Advantages Excellent, Based for people on a budget
Disadvantages Many different TV names which is rather confusing
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Over the past few months, I have become really interested in travelling. When I discovered a show called Globe Trekker I was overjoyed because it was a show with everything a traveller could want, such as off the beaten track coverage, roughing-it guides, and no package holidays!***The Globe Trekker Story***
From then on, they travelled around the world to places like Nepal and Asia again and more and more guidebooks were produced. Things really took off in 1981 though, when they published a book called “Lonely Planet India”. The book became a best seller and is now in it’s ninth edition.From two to ten to over four hundred people today, the Lonely Planet Company has really grown from strength to strength. Today, the Wheelers stills write for and own the company and they also ensure that everything published has been well researched and written.
Years later, an Australian man approached the couple and mentioned his production company, Pilot productions. This meeting resulted in the original programmes being aired. Pilot Guides was based on the guidebooks for a specific area or country, which would be followed by a presenter.In the late nineties, the shows where reformatted to Lonely Planet, and one presenter would use the LP guidebook for a specific country and present their discoveries. The whole thing, which attracted viewers, was that the presenters took you off the beaten track and not ONE Package Holiday was mentioned. Another thing viewers liked was the fact that the presenter did not know what was about to happen and was as new to doing something, as any normal traveller would be.
More and more shows where made, until it was again renamed in 2002.Globe Trekker would be its new name, as it was thought that it reflected what the actual programme was about – someone trekking the Globe. The show still uses the same format as Lonely Planet, with the guides and all but began to focus on one part of a country as well, such as “Chinese Food”.
There were originally six presenters, called Holly Morris, Megan McCormick, Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Christina Chang and Estelle Bingham. Now though, only four still film for the show, although all six can be seen on other travel shows and older editions of Pilot Guides. Holly Morris is coming back soon apparently.
IAN WRIGHT who taught children while travelling and is an accomplished artist. He is the funny one and always has something funny to say in order to lighten up a situation!JUSTINE SHAPIRO who survived a plane crash when she was younger, when a DC 10 crashed into Boston Bay. Due to the accident, she had her education subsidized. She is a calmer presenter and takes time out of filming to enjoy travelling.
CHRISTINA CHANG is one of the lesser-known characters and she is another one who absolutely loves travelling. She likes acting and has acted on several plays and she agrees that the show is the most adventurous thing she has done.ESTELLE BINGHAM is an experienced TV and Radio broadcaster and has presented a variety of shows for companies all over the world, including the UK’s very own show Dream Ticket.
MEGAN MCCORMICK is a loud lady. She seems to shout everywhere she goes but overall she is nice and bubbly. She has taught English in Japan and has worked for MSNBC.The presenters are excellent people. They seem to be very knowledgeable of the countries they visit as apparently they use the original guidebooks written by Lonely Planet, but experience nothing prior to filming - which still gives the show its originality and unlike other travel shows, you get to see the dirtier, more grittier side to hiking throughout the world.
Destinations include countries all over the world such as Japan, China, Africa, Germany, England, the USA, Canada and Australia. Many city guides are also produced and favour places such as New York, and Istanbul. Guides generally take you off the beaten track as well as give you info on where to eat and stay as well as what to avoid and what to go for.
I enjoy the shows and I firmly believe that travellers should watch the shows and buy the Lonely Planet guidebooks. Music and DVD’s are also available. Buy from www.lonelyplanet.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk. You can buy merchandise from the PILOT site but these are expensive prices and can be found cheaper.***Overall***
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