Long Way Round
is a travelogue series starring Ewan McGregor
and his good friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman. There have been two editions:
- Long Way Round (2004), in which McGregor and Boorman travel from London to New York—not by flying on a plane or anything, but by hopping on their motorbikes and traveling east, all the way across Europe and Asia and North America, visiting thirteen countries and traveling 18,887 miles. Countries visited included the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, the United States, and Canada.
- Long Way Down (2007), in which the motorbike-crazy duo ride from John O'Groats at the northern tip of Britain to Cape Town, South Africa. Countries visited included the UK, France, Italy, Tunisia, Libya, The Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa.
Boorman has gone on to film solo travel series entitled By Any Means
and Right to the Edge: Sydney to Tokyo By Any Means
. A third Long Way Round
series, to take place in South America and tentatively titled Long Way Up
, has been suggested but does not appear to be forthcoming.
These travel series provide examples of: