THE GREAT TRAVEL HACK SEASON TWO
By Ritch Ames
2 min read
Watch the Great Travel Hack Season Two: London to Istanbul
Watch as two teams compete on an epic, lower Co2 emission road trip, from London to Istanbul.
Sparks fly when two easy-going Brits – Team Alpha, meet two ultra-competitive Dutchies – Team Omega, on the road from the UK to the Netherlands. Alpha show us their ‘war faces’ as they escort knights to a local joust (like you do!). Whilst Omega are ruthless, fending-off matchmakers and conquering congestion.
S2 E1: Let Battle Commence!
The way we travel is changing for good and we're going to show you how.
Buckle up for a road trip challenge that proves there's a cleaner way.
Join two teams competing across Europe
with only one rule:
the lowest CO₂ emissions wins.
Welcome back to The Great Travel Hack.
This is Greg James.
And this is Katja...
Coming directly from the Shell Eco-marathon
and standing by in Mission Control,
a crew of brainiacs
will give each team expert advice and efficiency tips.
Two teams. We have one British, one Dutch.
From the UK, Team Alpha.
We have Olympic gold-medal-winning hockey star, Sam Quek,
and dancing machine, Jordan Banjo.
And from the Netherlands, Team Omega.
Supermodel Loiza Lamers
and adventure host, Jamie Trenite!
Now, we have left four vehicles hidden around the park,
so phones out, please.
Spin the roulette wheel and you'll find out where they're hidden.
We've got three.
Top of the shop. Number one. Where we intend to stay.
We've also put some gadgets for you in black bags
at the bottom of this tower.
So I'll meet you in Amsterdam
tomorrow, 8 o'clock in the evening.
OK, so, hit the road.
But first, hit the slide.
Right, let's get it together.
What do we have here?
Oh, my God!
This is the cutest little bike there is.
-We're going for gold. -Good luck!
-Jord, is that it? -That's it.
Now, I've heard the rumours.
Electric, start it up and it doesn't even sound like it's on.
-The engine's not on! -The engine has started.
Finally! My bum is going to be so happy.
We are off!
-We're on our way to Istanbul. -Exactly that.
I want to know some more about the car.
Hello, Mission Control? Tell me more. Jamie wants the facts.
Hi, Team Omega. Nice to speak to you.
You're driving a Toyota Mirai,
the world's first mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell car,
which you know that the only emissions are heat and water.
That's so cool.
Mega cool, right?
But here is something less cool:
Greg borrowed your car but forgot to fill it up.
Are you kidding me?
Greg is so rude!
OK, we need to fill up.
-Let's go. -Let's go!
I'm not trying to sound cocky, but I mean, a Jag I-PACE!
You're going to have to go pretty high up to top this one.
They get cocky a little bit, you know?
Yeah, and even when we separated,
she was like, "See you later, losers!"
-Try to win, first. -Don't trash-talk.
Show, don't tell.
And one charge can take us 292 miles.
-On one charge? -That's all right, isn't it?
-They've just left London. -Good. Just left London.
So let's give our Travel Hackers their first challenge.
-It's Greg. -Oh, no!
Hello, Travel Hackers.
You have 60 minutes to give free rides to as many people as you can.
The more cleaner journeys you make, the fewer CO₂ emissions are made.
And to keep things equal, you'll both get some help from a true British icon.
So let's share the love, and your CO₂ emissions.
Look, it's a taxi, and it's electric.
Check it out, man!
Fill the time with that classic cab chat.
Who's the most famous person you've ever had in the back, here?
It was this gold medallist Olympian
called Sam Quek.
What was she like?
She was nice. She didn't tip me, but she was nice enough.
That is not me, Jordan.
60 minutes to pick up as many people as we can.
-Train station, bus stations... -Not bad.
Nick all the trade!
Good afternoon, Mission Control.
We're after somewhere where there's lots of people,
maybe a sports event or something like that.
We want to win this.
Oh, it's here. Yeah, bingo.
I think it's really cool, though.
And the rain. I hate English summers!
Oh, my God!
There we go!
Message from Mission Control.
"Good news. We found a mediaeval jousting competition."
"We'll send you a drop pin to the location."
I've never picked up a knight before. I feel quite important.
Mission Control, we found that there are a lot of retirement homes in Seaford.
So maybe you can find out if there are groups, maybe,
to drop off?
OK, I got the pin.
-Come in. -Hello!
Can you see our knights?
-I can see 'em. -Hi, guys.
Good day! Or should I say good knight?
-Come on in. -Can someone hold my shield?
Not something you hear every day!
-Are you single? -Yes, I am.
I tell you what, I've got the most marvellous grandson.
So guys, what do you call a candle in armour?
A knight light.
-Eh? -Good one.
So you're lining up, you're looking over to the opposition...
What's going to be your war face to put them on edge?
Mine would be like...
They'll say, "You look constipated."
There we are, guys.
-Thank you so much. -You are more than welcome.
-Enjoy your walk. -Thank you, thanks.
So, Jamie! We did it!
Well, good luck.
-See you later. -Nice one. See you later.
-Let's get this challenge back under way. -Do it.
Jamie, I just got a message.
Sorry we're a bit late. Come in, please.
Thank you. How are you?
You are very, very well prepared.
Right. Out of the way!
Careful. We've got a challenge to win.
Sorry, is that someone's toe?
And you all dressed white?
-The uniform of the game. -I love uniforms.
So maybe I should play it.
Did you know which knight invented the round table?
It was... Sir Cumference!
Still funny, third time in.
Right, we're going to send Omega a warning message.
One, two, three...
-Are we there, Jamie? -Yeah, you're good to go.
-Goodbye. -Enjoy your competition.
-Thank you. See you. -Good luck.
Right, let's get out of here.
Omega, you're going down!
It's Sam with, I think, knights...
-To fight their battle for them. -For them, yeah.
So we're going, now, to Amsterdam.
But how do you think we're going to get there?
