Name: Chris Christensen
Occupation: Software Engineer, Entrepreneur
Currently Living In: San Jose, California
Travel Motto: Travel for the love of it (hence the term amateur)
Favorite Travel Destinations: Tanzania, Egypt, Istanbul, any place with history
What Makes Him Want to See the Globe: I love to learn new things and nothing stretches me like travel.
Ultimate Bucket List Trip: There are a lot of things on my bucket list (http://amateurtraveler.com/my-travel-bucket-list/) but if I had to narrow down to one trip I would say a round-the-world cruise would be pretty great… or maybe traverse the entire Silk Road.
Best Way to Maximize Vacation Days: Combine work trips and vacation days, let the office pay for your travel sometimes even if they just get you closer. For instance, I work part-time in Boston and have been known to fly to Europe from there because it is cheaper and takes less time than from my home in California.
Advice for Those Who Want to Travel More: Do it! It is unlikely you will get to be older and regret traveling too much. Find good travel companions as they make any trip better.