Globe Trekker

The WORST episodes of Globe Trekker

Every episode of Globe Trekker ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Globe Trekker!

Globe Trekker takes to on journeys to countries from every continent around the globe. Each unforgettable destination is hosted by one of the Globe Trekker team members, who dare to try or eat anything new. Join veteran Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Megan McCormick and their teammates on their journeys by tuning in your local PBS channels.

Last Updated: 8/11/2022Network: PBS
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World Food: Vietnam
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#1 - World Food: Vietnam

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/4/2002

Megan McCormick explores the foods of Vietnam. The Pho Binh noodle shop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; imperial cuisine; traditional banquet hosted by the Flower Hmong tribe; seafood feast.

Ultimate France
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#2 - Ultimate France

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/24/2003

Great Festivals 2
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#3 - Great Festivals 2

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/21/2003

Morocco 2
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#4 - Morocco 2

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/5/2003

Ian Wright and Megan McCormick take a journey through mysterious Morocco, the meeting of Europe and Africa and a land of richly cultured cities, high mountain ranges and inhospitable desert landscapes.

London City Guide 2
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#5 - London City Guide 2

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/2/2003

London with Jonathan Atherton & Megan McCormick

Pacific Northwest USA
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#6 - Pacific Northwest USA

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/2/2004

Directors: Chris Ledger
Ultimate Indo-China
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#7 - Ultimate Indo-China

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/25/2002

The Caribbean Islands
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#8 - The Caribbean Islands

Season 13 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/19/2008

Globe Trekker Zoe Palmer travels to the spectacularly beautiful islands of St Lucia, Martinique and Montserrat. Steeped in a hybrid of English, African and French culture, dotted with volcanoes, lush with tropical rainforest, surrounded by turquoise oceans, and teeming with marine life, these islands are a real picture postcard.

Best American Water Treks 1
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#9 - Best American Water Treks 1

Season 11 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/26/2006

Great Australian Hikes
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#10 - Great Australian Hikes

Season 16 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/4/2014

In this Globetrekker special, Zay Harding treks along five of Australia’s greatest hikes, which showcases the country’s incredible landscape, nature and pioneering history.

World War 1 Special
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#11 - World War 1 Special

Season 16 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/20/2014

In this Globe Trekker Special, Zay Harding travels across Northern France and Belgium, visiting key World War One locations on the Western Front.

Switzerland
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#12 - Switzerland

Season 16 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/5/2014

Central Japan
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#13 - Central Japan

Season 16 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/18/2014

Megan McCormick tours Japan. She starts the journey in Kyoto, where activities include browsing a flea market, meditating with a Buddhist monk and being entertained by geishas at a banquet. She also visits the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine and the Toji Buddhist Temple. Later, she travels to Osaka, where she spends time at a cat café and the Kidzania theme park; and visits Iga-Ueno, which is best known as the home of the ninja. She concludes the tour with sailing trip to the remote island of Sado.

Good and Bad Food (and Drink) Guide 3
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#14 - Good and Bad Food (and Drink) Guide 3

Season 16 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/10/2016

Meat eating contests in Texas; sausages in India; Paris, France, and the South Pacific; Africa.

The Rise and Fall of the British Raj
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#15 - The Rise and Fall of the British Raj

Season 17 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/10/2016

The “Raj” – stout British governors of 18th and 19th century India - gets the Globe Trekker treatment in a sweeping history special presented by travellers Bobby Chinn, Zay Harding, Katy Haswell, Holly Morris and Ian Wright. They span the Asian subcontinent to illustrate the spectacular story of the rise and fall from grace of the once mighty British Empire.

Delhi and Agra
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#16 - Delhi and Agra

Season 17 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/3/2016

Delhi is an incarnation of 7 cities all borne out of a bloody history. It’s a city teeming with extraordinary life flowing through the 22 million plus inhabitants who make India’s capital one of the most vibrant in the world.

Wild West
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#17 - Wild West

Season 17 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/10/2016

In this Globe Trekker Special, Zay Harding, Sami Sabiti, Holly Morris, Justine Shapiro and Ian Wright explore the extraordinary history of America’s spectacular Wild West.

Puerto Rico
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#18 - Puerto Rico