Yeah, well, we have to get there by boat.
-There's also a tunnel. -Yeah, there is a tunnel.
The first electric car.
When do you think it was built? Have a guess.
How do you go for an electric car before toasting your own bread?
Jamie, I got a message.
A message? OK.
-Right, let's have a look. -Oh, God...
"The winner of the challenge is Team Omega."
We won the challenge!
Eat that, Team England! Eat that!
On British soil!
Oh, my God.
"Sending you lucky winners a little boost."
I'm not even angry.
-Just disappointed? -I'm disappointed.
Welcome to the Channel Tunnel.
Or in French, Le Shuttle.
Look at that. Like a glove.
-Nice video! -What?
You guys just asked knights to win that battle for you
and you still lost!
How does it feel to lose on your own territory?
You're about to find out, in Amsterdam.
You're about to find out!
Sam, you got a message.
-"Bienvue en France." -Bienvenue.
-Does that mean "Welcome to France"? -Yes.
Look at that!
We're in Belgium now! Look.
Three countries... in two hours.
-I got a message. -Oh, really?
"This is your boost. These skills should help you win."
Hi, guys. Well done on winning the challenge.
You know, I race electric cars. This is my car in the background.
I'm going to give you a few driving tips.
Switch to maximum recuperation level
and make sure you convert all the energy on the braking
to electric, as much as possible.
Make sure you have a very smooth driving style.
No hard acceleration or big braking.
Make sure unnecessary power consumers are switched off.
Good luck with the rest of your journey and have fun! Goodbye.
I think if we follow all his tips...
I want to win from Team Alpha.
Jordan, you do know who we beat in the Olympic final?
-Who did you beat? -The Dutch.
Are you being serious?
-They won that battle... -But we're going to win the war.
-Fun fact time! -Fun fact time...
Tulips are actually from Turkey originally.
-I didn't know that. -Yeah I know that.
We are in Amsterdam!
We made it to Amsterdam!
-The sun is shining. -So good to be back.
There's a lot going on, Jordan, on these roads.
Trams, bikes, bikes and more bikes.
Like, what is going on?
It's so busy on the road, though.
Yeah, it is really busy. I've got an idea.
-Pull over, please. -I'm curious what you have in mind.
-Was it a good idea or not? -It was a great idea.
Is this electric, or what?
This is fully electric, and I think, in rush hour,
the fastest way to go around here.
I love it.
-Look at that! -Look at the traffic, there, guys!
I feel like we were doing well CO₂ emissions-wise,
but this traffic is going to drive us right up.
I completely agree.
We got it!
Come on, come on!
Good work to the Omegas!
-This is it! -Sorry. Excuse me!
-How was traffic? -Yeah, traffic wasn't good.
Well, luckily for you,
it's about who produced less CO₂ emissions.
And it was very, very close,
but the winner is...
How does losing feel? Get used to it.
Come on. It's only one down. Stay positive.
Of course, the winner wins something.
You get to enjoy a luxury electric boat trip
with a DJ, drinks, everything.
-Sounds boring! -No, no!
You will have an electric boat for two.
There's a lot of trash in the canals.
And you have to scoop at least three bags out of the canals.
If we skip these two, does that count as two, because they are trash!
I hope I'll meet you tomorrow,
for the start of Leg 2.
Those handy boost tips and sneaky local knowledge
helped Omega lower their CO₂ emissions
and bypass traffic congestion.
But will this victory go to their heads?
They're on a boat somewhere,
chilling out... and we're here doing this.
I lost the bit.
So as we say goodbye to the Netherlands,
and hello to the beauty of the Rhine,
we'll discover who are the true Rembrandts
and who are the real washouts.
Jordan, have you ever been in one place with four seasons?
It's so nice to be back home.
What? We're leaving already?
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The challenges come thick and fast on the way to Germany - Omega suffer bruised behinds in their eco-boneshaker, whilst Alpha get up-close and personal in the cosiest EV on the road. Both teams brave the elements and test their D.I.Y. skills deep in the forest and Omega sling a little mud, as Alpha are reduced to pedal power in their attempts to win.
S2 E2: Art Attack
I know what you're thinking:
"What's happening on this epic lower CO₂ emissions challenge?"
Well, I can tell you... it's intense.
Coming up on The Great Travel Hack...
Team Omega bring new meaning
to "hitting the road."
Team Alpha face an uphill battle.
And they conquer the wild without their umbrellas.
It ain't training if it ain't raining!
This is The Great Travel Hack.
This is sick!
This is nuts.
-Good morning. -Good morning!
Did you guys sleep well?
Bad dreams, picking rubbish out of a canal.
Get used to it.
But I hope you're ready
for more action.
Bring it on.
You have 48 hours
to get to the Niederwald Temple in Germany.
I'm sure you're curious which vehicles you're going to use for your journey.
So get out your phones and spin the wheel.
-We got three again. -Two.
Don't get too excited,
because these cars are all mine.
The vehicles that you are going to use...
Are you serious? No!
Jordan, we've got Two. Check out number Three!
It's so nice to see your faces! I love this.
Go and check them out.
I think they're ridiculous.
-Are you actually able to get into this? -I'm honestly not sure.
We actually have to pedal!
If I fold you, I can maybe put you in the back.
Watch your head.
Pop the roof.
Can you sit up now? Better? Can you actually see?
There we go. Now I can see!
Don't you like it a little bit?
It will save us the energy we need to win.
Oh, **** off!
This is the coolest,
but most uncomfortable I've felt in a very long time.
Oh, my God!
It is a bit wobbly!
It is a bit wobbly!
Loiza looked so cheesed off.
I like the fact that you're not enjoying yourself.
-Watch your head. -Here we go.
That was not fun.
I have a wooden ass by now.
Greetings, Travel Hackers.
Over the next 12 years,
Staatsbosbeheer, the Dutch forestry service,
together with Shell,
are planting 5 million trees in the Netherlands
to help capture carbon dioxide.
