Twipper of the Week: Chris from Amateur Traveler.


Current city: San Jose, CA, USA

Age: 54

What makes you interesting: The podcast I do, Amateur Traveler, is used to teach English at Oxford University and to test for English comprehension in the Germany and Canadian schools systems as well as by the Thailand Foreign Ministry.

Total countries visited: 44 with 2 more planned for this week

Most magical place on Earth: Isn’t that Disneyland? Probably one of the most memorable trips for me was to Egypt. Not that Egypt, even then, didn’t have challenges, but the depth of history in that place is amazing.

What have you learned about yourself during your travels: : I have learned to be more comfortable with being unfamiliar or even uncomfortable with different situations or different cultures. I have yet to find a place so remote or so foreign that I could not find something familiar.

If your personality was a city or country, which one would it be: Silicon Valley, where I live, not only fits my personality but perhaps describes it. Casual, hard working and not a little bit nerdy.

Where did you go for your first travel experience and at what age: I learned to travel with my parents. We would take long road trips pulling a small trailer around much of western USA and Canada. I watched the men first walk on the moon from a travel trailer park in Victoria, British Columbia.

What item will you never leave home without: My iPhone. It has my podcasts, contacts, passwords, internet, and social networks.

Next travel destination: I leave for Thailand Thursday on a press trip.