It’s about the destination and the journey. Join Bob and Mack Woodruff on their adventure of a lifetime
What is the story about?
Rogue Trip is a travel guide to all the places where the average tourist will least likely to venture. Bob Woodruff and his son Mack Woodruff travel to different countries and explore the remote areas. The series is produced by Elleen Murphy, with Bob Woodruff as the executive producer.
Travel shows are interesting and intriguing to watch. They provide you excitement and fulfilment, unlike other shows. What makes Rogue Trip stand out from the others is their approach to areas in few countries which are not explored by regular explorers or the tourist.
ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff has visited many hot spots and war zones around the planet. But since his almost near death after being blown up by an IED in Iraq in 2006, he’s changed his reporting to big-picture stories from all over the world. The whole idea behind the show Rogue Trip is that Bob and his 29-year-old son Mack, a photographer, will travel to different countries and explore remote areas, meet people over there and try to get to know each other in a different way now that Mack is an adult.
The series is spread across six episodes covering six countries which are mostly considered as dangerous spots for tourists. But the father-son duo shows a bigger and beautiful picture of these countries through their creative eyes. Right from Bogota to Chernobyl they span across Papa New Guinea, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Lebanon and Ukraine.
The places they explore have not frequented by regular tourists. The ideas of their vacation is not sipping on fancy drinks, tasting exotic food but getting their hands dirty and feel the very core of the natural resources. The places they visit would lure you to add to your bucket list, but I’m sure that will never happen but stay on the list forever.
One of the things that the makers of the show wanted to show, is that the conflict of these countries natural beauty untouched from development. They’re still tangled with conflicts, for instance when they take a boat down the Amazon at the Southern tip of the country, they find out that it’s still the main highway for drug transport.
But the people living in these countries state that the media is mostly interested about the bad side of the country whereas there’s so much good and they want to show the world the other face of these conflicted countries. There things such as, In Lebanon, there’s a guy who has put the war machines to better use and turned it into a tourist spot underwater. A reef with all the war tankers, which you can deep dive and take a tour of the relics of different kinds. Similarly in Ukraine, the tankers are de-militarized and used for racing as a tourist attraction. But the most exciting part was when they visited the actual site and nuclear power plant in Chernobyl. It’s one thing to read and watch the fictionalized version and another to witness the actual thing.
Rogue Trip is a rare experience which takes you on an eccentric trip around the conflicted world.
Music and other Departments
The show consists of spectacular cinematography. The extensive coverage was beautifully captured on a cinematic scale. That was well-backed by decisive editing and complimenting background score.
While travelling through the world, the Bob-Mack bonding really sets the father-son goals in life. Bob’s oddball jokes and Mack wittiness were highlights of the show. And obviously the locations that take your breath away.
Did I enjoy it?
I enjoyed it thoroughly and embraced the nature the best I could from the comfort of my home.
Do I recommend it and why?
Definitely I recommend it and make sure to add it on your binge list. Rogue Trip is currently is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.