If you can’t travel all the time, thank goodness you can flip on your TV and set a course for adventure by watching more fab travel TV than ever.
Are you into wild and woolly Anthony Bourdain? Smart and salty Joanna Lumley? Or maybe it’s all about eating your way around the planet? Or just watching goofball Americans sweat it out on The Amazing Race…
And then there’s Snooki. Italy may never be the same.
|THE AMAZING RACE, CBS
Why does NNN Travel Awards Academy member Duane Wells love The Amazing Race? “Seeing the world through the personal drama of others as their relationships deteriorate and they ruthlessly compete to enrich themselves? Um, what’s not to love?” Gay travel guru Ed Salvato keeps it simple: “The show’s just a lot of fun and really digs into a destination.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_AmazingRace.)
|ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS, TRAVEL CHANNEL
TripOut’s John Polly is a big Bourdain booster: “Chef-turned-author turned TV-badass, Anthony Bourdain may be the first to make travel shows both riveting, ribald and often emotional and educational. From war zones to bayou hog roasts, Bourdain drinks hard and travels harder!” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_Bourdain.)
|THE BEST THING I EVER ATE, FOOD NETWORK
Foodie and upscale travel guru Duane Wells chimes in on this tasty nominee: “It’s like a guide to the best, most interesting dishes in every category from around the country by some of the country‘s best chef‘s and biggest foodies. I feverishly take notes on the places these experts recommend and visit as many of the places as I can when I’m in those cities.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_BestAte.)
|JERSEY SHORE SEASON 4 – ITALY, MTV
Ok, bear with us on this one, as Sherman Travel’s Darren Frei explains this nominee’s merits: “Because watching Snooki and her crew confirm the absolute worst stereotypes about Americans abroad is both fascinating and deeply disturbing, in a high-speed train wreck kind of way.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_JerseyShore.)
|JOANNA LUMLEY’S NILE, ITV
Freelancer travel-meister Adam Graham explains Ms. Lumley’s river-running charms: “Lumley’s much smarter and more compassionate than her Ab-Fab alterego Patsy, but just as funny.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_LumleysNile.)
|…HASN’T BEEN MADE YET
Concierge.com contributing editor Emma Sloley nails this nominee: “Sorry… Still waiting.” (Vote via Twitter using #NNNTA_HasntMade.)