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Jen Leo writes for Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Times, and edited the award-winning Sand in My Bra series (Travelers’ Tales). She loves to travel with her toddler. You can also read about her at

Chris Christensen 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 blog and a video podcast. His day job is high tech. He has been a Director of Engineering at TripAdvisor and has run online communities for companies like Marriott, American Express, eBay, HBO, the NBA, Kraft, Campbells, Kimberly Clark, A&E, and QVC.

Gary Arndt is the man behind one of the world's most popular, independent travel blogs. He has been traveling non-stop since March, 2007 and has visited over 160 countries and territories. That is a real monkey on his shoulder.


Episode 173 - "Cheap Living Abroad"


Episode 172 - Earthquakes, Travel with Kids and Other Disasters 

Regular hosts Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week's guest Dana Rebmann, free lance travel writer from, Viator and Ciao Bambino This Week's News: Picks of the week:

Episode 171 - "Whales Love the Beatles"


Episode 170 - "Live From Vegas Baby!"

This episode was recorded live at the DMAI conference in Las Vegas. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week's guests Johnny Jet from, Lee Abbamonte from, and Jaume Marin – the Marketing Director at the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board.

This week's show was audio only.

This Week's News:

Picks of the week:
  • Jen - first park on the strip
  • Lee - High Roller and the Link
  • Chris - Full Contact app, Expensify app, Amateur Traveler tie
  • Johnny - Sign Easy app, genius Can, $3 fee to pay a Vegas cab with credit card, water tastes like goat cheese
  • Jaume - go with a local
  • Gary - Nikon D810

Episode 169 - "Making Travel Writing Work"