But trees can't grow if animals like deer eat them.
So your challenge is to protect as many of them as possible
by building little fences around them.
Mission Control will direct you to the nearest hardware store.
Go and get fencing materials and head to the forest.
If you protect more trees than the other team,
I'll send you a reward in the form of a little boost.
We got a shopping list.
We got a drop pin for the hardware store.
To the hardware store!
-That should do it. -Supply sorted.
-I have an idea, can I have the phone? -Yeah, of course.
-Should we call Mission Control? -Mission Control!
-Hey, guys. -Nice to meet you.
We hope you enjoy the car we left at the DIY store.
and a little roomier.
Mission Control doesn't mess about.
One minute we're in our little bureau,
give them a quick ring... sorted.
We're spoiled, because we can actually get you in the car.
I love my buddy's camper.
It really suits you well, you know?
Thank you, love.
-This is a cute van for you. -I know.
The only thing... What about our CO₂ emission?
Yeah, well, that is a different story.
Because it runs on fuel.
Hello, Mission Control.
Can we have some more information on our Nissan Leaf?
The Nissan Leaf has exceptional claimed range:
-239 miles! -That's actually a lot.
If you think about your average day,
you go to the shops, or sometimes further afield.
That is probably filling up around the once-a-week mark, I'd say?
Recharging once a week. That's pretty good.
I got a message. Wait a sec.
"Conventional car drivers in the Netherlands
can drive carbon neutral, now.
Anyone who fills up with Shell V-Power
has their CO₂ emissions offset as standard.
Look, that's what Mission Control was telling us about.
I've got a sneaky feeling...
we might have an issue trying to drive through a forest in this bad boy.
We need a big car.
We need a car with low CO₂ emissions
that we can put all the stuff in,
and bring us into the forest.
Maybe we can ask Mission Control for that.
Right. This has got to get us the win.
-You're going down! -Down!
-That is a monster! -That is sick!
-And he fits! -Plenty of room. You can even stand up.
Well, we are off-roading right now, aren't we?
We are off-roading!
We're not tearing up the ground, and we're saving the trees.
That was exactly what we're looking for.
-This is so cool! -Come on, I want to see this thing.
I think this is the coolest thing so far, right?
Yeah, I totally agree.
-This is like being back in the jungle. -Literally.
Look at all this.
-Stop it! -Is there actually spiders?
-There. -Oh, my days.
-It must be here. -Hang on. There, there.
It says, "The Great Travel Hack."
What time do you call this?
You've got all the gear... and no idea.
Not too friendly, before the competition.
So what are we about to do?
-The instructions... -Are over here.
Jordan Banjo is going to read them out for you.
Oh, Boring Banjo?
"Hi, guys. Greg here.
Here's an example of the fences you need to make.
It's harder than it looks."
I've just got a message. It's from Mission Control.
It's a timer, and time starts now.
Right, let's go.
-Three poles each. -Get off our stuff.
Loiza, it's easier with gloves on.
How did they cut theirs?
Oh, they're speaking in Dutch. This is bad.
It ain't training if it ain't raining!
What are you laughing about?
-Keep going. -Yes!
-The results are in. -Bring it on.
"Hi, teams. It's Greg.
Well done, Team Omega."
"And Omega, you have a new vehicle
which is waiting for you and standing by."
I'm getting sick of this, now. Getting sick of this...
We did it!
It looks good for us, right?
-Dry, warm, new car. -I love it.
-Lightweight, really fast... -Yeah.
Zero emissions whilst driving.
I say, perfect car for us.
"Wilkommen in Deutschland."
Did you know that approximately 100 million currywurst
are reportedly eaten in Germany every year?
I'm really looking forward to having a bratwurst sausage.
-I've never had one. -You're missing out.
-We'll get one. -A little sauerkraut.
-What is sauerkraut? -Pickled cabbage.
No way. I'd rather have mustard.
Mate, you've got to try it.
Sauerkraut und bratwurst.
Jordan, have you ever been in one place with four seasons?
I just don't understand.
-Is that the phone? -Yes, it is.
"Hi, Greg here."
"It's that time again, guys.
I'm sending you a drop pin to your black bags, now."
"Pull over at the drop pin I'm sending you and open them up. Have fun."
"Don't worry, I've not forgotten about the prize for your fence building.
Your boost is an upgrade to your black bag vehicles
to something with a bit more... oomph."
We have a little bit of blue sky.
The pin is here, which means this is where our challenge starts.
Let's do it!
-I can't ride a bike. -There's no seat.
-Boost-plus! -So big!
-I want to see what's in it. -Let's open it.
Oh, my God!
I can't ride a bike, but half the bike, half the problem.
Three, two, one...
Come on, Jordan! This way.
It's not hard.
It's harder than it looks.
Oh, my God! This is so cool.
If you're done with your pets, your husband, your wife,
just buy this, this is going to solve all your problems.
Knowing us, the other team are going to have an electric vehicle,
four wheels, comfortable seats...
-Loads of fun. -Proper steering wheel.
-Jamie, don't drive too much. -I'm not.
-Stop it! -Oh, ****!
-Jamie! -There we are!
I saw it and had to go over it. I'm really sorry.
OK, I'm ******, now.
-No? -No, Jamie. Jamie!
It's easier on the flat.
You just can't steer.
Do you know what, Sam? I know when I'm beat.
Right, come on. It's quicker, walking.
First, again! Cheers to that.
How nice, waiting for Team Alpha.
I can make that a routine in my life: waiting for Team Alpha!
-Is that yours? -Tell me you had to at least pedal.
-No! -You're full electric, flying around.
And we're trying to pedal uphill on these monstrosities.
You should have done better in the challenge.
So good to see you again.
Five countries, already?
Things got a bit intense here and there, huh?
-Yes. -You can put it that way.
Of course, you know only one team can win,
and that's the team with the lowest CO₂ emissions.
It was very close, again.
And the winning team is...
It was worth it! It was worth it!
You want to know what you won? -Yes, please.
