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The first thing Samantha Brown wants you to know is that women do travel—not that mainstream travel media is paying attention, she says. Once the Travel Channel’s lone female marquee host, the spirited year-old recently parted ways with the network, and is now in the midst of filming her forthcoming PBS show, Samantha Brown’s Places to Love, set to debut in January. It’s a loss for Travel Channel viewers, who came to know Brown as the face of the channel early on, along with wandering food fiends Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern.

Brown is crossing her fingers the industry finally steps into the 21st century; after all, women account for a staggering two-thirds of all travelers, according to the George Washington University School of Business, and 54 percent of the most affluent travelers are women. You’d never know that from the travel media space, in which women-helmed television shows are depressingly hard to find.

It wasn't always that way: Rachael Ray and Giada De Laurentiis each hosted popular travel shows on Food Network in the past—namely $40 a Day, Rachael’s Vacation, Giada's Weekend Getaways, and Giada in Paradise—but all are either defunct or on a seemingly indefinite hiatus. Spain on the Road Again, the Gwyneth Paltrow vehicle on PBS, lasted a single season in late Another one-season wonder, Bridget's Sexiest Beaches on Travel Channel, featured scantily clad former Playboy model Bridget Marquardt in And Girl Eat World, starring the not-scantily-clad MasterChef South Africa winner Kamini Pather on a food crawl around the world, came and went on the Food Network.

Viceland stands out with a handful of female-led travel-ish shows: Meg Gill currently hosts the suds-focused program Beerland; Hailey Gates explores fashion around the world in States of Undress, and Ellen Page’s Gaycation is currently in its second season. But beyond these stars, women seem to be relegated to sidekick roles across—deep breath here—National Geographic, History Channel, Travel Channel, Food Network, Discovery, CNN, truTV, SundanceTV, Spike, Animal Planet, A&E, Science, Syfy, IFC, BBC America, and MTV. Same holds true for streaming services Netflix and Hulu. Even round-ups touting the best travel shows out there look like a wall of men. We trawled listings for each of these channels, but if there's a woman leading a travel show, she’s extraordinarily well hidden.

"The visual of a woman confidently traveling is a powerful one."

“There is a whole consumer base with a massive budget that [they’re] not reaching because [they] do not have a woman” representing female travelers on TV, Brown said. A rigid truth, she added, is that women have travel concerns that most men do not—safety comes up often—and the visual of a woman confidently traveling is a powerful one. "People have seen me travel, they see me in the world. All of a sudden it makes it possible.”

Sours: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/travel-tv-embarrassingly-lacks-female-hosts

Juliana Broste

Travel Video Journalist + TV Personality, TravelingJules

Juliana Broste, “TravelingJules,” is a 10x Heartland Emmy award winning Travel Video Journalist–a producer, shooter, writer, editor and host! Whether you spot her in front of the camera or behind the lens, you’ll recognize this fierce female filmmaker sporting pink lipstick and an armful of camera gear! Her adventures have taken her around the globe, from Thailand to Turkey to Tanzania. Her work has been featured on CNN, PBS, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, USA TODAY, Matador, Viator and, of course, her TravelingJules travel vlog!  Jules is on a mission to share amazing “things to do” around the world. As a Manfrotto Global Ambassador, she inspires travelers to discover new experiences and document them, too.  Jules serves on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Heartland Chapter and co-leads Travel Massive Colorado. Come along for the adventure on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Happy travels!

Brandon Brown

Transportation Security Manager, Transportation Security Administration, Los Angeles International Airport

Brandon Brown is a Transportation Security Manager (TSM) with the Transportation Security Administration at Los Angeles International Airport. As a TSM, Brown is responsible for efficiently and effectively carrying out the agency’s mission of protecting the transportation system while delivering world class customer service. At LAX, Brown has served as the lead manager on innovative technologies including the recent installation of Automated Screening Lanes in several of the airport terminals. Brown has been with the TSA since

Samantha Brown

Host, PBS&#;s Samantha Brown&#;s Places to Love

Travel expert and television host Samantha Brown has been hosting TV travel programs for 20 years. During her time at Travel Channel she created 10 original international and domestic travel series generating over hours of television. In Samantha moved from the Travel Channel to PBS and Season 1 of her new series Samantha Brown’s Places to Love premiered in January, . In Places to Love, Samantha features the destinations, experiences and most importantly the people that make us the traveler feel like we belong to a place. Season 3 will begin airing on PBS in January and features destinations like Florida Keys, New Zealand, Miami, Budapest, Dallas and Vienna.
Samantha is known for getting to the emotional heart of travel by focusing on the people, their culture, and the privilege of spending time in their everyday lives. Viewers passionately follow Samantha and her expert advice not only because of her experience and knowledge, but also because of her warmth, genuineness and love for travel.
Samantha grew up in New Hampshire and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and 7 year old twins Ellis and Elizabeth.

