True Tales of a TV Travel Personality

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Confessor: Bryan Herb of the Travel Channel's Vacation Challenge Location: Chicago Favorite industry film: National Lampoon's European Vacation Pet Peeve: "The amount of time it takes to film an episode!"

So how does someone score the dream job of being on a reality travel show? Well, I have long had this dream of being a Queer Eye Travel Expert for the Straight Traveler. The Travel Channel heard about me and decided to consider me for a new show, Vacation Challenge. They wanted to make sure I could plan something for straight people, and I was like, duh, yeah.

What's the difference between how straight people travel and how gays travel? All my gay friends at cocktail parties talk about traveling. At straight cocktail parties, they seem to talk about their kids a lot. Gay people want to travel as insiders. When my partner, Joel, and I travel, we like to meet local gays--it's like a private brotherhood of sorts, and there's something comforting in that. …