Phil Keoghan talking about his life and the Amazing Race at the Travel & Adventure Show
I was running out to lunch when I saw Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race, walk past me with the travel show staff. Just a regular guy with his carry-on. He was stopped by the local news to answer a few questions so I stood behind to listen. He said “Philly is a place of passion” and that the Amazing Race “shows that travel is safe” and “there is a lot of the world to see”. All so true.
When I returned from Reading Terminal (across the street from the Convention Center) every seat was full so I had to stand way in the back to listen to Phil’s inspirational talk. Taking a read of his audience, he asked “How many had visited New Zealand, his birthplace”, I was surprised (and proud) by the number of hands raised along with mine. Then he mentioned his favorite sport of cricket – “How many people know about cricket?” -my hand again went up and, in this case, I was the lone person with a raised hand! Even Phil was surprised by this “just one hand, really?” (Sorry Phil, this is Eagles territory)
The Amazing Race
The Amazing Race….how many of us have dreamed of participating in it? Thought “I could do that” Well, I have always thought it would be fun (except the whole eating live bugs, crunchy bugs on sticks and other “good for you protein” sources) but I’d be out of the race the minute I hit a food challenge (bye-bye a million dollars!). Last year I ran my own unexpected race to JFK with my niece – that was enough insight to know that racing around the world in 21 days is crazy difficult (12 shows in 21 days!), the fact that it’s all coach flying is just insane! I’ve been fascinated by the show since it started and after Phil’s talk, I’m now convinced that CBS needs to do a behind the scenes show of Phil’s race from city to city. He spoke of barely making it to the mat himself a few times (being stuck at Immigration, sleeping in an airport, etc.). He is definitely not living the 5 star life on the road as he showed a photo of himself washing his hair in the gas station parking lot with curious onlookers as well as a bit of fun with the airport baggage carousel.
A bit of travel fun on the baggage carousel with Phil Keoghan
And then he shared his stories of when his driver got lost based on the directions to turn at the elephant in the road (well of course the elephant walked away) and they pulled up to the pit stop just as another team was arriving so he had to run up to the mat, quickly say “hi” to the local greeter and welcome “team number one”. I feel like I want to go back to that episode to see how he handled it since the viewer doesn’t get the back story of his travels.
Road block on safari in Sabi Sands – elephants definitely get the “right of way”