You, as the winning team, get to enjoy a painting lesson.
Using paint with natural pigments, of course.
It's not a boat party with champagne and DJs, but it is good.
You're laughing, but you will be posing for them in character.
What character? Tell us.
You'll find out soon enough.
Alpha's combination of heroic perseverance, smooth driving
and clever route choices
have clinched it in the end.
Nice win, guys. Even nicer lower CO₂ emissions score.
Come on, guys. Let's get it over with.
Can you keep still? I can't concentrate. I want to do you justice.
This is stupid, man.
On the next leg, we'll immerse ourselves
in authentic German culture.
And blow our minds with the astounding beauty of the Austrian Alps.
But remember, the champagne can only flow for one team.
It's getting exciting now, and we are not even halfway.
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Tensions rise in the awe-inspiring Alps: Alpha discover there’s no limit to team Omega’s competitive streak and our heroes go head-to-head in a race to source the local produce of Bavaria. Before reaching Austria, the teams must master the arts of yodelling; rock, paper, scissors; and regenerative braking.
S2 E3: Rock, Paper, Zwiebelbrot
Oh, hello again.
Here's what's around the corner on our epic lower CO₂ emissions challenge.
Team Alpha take the back roads in laid-back Easy Rider style...
whilst Team Omega are determined to make waves...
on their way to a meeting at the top of the world.
Best view so far.
This is The Great Travel Hack.
And welcome to the beautiful Schloss Biebrich.
It's time to select the vehicles,
but, "There's only one car," I hear you thinking.
So get your phones out and spin the roulette wheel.
We got the car!
We got question marks.
Every single time!
You have a vehicle, but it's somewhere
a few kilometres away from here
and you have to find another way to get there.
You've got three days
to get to Greg's favourite mountain retreat in Austria.
And remember to keep your CO₂ emissions low.
-Enjoy walking! -Off you go.
How is this fair?
-Same old, eh? -Same old.
We've got a pin.
-I've got an idea. -You've got an idea?
-Let's go back. -Here they come to rub it in again.
We're not picking them up?
-Oh, Loiza! -Thank you, guys.
It was not my idea.
-This is Loiza's idea. I'm not on board. -Trust me.
-Leave the doors closed. -No, trust me.
-Thanks, Loiza, for picking us up. -You're so welcome.
Why did you do it, though? Seriously.
She's a lovely person, Jamie. She's caring and thoughtful.
OK, I have to say, when you guys are in our car,
we can split our emissions to four.
We never agreed to that.
Yeah, well you did. You're in the car.
-Too late. -At least, that's good.
-Really, guys, where are we? -It's just round here.
-That is it. -Nice!
Look at that beauty! Much better than sharing with you two.
There's the talk again.
We saved ourselves some CO₂ emissions.
It's a really good idea. It might help us win.
And that's the only thing that counts.
Their suffering helps as well, a bit.
-No, Jamie. -Yes, it does.
Next time they can walk.
It looks a little bit like a spaceship.
Let's do it.
How much do you love this car?
I ****ing love this car!
It's silent, it's fast, it's high-tech, and it's got lower emissions.
We should chat to Mission Control and know something about the car.
Let's do it.
Hey, guys, so the Mercedes GLC F-Cell
uses a hydrogen fuel cell and a battery to power it,
so your only emissions right now are heat and water.
And check this out.
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe.
-Well that's good, because... -Plenty of it, then.
There's loads of hydrogen, it only gives off water vapour...
I mean, that's pretty solid.
That's solid for the environment as well, isn't it?
Oh! It's Greg.
Greg! We haven't heard from him in ages.
He just pops up. Shall we see what he said?
Travel Hackers, it's challenge time.
I like to call this one the "go local" challenge.
Eat local, shop local, play local.
Follow the messages to track down every item on the list I'm sending you,
and do it in the cleanest possible way.
Bring your A-game.
Park at the drop pin, then use what's in your black bags
and head into town.
And have fun!
-We need to get things from a list? -Yeah.
-Shopping is always your strong suit. -Shopping is my strong suit.
And you speak German.
I can help you purchase everything in German.
I've got a feeling, the fact that we're going into a more rural area,
less people are going to speak English.
-Less touristy. -Exactly.
-How beautiful is this. -It's really nice, huh?
I do feel very cool. Team Omega's will not have as cool vehicles as us.
I don't care. They could be quicker, they could be more efficient.
But they definitely won't look cooler than this, that's for sure.
With just a little bit of body weight, we're floating through this country.
I like it,
but I still feel a bit wobbly on it.
-I wonder if the others are there. -We'll find them in town.
Look at the little doggie!
-This is beautiful. -It's lovely.
There they are!
-First! -About time, eh?
Time for another challenge.
Speaking of challenges, I just got a text.
"Hello, Travel Hack teams. Greg here.
Below is your list of local culture-based tasks.
Your 30 minutes starts now."
-It's in German. -We'll figure it out.
"Take a photo posing like a statue in town."
-Next to this guy. -Where is the camera on this thing?
-Next on the list. -Jordan will give you a performance.
-He's a professional dancer. -Let's go.
"Selfie with the happiest person." Who is the happiest?
Let's go! Next one.
"Fruit juice, sausage, and schnausen... "
Yeah! That's it.
Was ist "schmaltz"?
-Yes. One. Perfect. -One of those.
"Instagram our food."
Ladies and gentlemen, best sausage in town. Everybody queue up!
-"Schneeballen." -I don't know what it is.
Schneeballentraume cafe !
Schneeballen in the pocket.
-Is that a bakery? -Yeah. Got bread.
-Zwiebel... You do? Yes! -Thank you.
Guten tag. Ein rohwurst, bitte.
"Find the golden griffin."
I can see it!
Only fresh juice, then we're there.
Whoa, this looks local.
Is it made here? It is?
Boom, boom, hugs.
I think we didn't see anything.
-Where are some... -Cafe!
-Do you serve orange juice? -Yes.
