dec 31, 2017 46:35

Description:

Hear about travel to New Caledonia as the Amateur Traveler talks to CJ Johnson from the MOVIELAND ABC Radio Show and Podcast about his recent trip to this part of France in the South Pacific.

AT#480 - United States UNESCO World Heritage Sites (replay)

Dec 24, 2017 45:44

Description:

Hear about the United States UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt from Everything-Everywhere.com and The Global Travel Conspiracy podcast about these best of the best sites.

AT#587 - Travel to Quebec

Dec 17, 2017 49:36

Description:

Hear about travel to the province of Quebec as the Amateur Traveler talks to Margarita Ibbott from downshiftingpro.com about a 7-10 day Itinerary to Montreal, Quebec City and Quebec Maritime.

AT#586 - Travel to Belize

Dec 10, 2017 34:27

Description:

Hear about travel to Belize as the Amateur Traveler talks to Allison Greene from eternalarrival.com about her time in this small tropical country filled with shades of blue and green.

AT#585 - Travel to Northern Chile

Dec 3, 2017 40:47

Description:

Hear about travel to Northern Chile as the Amateur Traveler talks to Steph Dyson from worldlyadventurer.com about her adopted country.

AT#584 - Travel to Belarus

Nov 26, 2017 40:40

Description:

Hear about travel to Belarus as the Amateur Traveler talks to Megan Starr from meganstarr.com about her travels to a country that is transitioning from the "last Soviet dictatorship" to a high tech powerhouse. 

AT#583 - Travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico

Nov 19, 2017 35:06

Description:

Hear about travel to Albuquerque as Chris Christensen, the Amateur Traveler himself, talks about his trip to Albuquerque during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. 

AT#527 - Travel to Napa and Sonoma, California (replay)

Nov 12, 2017 50:12

Description:

Hear about travel to California's premier wine region of Napa and Sonoma as the Amateur Traveler talks again to free lance journalist Jill Robinson about this area with more than just wine... but a lot of that

AT#582 - Travel to Providence, Rhode Island

Nov 5, 2017 25:59

Description:

Hear about travel to Providence, Rhode Island as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tamara Gruber from we3travel.com and the Vacation Mavens podcast about travel other home town.

AT#581 - Travel to Kiev, Ukraine

Oct 29, 2017 38:10

Description:

Hear about travel to Kiev in the Ukraine as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amy Butler from thewayfarersbook.com about her adopted city.

AT#580 - Travel to Mexico City, Mexico

Oct 22, 2017 40:13

Description:

Hear about travel to Mexico City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Patrick Muntzinger from GermanBackPacker.com about the city where he lived for 4 months last Spring on a semester abroad.

AT#579 - Travel to Istanbul, Turkey

Oct 15, 2017 49:43

Description:

Hear about travel to Istanbul, Turkey as the Amateur Traveler talks to Christopher Mitchel from travelingmitch.com about the city where he lived for 3 years.

AT#578 - Road Trip in Southern New Brunswick

Oct 8, 2017 33:37

Description:

Hear about travel to Southern New Brunswick as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kirsten Maxwell from kidsareatrip.com about her recent travel to the Province with her family.

AT#577 - Travel to Barbados

Oct 1, 2017 40:25

Description:

Hear about travel to Barbados as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jane and Duncan from totraveltoo.com about the time they spent on the island recently.

AT#576 - Travel to Washington State

Sep 24, 2017 36:06

Description:

Hear about travel to the state of Washington as the Amateur Traveler talks to Anne and Mike Howard from HoneyTrek.com about their recent road trip from the ocean to the mountains to the wine region.

AT#575 - Travel to Albania

Sep 17, 2017 46:18

Description:

Hear about travel to Albania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dina Rabiner about her visit to the country where she originally went as a Peace Corps volunteer.

AT#574 - Cruise to the Western Mediterranean on Holland America's Westerdam

Sep 9, 2017 48:23

Description:

Hear about a western Mediterranean cruise to Spain, Gibraltar, France, Monaco and Italy on Holland America's Westerdam where I just attended a press trip.

AT#573 - Travel to the Yukon Territory

Sep 2, 2017 59:23

Description:

Hear about travel to the Yukon Territory in Canada as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stephen Reynolds from Tourism Yukon about a recent trip that I did to his home.

AT#572 - Travel to the Lofoten Islands of Norway

Aug 26, 2017 45:24

Description:

Hear about travel to the Lofoten Islands of Norway as the Amateur Traveler talks to David Nikel, author of the Moon guide to Norway, about one of his favorite regions in that beautiful country.

AT#571 - Travel to Uzbekistan

Aug 20, 2017 51:19

Description:

Hear about travel to Uzbekistan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Latish Sharma about his travels on the Silk Road to ancient cities including Samarkand.

AT#570 - Travel to Sofia, Bulgaria

Aug 7, 2017 49:46

Description:

Hear about travel to Sofia, Bulgaria as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stephanie Craig from historyfangirl.com about her time in that country.

AT#569 - Travel to Brazil

Jul 30, 2017 40:52

Description:

Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and Manaus on the Amazon

AT#568 - Hiking the Camino Ronda in Northern Spain

Jul 23, 2017 46:42

Description:

Hear about hiking the Camino Ronda in Northern Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sherry Ott about her trek along the coastline of the Costa Brava region.

AT#567 Travel to the Hebrides in Scotland

Jul 16, 2017 51:31

Description:

Hear about travel to The Hebrides as the Amateur Traveler talks to Matt Higgs about his trip to these remote islands in Scotland.

AT#566 - Travel to Algeria

Jul 9, 2017 42:56

Description:

Hear about travel to Algeria as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ric Gazarian from GlobalGaz.com about travel to this "off the beaten path" destination.

AT#565 - Travel to Madrid, Spain

Jul 2, 2017 57:08

Description:

Hear about travel to Madrid, Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to James Blick from DevourTours.com and Yolanda Martin from TheFlamencoGuide.com about their city.

AT#564 - Road Trip in Central Mexico

Jun 25, 2017 47:28

Description:

Hear about a road trip in Central Mexico as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amie from thetravelingtogetherjournal.com about a trip they took near Mexico City.

AT#563 - Travel to The Seychelles

Jun 18, 2017 39:40

Description:

Hear about travel to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jennifer Dombrowski of luxeadventuretraveler.com about her recent trip to this island paradise.

AT#562 - Travel to Northern Arizona

Jun 11, 2017 42:23

Description:

Hear about travel to Northern Arizona as the Amateur Traveler talks to journalist Mark Smith about his recent road trip to beautiful Northern Arizona including half a dozen different parks in the National Park system.

AT#561 - Travel to Nanjing, China

Jun 4, 2017 40:35

Description:

Hear about travel to Nanjing, China as the Amateur Traveler talks to Wendy Werneth from thenomadicvegan.com about a city she has grown to love.

AT#560 - Travel to Baja Sur and the Sea of Cortez in Mexico

May 28, 2017 44:18

Description:

Hear about travel to Baja Sur in Mexico as the Amateur Traveler talks to   author and travel writer Stuart Gustafson about his love affair with the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. 

AT#441 - Travel to Poland (replay)

May 22, 2017 59:13

Description:

Hear about travel to Poland as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Chris Bogdon about his recent trip to Poland. Chris brought his kids and his parents to experience the country where his family came from. Chris did an overview of the country on a bus tour.

AT#454 - Travel to Mumbai, India (repeat)

May 14, 2017 43:01

Description:

Hear about travel to Mumbai India as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stephanie Hays of RealityToursAndTravel.com about travel to this crowded, noisy, vibrant city. With the background sounds of the horns of auto rickshaws we find out why a girl from Chattanooga, Tennessee ended up in India's largest city.

AT#559 - Travel to Baden-Württemberg in Germany

May 6, 2017 32:11

Description:

Hear about travel to the German state of Baden-Württemberg as the Amateur Traveler, Chris Christensen, talks about his recent press trip there to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the bicycle. 

AT#558 - UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Israel and Palestine

Apr 29, 2017 53:01

Description:

Hear about travel to Israel and Palestine, and particularly the world heritage sites of that region, as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt from everything-everywhere.com about his recent visit.
Gary just finished up a trip to Israel and Palestine.

AT#557 - Travel to the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina

Apr 23, 2017 38:14

Description:

Hear about travel to the "Sea Islands" off the coats of Georgia and South Carolina as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ruby & Peter from ajourneywelove.com about their travels in this archipelago.

AT#556 - Travel to Loja and Southern Ecuador

Apr 16, 2017 45:55

Description:

Hear about travel to Loja and Southern Ecuador as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lily Ann Fouts about her visit to this lesser known region of Ecuador. 

AT#555 - Travel to Northeastern Netherlands

Apr 9, 2017 49:57

Description:

Hear about travel to the Northeastern region of the Netherlands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Rachel Heller from rachelheller.org about her adopted country.

AT#554 - Travel to Gdansk, Poland

Apr 2, 2017 32:05

Description:

Hear about travel to Gdansk Poland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Roma and Russell from RoamingRequired.com about travel to this historic and beautiful city on the Baltic coast of Poland.

AT#553 - Travel to the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Mar 26, 2017 49:32

Description:

Hear about travel to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to tour guide Mareth Griffith about her adopted home. 

AT#552 - Travel to Northern Italy (Mantua, Verona, Padua)

Mar 19, 2017 45:38

Description:

Hear about travel to Mantua, Verona, Padua Italy as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gina Mussio from ginamussio.com about these wonderful cities in her adopted country.

AT#551 - Travel to Zambia

Mar 12, 2017 44:10

Description:

Hear about travel to Zambia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Graham Wales from outboundclan.com about their epic honeymoon in Africa and how they fell in love with Zambia.

AT#550 - Travel to Tokyo, Japan

Mar 5, 2017 53:48

Description:

Hear about travel to Tokyo as the Amateur Traveler talks to family travel blogger / podcaster Jason Andrew Jenkins from AnEpicEducation.com about a city he called home for 13 years.

AT#549 - Travel to Scotland

Feb 26, 2017 53:54

Description:

Hear about travel to Scotland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sarah from www.thegirlwiththemaptattoo.com about travel to this beautiful and historic country.

AT#473 - Cruising Southeastern Alaska on Un-Cruise (repeat)

Feb 19, 2017 27:52

Description:

Hear about Cruising Southeastern Alaska on Un-Cruise Adventures as the Amateur Traveler goes on a cruise where dressing for dinner and bingo are replaced with kayaking and bushwhacking.

AT#548 - Travel to Northern Vietnam

Feb 12, 2017 49:36

Description:

Hear about travel to Northern Vietnam as the Amateur Traveler talks to Cindy Carlsson about her trip to some popular sites and some way off the beaten track places.

AT#547 - Road Trip to British Columbia National Parks

Feb 5, 2017 53:38

Description:

Hear about travel to 4 national parks in British Columbia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Carolyn B. Heller author of "Moon Vancouver & Canadian Rockies Road Trip".

AT#546 - Travel to Geneva, Switzerland

Jan 29, 2017 41:27

Description:

Hear about travel to Geneva, Switzerland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Leyla Giray Alianak about the region where she lives. 

AT#545 - Travel to Oklahoma City

Jan 22, 2017 44:09

Description:

Hear about travel to Oklahoma City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sheila Scarborough from Tourism Currents about what she calls a "tremendously underrated destination".

AT#544 - Travel to Ethiopia

Jan 15, 2017 41:24

Description:

Hear about travel to Ethiopia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Anwar from beyondmyfrontdoor.com about travel to this country rich with beauty and history.

AT#543 - Travel to Perak, Malaysia

Jan 8, 2017 37:28

Description:

Hear about travel to Perak, Malaysia  as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jub from TikiTouringKiwi.com about this region that Lonely Planet named as one of the 10 best regions to visit in 2017.

AT#542 - Travel to Oman

Jan 1, 2017 41:58

Description:

Hear about travel to the Sultanate of Oman as the Amateur Traveler talks to Claire Robinson from zigzagonearth.com about her trip to this middle eastern country. 

AT#317 - Travel to India (repeat)

Dec 25, 2016 37:25

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to David Grenewetzki about his first trip to India. His itinerary covered Mombai, Bangalore, Rajasthan, Delhi and then ended at the Indian wedding of friends. They started in Mumbai where they saw sites like the arch of India and Elephanta Caves. Near Bangalore they made a side trip to see the Jain pilgrimage site of Shravanabelagola and the palace of Tipu Sultan at Mysore. In Udaipu they splurged and stayed in both the City Palace and the Lake Palace Hotels.

AT#541 - Travel to Republic of Georgia

Dec 18, 2016 54:08

Description:

Hear about travel to The Republic of Georgia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Samantha Guthrie about this ancient country in the corner of Europe.

AT#540 - Travel to the Kansai Region of Japan

Dec 11, 2016 52:15

Description:

Hear about travel to the Kansai Region of Japan (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, etc) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amanda Kendle from the Thoughtful Travel Podcast about one of her favorite parts of the world. Amanda originally came to Kansai to teach English and fell in loved with it.

AT#539 - Travel to Cape Town, South Africa

Dec 4, 2016 52:05

Description:

Hear about travel to Cape Town, South Africa as the Amateur Traveler talks to Annika Ziehen from Midnight Blue Elephant about her former hometown

AT#538 - Travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Nov 27, 2016 28:30

Description:

Hear about travel to Milwaukee as the Amateur Traveler talks to Barbara Ali about her hometown on the shores of Lake Michigan.

AT#537 - Travel to Sydney, Australia

Nov 20, 2016 34:42

Description:

Hear about travel to Sydney, Australia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Roma Small from RoamingRequired.com about her hometown. 

AT#536 - Travel to Bordeaux, France

Nov 13, 2016 41:24

Description:

Hear about travel to Bordeaux, France as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jennifer Dombrowski from luxadventuretraveler.com about her new hometown in one of France's most famous wine regions.

AT#535 - Travel to Jasper, Alberta

Nov 7, 2016 38:02

Description:

Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Learn what to see and do, where to hike and when to come.

AT#534 - Travel to Micronesia (Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru)

Oct 30, 2016 53:39

Description:

Hear about travel to the countries of Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru in Micronesia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stefan from Rapid Travel Chai about these small difficult to reach island nations. 

AT#533 - Travel to Eastern Taiwan

Oct 23, 2016 39:24

Description:

Hear about travel to Eastern Taiwan as the Amateur Traveler talks to freelance travel writer Robert Kelly about a destination he literally wrote the book on.

AT#423 - Travel to Jordan (repeat)

Oct 16, 2016 27:57

Description:

Hear about travel to Jordan as the Amateur Traveler himself, Chris Christensen, relates stories about his visit to the country. 

AT#532 - Travel to Helsinki, Finland

Oct 9, 2016 36:20

Description:

Hear about travel to Helsinki, Finland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Inna from the Finnish Family Travel Blog about her hometown. 

AT#531 - Travel to Patagonia in Argentina

Oct 2, 2016 37:53

Description:

Hear about travel to Patagonia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jackie Nourse about this region of southern Argentina.

AT#530 - Travel to Qatar

Sep 25, 2016 46:22

Description:

Hear about travel to Qatar as the Amateur Traveler talks to Richard Parr from the Best In the World Podcast about this middle eastern country where he lived for 6 years.

AT#529 - Travel to the Finger Lakes in New York

Sep 18, 2016 38:16

Description:

Hear about travel to the Finger Lakes in New York as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lillie Marshall from Around the World "L" about this area of water and wine.

AT#538 - Travel to Tibet

Sep 11, 2016 46:40

Description:

Hear about travel to Tibet as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lee Deitesfeld & Travis Bingaman about their trip to this complicated and fascinating country.

AT#527 - Travel to Napa and Sonoma, California

Sep 4, 2016 49:37

Description:

Hear about travel to California's premier wine region of Napa and Sonoma as the Amateur Traveler talks again to free lance journalist Jill Robinson about this area with more than just wine... but a lot of that

AT#526 - Travel to Richmond, Virginia

Aug 28, 2016 38:25

Description:

Hear about travel to Richmond, Virginia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Becky Pekora from TheGirlAndGlobe.com about her adopted hometown.

AT#525 - Baltic Cruise with Viking Ocean

Aug 21, 2016 01:10:38

Description:

Hear about a Baltic Cruise on Viking Ocean as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mary Jo Manzanares from travelingwithmj.com about their recent Viking Homelands cruise on the Viking Sea.

AT#524 - Hiking the Peaks of the Balkans (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro)

Aug 14, 2016 56:25

Description:

Hear about hiking the Peaks of the Balkans trail in Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dan and Audrey from uncorneredmarket.com about this off the beaten track route in Europe.

AT#523 - Travel to North Dakota

Aug 7, 2016 50:18

Description:

Hear about travel to North Dakota as the Amateur Traveler talks to resident Derrick Schiff about this often ignored state. 

AT#522 - Travel to the Dordogne Region of France

Jul 24, 2016 01:00:13

Description:

Hear about travel to the Dordogne region of France as the Amateur Traveler talks to Laurence Norah about this region known for it's picturesque villages and castles. 

AT#406 - Travel to the Russian Far East (repeat)

Jul 17, 2016 52:55

Description:

Hear about travel to the Russian Far East as the Amateur Traveler talks to freelance travel journalist Robert Reid about his numerous journeys to this remote part of Russia.

AT#521 - Travel to Greenland

Jul 10, 2016 20:57

Description:

Hear about travel to Greenland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Matthew Karsten from expertvagabond.com about his recent visit to this remote island.

Travel to Turks and Caicos - Episode 520

Jul 2, 2016 42:04

Description:

Hear about travel to Turks and Caicos as the Amateur Traveler talks to author Donna Seim about her favorite archipelago.

AT#519 - Road Trip Through Luther Land and the Heart of Germany

Jun 26, 2016 51:22

Description:

In preparation for the 2017 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Chris (the Amateur Traveler) took a road trip through "Luther Land" and the heart of Germany.

AT#399 - Travel to Flanders in Belgium (repeat)

Jun 19, 2016 24:25

Description:

Hear about travel to Flanders in Belgium from the Amateur Traveler. I recently traveled to 5 cities in Belgium: Antwerp, Ghent, Ieper, Bruges and Brussels. Each of these historic cities is wonderfully picturesque, even on a grey November day. 

AT#518 - Travel to the Island of Kauai

Jun 12, 2016 40:18

Description:

Hear about travel to the Island of Kauai as the Amateur Traveler talks to Betsy and Pete Wuebker from PassingThru.com about the Garden Island. 

AT#517 - Travel to the Danube Delta, Romania

Jun 4, 2016 37:17

Description:

Hear about travel to the Danube Delta in Romania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Christian Cummins about traveling to this UNESCO biosphere in Europe.

AT#516 - Travel to Sardinia, Italy

May 28, 2016 31:25

Description:

Hear about travel to Sardinia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Max Hartshorne from gonomad.com about this off the beaten path part of Italy. 

AT#515 - Travel to Far West China (Xinjiang)

May 22, 2016 48:46

Description:

Hear about travel to Far West China (Xinjiang) as theAmateur Traveler talks to Josh Summers from FarWestChina.com about his adopted home where China meets Central Asia.

AT#514 - Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Italy

May 15, 2016 37:12

Description:

Hear about travel to Naples and the Amalfi Coast in Italy as the Amateur Traveler talks to Beth Rubin from SelectItaly.com about how to plan a trip to this beautiful region. 

AT#513 - Travel to the United Arab Emirates

May 7, 2016 51:04

Description:

Hear about travel to United Arab Emirates as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Zora O'Neill about her recent trip to these small states on the Persian / Arabian Gulf.

AT#512 - Travel to Cambodia

Apr 30, 2016 48:48

Description:

This episode of the Amateur Traveler talks about the recent Amateur Traveler trip to Cambodia. 7 of the 9 people who joined me on this trip also join me for the podcast to share the highlights, surprises and challenges of the trip.

AT#511 - Travel to Cincinnati, Ohio

Apr 24, 2016 43:18

Description:

Hear about travel to Cincinnati, Ohio as the Amateur Traveler talks to Erin Hinsen and Seth Walsh from UnlockCincinnati.org about the Queen City.

AT#510 - Travel to Provence, France

Apr 17, 2016 46:37

Description:

Hear about travel to Provence, France as the Amateur Traveler talks to Wendy Jaeger from blisstravels.com about her adopted home in the south of France.

AT#509 - Cruising to Cuba

Apr 3, 2016 47:12

Description:

Hear about cruising to Cuba as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Dave Grenewetzki about his trip on a ship based People to People trip to Cuba.

AT#508 - Travel to Dallas, Texas

Mar 27, 2016 35:45

Description:

Hear about travel to Dallas, Texas  as the Amateur Traveler talks to Penny Sadler from adventuresofacarryon.com about her hometown of Dallas, Texas. Penny tells us why we might be surprised at all Dallas has to offer and why we should leave our cowboy hats at home.

AT#507 - Travel to Buffalo, New York

Mar 20, 2016 43:13

Description:

Hear about travel to Buffalo, New York as the Amateur Traveler talks to Larissa Milne from changesinlongitude.com about why she fell in love with this significant American city.

AT#506 - Travel to Basel, Switzerland

Mar 13, 2016 29:55

Description:

Hear about travel to Basel, Switzerland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Claudia McCoy about her hometown.

AT#505 - Travel to Mozambique

Mar 6, 2016 23:18

Description:

Hear about travel to Mozambique as the Amateur Traveler talks to Simon Lewis from TarvelConceptSolution.com about this long thin country in Southeastern Africa.

AT#504 - Travel to Auvergne, France

Feb 28, 2016 43:45

Description:

Hear about travel to the Auvergne region of France as the Amateur Traveler talks to Allison and Andrew Cornford-Matheson from CheeseWeb.eu as we talk about their visit to this central but overlooked area of France. 

AT#503 - Travel to Utah's National Parks

Feb 21, 2016 46:19

Description:

Hear about travel to the National Parks in Utah as the Amateur Traveler talks to Scot and Emily McKay from wingitworldwide.com about their travels in the Beehive State.

AT#502 - Travel to Seattle, Washington

Feb 14, 2016 39:51

Description:

Hear about travel to Seattle, Washington as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mary Jo Manzanares from travelingwithmj.com about her hometown.

AT#501 - Travel to Barcelona, Spain

Feb 7, 2016 41:33

Description:

Hear about travel to Barcelona, Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lauren Aloise from devourspain.com about traveling to this capital of the region of Catalan. 

AT#500 - Travel to the Maldives

Jan 31, 2016 27:11

Description:

Hear about travel to the Maldives Islands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jennifer Dombrowski of luxeadventuretraveler.com about her visit to this tropical paradise. 

AT#499 - Travel to Guizhou China

Jan 24, 2016 32:36

Description:

Hear about travel to Guizhou China as the Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Gina Czupka from thistimetomorrow.net about her trip to this off the beaten path destination. 

AT#498 - Travel to Indianapolis, Indiana

Jan 17, 2016 30:08

Description:

Hear about travel to Indianapolis, Indiana as the Amateur Traveler talked to Nancy Parode the Senior Travel Expert at about.com about travel to this mid-western capital.

AT#497 - Travel to the Westfjords of Iceland

Jan 10, 2016 35:11

Description:

Hear about travel to the Westfjords of Iceland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Katie Hammel of Vaitor.com about her trip to this remote region of the island.

AT#496 - Travel to Remote Alaska

Jan 3, 2016 50:01

Description:

Hear about travel to remote parts of Alaska as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Sherry Ott from ottsworld.com about travel to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in the east, above the Arctic Circle to Coldfoot Camp and far to the west to Nome Alaska.

