CLEARED FOR ‘TAKE OFF!’
TWO FLIGHT ATTENDANTS LAND NATIONAL TV TRAVEL SERIES
This fall, “TAKE OFF! with The Savvy Stews” lands in daytime on Destination America.
“TAKE OFF!” encourages viewers to travel like a pro by inspiring the novice traveler as well as the jet-setter to try an alternate route.
Stow your carry-on bags and fasten your seatbelts because it’s time to fly! Flight attendants Gailen David and Bobby Laurie are landing on televisions across America with a new travel series that inspires travelers to make the most of their trip and explore hidden gems in a destination’s backyard.
Gailen David and Bobby Laurie, better known as “The Savvy Stews,” had their flight paths cross in 2010 at a conference connecting travel bloggers.
“We were both blogging about the life of a flight attendant and our crazy experiences at 35,000ft, but also realized we had the same mission to inform travelers how to make their experience on the road easier, stress-free and more civilized based on our experiences… so we decided to work together,” explained Bobby Laurie. “That’s when we started called ourselves The Savvy Stews.”
Combined, the Stews have over 40 years of hospitality and airline industry experience making them the only travel hosts on television with direct, hands on, industry skills and knowledge.
The Savvy Stews’ show might be new, but the duo isn’t new to television. “We started our website [SavvyStews.com] and filled it with tips and insider information that we had access to and saw an amazing response so we thought we’d take it a step further and we contacted some morning talk shows about going on their show and teaching their audience how to travel like the pros do,” said Laurie. “We picked up the phone, called any news producers we could find, and pitched them idea. We did all of this ourselves,” Gailen David added. The first show to give the guys a shot was “Daytime” a national lifestyle and entertainment show filmed out of Tampa, FL. The Stews still appear on the show as monthly travel contributors.
Additionally, coining the catchphrase “travel like we do,” The Savvy Stews are now entering their second year appearing bi-weekly on the nationally syndicated morning show “The Daily Buzz” from destinations around the world. “After a few years we decided to take our travel segments out of the studio and on the road with us. We travel the world and send reports to The Daily Buzz with destination highlights, travel tips and special deals for their viewers. We always find so many amazing things to do and places to see throughout our travels that it’s sometimes hard to convey how fascinating everything is in two minutes, but with the show, we have more time to let viewers experience the journey with us,” explained David.
“TAKE OFF! with The Savvy Stews” will share the adventures David and Laurie encourage viewers to have in various cities in America and beyond, from tasting the local cuisine, to tackling the boldest activities, seeking the new thing to try, and taking the road less traveled; because they want to experience the discovery along with the viewers at home.
“TAKE OFF!” has been cleared to air this fall on Destination America and will be the only travel series releasing new episodes in daytime television. “TAKE OFF!” will air Thursdays at 8 a.m. EST / 5 a.m. PST starting October 2, 2014.
Destination America, part of Discovery Communications, the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 2 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories, is the only network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States and features travel, food, adventure, home, and natural history, with original series.
“TAKE OFF!” is produced by Savvy Omnimedia with April Carter, Gailen David and Bobby Laurie serving as executive producers.