I forget the exact time, but it was maybe 15 years ago that a travel show aired on Indian satellite TV that made a big impact on me. The show – ‘Globe Trekker‘.
If you have not watched it, each roughly 50 minute episode of the show has travel hosts taking the viewer along with them on journeys to different parts of the world. The style was casual, with a view to immersing the viewers into the heart of the action. It was meant for budget oriented independent travelers and shot in a corresponding style.
I loved watching this show and seeing different places on TV. I have always loved traveling, but I do believe this show played no small role in developing my passion further.
And so, it came as a pleasant surprise for me to discover, the other day, that Lonely Planet is now providing free access to all the Globe Trekker episodes, along with other travel related shows. It gave me an opportunity to revisit this show. While I enjoyed watching some of them, I am not sure that the show has aged particularly well. Travel shows have evolved from ‘showing’ us new places to deeply ‘immersing’ us in the culture of the place. A prime example of this would be some of Anthony Bourdain’s shows. Or taking us on an education journey, like many of BBC’s travel documentaries.
Having said that, the show has a certain charm, and for me, a certain nostalgia associated with it. Which is why I would strongly recommend that you try and watch a few episodes. And please let me know your comments!