AT#495 - Travel to the Dominican Republic

Dec 20, 2015 40:41

Description:

Hear about travel to the Dominican Republic as the Amateur Traveler talks to guidebook author and travel writer Lebawit Lily Girma who is working on the Moon Guide to the Dominican Republic.

AT#494 - Travel to San Diego, California

Dec 13, 2015 30:37

Description:

Hear about travel to San Diego as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mike from MikesRoadTrip.com about this beautiful city in Southern California.

AT#493 - Travel to the Aeolian Islands

Dec 6, 2015 33:35

Description:

Hear about travel to the Aeolian Islands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Rick Zullo from rickzullo.com about these historic but lesser known islands off the coast of Sicily.

AT#492 - Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

Nov 29, 2015 50:47

Description:

Hear about Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal as the Amateur Traveler talks to the Su Family from sufamilyadventures.com about tackling this well known route.

AT#491 - Travel to El Salvador

Nov 22, 2015 41:05

Description:

Hear about travel to El Salvador as the Amateur Traveler talks to Joe Baur of joebaur.com about his recent visit to this Central American country.

AT#490 - Travel to Moscow

Nov 15, 2015 56:55

Description:

Hear about travel to Moscow as the Amateur Traveler talks to Alex Block of alexblocktravels.com about his home town and Russia's capital.

AT#489 - Travel to Croatia

Nov 8, 2015 45:12

Description:

Hear about travel to Croatia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jay Ternavan of JaywayTravel.com about this country on the coast of the Adriatic.

Jay says, "for me Croatia has everything you could look for in a travel experience"

AT#488 - Travel to Northern Romania

Nov 1, 2015 36:26

Description:

Hear about travel to Northern Romania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ralph Velasco of photoenrichment.com about the region that he visited leading a recent photo tour.

We talk about the regions of Maramureş and Bukovina, north of Transylvania.

AT#487 - Travel to Queens, New York

Oct 18, 2015 33:48

Description:

Hear about travel to the borough of Queens in New York City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Brian Cicioni from imayroam.com about this less visited part of the city.

AT#486 - River Cruise on Portugal's Douro River with Viking River Cruise

Oct 11, 2015 53:41

Description:

A special live episode of the Amateur Traveler with three guests, Aaron Saunders, Jonathan Souza and Mary Quincy talking about the recent VikingSocial, Viking River Cruise on the Douro River in Portugal.

AT#485 - Travel to Northern South Korea

Oct 4, 2015 42:42

Description:

Hear about travel to northern South Korea as the Amateur Traveler talks to Katie of aroundtheworldinktdays.com about the area of South Korea where she is living.

AT#484 - Travel to Mackinac Island (and Michigan's Upper Peninsula)

Sep 20, 2015 50:45

Description:

Hear about travel to Michigan's Upper Peninsula (the UP)  as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jennifer Schuitema from Grand Rapids Michigan about travel to the northern remote part of the Great Lake State.

 

AT#483 - Travel to Cameroon

Sep 13, 2015 44:31

Description:

Hear about travel to Cameroon as the Amateur Traveler talks to Francis Tapon and Rejoice Mubarak from TheUnseenAfrica.com about Rejoices' native country and Francis' recent trip to this West African country on his quest to explore every country in Africa.

 

AT#482 - Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain

Sep 6, 2015 41:25

Description:

Hear about hiking the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) in northern Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to Linda Martin from The Indie Travel Podcast.

Linda says, "the thing about the Camino is that it is as long as you wanted to be."

AT#481 - Travel to Santa Barbara, California

Aug 30, 2015 43:20

Description:

Hear about travel to Santa Barbara, California as the Amateur Traveler talks to Heather Simon from wellplannedtravel.net about the "American Riviera".

AT#481 - Travel to Santa Barbara, California

Aug 30, 2015 43:20

Description:

Hear about travel to Santa Barbara, California as the Amateur Traveler talks to Heather Simon from wellplannedtravel.net about the "American Riviera".

AT#480 - United States UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Aug 23, 2015 46:55

Description:

Hear about the United States UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt from Everything-Everywhere.com and The Global Travel Conspiracy podcast about these best of the best sites.

AT#479 - Hike Japan's Nakasendo Trail

Aug 16, 2015 42:06

Description:

Hear about hiking Japan's Nakasendo Trail as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dave Grenewetzki about his experiences on this trip into the Japanese countryside between Kyoto and Tokyo.

AT#478 - Travel to Kyrgyzstan

Aug 9, 2015 47:47

Description:

Hear about travel to Kyrgyzstan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Eric Anderson about the central asian country where he has been serving as a Peace Corp volunteer.

Eric admits that he might not have been able to find Kyrgyzstan on a map before being sent to this beautiful mountainous country just west of China...

AT#477 - Travel to Hyderabad, India

Aug 2, 2015 51:57

Description:

Hear about travel to Hyderabad India as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sean Whiting about the city he has called home for more than 4 years. 

 

AT#476 - Travel to New Orleans, Louisiana

Jul 26, 2015 50:46

Description:

Hear about travel to New Orleans Louisiana as the Amateur Traveler talks to freelance journalist Jill Robinson. Jill agrees with Earl King "There ain't no city like New Orleans".

AT#475 - Travel to the Philippines

Jul 19, 2015 57:50

Description:

Hear about travel to the Philippines as the Amateur Traveler talks to Julie Longland about her travel to the Cordilleras mountain region and the island of Palawan which was just named the "Best Island in the World".

AT#474 - Ontario Road Trip

Jul 12, 2015 45:02

Description:

Hear about a road trip around Ontario as the Amateur Traveler talks to guidebook author Carolyn Heller, author of the Moon guide to Ontario. 

 

AT#473 - Cruising Southeastern Alaska on Un-Cruise

Jul 5, 2015 29:22

Description:

Hear about Cruising Southeastern Alaska on Un-Cruise Adventures as the Amateur Traveler goes on a cruise where dressing for dinner and bingo are replaced with kayaking and bushwhacking. Chris and his wife explored with 84 other passengers on the Safari Endeavor the islands, inlets, and glaciers of the Alaskan panhandle. 

 

AT#472 - Travel to Atlanta, Georgia

Jun 27, 2015 31:34

Description:

Hear about travel to Atlanta, Georgia as the Amateur Traveler talks to return guest Chris Willis about his hometown. Chris has been on the show talking about distant and exotic places but this time we talk about the land of Margret Mitchell and Coca-Cola.

 

AT#471 - Travel to Austin, Texas

Jun 20, 2015 44:44

Description:

Hear about travel to Austin, Texas as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mike Hinshaw of nomadictexan.com about his hometown. Mike says of Austin, “it is a fun place. It has wonderful food. It has great music."

AT#470 - Travel to Hamburg, Germany

Jun 14, 2015 37:17

Description:

Hear about travel to Hamburg, Germany as the Amateur Traveler talks to Romy Mlinzk from snoopsmaus.de about her hometown, the second largest port in Europe and Germany's second city.

 

AT#469 - Travel to Munich Germany

Jun 7, 2015 28:53

Description:

Hear about travel to Munich Germany as the Amateur Traveler talks to Laurel Robbins of monkeysandmountains.com about her adopted city.

 

AT#468 - Travel to Southern Morocco

May 24, 2015 43:32

Description:

This episode of the Amateur Traveler talks about the recent Amateur Traveler trip to southern Morocco. 9 of the 10 people who joined me on this trip also join me for the podcast to share the good and bad of the trip.

AT#467 - Travel to Louisville, Kentucky

May 17, 2015 35:44

Description:

Hear about travel to Louisville, Kentucky as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jason Falls, social media author and speaker about his home town.

Jason says, "Louisville is a fantastic city, it also has a lot going on from a tourism standpoint.

AT#466 - Travel to Namibia's Skeleton Coast

May 10, 2015 51:53

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Hear about travel to Namibia's Skeleton Coast as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Susan Portnoy of theinsatiabletraveler.com about her trip to this memorable reagion of Africa. Namibia is the size of France and Great Britain combined but with only 2 million people.

AT#465 - Travel to the Czech Republic

May 3, 2015 28:20

Description:

Hear about travel to the Czech Republic as the Amateur Traveler talks to Anthony Hennen from anthonyhennen.com about his trip to the areas of the country outside of Prague.

 

AT#464 - Travel to the Tennessee Valley (Tennessee, Alabama)

Apr 26, 2015 33:05

Description:

Hear about travel to the Tennessee River Valley as the Amateur Traveler talks to Chuck Prevatte from foodwinebeertravel.com about the region from Chatanooga, Teneesee to Huntsville, Alabama.

AT#463 - Travel to the Cayman Islands

Apr 12, 2015 28:49

Description:

Hear about travel to the Cayman Islands as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kendra Pierre-Louis from kendrawrites.com about her trip to this island paradise.

 

AT#462 - Travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Apr 5, 2015 47:04

Description:

Hear about travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Larissa and Michael Milne of changesinlongitude.com. They recently authored the "Philadelphia Liberty Trail" book.

 

AT#461 - Travel to North Carolina

Mar 29, 2015 39:55

Description:

Hear about travel to North Carolina as the Amateur Traveler talks to Karen Dawkins of familytravelsonabudget.com about the Tar Heel State. We cover from Mount Mitchell in the west to the Outer Banks in the east. 

 

AT#460 - Cruising Around Cape Horn in South America

Mar 22, 2015 41:13

Description:

Hear about cruising from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile around Cape Horn in South America as the Amateur Traveler relates stories of a recent Holland America cruise on the Zaandam. 

AT#459 - Travel to Tel Aviv, Israel

Mar 15, 2015 47:15

Description:

Hear about travel to Tel Aviv, Israel as the Amateur Traveler talks to Shimrit Elisar from diytelavivguide.com about her home city.

AT#458 - Volunteer Travel with Peace Corp Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Mar 8, 2015 34:37

Description:

Hear about volunteer travel with the Peace Corps as the Amateur Traveler talks to Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. Director Hessler-Radelet not only served in the Peace Corps herself in Western Samoa but 4 generations of her family have done so. 

AT#457 - Travel to the Island of Cebu in the Philippines

Feb 22, 2015 42:19

Description:

Hear about travel to the region around Island of Cebu as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tommo & Megsy from fivedollartraveller.com about their vacation in Visayas, the central group of islands in the Philippines. They visited the islands of Bohol, Cebu and Negros. 

AT#456 - Hiking the Kings Trail (Kungsleden) in Swedish Lapland

Feb 15, 2015 29:37

Description:

Hear about hiking the Kings Trail (Kungsleden) in Swedish Lapland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Agata from nullnfull.com about this northern and rugged portion of Sweden. Agata says, “Lapland is all about nature and wilderness”.

AT#455 - Travel to Haiti

Feb 8, 2015 43:24

Description:

Hear about travel to Haiti as the Amateur Traveler talks to Daniel Noll & Audrey Scott from uncorneredmarket.com about travel to this rather ignored Caribbean country. 

 

AT#454 - Travel to Mumbai, India

Feb 1, 2015 44:11

Description:

Hear about travel to Mumbai India as the Amateur Traveler talks to Stephanie Hays of RealityToursAndTravel.com about travel to this crowded, noisy, vibrant city. With the background sounds of the horns of auto rickshaws we find out why a girl from Chattanooga, Tennessee ended up in India's largest city. 

 

AT#453 - Travel to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Jan 25, 2015 39:44

Description:

Hear about travel to the state of Guanajuato Mexico (including San Miguel de Allende) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tim Leffel of perceptivetravel.com about his adopted home.

AT#452 - Travel to Delaware

Jan 18, 2015 46:19

Description:

Hear about travel to Delaware as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mara Gorman from MotherOfAllTrips.com about traveling to her small but historic adopted home state.

AT#451 - Travel to Seville, Spain

Jan 11, 2015 49:58

Description:

Hear about travel to Seville, Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to Cat Gaa from sunshineandsiestas.com about life in her adopted city. Hear about what to see, do and eat in Seville. 

AT#450 - Travel to Little Rock, Arkansas

Jan 4, 2015 49:16

Description:

Hear about travel to Little Rock, Arkansas as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sara Beth Jones & Alison Chino from sarabethjones.com and alisonchino.com about their home town.

 

AT#449 - Travel to the Mainland of Greece

Dec 21, 2014 51:30

Description:

Hear about travel to the mainland of Greece as the Amateur Traveler talks to Margherita Ragg from thecrowdedplanet.com about one of her favorite countries. Margherita comes from Italy so she has traveled to Greece on numerous occasions. We talk at length about Athens, Delphi and Meteora. 

AT#448 - Travel to Lisbon, Portugal

Dec 14, 2014 47:51

Description:

Hear about travel to Lisbon, Portugal as the Amateur Traveler talks to Nelson Carvalheiro about the capital of his native country.

AT#447 - Travel to the Island of Madeira

Dec 7, 2014 30:26

Description:

Hear about travel to the island of Madeira as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jörgen Abrahamsson who is a tour guide from Tue Nordic in this small Portuguese possession.

 

AT#446 - Travel to Canberra, Australia

Nov 30, 2014 53:16

Description:

Hear about travel to Canberra, Australia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tenele Conway from www.hungryplanetblog.com about Australia's capital city and the Australian Capital Territory.

AT#445 - Travel to Fiji

Nov 23, 2014 32:30

Description:

Hear about travel to Fiji as the Amateur Traveler talks to David Brodie from Travel in 10 about his trip to this Island Paradise. David says "of all the places I have been around the world, Fiji is one of the ones that really drew me back. "

AT#444 - Travel to Northern Australia

Nov 16, 2014 34:08

Description:

Hear about travel to Northern Australia (Northwest Territories) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sam Guerra from EscapeFromTheBay.blogspot.com. The "Top End" is "one of the more exotic parts of Australia for sure and it's definitely the closest place you can go to get an authentic feel for aboriginal culture which in my opinion is something that makes Australia unique. There is a lot of natural beauty and a lot of wildlife up there. It is nearly untouched."

AT#443 - Travel to New York City with Pauline Frommer

Nov 9, 2014 51:41

Description:

Hear about travel to New York City as the Amateur Traveler talks to Pauline Frommer about her hometown. Pauline was born in New York City and never moved away. She also just finished the Frommer's Easy Guide to New York City guidebook.

AT#442 - Travel to Slovakia

Nov 2, 2014 46:49

Description:

Hear about travel to Slovakia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Julie Callahan from TheWorldInBetween.com. When Julie's family moved to Bratislava, Slovakia 3 years ago they didn't have a single friend who knew where this central European country was located. 

AT#441 - Travel to Poland

Oct 26, 2014 59:05

Description:

Hear about travel to Poland as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Chris Bogdon about his recent trip to Poland. Chris brought his kids and his parents to experience the country where his family came from. Chris did an overview of the country on a bus tour. 

 

AT#440 - Travel to Vermont

Oct 19, 2014 41:31

Description:

Hear about travel to Vermont as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dana Freeman of findandgoseek.net about her adopted home state. Dana has lived in Vermont for 14 years and someday her children's children may be Vermonters.

 

AT#439 - Travel to West Sweden

Oct 5, 2014 52:52

Description:

Hear about travel to West Sweden as the Amateur Traveler  talks to Bret Love from GreenGlobalTravel.com about both his recent trip and my recent trip to this beautiful part of Sweden.

AT#438 - Travel to Baltimore, Maryland

Sep 28, 2014 43:10

Description:

Hear about travel to Baltimore, Maryland as the Amateur Traveler  talks to Nancy Parode from about.com. Nancy has lived in the Baltimore area for a total of about 12 years and tells us about her adopted hometown. 

AT#437 - Canada's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Sep 21, 2014 44:10

Description:

Hear about all of Canada's UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere.com about traveling to all 17 sites. Some sites like Old Québec are easy to reach and others like Wood Buffalo and Nahanni National Parks (the last two that Gary visited) are quite remote.

AT#436 - Travel the Silk Road in China's Gansu Province

Sep 14, 2014 39:02

Description:

Hear about travel to the Silk Road in China's Gansu Province as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Lee Moore from Silk Road Hitchhikers about his trip to this historic and remote part of China.

AT#435 - Travel to Iran

Sep 7, 2014 49:54

Description:

Hear about travel to Iran as the Amateur Traveler talks to Shara Johnson from sjktravel.net about her recent trip to that country. George W. Bush called it part of the Axis of Evil but Shara found a warm and inviting country.

AT#434 - Travel to Luxembourg

Aug 31, 2014 31:06

Description:

Hear about travel to Luxembourg as the Amateur Traveler talks to Rosie Titterington about her adopted country. Rosie had never heard of Luxembourg before moving there, but loves this small but lovely country in the heart of Europe.

AT#433 - Travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Aug 24, 2014 39:24

Description:

Hear about travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Chris and Sasha Rosencranz about their recent trip to this African country. The DRC is located along the south bank of the Congo River. This large country used to be the Belgian Congo. Chris was previously on the Amateur Traveler talking about the Republic of the Congo as well.

AT#432 - Travel to Salzburg, Austria

Aug 9, 2014 37:37

Description:

Hear about travel to Salzburg, Austria as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gina Czupka about her time living in Salzburg. Salzburg is a "compact walkable city. Everywhere you go there is incredible architecture. It's got a beautiful mountain setting. It's just a picturesque easy place to experience the old-world feel of Europe."

AT#431 - Travel to Orlando, Florida

Aug 2, 2014 54:26

Description:

Hear about travel to Orlando, Florida as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jason Cochran who is the editor of Frommers.com and the editor to the Frommer's Guide to Orlando Florida about vacationing in America's favorite destination spot. We talk about Walt Disney World, the increasingly popular Universal Studios, with a mention of some of the other things to do in Orlando.

AT#430 - Travel to Charleston, South Carolina

Jul 27, 2014 47:09

Description:

Hear about travel to Charleston, South Carolina as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jen Leo from This Week in Travel and her husband John Caldwell about their many trips to one of their favorite U.S. cities.

AT#429 - Travel on a South African Safari

Jul 20, 2014 46:34

Description:

Hear about travel to South Africa on safari as the Amateur Traveler talks to Susan Portnoy from theinsatiabletraveler.com about her recent experience in the Timbavati Game Reserve. This is the 5th time that Susan has traveled to Africa on safari to "shoot" animals... as a photographer. 

 

AT#428 - Travel to Paris, France

Jul 13, 2014 55:59

Description:

Hear about travel to Paris, France as the Amateur Traveler talks to Annie Sargant and Elyse Riven from JoinUsInFrance.com. Annie and Elyse do a wonderful podcast about France and guide us through a city they love.

AT#427 - Travel to Lazio, Italy

Jul 6, 2014 42:42

Description:

Hear about travel to Lazio, Italy as the Amateur Traveler talks to Nancy Parode from about.com and sixtyandme.com about one of her favorite regions in Italy. Lazio is the region of Italy that includes Rome but this episode will feature all the things outside of Rome.

AT#426 - Travel to Tasmania, Australia

Jun 29, 2014 50:22

Description:

Hear about travel to Tasmania in Australia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Robert Reid, the Offbeat Observer for National Geographic Traveler, about his recent trip to Van Diemen’s Land.

AT#425 - Travel to South Tyrol, Italy

Jun 22, 2014 31:14

Description:

Hear about travel to the South Tyrol region of Italy as the Amateur Traveler talks to Alison and Andrew Cornford-Matheson from CheeseWeb.eu about their recent trip to this lovely region in Northern Italy. This predominantly German speaking region of Italy includes portions of the Dolomites mountain range, a wine road and some great vistas.

AT#424 - Travel to Memphis, Tennessee

Jun 15, 2014 47:21

Description:

Hear about travel to Memphis, Tennessee as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lance from tripsbylance.com about this city where he has lived on and off for 20+ years. Lance tells us that there is more to Memphis than Elvis and Graceland.

AT#423 - Travel to Jordan

Jun 8, 2014 30:20

Description:

Hear about travel to Jordan as the Amateur Traveler himself, Chris Christensen, relates stories about his recent visit to the country.

AT#422 - Travel to Lassen National Park, California

Jun 1, 2014 38:37

Description:

Hear about travel to Lassen National Park in northern California as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dick Jordan about this spectacular if less visited destination. Lassen is in northeastern California. It is just as easy to get to from San Francisco as Yosemite National Park but with fewer tourists and one more volcano. The park centers around the dormant volcano Mt. Lassen and features other geothermal active areas.

AT#421 - Travel to the Western Sahara, (Morocco)

May 24, 2014 44:13

Description:

Hear about travel to the Western Sahara as the Amateur Traveler  talks to Francis Tapon about this disputed region as part of his trip to every country in Africa. 

AT#420 - Hike the Lycian Way in Turkey

May 17, 2014 39:14

Description:

Hear about Hiking the Lycian Way in Southern Turkey as the Amateur Traveler talks to authors Warren and Betsy Talbot from MarriedWithLuggage.com about the month they spent hiking this amazing trail. The Lycian Way runs for a little over 500 km (not counting getting lost) from Fethiye in the west to Antalya in the east. We talk about their whole journey as well as segments people with much less time could hike.

AT#419 - Travel to Denver, Colorado

May 10, 2014 38:18

Description:

Hear about travel to Denver, Colorado as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lance Longwell from TravelAdicts.net about his home town, the "Mile High City". Denver is the capital of the state of Colorado and sits where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains.

AT#418 - Travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba

May 4, 2014 44:10

Description:

Hear about travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba as the Amateur Traveler talks to return guest Michael Soncina of Sonchy’s Adventures about this city on the great plains of Canada. 

AT#417 - Travel to Saint Helena

Apr 27, 2014 39:12

Description:

Hear about travel to Saint Helena as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt about his visit to this isolated island between Africa and South America. Gary has come on the show a number of times to talk about obscure, out of the way and small places. Saint Helena qualifies as all three. 

 

AT#416 - Travel to Southwest England

Apr 20, 2014 33:39

Description:

Hear about travel to Southwest England as the Amateur Traveler talks to Edith about her adopted home. This episode will look at the area southwest of Bristol, two hours west of London. Edith says that the area of southwest England is “archetypical English”. 

 

AT#415 - Travel to Riga, Latvia

Apr 13, 2014 35:06

Description:

Hear about travel to Riga, Latvia as the Amateur Traveler  talks again to Spud Hilton, the travel editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, about his recent trip there. Riga is a surprisingly beautiful European city and the 2014 Capital of Culture for Europe.

AT#414 - Travel to Nova Scotia

Apr 6, 2014 36:11

Description:

Hear about travel to Nova Scotia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sherry Ott about her recent trip to this province in Eastern Canada. Sherry returns to to the show to talk about a trip around Nova Scotia she took last June.

AT#413 - Travel to Dusseldorf, Germany

Mar 30, 2014 36:55

Description:

Hear about travel to Düsseldorf, Germany as the Amateur Traveler talks to Erik and Anne Hess about this city on the Rhine. Carnival, Christmas Markets and one of the most livable cities in the world.

AT#412 - Travel to Mazatlan, Mexico

Mar 23, 2014 38:11

Description:

Hear about travel to Mazatlan, Mexico as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Craig Zabransky about this Mexico seaport. Mazatlan is on the west coast of Mexico.

AT#411 - Travel to Arctic Manitoba

Mar 16, 2014 27:30

Description:

Hear about travel to Arctic Manitoba as the Amateur Traveler talks to Marybeth Bond from GutsyTraveler.com about her recent trip to Churchill Manitoba to see polar bears.