Angel Castellanos

World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com

Angel Castellanos, (www.AngelsTravelLounge.com) is a passionate world traveler, travel writer, influencer, multi-media personality and nationally recognized speaker dedicated to helping people travel smart, well and often. Traveling to over 85 countries on 5 continents (and counting), Angel travels weeks internationally each year and draws on his experience and frequent travels to teach “Smart Travel” and equip travelers with the skills they need to make travel easy and enjoyable. He bridges the gap between the practical, common sense advice he’s learned by traveling the world and the new savvy tips and experiences that have helped his generation revolutionize travel. Angel has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Univision, Frommers Radio, USA Today & Travel & Adventure Show as “America’s Newest Travel Expert”.
Since you’ve last seen Angel, he has visited The Philippines, Colombia, Honduras, Singapore, Laos, UK, France, Ireland, Italy, Bosnia, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
His favorite travel memories include camel trekking in the Sahara, traveling overland by train from Beijing to London, Horse trekking in Mongolia, Hot Air Ballooning in Laos and sailing down the Nile River.
When not in Italy or Paris, Angel is home in Pasadena, California where he is a proud volunteer with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

Lorie Dankers

Seattle-based Public Affairs Manager, Transportation Security Administration

Ms. Dankers is currently the Seattle-based public affairs manager for the Transportation Security Administration, handling media and public affairs duties for the western and mid-western United States.  In this role, she is responsible for explaining TSA programs, procedures and priorities to reporters and key stakeholders; publicly representing the agency’s position on transportation security matters; and overseeing security-related outreach programs.
After graduating from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University, Lorie began her career in Washington, D.C., working in television news before moving on to the U.S. Senate. She later joined the media relations office at the U.S. Department of Transportation, working as public affairs spokeswoman alongside three different Secretaries of Transportation. In , she joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a spokeswoman for U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  She has been with TSA since fall
Lorie grew up in western Washington and currently resides in Bellevue, Wash.  She is a former WSU Alumni Association President and can often be seen playing piccolo in the WSU Alumni Band. In March , she was inducted into the Edward R. Murrow Hall of Achievement at WSU. Outside of work, Lorie’s hobbies include photography, travel and spending time outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She maintains an active voice on Twitter related to TSA matters at TSAMedia_Lorie.

Kim Dickey

Marketing Manager, French Canal Boat

In , Kim Dickey and her husband, Chris, embarked on their first luxury canal barge cruise and immediately fell in love with the experience.  It may have been the wine talking, but 6 months later they had joined with 3 experienced operating partners to become the proud owners of a year old, ft barge in France.  They feel so fortunate to be able to share the immersive experience of floating along the canals and through the locks aboard a true piece of French history. She loves to travel and currently lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and their two children.

Dr. Amartuvshin (Amara) Dorjsuren

Associate Professor, National University of Mongolia & Board member, Mongolian Tourism Association

Dr. Amara is a specialist in Sustainable Tourism and a geographer. He gained PhD after undertaking research on the impact of tourism development in rural Mongolia from Sheffield Hallam University, the UK.
He spent his childhood riding his horses in the Western Mongolian province of Gobi-Altai, between the Gobi Desert and Altai Mountains and is an accomplished horseman. He has travelled extensively in his homeland and abroad (Patagonia, Alaska, Siberia and South East Asia) and is an experienced wilderness tour leader, having led groups to the peaks of the Altai mountains, the homelands of the reindeer people in Northern Mongolia and the Khentii Mountains (the birthplace of Chinggis Khaan).
His unique blend of academic and local knowledge, plus a personal enthusiasm for paleontology and bird watching make him an expert source of Mongolia. He is passionate to share his expertise on Mongolia with wider international audience.

Jill Esposito

Director CA/P, Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs, Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs

Jill Esposito is a Foreign Service Officer who has served in a variety of positions, both in Washington, DC, and overseas.  Jill most recently served at the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik, where she ran the mission as Chargé d’Affaires.  Prior to her tour in Iceland, Jill served as Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, with responsibility for coordinating consular affairs throughout the three U.S. Posts operating in Iraq. Previous assignments include postings as the Director of Public and Diplomatic Liaison for the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Visa Office, and Director of Consular Training at the State Department’s diplomatic training institute. Jill’s diplomatic postings overseas include assignment in Ottawa, Canada, Lima, Peru, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Hamilton, Bermuda.  She also served at a Canadian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, helping to transition the base from Canadian control to U.S. leadership and management. Jill speaks Thai and Spanish, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Georgetown University as well a Master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, where she was a grantee at the East-West Center.  An avid skier and hiker, Jill spends as much time as she can with her two college-aged daughters, who share her love for the outdoors.