-Time's up. -No way!
-Well, first again! -First again.
Did you get everything?
-Yeah. You as well? -Yeah, everything.
"That's some serious impressive immersion into local culture.
For the first time in Travel Hack history, it's a draw."
-A draw? -No!
There's more, there's more.
"One round of rock, paper, scissors decides all."
Jordan, you step up. I believe in you. Go with your gut.
Ready. Rock, paper, scissors...
Here we go.
-"Mission Control: fact and chat time." -Yes!
I love a fact.
"There are lots of castles in Germany, 20,000 of them."
I wonder how many castles there are in the UK?
I don't know why I asked. Who knows that?
"By the way, there are 2,562..."
"What, you don't know that there's 14,704 castles?"
"I was actually reading about this last week."
No one woke up... for the last 20 years, here.
Time stood still.
And you know what,
we can drive through this quiet village with a quiet car.
-Hey, message, message. -We got a message.
"There are over 300 different types of bread baked in Germany."
I mean, the French are, in my opinion, better bakers than the Germans.
The croissant, the baguette...
The croissant, the baguette, the marmalade...
I mean, seriously, they make 300 different types
and at least 200 are not tasting that well.
Well, then they still have 100 left, and that's a lot.
OK, so we need to refuel.
Have you ever refuelled one of these things before?
I have never.
Fantastic, great news.
Well, that looked a lot simpler than I imagined.
It was pretty easy.
And the nozzle, weirdly, afterwards, had a small layer of ice around the outside.
Oh, hydrogen. Yeah.
And it took, what? Literally a split-second.
Ah Misión Controlès!
"Fun facts: the first ever souvenir postcard
was sent from Austria."
-Who knows that? -Mission Control!
-Oh. Another text. -Must be missing us loads.
"Welcome to Austria."
-Austria! -Welcome in Austria!
Country number six!
We've got UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany...
I'm loving it. I mean, look at the landscape.
Pretty cool, right?
Greg: "Hi, guys, I still can't believe how close that challenge was.
But the law of rock, paper, scissors is all-powerful
and Team Omega win the boost:
a super-cool gadget to take you across a gorgeous mountain lake."
"Team Alpha, you get to take the more traditional vessel."
Gosh, losing just gets worse.
Loiza, remember what Seb told us about regenerative braking?
These mountain roads are perfect for that
and could help to keep our emissions score down.
This is it, just up here.
-Wow! -That is actually beautiful, right?
Look at this, 100% electric as well.
But look, could we be any more spoiled?
And we've got an engine.
There's no rush. I say, take in the view, chill out, go for a nice little cruise.
Jordan, this is a great idea to be going slow.
We're also getting a very nice tour out of it.
-I can't lie. -No stress.
-Just chilled. -Fresh air.
Why are you wearing a wetsuit, Loiza?
Remember the forest? We're on a lake now.
I'm not taking my chances with you anymore. I don't trust you.
-Wow. -So cool.
-That's a boost again. -That is a boost.
-It's gonna be really cool. -But I'm happy that I chose my wetsuit.
Mission Control, thank you. Greg, thanks, mate.
This is nice.
Jamie! Faster! Faster!
Now we're nice!
Fully electric future driving, here we come.
I love the future already.
This is the boost of all boosts, people.
Oh, my God!
That's so cool.
-That is so sick! -So cool.
-Very space age. -Jealous, very jealous.
-Shall we get up the mountain? -Let's get up the mountain.
Let's park this little thing.
-Up the mountain! -Up the mountain.
This is amazing.
-I love this view. Best view so far. -Yeah.
-Hang on. -What is it?
It's a message.
-You ready? -Yeah.
Surprise! Katja was supposed to be here, but she's off getting married.
That's so cool.
You both smashed our go-local challenge
but those tricky mountain roads really put your lower carbon skills to the test.
But Omega's smart use of regenerative braking
has pushed them out in front, so nice work, guys.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Wait, wait, there's more.
So, winners, you will be picnicking by a stunning lakeside
while Alphas, you'll have to picnic too,
but... just a bit more car-park-y.
-Wow, this is good. -What the hell?
Team Omega have taken the tips from their Formula-E racing buddy to heart.
They've been driving super efficiently, but their use of regenerative braking
has won them the episode.
-Cheers to victory. -Cheers to Team Omega.
As if we needed any more reminding that we're sat in a car park...
Here we are, about to go into the last leg of The Great Travel Hack.
The moment of truth, to discover which team will be the winner
of Europe's epic lower-carbon challenge.
What just happened?
It's a roadblock.
This is getting better and better.
I can't stop binge-watching... myself.
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After the highs of the Alps, we hit the lows on the road to Budapest! Omega go underground, Alpha immerse themselves in Hungarian culture, and both teams find themselves off-grid. As the strain takes its toll, Greg’s ability to referee is called into question and mystery hitchhikers are called in to assist. But don’t panic! It’s nothing a few puppies can’t fix…
S2 E4: Puppy Love & Hitch-Hikers
Oh hello, and welcome back.
Coming up on Europe's epic lower CO₂ emission challenge...
Team Alpha come up against cattle congestion
While Omega get under the skin of Budapest.
-Where are we? -I don't know.
And two unexpected hitchhikers crash the party on the road to Istanbul.
This is The Great Travel Hack.
Welcome to the mountains.
-Nice of you to join us. -Yes, finally!
I fancied an Alpine trip. That's why I'm out of Mission Control.
They send their best.
They can't be here. They don't like natural light.
OK, simmer down,
because hilarious as I am, this is a very serious moment.
You have one week to get to Istanbul, the gateway to Asia,
and you've got to do it in the cleanest way possible.
So for the final time,
roulette wheels out, please.
-Give it a lucky spin, please. -Give them a spin!
-What have you got? -We got Two!
-That's the Range! -You don't know what it is yet.
You can see it.
-We got Four! -Four!
-To your vehicles. -Here we go.
Ready. Go on.
Three, two, one...
