Across The Planet Series 1

  • Travel, Adventure, Short
  • 30 Episodes

Follow our writers Christa & Oli as they embark on an epic trip from London to Sydney, tracing the steps taken by Lonely Planet founders over 40 years ago.

Episodes

1. Launch
3min

Christa and Oli meet with the founders of Lonely Planet, and discuss their plan for the trip of a lifetime.

2. London Street Art
3min

The great journey kicks off in Lonely Planet’s home - London, where Oil leaves his mark learning about the legendary street art scene.

3. Bruges Chocolate
2min

Dominique Persoone is Belgium’s chocolate rock star, and his craft has given him a passion for travel. Christa and Oli sample his most notorious creation.

4. Gudelon Castle
4min

There’s renaissance faires and there’s this. French history-buffs-turned-architects are building an entire castle with period-accurate methods. Oli goes back in time with the craftsmen.

5. Stelvio Pass
2min

Christa and Oli put their Mini to the test. This leg of the journey takes them through the Italian Alps’ most infamous road.

6. Jodelwanderweg
2min

The best way to communicate across the breathtaking valleys of the Austrian Alps is by yodeling. Oli is learning one-on-one with a pro.

7. Kayaking Venice
4min

The canals of Venice are some of the most tourist-transited places on the planet, but kayaking gives Oli a glance of the city’s hidden facets.

8. Mostar Bridge
3min

The Mostar Bridge could easily be taken for a colorful tourist attraction. When Christa meets the daredevil divers, she learns that it means much more to them.

9. Communist Spaceship
3min

It’s like something out of a post-apocalyptic thriller about space-communists. Bulgaria’s Buzludzha monument ruins are unlike anywhere Christa and Oli have ever been.

10. Grand Bazaar
3min

As the world’s crossroads, Istanbul sees a lot of commerce - so the Turks know how to make a deal. Christa tries her hand at haggling in the Grand Bazaar.

11. Camel Poio
3min

In Dubai opulence knows no bounds, and even Polo is next-level. Oli swings a giant hammer off the back of a giant animal.

12. Jaipur Combo
3min

Jaipur is known for colorful textiles and traditional dishes. Christa and Oli get domestic and try their hand at the local crafts.

13. Kite Fighting in Jaipur
2min

Kite fighting in India goes back ages and has remained unchanged. Oli goes kite-to-kite with the neighborhood kids.

14. Varanasi
4min

Visit one of the most sacred places on the banks of river Ganga and join Oli as he tries his hand at the Sitar.

15. Bagan Bike Ride
3min

Bagan’s wealth of temples makes for a game of punch-buggy like no other. Christa and Oli bike around spotting ancient treasures.

16. Inle Lake
3min

The fishermen of Inle lake gracefully row with their feet so they can fish simultaneously. Oli … gives it his best.

17. Buy Buddha
3min

Bankok is a backpacker hot spot, but many outsiders inadvertently disrespect the religious community. Oli speaks to a monk about the right way to buy a Buddha souvenir.

18. Local Thai Food
3min

With Thai food being such a hit around the world, Christa and Oli are curious to see what Thai people eat day-to-day. It’s definitely not bugs.

19. Free-diving
3min

As terrifying as being 12 meters underwater with no scuba tank sounds, Christa and Oli learn how to make it a transcendental experience.

20. Malaysian Tea
3min

Oli discovers that Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands are as perfect for relaxing as they are for cultivating tea.

21. Rock Climbing
2min

One of Malaysia’s holiest sites is also revered for rock climbing. Christa achieves new heights at the Batu Caves, learning how sport and spirit compliment each other.

22. Weird Theme Park
3min

Knowing Chinese folklore might make this theme park make more sense, but it probably doesn’t make it any less creepy. Oli is as baffled as he is unnerved.

23. Making Jewelry
2min

To see more of Bali than resorts, Christa meets some of the famed local silversmiths. It’s charm all around as she makes a piece for herself.

24. Bali Volcano
4min

Camping on a volcano saves you a step. Oli learns how to cook with magma’s natural heat and joins a Gamelan band.

25. Pig Feast
4min

Roasting a pig is for special occasions in Papua New Guinea. Christa and Oli are guests at this multi-tribe celebration.

26. Highland Darts
2min

Throwing darts is a national pastime in Papua New Guinea. Christa learns how they do it there and gives it a go.

27. Tribesman of Papua New Guinea
4min

The Huli tribesmen devote years of care and ceremony to growing perfect wigs. Christa and Oli get grooming tips and meet the Asaro Mudmen, who masquerade as vengeful spirits.

28. Cockatoo Island
2min

Long ago, Australia’s Cockatoo Island was an inescapable prison for the baddest of the bad. Now people escape to there for a relaxing time.

29. Fish & Chips
2min

Sydney’s fish market is a seafood Mecca. Christa drops in to sample what might be the best Fish & Chips in the world.

30. Icebergs
3min

To finish up their globe-spanning adventure Christa and Oli visit the Bondi Icebergs - a fellowship of serious cold-water enthusiasts.