Globe Trekker

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Globe Trekker (Pilot Guides)
Globe Trekker logo.jpg
Format Travel / Adventure
Starring Ian Wright
Justine Shapiro
Megan McCormick
and others
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 130+
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 4
PBS
OLN Canada
Travel Channel
Travel Channel UK
Discovery Travel & Living (Aus)
TVOntario
NYCTV
Israel Broadcasting Authority
DR2
NRK2
Original run 1994 – Present

Globe Trekker (sometimes called Pilot Guides in Australia, Thailand, and Canada, and originally broadcast as Lonely Planet) is an adventure tourism television series produced by Pilot Productions. The British series was inspired by the Lonely Planet travelbooks and began airing in 1994. Globe Trekker is broadcast in over 40 countries across six continents.

Each episode features a host, called a traveller, who travels with a camera crew to a country—often, a relatively exotic locale—and experiences the sights, sounds, and culture that the location has to offer. Special episodes feature in-depth city, beach, dive, shopping, history, festival, and food guides.

The show often goes far beyond popular tourist destinations in order to give viewers a more authentic look at local culture. Presenters usually participate in different aspects of regional life, such as attending a traditional wedding or visiting a mining community. They address the viewer directly, acting as tourists-turned-tour guides, but are also filmed interacting with locals and discovering interesting locations in (mostly) unrehearsed sequences. Globe Trekker also sometimes includes brief interviews with backpackers who share tips on independent travel in that particular country.

Production details[edit]

It usually takes 12 to 15 weeks to complete an episode of the show from start to finish, including at least four weeks of research, three weeks of planning and preparation (speaking to tourist boards, making travel arrangements), two to three weeks of actual filming, and three weeks of editing and post-production.

The presenter is often accompanied by five or six members of camera and production crew, who almost never appear on camera. Specifically, the crew consists of a camera operator and a sound technician, plus a producer and a director, who scout locations two weeks before filming. A driver, pilot, or other type of facilitator is often hired locally. A presenter and crew almost never spend more than three nights in one particular area.

The series is known for its distinctive theme and background music, which consists largely of instrumental, downtempo, electronic dance compositions containing global folk music elements. Most of the music is written for the show by Ian Ritchie, Michael Conn, Colin Winston-Fletcher, Mako Sakamoto, Jesper Mattsson, Stephen Luscombe and Pandit Dinesh.

Presenters[1][edit]

Pilot Productions employs several presenters for its variety of programs which include Planet Food, Bazaar, World Cafe, and Treks in a Wild World. This list of presenters is limited to those appearing in Globe Trekker.

Episodes[2][edit]

Season 1:
1 - Indonesia: The Eastern Islands - Mark Crowdy
2 - The Pacific Islands: Fiji, Vanuatu & The Solomon Islands - Ian Wright
3 - Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia - Andrew Daddo
4 - Morocco - Ian Wright
5 - Australia: The South East - Ian Wright - 1999
6 - Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands - Justine Shapiro
7 - Vietnam - Justine Shapiro
8 - Japan: Tokyo to Taiwan - Ian Wright
9 - The Yucatan, Belize & Guatemala: La Ruta Maya - Justine Shapiro
10 - Alaska - Ian Wright
11 - Brazil: The North East - Ian Wright
12 - North India: Varanasi to the Himalayas - Andrew Daddo
13 - The Caribbean: Jamaica - Ian Wright

Season 2:
1 - Israel & The Sinai Desert - Justine Shapiro
2 - East Africa: Tanzania & Zanzibar - Ian Wright
3 - Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Kirghizstan - Ian Wright
4 - The American Rockies - Ian Wright
5 - South West China - Justine Shapiro
6 - Chile and Easter Island - Ian Wright
7 - South India - Justine Shapiro
8 - Baja California and Copper Canyon - Ian Wright
9 - West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali - Justine Shapiro
10 - Trekking in Uganda and Zaire - Nikki Grosse
11 - Turkey - Justine Shapiro
12 - Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily - Ian Wright
13 - Iceland and Greenland - Ian Wright

Season 3:
1 - New York City Guide - Ian Wright
2 - The Middle East: Syria, Jordan and Lebanon - Ian Wright
3 - Argentina - Justine Shapiro
4 - Ethiopia - Ian Wright
5 - South Africa & Lesotho - Justine Shapiro
6 - Cuba and Haiti - Ian Wright
7 - Philippines - Shilpa Mehta
8 - Outback Australia - Ian Wright
9 - Pakistan - Neil Gibson
10 - Peru - Neil Gibson
11 - North Spain - Shilpa Mehta
12 - Southwest USA - Justine Shapiro
13 - Hungary and Romania - Ian Wright

