Chris Christensen

Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.

Name:  Chris Christensen

Occupation: Computer Geek. I am just changing jobs from the Director of Engineering for New Initiatives at TripAdvisor to Silicon Valley startup

Hometown: I grew up in Salinas, California

Residence:  I now live in San Jose, California


Twitter: @chris2x (and @AmateurTraveler)

Facebook: AmateurTraveler

Pinterest: Chris2x

Bio: I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

How often do you fly:  A little more than once a month, about 75,000 miles last year. Much of that between my home and office which are 2,700 miles apart.

How many countries have you been to:  24

How many continents have you been to:  5

Favorite American city:  San Diego

Favorite international city:  Istanbul

Least favorite country:  Lichtenstein

Favorite World Heritage Site: Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae, Egypt

Favorite airline:  None

Favorite aircraft type:  777

Aisle or window:  Window

Favorite airport lounge:  None

Favorite U.S. airport:  Kahului Airport (OGG), Maui… because you are in Maui

Favorite international airport:  Schiphol Airport, Netherlands

Favorite hotel:  Luz En Yucatan, Merida Mexico

Favorite cruise line:  Windjammer Bare Foot Cruises (defunct)

Favorite island:  Islets of Langerhans

Favorite fancy restaurant:  Longhi’s in Lahaina, Maui

Favorite hole in the wall:  Peppers Mexicali Cafe, Pacific Grove, California

Favorite fruit:  Tomato

Favorite food:  Things made with Tomato like salsa and pizza

Least favorite food:  Fish

Favorite travel movie(s): Indian Jones and the Last Crusade

Favorite travel show(s): Amateur Traveler and This Week in Travel

Five things you bring on a plane: iPad, ear plugs, water bottle, iPhone, headphones

What do you always seem to forget: I don’t remember

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): GateGuru

Favorite travel book(s): In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: realizing the night before a trip to Italy that we did not know where our passports were

What’s your dream destination: India

Favorite travel website(s) – besides, of course!:  Flickr, I love just looking at pictures of places

Best travel tip: Leave the gun, take the cannoli


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1 Comment On "Travel Style: Chris Christensen"
  1. Jeremy Branham|

    Kudos to Chris to picking tomato as his favorite fruit! :)

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