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30 of the Best Travel-ish Shows to Watch When You Can’t Travel

Whether it’s to research future trips or simply to travel vicariously on a rainy Sunday afternoon, we all love to watch travel TV shows. 

Presently that so many of us are stuck at home in quarantine, travel shows are one of a couple of ways left to channel our wanderlust. 

Whatever you’ll do to keep yourself sane in the days and weeks ahead, quarantine streaming—that is, streaming your favorite Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Youtube, or other streaming services of decision—will be the next catchphrase you need to commit to memory in the coronavirus era. While there’s no shortage of wonderful gorge-worthy shows to choose from, for all the travel-bugs out there who are grounded until further notice, this one’s for you. 

Here are 30 of the best travel-ish shows you should look at right now and where you can stream them: 

  1. PARTS UNKNOWN 

At first blush, it may seem to be a show about food, given that its host is a previous cook. But for Bourdain, food is a conduit through which he connects with different cultures around the world. 

It’s beautifully shot and delivered, showing Anthony Bourdain and his team at the top of their game. Bourdain created 12 seasons of the show before he tragically passed away in 2018. 

  1. DEPARTURES 

It feels more like a vlogging series, as it’s just two guys (and a companion as a cameraman) circumventing the world with their backpacks. Every step of the way, it shows you just how much fun adventurous and low-budget travel can be. 

The show has a great dynamic, as one host is more intellectual and into the culture, while the other is a little more foolish and prefers to have drinks and play games. This helps keep things both interesting and light. 

  1. Tales by Light 

In case you’re searching for some seriously beautiful imagery to gorge on in the weeks ahead, Tales by Light has you covered. This Australian docu-series originally debuted in 2015 follows professional photographers and filmmakers as they make their way around the world to tell incredible stories of individuals and places from the Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia to India’s Bandhavgarh National Park in the Himalayas. It’s incredible storytelling with beautiful scenery to match. 

  1. Dark Tourist 

In case you’re searching for something a little less mainstream, Dark Tourism is a docu-series by New Zealand-based journalist David Farrier that takes a profound plunge into lesser-known cultures and traditions found around the world. Each episode explores everything from nuclear disaster sites like Fukushima, Japan to a voodoo festival in Benin, Nigeria. It’s smart storytelling and a different approach to travel that everyone who’s always taken or dreams about taking an off-the-beaten-path trip can appreciate. 

  1. LONG WAY ROUND 

This one is many years old currently, but it’s a timeless classic. 

In Long Way Round, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman settle on a lark to ride their motorbikes from London around the world through Europe, Russia, Mongolia, crossing the Bering strait and through Canada and the US. 

  1. Master of None 

Not many TV episodes capture the cultural beauty of New York like Master of None’s “New York, I Love You” episode. If it doesn’t have you feeling wanderlust for New York, the rest of the series definitely will — recording locations incorporate the Brooklyn Museum and several foodie hotspots, as Carbone in Greenwich Village. 

  1. Street Food 

They’ve swapped large name chefs for local street food vendors who have such inspirational stories and peculiar personalities, you’ll wonder how they discovered them. The food is equally special and exceptionally shot. 

  1. Anne with an E 

This drama is based on the cherished Canadian epic, Anne of Green Gables, that the island is known for. The story is set in a fictional 19th-century village and parts of the show were shot in rural Ontario, but it still beautifully captures the island. Plus the story about growing up is entertaining and heartwarming to boot. 

  1. Portlandia 

This sketch-satire series is a hilarious parody of Stumptown and all its odd eccentricities, and hilarious. You won’t discover any wanderlust-worthy shots here, but you’ll immerse yourself in the realm of Portland. 

  1. Lost 

Lost isn’t the most feel-great show but it gives us wanderlust. It’s not hard to get wrapped up in the characters’ struggle to solve the *fictional* mysteries of the island, but it’s also not hard to notice the lush jungles, tough mountains, and deserted white sand beaches that surround them. 

  1. The Kindness Diaries 

In a time when individuals are socially distancing, it’s refreshing to see that we’re more connected than we think. Host Leon Logothetis travels the world without money, food, or a place to stay, depending totally on the kindness of strangers. He encounters breathtaking landscapes and heartwarming stories and sells us on budget travel. 

  1. The National Parks: America’s Best Idea 

From lesser-visited spots like the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska to (maybe a little too) popular ones. Like Yellowstone, this documentary pays homage to these beautiful places. Sharing the history of the national park system from the 1800s to the present time through breathtaking video footage, interviews, and untold stories. 

  1. Ugly Delicious 

James Beard Award-winning gourmet expert David Chang stars in this travelog that sends him on a journey to culinary hot spots around the world. He is joined by writers, activists, artists. And other chefs who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers and tackle misconceptions. 

  1. Expedition Unknown 

With a background in archeology and a “passion for the unexplained,” Josh Gates investigates mysteries, lost cities, and lost treasure all around the world. He’s got a little bit of an Indiana Jones vibe going on, and does get himself in some hairy situations. While tackling challenges like searching for Amelia Earhart’s remains in Fiji. But without the Nazis breathing down his neck or giant boulders barreling his way. 

  1. Planet Earth 

The BBC put some serious financing into the production of “Planet Earth” and it has paid off. The series has been awarded four Emmys and a Peabody Award from the Royal Television Society for its breathtaking episodes featuring a different biome or habitat each time. From the Arctic and Antarctica to the depths of the oceans. 