Season 4:
1 - North Thailand and Laos - Ian Wright
2 - Costa Rica & Nicaragua - Neil Gibson
3 - Bali & Sulawesi - Shilpa Mehta
4 - Iran - Ian Wright
5 - Norway - Ian Wright
6 - London City Guide - Jonathan Atherton
7 - Mongolia - Ian Wright
8 - Czech Republic and Southern Poland - Justine Shapiro
9 - Papua New Guinea - Jonathan Atherton
10 - Paris City Guide - Justine Shapiro
11 - Nepal - Ian Wright
12 - Southern Italy - Justine Shapiro
13 - Amsterdam City Guide - Jonathan Atherton

Season 5:
1 - Hawaii - Megan McCormick
2 - Finland & The Baltics - Neil Gibson
3 - West India - Megan McCormick
4 - San Francisco City Guide - Justine Shapiro
5 - New Zealand - Ian Wright
6 - Mexico City - Justine Shapiro
7 - Malaysia and Southern Thailand - Justine Shapiro
8 - Rio De Janeiro - Ian Wright
9 - Sydney - Justine Shapiro
10 - Egypt - Megan McCormick
11 - West Africa: Ghana and Ivory Coast - Megan McCormick
12 - Arctic Canada - Ian Wright
13 - New Orleans - Justine Shapiro

Season 6:
1 - Mainland Greece - Christina Chang
2 - Micronesia - Megan McCormick
3 - Ireland - Ian Wright
4 - Cambodia - Ian Wright
5 - Deep South USA - Ian Wright
6 - Eastern Caribbean - Justine Shapiro
7 - Sri Lanka and Maldives - Megan McCormick
8 - Moscow, St Petersburg and Murmansk - Ian Wright
9 - Bolivia - Ian Wright
10 - World History: England - Justine Shapiro
11 - Madagascar - Ian Wright
12 - Southern Spain - Christina Chang
13 - World Food: Vietnam - Megan McCormick

Season 7:
1 - Queensland and The Great Barrier Reef - Megan McCormick
2 - Venezuela - Ian Wright
3 - Georgia and Armenia - Ian Wright
4 - Northern Italy - Megan McCormick
5 - Greek Islands - Megan McCormick
6 - Tunisia and Libya - Ian Wright
7 - California - Justine Shapiro
8 - Tahiti and Samoa - Ian Wright
9 - Scotland - Megan McCormick
10 - Southwest Australia - Estelle Bingham
11 - Germany - Justine Shapiro
12 - Portugal and the Azores - Megan McCormick
13 - Central China - Megan McCormick

Season 8:
1 - Istanbul - Estelle Bingham
2 - Beijing City Guide - Megan McCormick
3 - Southern France - Christina Chang
4 - Java and Sumatra - Megan McCormick
5 - Kenya - Estelle Bingham
6 - Vienna City Guide - Ian Wright
7 - New England - Megan McCormick
8 - Ultimate Indochina - multiple travellers
9 - Rome City Guide - Estelle Bingham
10 - South Korea - Ian Wright
11 - Ultimate Australia - multiple travellers
12 - Asian Cities: Calcutta, Shanghai, Bangkok - multiple travellers
13 - Southern Mexico - Ian Wright

Season 9:
1 - The Arab Gulf [sic] States - Megan McCormick
2 - Northern France - Justine Shapiro
3 - Tuscany - Ian Wright
4 - London City Guide 2 - Jonathan Atherton, Megan McCormick
5 - Morocco 2 - Ian Wright, Megan McCormick
6 - Washington City Guide - Justine Shapiro
7 - Great Festivals 2 - multiple travellers
8 - Ultimate France - multiple travellers
9 - Ultimate Italy - multiple travellers
10 - Marrakech City Guide (includes Dubai City Guide) - Megan McCormick
11 - Hong Kong and Taiwan - Megan McCormick
12 - World History: The Middle East - multiple travellers
13 - New York City Guide 2 - Ian Wright, Megan McCormick

Season 10:
1 - Tokyo City Guide - Ian Wright
2 - Mozambique - Ian Wright
3 - Cameroon - Zay Harding
4 - South East China - Zay Harding
5 - Ultimate Caribbean - multiple travellers
6 - South Africa 2 - Justine Shapiro, Sami Sabiti
7 - Belgium and Luxembourg - Katy Haswell
8 - Ultimate Mexico - multiple travellers
9 - Pacific Northwest USA - Sami Sabiti
10 - Florida and the Bahamas - Lavinia Tan
11 - Ultimate China - multiple travellers
12 - Ultimate India - multiple travellers
13 - Western Canada - Zay Harding