This is so cool.
OK, yes, you all look very cool in your cars,
but you've got to actually get in them.
So follow your pins, good luck, be safe, and I will see you in Istanbul.
-Thanks, Greg. -Miss you already!
I've got to get back to Mission Control.
Which I think is that way.
There isn't many better cars to take these roads on than a Porsche.
-Are you enjoying it? -Loving it.
The scenery, the drive, everything. So sick.
We're up in the mountains again, Jamie.
I know. It's unbelievable.
I am in love with it.
It is like driving in a holiday.
I just got in.
This is the sun, the beach and the mountains, all in one.
That's how beautiful this car is.
We’re driving, totally hybrid.
-When you brake, it's charging itself. -I know.
I love that.
To have this luxury, as well as being a hybrid and a cleaner car...
And you know, it's not slow either.
There seems to be no other cars on the road.
Well, that is an issue.
Look at the cows...
'Scuse me, mister cow!
Can we get past, please?
-I got a message. -Go for it.
From Mission Control.
"Üdvözöljük Magyarországon." Welcome to Hungary.
Can you repeat that?
I blanked out for a second there.
-Country number seven? -Seven.
No boosts have been won by Team Alpha.
That's got to change in Hungary.
I think they feel a bit defeated, now.
-How nice. -Yeah, but still...
We have to be focused.
-No more losing. -Boom.
-Oh, I got a message. -Message.
It's a video.
Hello, Travel Hackers.
I'm sorry to interrupt your lower-CO₂ road trip of a lifetime,
but it's time for a challenge.
I want you to show us something that's never been seen before.
Film an epic 360-degree video
of something or somewhere along your route,
but be original, be unexpected...
or be defeated.
-Nice challenge, actually. -OK! That's a cool challenge.
A general tour of the city is too obvious.
Maybe just something extremely original.
What's cool in Hungary?
They've got loads of landmarks.
We can go on the Danube.
-Really nice... -But it has been done before.
What looks good if you go inside?
What about things like an art gallery,
or... a museum...
Can we go under the Danube?
-Or am I too enthusiastic? -No, maybe.
We all know how we sort these problems out, Sammy.
We give Mission Control a call.
Jamie and I were thinking about maybe going underground if that's a possibility.
Now you're talking. That's our kind of challenge.
We're on it.
-Thank you! -Thank you!
Mission Control, we are looking for a cool, epic, and unique building
and we also need a very cool, clever,
lower CO₂ emissions electric vehicle, please.
A vehicle you can drive inside a building?
Let's see what we can find.
-Thanks, Mission Control. -Bye!
We'll get back to you soon. Bye.
"We discovered some tunnels beneath Budapest
and we've found the perfect EV for them, head to this location."
-I think we're on the right track. -We could be on the right track.
Oh, yeah. It's here.
-Look at that little thing! -There we go!
-Look at what... -There we go!
This is amazing.
Wow! Futuristic little car.
-It's so tiny. -Isn't it?
This is interesting.
It looks very exciting.
A suitcase that's a bike! What's next, an oven that's a surfboard?
If inside is anything like the outside, we're on to a winner!
We're on to a winner!
This is impressive.
Sam, I don't want to give you a big head,
but I think this is probably your best idea yet.
Right, you get on with the technology 'cos I haven't got a clue.
-I'm going to get comfy. -All right.
You sure about this?
-I hope... -Go for it.
Get in there, go. Do it
If this 360 of the museum doesn't win us a boost,
I don't know what will.
No messing about, this time. We’re going to win it.
This is a cool place for a 360.
I love it. Very highbrow, eh?
See the water coming from the ceiling?
-Are you kidding me? -I told you!
Who would think of going into a black tunnel
for a 360?
I feel like we're ruining the noise.
I'll tell you what's going to happen. We are winning that boost.
-OK, I think we got it now. -Yeah, we did.
-OK, upload it, guys. -Let's upload this video.
Yes, Sammy! Tour complete.
-Right, shall we upload? -Yeah, let's upload it.
That was quick. Mission Control.
"Get back on the road
and Greg will review your videos and tell you who has won."
-We did it, Jamie! -We definitely did it.
I feel confident.
Sammy, I'm feeling good about this challenge.
-Are you? -We might have done it.
I know we're doing this to give people more awareness
in how to travel cleaner, more efficiently,
but we're also doing this to win.
-I got a message. -Give us a "W" please.
"Greg here. I watched your 360 videos and, wow, they're both really cool."
"Team Omega, your 360 was a great idea."
Here's the "W".
"I think you need to be there in person to enjoy the uniqueness of the tunnels.
Team Alpha, you just clinched it."
-Yes! Finally! -Finally!
Doesn't matter what he thinks, he judged it and it wasn't good enough.
I don't like him as a judge. I want a second opinion.
"This time, you're going to receive an emotional boost
to keep you going on your long journey."
An emotional boost?
-Oh, sweet Lord. -Oh, my God!
-Hey, bubbers! -Hi, puppies!
We've won the entire competition with this.
Let's just let them go to Istanbul. We can stay here.
-Come on! -Quickly!
Let's do a Boomerang and send it to Team Omega.
-Oh, my God! -What?
It's Team Alpha.
They're cuddling puppies.
-Puppies? -Their boost is petting puppies.
Go to the hotel. Maybe they're still there.
We can cuddle them as well.
I love to cuddle puppies, to pet them.
Puppies are good for everyone.
What a lovely day, my friend.
-New day. -Feeling good?
-I don't know. -I got a message.
"It's test-your-knowledge time.
We want to see how much you have learned,
so get ready for an unexpected hitchhiker.
The team with the most correct answers wins."
-Who is it? -Who's our hitchhiker?
Who is joining us?
Good morning, guys!
Oh, my God. Manon!
How are you?
So nice to see you.
-I haven't been away from you... -I know.
-Is it emotional? -It is emotional.
I feel like I've lost my right arm.
If you're wondering what that dinging is, I think you've left the boot open.
