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Failed Endeavors: Travel Show Pilot

Influenced by the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Andrew Zimmern and Adam Richman, I decided to make an attempt at creating a travel show last winter. While my heart was in the right place, it didn’t end up being that great of a project. Regardless, there’s a lot to learn from mistakes and seeing as I make quite a few, I’m becoming a very learned man.

There are a variety of reasons why this didn’t work out as planned, the main one being lack of planning. See, I didn’t plan on starting the travel show until after my wife and I had a romantic Valentine’s Day trip to Paris, France. When we got there I thought to myself, “Holy crap, we’ll probably not be back for a while!”. Seeing as doing a show on Paris makes you look legit, I decided then and there that episode 1 would begin immediately. Even though she wasn’t very happy, my wife was very supportive and even acted as the camera person for the show.

The other problem I had was the fact that I don’t really know a much about Paris. This meant that I had zero knowledge of the best places to go and the best sites to see. Instead I made wild guesses about where exactly I was and then figured I’d dub in the real information at a later time. Unfortunately I forgot to do that.

Finally, I figured out the reason that the aforementioned celebrity travelers had shows in the first place was because they had truckloads of street cred. My street cred was a bit lacking. I mean, no one would come to me to seek advice on the stock market, baking pies or non fiction outer space stories, so why would they come to me for travel advice?

At the end of the day, however you’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try so all in all, it was a good experience (though my feet hurt by the end of it all).

Failed endeavors is the idea graveyard for Model Husband. While some ideas may rise from the dead in the future, most are gone for good. Regardless, you may find them entertaining.

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