“A great philosopher once said the world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page.”

THE RELUCTANT TRAVELER WITH EUGENE LEVY takes viewers to eight fabulous countries with a “cautious and conventional” sightseer. Eugene loves being with his family, eating great food, and playing golf. He is a land lover who is afraid of heights, so exploring different places around the world took him out of his comfort zone, and he mentioned this every step of the way in his unique, whiney, comedic style. 

THE RELUCTANT TRAVELER visited Finland, Costa Rico, Italy, the United States, Maldives, South Africa, Portugal, and Japan. It was an eclectic itinerary for someone who hates to try new things. It presented a different way of looking at each country than your normal tv travel shows. Each installment showcased a bit of their location’s heart and soul. It was not all about the LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS. Eugene went out of his way to say yes to things he would never do or eat. He did stay in mostly opulent hotels, but he always went outside the box and made friends with every native and family he met. And he accomplished this by always using his dry wit and humorous comments. 

Throughout his travels, viewers could sense his fears, limits, and pure joy at discovering a new way to appreciate the world. It felt authentic, which drew me in and kept me watching, listening, and learning. Seeing the look on his face when confronting something he didn’t want to do was thoroughly entertaining. He made me smile and think about being more adventurous, explorative, and at peace. 

THE RELUCTANT TRAVELER WITH EUGENE LEVY is just what the doctor would order to cut our stress levels and help us see our planet from a different perspective. Eugene is a little like “Everyman,” bringing this vast world closer to our front door. It is available to stream on Apple TV+.  

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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