Hallelujah! This is the year to welcome back holidays, coinciding with the 2022 return of Travel Guides this week,
All our favourite travel critics are back: the loveable Fren family, twin cowgirls Stack and Mel, posh retirees Kevin and Janetta, best mates Kev, Dorian and Teng, and travel addicts and longtime couple Matt and Brett.
In the new season our Guides hit the road for a supersized, two-week USA road trip taking them through Texas and the Deep South for a big taste of big hats, big portions and big wheels. But does bigger mean better?
The Guides are then off to traverse our great Southern Land as they take in the beauty of the Twelve Apostles, the wilds of Fraser Island and the sparkles of Noosa, the tall ships of Sydney Harbour, swimming with dolphins off the coast of Western Australia, and the delights of the Great Ocean Road on a week-long, family-friendly road trip that includes a taste of Sovereign Hill in beautiful Ballarat.
They head off the beaten track into the South Australian Outback, exploring the mighty Murray River and fantastic Flinders Ranges, as well as soaking up the best bits of Brisbane – from fine dining to adventure park thrills – for an activity-packed week based in the river city holiday hotspot.
In each episode of Travel Guides, our five groups of critics visit the same location for the same week-long holiday, reviewing the cuisine, accommodation, activities, and tourist sights.
Opinions always differ, leading to brutally honest and often outrageous reviews as our Guides tell it exactly how they see it and rate each holiday out of five stars.
Travel Guides returns on Wednesday at 7.30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now from March 30.