I'm confused. Why are you our hitchhiker?
I've got to ask you some questions.
-OK. -Bring it on.
Let's do this.
Question number one:
What are the CO₂ emissions of an electric vehicle?
What are the emissions in a hydrogen vehicle?
Question number two:
Approximately how many castles are there in Germany?
-20,000 -We'll go with 20,000.
OK, this one is more difficult.
Where do tulips come from?
Not the Netherlands.
-I say Turkey. -Turkey?
-I say Austria. -You don't know it.
How many types of bread are baked in Germany?
-Over 300? -Over 300.
Where was the first ever postcard souvenir sent from?
What is a hybrid vehicle?
It's a vehicle that runs electric but also runs on petrol.
What does P.H.E.V. stand for?
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle?
Those were the questions. Thanks for having me.
Good luck, and go Team Omega!
Thank you, love. Miss you.
All right, guys, I hope you absolutely smash it.
Of course, Team Alpha all the way.
Peace out, Jordan.
-See you! -Peace!
Oh, my God, that was amazing, Jamie. I want to cry now.
It's given us that extra boost, hopefully.
-Come on, Team Alpha! -To get the win! Come on!
We have a text message.
"Bine ati venit in Romania!"
We did it.
I think we're still ahead in the competition, right?
-Kind of. -Yeah. We're still up.
-We're a good team. -Yeah.
Beauty and the brains.
So I'm both, right?
Yeah, I'm just the driver.
You're just the driver!
I'm taken aback that we're having this opportunity
to come to some countries that you would never even think of visiting.
-This has been wicked. -Because you're driving a Porsche!
Now we're in Romania, have you noticed there is less service stations?
And even more so, like, electricity points?
And hydrogen points.
It's a good idea we've got a hybrid.
So where are we off to now, then, Sammy?
I'm not sure which way to go because the signal keeps dropping.
Oh, Jamie, I lost reception.
-Of all places... -My pin is not working any more.
We can't be the only ones.
-Are you talking about Team Omega? -Yeah.
Can I ask you something?
To Brasov, is it that way? Yeah?
-That way? Thank you so much. -Thank you.
Enjoy your day. Bye-bye.
We're either going the right way or the wrong way.
Worst case, we get Romanian snacks and it's a long drive back!
We are in the middle of nowhere.
In the middle of...
-Thank you so much. -Thank you.
Maybe we're going to see some snow. That would be nice.
-Loiza... -What's this?
What just happened here?
Oh. It's a roadblock.
Oh, no! What are they going to do?
I feel a binge-watch coming on.
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As our heroes face immovable barriers, stuff their faces with Bulgarian snacks and face the elements while camping, Travel Hack builds to the ultimate face-off on the way to the finish line. Will Omega get back on track? Will Alpha pay a penalty for their “competitive tactics”? And who will wear the Travel Hack Crown?
S2 E5: A Fight To The Finish
The tension is rising on the final leg
of our epic, European lower CO₂ emission challenge.
Here's what's coming up.
Team Omega get things off their chest...
-Oh, my God! -What just happened?
...while Team Alpha refuse to hold back...
-They complained about us? -Cry-babies!
...as they await the final results.
The winners are...
This is The Great Travel Hack.
Oh my God Jamie, it's a roadblock.
Oh, my God.
Argh! We have to go back.
There's no other option.
I'll drive back, though.
We've blown it, huh?
I am actually very pissed off.
You are driving the entire way back, now.
Can you imagine we win the whole thing?
Cherry on the cake.
Then to get that cake and eat it in front of those Dutchies...
...would just be even more of a treat.
I have something to say here.
This is the moment we're going to snap out
of our horrible mood.
Snap out of it!
We can drive as ecologically as possible...
So the eco-mode is on.
Windows up, A/C off,
we're going to burn like chickens.
Yes, this is exactly...
Ow, I bumped my head!
We got a message from Mission Control.
"Dobre doshili v Bulgaria."
-"Welcome to Bulgaria." -Welcome to Bulgaria!
-Have you opened the snacks already? -No.
I have opened the snacks...
What did you get?
In my defence, I got so many crisps.
-Right. More importantly... -Go on.
-Gonna interrupt you. Greg's text. -OK.
He said, "Hey guys,
because this is the last time you open those black bags of yours,
I've decided to do something different."
"Inside the bags are some super-cool eco-camping gadgets
which you will need to use tonight
when you go camping."
-Oh, not camping! -I know, I know.
It also says, "You'll need to find some lower CO₂ emissions accommodation
for your night in the wilderness at the beautiful spot that I found.
-I'm not a "tent" kind of guy. -No?
The thought of camping: mud, bugs, outside...
You haven't even got a toilet when you're outside.
Hi, Mission Control.
-Hey. -Hey, guys. What can we do for you?
We've just been told by Greg that tonight, we're camping out.
Maybe a five-star caravan.
-Sounds good. We'll go for it. -That would be nice.
Any possibility of an electric camping van?
So you want something with a few home comforts
that will keep out bugs.
-Yes, please. -That’s right.
Instead of going camping, we're going glamping.
-Check out this bad boy. -That's what I'm talking about.
Best part, it's electric.
Only worry is, is there actually ice cream inside?
I've never been camping for a good reason.
It just sounds like hard work. It doesn't sound like fun.
-But we do have this. -We're borderline glamping.
-That's my type of camping. -We can do it! One night, we got this.
Oh, my God!
Oh, my God!
What is this, Jamie?
I've really no idea.
It's a doll house. You have to fold me to get me in here.
You're like an origami bird after one night.
-Come on. -Hitch it up.
It's not far any more.
-Getting closer. -I'm excited. We're almost there.
-It's beautiful. -Wow.
-Wow. Beautiful. -Thanks, Greg!
Let's get it up.
A little air lounger.
I'll take that one. I like it.
-Look, it's beautiful. -That is gorgeous.
You know what, look at all these bugs. And we're driving...
Oh, my God. You scared the life out of me!
