California-based freelance travel journalist & tour director Christopher P. Baker has made a career as a professional travel writer, photographer, adventure motorcyclist, tour leader & Cuba travel expert since 1983
Christopher—the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’—has written and photographed for more than 200 of the world’s leading publications and has authored more than 25 travel guidebooks for Dorling Kindersley, Lonely Planet, and National Geographic, among others. He has been honored with many other awards, including ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’ by both the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Jamaica Tourist Board.
Christopher P. Baker has been acclaimed by National Geographic as “One of the world’s foremost authorities on Cuba travel and culture.” His literary travelog, Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba, is a two-time national book award winner. He is currently partnered with actor/director David Soul in the production of a cinematic feature documentary, Cuban Soul, about the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s 1955 Chrysler convertible in Cuba.
Christopher appears frequently on radio and television talk shows throughout North America and has provided TV and radio interviews and commentary for ABC, Al Jazeera, BBC, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, CCTV, CNN, Fox News Channel, the National Geographic Channel, MSNBC, plus NPR, among many other radio and television programs.
His feature articles and photographs have appeared in more than 200 major publications worldwide, from BBC Travel, CNN Travel and The Culture Trip to Elle, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler, Penthouse, Robb Report, and Travel + Leisure. Christopher is also a renowned motojournalist and has ridden motorcycles, written about motorcycle touring, and led group motorcycle tours in destinations as far afield as Cuba, Croatia, Japan, and Oman.
A professional freelance tour director & leader, Christopher has more than 30 years experience leading tours for such prestigious companies as Edelweiss Bike Travel (motorcycle touring), Jim Cline Photo Tours, Lindblad Expeditions, and National Geographic Expeditions, among others. He is a member of the International Association of Tour Directors & Guides.