The Best Travel Show Hosts on Television

A short list of some of the most watched travel show hosts on TV.

The Best Travel Show Hosts on Television

Travel shows are always good to watch especially when you want to relax and get away from the sometimes disappointing, everyday TV news and drama.

There are a lot of travel shows nowadays which can take you to the farthest places in the planet-places you’ve never even heard of or would never even want to visit, and sometimes even to places you can only dream about. Not only are they visually fun to watch, with all the beautiful landscapes, architecture, etc., but are very educational and always inspiring.

Travel show hosts have the best job in the world-a job many of us will kill for! They are a special kind of people-always adaptable, energetic and patient. They like getting lost. They have been to the best hotels and the worst bathrooms in the face of the earth. They have eaten and drank almost every possible cultural offering from each nation. They are always up for experiments-so regular travelers like us will know what to expect in places we plan to visit. And yes, they are paid to do all these.

Here are some of TV’s travel hosts who are as lively and vibrant as the places they visit:

Ian Wright

This British travel host is witty and very adventurous. As one of the hosts of Globe Trekker, he keeps his audience amused as he never says “No” to any adventure put on the map for him. Ian has been around the globe, usually spending several months in each country to really experience its culture. He is also an artist who says he “tries and finds time to paint on every trip”.

All of his episodes on the show are never boring-he’ll even put on a stunt (or a costume) if asked to, and has never complained about it all. This is probably why travelling on TV is so much more fun than it already is-there’s a host like Ian Wright who knows how to have fun on the whole journey.

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain is an accomplished chef and writer. His books Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and A Cook’s Tour have sold millions of copies worldwide, ranking among the best in the New York Times Bestsellers List.

As host of the Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, he goes to different countries in search of the best (and most of the time exotic, even ghastly) delicacies while digging deep into each place’s unique culture. Although his profanity and unapologetic habits have caused many an alarm on family TV, his image remains immaculate to his countless loyal fans who look up to him as the punk god of culinary travel.

Bobby Chinn

World Café Asia host Bobby Chinn has spent most of his life travelling. Before becoming the maverick chef that he is in Hanoi, he has lived, studied and taken up various jobs in different cities around the globe.

The show is always fun as Chinn’s wild antics and humorous remarks never fail to spice up his trips all over Asia. Chinn not only samples authentic dishes in the region, but always does a little cooking as well. He also goes looking for the best street foods Asian countries have to offer. The show gives a vivid look into the diverse and magical continent that is Asia.

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern is another culinary explorer who willingly guides us through the interesting world of Bizarre Foods. An accomplished chef and food writer himself, Zimmern has a very steadfast taste for everything peculiar. In his show, he tours us through different countries by showing us the most unusual and authentic dishes we may ever find. He won’t stop at nothing and will gladly try anything for us-from insects to fresh cow’s blood, from fermented veggies to anything spoiled but tasty. Zimmern will eat them all! For someone who is very versatile and smart, it is also fair to add that this guy has the guts.

Megan McCormick

Megan McCormick has always had the travel bug in her. Landing different jobs before she became an official guide of Globe Trekker, McCormick decided to pursue a career on television by auditioning for Pilot Productions. The producers were impressed by her intelligence and passion and gave her the dream job in 1998. Together with other guides, McCormick takes us deep into the history and culture of each city and village she visits around the globe. Much more serious in presenting than fellow Ian Wright, Megan shows us how travel can be both educational and fun.

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25 Responses to “The Best Travel Show Hosts on Television”
  1. happy says:

    great! i love these guys…esp tony bourdain. :D

  2. rockerrr says:

    i also like samantha brown coz she’s so funny. tony bourdain came to the philippines already and he ate our famous LECHON. he said it’s the best in the world! love bobby chinn very funny man!

  3. freddie P says:

    Fairly male dominant list here…check out who made “The Hottest Travel Show Hosts of 2009″ at http://offtrackplanet.com/archives/215
    I’ll give you a hint: Andrew Zimmern did not make it :-(

  4. travelp says:

    ^^ LOL
    You’re talking sexy man, not bizarre.

    Anyway, these are the pros here. I liked S.Brown before when she was a backpacker. Now she’s still fun, but she went high-end.

  5. Anthony Bourdain is just crazy lol He eats all sorts of things. How can that even be healthy?

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  8. dawn says:

    does anyone remember the travel show way back in 90s entitled Travelers? it was either on nat geo or discovery channel. they had 5 or 6 hosts who traveled in groups. i’ve been looking for something it but i can’t find any :( i remember the names patrick, shannon,,michelle ?

  9. ugma says:

    I remember that one! Travelers yeah, I believe. I can’t find anything on the net either. There’s also another host, Robin. Oh my, whatever happened to that show?

  10. dhiraj kumar says:

    when i was a child. i used to watch the travel show namely lonely planet,after that its name changed and its become globe tracker,now its all host Ian wright,Megan Mccormick comes on another show namely travel guide but there is one more womanis the host of this show i dont know her name but i like her most if any one know her name please tell me i will highly oblidge

  11. ugma says:

    JUSTINE SHAPIRO! right? :D

  12. travelman says:

    Justine Shapiro should be on here! I love that girl!
    At least Ian and Megan made the list!

  13. ugma says:

    I totally forgot about justine. I like her a lot, too! I agree she should be on the list. *sigh*

  14. JacksonP says:

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  18. perryinjax says:

    Who is that older guy that hosts a travel show on PBS, he is not rudy maxa and not burt wolfe but the other guy, kind of funny, no beard… I remember seeing him drinking some kind of popular corn alcohol in the Andes with his wife I think. His shows always end with the same famous quote about how travel fights the ignorance of other cultures and prevents hatred etc..
    it is a good quote but I am nothing near getting it right. Please help me to know the show and the quote. I cannot remember, or find this travel show or the host name on google. I am finding everyone BUT him!
    Please help me to remember, You can email me at perryinjax@comcast.net please :-)

  19. perryinjax says:

    Who is that older guy that hosts a travel show on PBS, he is not rudy maxa and not burt wolfe but the other guy, kind of funny, no beard… I remember seeing him drinking some kind of popular corn alcohol in the Andes with his wife I think. His shows always end with the same famous quote about how travel fights the ignorance of other cultures and prevents hatred etc..
    it is a good quote but I am nothing near getting it right. Please help me to know the show and the quote. I cannot remember, or find this travel show or the host name on google. I am finding everyone BUT him!
    Please help me to remember, You can email me at perryinjax@yahoo.com please :-)

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