Archived from on 28 March 2013. WhatCulture gave the first episode of the second series 4. He trusts on day two of his trip, he will feel better if only because things can't get worse. He begins a quest for but cannot find any locals who have heard of them. It's only a three-part special but we've decided to make it a bit more global as opposed to 'around Kent for a few days', Pilkington is starting to regret it already.
Pilkington goes on safari with a guide who checks the droppings of various animals by tasting them, and helps a conservation team relocate a male. The programme was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom on , and has since started airing in other countries. His visit to Brazil coincides with , which he finds too noisy, crowded, and stressful. A third series, a three-part special titled The Short Way Round, aired 30 November — 21 December 2012; in it, Karl was accompanied by , who stars in Gervais 's situation comedy show , on a trip loosely recreating 's 13th-century journey from to China. Along the way, they make him participate on-stage with a -styled high school choir, hang out with therapists in a , prospect for gold, ride a , and visit an family.
He also tries arse boarding, meets a tribe that worships , and interacts with another primitive tribe, dancing with them while wearing a jockstrap decorated with foliage before spending a night alone on an island in. Pilkington lands in Beijing but is unimpressed by the pollution and a population that does not speak English. In one of the masquerade events, they are blindfolded and presented with various smells and tastes. They then complete Marco Polo 's journey by flying to China and boarding a boat at for a cruise on the. After leaving Chichen Itza, he reports that he enjoyed his visit because of the free spirit of the Mexican people, but is disappointed that he could not find. It was released through Canongate Books.
On arrival in Japan, Pilkington visits a and later visits a stable and participates in training. Archived from on 18 July 2014. Archived from on 18 October 2012. He meets an American acolyte who brings him to a Hindu holy man. He is scheduled for an eight hour overnight bus ride to the Kumbh Mela Festival, the largest religious festival in the world, which he is not looking forward to since he is not a religious person and doesn't understand the attraction of religion. He also recreates his favourite travels, which are those he took to a holiday park in as a child. He also talks about what kind of superhero he would be, answers some viewer questions, and shows Merchant his new invention, Pilko Pants.
Pilkington visits a family who has a pet named Jessica. There is also an official podcast to accompany the programme and book. After visiting a square where Davis feeds pigeons and gets , they go to a costume shop where they dress up for a event later that day. He gets lost as he tries to find his hotel room. Stephen also surprises him with some excursions, namely to a fortune teller the thoughts from who Karl takes to heart despite not wanting to experience it since he does not want to know bad news in advance , on an extended trip to lesser section of the Great Wall, to a kung fu school where he is not only a spectator but also a student, and for a traditional hot massage, which is a little hotter than he would like.
The series features as he travels around the world Originally entitled Karl Pilkington's Seven Wonders of the World, An Idiot Abroad documents Karl Pilkington's journeys to foreign countries under the guise of visiting the. They climb the steps of , one of the four sacred mountains; Davis comes down with a painful attack during the climb, but he makes it to the top with Pilkington 's encouragement. Gervais and Merchant want Pilkington to have an authentic African experience, so they arrange some time for him to help a charity rebuild a hut. Pilkington also visits some where Gervais and Merchant offer to buy some huts if he off the tower, but Pilkington negotiates that he will buy them if he doesn 't. He sees Chichen Itza at sunrise, but it fails to impress him. Although he can avoid the street food which is unusual to him, he can't avoid the meal prepared for him on his remote visit to the Great Wall. He attends the festival where he visits the religious Babas who practice extreme forms of , such as being naked with strange piercings.
These include training as a , travelling the desert on a camel, and dancing with a samba school in a parade. He crosses over to where he visits the in. They stop by the , where Pilkington thinks he is just heading to a nice dinner in the restaurant on the top floor of the tower, not knowing that Gervais has texted Davis and told Davis it is up to him to get Pilkington to engage in the extreme activities also available at the top of the tower, such as. On his way to he visits a. Davis gets a private cabin, but Pilkington has to share one with noisy. They visit , West Bengal, to participate in a circus.
In , Pilkington and Davis visit a gathering, and participate in a film called Chingari. In February 2013, , which broadcast all three series in North America, began rebroadcasting episodes of An Idiot Abroad under the title An Idiot Abroad: Lost Luggage. Archived from on 3 January 2012. On his itinerary is Beijing, the Great Wall of China which he ends up believing is not great but a sham , and Shanhaiguan. In the second one, Pilkington provides his opinion on which Internet sites should be retained and which done away with, adding that he believes the content of YouTube requires more oversight. They want him to , but he refuses.
These audience figures were Sky1's best viewer numbers for a debuting show since four months earlier, making An Idiot Abroad the fourth-most popular non-terrestrial programme that day. Before he travels to , Pilkington agrees to start in South Africa, as he has been there on holiday before. Finally, he returns to the Pyramids, and this time succeeds in seeing them. Pilkington then seeks peace and quiet at a secluded beach, only to discover that it is a nude beach. They feed him meat and take him for a ride to visit , the northernmost point in Alaska, where he sees the icebound seacoast. Gervais and Merchant call Pilkington during each trip, to assign him tasks often not related to why he believed he was visiting the country. He rides with an to the northernmost city in the United States, , where he meets with the people.
The ongoing theme of both the television series and the books is that Pilkington has no interest in global travel, so Merchant and Gervais make him travel while they stay in the United Kingdom and monitor his progress. Rounding out the trip, they take a ferryboat from Hong Kong to and stay at the hotel, where they ride in a on the hotel 's canal much as people do where they began their journey in Venice. He arrives in on , and attends a recreation of the. Pilkington attempts to ride some tethered helium balloons but is too heavy; he has Davis ride them, which Gervais finds not as funny. He meets up with some descendants of the who built the temples; he helps them knock down a nest to harvest its larvae, which they then share with him in.