After a year of global lockdowns brought the travel industry to a screeching halt, Nine’s Journey Guides is bringing the world again to Australian lounge rooms. 

Mediaweek spoke to Journey Guides govt producer Melissa Maclean about placing collectively a journey present in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Melissa Maclean at Kings Creek Station on the Rim Stroll, NT, throughout Journey Guides manufacturing

Getting Journey Guides off the bottom

Maclean says that crossing worldwide borders for this sequence was no imply feat. 

Journey Guides obtained off the bottom this yr due to the extraordinary persistence of the staff and the willingness of our journey guides to be versatile, and having the ability to work actually intently with the Authorities businesses to permit some journey exemptions to occur for us.

“We had plans A, B, C, and D for all the pieces, and there have been actually occasions once we thought all could also be misplaced. However we have been a mix of lucky and protracted, we managed to get everybody collectively, all the guides and all the crew, and as soon as that occurred we have been capable of type a transferring bubble.”

Journey Guides have taken their guides throughout the globe, however Maclean says that the place that stood out most for her this yr was nearer to residence.

“We’re going to South Australia this sequence, and it shocked me. Of all of the locations we go to, we sort of go to the extra distant locations, and it’s completely incredible, these extra distant areas of South Australia, they’re simply gorgeous. That’s one thing I actually like in regards to the present, it will possibly flip pre-conceptions about what a spot may be on its head.”

Discovering their guides

Selecting the guides for the present is all about authenticity and reflecting fashionable Australia, and Maclean says that the guides they work with cowl each bases.

“We’re on the lookout for people who find themselves themselves. That’s what we want, it appears like a cliche, however their absolute genuine selves, wherever that’s. Then in fact we’re on the lookout for distinction, we don’t wish to have the identical perspective. We’ve obtained to have totally different views and people views characterize the huge range of the Australian expertise.”

Journey Guides in Greece. Credit score: Channel 9

Producing Journey Guides

Maclean says that the staff behind Journey Guides don’t usually get to check out a location earlier than letting the guides unfastened.

“There’s fairly a little bit of analysis and pre-preparation performed, however then an terrible lot is left to likelihood, so we’re turning up very hopeful with fairly a big transferring beast. We supply about 1.3 tonne of substances for instance. 

“We attempt to shoot the episode in per week, so it’s actual time. We are saying we’re going to go on an ideal week lengthy vacation in a vacation spot, and we all the time give the vacation spot a theme, we movie it in per week, and transfer on to the following vacation spot.”

Filming for 2021

As Journey Guides took their distinctive model of chaos the world over, Maclean says that there have been just a few standout moments for her whereas filming.

“A few of the highlights have been Greece – going as much as the Acropolis and getting the guides tackle such a marvel of the traditional world and the way there’s an actual combination of reverence and utter flippancy up there, as we’d anticipate from the vary of journey guides that we’ve. 

“Mauritius turned out to be an absolute shock, completely stunning and the paradise that you simply assume solely exists on Instagram. Cambodia warmed everyone’s hearts with simply how actually beautiful the individuals are and the way eager they’re to point out you all the pieces.”

In the end, Maclean hopes that the present will give Australians one thing to look ahead to after spending a lot time at residence.

“The wonderful thing about the internationals that we’re exhibiting, they’ve all had actually good Covid responses so individuals will be capable to e-book these holidays earlier than lengthy. We’re all prepared to start out dreaming about worldwide journey and our journey guides going for it abroad will encourage individuals, I believe.”

Journey Guides in Greece. Credit score: Channel 9

Journey Guides airs Wednesday, April 28 at 7.30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now

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