Travel Channel Star Guidelines

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Travel Channel Star? Have you dreamed of being the next Sam Brown, Andrew Zimmern, Kinga Philipps or Shane Reynolds, traveling the world and experiencing new places, cultures and people? We’re looking for personalities who are curious and adventurous and who explore the world through their own unique lens. Being passionate about travel is a given — what we really want is someone who travels with a distinct point of view and brings an audience along with them.

Video: Are You a Travel Channel Star?

Are you ready to be the next Travel Channel Star? Bert Kreischer shows you how!

Are You a Travel Channel Star?


Are you ready to be the next Travel Channel Star? Bert Kreischer shows you how!

Travel Channel experts will judge the 3-round competition with help from fans, who can vote for their favorite videos online. Five lucky semifinalists will travel to host a video segment, where they’ll face a series of challenges in hopes of making it to the final round. The winner will be revealed in a 1-hour Travel Channel TV special hosted by Bert Kreischer and will be given the opportunity to host their own 5-part web series.

Submit a 2-minute video that best showcases your travel perspective and highlights the travel moment that changed you, by April 15, 2015. Feel free to get creative on location or use props, but don’t spin your wheels with unnecessary editing — your unique story is what needs to shine through. More details on what we're looking for below.

Here’s what we’ll be looking for in your submissions:

We want to see you in action!
--Shoot footage of you talking to the camera
--Tell us your full name, where you are from and what your “Travel Specialty” is
--Vary up your shots, we like a combination of wide shots to set the scene and close ups of details  
--Pick a place or topic you love and are excited about
--Show off yourself and your location – highlight what you love about it

Give us a story, by shooting …
--Yourself in a travel environment that matches your specialty (ie: park, zoo, local attraction, unique shop, eating or drinking establishment)
--Yourself explaining what makes that location special – but the camera doesn’t have to always be on you, show us the environment around you as you talk
--Yourself giving a tour of that location
--Yourself giving a summary of your story to wrap things up

The specifics:

--Use a home video camera or if you don’t own one, the video camera function on your smart phone will be fine
--Videos should be no more than 2 minutes in length
--If using a phone, hold it horizontally for a wide view, not a tall view
--H.264 video with AAC audio in MOV or MP4 format preferred
--Resolution should be 1080p (1920x1080) or 720p (1280x720)
--A frame rate at or below 30 fps
--Audio is important. Make sure you and anybody else who appears speak up and are close enough to the camera to have your voices recorded clearly
--Do not include music or logos
--Stereo audio with a sample rate of 44,100 Hz

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