Adventure-travel series showcases ABQ area

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Robert Rose enjoys traveling. So it’s perfect that he hosts “Raw Travel TV.”

“Raw Travel” is an adventure-travel and lifestyle series showcasing the rapidly growing wave of socially and environmentally aware independent travel.

The series weaves together themes of eco-tourism, volun-tourism (giving back) with underground music and authentic culture in a way unique to television.

It airs at 10 a.m. Sundays on KASY My 50 in New Mexico and recently Rose and crew spent a few days in New Mexico filming for the new season.

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“We spent a lot of time in Albuquerque,” he says during a recent interview from Moab, Utah. “We also went up north to Santa Fe and Taos before we headed to Utah.”

One of the stops was at the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Ramah. He also took a hot-air balloon ride with the Rainbow Ryders and, of course, went to Old Town.

Rose also went to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, where his crew filmed some Native American dances.

“I loved it there,” he says. “This is the first time I’ve had the chance to stay in New Mexico for a longer time. There’s so much to see and I fell in love with New Mexico.”

Rose and the “Raw Travel” crew are showcasing the area for their “The Great North American Road Trip – Western Frontier” episodes. The crew was in the state for a week and will be able to get two episodes out of the visit.

Rose says working on the indie-produced, adventure-travel series has its perks.

“For one, I get to travel the world,” he says. “But the purpose is to teach people how to travel on the cheap and eco-friendly.”

Already having seen a big part of the world in its first two seasons, Rose says the upcoming season will be the most diverse yet.

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Along with New Mexico as a destination, Rose will travel to Western Africa, French Polynesia, Northern Europe, Southeast Asia, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Rose takes pride in how the show digs deep into indigenous roots found in the western United States while seeking out underground subcultures and socially conscious living and travel angles.

“There are so many stories to tell,” he says. “The best part about this is that I’m learning as well. I want to learn all I can about traveling and the world.”

Rose says he came up with the idea for the show because of his experience of living in Colombia and South America. He experienced things that had never been captured on TV.

“I want everyone to know that they should travel,” he says. “Quite often it’s less expensive to travel abroad than living in the United States. The U.S. passport allows us to travel with free rein. I want to inspire people to take the chance and see the world.”

SEND ME YOUR TIPS: If you know of a movie filming in the state, or are curious about one, email film@ABQjournal.com. Follow me on Twitter @agomezART.

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