The fourth season of the Travel Channel's 5 Takes series began this past Saturday night in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I've been a fan of the series, having watched the three previous seasons where 5 travel journalists (or TJ's as they're called) backpacked around Europe, Australia/New Zealand/Southeast Asia, and the United States.
It was a rather motley crew of travelers which had been selected for the Latin America season, including a chubby bald guy, Vinny, who started crying about Eva Peron. Didn't Madonna sing “Don't Cry For Me Argentina?” After about 20 minutes, having being introduced to the new characters as they learned to tango and explore the Argentine culture, I realized I wasn't interested. I turned it off.
Perhaps my negative attitude has less to do with an interest in the hosts of the fourth season and more to do with my exhaustion of TV travel shows. You name it and I've seen it over the past few years. I've decided to take a break from them all – no 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, no 5 Takes, no GlobeTrekker, no Travel Channel period (except maybe No Reservations which is more about food)!
As Tom Petty sang, “the waiting is the hardest part.”