A reader wrote in with a unique message this week, there’s a new travel show concept and it needs your support.
New Travel Show Concept
A new TV show that is in development treats deserving, nominated guests to once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. The Adventure: Lifechanging Travel is running a campaign to complete its pilot episode.
“Discover the world, discover yourself, one adventure at a time.”
This is really after my own heart. It’s why I travel, and it’s why I am passionate about encouraging others to travel. In nearly 1,000 blog posts over almost a decade, it’s the reason I write every week. Travel can change perspectives, and lives, it opens doors to new beginnings and closes them for old thoughts and mindsets.
The “show cross” includes some other travel shows I love that I will feature below, namely, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and Somebody Feed Phil. The crew developing the show includes Emmy Award winners and the sizzle reel has a high degree of quality.
The compassionate side of the concept also encourages me. In a year where we all could use some good news, it would be nice to see regular people seeing things for the first time and getting a chance they otherwise wouldn’t. Commercially-speaking, I think this could be one of the greatest aspects of the show and one that would lead to it actually getting picked up by a network or streaming service.
How You Can Participate
Creator, Curt Anderson tells LiveAndLetsFly.com that the show is 90% funded, but the last 10% is where backers come in.
The Adventure has a campaign to close its final 10% of funding on IndieGoGo. I don’t often promote products from IndieGoGo because of the lack of accountability in delivering, but unlike products that may or may not ever come to fruition (I’m looking at you, Sonny) backing this project starts at just $15 with an achievable goal.
If the show is funded and produced, there may also be an opportunity to put forth someone who could participate in an episode.
“Readers can be a part of the show by pledging any amount and earn some cool rewards (and be entered into a drawing to win a Weekend Getaway package with a pledge of $25 or more).”
Other Travel Shows In The Meantime
While I have you… here are some other travel shows you might love until we can all fly again and where to find them (hint: most are on Netflix.)
- Chef’s Table – The follow-up to Jiro Dreams of Sushi came in the form of a food travelogue celebrating its sixth season currently. The show visits Australia, Sweden, Argentina, Italy, and the US in the first season alone. (Netflix)
- Dark Tourist – This show focuses on visiting the cities and countries where historical events took place (dark tourism.) Previous episodes have included exploring Colombia in South America where Pablo Escobar once prowled, the Fukushima nuclear site, and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. (Netflix)
- Somebody Feed Phil – Creator of Everybody Loves Raymond (and the real-life equivalent of the eponymous character), Phil Rosenthal travels the world to expand his palate. His quirky, awkward style is embraced solely due to his unabated enjoyment of trying new things around the world and leaving his comfort zones of Los Angeles and New York. (Netflix)
- Street Food – Another from Bob Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), this travel series explores street food vendors around the world. (Netflix)
- The Kindness Diaries – In a travelogue more akin to The Adventure, The Kindness Diaries follows Leon Logothetis as he travels solely based on the kindness and generosity of others. (Netflix)
- Tales By Light – This travel documentary delves into the travel pictures that captivate audiences and the stories behind them. (National Geographic)
- Travel Man – The host and a guest travel to new major cities each episode, constructing a 48-hour itinerary. (Amazon Prime Video)
- The Layover – Anthony Bourdain explores major hubs around the world in just 24 hours concentrating the must-do spots from around the world. (Hulu, Discovery+)
- Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown – Perhaps the greatest travel TV show ever made, Parts Unknown let Bourdain break away from the food constraints of No Reservations and dive deep into the culture of destinations. He was clear this show was his passion even up to his untimely death during the final season. (Hulu, HBO Max)
- Pedal The World – Felix Starck travels by pedals a journey through 22 countries and more than 18,000 km. (Netflix)
- Idiot Abroad – The Office (UK) creators Steven Merchant and Ricky Gervais send untraveled and dry humorist Karl Pilkington (Mancunian to the core) on adventures he doesn’t want to take. The series opens with a Chinese driver eating a bird embryo in a scene and reaction that more or less sets the tone for the series. This is a favorite of mine for a number of reasons, but sadly, it’s unavailable for streaming currently. If you haven’t seen this, and you enjoy watching other people’s displeasure – buy it.
The Adventure is a great concept. There’s nothing I love more than introducing someone to a place I have found and love for the first time. Whether it’s Mango Sticky Rice in Bangkok, Thailand with my daughter, or seeing someone’s face the first time they have gelato in Italy, the lights of Times Square, or even coming through the Fort Pitt tunnel at night with the city unfolding before them. Seeing new things is life-changing. For the cost of a meal out, we might be able to get this concept across the finish line and help someone who deserves it see something that will forever change their lives.
If you wish to contribute to the pilot, here is a link to the Indiegogo project page.
What do you think? Is this a project you would back, a show that you would watch? Do you have other travel tv shows you’d recommend?