  1. Restaurants on the Edge 

On the surface, this docu-series may seem like your average restaurant makeover show, but it’s such a great deal more. The destinations are beautifully shot, they delve profoundly into local food culture, and watching the restaurant owners react to their makeovers is super touching. 

  1. Atlanta 

This two-season series tackles tough issues in a comedic light, with the Southern city of Atlanta as the backdrop. Watching Earn, Paper Boi, and Darius chow down at Cameli’s Pizza, J.R. Crickets (known for their wings), and old school Zesto Drive-In will leave you craving a foodie trip to Atlanta. 

  1. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

David Chang made a development. We’re still traveling around the world for food, but this time it’s less about the learning and more about the guest star. It’s an easy conversation over a seemingly constant progression of food. Chang and Seth Rogan eating through a bad case of the munchies in Vancouver, for example, is just what we need to see right at this point. 

  1. Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father 

The show follows the Brit comedian as he finishes the gap year he began in 2009 and had to cut short. Only this time, his travel companion is his unadventurous father Michael. They travel to odd locations and events trying to strengthen their bond. 

The two set off on a journey across South East Asia to partake in a series of adventures, mishaps, and escapades with two altogether different perspectives. This calls for a fun, non-serious take on travels with a parent, especially one who is an adaptable bit grumpy at times. 

  1. Our Planet 

Our Planet is an eight-part series that combines the spectacular photography of Planet Earth with an unprecedented gander at the planet’s remaining wilderness areas and their animal inhabitants. The show is beautiful but also uncomfortable to watch — it takes a gander at what’s happening to wildlife and nature. It forces viewers to acknowledge their complicity in the decrease of nature. 

  1. Jago: A Life Underwater 

In an award-winning documentary about Rohani, an 80-year-old hunter who dives on a single breath descending to great depths for several minutes. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Togian Islands of Indonesia. 

He is a Bajau hunter who lives in a stilted bamboo hut in Sulawesi. The events of his life are voiced entirely by the Yoda-like Rohani and recreated with existing Bajau individuals from local communities. 

  1. Booze Traveler 

Host Jack Maxwell is the real deal. At a young age, he made money by shining shoes in local pubs and gin mills (seriously) and then became a bartender in South Boston. He found that you can learn a lot about a person when you take the time to sit down for a few drinks, so naturally, he hit the road to learn about what individuals are drinking and why they drink it. 

  1. Rick Steves Travel Series 

Another productive traveler and creator of travel-related content both on and offline is Rick Steves. If you type in many European-related travel searches in Google, you will often discover his website in the top ten. 

He seems to have been almost wherever on the planet and made a TV show about most of it. He appeals to a more seasoned demographic as I would like to think, as his commentary is a little stiffer, but you can certainly learn a lot from this person.

  1. Michael Palins (Various Adventures around the world) 

Michael Palin, a previous Monty Python part alongside John Cleese, has been creating top-indent travel arrangements for quite a long time. And is likewise somewhat more outdated like Rick Steves. His shows will in general zero in on longer adventures. Like A Long Way Around, albeit maybe not exactly as trying. They are amusing to watch and you positively will see a portion of the lesser investigated locales of the world. 

  1. An Idiot Abroad 

Wandering into a smidgen of Travel Comedy, An Idiot Abroad is the brainchild of the maker of the British (unique) The Office alongside a couple of co-makers. The thought is to send somebody who has never left their town, not to mention a way of life. And send them to some exceptionally unfamiliar objections for sure. En route, they experience some incredibly difficult objections and circumstances all for the sake of expanding their perspectives. 

  1. Top Gear 

As a matter of fact, as somewhat of a petroleum head’s show about vehicles, Top Gear has likewise done a significant measure of travel-related shows throughout the years as well. Starting from the drives the most dangerous streets in the world, to practically committing suicide in places like Switzerland. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will show you an incredible time out and about and while traveling. 

  1. Conan Without Borders 

Following popular TV night shows Conan O’Brian to some brave objections around the world, this is one more travel and parody blend you will not want to miss. From Haiti and Cuba to K-Pop in South Korea this is however wacky as it very well might be to travel. 

  1. Travel Man 

TV has Richard Ayoade collaborating with an alternate VIP every week. Together, they go through 48 hours in urban areas across Europe, traveling and investigating. Ayoade has an unmistakable way of giving the show a bit of dry humor. His banter with the extraordinary superstar visitor consistently is another feature of the show. It has been on air since 2015. 

  1. Globe Trekker 

Globe Trekker is an experience of the travel industry TV arrangement that initially began circulating in 1994. And keeps on communicating new scenes even today. Each scene includes a host who travels with a camera group across various objections. Offering a new interpretation of nearby societies and foods. 

Uncommon scenes include guides on explicit urban communities, seashores, celebrations, and food guides and so on The show in some cases likewise includes interviews with explorers who share their knowledge on autonomous travel. Colossally famous, the show is communicated in more than 40 nations across six mainlands. 

  1. Survivorman 

Canadian endurance master Les Stroud strands himself in the far-off wild for 7-10 days with just his clothes. A limited camera rig, his harmonica, a multi-apparatus. And regularly, things relevant to his endurance circumstance or area. While it may not make you want to go off all alone in the center of no place for quite a long time. It may propel you to invest somewhat more energy in nature in a spot you hadn’t considered previously. 

Conclusion

For the TV addicts, it resembles living in two worlds regularly. One, where we slip starting with one set of socks then onto the next each inauspicious day. And there’s another more joyful life that happens to us on the TV screens. We can move from the Himalayan coast to an undertaking in Myanmar through a controller, waking a mysterious craving to travel each time.

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