Feature Monday is back again as Tasmanian Ozlet Noah Groves expands on his original list of locations Survivor should visit, by suggesting 5 brand new countries where the show could film. With the Worlds Apart Reunion confirming that for the first time since Survivor Philippines the show will travel to a brand new country (Cambodia) to film the much anticipated Survivor Second Chance, there's no better time than the present to explore potential future filming locations. Read on to find out where in the world Survivor should go!
The location used to be such an important factor of a Survivor season, often being referred to as ‘the 17th player of the season.’ So much of the focus and theme often revolved around where Survivor was visiting each year. To save time and money the same location is used back to back now for two seasons (or back to back to back to back, hello seasons 25 to 28!) Not only that but similar locations are being used with Samoa now clocking in four seasons, Philippines four seasons and Nicaragua just finishing its fourth with Worlds Apart. The following are five more location suggestions of places that could present something aesthetically pleasing, unique or provide potential for a new theme. Most of these places could fit the stereotypical island locations or with most of the locations have potential to focus on an in land scenario. This list is mainly unrealistic as to the way Survivor is filmed now days but is hypothetical and a wish list. There are even more places that haven’t been listed and would be great (a third list may come) but without further ado, here are, in no particular order five more locations that would be great for Survivor to visit.
Covering the Asian country for this next group of countries if Vietnam. Vietnam has mass amounts of culture to incorporate into a theme and is a well-known country while still being exotic enough to play the game in. Vietnam has luxurious jungles for production to use, a beautiful looking inland location mixing the Amazon, Borneo and China. As an alternative Vietnam has enough beach and island location to use to fit with Survivors modern trend of location and would fit the back to back filming schedule. The one potential issue with Vietnam as a location is America’s tumultuous history with the country namely the Vietnam War of the 60’s and 70’s. However The Amazing Race has visited the country of numerous occasions so perhaps this would not be too much of an issue afterwards.
Moving across to The Americas now and to the country of Mexico. A location which would be the closest to the United States so far, an easy location for production to set up in and an easy excuse to use it for a Survivor location. The biggest draw card for using Mexico as a location would be the Aztec culture and history that is associated with the country. This would give flashbacks to Survivor: Guatemala and the integration of the Mayan temples and themes. Using Mexico could also be a good reason to finally use Russ Landau’s unused flamenco inspired Ancient Voices theme which was rejected for Survivor Nicaragua. Like Vietnam there a multiple ways that production could use Mexico, they could go for a desert Tocantins inspired feel with a potential cowboy theme, a Guatemala like jungle location integrating the temples or there would be no shortage of the beaches Survivor loves to visit.
Many a film and even TV show are filmed on location in South Africa and there seems to be little reason why Survivor couldn’t join the list. Covering the African aspect for these next five locations is a country that still airs Survivor and has produced five successful local versions of their own. Using South Africa as a location would boost excitement amongst the people of South Africa and potentially boost tourism in the area. South Africa would follow on suite with previous African locations like Kenya and Gabon while also adding its own unique flavour to the mix and once again having the opportunity to choose between a beach like location and an inland jungle type terrain. Survivor: South Africa sounds like a flowing title for the show to use and the country provides potential to film back to back seasons and incorporates all that South Africa has to offer.
Last article I included The Canary Islands as a potential location, a Spanish colony situated in Africa. Spain joins the list of European countries that potentially could be a good location for the game of Survivor to be played. It is surprising that during fifteen years and thirty seasons it is shocking that production hasn’t found a location in the European continent yet. Spain joins Greece as a country that is warm enough to play and for the bikinis to come out and also has island or beach scenery that has come to be known for Survivor. Spain also has a luxurious and exotic sound towards it especially with the Mediterranean Sea connection and once again can be incorporated into the theme including the music, challenge and other aesthetics. Perhaps a return to a shipwreck or pirate theme that has been used in past season of Survivor.
The final location for this week moves over to the Caribbean with Jamaica. Jamaica is a tropical climate and has terrain that Survivor is used to while still having its own unique flavour. The country has an extensive coastal line that would be perfect for Survivor and also is host to mountainous regions as a backdrop or an alternative, the mangrove swamps could even be used to situate and base the players. Wildlife is plentiful both on land and sea based and the weather can be harsh while being up to standard for some of Survivors tougher locations. The country would work for back to back seasons with potentials for alternate names such as Survivor: Jamaica and Survivor: Caribbean and ticks the exotic Survivor box in the criteria. Of all these countries listed this week, Jamaica is perhaps one of the more realistic or likely locations for the show to visit.
What do you think of these proposed locations? Which one would you most like to see? Where would you like to see Survivor filmed? Let us know your thoughts below!
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