The Voyager with Josh Garcia Review ~ A New TV Show for Travel Lovers

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When I'm not traveling, I daydream about travel and imagine where I'll go next. Now, I can sail around the world each Saturday morning with NBC's show, The Voyager with Josh Garcia. When Carnival Corporation asked me to tune in to this new travel show as part of their #SailAwayFromHome campaign, I didn't hesitate to step aboard. Here's why you should tune in, too!

The Voyager with Josh Garcia ~ A New NBC Show for Travel Lovers

The Voyager with Josh Garcia ~ A New NBC Show for Travel Lovers (Screenshot of The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

A likable and relatable host

A nomadic Youtube star who has taken up residence on the Carnival Breeze ship, Josh Garcia hosts the show. His mission: “to seek the awesome people and places not in the travel guides.” His upbeat voice over and wide-eyed wonder are catchy and demonstrate his enthusiasm for authentic travel experiences and meeting new people. Josh seems like the kind of guy with whom you'd want to swap travel stories in a ship's bar after a day of exploring. In fact, he reminds me of a male version of one of my all-time favorite TV stars, Samantha Brown.

Host Josh Garcia is likable and relatable (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

Host Josh Garcia is likable and relatable (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

So much to explore in each episode

The pilot episode of The Voyager with Josh Garcia proves that cruising isn't just for grey-haired geriatrics who love to eat and play shuffle board. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!) In one day, Josh explores so much in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and the surrounding area. First he goes snorkeling with a marine biologist and we learn about steps being taken to preserve Mexico's coral reefs.

Exploring a coral reef in Playa del Carmen (Screenshot from Voyager with Josh Garcia)

Exploring a coral reef in Playa del Carmen (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

Then he explores Yucatan‘s town square and watches the Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Pole Flyers), where daredevils soar in circles around a 150-foot pole that represents the world tree. The men flyers represent birds. This 450-year-old Mayan tradition was thought to appease gods, bringing rain and a plentiful harvest.

Danza de los Voladores in the Yucatan (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

Danza de los Voladores in the Yucatan (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

For lunch, Josh learns how to make ceviche (fish cured with citrus juice), salsa, and homemade tortillas from a local chef. Hungry yet?

We learn how to make ceviche with Josh from a local chef (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

We learn how to make ceviche with Josh from a local chef (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

Next up, we go with Josh into the jungle near the ancient Mayan City of Tulum to meet a Mayan shaman. We learn about the tradition of raising bees (that have no stingers!) in logs. Josh describes the flavor of the honey as, “a little taste of what life must've been like for the ancient Mayans.”

A shaman teaches the ancient Mayan tradition of collecting jungle honey (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

A shaman teaches the ancient Mayan tradition of collecting jungle honey (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

Lastly, Josh returns to the city center of Playa del Carmen to watch a local artisan make beautiful lamps from hollowed-out gourds. They're carved and filled with stained glass to make glowing works of art. (I want one!)

Glowing art made by local artisans (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

Glowing art made by local artisans (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

Cruise around the world with The Voyager

I know many travelers are anti-cruising. They seem to think it's an inauthentic way to travel. Sure, you could sit on board the ship drinking daiquiris poolside all day. (Wait…that actually sounds nice for at sea days!) But really, cruising is all about what you choose to do with your time off the ship.

A few years ago, my extended family and I struggled to come up with a family reunion vacation solution that would please all 14 of us. I suggested a cruise because it's an easy and fun way to see the world, while ensuring all travelers get to do the activities that interest them. I think this show will shed light on the variety of experiences available to cruisers.

The Voyager highlights cruising on Carnival's Breeze (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

The Voyager highlights cruising on Carnival's Breeze (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

Cruising your way

I experienced one of my favorite vacation days ever when I visited Zihuatanejo, Mexico during a Carnival cruise. My husband and I ate traditional cuisine like buttery, sublime camarones al ajillo (shrimp prepared with garlic). We rented snorkels to spy on the tropical fish swimming in the sea. And we watched as our daughter splashed in the water for hours with her newfound friends, local children with whom she shared the common language of play. Whether you want a busy go-go-go day like Josh, or you want a mellow beach day, you can have it when cruising.

A perfect vacation day in Zihuatanejo, Mexico with Carnival Cruise Line (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

A perfect vacation day in Zihuatanejo, Mexico with Carnival Cruise Line (Screenshot from The Voyager with Josh Garcia)

A travel show to watch as a family

Sometimes it seems like travel television has been taken over by ghost stories and shows about disgusting foods you'd never want to eat. It's refreshing to see someone relatable doing things I'd actually want to do on The Voyager.