Emilio Faillace

Travel Tour Leader, Bella Guatemala

Emilio Faillace is a skilled naturalist/environmentalist and international tour leader based in Guatemala. For over 10 years, he has been guiding tour through the Maya World, exploring the countries of Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras with expert travel knowledge of Belize. Having spent years living and working  in Europe, he is proficient in four languages: English, Spanish, Italian and German with more than a decade of first-hand experience, in addition he has an extensive background in ecotourism and sustainable tourism.
Born on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala, Emilio Faillace has developed his expertise as an international tour leader through guiding groups throughout the Maya world for over a decade. With a degree in Ecotourism, Faillace has worked as a private consultant and guide instructor as well managed environmental and social projects throughout Guatemala. He has represented the Guatemalan Tourism Board at prestigious conferences in Europe and is fluent in English, Italian and German as well as Spanish. A skilled naturalist and environmentalist with a passion for sustainable tourism, Faillace is an expert in the pristine and unique flora and fauna found in Mesoamerica

Zanjan Fromer

Founder of GERtoGER.org, International Field Specialist and NATGEO GEOtourism Ambassador, GER to GER GEOtourism Mongolia

Mr. Zanjan Fromer, Alaskan born Native American half-breed (Alaskan Tlingit), is an International Field Specialist with a long history in film, media, tourism and social economic development fields for well over 30+ years; in Alaska, across Mongolia and beyond. Mr. Fromer arrived in Mongolia in and was invited to join the first USAID Teams to Mongolia (/) that assisted Mongolia through its post-Soviet Transition to re-establish and strengthen its rural to international supply chains around the world; meat, tourism and cashmere industries via Rapid Expeditionary Development & Mass Media International Marketing Initiatives. Post USAID Teams, Mr. Fromer remained in Mongolia to further his nationwide tourism and film related Initiatives via the founding of GERtoGER.org GEOtourism Mongolia that is internationally recognized, accredited and published by renown institutions for over a decade that include numerous National Geographic Society publications (certified NATGEO GEOtourism Ambassador), Ashoka Changemakers, USAID, SDC, UNESCAP, New York Magazine, Lonely Planet Mongolia and Trans-Siberian, USA Today, ABC News, Rough Guides, etc. As for Mr. Fromer’s legacy in Film and TV industry, he is well documented as one of Mongolia’s main Film/TV Specialist (country fixer, facilitator and production management) for famed TV Shows such as CBS’s The Amazing Race 10 USA (EMMY Award Winning Season) and The Amazing Race Australia , Syfy’s Destination Truth (fixer), National Geographic Society’s D.C. Museum Centerpiece Filmmaker, Rubin Art Museum’s Centerpiece Filmmaker (NYC), NBC (executive scout) and many more. Owing to decades of Mr. Fromer’s works across Mongolia and abroad &#; it ultimately led to Mr. Fromer becoming the first Native American to be awarded Mongolia’s Ministry Medal of Honor for Leadership for successful contributions towards Mongolia’s transitional development.

Pauline Frommer

Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides & Publisher of Frommers.com

Pauline Frommer is co-President of Frommer Media, LLC, with her father, travel legend Arthur Frommer. Together, they publish America’s most popular series of travel guidebooks, the Frommer guides, as well as Frommers.com, a website that welcomes more than 3 million unique users per month. She is also a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, and she pens an internationally syndicated newspaper column on travel for King Features. You may recognize her face as Pauline created weekly travel segments for CNN’s Headline News for 3 years. She’s also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and every local news station you can name. She was the founding editor of Frommers.com and edited MSNBC.com’s travel section for two years. Pauline is the proud mother of two well-traveled daughters and wife to Columbia University professor Mahlon Stewart.

Mariam Ghazaryan

CEO & Founder of the Caucasus Tours

An enthusiastic globetrotter and photographer, Mariam Ghazaryan is the founder of The Caucasus Tours. She is an expert in ancient history and Armenian culture, as well as a linguist proficient in four languages: Russian, Spanish, English and Armenian. A graduate of Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology, she started her career as a tour guide in Mariam has guided thousands of travelers from all over the world together with whom she has hiked nearly every corner of Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh Republic and Georgia. Born in Armenia, raised in a wine-making family, Mariam is a long time wine enthusiast. It is not a secret the Caucasus is the place where winemaking originated and throughout her career, Mariam visited most of the wineries in the region which has led her to develop excellent relationships with some of the best winemakers. Her company specializes in food and wine tours combined with cultural and historic sightseeing in South Caucasus region. Through these experiences she has gained an understanding of the cultural differences around the world making her the right person to take care of all your travel requests.