 

AT#410 - Travel to Indonesia and the Island of Komodo

Mar 9, 2014 41:59

Description:

Hear about travel to Indonesia as the Amateur Traveler talks to repeat guest Chris Willis about his trip to Indonesia. The main objective of Chris’s trip was to photograph Komodo dragons in the wild. Komodo dragons live on 2-3 islands which are not near any airport so getting there is half the experience.

AT#409 - Travel to Mobile, Alabama

Mar 2, 2014 29:17

Description:

Hear about travel to Mobile, Alabama as the Amateur Traveler talks to Carla Rountree from theinconsistentnomad.com about her home state. There are beautiful beaches. It is an area that was founded in the early 1700s so there is lots of culture, lots of history and it is even the area where Mardi Gras actually started in the USA. 

 

AT#408 - Travel to Sudan

Feb 23, 2014 47:00

Description:

Hear about travel to Sudan as the Amateur Traveler  talks to Nicholas Bori of the I Quit project about his journey through that remote African country. Nicholas visited Sudan on an overlanding truck that traversed Africa from south to north.

AT#407 - Travel to Montana

Feb 16, 2014 24:23

Description:

Hear about travel to Montana as the Amateur Traveler talks to Donna Hull from MyItchyTravelFeet.com. Donna and her husband visited Montana in 2001 as part of a National Park tour and fell in love with the Big Sky state. Finally in 2010 they moved to the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, the so called “banana belt” of Montana. They had planned to live there only in the Summer but did not want to leave when the end of Summer came.

 

AT#406 - Travel to the Russian Far East

Feb 9, 2014 52:40

Description:

Hear about travel to the Russian Far East as the Amateur Traveler talks to freelance travel journalist Robert Reid about his numerous journeys to this remote part of Russia. Robert does not describe a country that is easy to see or necessarily always approachable, but one that can still be seductive. Learn why Robert has “Russia Love”.

AT#405 - Travel to The Pantanal, Brazil

Jan 31, 2014 23:41

Description:

Hear about travel to The Pantanal in Brazil as the Amateur Traveler talks to Daisy about her recent trip to this vast wetlands area. The Pantanal is south of the Amazon in Eastern Brazil and also extends into Bolivia and Paraguay.

“The Pantanal is a basin that is the world’s largest wetlands. It is about ten times the size of the Everglades. It’s really a great site to see wildlife.” The Pantanal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

AT#404 - Travel to Southern Alberta in Canada

Jan 26, 2014 37:46

Description:

Hear about travel to Southern Alberta as the Amateur Traveler talks to Karl Andrews from Calgary about travel to his home province. The Canadian Rockies, Kananaskis Country, Waterton Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, The Calgary Stampede, and Dinosaurs.

AT#403 - Travel to the Island of Socotra and Yemen

Jan 19, 2014 41:01

Description:

Hear about travel to the Island of Socotra and Yemen as the Amateur Traveler talks to Earl from WanderingEarl.com about a visit to this isolated island best known for its production of frankincense. The island is quite isolated and a third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. With trees like the umbrella-shaped dragon’s blood tree it has been described as the most alien-looking place on Earth.

AT#402- Travel to the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean

Jan 12, 2014 01:00:13

Description:

Hear about travel to the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt about his journey to visit many of the islands in the Caribbean on a single trip. In this episode we talk about Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, and Trinidad. This episode is a continuation of episode 386 which talked about the Leeward Islands.

AT#401 - Travel to Vieques, Puerto Rico

Jan 5, 2014 33:50

Description:

Hear about travel to the island of Vieques off Puerto Rico as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ira Winston from Philadelphia about his recent trip there. Vieques is an island thais 8 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico.

AT#400 - Travel to Panama

Dec 22, 2013 54:20

Description:

Hear about travel to Panama as the Amateur Traveler talks to Chaundra from London about her recent trip to that country. She spent a week in Panama before a SilverSeas Silver Explorer cruise in the area to see wildlife. As part of the cruise they visited the Pearl Islands as well as the Darien Gap. On their own they visited Panama City, the Old Panama City, Casco Viejo, Fort Sherman, Colon and Soberania and Chagres National Parks.

AT#399 Travel to Flanders in Belgium

Dec 15, 2013 24:00

Description:

Hear about travel to Flanders in Belgium from the Amateur Traveler. I recently traveled to 5 cities in Belgium: Antwerp, Ghent, Ieper, Bruges and Brussels. Each of these historic cities is wonderfully picturesque, even on a grey November day.

AT#398 - Travel to New Jersey

Dec 8, 2013 31:06

Description:

Hear about travel to New Jersey as the Amateur Traveler alks to Lisa Luben about her home state. Lisa comes on the show to introduce us to the pretty parts of New Jersey that many people don't picture. The state is one quarter farmland and one quarter woodlands and filled with historic towns.

AT#397 - Travel to Morocco

Dec 1, 2013 29:41

Description:

Hear about travel to Morocco as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ralph Velasco about his recent photography tour of the country. Ralph tells us about some of his favorite cities in the country Chefchaouen and Essaouira in a trip that also included Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, and Fes.

AT#396 - Travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland

Nov 25, 2013 25:53

Description:

Hear about travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mary Jo Manzanares about her recent trip there. Mary Jo was really interested in learning more about the history of "the troubles" and her husband about the Titanic.

AT#395 - Travel to Ottawa, Ontario

Nov 18, 2013 32:37

Description:

Hear about travel to Ottawa, Ontario as the Amateur Traveler talks to return guest Michael Soncina of Sonchy's Adventures about Canada's capital city. Michael was in Ottawa as a part of a press trip looking a new eco district the city is setting up in its downtown.

AT#394 - Travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nov 10, 2013 36:01

Description:

Hear about travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the Amateur Traveler  talks to Kay from TheKayDays.com who is a University student in Rio.

"Rio has a culture and a aura that is completely different from anywhere I have seen before."

AT#393 - Travel to Arequipa, Peru

Nov 3, 2013 33:10

Description:

Hear about travel to Arequipa, Peru as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sam from Indefinite Adventure. Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city after Lima. It is in the south, inland, west of Lake Titicaca and south of Cusco. Sam heard about Arequipa from other travelers and lived and worked there for a month as a temporary local.

AT#392 - Trekking in Ecuador’s Quilotoa Loop

Oct 26, 2013 28:16

Description:

Hear about trekking in Ecuador’s Quilotoa Loop as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kim Mance about her recent trip to that country. Kim spent 3 weeks in Ecuador including one week on the Quilotoa Loop.

AT#391 - Travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Oct 20, 2013 26:24

Description:

Hear about travel to Baton Rouge as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lindsay Thomas from TheTraveluster.com about her hometown. Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana. It can be a great gateway to Cajun food and culture.

AT#390 - Travel to Ireland

Oct 12, 2013 26:30

Description:

Hear about travel to Ireland as Chris, the Amateur Traveler himself, talks about a recent trip to the Emerald Isle. Chris did a driving tour with 7 family members and friends from Dublin to the west point of Ireland and of Europe.

AT#389 - Travel to Andalucia, Spain

Oct 6, 2013 40:11

Description:

Hear about travel to the Andalucia region of Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to Crawford Hill from Chill Expeditions about his adopted home in Southern Spain. Crawford traveled in that area and then fell in love and bought a second home here.

AT#388 - Travel to the Island of Shikoku, Japan

Sep 25, 2013 36:25

Description:

Hear about travel to the Island of Shikoku, Japan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dan from Chicago about his recent trip back to the island. Dan also worked teaching English on Shikoku in the city of Imabari. Shikoku is the 4th largest of the islands in Japan and just across the from Hiroshima. Shikoku is mountainous, more traditional and more rural than the areas of Japan more tourists know.

AT#387 - Travel to Macedonia

Sep 16, 2013 49:35

Description:

Hear about travel to Macedonia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kelsey of CineTraveler.com about her recent trip to this country in the Balkans. Macedonia is just north of Greece and probably best known as the home for Alexander the Great but Kelsey found much more to recommend in this much too overlooked country. In a week they were able to see much of the country.

AT#386 - Travel to the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean

Sep 9, 2013 51:44

Description:

Hear about travel to the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean as the Amateur Traveler  talks again to Gary Arndt of Everything-Everyhwere.com. Gary just finished an island hopping tour that took him to most of the islands in the Caribbean. We will cover the islands of St. Martin, Anguilla, Saba, St. Barts, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, and Montserrat on this episode.

AT#385 - Travel to the Republic of the Congo

Sep 1, 2013 30:39

Description:

Hear about travel to the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Chris Rosencranz about his recent visit to this country in equatorial African. The Republic of the Congo sits in the rain forest just north of the Congo River from its better known, and less stable neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo. “In the past few years the Republic of the Congo has emerged with some new infrastructure to let tourists access some of the best parks that the continent has going for it plus the rain forest itself which is really quite special, and the river.”

AT#384 - Travel to Vienna, Austria

Aug 25, 2013 32:41

Description:

Hear about travel to Vienna, Austria as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gerhard Strassgschwandtner who is a tour guide and owner of the Third Man Museum in Vienna.

AT#383 - Travel to the Navajo Nation (Arizona)

Aug 18, 2013 43:55

Description:

Hear about travel to the Navajo Nation as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mark Carrara from markstravels.com about his recent visit. The Navajo Nation is a semi-autonomous Native American-governed territory the size of the state of Connecticut located mostly in Arizona. It can be described as desolate, majestic, barren and spacious.

AT#382 - Travel to Azerbaijan

Aug 11, 2013 36:03

Description:

Hear about travel to Azerbaijan as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mason Wiley of Community Based Tourism Azerbaijan about his time spent in the country during the Peace Corps. Even though he has come back to the USA he still loves and misses Azerbaijan and its people. Mason had not even heard of Azerbaijan until he was posted there by the Peace Corps.

AT#381 - Travel to the Isle of Man

Aug 4, 2013 28:08

Description:

Hear about travel to the Isle of Man as the Amateur Traveler talks to writer and film maker Andrew White. The Isle of Man is a small island in between Ireland and England. "It's a fantastic place. It really is. It's often said it's like the British Isles in miniature."

AT#380 - Travel to Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri)

Jul 27, 2013 35:32

Description:

Hear about travel to Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri) as the Amateur Traveler talks to Rob Walch about the Paris of the Plains. Kansas City has that nickname because of the many fountains in the city.

AT#379 - Travel to Belarus

Jul 20, 2013 30:22

Description:

Hear about travel to Belarus as the Amateur Traveler talks to Velvet Dallesandro about his trip to this former member state of the Solviet Union. Belarus is very close to Poland and the Baltic states but does not get as much western tourism as those countries. Velvet is on a quest to see all the former Soviet countries.

AT#378 - Travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jul 14, 2013 44:48

Description:

Hear about travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina as the Amateur Traveler talks to Leandro Gonzalez about his hometown. Buenos Aires is a large cosmopolitan city of 13 million people. Leandro tries to help us find options for travelers from the backpacker to the upscale traveler.

AT#377 - Travel to South Australia

Jun 30, 2013 30:30

Description:

Hear about travel to South Australia as the Amateur Traveler alks to Dave and Deb from ThePlanetD.com about their recent trip down under.

AT#376 - Travel to Western Norway

Jun 23, 2013 39:58

Description:

Hear about travel to Oslo and Western Norway as the Amateur Traveler talks to Øystein about his native Norway.

AT#375 Travel to Amsterdam in the Netherlands

Jun 15, 2013 51:43

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Hear about travel to Amsterdam as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Erik Smith from onmyfeetorinmymind.com. Erik returned to Amsterdam for the seventh or eighth time recently.

AT#374 - Travel to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Jun 9, 2013 45:01

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Hear about travel to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jodi Ettenberg from legalnomads.com.

AT#373 Travel to Slovenia

May 26, 2013 32:56

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Hear about travel to Slovenia as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Michael Soncina about his visit to the country. The country is independent, beautiful and deserves to see more tourists than it gets.

AT#372 - Travel to Stockholm, Sweden

May 19, 2013 44:04

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Hear about travel to Stockholm, Sweden as the Amateur Traveler talks to Malin from HauteCompass.com about Sweden's beautiful capital city.

AT#371 - Travel to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe, Zambia)

May 11, 2013 25:48

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Hear about travel to Victoria Falls as the Amateur Traveler talks to Nir Ben-Dov about his trip to this spectacular falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. This was Nir’s second trip and his wife’s first trip from their home in Israel to this famed set of falls in southern Africa.

AT#370 - Travel to Fort Worth, Texas

May 5, 2013 34:20

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Hear about travel to Fort Worth, Texas as the Amateur Traveler  talks again to Jason Hull about Fort Worth Texas the "City of Cowboys and Culture". Sometimes over shadowed by it's neighbor Dallas Jason shows us why Fort Worth is worth a visit.

AT#369 - Travel to Bucharest, Romania

Apr 27, 2013 34:11

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Hear about travel to Bucharest as the Amateur Traveler talks to Wandering Earl about visiting and living in that city. Earl calls Bucharest one of the most under-rated cities in all of Europe, certainly eastern Europe.

AT#368 - Travel to Extremadura, Spain

Apr 21, 2013 32:27

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Hear about travel to Extremadura in Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to Sam from indefiniteadventure.com about living and working there. Extremadura is a lesser known region in southwest Spain on the border with Portugal and adjacent to Andalusia, Madrid and Castilla. Sam lived in the city of Medira for 3 months teaching English.

AT#367 - Travel to Toulouse, France

Apr 13, 2013 25:59

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Benny the Irish Polyglot about Toulouse, France. Benny lived in the city for 3 months to work on his French. He was drawn to the University city culture but fell in love with the "pink" city.

AT#366 - Travel to Vanuatu

Apr 7, 2013 52:15

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Hear about travel to Vanuatu as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Chris Willis who comes back on the show to talk about a recent trip to the remote, tropical paradise of Vanuatu.

AT#365 - Travel to the South Side of Chicago, Illinois

Mar 31, 2013 45:41

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Hear about travel to the South Side of Chicago as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amy Bugbee, author of "Suffering and Celebration of Life in America", about her hometown, the South Side of Chicago. The South Side of Chicago is more than just the White Sox and the stock yards just as Chicago pizza is more than just deep dish.

AT#364 - Travel to Japan

Mar 24, 2013 32:06

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Hear about travel to Japan on the Amateur Traveler as I relate stories from my recent trip to Tokyo, the ancient capitals of Nara and Kyoto, the castle at Hikone, the shrines and temples of Nikko and Kamakura.

AT#363 - Travel to Puerto Rico

Mar 17, 2013 38:47

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Hear about travel to Puerto Rico as the Amateur Traveler talks to Kaleb Garcia about his home country of Puerto Rico. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory in the Caribbean with its own culture, language (Spanish), history and food.

AT#362 - Travel to The Guianas - French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana

Mar 10, 2013 30:19

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Hear about travel to the Guianas (French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana) as the Amateur Traveler  talks to Marcello Arrambide from wanderingtrader.com about his recent trip to these three South American countries.

AT#361 - Travel to North Korea

Mar 3, 2013 30:56

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Hear about travel to North Korea as the Amateur Traveler talks to Matt from England about his recent trip to this closed and insular country. This may be one of the most unusual episodes of the Amateur Traveler as this may be one of the more unusual countries.

AT#360 - Volunteer Travel in Uganda

Feb 24, 2013 40:28

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Hear about volunteer travel in Uganda as the

AT#359 - Travel to London, England part 2

Feb 17, 2013 36:40

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Hear about travel to London as the Amateur Traveler talks to Amber from americantourguideinlondon.com. In this second part of a two part episode on London

AT#358 - Travel to Perth, Australia

Feb 10, 2013 31:00

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Hear about travel to Perth, Australia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Carmen from double-barrelledtravel.com. Carmen grew up in Perth and lived for 21 years in this city on Australia’s Western shore. Perth is a beautiful city located where a river his the white sand beaches. 

AT#357 - Travel to Samoa

Feb 3, 2013 25:25

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Hear about travel to Samoa as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jade Johnston from OurOyster.com about their recent trip to this remote pacific destination. Samoa is composed of two islands just north of New Zealand. 

AT#356 - Travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico

Jan 28, 2013 43:29

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Hear about travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico as the Amateur Traveler talks to Billie Frank from SantaFeTravelers.com about her city, the second oldest in the United States and the oldest capital city in the U.S.

AT#355 - Travel to Guatemala

Jan 13, 2013 38:51

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Hear about travel to Guatemala as the Amateur Traveler talks to Shannon O’Donneal from alittleadrift.com about her recent trip to Guatemala. Shannon went to Guatemala to attend a language school but was surprised by the breath of diversity in the culture.

AT#354 - Travel to Myanmar

Jan 6, 2013 37:18

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Hear about Myanmar as the Amateur Traveler talks to Dustin Main from SkinnyBackpacker.com about Myanmar (Burma). 

AT#353 - Travel to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

Dec 23, 2012 33:05

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Hear about Queensland's Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane Australia from Annabel Candy. Long white sand beachs, hiking trails, a tropical zoo in the tropics.

AT#352 - Travel to London, England

Dec 16, 2012 48:07

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Amber, an American Tour Guide in London, about her adopted city. Amber is an American expat from London who now takes people on walking tours of London.

AT#351 - Travel to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador

Dec 9, 2012 39:13

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jim Lutz from Via Adventures about the Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. "The Galapagos has to be one of the most unique and wonderful wildlife destinations in the world."

AT#350 - Travel to The Hill Towns of Southern Tuscany

Dec 3, 2012 45:46

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TheAmateur Traveler talks to Mary Jo Manzanares about 4 of her favorite hill towns in southern Tuscany: Contignano , Montalcino, Montepulciano and Pienza. Experience the food, the wine and the slower pace of some of these hill towns.

AT#349 - Travel to Peru

Nov 25, 2012 45:59

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Nick Stanziano, co-founder of SA Luxury Expeditions and newly minted Peruvian citizen about his new country of Peru. We talk about Lima, Machu Picchu and other well known Peru landmarks as well both ancient and modern.

AT#348 - Travel to Uganda

Nov 18, 2012 48:10

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Christian Cummins about his bicycle trip across Uganda. Christian is a British expat who lives in Austria where he works for radio station FM4. He had recently returned from the African state of Uganda where he was raising money for a children’s education charity called Link Community Development.

AT#347 - Travel to Kenya

Nov 11, 2012 46:42

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Gretchen about her two trips to Kenya. Gretchen's husband is a wildlife photographer and they both are birders. They went on a wildlife photography safari that emphasized bird watching and fell in love with Kenya.

AT#346 - Travel to Medellin Colombia

Nov 3, 2012 45:17

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The Amateur Traveler talks to David Lee about his parttime home, the “City of the Eternal Spring”, Medellin Colombia. If you just Medellin as a dangerous city and the home of drug lords, then your information is about 20 years out of date

AT#345 - Travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Western North Carolina

Oct 27, 2012 40:50

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Nathan from Wand’rly Magazine about Great Smoky Mountains National Park and about his current home of Western North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited U.S. National Park.

AT#344 - Travel to Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island

Oct 20, 2012 34:22

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American ever to travel to every country in the world, about 3 islands off the coast of Australia: Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island.

AT#343 - Travel to Cambodia

Oct 6, 2012 41:25

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Noah Lederman of SomewhereOrBust.com about his recent trip to Cambodia. Noah visited Anchor Wat, Rabbit Island near Kep, Battambang and the bamboo trains and Phnom Penh and the sobering Tuol Sleng - S21 memorial.

AT#342 - Travel to Tajikistan

Sep 30, 2012 42:19

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Michael Soncina again about his trip to Tajikistan in Central Asia. Tajikistan is smack dab between Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Unlike the other countries Tajikistan is mostly mountainous. A lot of its influences, history and culture is influenced by Persia while its neighbors have more Mongolian or nomadic influences.

AT#341 - Travel to New Zealand's South Island

Sep 15, 2012 57:11

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith about his month long visit to New Zealand. We focus in this interview about the South Island of New Zealand. Erick started in Christchurch and then visited The Banks Penninsula, Lake Tekapo, the Dunedin, the Otago Peninsula, the Southern Scenic Route including the Catlins, Fiordland National Park (including cruising both Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound) Queenstown, the rainy west coast, Abel Tasman National Park, Kaikoura, and Picton.

AT#340 - Travel to the Microstates of Europe (Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino)

Sep 9, 2012 38:38

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The Amateur Traveler talks to to Gary Arndt about the 4 micro-states in Europe: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino.  "They all have very unique histories and the one thing that they are all very small"

AT#339 - Travel to Costa Brava, Spain

Sep 2, 2012 37:14

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Sherry Ott about Costa Brava Spain. Costa Brava is in Catalonia north of Barcelona on the rugged coastline of Spain. It also extends as far inland as the Pyrenees and includes farming country and medieval towns.

AT#338 - Travel to Las Vegas, Nevada

Aug 18, 2012 53:05

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Hunter Hillegas author of the Vegas Mate iPhone app about Las Vegas. The Amateur Traveler has covered Las Vegas before but the city is constantly changing.

AT#337 - Travel to Segovia and Toledo Spain

Aug 11, 2012 43:34

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Photographer Ralph Velasco about two of his favorite cities in Spain, Toledo and Segovia. Both Toledo and Segovia are a short distance from Madrid and both offer interesting and historically significant cities with UNESCO World Heritage sites.

AT#336 - Travel to Serbia and Kosovo

Aug 5, 2012 43:55

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Shawn Farris about his trip to Serbia and Kosovo. Shawn either visited two countries (or one) in this contested area of the Balkans.

AT#355 - Solo (International) Travel as a Woman with Janice Waugh

Aug 1, 2012 42:36

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Janice Waugh from Solo Traveler about solo travel as a woman, particularly solo international travel. Janice did not set out to be a solo traveler but after the death of her husband she gained her courage to travel again.

AT#334 - Travel to Yorkshire, England

Jul 22, 2012 47:02

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Elspeth about her native Yorkshire in northern England. 

AT#333 - Travel to The Island of Java in Indonesia

Jul 17, 2012 54:36

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Lash from LashWorldTour.com about the Island of Java in the nation of Indonesia. She cycled through the countryside and visited the major cities of this populous island in Indonesia.

AT#332 - Trekking Around Mont Blanc, France

Jul 7, 2012 30:11

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Marc Barach about his recent trek around Monte Blanc. Hiking around the giant mountain on the tour Monte Blanc took him through portions of France, Italy and Switzerland.

AT#331 - Travel to the Islands of Kyushu, Japan

Jul 1, 2012 44:17

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Andrew about the Island of Kyushu, the southern island in Japan. Kyushu is one of the warmer parts of Japan. Nagasaki is probably the best known city on the island for its tragic history as the second city targeted with an atomic bomb. The island has is green and hilly with a number of active volcanos. Andrew and his wife had a chance to visit a number of museums, the peace park in Nagasaki, visit a volcano, be buried in hot and and take in a local soccer game. They toured its large cities but also headed into the countryside.

AT#330 - Travel to Connecticut

Jun 24, 2012 31:57

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jen Russell about the 3rd smallest state in the U.S. Connecticut. Connecticut, the Constitution State, is located halfway between New York and Boston. It has a coastline sheltered by Long Island so more suitable for family frolicking than for surfing. Connecticut also has a long maritime tradition which is celebrated at Mystic Seaport. It's forested rolling hills are popular with people who come to New England in the Fall to see the Fall colors. Connecticut is rich in U.S. history producing people such Revolutionary War patriot Nathan Hale ("My only regret is that I have but one life to give to my country"). It is rich in natural history as evidenced by Dinosaur State Park.

