Who are The Travel Guys?
(Est. in 2004)
Well, basically they’re two funny guys who like to travel, as the name would indicate. The difference between these two guys and most tourists is: Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman seek far off adventure in front of the camera. This long-running TV series provides insight into: popular destinations for new travelers; undiscovered destinations for seasoned travelers; and entertainment for TV viewers who for whatever reason can not travel.
The Travel Guys are more than a travel information program; it’s funny and personality driven. 2017 marks the 15th season of airing weekly on 2 networks to a viewing audience of over 2 million B.C. viewers (they can also be seen nationally on Telus TV’s VOD and soon will add more national exposure with an additional Canadian TV network). Since launching the television show, The Travel Guys have filmed over 200 half hour episodes in destinations like Australia, Canada, The Caribbean, China, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand and USA.
Jim is Co-Host, Co-Producer and Co-Writer of The Travel Guys. With a major in film studies Jim earned valuable experience in the TV/movie industry while traveling to exotic locations for several years as a writer for TV with a CBS television series. Jim relocated to Vancouver in 1995 and joined the Vancouver media as a television and radio Film Critic with CTV, SHAW TV, CFUN. When he’s not on the road with The Travel Guys, Jim can be seen reviewing movies weekly on CTV Vancouver, Co-Hosting the online.TV show “Our City Tonight” and writing for several publications.
DARREN is Co-Host, Co-Producer and Co-Writer of The Travel Guys. With 20 years of media experience in radio, television and print, Darren brings with him travel experience gained as a Co-Host of a prime-time radio show aired from locations around the world. Darren has written several travel stories for print and when he’s not on the road with The Travel Guys, Darren writes an entertainment column for 24 Hrs, TV Week and a national travel column with Metro newspaper.
Seattle - 2017
Italian Cruise - 2016
200th Episode - 2014
New England Cruise - 2012
Liverpool - 2016
Okanagan, BC - 2015
Ireland - 2013
Puerto Vallarta - 2011
Meet Jetsetting TV Personalities the Travel Guys
By Kristina Urquhart
Imagine if your job were to hop a plane and travel the globe. Climbing Sydney’s Harbour Bridge? Check. Riding an elephant in Thailand? Been there, done that. One month, you’re harvesting grapes in an Italian vineyard. The next, you’re kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland.
It’s all in a day’s work for Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman, who have achieved all that and more as the stars of Shaw TV’s The Travel Guys. In nearly seven years, the duo has filmed 90 shows around the world; when they’re not off in some far-flung locale, they can be found right here in Vancouver. Both former radio personalities, they each write entertainment columns for local publications; Gordon is also a movie critic for CTV.