Jose Antonio Gonzalez

Travel Tour Leader, Bella Guatemala

Jose Antonio Gonzalez is an international explorer, an archaeologist and notable expedition leader based in Guatemala.  Over the course of more than 20 years, he’s explored nearly every corner of the Maya region of Mesoamerica including Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, as well as the countries of Nicaragua, Panama, Columbia, Peru and Cuba.  He is an expert in Maya Culture and history
With a passion for archaeology and a never-ending love for the nature of discovery, Gonzalez’s Knowledge, work and experience is unmatched. Jose Antonio Gonzalez study archaeology as well as art history at Universities in Guatemala.  As scholar, he helped to shape the field of Maya studies by continually contributing his expertise to universities throughout the region.
In addition to his scholarly activities, Jose has lead dozens specialized tours and expeditions to many well-known or recently discovered sites in the remote jungles of Mesoamerica and numerous ancient settlements throughout Latin America. An avid outdoorsman and born explorer, Gonzales enjoys mountain and volcano climbing, white water rafting, deep sea fishing and camping. He is also known for his work as a producer and host for documentaries on archaeology, nature and adventure in Mesoamerica.

Peter Greenberg

Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor

A multiple Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected frontline travel news journalist. He is the Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This Morning, the CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning. His long-running nationally syndicated CBS News radio show, Eye on Travel, is broadcast each week from a different location around the world.
The consummate insider on reporting the travel business as news, Greenberg also hosts The Travel Detective, airing on Public Television across the United States. This weekly television newsmagazine offers cutting-edge travel information and insider tips travelers need to know before they ever leave home. It also showcases hidden gem destinations across the country, and around the world.
Greenberg produces and co-hosts an ongoing series of acclaimed global television specials, The Royal Tour, featuring personal, one-on-one journeys through countries with their heads of state. Along with such leaders as the King of Jordan, Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Israel, and Presidents of Mexico and Peru, Greenberg’s latest special features the Prime Minister of Poland.
Greenberg is also author of The New York Times best-selling Travel Detective series. The Best Places for Everything, comes in the wake of such titles as Don’t Go There!, The Complete Travel Detective Bible, Flight Crew Confidential, and The Traveler&#;s Diet.
Travel Weekly named him one of the most influential people in travel, along with Bill Marriott and Richard Branson. Greenberg was also inducted into the U.S. Travel Association’s Hall of Leaders for his contributions to the travel industry.
Among other honors, Greenberg received a News & Documentary Emmy Award for the ABC 20/20 special, &#;What Happened to the Children?&#; Greenberg also won an Emmy as part of the NBC Dateline team for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story, Miracle on the Hudson.
Greenberg began his career in journalism as West Coast correspondent for Newsweek in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and an Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Aviation Space Writers Association of America.
His website, PeterGreenberg.com, is one of the leading travel news resources for consumers and industry insiders alike. When he is not traveling the globe, Greenberg also serves as an active volunteer firefighter in New York.

Russell Hannon

Ultra-Economical Travel Expert, Break the Travel Barrier

Once feeling unable to afford to travel, Russell Hannon uses lean principles to travel at a fraction of the going rate. He has been on CNBC, FOX, CBS, USA Today, Women&#;s World, Around the World Travel TV, and nationally broadcast lifestyle and personal finance shows. Russell worked as a CBC Budget Travel Columnist, founded BreakTheTravelBarrier.com, and is the author of &#;Stop Dreaming&#; Start Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More & Spending Less.&#;

Debra Ihrig

Business Development Manager, MSC Cruises

Jared Kamrowski

Founder, Thrifty Traveler

Jared Kamrowski is the founder of Thrifty Traveler, the leading source for flight deals, cheap travel tips, and learning how to maximize travel rewards. Jared honed his travel skills by traveling over nights a year as a CPA. He left his job in and now runs Thrifty Traveler full time flying over , miles per year. You can catch him flying the fanciest first-class cabins as well as budget airlines, paying only pennies on the dollar. He resides with his wife Erica in Minneapolis, MN.

Juno Kim

Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling 9 years ago. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. During her years as a digital nomad, Juno first visited Alaska in and fell in love and in , Juno and her husband permanently relocated to Anchorage. Juno’s goal is to spread her love of Anchorage to the world, introducing hidden stories of her new home.

Rosanna Neophytou

Marketing Manager, Tucan Travel

Rosanna Neophytou is the UK based Marketing Manager at Tucan Travel. Rosanna has been with Tucan Travel for 5 years and has travelled extensively through Africa and Europe.  Trekking to see the gorillas of Uganda was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and high on the list of many savvy travelers. Come sit in on Rosanna&#;s experience and learn more about traveling through eastern Africa.

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Samantha Brown's Places to Love

Samantha Brown celebrates Season 4 with five NEW minute episodes.

For over 15 years, Samantha Brown has traversed continents, experienced culture, and tasted adventure applying her singular brand of warmth and inclusion along the way. Join Samantha in celebrating the premiere of Places to Love: Season 4, with five NEW minute episodes that seek out the little-known spots and haunts where innovators and disrupters are creating a brand new travel experience.

For over 15 years, Samantha Brown has traversed continents, experienced culture, and tasted adventure applying her singular brand of warmth and inclusion along the way. Join Samantha in celebrating the premiere of Places to Love: Season 4, with five NEW minute episodes that seek out the little-known spots and haunts where innovators and disrupters are creating a brand new travel experience.

