Leif turns the table on his co-host Chris Christensen as we get meta and talk about the state of podcasting and how destinations and other travel companies can use podcasting in their campaigns.
Chris is the creator of AmateurTraveler.com. Amateur Traveler is a popular online travel website that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a couple of audio podcasts and a blog. His travel podcasts got around 4 million downloads in 2018. He has created more than 1,500 podcast episodes across 4 different podcasts.
The Amateur Traveler is 13 years old and they use Amateur Traveler to teach English at Oxford University and to test English proficiency for employment with the Thailand Foreign Ministry.
Chris has won a Lowell Thomas Award, 6 NATJA awards, and a SMITTY Award from Travel+Leisure as the “best independent travel journalist”.
Chris is the owner of BloggerBridge.com which is a startup connecting bloggers and industry contacts.
He has worked for years in technology startups in Silicon Valley. He was formerly the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor’s New Initiatives group and was the EVP Engineering at LiveWorld where his team built and ran online communities and events for companies including eBay, HBO, TV Guide, Expedia, Marriott, A&E, History Channel, the NBA, NBC, ABC, Disney, Microsoft, WebTV and American Express.