Travel TV fanatics who haven’t heard of "Getting Away Together" can now check out the show from the beginning and even star in an episode. Yesterday, the group-centric travel series made the jump from television to the computer screen.
The first series of its kind, "Getting Away Together" is a reality show centered on group travelers staying in vacation rentals across the country. Togethering, as such travel is called, is the fastest growing trend in travel says Jerry Smith, C.E.O. and Owner of PineRidge Film & Television.
Smith, a travel TV veteran, was also behind "Great Hotels" with Samantha Brown.
The first GAT episode online follows five Texas women. Friends since Girl Scout camp in the '70s, they've convened in St. Augustine, Florida after 13 years of trips.
"I think there are a lot of people that don’t even know St. Augustine is here," said vacationer Jeorgeanne. "And, I think they’re missing out."
Besides making a requisite stop in the historic downtown and Fountain of Youth, the women pursued less touristic affairs like a stroll through the farmers' market, hunting for sharks' teeth, and a trip to the quiet town of Ponte Vedra Beach.
While the show currently only features U.S. destinations, initiatives have begun to expand the show into Europe. Other US locales include Oceanside, Calif.; Outer Banks, N.C.; Central Oregon; and Kissimmee, Fla.
For those interested in breaking into travel TV -- and what traveler doesn't have a story to tell -- the show’s website includes a casting call. Apply online here.
“Getting Away Together” can be seen on PBS affiliate stations nationwide and online, with new episodes added Wednesdays.