Sours: https://www.pbs.org/show/samantha-browns-places-love/
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Samantha Brown Is Still Traveling the World — and She's Finally Doing It Her Way

As quick to crack a joke at her own expense while navigating a new place as she is to bond with a complete stranger on the other side of the world, Samantha Brown has been making travel look like pure fun for more than 15 years. But when the veteran host sat down to talk about her new show at a quaint Parisian cafe near her home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on a chilly December afternoon in the midst of the holiday rush, the word that came up most often was effort.

I draw upon what I really love about travel, which is simply getting to know the people on a more personal basis, she says of Samantha Brown's Places to Love, premiering this Saturday on PBS. Really understanding their effort that goes into creating the experiences that we as travelers get to be a part of, whether it&#x;s the effort to create a meal that you eat at a restaurant, a piece of music you hear at a concert, a piece of art.

The purpose, Brown says, is to understand that when we&#x;re a part of that cultural movement everyone wants to be a part of when they travel &#x; go where the locals go, do what the locals do &#x; what that really means is we want to be a part of the effort.

And it isn't just the locals making an effort in the 13 destinations in the show&#x;s first season. For Places to Love, Brown went far beyond the typical duties of a TV host: She&#x;s the writer, the editor, and even the fundraiser.

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Brown gives credit to her crew, to her husband for encouraging her to take on the challenge of self-funding a series for national public television, to the people behind the millions of dollars it took who saw a need for a female voice, and even to the Travel Channel for pushing her to change until she realized she didn&#x;t want to be pushed anymore. But it&#x;s clear that at its core, this new show is hers, and hers alone.

Brown says she aimed to veer away from an itinerary-based travelogue and create a more intimate, more personal look at the emotional value of travel. Maybe that&#x;s because her career has put her through much more than the simple pleasures of eating gelato by the Pantheon or marveling at the Great Wall.

Since Great Vacation Homes premiered in , Brown says being a woman in the travel entertainment industry has only gotten harder. Statistics show women travel more than men, yet there are few female faces of travel on TV. As Brown puts it, it just doesn&#x;t add up. As we talk, I struggle to think of one female host other than Brown. Darley Newman, Kellee Edwards, and Megan McCormick hardly have the same name recognition as Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern, or Rick Steves &#x; even though they also travel the world and share it with the rest of us.

Television is very tough and I think the television world just feels like travel is the man&#x;s space, that travel and adventure are for men, Brown said, adding that at least today there are more potential opportunities for women online, where the audience decides who to watch. And so they put men at the helm of those shows. [TV executives] don&#x;t see a woman as that and that&#x;s really surprising to me.

Related: Why Women Are Booking More Adventure Travel Than Ever

About 10 years ago, Brown says, I was even told, &#x;Listen, we don&#x;t want women anymore.&#x; Because at night, if there&#x;s a couple &#x; a man and a woman couple &#x; the husband has control of the controller, and he doesn&#x;t want to watch a woman travel. That was their thing; that&#x;s what was passed down to me.

In spite of this, Brown managed to maintain her optimistic on-screen persona. (Off-screen, she&#x;s just as warm &#x; our photographer had to request she try some photos without smiling.) But in talks with other networks, Brown said she was repeatedly asked one question: Would she go negative?

Anthony Bourdain was everything. Everyone wanted the next Bourdain, and they wanted me to be the next, kind of, off the cuff, too cool for school [host], she said. I love Anthony Bourdain, but we&#x;re very different. And the reason why Anthony Bourdain is amazing is because he is who he is. He&#x;s very authentic. And so everyone asked me, can you be more like him? I just said I can&#x;t, so I&#x;m not going to do this show.

Ironically, Bourdain himself, at a party many, many years ago, gave Brown advice that helped her come back stronger after parting ways with the channel that launched her career.

I was kind of commenting on the fact that he got to do all these great things and I&#x;m like, &#x;They&#x;d never let me do that, they always make me do this,&#x; and he said, &#x;You don&#x;t ever have to do anything you don&#x;t want to do.&#x; And I was like, &#x;Well, that&#x;s you&#x; and now that&#x;s me, and he&#x;s right. You don&#x;t ever have to do anything you don&#x;t want to do. That&#x;s always stayed with me because he had such confidence, and it took me another 10 years to get there.

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Though she admits she once doubted if she&#x;d ever be a TV host again, at 47, Brown is finally doing what she wants to do: using the power of travel to tell stories that resonate across borders.

Places to Love starts out in Houston, Texas, before moving on to Huntsville, Alabama; Gowanus, Brooklyn; Xi&#x;an, China; and Donegal, Ireland, among other cities big and small, domestic and international. We wanted to really show these up-and-coming places that don&#x;t get any credit for being travel-worthy, she said.

