The Reluctant Traveler

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  • TV-PG
  • 2023
  • 1 Season
  • 7.5  (1,938)

The Reluctant Traveler is an 8-episode docuseries that premiered on Apple TV+ in February 2023. The show follows Eugene Levy, an actor and comedian best known for his work on Schitt's Creek, as he travels the world visiting some of the most beautiful and culturally rich destinations. Even though Levy readily admits he is not an adventurous traveler by nature, he agrees to step far outside of his comfort zone for the sake of bringing entertaining and enlightening travel content to viewers.

In each episode, Levy visits a new location where he is paired up with a local guide who shows him the top sites and experiences the region has to offer. Destinations include Tokyo, Costa Rica, Lisbon, Utah, South Africa, and more. Levy approaches each place with plenty of wry observational humor about the quirks of traveling, but also openness and willingness to try new things. He gamely samples local cuisine, learns about cultural traditions, tries thrilling adventures, and soaks in gorgeous scenery. The show focuses on appreciating the distinctive beauty, history, and character of each destination.

While Levy serves as an amiable host who is both funny and thoughtful, the real stars of The Reluctant Traveler are the destinations themselves. Vivid cinematography captures sprawling cityscapes, lush jungles, pristine beaches, and stunning natural wonders. Viewers get a sense of being immersed in each place accompanied by a witty but welcoming travel companion.

Part of what makes the show so enjoyable is seeing Levy engage in activities that take him far outside his comfort zone. In Utah, he gingerly rappels down a cliff and then takes an adrenaline-pumping zipline ride over a canyon. In Tokyo, he tries compiling a seven-course kaiseki meal while getting a crash course in Japanese cuisine. He's a good sport through it all, cracking jokes about his fish-out-of-water ineptitude while clearly appreciating the privilege of having these eye-opening experiences.

The Reluctant Traveler celebrates varied cultures, mesmerizing scenery, and transformative adventures. Levy's humor and willingness to try new things allows viewers to feel like they are embarking on an entertaining globetrotting journey. While he may be reluctant at first, Levy dives into each location with an open mind and eventually finds surprising joy in being immersed in beautiful, fascinating parts of the world. The show offers armchair travelers stunning visuals and heartwarming glimpses into diverse places that Levy ultimately finds are well worth stepping outside one's comfort zone to explore.

The Reluctant Traveler is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on February 24, 2023.

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8. Tokyo
February 24, 2023
Inspired by his son, Eugene makes his way to Tokyo for noodle slurping, sumo wrestling, typhoon training, and a stay at HOSHINOYA.
7. Lisbon
February 24, 2023
Things take a spicy turn in Lisbon, where Eugene learns to make peri-peri sauce. Also on the menu? Sailing, tile painting, and musical collaboration.
South Africa
6. South Africa
February 24, 2023
Eugene checks into a train hotel suspended above Kruger National Park and explores the wonders of wildlife with animal conservationists.
5. Maldives
February 24, 2023
Hoping to earn his sea legs, Eugene arrives at the ultraluxe Kudadoo - a personalized island resort that provides "anything, anytime, anywhere."
4. Utah
February 24, 2023
An anxious helicopter tour lands Eugene at Amangiri, where he takes in the desert's beauty and connects with the surrounding Navajo Nation.
3. Venice
February 24, 2023
In Italy's most visited city, Eugene checks into the historic Gritti Palace, bonds with a gondolier, and reminisces about working with his son, Daniel.
Costa Rica
2. Costa Rica
February 24, 2023
Eugene journeys into the jungle, where he sleeps among the trees, comes face-to-face with deadly wildlife, and conquers a major fear.
1. Finland
February 24, 2023
A sleigh ride leads Eugene to the Artic TreeHouse Hotel for ice fishing, husky sledding, vodka sipping, and a deep dive into happiness.
Where to Watch The Reluctant Traveler
The Reluctant Traveler is available for streaming on the Apple TV+ website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Reluctant Traveler on demand at Apple TV+.
  • Premiere Date
    February 24, 2023
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (1,938)