Experience international travel without ever leaving the 50 States in this "raw, mockmentary-style look at making a travel show based on going some place you actually aren’t!"
Is it possible to get all the culture, excitement and life-altering exposure of world travel without ever leaving the United States? Well, no. It isn't, but you can get 60%, 70% or even 80% of the experience and save a ton of money by visiting low-cost, comparable domestic destinations.
As it turns out there are places right here in the US that are just like traveling abroad — places so remarkably similar to the real thing, they might even fool the experts. Almost There is a funny, fast-paced, tour de force that compares the scenery, culture, cost, travel, and overall experience of international destinations with their best domestic equivalents.
Now you can see the world... or at least a decent approximation of it.
No day-long plane rides.
No language barriers.
No passport required.
FOREIGN v. DOMESTIC
Each episodes splits time between two locations:
one foreign, one domestic. While abroad, the
host and crew engage in popular tourist activities,
eat traditional cuisine and get to know the locals.
Once back in the USA, they look for the best proxy they can find and try to recreate their international experience, highlighting the good and bad aspects of both places.
The host and crew also evaluate how close the US equivalent was to the destination abroad. For example, Key West might work out to be 85% of the Caribbean experience at 70% of the price. Audiences will be surprised to find that some unlikely proxy locations rank quite highly and others only score a 20% or 30% match - no inevitable, 100% matched, cookie- cutter conclusions here.
Almost There isn’t just a unique take on the travelogue, it is a radical twist of the genre. It combines elements of reality, mockumentary, semi-scripted confessionals and the best cuts of planned and unplanned footage to make sure the show is always an unpredictable pleasure to watch. Here are some things you might see:
• Explaining how to sleep on a plane while keeping the rest of the film crew awake.
• Using Google Translate both ways to try to overcome language barriers.
• Recreating bathing with the monkeys of Jigokudani at Glenwood Spring? With a dog? Or a guy in monkey suit?
• Sitting on the beach under heat lamps to simulate an afternoon in the Sahara desert.
• Hiring a New Delhi style rickshaw service to move around Silicon Valley in peak traffic.
CAST & CREW
The show’s cast and crew are one and the same, consisting of a host, camera man, sound recordist and PA, as well as some automated video and sound equipment for capturing spontaneous moments and maintaining the fly-on-the-wall feel of the show.
REBIRTH OF THE TRAVELOGUE
The travelogue has been abandoned by television networks, not because it is not viable, but because it became stale. It was the same talking-head type hosts visiting the same places that most people will never go, always extolling the virtues of everything around them and never giving an honest impression or opinion. Almost There adds humor and honesty to revitalize the once-popular genre, giving audiences a reason to watch again.
There are two under served markets in travel programming: family travel and low-cost travel. Almost There appeals to both by offering inexpensive ways to “see the world”. If you look at the numbers most Americans aren't going abroad and don't plan to any time soon. Only 37% of US citizens have a passport, compared to 71% in the UK. The vast majority of Americans will never visit any exotic destinations, but Almost There puts the same high quality, international-type experiences within reach of the 63% who won't be leaving the country. Avid travelers will also likely watch the show, because it effectively doubles the number of locations to put on their bucket list.