Reconnecting with the people they had filmed in Houston after Hurricane Harvey was an especially meaningful experience, and one Brown deliberately chose to open the series with. We had to go back to everyone we were with and say, &#x;Are you OK? Because we&#x;re about to show this show and we want to make sure that when people see how wonderful you are, you&#x;re still up and running.&#x;

What we found was just this phoenix rising, she said. We&#x;re really proud of that episode. The stories there are unbelievable.

In this way, the premiere episode is sort of a microcosm of the series&#x; main message: that travel is a fresh beginning, a way to see the good in the world in spite of what you&#x;ve been through or what you see in the news.

We&#x;re all on this journey to understand ourselves, and to be better than we thought, and nothing gives us that opportunity like travel, Brown said. You&#x;re not in your controlled space, you&#x;re not in the known world where you think you can predict what happens next, you know you&#x;re out in the open and it allows you to think very differently, it allows us to be a different person, and that acceptance of meeting other people, and allowing them to affect you I feel like is what this world needs a heck of a lot more of.

Sours: https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/samantha-brown-places-to-love

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Travel TV Host Samantha Brown Is Finally in Charge

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When it comes to his friend, Emmy award–winning TV personality Samantha Brown, James Beard award–winning TV personality Andrew Zimmern has a specific request: Make sure this all gets included. It’s understandable, the wish to speak to Brown’s dynamism, given that year television veteran is typically shoved in a certain box. Pleasant. Laid-back. Bubbly. Accessible. Perky. Mister Rogers-ish. It’s understandable, since Brown, humble as she is, would probably never say any of this stuff. So here it is.

“Samantha Brown needs to be seen in two ways that she’s not commonly viewed,” Zimmern writes by email. “Everyone adores her as the longtime award-winning TV host, producer, and writer of multiple series over the years. What is underreported is that she broke the glass ceiling for women in the genre, and frankly, we need lots more women and people of color in a variety of roles in travel shows. I thought we would be further along on that journey. We aren’t. But before Sam, it was all boring, bland, tired formats in the TV travel space, all hosted by men. 

“Secondly, she is—to this day—one of the most underutilized television docu-follow reality talents out there. Her skill set is immense, and we only get to see the tip of the iceberg with Sam. She’s a superb actress and devastatingly quick comic. . . . I’ve seen all sides during our year friendship. For those who think she’s all sunbeams and unicorns touring us through Akihabara in Tokyo with a huge grin on her face, that’s just Sam’s surface talent.”

Ask anyone in Brown’s circle, and they’ll echo Zimmern: There’s so much more to the story of Samantha Brown. 

Brown on location in New Zealand, filming season 2 of her PBS show.

For Samantha Brown, childhood vacations started like this: being woken up at 4 a.m. and stumbling along with her two sisters, still half asleep, in her pajamas to the family station wagon. Once the family dog, Gidget, and a cooler full of bologna sandwiches were accounted for, Brown’s family would take off from their home in Derry, New Hampshire, settling in for the eight-hour drive to see relatives in Pennsylvania. Brown, who today has visited more than cities in 62 countries and 40 of the United States, would not travel internationally until she was in middle school and her family drove across the border for a Quebec vacation. 

Brown attended Pinkerton Academy in Derry for high school, where she was active in cheerleading and musical theater. (She’s now a Pinkerton Hall of Fame honoree alongside astronaut Alan B. Shepard and poet Robert Frost, who taught English at the academy from to ) After high school graduation, Brown attended Syracuse University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in A week after that graduation, she had packed her bags and her cat and moved to New York City, where she spent the next eight years waiting tables, auditioning, and acting in various roles in Off-Broadway productions like Brutality of Fact at Primary Stages and June Moon at the Variety Theatre. She did improv, performing with the comedy sketch group Mouth. Eventually, she started getting small television gigs—as “Wendy Wire,” the spokesperson for Century Cable, the “Super Mom” in an HP Pavilion commercial—and this work led to her biggest opportunity yet, in a producer recommended her to the Travel Channel to audition for a new show, Great Vacation Homes. But first, Brown had to actually get to that audition. 

The initial attempt didn’t go so well. Brown, who was traveling from New York City to the audition in Jacksonville, Florida, was beset by delays: Her first flight from LaGuardia left late, and her 45 minutes of connection time at D.C.’s Dulles vanished. She missed her connecting flight to Jacksonville. Sympathetic, the producers rescheduled the audition to a week later. Again, Brown’s first flight from LaGuardia was delayed, but not by as much: She had five minutes to make that second flight, but the final boarding call had already been announced, broadcast throughout the terminal. She sprinted anyway, running so fast she thought she would throw up.