It's not funny.
We're not going outside!
-Whoa, it's inside! -Jordan!
-We're a little bit off-road, aren't we? -Slightly off-road.
But if you're going to camp anywhere, this is what I'm talking about.
Is that Jamie and Loiza?
It looks like someone has crashed their caravan into the lake.
What a brilliant place to camp.
To an epic day. After a major setback, we made it through.
-Hey, Alpha! -What?
-Where's your fire? -We don't need one.
We've got an oven.
What! We actually do!
I really think it looks ugly, though. Our boat looks cooler.
Well, guys, I hope you have a really good night's sleep.
-We will! -We will!
They won't. I've got an idea.
One, two, three... go.
-Loiza. -What's this?
-Oh, my God. -What just happened here?
This must be a joke.
I'm so pissed off right now.
The best part of the camping trip
was pushing our competition out into a lake.
100%. I think it's hilarious. Hopefully they see the funny side.
I just don't think they will. Especially Loiza.
I think it's a bit childish to, like...
If you want to win the competition this way,
I'm like, OK, fine, go for it.
But it's not my style.
They got rid of the Porsche.
-They took off... -Yeah, in the campervan, right?
Yeah, and that's not fair.
They play dirty, we play dirty. We just rat them out.
We've got a message from Greg.
Excited or not?
"Hey, guys, I've reviewed Team Omega's complaint.
For fairness, you need to go back to using a PHEV
for the rest of your journey to Istanbul."
-What, they complained about us? -I know.
-For being smarter than them? -What cry-babies!
"Mission Control will be sending you a drop pin to your new PHEV."
-Unbelievable. -"Winky face."
Don't end it with a winky face. That's insult to injury, mate.
We're almost through Bulgaria, Jamie.
This is going to be our tenth country. Unbelievable.
-And that must be it down there. -Do you reckon?
They've set us up for an absolute treat.
-I like it. -Considering we got grassed up...
-We've not done bad. -Not bad at all.
I have a message. It's from Greg.
Hello, it's me again. You remember the hitchhiker quiz?
Well, you both did really well,
but Team Omega, well... you did better.
You snatched victory
with four correct answers to Alpha's three.
And I can see from your responses of seeing your friends
that the emotional boost it gave you was reward in itself.
Victory has been snatched from our grasp again, Jordan.
By one point!
So we win, but we don't get anything?
Well, seeing Manon was our boost.
And I have to agree, it was such a boost. Sorry.
I loved watching her. I wouldn't change it for the world.
Can we please, in this competition, stop with the emotional boosts?
Emotional boosts! I just want to win this competition. It's the last piece.
So we've literally gone from one side of Europe to the other.
We have a text. It says...
"Turkiye..." I think...
You guys have made it. Here's to you!"
-Our last country. -Our last country.
I would give you a high-five but I have to keep my hands on the wheel.
-Little bit of strings... -Gosh.
I feel like a Turkish James Bond.
There it is.
Every dog in Turkey just went...
-Mission Control, fun fact time. -Go for it.
"Istanbul has had many names.
The main ones are Byzantium,
Constantinople, and Stamboul."
Right, I thought Constantinople was in Italy or something.
"Three percent of Turkey...
The rest is Asia."
I'm going to miss you.
I'm going to miss you too.
You know, I wouldn't say I'm a massively over-emotional person.
But before you get emotional, you get a lump in your throat.
Butterflies in your stomach.
Just thinking then, that this is the final leg.
-Our road trip is over. -This is it.
I'm getting a bit emotional.
Message from Greg.
"Your epic journey is coming to an end
in one of the most incredible and 'grammable cities
full of golden oldie sites."
"But cities like Istanbul were never built for modern road traffic.
So I've arranged some black bags for you to complete your journey."
"Follow the pin to your black bags.
Greg and Katja will be waiting for you at the stunning palace by the Bosporus."
"This is your last chance to influence your CO₂ emissions count
and help get you that all important trophy.
Go, go, go!"
We made it!
-Istanbul! -We did it, Jord!
-Nice! -Oh, my God, Jamie!
-Well done, you guys. -Yeah, well done.
-I'm glad you made it. -We made it.
-You still look fresh. -Thank you.
Everyone's got that nervous giggle, like...
Welcome to Istanbul!
We made it!
Jordan, what was riding a bicycle
through Istanbul like for you?
Riding a bicycle from anywhere is a tick on the bucket list
because I just learned to ride a bike.
Thank you very much.
You guys have done brilliantly to get here
and we were excited to follow your progress.
OK, we need to reveal the winners
of this episode.
You really smashed this leg,
with the help of Team Omega getting a little bit lost.
-Yes, we got lost! -OK...
So both teams have now won two episodes.
But don't forget that what determines the overall winners
are the team that have the lowest CO₂ emissions
across all the episodes.
But let's just take a look back
over a journey that spanned a total of ten countries.
You've travelled in ways that can significantly reduce your CO₂ emissions.
Using pioneering vehicles powered by electric batteries, hydrogen fuel cells,
You've encountered the cutting edge of tech
and returned to nature to protect our trees and forests.
This is amazing!
There have been jaw-dropping highs and foot-stamping lows,
but you've stuck it out to the end and proven
there are so many cleaner ways to see the world.
All that remains now is to name our winner.
And I've spoken to the experts at Mission Control,
and they counted all the emissions over all your vehicles
across all the episodes,
and we can now reveal the winners
of The Great Travel Hack, Series 2.
The winners are...
Both teams did brilliantly well across the whole challenge
but Alpha, you are the winners.
Sam, come forward and accept your trophy.
So Team Alpha turned their losing start around to win.
Throughout the episodes they proved they were super smart,
making the right choices
and importantly, keeping efficiency at the forefront of every decision,
choosing the best routes and driving smoothly.
What a great way to end the European leg
of The Great Travel Hack.
Thank you for watching, we hope you enjoyed this as much as we did,
and stay tuned for more adventures sometime soon.
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