Sandhurst Miggins first made an impact in the entertainment industry in 2009 as the runner-up on season two of Bravo’s competition series, “Make Me A Supermodel,” which was hosted by Tyson Beckford.
The now the 30-year-old talent, who became a travel aficionado jet-setting as an international model, is putting his newfound expertise to use on a new Bravo series called “Tour Group.”
The Trinidad and Tobago-bred former model leads an eclectic group of 11 travelers along with fellow travel experts Brandon Presser and Rachel Grant as they search for the ultimate vacation.
AlwaysAList.com caught up with Miggins—who now works as a VIP and first-class liaison for a US-based international airline—and he offered us some great travel tips; explains why he likes posing nude while traveling the world; and discusses his journey with “Tour Group.”
Bravo’s “Tour Group” show has you returning back to the network where the world first was introduced to you through “Make Me A Supermodel” almost seven years ago. What is it like being back in business with Bravo?
Surreal! Bravo is an incredible network to work with. They’re always being creative with their programming, coming up with new and innovative concepts that viewers can’t help but get addicted to. So for me when this opportunity presented itself, it was a no-brainer to come onboard. My first experience with Bravo was incredible, and to be honest, life-changing! So why not return, especially on a project like this, which is guaranteed to be life-changing for all the travelers involved.
As a former model that has traveled the world for both work and play, name your top three travel destinations and tell me briefly what about each you like so much.
Greece: I like the food, the water, the energy of the people. It is my hands-down favorite place to visit!
Rio de Janeiro: Rio is a city that pulses. The people have a knack for hospitality. They just know how to show you a good time—whether you’re rich poor or in-between!
Canary Islands: This is personal but I love a good nudist beach and the Canary Islands, like Greece, have them in abundance.
A surprising amount of people never travel out of their local region. For people who decide to start traveling for the first time, what are a few U.S. destinations you would say are essential to visit first?
For this I will forgo the big boys like Los Angeles, Chicago and NYC. I always tell people if you want to travel within the U.S., New Orleans is a great city to start. You want history? It’s there. Cuisine? Take your pick. Wild crazy night life? Just walk down the street. I have never heard someone come back from New Orleans dissatisfied. Also, Seattle is one of those emerging cities on the national scale. I feel it has a lot to offer from the music scene, to their great restaurants and art culture. That’s all encased in a city that has a freshness to it and a respect for nature. Their sports fans and fanaticism in supporting their teams are also becoming a tourist attraction in itself.
What things are always in your travel bag? Are there must-have items you have to have when you’re traveling?
I do a lot of short-stay, international trips or “day-cations,” as I like to call them. I have learned that besides my passport, I don’t “need” to have certain things just on account that I don’t want to clutter my carry-on bag. But when I have to make suggestions, I always tell people slip on shoes, your essential toiletries and for men, whatever brand of condom you prefer. It is most unfortunate when you go to another country and find yourself cutting off circulation to your penis by trying to use the local sizes… or so I’ve heard!
“Tour Group” is called a “luxury travel docu-series.” What about this show will be unique to viewers and what can we expect that we haven’t seen on other reality-type shows?
It is luxury travel, solely from the standpoint of some of our accommodations and experiences that we were fortunate to have. It’s not everyone who can afford to stay at the same place Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie did when they went to Kenya. However, I feel where this experience differs from other shows is that we were able to weave the grandeur of luxury, with the truth and transformative power of interacting with the locals, to build and showcase that contrast which leaves both the traveler and the viewer to redefine the meaning of what is valuable when one travels. Is it the five-diamond hotel experience or is it the freedom and rush of running through the streets with the city children?
You sometimes travel alone and meet new friends along the way. How did that help your approach to this show?
I tell people all the time, you have to learn to travel by yourself. It teaches you, out of necessity, how to get out of your shell and mingle with strangers. It definitely helped me with the travelers on this trip, because I had been in their shoes before. I know what it’s like to be in a foreign country with people I don’t know, but for them, they’re lucky to have the three of us there as travel experts – Brandon, Rachel and myself – to help guide them along the way.
Last question, you often pose nude on a lot of your travel trips according to social media. Is this a carry-over from you modeling days or does this feed some other fascination?
What can I say? It’s my thing. I love my body, I work hard on it and I think it should be photographed in destinations that are equally as impressive. But all jokes aside, the image of the nude body is simply beautiful. I always tell myself, when I look back at those images when I’m in my 70’s, I’ll just rock back in my chair, smile and say: “Damn, I looked good!”
“Tour Group” on Bravo will air on Tuesday, May 10 at 10pm ET.