By the time Brown arrived at the gate, the plane had been boarded and was in its final preflight stages. But after hearing Brown’s rushed story, a gate attendant let her walk out onto the tarmac, where the seat plane was waiting. Brown was intercepted again—this time, by a dispatcher—who informed her that because the flight list had already been registered, she could not get on the plane unless the pilot authorized the addition. Brown pleaded with him to try: I’ve been waiting tables for eight years, and I think I can get this job. I have to get this job. He requested she stay put while he asked. Brown did not.

Instead, as the dispatcher boarded the plane, she ran under the nose of the plane and looked up at the cockpit. “I stretched out my arms and said, ‘Please,’” says Brown. “The pilot looked down and gave me the thumbs up. I got on the plane and as soon as I sat down, I knew that I got the job. I felt so good about the decision and the balls it took to put myself in front of a plane that I just knew nothing was going to stop me.” 

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Initially, Brown says, she thought of the job as a stepping stone to get where she really wanted: Hollywood. She needed a reel—proof that she could act, proof that she could carry a show—and so found in Great Vacation Homes her opportunity. It would be a year of work, she thought, then she would be done with presenting. “I would move to Los Angeles and that would be that, and I would be done [with hosting],” Brown says. “Luckily, that’s not what happened.”

“I wanted to be a real human being that people connected with. I wanted to show my emotions, and to feature real goals, disappointments, and excitements. I wanted to make mistakes, because that’s what real people do when they travel.”

Brown stayed with the network, building on her successes and hosting the series Girl Meets Hawaii (starting in )and Great Hotels (–), for many years the Travel Channel’s only marquee woman travel host.It was hosting Passport to Europe (–), she says, that she began to have more of an itch to show her flaws and foibles. “Twenty years ago, when you were a host, it was very presenter,” she says. “You stand in front of the camera, and you have one emotion—overall pleasantness,” says Brown. “Then it goes to the segment. But I wanted to be a real human being that people connected with. I wanted to show my emotions, and to feature real goals, disappointments, and excitements. I wanted to make mistakes, because that’s what real people do when they travel, and that really hadn’t been explored yet. Because I knew right away, I’m not an expert. I’ve never traveled before. This is me figuring things out.”

It was filming Passport to Latin America () that Brown says she “finally felt she was a traveler.” There was less of an agenda than filming in Europe—where she “felt that pressure to be like a Rick Steves”—and where she had the armor of the Grand Tour’s monuments and museums to help her with the outline of the shows. Instead, Brown found her stories in people and continued to register all those things she thought made her her: those real goals, disappointments, and excitements. The approach was a hit with viewers, who raved in comments about Brown’s brightness, humor, and try-anything approach, calling her “witty,” “quirky,” and “wry.” “Samantha Brown is delightful, totally unpretentious and not afraid to make fun of herself,” wrote one reviewer. “Samantha is one of those people who can go anywhere and find the joy of living,” wrote another. Brown’s attitude also resonated with fellow television personalities: Anthony Melchiorri, host of Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, calls her an “icon” and a “leader that I am truly fortunate to call a friend,” and says it was Brown who inspired his own television career.

Brown continued to work with the Travel Channel, hosting Passport to Great Weekends (), Samantha Brown’s Asia (), and Passport to Asia (). She says the Travel Channel gave her “tremendous creativity in terms of how I approached scenes and what I brought up.” But 15 years into her relationship with the channel, Brown owned none of the footage. She had no editing rights, which meant that though she understood how “undiversified” her shows were, there was a gulf between what she wanted to feature and what the channel chose to do. They were her shows, but they weren’t hers. And that really started to grate, she says. 

It was largely for this reason that Brown in moved to PBS to work on her new show, Samantha Brown’s Places to Love, where she is the writer and host. That, and she just got tired of pitching herself, and advocating for change when change was slow to occur. 

“You get tired of saying, ‘You could be more diverse, you should be more diverse, and why don’t I have a job?’” she says. “You get tired of having that conversation with the people who are in charge, and finally just say, ‘I should be in charge. That’s the only thing I can do.’ And you see a lot of women forging that path, which is great.”

Brown shooting in Vienna, Austria

Scan cable television programming, and the tilt of the representation quickly becomes clear. From Travel Channel to National Geographic and everything in between—think Animal Planet, A&E, Discovery,  Food Network, History Channel, SundanceTV, Spike,  Science, Syfy, and truTV—men are at the helm of a majority of travel (and travel-adjacent) shows. (Since Brown left the Travel Channel, it has increasingly become more focused on action, adventure, and the supernatural, though it does count women-led shows like Mysterious Islands with travel journalist Kellee Edwards and Alaska 1, Ways with bush pilot Ariel Tweto among its programming.) Netflix is similarly disappointing, though it has more diversity in its male hosts. Hulu is slightly better, if only thanks to the advent of Padma Lakshmi’s Taste the Nation, which debuted in June  

Saying that men don’t like women travel hosts is too “basic,” says Brown. Instead, she attributes most of it to perception—the idea that only men watch shows at night, and that women watch the shows men want to watch. Regardless of the reason, Brown says, representation of all kinds is incredibly important—and needs to improve.

