Globe Trekker



Long-running adventure series has an educational angle.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series stresses education and encourages cross-cultural awareness, promoting a love for seeing and learning about the world.

Positive role models

Travelers vary from episode to episode, but they're all open to new experiences and respectful to those they interact with in different parts of the world.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Travelers sometimes sample local wines and spirits, but they rarely over-imbibe.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Globe Trekker is a blend of education and entertainment, but it's probably not entertaining enough for younger children. Kids who do tune in, however, stand to learn a lot about other regions of the world and the people who call it home. The series is generally red-flag free and safe for family viewing, although there's some occasional social drinking when the travelers sample local spirits.

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What's the story?

Each episode of GLOBE TREKKER takes viewers around the world on an adventure led by a different "traveler," a host who veers off the beaten path to explore the sights and sounds of exotic locales and shares useful information about the region and its people. Destinations range from Belgium to Beirut and include activities like ice trekking through the Alps and visiting a camel market in Casablanca. The series also highlights U.S. draws like the Deep South and the American Southwest.

Is it any good?


Inspired by the bestselling "Lonely Planet" travel guides, this British adventure series has been on the air since the mid-1990s and has amassed an impressive list of destinations over more than a dozen seasons. The presenters' faces have changed throughout the years (a fresh-faced Bradley Cooper, for one, led a trek to the Peruvian Andes long before he became an Oscar nominee) but one thing has remained the same: the show's commitment to making every adventure both educational and entertaining.

Globe Trekker might be a little too cerebral and therefore not "fun" enough for every travel-lover, but if you do watch, you're bound to learn something -- whether it's a little-known fact about regional politics or the sobering devastation of a natural disaster. And the best part is? You don't have to leave your couch if you don't want to.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about different cultures and global diversity. How do the people and places you see on Globe Trekker compare to your own hometown and the people you know? What would it be like to be a kid growing up in another country -- whether it's Switzerland or Swaziland?

  • Have you ever traveled outside of the country? What's so appealing about visiting a place you've never been before -- especially one that's drastically different from the place you live?

  • Take a look at a map of the world and make a list of the places you'd like to visit. Visit the library or use the Internet to learn more about your dream destinations, including facts about the landscape, the local culture, and the languages spoken there.

TV details

Cast:Ian Wright
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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