Season 15 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/15/2012

Located at the heart of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is around 100 miles long by 30 miles wide, with a population of some 4 million. Part of the U.S. Commonwealth, it’s known as the “island of enchantment“, boasting sun-kissed beaches, dramatic mountains, a rich colonial history, and great music. Starting his journey in Puerto Rico’s vibrant capital, San Juan, host Zay Harding looks around the beautifully preserved old city, dating back to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century.Zay Harding, San Juan Sampling the local cuisine and the fabulous national drink, the piña colada, he salsas the night away before getting to meet the man who rolled the world’s longest cigar. From San Juan, Zay heads east to El Yunque National Forest, one of the best preserved rainforests in the Caribbean. Home to over 240 species of trees, and a lot of rare wildlife, it’s the last refuge of the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot. Checking out the breeding project that aims to save these beautiful birds, Zay is reassured that the future of the species is in good hands. From El Yunque, Zay leaves the main island of Puerto Rico to catch a ferry to the small island of Vieques, which is blessed with a spectacular coastline. During WWII, the US military used the island as a weapons test site, and Zay discovers how the island’s glorious beaches are now being decontaminated and opened to public access for the first time since the war. Zay Harding salsas the night away After enjoying a fabulous horse-ride along the coast of Vieques, Zay takes the ferry back to the main island of Puerto Rico, before heading west to explore the Camuy River Caves National Park. Having eroded through the region’s soft limestone over millions of years to create huge sinkholes and caves, the Camuy is the third largest underground river system in the world. Zay rappels down a 250 foot deep sinkhole, before plunging through the dramatic underground river caverns. Nearby the Camuy caves, Zay visi

Building England: Before there were Architects
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#19 - Building England: Before there were Architects

Season 16 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/12/2015

Part 1 of 2. Globe Trekker presenter Judith Jones takes us through story of the English building and shows us how it came to be. It’s a journey from the birth of early Christian settlements to the creation of the baroque mansion in the 17th century; of how a Romanesque church became a cathedral, and how a castle became the Englishman’s home.

Hawaii 2
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#20 - Hawaii 2

Season 17 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/4/2016

Globe trekker Zoe D’Amato sets out on a grand adventure to explore 4 of Hawaii’s mounds of beauty – Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai.

Myanmar (Burma)
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#21 - Myanmar (Burma)

Season 16 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/6/2014

After international sanctions were lifted in 2012, Myanmar has been put to the top of travel destination lists and it has quickly become the hot new place to visit. Closed off to the world for centuries, this is a fascinating country which is as warm and welcoming as the ruling military junta were harsh and oppressive. Megan McCormick dives in to the heart of the country to get the low down. Schwedagon Pagoda with MeganMegan starts her journey in Yangon where she explores the juxtaposition of modern life and Myanmar’s colonial past, so prominent throughout the country that some people still refer to it as Burma. She finds out more from Yangon Heritage Trust founder, Thant Myint-U. Before she leaves this city, she can’t resist the pull of the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, the most revered Buddhist temple in the country. Flying to the centre of the country, she visits popular Inle Lake where she discovers just how diverse the country really is. Contrary to popular belief, the Padaung women Megan meets don’t seem to mind at all that they are being paid to draw in the tourists… provided foreigners actually respect their choice. Next, she heads north to the town of Hsipaw where she visits a Shan Palace and uncovers a tribal rivalry dating back centuries. Chatting to the current resident, Fern, she realises that people still bear scars from the recent dictatorship. Megan takes a bumpy train journey to Mandalay, stopping briefly at the British hill station of Pyin-oo-Lwin. In Mandalay she discovers a city devastated by WW2 and reinvented by the Chinese. Getting to the cultural heart of this city, Megan visits the golden Mahamuni Buddha, tries her hand at the dying art of puppetry and opts for evening entertainment in the form of the Moustache Brothers, only to realise that the recent politics of this country pervades everything, even comedy. Mindat-Munn-women-with-Megan-McCormickLeaving Mandalay Megan heads far from the main tourist destinati

Sacred Places – Great Mosques
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#22 - Sacred Places – Great Mosques

Season 17 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/10/2016

We visit some of the planet’s most spectacular and grandest mosques. Islam, founded in the 7th Century in what is now Saudi Arabia by the Prophet Muhammad, spread rapidly throughout the Middle East and into Europe, Africa and Asia.

Short History of England
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#23 - Short History of England

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 8/8/2002

Justine starts her historical journey dodging swords at the re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings, then travels up the coast to visit the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Passing through London she takes a canal ride up to the Yorkshire Moors where she boards a double decker bus/hotel. Next stop Whitby, the eerie coastal town which inspired Bram Stoker to write the world famous horror story, “Dracula”. Then a stroll along the Roman built Hadrian’s Wall, a chance meeting with a Roman centurion, and a ride on a steam train before visiting Liverpool to pay homage to “The Beatles”. Venturing south in a vintage car into England’s West Country, Justine meets the very eccentric Marquess of Bath, and joins a pagan celebration in Glastonbury before ending her journey in Ottery St. Mary. Here fearless locals terrify spectators by running through narrow streets with huge, flaming tar barrels, to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.

Civil War Special
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#24 - Civil War Special

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/11/2005

Mumbai City Guide
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#25 - Mumbai City Guide

Season 17 - Episode 14 - Aired 7/2/2014

Zay Harding encounters a Bollywood artist in Bandra; explores Dharavi, India's largest slum made famous by the movie 'Slumdog Millionaire;' takes in the fish market at Sassoon Docks; checks in to the luxurious Taj Palace Hotel; tours the sea fort of Murud Janjira; visits the open-air laundromat, shops in the Chor Bazaar; flies to the World Heritage site of Ellora; tries his hand at the ancient form of pole yoga and meets Mahatma Gandhi's grandson.

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