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Samantha Brown shares what it’s like to be a travel television host

The road from waiting tables to television host has been an interesting one.

I always dreamed of being on Broadway or in an LA-based sitcom. Never in a million years did I imagine myself hosting a travel show. And yet here I am! It’s crazy that the job I actually ended up landing has surpassed my wildest dreams.

This interview delves deep into how I ended up with the best job in the world, as well as the highs and lows of traveling for a living. I can’t say enough good things about my career, but being away from home 230 days a year (and sleeping in a different hotel every other night) is actually quite draining. In fact, the hardest part of the job is managing loneliness. Every night, I go to bed alone and wake up alone, knowing the people I love are hundreds or thousands of miles away. It’s really challenging, but it’s a part of the job.

All that said, I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything. Meeting new people, exploring the world and broadening my horizons every single day is something I cherish. I love seeing how people live their everyday lives. What’s a regular day to someone else might feel anything but ordinary to me. Not only does it help me grow, but also allows me to view my everyday life in a whole new light. I love what I do.

Do you travel a lot? What’s your favorite part? Least favorite?

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Thanks for this warm, candid and open sharing of the behind the scenes price of being in the public eye. I love your on camera work and now I admire you personally even more for being yourself.

  2. … and those of us who have been around for the 13 years (I think I showed up in year 2), still support you and wish you the very very best. On your side are yours truly (still wandering the world, thanks), Capttuttle (still fond of Old Blighty), and the Family Orange (with whom I have contact only through Don). But we remain yours,

    Intl Doc

    1. I remember you and Capt Tuttle and Family Orange from the boards. Of course, I have zero memory what my handle was, maybe it was just my name, Lisa. Nonetheless, nice to see you again.

  3. My favorite part about traveling is meeting all the people like you said. Immersing yourself into a new culture opens my eyes to new possibilities of beauty and gratitude for the world we live in.

  4. Have always loved your shows. My favorite part of traveling is visiting different places, learning their history, meeting people. I feel that I have grown through travel. Least favorite part of travel hotel beds 8 out of 10, maybe 9 out 10 are horrible.

  5. Samantha, now that you have a family you should pitch the idea of doing a family travel show. Just about the only thing I keep finding for good family travel is Disney. We would love to see and know of great places to travel with our family’s. Thank you for the sacrifices you took to make all the shows and programs over the years. It was not in vane.

    1. A cute play on words! As in weather vane or the points of a compass! S. Browns travels are wonderful.

  6. What a lovely interview! It was very inspiring! It’s wonderful how you got your dream job which you didn’t know would be your dream job! I’ve started traveling a lot recently and enjoy meeting the locals where I visit as well. My goal is to be brave enough to do more on my own.

  7. I just love the Samantha Brown’s – Places To Love Show. You get the chance to travel around the world to see different places, people, their culture, food, religions, & architecture. I’m glad I got the chance to talk to you for a brief moment about your experiences traveling around the world. I met you at the Chicago Travel Show of 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. You inspire me so much, that I would like to do the same.

  8. Samantha,

    You are spot on about the loneliness. Being a celebrity like yourself, it’s great when fans recognize you at exotic locations. Usually, it’s very attractive women, in tiny bikinis, on beaches in St Kitts, St Barts, etc. who usually shout, “You’re Scott Lara!”

    While this was fun at first, I’ve learned over time that they only see my good looks, and not the deeper, more personal aspects of my life, feelings and emotions.

    Scott Lara

  9. Oh Samantha. I watch your shows religiously!💖 1 trip u made to New Paltz n.y. Mohonk Mtn House & i HAD to go there…& i did in october.🍁🍃🍂 autumn was so beautiful there. We dont have colored leaves in south texas unless you BUY them. Im so jealous if your job! You are a great travel guide & host. Thank you..stay safe💒✈🏯🗽🗼

  10. My least/favorite thing about is the hotel. I am 5′ tall and the trend in the States in tall everything. The bed is impossible to get into , the sink is too tall to get a drink. Really? Are we all giants? This short fat woman objects. I do enjoy your show. My favorite part is your face when someone plans for you to do something weird. You take an involuntarily step back and your face is priceless.

  11. I love every episode I have seen so far. You take me places I would loved to have gone too but I would still miss your view without you. I love to travel and wish I could with someone exactly like you in every way. Your crew are very lucky. I hope you last foreverso you can take me every where. That includes everywhere I have ever been to. Thanks so much. Your guy is extremely Lucky.

  12. Samantha, I wish I had seen your Budapest episode before 3 generations of the women in my family (including pre-teens) visited Hungary for just a week. Because all my past European travels were open-ended I never had a plan but stumbled onto a Lot. But in Budapest with only 6 days, although we did see a quite a bit we missed the Franz Liszt Academy and Gypsy music! Two typically Hungarian things — and I’m Hungarian-American! And you are so right. I was also struck by how light and energetic and modern this amazing city actually is!

  13. Have been a fan of you and enjoy seeing the world through your eyes. If you ever need a break please call me, you have my dream job!

  14. I love the planning and actually being there, wherever I’m headed, but I hate the traveling between home and the destination; and then worrying about making my connections to get home. Next time, I’ll use a travel agent, and we have taken tours on our last number of tours, so that’s wonderful. And we LOVE Samantha Brown, anything thing she does and anywhere she goes!

  15. Hi,
    Love your shows. Have been following you for years.
    My question is how much does it cost for an average person if they want to do what you do in your show? Have the one on one tour guide etc. It would be great to do it once without too many people around.
    Thank you. Happy travels!

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