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

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

    Travel to Emilia-Romagna, Italy

    Travel to Emilia-Romagna, Italy

    Hear about travel to the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna as the Amateur Traveler talks to Keith Jenkins from VelvetEscape.com who keeps returning to this unvisited gem.
    Why should you go to Emilia-Romagna?
    Keith says, "I think most people will know about the Products that come from there, the food, even the cars, maybe some of the cities, but they would just not associate that with the name Emilia Romagna. And we all know Parma, Bologna but there's so much more to explore. And a large part of the region is actually pretty, off the beaten track, because you have all these little, small, medieval towns. On the plains, also at the hill towns, which are absolutely beautiful. And there's so much to explore. They've got huge forests and lakes and national parks."
    Based on Keith Jenkins' detailed description, here's a recommended itinerary for a trip to Emilia-Romagna:
    Day 1: Arrival in Parma


    Morning: Arrive in Parma. Check into your hotel.


    Afternoon: Explore Parma’s city center. Visit the Cathedral and the Baptistery.


    Evening: Dine at a local restaurant to enjoy Parma’s famous prosciutto.


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    • 50 min
    Alaska Cruise

    Alaska Cruise

    Hear about cruising the waters of Alaska and British Columbia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Susan Portnoy about her recent experience on a Hurtigruten expedition ship.
    Why should you do this cruise?
    Susan says, "I think it's not going to be for everybody. It is a long journey. It's 18 days. That is music to my heart, but may not be for everyone. But it's also more intrepid. It's not the kind of trip where you've got a lot of boardwalks and stores and places to hang out, which you might do and have in Juneau or Haines. We went to uninhabited islands. One was, for example, St. Matthews, which belongs to Alaska. Very few people know that. And more people have climbed Everest than been on St. Matthews."
    Adventure Cruise from Nome, Alaska to Vancouver: A Day-by-Day Journey
    Susan Portnoy recently embarked on an unforgettable Hurtigruten expedition cruise from the remote town of Nome, Alaska, to Vancouver, Canada. This 18-day journey was perfect for those seeking adventure, wildlife, and a deeper connection with nature and culture. Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of this remarkable voyage:
    DAY 1: The Expedition Began
    The adventure started in Nome, Alaska. After flying into Anchorage and boarding a charter flight to Nome, everyone embarked on the MS Roald Amundsen. This expedition class ship can hold up to 500 passengers.
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    • 55 min
    Travel to Newport, Rhode Island

    Travel to Newport, Rhode Island

    Hear about travel to Newport, Rhode Island as the Amateur Traveler talks to Phil Roberson about this city that was one of the 5 largest in the American colonies. 
    Why should you visit Newport?
    Phile says, "There's a lot of reasons to want to come here, but if you love the ocean, if you love the Gilded Age kind of life if you love history, especially, there's just a lot to see in Newport."
    Based on Phil's detailed description of Newport, Rhode Island, here's a recommendation for a week-long trip to Newport, including various activities, historical sites, dining options, and outdoor adventures.
    Day 1: Arrival and Orientation


    Morning: Arrive in Newport, and settle into your accommodation.


    Afternoon: Take the Daily Newport Trolley Tour for an overview of the city and its major attractions.


    Evening: Dine at The Mooring Seafood Kitchen and Bar Restaurant on the wharf.

     
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    • 52 min
    Travel to the Jaén province of Andalucia, Spain (repeat)

    Travel to the Jaén province of Andalucia, Spain (repeat)

    Hear about travel to the Jaén province of Andalucia Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to Molly Sears-Piccavey who lives in Andalucia.
    Molly says, “Jaén is a province in western Andalucia that is not really very known or associated with tourism. If we take southern Spain the western side of Andalucia which is Granada, Cordoba, Jaén, and Almería are not as touristic perhaps as the side of Andalucia which is where Malaga and Seville are. Cordoba and Granada are very well visited because of their Muslim architecture such as the mosque or their Alhambra Palace, but Jaén is inland and a little bit further away. And many people don’t manage to discover Jaén and I think Jaén has a lot to offer the visitor.”
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    • 58 min
    Travel to Northern Morocco

    Travel to Northern Morocco

    Hear about travel to Northern Morocco as the Amateur Traveler talks to 5 listeners of the show who joined this year's trip to explore the medinas and other features of the country.
    The Intrepid Travel North Morocco Adventure tour offers an immersive exploration of Northern Morocco, rich with cultural experiences, historical landmarks, and breathtaking landscapes. Below is a detailed day-by-day itinerary that highlights the tour's key activities and destinations.
    Day 1: Arrival in Casablanca


    Activity: Arrival and meet up at the hotel

    Highlights:

    Arrive a day early to explore Casablanca independently

    Visit the old medina, Rick's Café, and the Hassan II Mosque (make reservations in advance for a tour)

    Meet the tour group in the hotel lobby at 6 PM for introductions and dinner


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Travel to Southern Morocco

    Travel to Southern Morocco

    Hear about travel to Southern Morocco as the Amateur Traveler talks to Ady from Hit The Road Music Studio about an area he fell in love with while touring it in a mobile recording studio.
    Ady recommends a detailed itinerary for a week-long trip exploring Southern Morocco, starting and ending in Marrakesh. Here’s a breakdown of the suggested trip:
    Day 1: Marrakesh
    Arrive in Marrakesh and spend the night. Experience the bustling city, try a mix of European and Moroccan cuisine, and get a taste of the local culture.
    Day 2: Travel over the Atlas Mountains
    Travel from Marrakesh over the Atlas Mountains, experiencing the dramatic change in landscape and climate. Spend the night in Ouarzazate, a city famous for its film studios and proximity to the film location for movies like "Gladiator" and "Star Wars."
     
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nationalparklover ,

Kerala

I enjoy the interviews - but as a proud Keralite I have to mention that Feni is NOT a liquor from Kerala - it’s from Goa .

(At 42.00 in the episode on Kerala)

This is a problem you can sometimes run into when you interview a foreigner about a place which really isn’t theirs . Try and get a local .

Şovları seven adam ,

Güzel ve zevkli

Bu güzel ve zevkli şovu beğendim.

DeeKelly21 ,

thorough and constantly growing!

I love this dad-vibe podcast that offers great tidbits in a detailed and consistent format. Amateur traveler is my first stop on a long quest when I begin my next-trip research. Chris and his guest(s) whet my appetite for the destination and give me good jumping off points, a big picture to wrap my head around, and some specific places or unique things to get excited about. From there, I go to blogs, google and more to dig deeper, but I appreciate that this is an approachable place to begin without feeling overwhelmed. The last few parts to the episode are some of my favorites because they make me reminisce about my own trips and what I would also list as my number one thing, and how I would describe the place in three words, etc. The wrap-up is concise and memorable and a great way to end the show. Thanks Chris!

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