If you were given the chance to travel to 25 countries for almost free , would you take it??
Throwing caution to the wind, I would! This is the concept behind Globe Roamer TV the first internet TV show of its kind to roam through “25 countries in 212 days with six backpackers, a camera, a blog and a mission to see it all.”
The show will feature almost daily vlogging and blogging and if all goes well could evolve into a reality TV show focusing on what else but….travel. It will document the life of backpackers on the road as they cross continents, make pit stops, sleep in guesthouses and travel by air, trains and buses for a gruelling seven months, after which they will hopefully live to savor it all 😛
The Ajay is pleased to be the first member (and the only Asia-based
Asian) to be admitted to the team, which will have its launch in San Francisco, California in September 2008. The rest of the cast is composed of:
Daniel Haneveer, a new traveller from Hobart, Australia who is the author of the blog The Lost Globe
Edward Cheng, The Photographer, a native New Yorker who has travelled to 40 countries in the past 10 years.
Clare Jackman, 22 year-old student of the University of California-San Diego, veteran traveller of 35 countries.
Brendan Thompson, avid surfer and Texas A & M student.
Openings remain for two more “light-haired” travellers from either the Canada, US, UK, Australia and New Zealand to join the team.
The project’s lead organizer is political consultant and internet professional Eric Odom, also the brains behind ConservaBlogs.com.
For a tentative list of countries GRTV will visit, click here. This includes the UK, Ireland France, Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand and a few others. Naturally I would like to meet friends/fellow Filipinos when we do come by and visit.
For the inevitable question –
I must admit I was attracted to the project when I was read about it from Nina of Just Wandering. So much so that I didn’t care what the citizenship requirements were, I just had to pass the test and be in.
I am glad I have almost one and a half years to prepare for this adventure of a lifetime. This will give me sufficient leeway to sort out work options and most importantly, arrange for the best care for my three children. I know that they will worry to death and miss me, and I will be most guilty being a “webcam” mother during those times. Still, I have been at a crossroads these past months and have been thinking about moving to foreign shores where life in the future would not be as much of a struggle for my dearest as much as it was for me. Even though I didn’t think this way before, I swear now that nationalism is an overrated virtue.
Nationalism does not only mean I have to stay in the boondocks of the Sierra Madre to teach the poor about cooperative farming. My nationalism is about promoting the Philippines to foreigners and foreign countries so they will be enticed to visit, retire or eventually settle. By doing so, we can contribute in our own little way to increasing tourism numbers and consequently improve the economic cycle. This I hope to do through GRTV, which now includes the Philippine Islands on its itinerary.
On a more personal level, I am just excited because the project will give me a rare glimpse other cultures (at a “huge discount!) meet new friends and be with fellow travellers who will be my buddies for life:) I am also hoping that GRTV will jumpstart an international media career for me, writing or otherwise.
Wish me well.
Updates are live on the official Globe Roamer TV site and some of the members’ GRTV blogs.
If you are reading this and are interested to sponsor GRTV in a way, leave me a comment or use the contact form in GRTV website.