“When a woman sees me traveling somewhere, she knows right away, that’s a safe place to be. It informs a certain audience,” she says. “But in that same respect, as a white woman, I can’t really inform a woman of color how she’s going to be perceived. So that’s why we need even more diversity.”

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That Brown landed at PBS—and has seen remarkable success—is of little surprise. Statistically, public broadcast viewers are 25 percent more likely than cable viewers to have taken more than three vacations, are 28 percent more likely to buy foods produced locally, 37 percent more likely to engage with a travel agent, and 34 percent more likely to have taken two cruises in the last three years, pandemic notwithstanding, according to the public broadcaster. (Still, unlike with cable networks, Brown raises her own funds for the show, though it is open to sponsorship.)

Also unlike cable networks? PBS has a slate of women TV travel hosts: Travels With Darley premiered in and is currently shooting its seventh season; Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi began in There’s also Family Travel With Colleen Kelly (since ) and Curious Traveler (since ), hosted by Christine van Blokland. In September , Kim Haas debuted a new show, Afro-Latino Travels With Kim Haas. Brown, however, is one of the channel’s most recognizable faces. 

Samantha Brown’s Places to Love first aired in January with 13 minute episodes. Brown opened the season in Houston, which was recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and then took off around the world, covering Switzerland, Brooklyn, Shanghai, Huntsville (Alabama), Vancouver, Texas Hill Country, Big Sur and Monterey, Xi’an (China), Donegal (Ireland), Orange County, Montreal, and Oregon. 

“I thought travel was about seeing things. And now I know it’s really about connecting to people.”

Seasons 2 and 3 followed: Brown played mahjong in Hong Kong, ate breakfast burritos at Tia Sophia’s in Santa Fe, learned banchan etiquette in Seoul, went rice harvesting in Charleston, and visited a penguin colony in New Zealand. In Budapest, she bathed at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath. In Key West, she met lionfish huntress Rachel Bowman. She learned to make a bell in Phoenix and took cooking lessons from two “grandmother chefs” in Vienna. Whatever the activity, whatever the event, Brown was game, always saying yes instead of no—a lesson she says she learned in improv. 

“There is no script, but as a host, it is your responsibility to entertain, to inform, to drive the scene, and to cap it—to have your mission in the other person,” says Brown, who won the Daytime Emmy in for Outstanding Host for a Lifestyle, Children’s or Special Class Program. “It’s never about you.”

Brown and her team began filming season 4 of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love in early , and shot one episode in Quebec City before borders began to close and quarantine measures were put in place. They were set to leave for Austria on March 12, but still haven’t gotten there. For now, Brown says, they’re focusing on knocking out the domestic episodes they had planned: in New York’s Hudson River Valley, in Florida, in Colorado. Unlike previous episodes, the team now has to go into businesses when they are completely empty, and masks are worn at all times up until the cameras are rolling and the interview has begun. Though Brown says there are now so many more logistical layers to consider, she’s excited to be back on the road. “When we realized we could still shoot the show, we went for it,” says Brown, who is based in Brooklyn and travels with her husband, Kevin O’Leary, and their seven-year-old twins Ellis and Elizabeth. 

Pausing the show and resuming it has meant more time for reflection, and Brown says she has better learned what she loves and what she has missed most. 

“I love to meet people—not just monuments and must-sees—but people in their everyday lives, because I’ve found that everyday life for other people is just extraordinary. And when you see how extraordinary someone else’s life is you think, Well, mine’s pretty extraordinary, too. That’s what I love. I didn’t know that when I started this. I thought travel was about seeing things. And now I know it’s really about connecting to people.”

Brown, shown here with Helen Kelly Brink in Bath, New York, says the best part about traveling is meeting people.

Twenty-two years into the business, and Brown says she has finally learned to balance what she first felt all those years ago: responsibility and authenticity. To appreciate the moment while also being honest about confusion or setbacks, and to ask questions when she has them. When asked how she sustains this, Brown cites poetry, a volume of which she carries with her on her Kindle. 

“I need something that takes me away from the day but also heightens a moment,” she says. “In a short amount of time, poetry gives you an intense perspective. It also kind of works with what I do. We’re with people for such a short amount of time and it’s intense, but what we’re trying to make out of it is poetry.”

Weeks after I speak to Brown, she sends me a Mary Oliver poem, “Don’t Hesitate”: It helps remind her, she says, of taking the time to enjoy what’s happening around her—a lesson we would all do well to heed during these days.

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,/don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty/of lives and whole towns destroyed or about/to be. We are not wise, and not very often/kind. And much can never be redeemed./Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this/is its way of fighting back, that sometimes/something happened better than all the riches/or power in the world. It could be anything,/but very likely you notice it in the instant/when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the/case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid/of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

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