I’m a firm believer in challenging yourself to try things outside your comfort zone. Traveling the world solo might fall into that category for many but it has always seemed perfectly normal to me. But there are plenty of things that do fall outside my comfortable area of expertise. Despite more than a decade of working behind the scenes in television (as an Operations Producer for ESPN), I have never, ever been in front of the camera. And it wasn’t really something that I thought I could do (or wanted to try) until recently.
A few months ago I was contacted by a production company interested in turning my round-the-world adventures into a TV show. An exciting proposition to be sure, but I honestly wondered if this was something I was cut out for? After all, I may know a lot about travel, but I know virtually nothing about hosting a TV show. Luckily, my producer and director had more confidence in my on-camera abilities than I did. Thanks to both of them, a very patient crew and a lot of on-the-job training we shot a pilot for the show recently in New Orleans.
If it gets picked up by a network (a big “if”), the show will film an entire season while following one of my Round the World in 30 Days trips. It’ll focus not just on the myriad of international destinations I visit but more importantly how YOU can plan your own trip of a lifetime around the world – easily and affordably. I’ll even explain how to use those airline miles you’ve been saving to make all your travel dreams come true.
It’s so hard to find informative and inspiring travel shows on TV these days (have you turned on the Travel Channel lately?) so I’m hopeful that somewhere we’ll find a network home for this show and bring the idea of Round-the-World travel into the living rooms of aspiring globetrotters everywhere.
But there’s one thing I know for sure, in the next couple of weeks we’ll have a pilot ready for viewing and you guys will definitely get to see it. In the meantime, you can check out my new RTWin30days YouTube channel (well, not exactly new…I’ve had the channel for a while, I just never uploaded anything to it!) to see a few clips from my most recent trip around Asia as I work my way through the learning curve of speaking into the camera. Once the pilot is done, I’ll be sure to share it here. Then, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens…fingers crossed! It’s sure to be a long road since nothing happens quickly in the TV world.
In the meantime, I’ll be keeping plenty busy working on the itinerary for RTW #9…January 2014 will be here before you know it!