Rogue Trip

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Journalist and son adventure has insight, heart.

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Positive Messages

It's important to keep an open mind, be unafraid when going to new places or trying new things. Even the most conflicted countries have a lot of wonderful things to offer, including good people and wonderful cultural experiences. Family is also a major theme. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bob Woodruff wants to show how important it is to be fearless and curious but also sensitive and respectful when traveling around the world and meeting new people. The two are very close. 

Violence

Locals briefly share stories about countries' violent pasts, but not in any depth. On occasion people appear aggressive, and guns are visible, but these situations are quickly diffused, lead to positive experiences. Footage is shown of Bob Woodruff's injuries after getting hurt in an explosion, but nothing too bloody. 

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Consumerism

Logos for Toyota, The North Face, and Banks Journal visible, some more prominent than others. Some guides discuss how they want to build tourism in their area. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Local fare sometimes incorporates alcohol. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rogue Trip is a travel docuseries featuring journalist Bob Woodruff and his son as they travel to countries typically known in the United States for military conflict and civil unrest to reveal the hidden wonders they offer. The messages are overwhelmingly positive, but the show does briefly talk about violent events (like bombings), though it doesn't go into much depth. Logos for The North Face, Banks Journal, and other gear are visible, some more obviously than others. Travelers sometimes drink alcohol with meals. 

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What's the story?

The docuseries ROGUE TRIP stars journalist Bob Woodruff and his adult son, Mack, as they travel to global destinations for a chance to do things the average tourist doesn't get to do. From rappelling down a waterfall with former Colombian FARC rebels to staying in a traditional guesthouse and feeding hyenas in the holy Ethiopian city of Harar, they go to countries with troubled histories or that are impacted by ongoing strife. There they meet new people and discover the natural wonders each country has to offer. Throughout it all, the father-son duo strengthen their bond and enjoy their time with each other. Archival footage of Bob Woodruff on assignment and home videos of Bob and his family are also shown. 

Is it any good?

This travel series offers a fun and heartwarming chance to see the close-knit father and son team traveling together and looking beyond media headlines to discover the true people and beauty of countries that have endured extensive military and and civil unrest. For Bob Woodruff, a former war correspondent who was seriously injured while on assignment in Iraq in 2006, it's a chance to underscore for his son the importance of not living in fear, and of looking beyond the intimidating aspects of an experience to find all the positive things it offers. The journey gives him a chance to flex some of his journalistic muscles, too.

While Mack approaches some of their experiences with more trepidation, he usually follows his father's lead when interacting with people and trying new things. Throughout their adventures, the two bond over some of the rougher aspects of their journey with humor and love. Rogue Trip is as touching as it is insightful, and is certainly worth the watch. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different places the Woodruffs travel to during their journey. Why were these locations selected for Rogue Trip? What is it that Bob and Mack Woodruff want to share about each place?

  • Most people in the United States are familiar with the countries featured in this series only through the media, which often features them when something bad is happening. How does this limit the understanding of the people who live there? Their diverse cultures and customs? How does this series challenge the stereotypes created about them as a result? 

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