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Difficult destinations

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4 seasons | 35 episodes | 45 min

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Is it possible to go absolutely anywhere on holiday? In 'Difficult destinations', Tom Waes sets out to find out, travelling to places that tourists would usually go to great lengths to avoid.

In the first season of 'Difficult destinations' Tom visited the most mad and impossible destinations: Turkmenistan, South Sudan, Colombia, the Pitcairn Islands, Iran, Vanuatu, Bhutan and Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the trio of countries yet to be officially recognised as such by the international community. It was an experience Tom wouldn't soon forget. He met the strangest people and saw things you wouldn't read in any travel guide. 

And Tom's urge to travel only got bigger. In the second and third seasons of Difficult destinations, Tom sets out again to find the most remarkable holiday destinations: Albania, Northern Mexico, North Korea, South Korea, Spitsbergen, Alaska, Paraguay, the United States' Route 65, China, Bangladesh, Haïti, Sierra Leone, Georgia and Tuvalu.

The result are 26 unique, genuine and exciting travel documentaries.

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Original title

Reizen Waes


Season 1: 8x45' + 1 compilation (45')
Season 2: 9x45' + 1 compilation (45')
Season 3: 9x45' + 1 compilation (45')
Season 4: 9 x45' + 1 compilation (45')

First broadcast

Sep 3, 2013

Broadcast period

Season 1: Q3 2013
Season 2: Q1 2015
Season 3: Q1 2017
Season 4: Q4 2018

Production company

De Mensen


Belgian TV host Tom Waes

Licensed by

NPO - The Netherlands
TVN - Poland
ProSiebenSat.1 Media - Germany
Telenet - Flanders
Televisio de Catalunya - Spain


2014: Winner of the Flemish TV Award Best Reality Program
2014: Prix Europa - nomination Best Documentary
2015: World Media Festival Award: Award Best Travel Documentary
2016: Cutting Edge Awards: Best national TV show non-fiction

Extra info
The fourth series: Difficult destinations Europe