Season 11:
1 - Southern England and Wales - Ian Wright
2 - Midwest USA - Justine Shapiro
3 - Venice City Guide - Justine Shapiro
4 - South East USA - Megan McCormick
5 - The American Civil War: 1861-1865 - Megan McCormick, Justine Shapiro
6 - Malaysia: Penang, Malacca & Borneo - Ian Wright
7 - Indian Ocean Islands - Ian Wright
8 - New Zealand 2 - Ian Wright, Zay Harding
9 - Chinatown - multiple travellers
10 - Beirut City Guide - multiple travellers
11 - Ultimate UK - multiple travellers
12 - Great Festivals 3 - multiple travellers
13 - The Good and Bad Food Guide 2 - multiple travellers

Season 12:
1 - Sweden & Denmark - Megan McCormick
2 - The Spanish Islands - Alex Riley
3 - Las Vegas City Guide - Ian Wright
4 - Galleons, Pirates and Treasure - Megan McCormick
5 - Colombia and Panama - Megan McCormick
6 - Trekking the Turks and Caicos Islands (includes Walking the Milford Track) - Ian Wright, Zay Harding
7 - Ice Trekking the Alps - Zay Harding
8 - Paris City Guide 2 - Adela Ucar, Justine Shapiro
9 - Cyprus and Crete - KT Comer, Adela Ucar
10 - Great Journeys: Road Warriors - multiple travellers
11 - Globe Shopper 2 - multiple travellers
12 - Great Journeys: Planes, Trains & Automobiles - multiple travellers
13 - Ecotrekker Special: Great Natural Wonders - multiple travellers

Season 13:
1 - Los Angeles City Guide - Megan McCormick
2 - Malawi and Zambia - Holly Morris
3 - Honduras and El Salvador - Brianna Barnes
4 - Senegal and Cape Verde - Zoe Palmer
5 - Colorado and Utah - Holly Morris
6 - Caribbean Islands - Zoe Palmer
7 - World War II in Europe - multiple travellers
8 - Germany 2 - Megan McCormick, Justine Shapiro
9 - The Balkans - Zay Harding
10 - Volcanoes: Ring of Fire - multiple travellers
11 - The Transatlantic Slave Trade - multiple travellers
12 - Planet of the Apes - multiple travellers
13 - Trekking the Pacific: The Cook Islands & Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea - Zoe Palmer, Matt Young

Season 14:
1 - Holy Lands: Jerusalem and The West Bank - Zay Harding
2 - Holy Lands 2: Israel - Zay Harding
3 - Barcelona City Guide - Megan McCormick
4 - Madrid City Guide - Adela Ucar
5 - Turkey 2 - Adela Ucar
6 - Syria - Holly Morris
7 - Antarctica - Zay Harding
8 - The South Atlantic - Zay Harding
9 - Nigeria - Adela Ucar
10 - Ukraine - Holly Morris
11 - The Netherlands - Brianna Barnes
12 - Amsterdam City Guide 2 - Brianna Barnes
13 - Endangered Places - multiple travellers

Season 15:
1 - Puerto Rico - Zay Harding
2 - Papua New Guinea Islands - Zay Harding
3 - Bangladesh - Holly Morris
4 - Great Historic Sites: The Age of Empire -
5 - Great Historic Sites: The Modern World -
6 - World War II in the Pacific - multiple travellers
7 - East Texas - Zay Harding
8 - West Texas - Zay Harding
9 - Mid-Atlantic States - Brianna Barnes
10 - Eastern Canada - Zoe D’Amato
11 - Isolated Islands: The Marshall Islands - Zay Harding
12 - London City Guide 3 - Brianna Barnes
13 - Uruguay & Paraguay - Holly Morris

Season 16:
1 - Great Australian Hikes - Zay Harding
2 - Buenos Aires City Guide - Judith Jones
3 - Colonial Australia - Zay Harding
4 - Art Trails of the Riviera -
5 - Myanmar - Megan McCormick
6 - World War One: The Western Front - Zay Harding
7 - Northern Japan -
8 - Croatia & Slovenia -
9 - Arab Gulf States 2 -
10 - Switzerland -
11 - Algeria -
12 - Trekking Patagonia -
13 - Moscow City Guide -

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