Recently at Scarefest in Lexington, KY I got to sit down with the host of SyFy’s Destination Truth, Josh Gates. The thing that separates Destination Truth from your average paranormal research show is that they will travel to exotic and desolate locations in search of ancient creatures or folklores that have been rumored for generations. Josh was kind enough to let us in on what it’s like on their journeys and where he hopes to go in the future.
What has been your favorite location that your team has visited so far?
I think for me it’s probably the episode we did in Antarctica. It’s a place that we had tried to take the show to for a few years but it’s obviously a difficult place to reach. It’s unfortunate that it hasn’t been featured more on TV so to be able to go down there and to take our cameras down there and, you know, share that continent with our viewers was really amazing.
Is there a location that you want to explore that you haven’t had the opportunity to yet?
Oh yeah, there are so many.
What are some of your top choices?
I would love to go to Tibet. We’ve done a number of Yeti episodes where we’ve searched for the Yeti legend and it’s such a strong story in Tibet. I’ve never been there so that would be amazing. We’ve also tried to bring the show to India a number of times because I think it’s a great fit for Destination Truth, but it’s so hard to permit. We just haven’t been able to get the permits to work so far.
How many countries have you covered so far?
We’ve been to over 90 countries, which is a lot, but there are over 180 in the world so we’re looking at half so far. There are so many places left to go and I’m excited to see when we get to go to them.
I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of amazing and shocking things in your travels, but what has been the most jaw-dropping moment for you on the show?
I think the most surprising place we’ve gone to has to be Chernobyl. You know, I think I had an image of it in my mind of a few abandoned buildings or empty factories, but it’s really this abandoned city that is just laid to waste. So to be able to go there and investigate the ruins of an entire city was really mind blowing. It was certainly the scariest place we’ve visited.
I know you finished up season five, but what can fans look forward to in the next season of Destination Truth?
We’re still talking about more episodes so hopefully there will be a season six, but you know, our real goal in making this show is to get people, not just interested in these stories, but excited about travel and going on an adventure. So, no matter if it’s Destination Truth, or another project, or another book, I think that my biggest goal is to get people motivated to get out of their comfort zone and going after an adventure that they would have never experienced otherwise. I don’t know what will happen with the show, but, either way, I’m excited to be able to continue to spread that message.