updated 04/25/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/25/2011 AT 9:30 AM ET
Mariano and monster truck impresario Dennis Anderson will star in a new series for History this year, PEOPLE has learned.
In Around the World in 80 Ways, Mariano and Anderson will challenge each other to circumnavigate the globe using 80 different methods of transportation with the caveat that each cannot repeat any way twice.
“I think The Amazing Race gave me a foundation for traveling,” Mariano tells PEOPLE. “However, the approach that we are taking in Around the World in 80 Ways is completely different from anything I’ve done before in that this show will be a celebration of transportation throughout history.”
From boats to blimps to the backs of camels, is there a mode of travel Mariano fears the most? “I’m not too fond of anything that keeps me in a confined space,” he says. “That is claustrophobia.”
After the finale for Survivor: Redemption Island airs on May 14, Mariano will start production with Anderson, the creator and driver of the monster truck called Gravedigger.
“Being away from my family is always the toughest part about doing these shows,” Mariano says. “Luckily, I have a wonderful wife that understands my thirst for adventure and consistently supports me in my quests.”