MacVoices #13129: Talking Travel Tech with Chris Christensen of The Amateur Traveler

As you start to make this year’s vacation plans, you might give a little extra thought to how technology can help, and what you should take with you. Chris Christensen of The Amateur Traveler is the perfect person to help you get a handle on travel gear, iPhone and iPad apps, services and tips for making the most of our technology when we’re away from home, whether it is for business or pleasure. From road trips to international junkets, Chris has some great tips and tricks that will make your travel experience better.

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Chris Christensen is the host of The Amateur Traveler, a popular online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations.It covers everything from knowing what to put on your Chicago dog when you go to the Windy City to swimming with whales in Tonga. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast and a blog.  By day Chris works at  where they create products to help people without credit or debit cards pay for things. He was formerly the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor’s New Initiatives group, the EVP Engineering at LiveWorld which runs online communities like those for eBay, HBO, and American Express, and a Software Manager at Apple, Momenta (pen computing) and HP.


Google Maps – Google, Inc.

GasBuddy – Find Cheap Gas Prices – GasBuddy Organization Inc

Foursquare – Foursquare Labs, Inc.

Yelp – Yelp

TripAdvisor Hotels Flights Restaurants – TripAdvisor LLC

Hotel Tonight – DealBase Corp – Hotel Booking and last minute hotel deals –

BestParking – Find the Best Daily and Monthly Parking Garages & Lots in North American Cities & Airports –

GateGuru, Airport Info & Flight Status – Mobility Apps LLC

SeatGuru by TripAdvisor – TripAdvisor LLC

TripIt – Travel Organizer (no ads) – TripIt

FlightTrack Pro – Live Flight Status Tracker by Mobiata – Ben Kazez

TripAdvisor Hotels Flights Restaurants – TripAdvisor LLC

EveryTrail Pro – GlobalMotion Media, Inc

FlightBoard – Live Flight Departure and Arrival Status – Mobiata

Lose It! – FitNow

Mophie Powerstation 4000mAh 2.1A External Battery Charger for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, DROID, HTC and BlackBerry – Travel Charger

HyperJuice External Battery 60Wh for iPad/iPad 2 and MacBooks

Air Display – Avatron Software, Inc.

SOS Charger

Downcast – Jamawkinaw Enterprises

Word Lens – Quest Visual

SpeechTrans Ultimate Voice and Photo Translator Powered By Nuance Now With Offline Mode – SpeechTrans TM

iTranslate – free translator & dictionary – Sonico GmbH

Vegas Mate – Las Vegas Travel Guide – Vegas Media Group

Lonely Planet Travel Guides, Phrasebooks and Maps – Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd

tripwolf Travel Guide Offline Maps (London, Paris, New York City, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Italy, Rome, Vancouver, Prague, Tokyo, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Bali, Bangkok, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Munich, Milan, Sydney, Chicago, Washington – Subway City Map) – tripwolf

 Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens

Tamron AF 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras (Model A14E)

Manfrotto Bogen Self-Standing Pro Monopod

Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – Silver Edition

Zoom H4n Handy Portable Digital Recorder

IK Multimedia IP-IRIG-CAST-IN Ultra-Compact Microphone for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices

IK Multimedia iRig Mic for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad and Android devices

Delsey Helium Alliance 21″ Carry-On Exp Suiter Trolley (Black)