About California Travel


Why California?

My name is Chris Christensen. I wasn’t born in California, but I don’t remember life before California as I moved to California when I was 3. Except for 5 years in college in upstate New York, I have been here ever since.

I love traveling the world, but California is still one of my favorite places. It has some of the best cities, best national parks, smartest and most talented artists, chefs and nerds like me. Let me introduce you to my favorite state.


AmateurTraveler.com - Travel for the love of it

This California Travel site is an Amateur Traveler site. The Amateur Traveler podcast and blog are the creation of Chris Christensen.

Why should you trust me?

I have been a travel blogger and podcast since 2005. I have won awards from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and was named the “Best Independent Travel Journalist” by Travel+Leisure Magazine in their 2014 Social Media in Travel + Tourism Awards.

Amateur Traveler

The Amateur Traveler is an online blog and podcast. The podcast focuses primarily on travel destinations and the best places to travel to.  It covers everything from knowing what to put on your Chicago dog when you go to the Windy City to swimming with whales in Tonga.

Some of the best blog posts include:

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