If you’ve not yet caught episodes of the hit PBS family travel show "Getting Away Together" on TV this year, you can enjoy all the summer fun by going online at GettingAwayTogether.com to watch recent TV episodes of real-life family members on vacation.
It may seem somewhat sarcastic to say that the PBS TV travel series “Getting Away Together” actually features family members talking to each other, and having real outdoor fun in the sun together - with kids actually writing post cards - but given today’s digital age, such activities are now almost gone with the wind. For instance, recent episodes of the show - that focuses on diverse groups of real travelers vacationing together in some of the most fascinating destinations across America – features children actually taking time to send other family and friends post cards explaining their family fun. In turn, a grandma in Florence, Oregon, laments that both she and her other senior friends – who are also grandparents and great-grandparents – “never, ever receive post cards anymore.”
Thus, it’s more than just vexing for 83-year-old Betty who asks: “Why don’t people send postcard of their summer vacations anymore? I don’t want to look online at anything; least of all my grandchildren on vacation,” states this old-school grandma during a recent Huliq interview while watching “Getting Away Together” in a nursing home break room where other grandparents say they enjoy “families being together” and having “fun as a family” during the summer vacation.
Getting Away Together presents real people outside together
On the surface it doesn’t seem like a big deal: families spending time together without electronic devices where they do stuff like talk to one another, cook together, walk and hike and swim together; while also writing post cards or just “being together” under the stars at night.
“You don’t see parents with their children these days,” quips Betty shaking her head in disappointment. “Parents will give them anything not to spend time with their children. Can you imagine that,” she adds with a tear in her eye.
Thus, “Getting Away Together” is a big hit with Betty and others at this Florence, Oregon, senior home where “waiting for the grandkids to visit” is almost their regular pastime. “We just enjoy it when the children visit. When they’re not with us, we like to imagine they are enjoying themselves with parents and their brothers, sisters and friends.”
In turn, TV critics states that “Getting Away Together” calls attention to not only “beautiful destinations and compelling life stories,” but it’s one of the “best kept” travel secrets on TV today because the show not only helps consumers to make decisions about their upcoming travels, but promotes family members actually doing things together without the annoyance of electronic gadgets “taking both parents and children away from each other.”
For instance, each episode of “Getting Away Together” features a group of travelers – many of them families – as “they unwind with meaningful travel experiences in fun locales,” states a marketing pitch for this hit TV show on the program’s website.
Also, “Getting Away Together” is now airing on all national member PBS stations; with the best way to watch an episode is to check your local listings for airtimes.
Thus far in 2012, Getting Away Together has featured these episode titles:
-- “Best Reunion Destinations”
-- “Best Beach Destinations"
-- “Gulf Shores,” Alabama
-- “Hilton Head,” South Carolina
-- “Deep Creek Lake,” Maryland
-- “Sevier County,” Tennessee
-- “Oceanside,” California
-- “Outer Banks” North Carolina
-- “Central Oregon,” Oregon
Also, Getting Away Together wants you to share your family’s summer vacation fun with America on this popular PBS TV travel show that may be coming to your neck of the woods.
Getting Away Together wants you to be on TV
The Emmy award-winning production company behind “Getting Away Together” announced on both the TV show and its website www.gettingawaytogether.com that it’s “seeking families or reunion groups willing to share their story for a national television series. If you're chosen, film crews will document your experience playing, dining and doing all kinds of activities in a luxury vacation rental home at a fabulous destination.”
For instance, think lake-side chalet, mountain cabin, and beach-front cottage.”
What is the show looking for? “A few groups of 4-10 people who want to get away together and whom America will want to watch! You should have lively personalities and great story viewers will care about.”
Also, the show’s producers told Huliq during a recent interview that “this show will run on family-friendly PBS member stations; and it is not tawdry reality TV.”
In addition, the Getting Away Together producers would like “groups must be available for filming on the dates when the vacation rental home is open. You'll need to provide your own transportation to get there and back, but all accommodations, dining and activities during the shoot will be provided by the producers. If you think your family or group of friends deserves this vacation, tell us why! Be as creative as you can in sharing what is unique and special about your group with examples and short stories. Should you be selected for an upcoming episode, you will be contacted directly by producers from PineRidge Film and Television at the show’s website - www.gettingawaytogether.com – that has an easy to follow Q & A section that you simply fill out and send to be considered for the program.
Family TV travel show says no gadgets, please
According to the PBS website for its hit TV travel show “Getting Away Together” – at www.gettingawaytogether.com – “there are two things people love. In fact, they crave: Getting away from it all at a great destination, and being with family and friends.”
With more electronic gadgets than ever before to keep us “connected,” adds the Getting Away Together website, “it seems harder and harder to actually get together one-on-one. So when we finally take time to unplug, what we really want is to reconnect in person with those closest to us. It’s time out for what really matters!”
The Getting Away Together TV series first started airing on PBS member stations in 2011, and has expanded its scope and mission for 2012 by highlighting the rapidly growing trend of sharing a vacation rental with friends and family.
“From girlfriend getaways to family reunions and milestone celebrations,” the series shows diverse groups of real travelers vacationing together in some of the most fascinating destinations across America.
For instance, one recent Getting Away Together show featured families having fun without any electronic devices; while family members enjoyed fun outdoor activities, dining, checking out local history and scenery at what the show dubs as “some of America’s most beautiful destinations have to offer.” Real people. Real vacations. Real memories.
Also, unlike other travel shows, producers of “Getting Away Together” say it “brings the concept of ‘togethering’ to television. It’s the first reality travel series to focus on this trend. Each episode features a new group of travelers as they unwind with meaningful travel experiences in fun locales, with vacation rentals as their home base.”
Image source of a young boy writing postcards in real life after viewing other kids actually writing post cards made of paper and then mailing them by U.S. Post to family and friends on the "Getting Away Together" PBS TV show. While most things on TV today proclaim “one can’t enjoy life without an app or being wired into a screen of some sort, this ‘Getting Away Together is simply about people enjoying their vacation,” explained one TV critic. Photo by Dave Masko