I am always seeking shows the whole family can enjoy watching and discussing together. I think I've found one. Will I be tuning in? My DVR is already set to record all of the upcoming episodes of The Voyager!

Watch a preview of the show above. Follow #SailAwayFromHome on social media to learn more and chime in about The Voyager with Josh Garcia.

Does The Voyager with Josh Garcia sound like your kind of TV show? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. That sounds like an amazing show! I love to travel, and I love to watch travel shows. They always give me such great ideas about where to go next.

  2. Oh how neat! I don’t want travel shows often, but I love to travel, and you just made me think that maybe I should watch more on the travel channel! 🙂

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Mandee – I’m glad this has inspired you to watch more travel shows! Keep in mind, though, that The Voyager with Josh Garcia is actually on NBC!

  3. Catherine Sargent says:

    This sounds like a great show. I love watching shows like this and figuring out new places that I want to travel to.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Catherine – Agreed! It’s great to get a glimpse of all there is to explore in our world!

  4. I really enjoy watching travel shows. Just reading about this makes me want to go on a cruise. I have never been on one before.

  5. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This looks like a show I am going to love. I will have to check it out this weekend. I have always wanted to go on a cruise.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Ann – The Voyager with Josh Garcia will give you a good taste of what cruising is all about!

  6. What a cool show! I have a feeling that it will make me want to get out and travel. I’d love to watch Josh’s adventures.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Liz – Josh seems like a really sweet guy. He’s a great guide for armchair explorations.

  7. This show is right up my alley! I love watching shows like this because it gives me a chance to see the world.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Yes! It’s nice to focus on the positive in our world with all of the negative news lately, too!

  8. I enjoy watching travel shows and I think it’s awesome that there’s a new one to watch out for. I’ve never heard of Josh Garcia but he sounds like a really cool host!

  9. The show is quite interesting and I feel very excited to watch. Thanks for giving us a chance to see the world.

  10. Sounds like a great show with a cool host! We love watching travel shows!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Toni – Me too! I’ve been looking for a new travel show to watch and I’m glad I found The Voyager!

  11. Sounds very interesting. I would love to take a look at this one. I havent heard of Josh Garcia before but a good host makes a great show so I’ll check it out!

  12. Now I’ve got to catch this show. We took a Carnival Cruise last year that our son still won’t stop talking about. He’d love to go live on a Carnival ship year-round.

  13. This sounds like the perfect show! I love travelling through the eyes of others. It definitely lets us learn and see more than we are able to see on a normal basis! Will definitely check it out!

  14. I enjoy watching travel shows like this. First I get to live vicariously through the host and second, its a great way to get some recon done on an upcoming trip – by watching their tips!

  15. Ourfamilyworld says:

    Oh, sounds like a very interesting show. This is perfect for us!

  16. I am obsessed with traveling and haven’t heard of this show. I’ve got to check it out!

  17. I have never watched this, but I think I will start now. I love watching people traveling, and it makes me want to get out there and explore more of this world!

  18. Josh Garcia needs to grow up! This show feels like he is talking to 12 year olds! Very immature!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Interesting take on the show. I think he seems relatable, but not every person (or every show) pleases everybody.

  19. Anyone know what kind of camera Josh uses? (Very small one)

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Linda – Have you tried asking Josh via Twitter about which camera he uses? His handle is: @mrjoshuagarcia. I’ll ask the PR folks too. Good luck!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      So sorry but the PR folks don’t know either. Did you try asking him on Twitter?

  20. Enjoy watching the program even though it’s into repeats…would like to see CUBA featured.

  21. Dee Wilson says:

    Loved the April 1st trip to Tuscany and Florence. Would love to see more details such as name of cruise ship, lists of restaurants and other shops visited so I can plan a mirror trip for myself! Great show.

  22. Evelyn Grampp says:

    I actually make sure I,m up on Saturday morning at 8:00 here in Los Angeles ….coffee in hand …..to go ashore with Josh Garcia and experience these wonderful places thru his eyes with all his wonder and awe! The best travel program! Totally addicted!!

    How many in the series…when does new season begin?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Evelyn – You are a true fan! Unfortunately, I don’t know when the next season begins…hopefully soon!

  23. Marie Cortes says:

    Love Josh! Planning on a cruise for the family!
    Love this show!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      How exciting! What fun that Josh has inspired you to take a cruise. Enjoy!

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