Netflix’s The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals series should come with a warning label since it’ll give almost anyone a serious case of wanderlust. From $20 beds in Bali to a five-digit luxury stay in Hawaii, hosts Megan, Luis, and Jo travel all over the world showing viewers incredible properties you can rent for a relaxing vacation. What we love the most is the diverse hosts! Let’s talk about them:
Whether you’re looking for a unique experience, or a luxury getaway, many of these places come with an added bonus like water sports or cooking lessons, making them totally worth their price. If you are itching to try out some of these yourself, then you’re in luck — you can actually stay at all 24 of the places featured in the show! Meet the 3 that make it all work together…
Jo Franco is an actress, known for The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals (2021), View & Chew (2020) and The Carpe Challenge: Los Angeles (2019).
More about Jo… Netflix’s ‘World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals’ is the wanderlust escape we’ve all been waiting for. The series takes viewers along as three content creators visit some of the most drool-worthy rental properties around the world. There’s something to fit every budget and lifestyle, from an eco-friendly bird’s nest in Bali to a floating Miami mansion to a ski chalet in Japan. Jo Franco is one of the hosts guiding us on this magical global tour. She’s the traveler of the trio — co-hosts Megan Batoon and Bravo star Luis D. Ortiz specialize in design and real estate, respectively.
Franco got her start documenting her travels through short videos on social media. Executives saw her travel portfolio and reached out to offer an audition and it was just a natural fit.
“I was just like, ‘Hey, I’m Jo,’ and, and then I met Megan, and Luis,” Jo Franco told Travel Noire, recalling that first meeting. “We had such good chemistry that it felt like we had been friends for years. So when we started traveling together, when we started shooting the show, we really did become longtime friends.”
Franco’s current gig is a testament to the power of persistence and hard work sprinkled with some creativity. She was born in Rio, Brazil, and moved to the United States at the age of five. Franco is also a polyglot who speaks six languages: Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish and Egyptian Arabic.
“I definitely love languages so much. I love that you don’t need to actually physically be in a place to learn it. But you get to unlock layers of life and humanity with language. Especially as a person of color. I always love pulling up to a country and speaking a language where they were not expecting it at all.”
But most remarkably, Franco did not grow up traveling because she simply couldn’t. As an undocumented immigrant, she physically couldn’t leave the country. Learning language became her gateway to the world, and she focused on making videos of her jaunts to nearby towns. Now, she’s serving as the eyes and ears for other aspiring travelers.
The rest of the team with her are…
Megan Batoon was born on March 29, 1991 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as Megan Alicia Batoon. She is an actress and writer, known for Step Up Revolution (2012), Ladies of Rap (2012) and Date-A-Max (2012).
Luis D. Ortiz is a director and writer, known for Amalia (2007), Mirando al norte (2009) and Million Dollar Listing New York (2012).