AT#329 - Travel to Savannah, Georgia

Jun 10, 2012 35:23

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Neil Kristianson about one of his favorite travel destinations Savannah, Georgia. Neil and his wife were drawn to Savannah originally because of the movie and the book “Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil”. They fell in love with the Antebellum architecture, the many public squares, the Southern hospitality and pace, and, strangely enough, with the cemeteries. Savannah is rich in history and has been a destination for travelers even before Sherman’s March to the sea. Learn where to eat and what restaurant is overrated. Stay in a local historic inn one one of the city squares in the walkable historic downtown.

AT#328 - Adventure Travel in Costa Rica

Jun 3, 2012 38:53

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The Amateur Traveler talks about adventure travel in Costa Rica. From rafting on the Pacuare river and ziplining through the Monteverde Cloud forest to snorkeling off the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica can be a great destination for adventure travel.

AT#327 - Travel to Sun Valley, Idaho

May 27, 2012 30:57

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The Amateur Traveler  talks to Scott E. Jordan of Scottevest about his home in Sun Valley Idaho. 

AT#326 - Travel to Belgium

May 12, 2012 44:26

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Sam Oppenheim who returns to the show to talk about a recent trip to Belgium. Starting in Brussels, Sam and his wife Mina also visited Ghent, Antwerp, Brugge, Bouillon and Orval. 

AT#325 - Travel to the Twin Cities of Minnesota (St Paul and side trips)

May 5, 2012 32:26

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Kirk Horsted in a two part episode on the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. In this second half Kirk looks at the state capital of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

AT#324 - Travel to the Twin Cities of Minnesota (Minneapolis)

Apr 29, 2012 44:08

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Kirk Horsted in a two part episode on the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. This first episode focuses on Minneapolis with day trips west of the Mississippi river.

AT#323 - Travel to Lithuania

Apr 22, 2012 27:20

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Katie Aune from KatieGoingGlobal.com about her recent trip to Lithuania. Katie visited Lithuania as part of a year traveling through countries that were part of the former U.S.S.R. She spent much of her time in and around Vilnius, the capital.

AT#322 - Travel to Puglia (Apulia) in Italy

Apr 15, 2012 42:59

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Antonello Losito from Southern Visions Travel about his native region of Puglia (Apulia) in Italy. Puglia is the boot of Italy and does not get the same number of tourists as Northern Italy. But Antonello recommends his rugged coastline and mountain towns as a way to see the Italy that “most American’s picture”.

AT#321 - Travel to Umbria, Italy

Mar 31, 2012 44:41

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Rebecca about her adopted home of Umbria in Italy. Umbria is known as the green heart of Italy. Perhaps less well known than its neighbor of Tuscany to the North Umbria is a verdant region of hill towns, farms and national parks located in the center of Italy.

AT#320 - Travel to the Island of Lanai, Hawaii

Mar 24, 2012 34:18

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The Amateur Traveler talks about traveling to the Hawaiian Island of Lana’i. I recently spent a week in Lana’i as a guest of the Lana’i Visitor’s Bureau as one of their 2012 “Artists in Residence”. Lana’i only has 3,000 residence and a small town feel. I talk about some of the more unusual (for me at least) activities that I tried on the Island including riding a horse, going on a ride and shoot (to Lana’i Pines Sporting Clays), snubing, learning to play the ukulele, getting a lomi lomi massage, volunteering at a cat sanctuary and going 4 wheel drive tour. You don’t have to do this much when you go to Lan’i. You could also just golf or lie on the beach.

 

AT#319 - Travel to the Yunnan Province of China

Mar 17, 2012 43:33

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Lee Moore again about China. Lee comes back on the show to talk about his time in the Yunnan Provence in the southwest corner of China. Yunnan is on the border with Laos, Myanmar and Tibet. 

AT#318 - Travel to Southern Israel

Mar 11, 2012 36:41

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The Amateur Travelertalks to Chaundra about her trip to Southern Israel, a barren but "stunning" land where every rock is full of history.

AT#317 - Travel to India

Feb 26, 2012 40:13

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The Amateur Traveler  talks to David Grenewetzki about his first trip to India. His itinerary covered Mombai, Bangalore, Rajasthan, Delhi and then ended at the Indian wedding of friends. Along the way they visited alaces, temples, forts, grand hotels, ancient caves, and acted as Tiger bait.

AT#316 - Travel to Catalina Island off California

Feb 19, 2012 35:12

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Carrie from cruisebuzz.net about a popular vacation spot just off the coast of California, Catalina Island. 

AT#315 - Cruise Barge Canals in England and Wales

Feb 12, 2012 29:15

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The Amateur Traveler  talks to Richard Graw about his experiences cruising the canals of England in a canal boat (or narrow boat). The canals traverse through tunnels, up staircases of locks and even up over aqueducts.

AT#314 - Travel to Trinidad and Tobago

Feb 5, 2012 33:33

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The Amateur Traveler talks to JD Andrews about his recent trip to Trinidad and Tobago. JD, who used to work for a cruise line, has visited many of the islands of the Caribbean but this was his first visit to Trinidad.

AT#313 - Travel to Bolivia

Jan 29, 2012 25:30

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Michael Tieso about his recent trip to Bolivia. He was traveling from Argentina to Peru and at first Bolivia was just in the way, but he discovered a country worth seeing.

AT#312 - Travel to Bulgaria

Jan 22, 2012 35:42

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Craig Zabransky fro StayAdventurous.com about his recent trip to Bulgaria. He traveled with a Bulgarian friend and visited picturesque towns as well as the amazing blue waters of the Black Sea.

AT#311 - Travel to Northern Queensland, Australia

Jan 15, 2012 35:57

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Dave Kerwin about his recent trip to Northern Queensland. Dave recommends 2 main stops on your trip: the Atherton Tablelands, Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.

AT#310 - Travel to San Antonio. Texas

Jan 8, 2012 24:32

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Carlos Gutierrez about his home town of San Antonio, Texas. Carlos gives us a guide to some of the obvious spots like the Alamo but also shares some of his favorite hole in the wall restaurants, a tip about the best time to come to San Antonio, and a great drive in the Texas countryside.

AT#309 - Travel to Bangladesh

Jan 1, 2012 46:29

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll about their recent trip to Bangladesh. Bangladesh is the most densely populated country, but all those people are one of Bangladesh's strengths."

AT#308 - Travel to the Champagne Region of France

Dec 25, 2011 37:14

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The Amateur Traveler talks to well-known travel writer / editor Don George about his first visit to the Champagne region of France. Despite having lived in France after college, Don had never visited the area made so famous by the blind monk Dom Perignon and his sparkling wine. Don discovered a beautiful agricultural area and learned the secret to a good life is one bottle of Champagne a day.

AT#307 - Travel to Kazakhstan

Dec 18, 2011 37:07

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Mike about his recent trip to Kazakhstan.  He explored this large area on a backpacker's budget.  Kazakhstan is the 9th biggest country in the world. "In the very West end of the country you have old mosques. In the new capital Astana you have futuristic buildings."

AT#306 - Travel to Dublin, Ireland

Dec 11, 2011 32:33

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Colm Hanratty from HostelWorld.com about Dublin, Ireland. Colm has been living working and studying in Dublin for the last 17 years.

    “Dublin is the gateway to Ireland. It is a very welcoming city. It is a very compact city. You can see the main sites and the more off the beaten track sites in about 3 days."

AT#305 - Travel to Tampa, Florida

Dec 4, 2011 32:10

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Shannon Martin from Two Who Travel about her hometown of Tampa Bay (and St Petersburg) Florida. Shannon recommends the Tamp Bay area for a beach vacation, possible combined with a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando.

AT#304 - Travel to The RIng of Kerry in Ireland

Nov 27, 2011 30:23

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jessie Voigts from Wandering Educators about County Kerry and the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. County Kerry is a popular tourist region in Ireland.

AT#303 - Travel to St. Kitts

Nov 12, 2011 25:54

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Matt Long from LandLopers.com about his recent trip to St. Kitts (officially part of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis) which is part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Matt was on a press trip to the Marriott resort on the island.

AT#302 - Travel to St. Augustine, Florida

Nov 7, 2011 28:46

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Alan from Jacksonville about St. Augustine Florida which is the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in what is now the United States. St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and is 42 years older than Jamestown.

AT#301 - Travel to Chihuahua, Mexico with Photographer Ralph Velasco

Oct 30, 2011 45:36

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Chihuahua is also known for the beautiful Cooper Canyon which is best seen from the train that transverses it. Copper Canyon is a popular tourist destination with Mexicans. Copper Canyon is larger and portions are deeper than the Grande Canyon.

AT#300 - Travel to Quebec, Canada

Oct 23, 2011 40:13

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Ira Berstein again, this time about the Canadian Provence of Quebec. Ira suggests seeing both Montreal and Quebec City because of the contrasts in the two major cities in this French-speaking part of Canada.

Ira would personally recommend spending more time in Montreal but would understand those who like Quebec city better. Montreal is an international city with more than just French and English influence, all of which add their influence to a lively restaurant scene. Montreal sits on the Saint Lawrence River and at the base on Mount Royal from which it derives its name.

Quebec City is possibly the most European city in North America and one of the only walled cities. The city is so popular with American’s that we tried to capture it during both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Le Chateau Frontenac dominates the Quebec skyline as it has for more than 100 years.

AT#299 - Travel to European Russia

Oct 2, 2011 50:28

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Francis Tapon about European Russia west of the Ural Mountains. Most people only know 2 cities in Russia – Moscow and St Petersburg. In St Petersburg he recommends the Hermitage and the Peterhof. Moscow is so central culturally to Russia that the trains all run on Moscow time across the 9 timezones of Russia. Francis extends the suggested itinerary to include Kazan and Kaliningrad. Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan which is a mostly Muslim area of Russia. Kazan is over 1000 years old. Kazan is right by the Volga river with a large mosque and classic cathedral. Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave in what used to be East Prussia.

AT#298 - Travel to Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada

Sep 24, 2011 27:30

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Bethany of the Nevada Tourism Bureau about Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is a high elevation alpine lake on the border of California and Nevada. It is surrounded by 18 ski areas so it is a popular winter destination. In the winter it is also a great place for back country hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. In the Summer, Tahoe is a popular area for hiking, fishing and outdoor activities. But, there is another side to Tahoe which is the casinos, restaurants, and entertainment of Nevada's South Tahoe.

AT#297 - Travel to Kyoto, Japan

Sep 17, 2011 33:25

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Phil Smy about his second home in Kyoto, Japan.

"Japan is organized and meticulous and perfect. Kyoto is the number one tourist destination outside of Tokyo in Japan.  The former capital of ancient Japan, it is history and I think you get a real sense of Japan's psyche by going to Kyoto."

Phil talks about the temples, palace, geisha culture, and food of Kyoto.

AT#296 - Travel to Newfoundland, Canada

Sep 10, 2011 25:42

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The Amateur Traveler talks to travel blogger Candice Walsh about St Johns and her her home province of Newfoundland (and Labrador). "In my opinion Newfoundland is maybe the most underrated unappreciated province in Canada".

AT#295 - Travel to Oklahoma with Robert Reid from Lonely Planet

Sep 4, 2011 40:50

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Robert Reid from Lonely Planet about his home state of Oklahoma. Robert recommends when you are driving through Oklahoma on your great American road trip you get off the interstate and explore for a few days. From the hills and woods of Eastern Oklahoma, to the tall grass prairies, to the oldest mountains in the United States (The Wichita Mountains) Oklahoma has more variety than you might have guessed from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical of the same name. Even the shape of the state holds clues to its unusual history. It is a state shaped by treaties made and broken with the Native Americans and by slavery and the Compromise of 1850. Its people are influenced by its history, its oil, its tornadoes, and of course its football. Ever a storyteller, Robert talks about African American towns, football upsets, buffalo, songwriters, authors, cowboy poets, onion burgers and Route 66.

AT#294 - Travel to Spain's Canary Islands

Aug 28, 2011 27:25

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere.com about his recent trip to the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are tropical volcanic islands that are part of Spain but are located off the coast of Northwestern Africa.They are not named after birds.

    The first thing that struck me when I got off the plane was how much the weather was like Hawaii and I have heard a lot of people call it Europe's Hawaii. It is a part of Spain. There are two provinces that constitute the Canary Islands. One with its capital on Grand Canaria Island and the other on the island of Tenerife. Columbus's last stop over was in the Canary Islands. Each of the islands, and there are 7 main islands, have a very different character.

AT#293 - Travel to Northern Iraq

Aug 14, 2011 28:09

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Anil Polat who blogs under the name foxnomad about a recent trip to Northern Iraq. Anil is out to visit every country in the world which might lead him to visit a country before some others would deem it safe. Anil did not travel to the green zone but traveled in the Northern or Kurdish region of Iraq. Anil’s trip was made all the more interesting as he is ethnically Turkish. Says Anil:


Honestly that was one of my concerns before going. I did not know how people would respond to me, if people would not like me being there. The whole idea of a Kurdistan in Northern Iraq is a very controversial topic in Turkey to say the least.And also I had some security and safety concerns just because of the location. However, people were very friendly to me and it was a much more normal experience than I was expecting.

AT#292 - Travel to Losotho

Aug 7, 2011 28:38

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Kim Mance about traveling to the mountain kingdom of Losotho in Southern Africa. Losotho is a small mountainous region surrounded by South Africa but is an independent constitutional monarchy. The country has a very rural population. Kim got around via rental car but also did a pony trek with guide out into the small mountain villages. Riding a small hearty and nimble Bosotho pony they headed out into a landscape of shepherds and glacier carved mountains.

AT#291 - Travel to Honduras

Jul 31, 2011 31:59

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Matt Wall about traveling to and living in Honduras. Matt recommends the Bay Islands in the Caribbean for a beach resort vacation, scuba diving and snorkeling. The main island of Roatan have everything from all-inclusive resorts to backpacking accommodations in West End. Matt lived in the town of Copán Ruinas near the Guatemala border named after the "pretty incredible" Mayan ruins there. For the very adventurous who are willing to rough it Matt also suggests the Mosquito Coast at the far Western edge of Honduras which is a rain forest area sometimes called the "little Amazon". "You go there if you want to have a jungle experience".

AT#290 - Travel to the Azores, Portugal

Jul 24, 2011 29:40

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The Amateur Traveler talks to New York travel writer Jeanine Barone about the Azores. The Azores are a chain of islands belonging to Portugal. Your travel agent will extol the beauty of the beaches but Jeanine says that the best of the Azores can be seen through hiking its craggy islands.

    If you want to be in a place that feels very unspoiled, but is so close actually to fly there, a place where you feel like you stepped back to another era, then that’s why you should go to the Azores.

    These are just gorgeous islands. Each island has its own personality and character. I just adore them.

AT#289 - Travel to Nigeria

Jul 17, 2011 34:36

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The Amateur Traveler talks to David from London about his home country of Nigeria. David recommends, against the advice of others, that people who visit Nigeria visit the largest city which is Lagos. Lagos is the second most populous city in Africa after Cairo.

    David says “it’s chaotic, it’s crazy, it’s exuberant, it’s everything turned up to eleven, it’s the maddest place I’ve been. That is why you should go there. You’re not going to get a relaxing holiday going to Lagos. But if you want to see human life at the extreme, and I don’t mean extreme in a bad way, but just millions of people in a small place, everyone full of life, everyone exuberant, everyone seemingly happy, Lagos is the place to go”.

AT#288 - Travel to Rome with Andy Steves

Jul 10, 2011 41:47

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Andy Steves about Rome, Italy. Andy talks about practical issues like how to get into and around Rome, how to connect to the Rome of the Roman Empire (the Coloseum, Forum and Circus Maximus, Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, Pantheon). He also talks about a tour of the Sistine Chapel without all the crowds and not easy to do. Andy also gives us his favorite spots from Renaissance Rome like the Galleria Borghese and how to get under Saint Peter's to the excavation of older Saint Peter's. Follow Andy to places where you can meet modern Romans on your evening passeggiata to Campo di Fiori, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. And then meet one of his favorite Romans who runs a hang out for students near the Pantheon.

Andy is the son of travel author and tour guide operator Rick Steves and is following in his father's footsteps running weekend tours for students studying in Europe.

AT#287 - Travel to Alaska

Jul 3, 2011 40:28

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Joe Bickley of Alaska Backcountry Consulting about traveling to Alaska, particularly the interior and back country. Alaska is a bug state and Joe lives in the center of it near Fairbanks but at the northern end of the Alaskan road system. Joe gives us some directions on places to go to see Alaska’s vistas and encounter its wildlife. He takes us above the tree line at Denali National Park (aka Mt McKinley) which is not quite half the size of the state of Rhode Island. At that Denali is not even the largest National Park in Alaska. That honor goes to Wrangell-St. Elias. Alaska also has the largest National Forest which is Tongass National Forest. Joe takes us to one of his favorite spots off the Denali “highway”. He also directs us down to the Kenai Peninsula known for great fishing and also to the town of Homer with its artist culture. Learn what some Alaskans call those bells that a tenderfoot might wear to scare off bears.

AT#286 - Travel to Southern South Korea

Jun 26, 2011 35:48

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Rease from 2 Nomads, 1 Narrative about South Korea. Rease and his girlfriend Nicki taught English for a year in Southern South Korea and also took time t travel around the country. We start in the city of Busan which also called Pusan and the only part of South Korea not to fall to the North in the Korean Conflict. Rease recommends we see Busan fish market and some of the old temples and then move on from Korea’s second largest city to the ancient capital of Gyeongju. Gyeongju is over 2000 years old and includes ancient temples and burial tombs and also has the largest of the Buddist temples in the country. Then Rease recommends we move along to some of the beaches, seaside towns and islands on the south coast which most western tourists don’t visit.

AT#285 - Travel to St. Louis, Missouri

Jun 19, 2011 31:03

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Rease Kirchner about her hometown of St. Louis Missouri. St. Louis is known for its iconic Arch and is known as the gateway to the west. Rease claims that St. Louis has the largest urban park in the U.S., and now boasts about a surprising array of ethnic restaurants including a Little Italy area with toasted ravioli and a Little Mexico around Cherokee street. The city has an art museum made of entirely recycled materials, and Rease’s favorite the City Museum. Rease also tells us where we can find traditional St. Louis food including gooey butter cake and a slinger which she describes as “everything that can kill you all on one plate”. St. Louis is famous for Budweiser and for the associated Busch stadium which is the home of the St. Louis Cardinals, but now also boasts micro-breweries and NFL and NHL teams.

AT#284 - Travel to Wiltshire in England

Jun 12, 2011 30:43

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Keith Kellet about the area around his home in Wiltshire England. Wiltshire has been inhabited since the end of the last ice age and has a rich depth of history including the icon site of Stonehenge. Averbury which is an even older stone circle can also be found there as well as the Salisbury Cathedral and the ancient town of Sarum. Keith describes this verdant region with its chalky hills, its rich lowlands, its ancient barrows, and its industrial age canals. Wiltshire is only about an hour out of London on high speed train so it can even be visited as a day trip from your stay there. We have forgotten more about its history than we have remembered so its ancient sites are covered in mystery and speculation.

AT#283 - Travel to Gibralter

Jun 5, 2011 43:45

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The Amateur Traveler talks to San Francisco Chronicle Travel Editor Spud Hilton about Gibraltar. This little patch of England at the bottom of Spain is more than just a place where you can see a large rock and get good fish and chips with your tapas. Explore the "rock" and meet the "apes" of Gibraltar. Hear about some of the history as well as the unique traffic challenges of this tiny peninsula. Also learn about Winston Churchill's secret World War 2 monkey plan for Gibraltar. Along the way let me introduce you to Spud Hilton who is one of my favorite travel editors.

AT#282 - Travel to the Guangxi region of China

May 29, 2011 31:42

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Shawn Farris about his recent trip to the Guangxi region in China. Guangxi is a lesser known but spectacular region in south western China known for its rugged karst mountains and green terraced rice paddies. Shawn explored the area hiking, biking and even kayaking through the countryside. Shawn describes it as a region that still has that “wide open, blue sky, rural feel to it.” The region can be accessed through the cities of Guilin or Yongshuo. During his trip Shawn met the strongest lady he had ever met as well as two of the most enterprising sellers of soda.

AT#281 - Travel to Sydney, Australia

May 21, 2011 32:16

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Alix (of Alix and Jace’s Amazing Adventure) about her hometown of Sydney Australia. Alix has many ideas about fun things to do in Sydney so you don’t just end up with the rest of the tourists on Darling Harbor. After you have climbed the Harbor Bridge and visited the Sydney Opera House she recommends a beach walk by word famous Bondi Beach, a chance to sleep with the animals of the Taronga Zoo and the out of the way Manly Beach. She tells us what’s the best day of the year to see Sydney (although also the most expensive). Alix also gives us a dizzying list of Sydney restaurants to try.

AT#280 - Travel to England's Lake District

May 15, 2011 32:40

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Zoë Dawes from TheQuirkyTraveler.com about England’s Lake District. This beautiful pastoral area was made famous by the poets and artists in the romantic period, most notably William Wordsworth. Not far from industrial Manchester, the lake district is still a refuge for hikers and and other tourists tucked away in northern England. Zoë describes some of her favorite hikes like the coffin trail along the shores of Lake Windermere and favorite villages like Ambleside.

AT#279 - Travel to Cyprus

May 8, 2011 28:39

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The Amateur Traveler  talks to Roni Weiss about his visit to the divided country of Cyprus. Roni went to Cyprus in part to complete a quest to visit every country in Europe. Roni couchsurfed which gave him a chance to stay with Turkish and Greek Cypriots as well as a Turkish resident. T

AT#278 - Travel to the Four Corners Region in the American SouthWest

May 1, 2011 42:08

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith again about his trip to the Four Corners area in the American southwest. Four Corners is the spot where 4 U.S. states meet: Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. While the Four Corners spot itself is just a photo op (an probably at the wrong place), the area around it contains some amazing scenery and historic sites. Erik gives us a state by state break down of the area. He tells us about National Parks nearby like Arches Canyonlands, Hovenweep, Moab, Canyon de Chelly, Rainbow Bridge, Mesa Verde , Chaco Culture, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Petrified Forest and Aztec Ruins. The area also boats the spectacular and iconic scenery of Monument Valley and a stretch of road known as the “Million Dollar Highway”. It has many Native American sites including those like Canyon de Chelly run jointly by the Navajo nation and the U.S.

AT#277 - Travel to Charlottesville, Virginia

Apr 24, 2011 28:29

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The Amateur Traveler talks again to Jason and Janie about their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville was has deep historic roots and the homes of Presidents Jefferson and Madison with the home of Monroe close by as well. Charlottesville is also the home of the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson was more proud of founding the institution than of being president. The area is now the home to numerous wineries and numerous restaurants and hosts a thriving food culture. Charlottesville is also a gateway to the Shenandoah Valley as well as other areas for hiking and outdoor activities.

