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Your Questions for an NG Travel Writer and Photographer

Travel writer, Christopher Baker. Photo courtesy of National Geographic Expeditions

Ever wonder what it’s like to travel to exotic destinations, dine at countless eateries, attend local festivals, and visit beautiful scenic spots, all the while getting paid to do so? Writer and photographer Christopher Baker doesn’t have to.

If being a salaried traveler has ever been on your list, even briefly, of “What I want to be when I grow up,” here’s a perfect opportunity to find out how one of National Geographic’s best did it.

One of the world’s foremost authorities on travel and tourism in Cuba and Costa Rica, Christopher Baker is the author of several guidebooks to Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Panama in the National Geographic Traveler series and is currently at work on Colombia. Other works include Chris’s awarding winning Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba, published in National Geographic Adventure Press.

Chris has written for over 200 publications and authored over 2o books including Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles. A well-known and respected writer, he has also been profiled in USA Today and featured on the National Geographic Channel, NPR, and dozens of other radio and TV outlets.

Photo courtesy of National Geographic Expeditions

Currently, Chris is leading a special, immersive expedition in Cuba where program participants receive a guided tour through some of the country’s most colorful cities. Attendees can engage Cubans directly in discussions about their lives and work, culture and traditions as well as experience the island’s food and scenery first hand.

Now you can join Christopher Baker  in a live conversation on the National Geographic Facebook page Friday, April 13 at 2:30pm ET (7:30pm UTC). Post your questions there or in the comments section of this blog post. Then tune in for the live interview and post more questions as the conversation develops.

For more information on how to get involved with Chris’s expedition to Cuba, visit Cuba: Discovering Its People and Culture.



  1. JOHN32
    January 16, 2014, 2:55 pm


  2. Francne Rascalli
    October 27, 2013, 4:27 pm

    What ethical dilemmas have you faced during your time as a travel writer?

  3. Irene Worthington Baron
    United States
    April 14, 2012, 8:40 pm

    Where did you find the most friendly people outside of the United States? I survey those I meet who are world travelers. The majority answer “Netherlands” or “Holland”. I’ve only circumnavigated the globe a few times, visited 27-countries, and would also say Holland!

  4. linda joy
    April 13, 2012, 3:35 pm

    What do you think you would have misses if you had stayed in your local area and spent the time exploring it and getting to know it and its people?

  5. Tom Jorgensen
    April 13, 2012, 10:04 am

    Have you got some kind of feeling about the way expats fit into the cultures of the countries you have visited?

  6. Caesar Gonzales
    April 13, 2012, 5:50 am

    Are there work opportunities in Cuba in the creative field? It has been my life long dream to live there for a few years.

  7. elaine roycroft
    April 13, 2012, 12:32 am

    Hi, In all the places you have been to, is there one place you could call home, & with all the things you have seen has it been hard to stay neutral with your views.

    April 12, 2012, 7:52 pm


  9. peter korim
    Bratislava, Slovakia
    April 12, 2012, 7:08 pm

    I love traveling especialky by driving but this is not so easy everywhere. Have you been driving at yr cuban journey and what is your experience from it.

  10. Adam Poltrack
    United States
    April 12, 2012, 5:46 pm

    What’s more important for an individual trying to make a career as a freelancer/artist, determination? Or talent?

  11. Kris F.
    United States
    April 12, 2012, 3:52 pm

    What equipment do you use? How do you make being a traveling photographer a career?

  12. Irene
    April 12, 2012, 3:47 pm

    The question will be: How can I get a job like yours?

  13. Niall Mcshane
    April 12, 2012, 3:45 pm

    how dose one get a job like yours ? and i wish to explore the world when im older is there anywere you would reccommend seeing ?

  14. Trever
    South Africa
    April 12, 2012, 2:17 pm

    I love the work that you are doing because you are the ones that make the world know about their surroundings.I’m inexperienced but have an interest in photography & the digital world.Is there a way for me and others with the same wish around the globe to get involved in the national geographic expeditions.

    Good luck on your expeditions.


  15. linda newcomb
    saint petersburg florida
    April 12, 2012, 1:48 pm

    when can i go? recently i heard a discussion about sanctions only hurting regular people. i suspect its the same with cuba. everyone else on the planet can go to cuba. of course if i was a writer or a teacher or any number of things im not i too could go as an american. as a just plain old american citizen i cant. i wish politics would all go away

  16. Jen W.
    Indiana, USA
    April 12, 2012, 1:34 pm

    What sort of credentials or experience would make a person desirable to NG as a writer? What in your experiences as a writer led you to NG?

  17. Sigourney Frazier
    April 12, 2012, 1:25 pm

    I would like to know how you and others you know became National Geographic photographers and writers. What steps did you have to take, including school and previous jobs? Thanks!

  18. Taxoula Sousamli
    Mitilene Greece
    April 12, 2012, 1:20 pm

    I was wondering what could i possibly ask a NG travelling writer and photographer and the answer popped out in the manner of statement: life is so unfair(well it does sound impolite… :-))

  19. Lyudmila Spasova
    April 12, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Dear Mr. Baker,
    Do you feel the spirit of Che Guevara in Cuba and Latin America? How you find the people that live there nowadays? Are they happy? Do they still need strong spirit and wish to fight with the poverty or everything goes very smooth thank`s to the right state policy?

  20. […] Join our live conversation with writer and photographer Christopher Baker- winner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’- for this week’s Facebook Live. http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/… […]

  21. La Shawn Pagan
    New York
    April 12, 2012, 12:18 pm

    I would like to ask two questions to Mr. Baker, what advice do you have for a young (2 1/2 year) reporter who would like to travel, photograph and report, but are on a tight budget? What would you advise them to do in order to get started in this very modern media world?

  22. Bhavin Gada
    Nakuru, KENYA
    April 12, 2012, 12:11 pm

    Hi Christopher,
    All i would like to say is not everyone’s dream of travelling comes true. But yours did so make the most of it. I also have a passion to visit places but circumstances do not allow. I travel through my hobby of Stamp collecting.
    I invite you to travel my blog, http://www.kencovers.blogspot.com
    hope you will enjoy. Looking forward to hear from you.
    Best wishes for the upcoming event.

    Kind Regards,

  23. Nancy Silverman Baldonado
    bradenton, florida
    April 12, 2012, 12:02 pm

    May U B safe in God’s hands and upheld by His Angles <3

  24. Terry Ginis
    Willoughby, Ohio
    April 12, 2012, 11:59 am

    I was wondering how do you keep in good health as you travel to different places? Do you have certain guidlines you follow?

  25. Kim Kinsinger
    Downers Grove,IL.
    April 12, 2012, 11:58 am

    Traveling is awesome. You have great experiences doing that. I went to Europe with my Grandma and had a great time. What location was your favorite and why?

    April 12, 2012, 11:54 am

    i want to b national geographic photographer.