TAKING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
HE ate a lamb’s head, a rotting shark, and is pretty much the most hated man in his office, but Channel [V] presenter Danny Clayton reckons that was a small price to pay for the best gig in television: hitting the road for eight weeks to travel the world. The result is B430: Live Like a Local, a six-part travel series which sees Clayton tour Tokyo, Rio, Paris, Barcelona, New York and Reykjavik for a crash course in the places tourists must see, but never read about in a holiday brochure.
At each location, Clayton digs up a local to take him off the beaten track where he receives a crash course in native knowledge thanks to a cluey local who lets him in on the hidden gems they don’t want tourists to find out about.
Aside from lambs heads and festering shark, the trip saw him catch the phenomenon that is The Northern Lights, hang off the side of a glacier and abseil Mount Fuji.
In Spain, when the appointed local failed to turn up, Clayton assigned a young woman selling bracelets to join the crew for a few days and show “her” Spain.
“I learned that all young people take joy in making foreigners do things they would never do,” Clayton says.
“In Iceland we had a traditional Viking meal which is a fermented shark which they bury, then urinate on the shark so it doesn’t putrefy, and here I am with a local assuring me, ‘This is what we eat all the time’.
“So I eat this shark and then he eats the shark and he vomits and I say, ‘What are you doing?’ and he says, ‘We never eat this – this is for tourists’.”
Clayton is aware travelling the world for work is a gig most people covet.
“Everyone hates me. I pretty much hate myself,” he laughs, managing to look – albeit fleetingly – almost shamefaced at his good fortune.
“My concern now is that I’m 30 next year, so we might have to rename the show.”
B430: LIVE LIKE A LOCAL WEDNESDAY, 9.30PM, CHANNEL [V]