AT#276 - Travel to Southern Taiwan

Apr 18, 2011 27:13

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The Amateur Traveler  talks to Michael Soncina who returns to the show to talk about his recent travels in Southern Taiwan. Michael took advantage of a Taiwan promotion targeting backpackers that opened up army barracks to provide inexpensive housing in this less visited region of Taiwan. The highlight of Kaohsiung City is the Lotus Pond, an area surrounded by temples old and new. Usually the older style temples seemed to be dedicated to Confucius, but there are giant temples in the image of the Jade emperor, which you can climb inside, and each floor offers unique art, as well there are the famous Dragon and Tiger pagodas. Michael also celebrated New Years on Cijin Island with its famous seafood street.

AT#275 - Travel to Normandy in France

Apr 10, 2011 29:11

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Michael Kenney about traveling to Normandy in France. Michael talks about at least two different invasions associated with this region of France. The oldest was the Norman invasion of England which left from Normandy and is documented in the 224 foot long Bayeux Tapestry which is exhibited in a museum in Bayeux. The more recent was the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War 2. Michael describes visiting the invasion beaches (codenamed Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah, and Sword), the cemeteries, and the village of Sainte-Mère-Église which was the first French Village liberated. Michael also talks about visiting the medieval fortress and monastery.

AT#274 - Adventure Travel in Botswana

Apr 3, 2011 31:24

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Spencer Quong who is a adventure travel guide about his recent trip to Botswana in south central Africa. After reading the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency his traveling companions were drawn to this country and its incredible wildlife.

AT#273 - Travel to Lebanon

Mar 27, 2011 42:01

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Sherry Ott again about a very recent trip to Lebanon. Sherry traveled to Lebanon as part of a program with a cultural exchange program with Geovisions which involved in a home stay. She stayed much of her visit in Beirut which at least used to be known as the “Paris of the Middle East”. Since that time Lebanon and Beirut in particular has come through a horrific civil war as well as a war with Israel. Now that peace has come again to the country Sherry could still see the scars from the prolonged conflict but also could enjoy the recovering city, the nightlife, shopping and food in Beirut. In March in Lebanon you can ski in the morning and go to the beach in the afternoon. She also had a chance to visit the historic city of Tripoli where she say the traditional souk and the ancient city of Sidon (Saida) which is over 6000 years old.

AT#272 - Volunteer Travel to West Africa (Sierra Leone & Liberia)

Mar 20, 2011 25:42

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Chris Guillebeau from the Art of Non-Conformity about his years volunteering in West Africa with the NGO (non-governmental organization) Mercy Ships. Chris and his wife volunteered with this organization in Sierra Leone and Liberia which gave them a very different view of West Africa. For those not familiar with Mercy Ships, they provide medical services in under-served areas of the world from their floating hospital ships. Chris was in Sierra Leone shortly after the end of its costly civil war. This episode is not about travel to lie on the beach and work on your tan (although Chris does recommend bringing your sunscreen) but about life changing travel. And no, Chris is not a doctor.

AT#271 - Travel to Bodrum, Turkey

Mar 13, 2011 29:10

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Uluç from Indianapolis, originally form Istanbul, about his trips to Bodrum, Turkey. Bodrum is a popular Turkish beach resort but has been receiving tourists as long as there have been tourists. It is the home to the ruins of the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is also the site of a 15th century crusader castle which includes a museum of underwater archeology. Uluç encourages us to adapt to the slow pace of Bodrum, stroll its markets, linger at its cafes and done forget to take a sail on a gullet from its harbor.

AT#270 - Travel to Brooklyn in New York City

Mar 6, 2011 34:03

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Andrew Hickey of TheBrooklynNomad.com about his home town. Andrew gives us reasons to visit this borough of New York City next time we are in town from some of the neighborhoods like DUMBO, Williamsburg, GreenPoint, Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bay Ridge to Prospect Park and Coney Island. The second largest of the New York Boroughs offers good pizza and Italian food for sure, but Andrew will also direct us to a local chocolatier, coffee houses, ice cream parlors and of course Nathan’s Famous hotdogs. Along the way we will visit the Brooklyn Museum, mention where the American War of Independence nearly ended (badly) and ride the classic Coney Island Cyclone.

AT#269 - Pamplona Spain - The Running of the Bulls and the San Fermin Fiesta

Feb 27, 2011 42:47

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Vicente Perez about his home city of Pamplona, Spain. Pamplona is best known for the festival of San Fermin and of course for the running of the bulls. Vicente tells us more about that colorful festival, of which, the running of the bulls is actually a very small part. From the Txupinazo, the ceremonial firing of a rocket on July 6th until July 14th the population of Pamplona swells with celebrants. Processions of giant figures (the Comparsa), music, bull fights and lots and lots of partying fill the days and nights. But Vicente also tells of some of the other features of Pamplona and the Navarre region that can be enjoyed any time of year including wonderful food, beautiful mountains, castles, and the nearby cave of Zugarramurdi (Known for the Basque witch trials).

AT#268 - Travel to Albania

Feb 20, 2011 29:28

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Francis Tapon from WanderLearn.com about Albania which has gone from a totally closed society 20 years ago to a destination that Lonely Planet ranked as the #1 destination for travel this year (that was before some of the recent protests. Francis says the because it was isolated for so long it created an exotic and unique culture. Abandoned bunkers still line the country from back when their fear of invasion had nothing to do with tourists. He recommends we start in the capital of Tirana and from there go to Krujë and its legendary Skanderbeg castle.

AT#267 - Travel to Corsica, France

Feb 13, 2011 27:19

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jeff Steiner from Americans in France to talk about a lesser known part of France which is the island of Corsica. The island is better known to Americans as the home of Napoleon Bonaparte but the French call the island L’isle Beauté – the Island of Beauty. Corsica boasts a mountainous interior, with a hiking trail from one end to the other, but is surrounded by gorgeous beaches. South of France, in the Mediterranean Sea, the island is sun-drenched in the Summer. Driving on the island can be scary with narrow winding mountain roads with wonderful views. The Corsicans also boast that Christopher Columbus was born there (The Genoese do not agree).

AT#266 - Travel to Los Angeles, California - part 2

Feb 6, 2011 40:47

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Eric Schwartzman (author, educator and podcaster) about his hometown of Los Angeles. In this second part of a two part series of episodes Eric will give us the last two days of his sample itineraries for 4 days in the Los Angeles area. In this insider’s look at LA Eric points out the cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and movie locations that he thinks you should know about.

Day 3: Hollywood – Sunset Strip, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Roosevelt, L.A.’s best chili dog, Academy Awards theater, Sunset Grill, Hollywood Cemetary and more.

Day 4: Downtown – Chinatown for dim sum, Olvera St. for Mole, Union Station for breathtaking Mission Architecture, Santee Alley and Los Angeles St. for discount children’s formal wear, Disney Hall for magnificent modern architecture and Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.

AT#265 - Travel to Los Angeles, California - part 1

Jan 30, 2011 33:26

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Eric Schwartzman (author, educator and podcaster) about his hometown of Los Angeles. Over a two part series of episodes Eric will give us sample itineraries for 4 days in the Los Angeles area. Be forewarned that no theme parks will be involved in Eric's tour but instead an insider's look at LA. So pack up your swim suit, a sport coat and nice shoes and get in your car to explore LA. Along the way Eric points out the cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and movie locations that he thinks you should know about.

Day 1: Eric starts us at the beach at Santa Monica. We visit the Santa Monica Pier, the rides and the aquarium and then head to Venice with its pier, canals, and famous muscle beach.

Day 2: We follow Eric to Beverly Hills and Westwood. We look over the valley from the Getty Center above the valley. We visit Century City which is now the home for high rises but one was where John Wayne shot westerns. We go shopping on world famous Rodeo Drive.

AT#264 - Travel to Aspen, Colorado

Jan 23, 2011 27:38

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Kara Williams of TheVacationGals.com about Aspen, Colorado. Like so many locals who live in that area of Colorado, Kara came for the winters but stayed for the summers. She tells us about this historic silver-mining town that is better known as a winter playground for the wealthy now than for its mining past. Whether you are skiing, hiking or fly fishing it has a wealth of outdoor activities. It offers great, if not always inexpensive, food and a wealth of artistic events set in a gorgeous mountain valley. Kara describes side trips to the Ghost towns of Ashcroft and Independence, to the continental divide at Independence Pass and to the caves at The Grottos. She also tells you whether the Aspen Crud is something you want to get. Aspen also hosts festivals as diverse as the Aspen Institute, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, the Aspen Music Festival and School and Aspen Summer Words.

AT#263 - Travel to Northwest Argentina

Jan 16, 2011 27:10

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jeff Jung from Career Break Secrets about a trip to Northwest Argentina that left an impression on this intrepid traveler. Jeff, an expat, who lives in Colombia, traveled to the provinces of Salta and Jujuy, far away from the normal tourist spots of Buenos Aires and Patagonia.

AT#262 - Travel to Bosnia

Jan 9, 2011 26:55

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The Amateur Traveler talks to intrepid “20 something” traveler Stephanie Yoder about the country that she thinks is the most beautiful in the world – Bosnia. In an area that was well known for first the winter Olympics and then a devastating war Stephanie found Roman ruins, medieval cities and beautiful mountains. She found a country that has recovered (or at least is recovering) from war and is ready to receive visitors again. Bosnia has deep Ottoman roots in its faith, architecture and its food. Visit Dervish monasteries, hidden tunnels, and the beautiful city of Sarajevo.

AT#261 - Travel to Melbourne, Australia

Jan 2, 2011 32:35

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Andy Dye about his adopted hometown of Melbourne Australia. Andy grew up in England but fell in love with Melbourne. Sure the weather was better but Andy also discovered a city with street art, vibrant cafes, culture and sport. Melbourne is the home of Australian Rules Foolball which was apparently invented by people who thought that rugby was too tame. Andy talks about wandering around the Central Business District (CBD) and discovering out of the way cafes. Melbourne has museums (like the Melbourne Museum, the Australia Center for the Moving Image), galleries (like the National Gallery of Victoria) and an aquarium. Melbourne is a multi-cultural city and no places show it off better than the Queen Victoria Market or Sydney Road Brunswick. He also talks about side trips such as going to see the penguins at Phillip Island.

AT#260 - Biking Spain's Camino di Santiago

Dec 26, 2010 31:40

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Ben Dixon about biking the route of the Camino di Santiago in northern Spain. The Camino di Santiago is a an ancient pilgrim trail that runs across northern Spain from the border with France to Santiago di Compostella. The cathedral in Santiago di Compostella reputedly holds the remains of St. James. Modern day pilgrims are sometimes drawn by faith and sometimes just drawn by the journey itself to trek for a month across the varied landscapes of northern Spain. As an American, Ben did not have a month of vacation but rather than be one of those pilgrims who only traverses the very end of the trail he chose to take on the pilgrim route on a bicycle. Along the way he stayed in the hostels that house the many pilgrims where he met people who had been walking from far beyond the border with France. Through countryside, cities and picturesque towns he rode in both sunshine and driving rain, but the highlight of the trip might not be what you think.

AT#259 - Travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dec 19, 2010 38:18

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Chris Bogdon who talks to us about his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This former steel capital has undergone a renaissance since its steel business went away and Chris tells us some of the reasons to visit this city at the headwaters of the Ohio River. Pittsburgh boasts both historic Fort Pitt and nearby Fort Necessity where George Washington made a name for himself. It is the home to many different ethnic neighborhoods which it celebrates with food and festivals and commemorates in an Immigration Museum in the Carnegie Library of the University of Pittsburgh. The town now hosts students in greater numbers than steelworkers. It is near Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwaters and a wine region. Chris also talks about side trips to Bethlehem, PA and Jim Thorpe, PA.

AT#258 - Travel to Xi'an, China

Dec 12, 2010 30:49

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Brook about her recent trip to Xi’an China. Xi’an is the capital of the Shaanxi province of China and is perhaps best known for the Terracotta Army of Chinese emperor Liu Bang, but what Brook and her husband discovered was a city that warrants more time to explore. Xi’an has a wonderfully rich history as the Chinese terminus of the famous Silk Road trading route. This link to the middle creates a Muslim influence still obvious in the mosques and markets of the city. The city is also still surrounded by its ancient wall which provides a great place for biking around its nearly 12km distance. Brook tells some of the story behind the Wild Goose Pagoda. She also dubs Xi’an the dumpling capital.

AT#257 - Travel to Glacier National Park and Western Montana

Dec 5, 2010 32:35

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Karl Anders who returns to the show to talk about travel to Western Montana and in particular to the majestic Glacier National Park. Karl encourages us to drive the Going to the Sun Highway but then to get off the blacktop and hick some of the back country of the park (preferably in a group large enough to discourage the curiosity of bears). He describes some of his favorite hikes such as the trail to Hidden Lakes. Glacier is often rated as one of the top places in the United States to hike or backpack. The valleys of Glacier are carved by glacial activity although there aren't as many glaciers still in the park. Karl also talks about some nearby destinations like the National Bison Refuge, Bitterroot Valley and nearby Missoula with its museum to Smokejumpers.

AT#256 - Travel to the West Bank / Palestinian National Authority

Nov 28, 2010 28:43

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Matthew Long from LandLopers.com about his trip to the West Bank or the Palestinian Authority. Mathew did day trips into this emerging state from Jerusalem and tells us about visiting Jericho and Bethlehem, the city of David. The Dead Sea was a well known highlight while Hisham’s Palace proved to be an unexpected highlight. The area boasts monuments dating back to the Jewish patriarch’s such as Rachel’s Tomb, where childless woman come to pray, and the ruins of the community of Qumran, where the dead sea scrolls were found. Do you know what you should skip doing the morning before you go to the Dead Sea? Matthew will tell you.

AT#255 - Photo Tour of Egypt

Nov 21, 2010 38:55

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Chris, the Amateur Traveler himself, talks about the recent Ralph Velasco / Amateur Traveler Photo Tour of Egypt which was a guided tour of Egypt run by Cosmos. The tour started in Cairo with the Pyramids and the Sphinx, the Egyptian museum, old mosques, churches and synagogues before moving on to the port city of Alexandria. After seeing the historic sites in Alexandria like Pompey’s Column and the Catacombs we continued on to the site of the battle of El Alamein and then to Marsa Matruh in the Northwest corner of Egypt on the Mediterranean. We continued back to Cairo with a stop at a Coptic Monastery and then flew to Aswan to tour Upper Egypt. We saw temples from the Greek period and the New Kingdom from Aswan to Luxor including the Temple to Ramses at Abu Symbel, the temple to Isis, the temple of Etfu, the Luxor temple and the great temple of Karnak. We also visited the Valley of the Kings and a Nubian village. Along the way we shopped and photographed.

AT#254 - Cruising the Rhine River

Nov 7, 2010 29:24

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The Amateur Traveler talks about his recent fam cruise on the Avalon Luminary down the Rhine River from Basel in Switzerland through France and Germany to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Along the away he visited three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Strasbourgh in France, the Rhine River Gorge in Germany and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He talks about the castles, the history and what it is like to take a river cruise.

AT#253 - Hurtigruten Cruise to the Coast of Norway

Oct 31, 2010 30:28

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jeremy from Palm Beach Gardens Florida who talks to use about cruising up the Norwegian coastline into the Arctic Circle on a Hurtigruten cruise. Jeremy lives someplace warm so when he and his wife travel they often travel someplace cold so cruising into the small fjords of Norway during the Winter appealed to them. Hurtigruten started as the boat that delivered the mail to the isolated villages on the coast of Norway (which it still does) but added passenger and ferry service also.

AT#252 - Travel to the Black Hills of South Dakota

Oct 24, 2010 40:16

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Fred who talks about a road trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Fred and his wife went to Mt Rushmore for sure, but also to other sites in the area that are less well known like Devil’s Tower, Deadwood, Wall Drug, Wind Cave National Park, Buffalo Gap National Grassland and Wind Cave National Park. There are a surprising number of sites to see in the Black Hills and Badlands of Southwest South Dakota.

AT#251 - Travel to Papua New Guinea

Oct 17, 2010 34:33

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Beth Whitman of Waderlust and Lipstick about her recent Papua New Guinea. Beth was attracted to this remote country that produced more languages than any other country because of people separated by its rugged terrain. She tells us about the wonder, beauty and yes danger of Papua New Guinea. Beth was preparing to take a tour to the island nation and to the Mount Hagen Show which is a sing sing which allows the different tribes to compete with songs and costumes.

AT#250 - Travel to the Gulf Coast of Florida

Oct 3, 2010 24:41

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Chuck Prevatte about vacationing in the warm waters and on the white beaches of the panhandle of Florida. This is a vacation for those who want to slow down and relax. There are nightclubs in Panama City and water parks but this part of Florida is a good spot to take the family, eat some good sea food, rent a beach house and bath in 90 degree water. Tourism is off because of the gulf oil spill but Chuck and his family did not see much evidence of the oil on the beaches.

AT#249 - Travel to Milan, Italy

Sep 26, 2010 36:46

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jessica Spiegel of BootsNAll’s Italy blog “Why Go Italy” and the Eye on Italy podcast about one of her favorite cities in Italy: Milan. Jessica tells us about the fashion industry, the spectacular cathedral, and the first mall as well as some quiet neighborhoods and parks. She also tells us how far in advance you should get tickets to see Leonardo di Vinci’s Last Supper, what to expect when you watch soccer in Italy, and what to do when you see movie stars walking down the streets of Milan. We talk about wonderful Italian people and the joys of learning Italian.

AT#248 - Travel to Toronto, Ontario

Sep 19, 2010 25:14

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Corinne from Have Baby Will Travel who is a life-long Torontonian (that is to say that she lives in Toronto, Ontario). Corinne gives us an introduction to her city and its many parks, its great ethnic food, its iconic skyline punctuated by the CN Tower. Its neighborhoods includes two different Chinatowns, Greektown, the Irish-influenced Cabbagetown,  Distillery District, Kensington Market, Harbourfront and St. Lawrence Market, She particularly suggests you visit during Thanksgiving (Canada's which is in October) or Toronto International Film Festival. Corinne also describes side trips from the city heading out towards Niagra and Ontario's wine country. The city houses both a working farm in Riverdale Farms and a warren of underground shops in the Toronto Underground PATH.

AT#247 - Travel to Chile

Sep 12, 2010 35:10

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jodi Ettenberg of legalnomads.com about her trip to Chile. Jodi left the corporate world as a lawyer and started her trip around the world with a visit to Chile. She first went mountain climbing in Patagonia (both in Chile and Argentina) marveling at the glaciers and appreciating the view if not the taste of lama. She then took a 42 hour bus ride to Santiago for a wild soccer game (which is not for the faint of heart) before flying north to visit San Pedro de Atacama, Valle de la Luna. She also dipped into Bolivia to visit Salar de Uyuni, the immense salt flats. Along the way she saw the largest copper mine in the world at Calama. She dealt with bronchitis (brought from New York) and food poisoning (did I mention the lama?). She met locals including a helpful taxi driver and practiced the difficult Spanish dialect of Chile. Jodi also talks with great affection about the UNESCO World Heritage site of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar which were hit hard in the big earthquake earlier this year. Valparaiso is a colorful city of art built on the side of a hill and sloping down to the Pacific.

AT#246 - Travel to Northern Ohio

Sep 5, 2010 35:24

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Seth Oakley about traveling to his birthplace in Northern Ohio. Years ago Ohio and Northern Ohio in particular, had a very bad reputation for pollution that one can only get when a river (the Cuyahoga) catches fire. But these days Lake Erie is cleaner than it has been in maybe a hundred years and boasts sites like the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, Cedar Point, surfing, and even a burgeoning wine region. The area is rich in history as the site of the Battle of Lake Erie, the birthplace of Thomas Edison and one of the first states added to the new United States. Seth also gives us a glimpse of small town life with a side trip to his hometown of Milan which is the home for both the Milan Melon Festival and the little-known superhero Melon Man.

News

Chris takes a new job

Show Notes

Northwest Territory
Cuyahoga River
Moon Handbooks: Ohio
Ohio: Off the Beaten Path
Milan, Ohio
Lake Erie
Zebra mussels
Ohio on Wikipedia
Firelands
History of Ohio
City of Cleveland
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Great Lakes Science Center
Ohio’s sports misery
LeBron adds to Cleveland sports setbacks
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
LeBron signs with Miami
Sandusky, Ohio
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Cedar Point
Destination: Cedar Point Amusement Park
Soak City
Sandusky Hotels
Lake-effect snow
Lake Erie Islands
Battle of Lake Erie
Paper Moon Vineyards
Paper Moon Vineyards, Vermillion, Ohio
Thomas Edison
Ohio Festivals and Events
Milan Melon Festival
Firelands Wineyards
Great Lakes Brewery
Melon Man’s Facebook

AT#245 - Travel to Miami, Florida

Aug 29, 2010 28:07

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Kara from Miami about her hometown of Miami. Kara tells us Miami is not as it is pictured in TV shows like Miami Vice and Burn Notice (except perhaps that it is filled with beautiful people). She tells us about some of her favorite hotels and restaurants as well as cafes where you can sit and people watch. Miami is known for its beach life and Kara tells us where the daring can go to bare all or where you can find a quiet spot away from the tourists. Increasingly Miami is known for its fashion district and its food scene. The summers are hot but offer some of the best bargains on restaurants, hotels and spas… if you can deal with the humidity. Miami defines hot in all senses of the word. So whether you want to see snowbirds or eat stone crabs, Miami might be a place you should check out.

News

Muslim hostess and Disney still at odds over headscarf
French Flight Attendant Arrested for Stealing Cash and Jewels From Sleeping Passengers’ Pockets and Carry-Ons

Show Notes

Diamond PR
Miami Vice
Burn Notice
Haulover Beach
South Pointe Park
Top Ten Miami Restaurants
Brickell, Miami
Key Biscayne
Miami Museums
Miami Design District
Van Dyke Cafe
Miami Spice Restaurant Month
Miami Spa Month
Neighborhoods of Miami
Miami Design District
Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink
Calle Ocho Festival
South Beach Food and Wine Festival
Miami Public Transportation
Fontainebleau
Miami Heat
Miami Heat Tickets
Smith and Wollensky
Red, the Steakhouse
Joe’s Stone Crabs
Adrianne Arsht Center
Snowbirds

Community

Scott enjoyed the group interview in Travel to Namibia – Episode 243
Tricia hits the road
Amateur Traveler guest post guidelines
Amateur Traveler site redesign to add countries

AT#244 - Travel to Montpellier and the Languedoc Region of France

Aug 22, 2010 42:28

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Christine Cantera about her time living in the Languedoc region of France in the city Montpellier. Montpellier is sometimes called the San Francisco of France. Christine shares with us a few thoughts about cafes, bars, which museums are worth it (and which aren’t), beaches, fortified cities, when to visit, and the one day of the year when nobody in France gets any work done. She discusses what are her favorite 3 places to see in Languedoc including one seaside town that still has jousts but with a very nautical twist.

News

Southwest attendant takes baby after slap from mother
American Airlines to Charge for Front-Row Seats
Nursing at Sea

Show Notes

France Travel Guide
Montpellier
Languedoc
Jardin des plantes de Montpellier
Le Petit Train Touristique du Centre Historique
Languedoc wine
Le Jardin du Champs de Mars
Paparazzi
La Dolce Vita
Aigues-Mortes
Carcassonne
Parc naturel régional de Camargue
Musee Fabre
Antigone District
Palavas-les-Flots
Sète
Nîmes
Beaujolais nouveau
Bar le Saint-Roch
MissExpatria’s photostream

Community

Sam was looking for a show on Malta
Don't use the first LukeDon’t use the first Luke

AT#243 - Travel to Namibia

Aug 15, 2010 35:55

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Carla, Jason and Janie about their trip to Nambia. While traveling in southern African to attend some of the games of the World Cup the three made a visit to nearby Namibia after hearing from friends that it was one of their favorite African countries. Come with us as we learn about a country that is perhaps surprisingly prepared for tourists. We will talk about seeing 4 out of the "big 5" safari animals. Our trio talks about miles of sand, sand storms and riding camels but also talks about visiting the show and seal colonies. The camping was easier than expected and the food was more diverse (you won't believe what they found on pizza).

AT#242 - Day Trips from Florence, Italy

Aug 8, 2010 36:57

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Italophile Ira Bernstein who returns to the show to talk about day trips in Tuscany that you can take from Florence. We talk about visiting the walled city of Siena and its famous bareback horse race the palio, viewing the many towers of San Gimignano, climbing the leaning tower of Pisa (after you take the obligatory picture of someone holding it up), and walking on the walls of Lucca. Each town has its own character and attractions. Arezzo has a jewelry museum and the home of the “Father of Humanism” Petrarch. Fiesole is a rich enclave, a suburb of Florence with views of the city and a roman theatre. Montepulciano and Montalcino are both known for their wines. Ira talks about some of the events that the locals enjoy like the palios, flea markets and flag throwing competitions. So even if you just get as far out of Florence as Piazzale Michelangelo there are many places to explore in Tuscany.

AT#241 - Travel to Mali

Aug 1, 2010 26:12

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Dan Stromberg about his recent trip to Mali. Mali is a destination so remote that Dan says “I couldn’t imagine myself being here when I was there”. Dan started in the capital city of Bamako, before heading out to Bandiagara and Dogon country. The highlight of the visit was a trek along the Bandiagara Escarpment which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dan and his girlfriend, along with a guide, walked and hiked along the cliffs and then stayed in the local villages of the Dogon people at the base of this 200 km long sandstone cliff.

AT#240 - Travel to New Zealand's North Island

Jul 25, 2010 27:50

Description:

Chris, the Amateur Traveler himself, talks about a recent trip to New Zealand’s North Island where he went to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and took a dolphin watching cruise up by the Bay of Islands. He visited the Coromandel Peninsula with Cathedral Cove and Hot Water beach, toured but can’t talk about Hobbiton near Matamata, climbed Mt Maunganui, saw (and smelled) the geysers and baths at Rotorua, journeyed south to the Capital at Wellington, visited a ski area on a volcano and rafted the caves of Waitaomo.

AT#239 - Travel to Prince Edward Island in Canada

Jul 11, 2010 27:36

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Pamela Beck of the Department of Tourism for Prince Edward Island in Eastern Canada. Pamela describes Prince Edward Island (or PEI) as a get away from it all location that is easy to get to. Surrounded by beaches this 140 mile long island features wonderful seafood and champion oyster shuckers. It has miles of bike trails and relaxed helpful locals. Pamela also describes it as a wonderful golf vacation or a place where you can try your hand at lobster fishing (be ready to get up very early), oyster raking or chocolate making through one of their experience tourism programs.

AT#238 - Travel to the Cook Islands

Jul 4, 2010 38:35

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Melanie Waldman of TravelsWithTwo.com about a recent trip to the Cook Islands in the Pacific. Think of the Cook Islands as Tahiti without the French language and using the New Zealand dollar to make it more affordable. Melanie tells us about this corner of Polynesia with beautiful resorts that she and her husband visited for their 10th anniversary. They hiked the mountainous spine of Raratongo with Pa who knows all of the plants and their uses and cruised the small outer islands of Aitutaki with a guide named Captain Awesome. They also took an archeology tour, drove the ring roads, shopped in the farmer’s market and just hung out on the beach drinking the cocktails of the moment.

AT#237 - Travel to Bali in Indonesia

Jun 20, 2010 37:35

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Sam Oppenheim who makes a rare 4th appearance on the show to talk about Bali in Indonesia. Sam started his exploration of Bali in Ubud which is the cultural capital of the area. He met two of the people mentioned in the popular book Eat, Pray, Love: Wayan and Ketut Liyer. In Ubud he attended some of the traditional Balinese dances (Legong, Barong and Kecak). Sam explored the Hindu temples and the resort area of Kuta Beach with its famous nightlife, dove a ship wreck and explored the island by motorcycle. Sam’s does regret was not getting down to Nusa Dua on the southern tip with its wonderful sunsets or out to Komodo.

AT#236 - Travel to Michigan

Jun 13, 2010 39:34

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith about his home state of Michigan. Erik has been on the show twice before talking about National Parks but this time he tells us about the beautiful state of Michigan. While Erik is from the Detroit area and describes some of its museums and other attractions what he really recommends is the west coast of Michigan with its sand dunes and sunsets, Traverse City with its boating, and the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula. He does manage to work some national parks (Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pictured Rocks and Isle Royale) and state parks into the conversation. We also talk about the European-style of Ann Arbor, the quirks of John Harvey Kellogg and the unusual location of Edison’s New Jersey lab (moved by Henry Ford to Michigan).

AT#235 - UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Jun 6, 2010 40:35

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt of Everything-Everywhere.com  about UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The World Heritage List includes 890 sites from around the world which are part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having “outstanding universal value”. We talk about various sites as well as how to use this list as a resource in your travels.

AT#234 - Travel to Ghana

May 30, 2010 34:40

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Lillie Marshall of AroundTheWorldL.com about the 3 months she volunteered in Ghana in sub-Saharan West Africa on her round the world trip. She worked for the program Youth Creating Change. Lillie talks about some of the tourist spots in Ghana like the the slavery castle at Cape Coast and Mole National Park. Then she talks about what it is like to live and volunteer in a 3rd world country where the people are wonderful and some of the cultural differences can be striking (don’t ask why she didn’t like the beaches). She extols the wonders of food like fufu and how to buy a $10 hand made dress. She also talks briefly about the capital of Accra that Lonely Planet thinks is their second least favorite city on the planet.

News

Gun Taken From Suicidal JetBlue Pilot in Crew Lounge
Pushy fliers may show up on TSA’s radar

Show Notes

Around the World L – Lilly Marshall’s blog
Ghana
@WorldLillie – Lilly on twitter
Couchsurfing.com
Youth Creating Change
Cape Coast Slave Castle
Hostels in Ghana
Ahh!!! A White Person!!!
How to Get a Custom-Made Dress for $15
What the Heck is Fufu?
Ghana Student Life Stories Project

Community

Allan disagrees with Ralph in Travel to Montenegro – Episode 232, says “rent a car”
Sean says Travel to Kerala, India – Episode 147 missed catholic history
Kathy and John, Yemen warnings
Amateur Traveler Egypt Photo tour slots available - http://AmateurTraveler.com/tours
iTunes reviews of the Amateur Traveler needed
No Maimi Meetup in June 2010
NYC meetup June 23 2010
save 10% off Globus Tours - http://AmateurTraveler.com/globus

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AT#233 - Travel to Hong Kong

May 23, 2010 46:26

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Melody who has been living as an exchange student in Hong Kong. Melody tells us what to see in Hong Kong from the very western feeling Central neighborhood of Hong Kong island, the peak and the mid-level escalators to the more Chinese neighborhoods in Kowloon and the less populated New Territories. She also takes us out to some of the outlying islands like Lantau island with the Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery, Cheung Chau Island with its famous bun festival, and the nearly uninhabited Po Toi island.

We talk about the 10,000 Buddha Monastery and eat dinner on plastic stools in the middle of the Temple street night market. We explore the fish, flower, bird and jade markets. Melody recommends the Star Ferry for a great view of Hong Kong island, especially at night.

For nightlife Melody recommends Wednesday and Thursday nights when ladies often get free drinks. Her favorite night spot is the Cavern and a famous one is the Fringe.

AT#232 - Travel to Montenegro

May 16, 2010 24:18

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to photographer Ralph Velasco about a trip to the very new country of Montenegro. When Ralph visited the country it was the newest country on the planet after it split off of Serbia. This mountainous country boasts the southern most fjords in Europe, old walled Venetian towns, fortresses, island churches, hikes, rafting, and some wonderful photography. Ralph stayed on the coast and visited the coastal cities of Kotor, Budva and Perast among others.

AT#231 - Travel to Taiwan

May 9, 2010 30:06

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Matt Anderson about a recent trip to Taiwan during the Chinese new year celebration. Matt, who is an English teacher in South Korea, started his trip in Taiwan’s capital of Taipei before exploring the eastern coast and the rich heritage of Taiwan’s aboriginal people in the south.

In Taipei Matt recommends eating at the Shilin night market where the fried chicken and the sausage are particularly good. Matt and his girlfriend also went to Taipei 101 (which is now the world’s 2nd tallest building), the Chiang Kai-shek memorial, and an assortment of temples including the Confucius temple, the Bo-an temple and the Longshan temple.

Matt explored the rugged and less populated east coast on a bike trip that started in Hualien. He visited the Taroko Gorge near to Hualien and nearly spent a night in jail… but it’s not what you think.

AT#230 - Travel to Portland, Oregon

May 2, 2010 26:36

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Sean Keaner of the BootsNAll travel network about the city of Portland Oregon. Sean describes the independent character of the city that is expressed in its brew pubs, food carts and hip culture. It is also evident in the famous Powell’s bookstore. Portland has a reputation for being rainy but Sean tells us when to come to Portland, where to ride a bike and where to find some good Vegan food. If Vegan is not your style find out where to find a pork chop over 4 inches thick.

AT#229 - Travel to Northern Virginia

Apr 25, 2010 34:39

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Matthew Stone about his home in Northern Virginia. Matthew describes things to do in Northern Virginia either as a side trip from Washington D.C. or a trip in its own right. We start at the famous monuments and Arlington National Cemetary just south of the District of Columbia and proceed to George Washington’s home of Mount Vernon. Matthew then describes some parks and places to escape the city a short drive away. Sure you know that the National Cemetery is in Virginia but did you know you can find a Black History museum, an Apothecary museum and a Tony award winning regional theater all within walking distance of the Metro? Add in some National Parks, Civil War Battlefields, and the SR 71 Blackbird and you may just have to rearrange your plans for your next vacation to the nation’s capital.

AT#228 - Travel to Yemen

Apr 18, 2010 29:39

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Chris Rosenkrans from Pennsylvania about his trip to the country of Yemen. Chris started in the capital city of Sana’a which he thinks is one of the beautiful cities he has ever seen. Chris then recommends a trip to the Haraz mountains to see Shibam Hadhramaut (a shibam is a city built into the cliffs) and north to Kawkaban. In addition wander around Sana’a to some of the community gardens in the area. Chris did not make it to Socotra island where many of the scents like Frankincense come from. Yemen also does sport gun markets and khat markets to this has to qualify as adventure travel.

AT#227 - Three Weekend Trips From Shanghai, China

Apr 11, 2010 33:06

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Lee from Atlanta about side trips that you can take when you travel to Shanghai this year for Expo 2010. Lee is currently living in China and talks about 3 different weekend trips to destinations that are located near Shanghai. Lee starts us the in history-rich city of Nanjing the site of “China’s Holocaust” in WW 2. Nanjing has been the capital for 6 different Chinese governments and still retains its ancient walls in addition to modern shopping and the tomb of Sun Yat-sen. It was also the location of the world’s worst civil war, the Taiping Rebellion. After Nanjing we explore the many gardens and the canals of Suzhou. Finally Lee takes us to Hangzhou with its beautiful West Lake which the Chinese compare to heaven.

News

Spirit Air to experiment with carry-on bag fees
Airlines losing 3000 bags – every hour of every day
Women try to smuggle dead relative onto flight
Paying to use the plane potty?
Ky. Judge Rules in Favor of Online Travel Sites

Show Notes

Expo 2010 Shanghai China
Travel to Shanghai, China – Episode 26

Nanjing
Nanjing, China
Nanking Massacre
John Rabe – a German businessman and Nazi party member who is best known for his efforts to stop the atrocities of the Japanese army during the Nanking Occupation
Sun Yat-sen – “Father of the Chinese Nation”
Ming Dynasty
Cheongsam or Qipao – traditional Chinese dress
Taiping Rebellion – largest civil war in history started by Hong Xiuquan who declared himself the brother of Jesus.

Restaurants
Skyway Bakery and Deli
Les 5 Sens
Tairyo Teppanyaki

Suzhou
Gardens – Master of the Nets, Lion’s Forest, Humble Administrator
Mingtown Suzhou International Youth Hostel

Hangzhou
Tea Museum
A History of Chinese in California
Braised Pork Belly – Hangzhou Dongpo Pork
Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe
Wushanyi International Youth Hostel

Shanghai
Captain Youth Hostel

elong.com, ctrip.com – for accompodations

Community

Egypt Photo Tour
Amateur Traveler Newsletter
Does Amateur Traveler work for you at work?

AT#226 - Travel to the Island of Maui, Hawaii revisited part 2

Apr 8, 2010 17:02

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks about a recent trip to Maui as the guest of the Maui Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this second half of a two part episode Chris talks about some of the local culture, food and festivals. He had a chance to explore his rancher roots at one of Maui’s cattle ranches, dine on local produce at some high end restaurants, mix with the locals at the Maui Ag Festival and learn more of Maui’s culture at the Celebration of the Arts.

AT#226 - Travel to Island of Maui, Hawaii revisited part 1

Apr 4, 2010 16:16

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks about a recent trip to Maui as the guest of the Maui Convention and Visitors Bureau. In this first half of a two part episode Chris gives an overview of the island and talks about the Hawai’i Nature Center, the beaches and the road to Hana. Learn about swimming or hiking in lava tubes, hidden beaches and some of the naive plants of Maui.

Show Notes

Visit Maui Blog
Rainfall map of Maui
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Kamehameha I
Hawaiian Language

Beaches:

    * Makena (big beach)
    * Chang’s Beach
    * ‘Ahihi Bay
    * Maluaka Beach
    * Wai’ anapanapa State Park
    * Ka’eleku Caverns

AT#225 - Travel to Wales

Mar 28, 2010 33:02

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to John Clayton about a recent trip to Wales. John was the host of a radio travel show called “Travel with a Difference” for 16 years in the Los Angeles area and was invited to Wales by the Wales Tourism board. John is a train buff and was invited to ride on the restored narrow guage railroads of Wales which were built originally to carry slate from the Wales slate mines. He road the Mount Snowdon, West Highlands and Ffestiniog railways. John also recommends touring the slate mine at Llanberis. We also visit Port Meirion which will look familiar to fans of the TV show The Prisoner. Also find out what Bed and Breakfast you can stay at where some of the Royals used to live.

AT#224 - Travel to Hiroshima and the Chugoku Region of Japan

Mar 21, 2010 37:23

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Mike from Toronto who is living in Japan as part of an exchange program Mike talks to use about the Chugoku or middle region of Japan. Mike starts us out in Hiroshima with its world famous peace park and atomic bomb museum and its lesser known shopping and izakaya eateries. After we sample the okonomiyaki at okonomiyaki mura Mike sends us off to see the red Torii gate on Miyajima island. Mike recommends getting the Japanese railway pass because of the expensive local transportation. Mike then directs us to Yamaguchi which is known for its onsens (hot baths), 5 story temple and the church of Francis Xavier. Hagi which is a preserved walled town is our next stop. Hagi is Mike’s favorite spot in Japan. Hagi is also where many of the modernization movement came from.

AT#223 - Rafting Down the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Mar 14, 2010 36:38

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to George Wendt from Oars.com about white water rafting down the Grand Canyon which is one of Chris’s dream vacations. The Grand Canyon can be traversed in motor pontoon boats, oars rafts, paddle boats or dories. Each has different advantages and disadvantages. The water is fast and cold and the rapids get up to class 5. All the while you are drifting through one of the wonders of the world with massive red stone walls on either side. You come around the corner and are surprised by waterfalls and a green oasis. You explore the side canyons where you can see fossils and the ruins of the ancient people who called this canyon home.

AT#222 - Travel to Borneo

Mar 7, 2010 35:02

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Betty from Betty in the Sky with a Suitecase about her recent trip to Borneo (Sarawak and Sabah) to see the orangutans and proboscis monkeys. Betty flew into Kuching in Sarawak and started in the Demai beach area where she stayed in a treehouse. She saw the Probiscus Monkeys at Bako National Park and the Bat “fireworks” at Mulu National Park. Betty also visited the market at Sandakan and snorkeled off the beaches at Mabul.

AT#221 - Travel to the Republic of Georgia

Feb 28, 2010 40:10

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Kathy from My Time To Travel about her recent trip to the Republic of Georgia. Kathy is a fan of mountains and Georgia has them in abundance because of its location between the Lesser and Greater Caucuses. She visited the Black Sea coast at Batumi, the capital of Tibilisi, the wine region, the cave city of Voronya and went part of the way up the legendary Georgia military highway into the Caucuses. Kathy talks about the history of Georgia and its location on the silk road, its religion and architecture.

AT#220 - Travel to Easter Island / Rapa Nui

Feb 21, 2010 25:42

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Mike and Hillary of the SpotHopping blog about their trip to Easter Island / Rapa Nui in the South Pacific. They visited Easter Island as a stop on their round the world trip. Easter Island is a small destination and one of the most remote destinations in the world. When you are on the island the only other people within 2000 miles are the 50 people on Pitcairn island. Easter Island is, of course, known for its enigmatic Moai statues and Mike and Hillary were able to visit the quary where they were created. They also explored lava tube caves on the island.

AT#219 - Budget Travel Tips from Pauline Frommer

Feb 14, 2010 31:32

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Pauline Frommer again about tips for budget travel. We talk about booking tours and alternative places to stay instead of hotels. We talk about which travel destinations are inexpensive now and which ones have hidden fees. Learn where a travel expert takes her family on vacation.

Pauline Frommer’s London and the second edition of Pauline Frommer’s New York City were named “Best Guidebook of the Year” by the North American Travel Journalists Association (2007 and 2008, respectively).

News

Free aiport wi-fi
Travel Tip Tuesday : American Airlines Announces $8 Blankets
Dirty Hotels
This Week in Travel

Show Notes

Pauline Frommer
Pauline Frommer on Budget Travel – Episode 123
Houe of the Redeemer in NYC
UK Airports face chaos over departure tax rise
Argentina Visa Fee To Hit Tourists Starting Jan 1
ShoreTrips.com
Jamaica – Meet the People
Tlaxcala, Mexico
Oaxaca, Mexico – Felipe the Weaver (part 1) – Video Episode 46
Reciprocity in Brazil Tourist Visa Fees for American and Canadians

Internet Resources

oster.com – hotel reviews

Community

Celeste has Marquesas corrections
David has Marquesas corrections
David, “you break up the monotony”

AT#218 - Travel to the Marquesas Islands

Feb 7, 2010 45:42

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Stefanie Michaels (better known as @AdventureGirl) about a recent trip to the Marquesas Islands which are near Tahiti (or part of Tahiti depending on who you ask). Stefanie sailed on the freighter Aranui from Tahiti out to these remote islands. She encountered a warm people living in a tropical paradise… with very nice cars and nowhere to drive.

AT#217 - The Life of Adventure Travel Tour Guide

Jan 31, 2010 29:30

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Madeline Jhawar from Italy Beyond the Obvious about life as a tour guide for an adventure travel company. Madeline was previously on the Amateur Traveler talking about Travel to Sicily. Madeline talks about her misconceptions about what being a tour guide would be like and the reality of keeping a group of people happy (and not lost). She guided hiking and biking tours primarily in Italy. What skills do you need to be a successful tour guide? It might not be what you think.

AT#216 - Travel to Malawi

Jan 24, 2010 34:47

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Joseph about his recent trip to Malawi in Southern Africa. Malawi is not know for its game parks like other countries in the region for for the relaxing shores of Lake Malawi as well as the lush green highlights. It is a country heavily influenced by David Livingstone and the Scottish Presbyterian church and one benefit of this legacy is welcoming church guest houses to stay in. So join Joseph and I as we talk about the people, the politics and the minibuses of Malawi.

AT#215 - Travel Photography

Jan 17, 2010 42:37

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to photographer Ralph Velasco about tips to keep in mind when you are taking pictures on your travels. We talk about:

    * telling a story
    * depth of field
    * giving your self assignments
    * giving a sense of scale
    * adding a human touch
    * reflections
    * avoiding the crowds
    * embracing the weather
    * seeking the unique picture
    * capturing the essence of a place

AT#214 - Family on Bikes

Jan 10, 2010 25:35

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Nancy Sathre-Vogel from FamilyOnBikes.com about their odyssey – a bike ride with two young boys along the length of the Pan-American highway from Alaska to the southern end of South America. Learn why they did this trip, how they have managed it and what they have learned along the way.

AT#213 - Travel to Berlin and Prague in December

Jan 3, 2010 36:18

Description:

I talk about my recent trip to Berlin and Prague in December. This trip was just after the 20 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and 20 years after my last trip to Berlin. We will look at a 3 hour free walking tour of Berlin and at a paid private tour of Prague (a gift from OurExplorer.com). We will talk about the history of World War II, Communism and even the Hussite Wars. We will talk about the Christmas markets which are everywhere in both cities in December with their booths, crafts, food and mulled wine. I will tell you of some of the sites of these cities including museums, castles, churches, memorials, and even an Art Nouveau stain glass window in a very old yet also very new cathedral.

AT#212 - Travel to Geneva, Switzerland (with soundseeing)

Dec 20, 2009 24:01

Description:

The Amateur Traveler travels to Geneva and experiences the Escalade which celebrates the defeat of the Savoy in 1602. Geneva is the home to many UN agencies, an old town, a cathedral and an excellent rare book collection. You can also find lots of ways to eat melted cheese and other Swiss treats on the shore of beautiful Lake Geneva. In this unusual episode Chris overcomes a technical microphone difficulty to record an episode on the road. This episode inlcudes some of the sounds of the Escalade festival.

AT#211 - Travel to Johannesburg, South Africa

Dec 13, 2009 33:51

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Ilana Fayerman from Project Explorer about Johannesburg, South Africa. Project Explorer creates educational videos for kids and Ilana is one of the video hosts. She traveled to Johannesburg to meet its people, experience its culture and eat something very weird (see picture). She will take us on a virtual tour of neighborhoods like Newtown where she will introduce us to the New Market Theatre. She will take us into the township of Soweto. Out of the poverty of Soweto has come some of the hope of South Africa. It boasts the only street in the world (Vilakazi Street) to have produced two winners of the Nobel Peace prize. Ilana will also tell us which game animal is the tastiest and what happens when you put too much Chakalaka on your pap. We will dance in gum boots, take a safari to KwaZulu-Natal, learn when you can join a drum circle, lunch with art and visit the cradle of Human Kind.

AT#210 - Travel to the Ancient Capitals of Thailand

Dec 6, 2009 28:20

Description:

Amateur Traveler talks to Matt Kepkes of NomadicMatt.com about his trip to the ancient capitals of Thailand: Ayutthaya, Lopburi and Sukhothai. Before the capital moved to Bangkok it was in each of these three cities as invaders came in from what is now Cambodia and Burma and then were subsequently repelled. Instead of taking the night train to Chang Mai as many tourists do, Matt and his traveling companions explored these cities on the way. In their travels they found ancient temples (some in ruins and some well preserved), wonderful night markets, troops of monkeys, friendly people and a slice of rural Thailand.

