The Reluctant Traveler Review: Stream It or Skip It?

If there is one genre that everyone knows and loves it’s travel shows. It doesn’t matter if you love traveling or hate it, watching people travel to far away and exotic places are always interesting, and of course, if traveling around the world is your cup of tea, then these shows become even more fun.

Because of how popular this genre is, it is incredibly hard for a show to tap into the market and become successful, let alone one of the top shows. However, when someone as brilliant as Eugene Levy is involved, it is bound to be a success, isn’t it?

The Reluctant Traveler Review

Yes, we are talking about The Reluctant Traveler, a travel series where Eugene Levy steps out of his comfort zones and travels to exotic places all around the world. Of course, people have done things like these before and it is all available to stream on the internet, but The Reluctant Traveler definitely stands out of the crowd for us, and we absolutely love it!

There is so much to enjoy when it comes to The Reluctant Traveler, even at times when Eugene Levy isn’t enjoying the experience himself. In this article, we will highlight everything we loved about The Reluctant Traveler, and what you can expect from this series.

Eugene Levy Takes Over the World In This Brilliantly Documented Travel Series

We want to start by saying that if you are someone who would rather sit on their couch and binge-watch your favorite shows and movies instead of traveling around the world, The Reluctant Traveler might just be the perfect show for you.

Even if it doesn’t make you get up on your feet and book tickets for your next destination, it will at least help you realize just how beautiful the world is. Now of course, we understand that not everyone can travel as Eugene Levy does, and frankly,

we can’t afford any of the hotels he stayed at either, so it would have been more fun to see him slum it with the locals or stay in Airbnb or hostels, but for Eugene Levy, this more than enough of an adventure.

The Reluctant Traveler was a simple and fun watch with some beautiful moments that will truly make you cherish life and nature.

The Reluctant Traveler

The Reluctant Traveler has a total of eight episodes and Eugene Levy and his team really make it a point to cover different parts of the world by visiting Finland, Costa Rica, Venice, Utah, Maldives, South Africa, Lisbon, and Tokyo.

He has truly managed to capture the essence of different countries, seasons, foods, and cultures, and each and every episode had something so unique about it, that we are almost ready to pack our bags and book the tickets!

We will tell you a little bit about our favorite part of each episode, and also which episode of The Reluctant Traveler was our most favorite, and which was the least favorite. Of course, you can also let us know in the comments whether you agree or disagree with us.

 Eugene Levy

The first episode of The Reluctant Traveler took us all the way to Finland, and if you have ever been there before, you know how cold it can get, and although Eugene Levy had seemed to prepare himself for the cold, it simply didn’t seem enough.

Nevertheless, The Reluctant Traveler is all about new challenges for Levy, and that tone has been set in the very first episode. One of our favorite parts of this episode was also one of the funniest because watching Levy eat reindeer and then ride with them the next morning was truly an experience for him and us.

The first episode in Finland was a strong start to The Reluctant Traveler and frankly, quite a wholesome experience.

The first episode in Finland

Moving on, we have been swept away to Costa Rica with Eugene Levy where he was in a luxurious volcano-facing room, and it is safe to say that he had some reservations about it. Levy was sent on a night hike, and if we were in his place, we wouldn’t be so thrilled either.

But, it was fun to see him face some very rational fears. In this episode, Levy also spent some time talking to the forest about his secrets and things that he is grateful for. Those of you who have followed Levy’s work and interviews already know that he is a family man, and that is only reaffirmed in The Reluctant Traveler because he talks about them every chance he gets, and we love it.

Costa Rica with Eugene Levy

The next two episodes in Venice and Utah showcase Eugene Levy’s love for food and while these two episodes might not have had venomous snakes, Levy still conquered his fear of heights on a helicopter ride in Utah.

Again, the one thing we truly love about all these episodes is the luxurious hotels that Levy stays at, and you will definitely want to add them to your bucket list for the future too. The next location on Levy’s list was hands down our favorite episode, and that was the Maldives.

Venice and Utah

The fifth episode in Maldives truly had us emotional by the end of it. This was one of the most luxurious episodes of The Reluctant Traveler, and Eugene Levy seemed far too blissed out in this episode, and he also had his favorite meal – a cheeseburger, fries, and a milkshake, and turns out, it was one of the best cheeseburgers he has ever had in his life.

Anything and everything that he wanted was in the palm of his hands, even if that meant playing golf at the ocean. We are definitely adding Maldives to the list of places we want to visit, and we have Levy to thank for that.

The fifth episode in Maldives

In the last three episodes, Eugene Levy visits South Africa, Lisbon, and Tokyo, rounding up The Reluctant Traveler with some great locations.

We will have to admit, amidst all these great episodes, the seventh episode in Lisbon seemed a little dull in comparison, making it our least favorite episode.

The Reluctant Traveler with some great locations

The Reluctant Traveler had everything good going on for it, but we also believe that while the locations were great, and the hotels were luxurious, all the charm came from Eugene Levy.

There is just something about this man that gravitates you towards his personality and makes you want to smile with him. We don’t know if there will be another season of The Reluctant Traveler, but we sure hope it happens and maybe this time, the entire Levy could be a part of it, or at least Eugene and Dan.  

Our final verdict is that you need to ahead and stream The Reluctant Traveler on Apple TV if you haven’t yet because it is a hoot and a half! You will be laughing, crying, and feeling every emotion that Levy feels in this series, even confusion when he tries to work the toilets in Tokyo!

Eugene and Dan


We would love to know your thoughts about The Reluctant Traveler and whether or not you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Also, do let us know in the comments which episode was your favorite and made you want to pack your bags right away!

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