Senior Men Take the Travel Show Spotlight

Photo Credit Channel M
Photo Credit Channel M

Older men are hot on the travel show trail.

Mirroring South Korea’s lovable Grandpa Over Flowers, Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman and Jeff Dye are setting to on a major adventure throughout Asia in the one-hour comedic travel show, Better Late Than Never. The mostly senior cast travels to bond with one another and the locals on an adventure to Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chang Mai.

Part bucket list adventure. Part male bonding. Part cultural travel show. All the rage. The older-guy-travel-host phenomenon is spreading overseas.

Seventy-two-year old Scottish comedian, musician, artist and actor,  BILLY CONNOLLY aka The Big Yin was a member of folksy band The Humblebums. He performed a song called RIK RAK. It starts like this: “Rik, rak. Rickety Rak. See a train go along the track. When I grow up I want to be an engine driver.”

Looks like it’s nearly a dream gig come true for Connolly who is slated to to travel the United States by rail for a new docu-travel show that will see him clickety clack 28 states and 8,000 miles from New York, through the heartland to Louisiana and back.

Telling the spirit of America through the people he meets and with stories of outlaws and stars who have run the same rails. The scenic view may inspire more in his portfolio of original art, like this:

Photo credit: Castle Galleries

Another from Connolly’s era, the well-known comedian, writer, actor and TV presenter Griff Rhys Jones has also appeared in a train travel show, SLOW TRAIN THROUGH AFRICA. He travelled 7000 miles on five trips focusing on the landscapes, wildlife and people of Africa to produce “a fresh portrait of Africa” using the train to reach unexpected spots in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, Kenya and Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.

The India Times is poking about the phenomenon, mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has been making news for his trips to more than 17 nations in his first year in the job.  The paper jokes about him joining the throng of senior adventurer travel show hosts. Read up here: INDIA TIMES.

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