AT#209 - Travel to Eastern Germany

Nov 29, 2009 39:53

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Eleonora about visiting eastern Germany. Eleonora grew up in Dresden and starts our tour there with a city restored from the rubble of World War II to one that boasts beautiful baroque architecture. She takes up verbally to the Master’s Gallery and also to the Green Vault in the old palace. She recommends the famous opera house as well as the recent rebuilt Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche). We climb to the old fortress (Festung Koenigstein) which protected the area. After Dresden Eleonora directs us to the mountains of Saxon Switzerland and to the Oer Mountains with its tradition Christmas wood carvings. From there we go to Leipzig and to Bauzen (capital of a slavic minority – the Sorbs). We make a sobering stop at Buchenwald concentration camp before hiking in the Hatrz Mountains. Then we head north to Saxony-Anhalt where we stop by the oldest chocolate factory in Germany in Helle. Eleonora encourages us to visit the palace of Sanssouci at Postdam and the Hanseatic cities Rostock and Stralsund. While in Eastern Germany we should try Christstollen, Baumkuchen, and Saxon Potato Soup. Two special tips from Eleonora are to visit the Hechtfest multicultural art festival in Dresden and the medieval Christmas market.

AT#208 - Travel to Turin and Bologna (or Eating our way through Italy)

Nov 22, 2009 32:09

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Ira Bernstein about two lesser visited cities in Italy - Turin and Bologna. Turin has the reputation as the Detroit of Italy because of its long association with Fiat but that nickname does not express the beauty of the city, the warmth of its people nor the quality of its wine. Bologna has a reputation for good food in a country known for its good food which may be one of the reasons that Bologna is known as "the fat". The city is the home of bolognese sauce and lasagna. It also lays claim to one of the oldest if not the oldest university in Europe. Ira takes us on a tour of surprising museums (like the largest Egyptian museum outside Cairo), pivotal history and of course wonderful food. 

AT#207 - Travel to the Tyrol (Tirol) Region of Austria

Nov 17, 2009 32:58

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Edith about the mountainous region of Austria where she grew up, the Tyrol. Edith designs for us both a winter and a summer itinerary, both of which involve getting outside and enjoying the beautiful mountains. In the winter we would ski and in the summer we would hike. When we are not hiking or enjoying one of the mountain alms then we can explore the palace at Innsbruck, a hiking museum and the Höfemuseum which is a farm museum. Edith talks about traditional foods such as Wiener Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarrn (sweet pancake dish), Kaspressknödel (fried cheese dumplings) and Graukäse (literally grey cheese). To work off that rich food (and of course beer) she will recommend we hike between the mountain huts or up her favorite hike Nochspitze.

AT#206 - Travel to Molokai and Lanai in Hawaii

Nov 8, 2009 30:01

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Pam Mandel of Nerd’s Eye View and the Holoholo Wale blogs about two less visited islands in the Hawaiian islands – Lanai and Molokai. Both islands are less developed than their neighbors and better islands for relaxing on a beach than filling up your time with excursions from the activity vendors. Molokai is the one of the two that stole Pam’s heart away with a more authentic Hawaiian experience. Molokai might be best known for recently sainted Father Damien who worked with victims of Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) on the island until he himself succumbed to the disease.

AT#205 - Travel to Nepal and Everest

Nov 1, 2009 39:16

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jon Miller of the Rest of Everest podcast about his journeys in Nepal. Jon originally went to Nepal as part of a film he was shooting on an Everest expedition, but as Jon tells it you come for the mountain but fall in love with the people and the culture. Jon describes Kathmandu with is various temples or stupas like Swayambhunath (the monkey temple) and Boudhanath with crowds of people performing a kora around them. He tells us places to get a good meal in Thamel (the tourist district) and suggests a day trip to the well preserved city of Bhaktapur. After Katmandu Jon tells us about trekking and also hiking up to Everest basecamp where the altitude can be very challenging (and Jon lives up at 6000 feet at home in Colorado).

AT#204 - Travel to Iceland

Oct 25, 2009 27:31

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Dave Grenewetzki about his recent trip to Iceland. Taking advantage of the weakness of the Icelandic economy Dave and his family drove the ring road around Iceland and visited places with great names like the waterfalls Svartifoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Gulfoss, Lake Myvatn and the dark castles of Dimmuborgir, the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon, the geysers of Geysir and Strokkur, the geothermal activity of Namaskard pass, the university town of Akureyri, the hobbit-like town of Glaumbaer. They went bird watching at Ingolfshofdi, took in the baths at the Blue Lagoon, took the free welcome walking tour of Reykjavik with Jonas, zigzagged between icebergs, hiked to Thingvellir, and took in the tourist attraction of the Midlina bridge.

AT#203 - Travel to the Gulf States: UAE (Dubai), Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait

Oct 14, 2009 37:07

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Gary Arndt about his trip to the 5 different countries that make up the Gulf states: UAE (Dubai), Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait. Each of these countries is an Arab country and a muslim country but in some, like Dubai, large portions of the population are from elsewhere. These countries include the very modern emirate of Dubai with its malls, hotels and an indoor ski slope. The gulf states also include the surprising country of Oman with ancient forts and the most memorable person Gary has met in his nearly 3 years of travel. Qatar is the home to Al Jazeera and of course Kuwait was the site of the first Gulf War. Hear about the world’s tallest building, fastest ferry and longest bridge.

AT#202 - Travel to Sri Lanka

Oct 4, 2009 32:54

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Karl Anders who has traveled to Sri Lanka 8 times after striking up a friendship with the late author Arthur C. Clarke who settled there. Karl takes us on a vital tour of Sri Lanka from the capital of Colombo to the beautiful beaches to some of the archeological ruins at Dambulla, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Dambulla is notable for some of the cave murals. Sigiriya is particularly notable for the rock fortress, ruins of a palace high on this rock outcropping and again some of the cave murals. Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa both also have numerous stupas (a mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics). The inland high mountains are home to the tea country, plentiful tea fields and numerous tea factories. Karl recommends the Galle Face Hotel and some of the other inexpensive hotels left over from the British era. He also recommends hiring a car and driver/interpreter and avoiding the traffic and public transportation. We also talk about the recent civil war.

AT#201 - Travel to the Philippines

Sep 27, 2009 30:04

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Ivan Hernares, an award winning Philippines travel blogger, about his home country of the Philippines. Ivan leads us on a virtual tour of the 7107 islands of the Philippines archipelago starting in Manila. Manila has the walled city of Intramuros that reflects its Spanish colonial heritage as well as its asian heritage in Binondo (its chinatown where we can pick up some Lumpia or a winter-melon cake ). There are inexpensive places for backpackers to stay in the Malate neighborhood. Polish up your layup if you want to meet locals since the unofficial national sport is basketball. Then we head south to the power white sand beaches and nightlife of Borocay, the oldest city in the Philippines which is Cebu, the chocolate hills of Bohol and the underground river of Palawan. We explore the rice terraces of Ifugao (a world heritage site) and the WWII historic sites at Corregidor and Bataan. Ivan talks about unique architecture such as the Philippine Baroque churches and the vahay na bato” stone houses. Ivan loves a good hike up Mount Pinatubo or Mount Pulag in the Cordilleras. And if you go to the Philippines don’t forget to pick up some dried mangoes.

AT#200 - Travel to Wisconsin

Sep 20, 2009 36:20

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Christine who comes to tell us that Wisconsin has more to offer than just visiting my relatives. She starts us on a tour of the state from the college town and capital of Madison with its street fairs, concerts and capital building. We hear about the influence of Wisconsin born architect Frank Lloyd Wright who founded his school of architecture at nearby Taliesin. We enjoy the bike paths, breweries, badgers football and burial mounds. The we move on to Milwaukee with its neighborhoods, breweries and of course baseball. We stop in Kohler and then head up Wisconsin’s “thumb” to Door county. After visiting Green Bay and the home of the Packers we head up to the north woods with its many small lakes and Lake Superior with its one very big one. We wrap up by winding down the Mississippi river. Think there is nothing to see in Wisconsin? Think again.

AT#199 - Travel to Laos

Sep 13, 2009 37:30

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Sam Oppenheim (who has previously been on the show talking about trekking in the Himalayas and traveling to Cuba) about travel to Laos. Sam Visited Laos as part of a year spent traveling around the world when he traveled extensively in Asia. Sam’s itinerary included the capital of Vientiane as well as Luang Prabang, trekking in the hill villages around Luang namtha and cruising on the Mekong River near Nong Khiaw. Along the way Sam photographed monks, children and little bottles of alcohol with snakes in them. Discover this beautiful country through Sam’s stories and through his lens.

AT#198 - Travel to the Yukon Territory in Canada (and nearby Alaska)

Sep 6, 2009 32:02

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Sarah from Whitehorse in the Yukon about that corner of Canada with long winters but dramatic scenery. She tells of of Winter festivals like the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous as well as Summer festivals like Dawson City Music fest, Atlin Arts and Music Fest and the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival. We talk about sporting events like the 24 Hours of Light and Kluane to Chilkat (Haines to Haines) bike races because Sarah says you have to like the outdoors to come to the Yukon. Sarah also gives us some itineraries for road warriors like the Top of the World Highway to Dawson (and the Dempster Highway for the bold among you) and the Golden Circle route into Alaska. We walk the Chilkoot Trail but without the requirement to bring 1,000 pounds of supplies like in the Yukon gold rush. It is the beauty of Kluane National Park that you will remember but strangely enough it was something else that Sarah was looking at when she decided to move to the Yukon.

AT#197 - Travel to Sicily in Italy

Aug 30, 2009 34:16

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Madeline Jhawar from the Italy Beyond the Obvious blog about Sicily. Madeline was a tour guide for a number of years in Italy and says that Sicily is where the tour guides vacation. This beautiful island is more intense than the rest of Italy but it is also rich in culture and history. It is sometimes an assault on the sense says Madeline who honeymooned on the island. Madeline leads us in a trip circumnavigating the island from Messina to Palermo with stops in Taormina , Siracuse, Agrigento, Villa del Casale, Erice and Palermo. We take a side trip to climb the volcano at Stromboli and we touch on the many influences on the history of Sicily.  

AT#196 - Travel to Uruguay

Aug 23, 2009 25:12

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Lisa who has lived as student in Uruguay on two different occasions about that small South American country. Lisa talks about the capital city of Montevideo where she lived with independence plaza (and its statue to Jose Artigas), the markets, and the ramblas. She also talks about the food including the beef, chivito, mate, uruguay pizza, bizcocho, dulce de leche, and the local wine. Mostly she encourages us to visit Uruguay, meet the people and get out to the country side in Tacuarembo, Mercesdes, Colonia or Punta del Este.

AT#195 - Travel to Niue in the South Pacific

Aug 16, 2009 28:10

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Nick from Iowa about his stay on the remote tropical island of Niue in the South Pacific. Niue is a coral atoll which is affiliated with New Zealand. This country has only 100 square miles and around 1500 people so this is a place to get away from it all and explore some of the striking scenery such as the coral formations of Togo Chasm, Vaikona Chasm and the Limu pools. Nick stayed in Alofi at Kololi’s Guesthouse and explored the island on motorcycle.

AT#194 - Work and Travel Around the World

Aug 9, 2009 42:19

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Lisa Lubin of LLWorldTour about her round the world trip which extended from a year to a two and a half year odyssey and a nomadic lifestyle. Lisa talks about her trip but also talks about the various jobs she worked along the way. Why would an Emmy winning TV producer want to work in a coffee shop in Australia, teach English in Germany, become a research assistant in Germany and do PR for a company in Spain?  

AT#193 - Independent Travel to Beijing, China

Aug 2, 2009 35:15

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Lee from Atlanta who is currently living in Qing Dao, China about traveling independently in Beijing, China. Lee describes getting around by bus, subway and taxi, eating street food, and biking through the Hutongs of Beijing. He guides us to lesser known sites like Beijing’s underground city and the site of the old Summer Palace. He leads us to the great wall at Badaling, Mutianyu, and Simatai. Lee also talks about side trips to see the Buddhas in the Yungang Caves near Datong and the nearby hanging monasteries and to see the Qing royal villas and replica of the Lhasa temple in Chungde. We talk about where to find a guide (and why you may not need one), Chinese history and what Lee suggested his parents should bring to China.

AT#190 - Travel to the Napa Valley in California's Wine Country

Jul 19, 2009 29:28

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Carole Terwilliger Meyers the author of Weekend Adventures in San Francisco and Northern California. Carole comes on the show to talk about California’s traditional wine country of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. This episode focuses primarily on the Napa Valley and the many wineries that can be found there. We explore recreated castles, wine tasting , tours as well as other none wine related sites like mud baths, petrified forests, and the CIA (The Culinary Institute). We talk about restaurants and hotels, picnics and the wine train. Whether you are a connoisseur, a foodie or just a tourist, the Napa Valley has much to offer.

AT#192 - Travel to Jerusalem

Jul 19, 2009 38:23

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The Amateur Traveler talks again to Douglas Duckett the author of a popular free travel guide to Israel. This time we talked to Douglass about traveling to the holy city, Jerusalem. We step back and look at Jerusalem through the eyes of the three major faiths for which it is a significant location: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. We look at significant sites for all three religions such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Al-Aqsa Mosque mosque, the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall. We talk about surprises that are continually being uncovered in Jerusalem like Hezikaih’s tunnel, Robinson’s Arch and Burnt House. And in the process we talk about the practical considerations for visiting this amazing city.

AT#191 - Adventure Travel to Venezuela

Jul 12, 2009 30:07

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Diana Higuera who is a native of Venezuela who worked for a number of years as a tour guide on adventure tours to see Venezuela's wildlife and natural beauty. Diana takes us on a virtual tour starting in Margarita island, then heading to the Los Roques archipelago north of Venezuela, then in an indian canoe up the Orinoco river. From there we will head to the tepuis (table top mountains) in Canaima National Park in Venezuela's Amazon basin. There we will see the highest waterfall in the world at Angel Falls. We will also go behind Sapo falls. Along the way we will see birds, monkeys and anacondas. We will fish for piranas, pet crocodiles and eat street food in Venezuela.

4 Year Anniversary

Jun 30, 2009 45:04

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This is a special Amateur Traveler episode that talks about the history of the show. It also includes one of the early episodes (episode 9 on Bad Hotels). It was recorded at the Park Royal resort on Cozumel

AT#189 - Travel to Prague in the Czech Republic

Jun 21, 2009 34:34

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Audrey Scott and Daniel Knoll of UncorneredMarket.com about Prague where they lived for 5 years. Audrey and Daniel are currently traveling around the world and talked to me from El Salvador. Audrey and Daniel talk about the touristy things to do in Prague like the Prague castle, the Charles bridge and Wenceslas Square. They also talk about the touristy things that they would recommend skipping like Karlova street and its souvenir stands (they even give us a shortcut through the university and the Karolinum to avoid it). They would not; however, skip drinking Czech beer in a beer garden like the Latna (but would pass on Czech wine). They tell us how to walk around the barkers in period costumes selling packaged concerts to tourists and find the real music scene in Prague from classical to Balkan. Since they have moved on you can’t crash on their couch but you can share in their expertise of how to cherish Prague.

AT#188 - Travel to Bavaria and Southern Germany

Jun 14, 2009 38:10

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jason and Janie about their trip to Bavaria and Southern Germany. Jason and Janie had perviously been on the Amateur Traveler on Travel to Barbados - Episode 109. The talk about visiting the Black Forest with its wineries, Geramany’s tallest waterfall and the world’s largest cuckoo clock. They also visited the walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Rothenburg (which may have been spared the ravages of the 30 years war by a hard drinking mayor) is the home to a wonderful Christmas market as well as a Christmas museum. The Rothenburg Nightwatchman’s tour is also something you should try. Jason and Jamie also went to Nurenburg with its wonderful market place and saw “Mad” King Ludwig’s castle Neuschwanstein. The finished the trip in the home of very large beer steins at Munich. In Munich they enjoyed the glockenspiel, the toy museum and some of the wonderful old churches.

AT#187 - Traveling to Beijing, China with a Tour

Jun 7, 2009 31:02

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Joy Dupont about taking a guided tour to visit Beijing, China. Joy talks about the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Lama temple, the Temple of Heaven and the Hutong area of Beijing which still looks like old China. We talk about shopping at silk factories, cloisonné factories, jade factories and the world's largest herbal drugstore. We also talk about an area of Beijing like a Chinese Greenwich Village called "798". Regent China Tours is the tour company that Joy uses. From street food, unidentifiable food to the Bai Family Courtyard Restaurant, China is a treat for those willing to try new foods and willing to try chopsticks. Although KFC, McDonalds and Starbucks can be found we recommend the tea houses instead. Great sites, amazingly large crowds, ancient treasures and the rush of modern life. All of these are China.

AT#186 - Travel to Estonia

May 31, 2009 26:11

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The Amateur Traveler talks to travel writer Jeanine Barone about Estonia. Estonia is a small forested country with picturesque islands, medieval fortifications, a thriving design community, a great restaurant scene and a young and vibrant culture. Estonia only recently regained its independence from the U.S.S.R. (1991) but is thriving and filled with innovation. This interview, like all the Amateur Traveler interviews, was recorded with Skype… which is headquartered in Estonia. We talked about hotels, restaurants, guide books, wine bars and chocolate.

AT#185 - Travel to Krakow, Poland

May 18, 2009 27:36

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Raul from Atlanta about his recent trip to Krakow Poland. Learn about this former capital of Poland which is a treasure trove of history. Raul will take us to the cloth hall in the old town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Castle. We will also talk about his trips to the unusual Wieliczka salt mine with its rock salt carvings. A very poignant side trip to Auschwitz and Birkenau makes us confront the unspeakable evil done in those two places. Raul also traveled to Wadowice, the boyhood home of the man who would later be Pope John Paul II, and Black Madonna, the home of the Black Madonna. In between we talk about Polish food (lard for your bread sir?), museums, transportation and history.

AT#184 - Travel to Oahu, Hawaii

May 10, 2009 33:56

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Robin who is an expert on Hawaii about the island of Oahu. More specifically Robin is a Conde Naste "Top Travel Specialist" for Hawaii. We talk about populous and bustling downtown Honolulu and the see and be seen beach at Waikiki. We also talk about quieter beaches like Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, and Haleiwa, snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, kayaking, swimming with wild spinner dolphins and scuba diving out of Haleiwa. Robin gives us tips for visiting Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona memorial, the "Mighty Mo" battleship Missouri (and the Explorer's Tour) and the Pacific Aviation Museum. We talk about the differences between the windward and the leeward parts of Oahu. We hike the extinct volcano at Diamond Head (bring a flashlight). We discuss loco moco, a plate lunch and the upscale Alan Wong's restaurant Honolulu. We talk about nightlife from Kani Ka Pila to more trendy spots.

AT#183 - Travel to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

May 3, 2009 34:34

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith (who was a guest on Travel to America’s National Parks - Amateur Traveler Episode 121) about Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. We talk about all the different geothermal highlights of the park including Old Faithful, other geysers, thermal pools, etc. We also talk about wildlife, hiking, camping, floating down the Snake river, the grand canyon of the yellowstone, the grandeur of the Tetons (and the strange original of the name Teton).

#182 - Travel to Venice and the Veneto

Apr 26, 2009 35:11

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Ira Bernstein about why he continues to go back to Venice and the Veneto (the Italian state where Venice is) annually. Learn about other parts of Venice besides the tourist filled Saint Mark's square. We talk about the Gheto in the Cannaregio sestieri. We talk about how to get around, where you can stay for less money and why you might want to stay outside of Venice. We talk about the glass blowers of Morano and the lace makers of Borano. Then we get outside of Venice to Padua, Verona, and Bassano del Grappa. We will stand in Galileo's lectern at the university of Padua (where they paid him his weight in gold to come teach). And we will visit the (fake) balcony of Juliet in Padua where we will rub a statue of Juliet for luck.

AT#181 - Travel to the Virgin Islands

Apr 19, 2009 20:21

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Harry Pariser about the Virgin Islands. Harry is the author of Explore the Virgin Islands which just printed its seventh edition. Harry takes about the United States Virgin islands (primarily St Thomas, St John and St Croix) and the British Virgin Islands (primarily Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke). The Virgin Islands offer high end luxury resorts, cruise ships but also camping on a beach. They have gourmet restaurants but also local cuisine like conch salad and john cakes. They offer snorkeling, scuba, hiking or just lying on a beach. They take U.S. dollars and speak English making this and accessible island paradise. Harry is making his second appearance on the Amateur Traveler. He was also the guest on Travel to Costa Rica - Amateur Traveler Episode 116.

AT#180 - Cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica

Apr 12, 2009 39:59

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The Amateur Traveler talks to again to Chris Willis (Swimming with Whales off Tonga - Episode 38, Ethiopia - Episode 79, Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda - Episode 80, Travel to Mongolia - Episode 111) about his cruise with Quark Expeditions from Ushuaia, Argentina to Antarctica via the Falklands, South Georgia and South Orkney islands. We talk about wildlife photography of penguins, sea birds, whales and bad tempered fur seals.

AT#179 - Travel to the Kingdom of Bhutan

Apr 5, 2009 21:53

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jose from Caracas Venezuela about a recent trip to Bhutan. Learn about this remote country in the himalayas. Jose, a friend, a tour guide and a drive explored a small portion of the beautiful country on a 5 day trip. They hiked to Buddhist monasteries, watched the national sport (archery) and even saw the youngest king in the world. The flight in may be harrowing but the country itself is peaceful.

AT#178 - Travel to the Eastern Slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Mar 29, 2009 32:30

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Doug McConnell of OpenRoad.tv about his love for the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. Doug has been going to this rugged, stark and beautiful area of California and Nevada since he was a kid. He tells us about Hollywood's love of this area, the oldest trees on the planet, the water wars of California, the tufa fields of Mono Lake, the ghost town of Bodie and more. He also tells of his friends Galen and Barbara Rowell who called this area their home until their deaths in 2002. Galen was a renowned nature photographer and Barbara was his partner and pilot.

AT#177 - Travel to Mexico City, Mexico

Mar 22, 2009 38:43

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Anna Laura about her home city of Mexico City. We will talk about food, museums, architecture and history. We will puzzle about why the tourists stay in the Zona Rosa and we will tell you where they should go including Coyacan and Xochimilco. We will climb the world's third largest pyramid and eat street food. Discover this huge, bustling, diverse city. 20 million Mexico's can't be wrong.

AT#176 - Travel to Texas

Mar 15, 2009 33:26

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Dennis Cheatham of LoveforTexas.com about his home state of Texas. Dennis takes us on a virtual tour of the Lone Star state including some of the usually stops at Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and some of the more unusual stops like a fake Prada store, a replica of Stonehenge and a haunted railroad crossing. On the way we will learn more about the history and people of this state that has been part of 6 different countries.

AT#175 - Travel to Moscow, Russia

Mar 8, 2009 30:04

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The Amateur Traveler talks to John from Dallas about traveling to Moscow. We talk about red square, the Kremlin, the towers of Saint Basil’s cathedral, night life, the National History Museum, Cold War Museum and Russian women in mini-skirts. John who knows only two words of Russian still finds it easy enough to both get around in and fall in love with this somewhat mysterious city. Just think how much much he would like it if he visited Moscow in Summer.

