Premise: As a former Washington Post investigative reporter who turned to travel writing almost two decades ago, Rudy Maxa brings a journalist's eye to this travel series, which features Maxa combining the history, culture, people, music and cuisine of a place with beautiful photography. He also strives to make varied destinations in such countries as India, Turkey, Thailand, Japan and Russia accessible to the first-time visitor and provide advice aimed at helping travelers save on money and hassles.
S01, E06 (First Aired: Jun. 7, 2008)
An Akha hill tribe village maintains traditions amid tourism; elephant orphanage; Buddhist monk steers men away from drugs.
S01, E07 (First Aired: Jun. 14, 2008)
Limestone cliffs and rock formations in Phangnga Bay; a seaside village devastated by a tsunami offers sustainable tourism and home stays to visitors.