Are You Looking for New Places to Love?

 

We Said Go Travel interviewed Samantha Brown

about the new season of her show, Places to Love.

(INTERVIEW #99 in our travel series!)

 

Please tell us about the new season of your PBS show, Places to Love. What were your favorite destinations from the season?

My show is about the destinations, the experiences but most of all the people who make us feel like we are a part of a place. I loved New Zealand which totally delivers in spectacular beauty and down to earth people who take it upon themselves to show you a great time.  I also loved Lafayette, Louisiana which has its own distinct culture of French ancestry, music: zydeco and Cajun, great food and even better hospitality.

Samantha Brown in Lake Geneva for an Alporn Lesson
Samantha Brown in Lake Geneva for an Alporn Lesson
Many readers know you from your show on Travel Channel. How is this show different? What will we learn now?

With Travel Channel, the focus was on my experience.  In Places to Love, my focus is on the people we meet when we travel as well as the effort those people make to create the experiences we as travelers get to have.  When you connect with people you become less a consumer and more apart of the community.

Samantha Brown on Rhine River Cruise
Samantha Brown on Rhine River Cruise
How many days, weeks or months are you away creating your show? Are you traveling all the time?

We shoot 13 episodes in 6 months. It takes 4 days to shoot an episode plus three days of travel sometimes 4 or even 5 days depending on how far we’re going.  But my show isn’t the only job I travel for.  Last year I was on 40 flights, went thru 48 airports, checked in and out of 26 hotels and traveled 120,000 miles.

Samantha Brown in Palm Springs
Samantha Brown in Palm Springs
How or why did you pick the places for this season? When a location is on your season, it is a place you already love and have been many times? Or will we see places you have not visited previously?

Both!  We pick location for many many reasons mainly: do we have the budget for 7 crew members and 22 cases of gear? There are a lot of logistics we have to take into consideration.  My seasons always represent a mixture of places I’ve been to and am going to for the first time. There are destinations that range from bucket list big to small towns.

Samantha Brown in Hong Kong
Samantha Brown in Hong Kong
Lately there has been buzz and questions at travel events about solo women travelers. What advice do you have for women travelers?

DO IT!!!!  Safety is the biggest issue. With a little research, you can find what places are safe and not.  I’ve been all over Asia, Europe and Central and South America and have only benefited from being solo (when I’m not filming; I’m walking alone, dining alone, going back to my hotel alone).  When you are alone, people open up to you more and you in turn.  The one big rule I have is if someone initiates a conversation with me when I’m alone, I always have that in the back of my head and am cautious of the questions asked.  100% of the time it’s just been a pleasant conversation.  But that’s why I like starting conversations myself!

Samantha Brown in Lake Geneva
Samantha Brown in Lake Geneva
When and where can viewers watch Places to Love Season 2?

On their local PBS station. Each station has different air times. They can click on this link to see when their PBS station plays it. PBS.org will start streaming episodes end of January.

Samantha Brown playing with St. Bernard Puppies in Lake Geneva
Samantha Brown playing with St. Bernard Puppies in Lake Geneva
Where can people find you and follow you?

I’m ALWAYS on Instagram -too much really. Find me here.

Samantha Brown speaking to JNTO at Dolby Theater
Samantha Brown speaking to JNTO at Dolby Theater
Lisa Niver from We Said Go Travel heard Samantha Brown speak in 2018 at an event with Japanese National Tourism Organization event at Dolby Theater.
Samantha Brown speaking to JNTO at Dolby Theater
Samantha Brown speaking to JNTO at Dolby Theater
Lisa Niver from We Said Go Travel heard Samantha Brown speak in 2016 at the LA Travel and Adventure Show. What did she tell us about how to meet people? “No maps and no apps. Put your phone away and experience everyday life. Wander around. Be on a mission to connect with the culture.”

 

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Lisa Niver and Samantha Brown
Lisa Niver and Samantha Brown
Lisa Niver and Samantha Brown March 2018
Lisa Niver and Samantha Brown March 2018 at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

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