Special Announcement - Lonely Planet Awards Voting

Feb 27, 2009 01:15

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The Amateur Traveler was nominated for a Lonely Planet Travel Blogging Award in the Podcast category and I could use your help. You will find a link to vote on http://AmateurTraveler.com

AT#174 - Travel to Oaxaca, Mexico

Feb 22, 2009 27:37

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Sarah Menkedick about her adopted home town of Oaxaca Mexico. Sarah talks about her love for this sunny tropical city with both colonial and pre-columbian roots. Oaxaca has recovered from its political troubles but tourism is still down so this may be the perfect time to explore its markets, sample its food, marvel at its ruins, and relax in its public square. Sarah's top three reasons to come to Oaxaca are all food: mescal, mole and chile.

AT#173 - Travel to Nashville, Tennessee

Feb 15, 2009 27:57

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Geoff Smith about his boyhood home of Nashville that he recently moved back to. What would bring a musician back to Nashville after he has lived all of the world? Geoff talks about the things that tourists come to see: the Grand Ole Opry, Honky Tonk Row (including his own piano bar the Big Bang Bar), the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Musicians Hall of Fame, The Opryland Hotel. Then Geoff tells us what he really loves about Nashville. Nashville is a place where creative and artistic people can live among the beautiful rolling hills of Tennessee in one of the USA’s big three music cities.

AT#172 - Bike Travel in Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan)

Feb 8, 2009 35:13

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Friedel from TravellingTwo.com about their continuing bike tour around the world. Friedel was on previously talking about travel to Iran and has come back to talk about the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. This region of the world offers adventure travelers deserts, tea houses, camels, wild horses, yurts, tea houses, spectacular mountains, friendly locals and fermented mares milk.

AT#171 - Travel to Ukraine

Feb 1, 2009 31:39

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Jessica from Williamsburg Virgina who traveled last Summer to the Ukraine with an ethnomusicologist from Villiage Harmony to learn how to sing Ukrainian folk music. Jessica travelled both to larger cities like the capital Kiev and Ivano-Frankivsk and small country villages. She also journeyed into the Carpathian mountains on the Romanian border. Jessica relates some of the stories about the people she met, the food they ate and scary public bathrooms. Learn why you should not whistle indoors or give someone a dozen roses in the Ukraine.

AT#170 - Travel to Cuba

Jan 25, 2009 34:53

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Sam about his recent trip to Cuba with his brother. Sam visited Havana and Trinadad. He reveled in the local music, the warmth of the people, the beautiful and enigmatic scenery and tolerated the food. Sam who is one eighth Cuban also met family that he had not known about until recently. Sam’s highlights include walking with tourists and locals alike along the malecon on the shore of Havana. As a photographer he came back with over a thousand pictures of the people, the colonial architecture and the classic cars of Cuba. A small sample of Sam’s work can be seen in the iTunes enhanced version of the show.

AT#169 - Travel to Armenia

Jan 18, 2009 35:52

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The Amateur Traveler talks to David Dougherty about his recent trip to the small country of Armenia. David talks about view of Mount Ararat (just over the border in Turkey), monasteries and churches, riding the packed minivan buses (marshrutkas), meeting locals with a shared interest, the food, the legends and some of the history (the Armenian genocide).

AT#168 - Travel to Key West, Florida

Jan 11, 2009 00

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Casey Wohl the author of the Girls Getaway Guide to Key West about Key West Florida. We will talk about how the area has changed in the last 20 years from Jimmy Buffet’s famous Margaritaville to an area with numerous nice restaurants, art galleries and hotels. We will also talk about beaches, Ernest Hemmingway and other sland characters and how to catch a spiny lobster with your tickle stick.

AT#167 - Travel to Israel

Jan 4, 2009 41:26

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Douglas Duckett about his travels to Israel and his popular travel guide to Israel. Douglas has fallen in love not just with the "holy land" but with the modern nation of Israel. We address the issue of "is it safe to travel to Israel" at this time when Israel is at war with the Palestinians in Gaza. He takes us on a virtual trip from the beaches and night life of Tel Aviv, through the working city of Haifa with the beautiful Baha'i gardens and the informative museum about the modern jewish immigration. We stop at Lake Kinneret (also known as The Sea of Galilee, also Sea of Genneseret, or Lake Tiberias) at the town of Tiberius. We make a detour to the historic site of Gamla the "Masada of the North" before turning our face toward Jerusalem. On the way to Jerusalem we stop at Megiddo (Armageddon in the bible) and the roman ruins at Beit-Shean. In Jerusalem we talk about the overwhelming religious and historic significance of the city and how some people come down with " Jerusalem syndrome". We suggest a walking tour of the city, a tour of the Mount of Olives, the holocaust memorial and the Israel museum. We also talk about the work the Jerusalem YMCA is doing to promote peace with their peace preschool that teaches Jewish and Palestinian children together.

AT#166 - Travel to Scotland

Dec 28, 2008 32:55

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Eden (an ambassador for Macallan Whiskey) about his home country of Scotland. Eden lays out a tour for Amateur Traveler listeners that starts in Edinburgh with its castle, royal mile and pubs and continues up to Saint Andrews (the home of golf) and the castles of Perthshire. We make sure to stop on the Whiskey trail of Speyside before continuing to the rugged countryside of the highlands. We also talk about special events, famous scotsmen and hagis.

AT#165 - Traveling to Acadia National Park in Maine

Dec 21, 2008 31:53

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Margot about Acadia National Park in Maine. Margot has been going to Acadia since she was a little girl to hike, bike, kayak, and connect with the beauty of this beautiful area. She talks about the sights, the seafood, the Maine people and why you should not go blueberry picking with her grandfather.

AT#164 - Travel to Zanzibar in Tanzania

Dec 14, 2008 27:44

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Tadzio about his trip to Zanzibar in Tanzania, off the east coast of Africa. Tadzio worked as a ranger on Chumbe then toured Stonetown, the northern beaches, the Jozani forest, and Pemba. Hear about the food, the people, the snorkeling, the swimming, the beaches and the history of this tropical island paradise.

AT#163 - Travel to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico

Dec 7, 2008 45:34

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Zora O'Neil who is one of the co-authors of the Rough Guide in the Yucatan guide book. Zora talks about this very beautiful, very tropical and very isolated part of Mexico. Learn about the beach communities (Riviera Maya - Cancun, Talum, Playa del Carmen; Costa Maya - Majahual, Xcalak; Isla Holbox), getting around, the food (Xni Pec, Achiote), the colonial cities (Merida) and the Mayan ruins (the Ruta Puc, Uxmal, Calakmul).

AT#162 - Travel to Slovenia

Nov 30, 2008 23:54

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Shel Holtz (from the For Immediate Release podcast) about his trip to Slovenia. Here about the food, the wine, the lake and the cake as Shel describes his visit to the capital of Ljubjana, the caves at Postojna, Portoroz castle and Lake Bled. Slovenia is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.

#AT161 - Transylvania in Romania

Nov 23, 2008 26:35

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Shawn about his trip to Transylvania in Romania. We talk, of course, about Vlad III the Impaler (Dracula) but also about the green rolling hills, walled towns, castles and people of this beautiful country.

#19 - Cruising - Formal or Barefoot?

Nov 16, 2008 37:03

Description:

The Amateur Traveler compares two very different cruise options, a Royal Caribbean cruise with formal nights and midnight buffets and the Windjammer Barefoot Cruise. Which cruising option is right for you?

#20 - Cruising - St George Bermuda

Nov 16, 2008 29:58

Description:

The Amateur Traveler goes to St Georges on the island of Bermuda. This World Heritage town is the 5th oldest European settlement in the new world and the home of the oldest English speaking church. This visit was part of a cruise to Bermuda on Royal Caribbean.

#21 - Cruising - Alaska by Small Boat

Nov 16, 2008 30:36

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Deanna about cruising to Alaska aboard a small boat from Cruise West In a nights ashore / days at sea program.

India as a Woman - Episode 160

Nov 16, 2008 30:45

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick for Women Traveling to India, about the joys and challenges of traveling to India, especially solo travel as a woman. Learn what iconic image Beth has in her house, how she can go to the sub-continent with only the clothes on her back and how to fall in love with India

AT#159 - San Francisco, California

Nov 9, 2008 43:23

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Richard Miller of the SparkleTack podcast (about San Francisco history) about San Francisco. Richard guides us in a driving/walking tour from west to east. We start at lands end and end up near fisherman's wharf while talking about the sites and history of many of the places in between. This is a great companion episode with the 2 part soundseeing walking tour of San Francisco.

#158 - Zimbabwe

Nov 2, 2008 31:10

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Alex Lindsay about his adventures in Zimbabwe. Alex has been traveling to Zimbabwe twice a year for a number of years where he has built friendships with the people there including some notable artists and musicians. Alex talks about the struggles of life in Zimbabwe and the beauty of the country and the people.

AT#157 - Seoul, South Korea

Oct 26, 2008 27:06

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Rachel about Seoul, South Korea. Rachel is a college student from Hong Kong who studied in Seoul for the Summer. She talks about historic palaces, museums, customs and shopping in this city that she describes as a "kaleidoscope."

AT#156 - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Oct 19, 2008 27:31

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Robin Noelle (author of next year’s edition of the Moon Guidebook for Puerto Vallarta) about Puerto Vallarta. Robin talks about the beach, the food, the jungle and 12 foot wide Manta rays.

AT#155 - Colorado

Oct 12, 2008 31:23

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to Brad Hugg soon to be the host of the Colorado Podcast about his state. He talks about the citieson teh frontal range and gives us a great circle route that takes in 14ers (peaks over 14 thousand feet), huge sand dunes, buttes, Mesa Verde, and the ski resorts near the continental divide.

AT#154 - Immersive Travel in the USA

Oct 5, 2008 34:26

Description:

The Amateur Traveler talks to author Sheryl Kayne about her new book Immersion Travel USA. She talks about volunteer travel, educational travel and other immersive experiences from experiencing zero G to quilting, from climbing frozen waterfalls to counting right whales.

AT#153 - Faroe Islands

Sep 28, 2008 26:36

Description:

Faroe Islands

AT#152 - Georgia

Sep 21, 2008 26:58

Description:

Georgia

AT#151 - The Outer Banks of North Carolina

Sep 13, 2008 26:04

Description:

The Outer Banks of North Carolina

AT#150 - The Bahamas

Sep 7, 2008 23:32

Description:

The Bahamas

AT#149 - Siberia, Russia - (Mis)Adventure Travel

Aug 30, 2008 32:35

Description:

Siberia, Russia - (Mis)Adventure Travel

AT#148 - Tokyo, Japan

Aug 24, 2008 39:03

Description:

Tokyo, Japan

AT#147 - Kerala, India

Aug 10, 2008 26:58

Description:

Kerala, India

AT#146 - The Island of Dominica

Aug 3, 2008 23:39

Description:

The Island of Dominica

AT#145 - Ireland

Jul 27, 2008 27:41

Description:

Ireland

AT#144 - Singapore

Jul 20, 2008 36:18

Description:

Singapore

AT#143 - Colombia

Jul 13, 2008 26:53

Description:

Colombia

AT#142 - Traveling with Small Children

Jul 5, 2008 27:26

Description:

Traveling with Small Children

AT#141 - Madagascar

Jun 28, 2008 26:28

Description:

Madagascar

AT#140 - Sailing In The Greek Islands

Jun 22, 2008 33:24

Description:

Sailing In The Greek Islands

AT#139 - Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2008 26:40

Description:

Lancaster County Pennsylvania

AT#138 - Enlgand and Greece Revisited

Jun 8, 2008 34:06

Description:

Enlgand and Greece Revisited

AT#137 - Valencia, Spain

May 18, 2008 26:36

Description:

Valencia, Spain

AT#136 - Western Australia

May 11, 2008 27:51

Description:

Western Australia

AT#135 - Through Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at 10

May 4, 2008 32:09

Description:

Through Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at 10

AT#134 - Iran by Bike

Apr 27, 2008 46:20

Description:

Iran by Bike

AT#133 - Croatia Backroads

Apr 20, 2008 36:27

Description:

Croatia Backroads

SE#2 - Amateur Traveler Live Dial-in Show

Apr 13, 2008 01:03:03

Description:

Amateur Traveler Live Dial-in Show

AT#132 - Tunisia

Apr 6, 2008 30:01

Description:

Tunisia

AT#131 - Walt Disney World

Mar 29, 2008 36:26

Description:

Walt Disney World

AT#130 - FInland

Mar 23, 2008 32:54

Description:

Finland

AT#129 - Thailand

Mar 16, 2008 31:49

Description:

Thailand

AT#128 - Micronesia

Mar 9, 2008 29:21

Description:

Micronesia

AT#127 - Cambodia

Mar 2, 2008 28:02

Description:

Cambodia

AT#126 - Malta

Feb 24, 2008 23:32

Description:

Malta

AT#125 - Volunteer Travel / Voluntourism

Feb 17, 2008 28:17

Description:

Volunteer Travel / Voluntourism

AT#124 - Nicaragua

Feb 10, 2008 31:41

Description:

Nicaragua

AT#123 - Pauline Frommer on Budget Travel

Feb 3, 2008 27:26

Description:

Pauline Frommer on Budget Travel

AT#122 - Barcelona, Spain

Jan 27, 2008 36:06

Description:

Barcelona, Spain

AT#121 - America's National Parks

Jan 20, 2008 38:24

Description:

America's National Parks

AT#120 - Biking Through Honduras, Guatemala and Belize

Jan 12, 2008 30:14

Description:

Biking Through Honduras, Guatemala and Belize

SE#1 - Amateur Traveler Live Dial-in Show

Jan 5, 2008 01:00:48

Description:

Amateur Traveler Live Dial-in Show

AT#119 - Tahiti and French Polynesia

Dec 30, 2007 35:54

Description:

Tahiti and French Polynesia

AT#118 - London, England

Dec 23, 2007 24:09

Description:

London, England

AT#117 - Syria and Jordan

Dec 16, 2007 35:13

Description:

Syria and Jordan

AT#116 - Costa Rica

Dec 9, 2007 29:32

Description:

Costa Rica

AT#115 - Sweden

Dec 2, 2007 33:47

Description:

Sweden

AT#113 - Theme Cruise to Panama (Shakespeare at Sea / MacMania)

Nov 18, 2007 36:19

Description:

Theme Cruise to Panama (Shakespeare at Sea / MacMania)

AT#19 Rerun - Cruising - Barefoot or Formal

Nov 11, 2007 38:35

Description:

Rerun - Cruising - Barefoot or Formal

AT#112 - Boston, Massachusetts

Nov 4, 2007 39:01

Description:

Boston, Massachusetts

AT#111 - Mongolia

Oct 28, 2007 33:04

Description:

Mongolia

AT#110 - Puerto Rico

Oct 21, 2007 28:30

Description:

Puerto Rico

AT#109 - Travel to Barbados

Oct 14, 2007 39:04

Description:

Barbados

AT#108 - Travel to Portugal

Oct 6, 2007 34:37

Description:

Portugal

AT#107 - Solo Travel as a Woman

Sep 23, 2007 36:24

Description:

Solo Travel as a Woman

AT#106 - Travel to New Mexico

Sep 16, 2007 45:14

Description:

New Mexico

AT#105 - Travel to Rhode Island

Sep 10, 2007 31:08

Description:

Rhode Island

AT#104 - Travel to New Zealand

Sep 2, 2007 31:53

Description:

New Zealand

AT#103 - Travel to Baja California

Aug 27, 2007 32:11

Description:

Baja California

AT#102 - Travel to Italy - The Cinque Terra, Lake Como and Milan

Aug 20, 2007 37:09

Description:

Italy - The Cinque Terra, Lake Como and Milan

AT#101 - Travel to The French Riviera (Nice, Cannes, Antibes) and Monaco

Aug 13, 2007 35:34

Description:

The French Riviera (Nice, Cannes, Antibes) and Monaco

AT#100 - Travel to Rothenberg Germany, Zurich and Interlaken Swizterland

Aug 5, 2007 41:28

Description:

Rothenberg Germany, Zurich and Interlaken Swizterland

AT#99 - Travel to Malaysia

Jul 29, 2007 25:32

Description:

Malaysia

AT#98 - Travel to The Netherlands and Belgium

Jul 22, 2007 32:36

Description:

The Netherlands and Belgium

AT#97 - Travel to The Seychelles (and Dubai)

Jul 2, 2007 39:45

Description:

The Seychelles (and Dubai)

AT#96 - Travel to Greece

Jun 25, 2007 35:45

Description:

Greece

AT#95 - Travel to Andalusia, Southern Spain

Jun 18, 2007 31:44

Description:

Andalusia, Southern Spain

AT#94 - Travel to the Greek Islands

Jun 10, 2007 39:40

Description:

The Greek Islands

AT#93 - Life as an Exchange Student in Northern Italy

Jun 3, 2007 32:29

Description:

Life as an Exchange Student in Northern Italy

AT#92 - Travel Around the World, Family Style

May 27, 2007 34:32

Description:

Around the World, Family Style

AT#91 - Rudy Maxa - Savvy Traveler

May 20, 2007 41:57

Description:

Rudy Maxa - Savvy Traveler

AT#90 - Travel to Brazil

May 14, 2007 28:28

Description:

Brazil

AT#89 - Travel to the Galapagos Islands

May 6, 2007 29:14

Description:

The Galapagos Islands

AT#88 - Travel Photography tips

Apr 29, 2007 44:25

Description:

Travel Photography tips

AT#87 - Travel to Kingston, Ontario

Apr 22, 2007 31:03

Description:

Kingston, Ontario

AT#86 - Travel to the Everglades, Florida

Apr 15, 2007 27:53

Description:

Everglades

AT#85 - Travel to Burma / Myanmar

Apr 8, 2007 37:25

Description:

Burma / Myanmar

AT#84 - Traveling for A Year In Europe

Apr 1, 2007 38:56

Description:

A Year In Europe

AT#83 - Travel to Istanbul, Turkey

Mar 26, 2007 36:35

Description:

Istanbul Turkey

AT#82 - Travel to Turkey (Asia)

Mar 18, 2007 34:41

Description:

Turkey, Asia

AT#81 - Travel to Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, Virginia

Mar 4, 2007 35:46

Description:

Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown

AT#80 - Travel to See the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda

Feb 18, 2007 29:31

Description:

Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda

AT#79 - Travel to Ethiopia

Feb 10, 2007 28:22

Description:

Ethiopia

AT#78 - Travel to Philadelphia

Feb 4, 2007 29:40

Description:

Philadelphia

AT#77 - Teaching English in Japan

Jan 28, 2007 40:08

Description:

Teaching English in Japan

AT#76 - Travel to Vietnam

Jan 21, 2007 36:58

Description:

Vietnam

AT#75 - Authors of Europe From a Backpack""

Jan 14, 2007 33:54

Description:

Authors of "Europe From a Backpack"

AT#74 - Travel to Denmark

Jan 7, 2007 26:29

Description:

Denmark with Howard Shepherd of the Word Nerds podcast

AT#73 - Bike tour from Vancouver, B.C. to San Jose, CA

Dec 31, 2006 28:18

Description:

Bike tour from Vancouver, B.C. to San Jose, CA

AT#72 - Joe d'Eon, Airline Pilot and host of Fly With Me""

Dec 23, 2006 32:55

Description:

Joe d'Eon, Airline Pilot and host of "Fly With Me"

AT#71 - Travel to Liverpool, England

Dec 17, 2006 27:17

Description:

Liverpool, England

AT#70 - Bycycle Travel in Tuscany, Italy

Dec 10, 2006 34:53

Description:

Cycling in Tuscany, Italy

AT#69 - Travel to Peru and Ecuador

Dec 3, 2006 37:38

Description:

Peru and Ecuador in South America

AT#68 - Travel to Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary, Alberta Canada

Nov 27, 2006 30:00

Description:

Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary, Alberta Canada

AT#67 - Travel to Edmonton and Jasper, Alberta Canada

Nov 20, 2006 31:03

Description:

Edmonton and Jasper, Alberta Canada

AT#66 - Travel to Norway

Nov 13, 2006 30:45

Description:

Norway

AT#65 - Travel to Seattle, Washington

Nov 5, 2006 35:35

Description:

Seattle, Washington

AT#64 - Travel to Cape Town, South Africa

Oct 29, 2006 35:15

Description:

Cape Town, South Africa

AT#63 - Trekking in the Himalayas in India

Oct 22, 2006 34:32

Description:

Trekking in the Himalayas in India

AT#62 - Travel to New York City (part 2)

Oct 20, 2006 31:25

Description:

New York City (part 2)

AT#61 - Travel to New York City (part 1)

Oct 8, 2006 31:13

Description:

New York City (part 1)

AT#60 - Travel to Vancouver, British Columbia (plus Victoria, Whistler)

Oct 2, 2006 28:34

Description:

Vancouver, Birtish Columbia (plus Victoria, Whistler)

AT#59 - Travel to Shanghai, China

Sep 24, 2006 35:44

Description:

China, Rob from Podcast411

AT#58 - Travel to Madrid, Spain

Sep 17, 2006 36:44

Description:

Madrid, Spain

AT#57 - Travel to Kauai, Hawaii

Sep 11, 2006 31:56

Description:

Kauai, Hawaii

AT#56 - Travel to Maui, Hawaii

Sep 3, 2006 30:16

Description:

Maui, Hawaii

AT#55 - Travel to Hawaii, the big island

Aug 28, 2006 32:24

Description:

Hawaii, the big island

AT#54 - Latin American Travel Adventure

Aug 21, 2006 31:40

Description:

Chicago, Illionois

AT#53 - Travel to Chicago, Illinois

Aug 13, 2006 37:39

Description:

Chicago, Illionois

AT#52 - Travel to Tanzania as a guest

Aug 6, 2006 41:04

Description:

Tanzania, Africa as a guest

AT#51 - Travel to Tanzania as a tourist

Jul 31, 2006 37:32

Description:

Tanzania, Africa as a tourist

AT#50 - Travel to Washington D.C.

Jul 15, 2006 32:38

Description:

Washington D.C.

AT#49 - Travel to Antarctica

Jul 8, 2006 32:31

Description:

Antarctica

AT#48 - Travel to San Diego, California

Jul 3, 2006 24:15

Description:

San Diego, California

AT#47 - Travel to Las Vegas, Nevada

Jun 17, 2006 29:14

Description:

Las Vegas, Nevada

AT#46 - Travel to Turkey

Jun 11, 2006 37:32

Description:

Turkey

AT#45 - Travel Photography (interview with Chris Marquardt)

Jun 5, 2006 30:46

Description:

Travel Photography (interview with Chris Marquardt)

AT#44 - Travel to Argentina (part 2)

May 28, 2006 31:43

Description:

Argentina (part 2)

AT#43 - Travel to Argentina (part 1)

May 21, 2006 35:00

Description:

Argentina (part 1)

AT#42 - Travel to Paris, France

May 14, 2006 35:05

Description:

Paris, France - The City of Lights

AT#41 - Travel to Marrakesh, Morocco

May 7, 2006 32:22

Description:

Marrakesh, Morocco

AT#40 - Travel to Berlin, Germany

Apr 29, 2006 30:39

Description:

Berlin, Germany

AT#39 - DuVine Adventures - Bike and Wine Tours

Apr 21, 2006 31:25

Description:

DuVine Adventures - Bike and Wine Tours

AT#38 - Swimming with Whales off Tonga

Apr 16, 2006 32:21

Description:

Swimming with Whales off Tonga

AT#37 - Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Apr 10, 2006 39:40

Description:

Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

AT#36 - Travel to Egypt

Apr 1, 2006 30:44

Description:

Egypt

AT#22 - Travel to Disneyland (Strategy)

Dec 25, 2005 34:27

Description:

Disneyland (Strategy)