8 Travel Documentaries you need to watch ASAP

March 24, 2020Lauren Tobin
Travel shows allow us to head around the globe

Longing for something to pacify your wanderlust? Well, we’ve compiled a list of travel shows so you can explore the world from the comfort of your couch.

These eight travel shows will fuel your appetite for adventure from your sofa

Those with nomadic spirits may be pining to wonder the world again, to experience the tastes, touches and sounds of being in a place unknown. Or maybe, some are missing the familiarity of white sand beaches, sea that warms the soul and delicious cocktails under a summer haze.  

These eight travel shows will inspire the senses, shock, amaze and exhilarate. They will take you on a journey through cuisine, culture and nature in some of the earth’s most breath-taking locations. Best of all, they’re perfect for some isolation escapism that will take you to another world.

Travel the world without leaving your sofa

1. Chef’s Table

What better way to explore the world than through the taste-buds of world-renowned chefs? This docu-series is a one-of-a-kind exploration into the mind of some of the world’s best chefs, and how they came to make what is considered, edible art. Interweaving tales of how they came to love food, learned to cook, and found success through the dishes that made them famous. The locations vary from episode to episode, from New York to South Korea, so you’re in for a culinary adventure.

WARNING: Don’t watch on an empty stomach

Watch Now on: Netflix 

Take in a smorgasbord of culinary delights in Chef’s Table

2. Wild Caribbean

Wander through the nature of the gorgeous Caribbean Islands in a four-part BBC documentary.  Each episode focuses on the natural and cultural history of the wildlife that make up the shores and reefs of the beautiful islands. The first episode alone takes you from the Bahamas, to Barbuda, St Lucia, Cuba and more. Throughout the series, you’ll see a completely different side to these palm-fringed landscapes.

Watch Now on: Netflix 

Get a better picture of the Caribbean’s flora and fauna

3. Travel Man

If you’re after some laughs, then this series presented by comedian Richard Ayoade is the one for you. Ayode travels to various cities with a different celebrity guest in each episode. It’s fast paced with a very dry sense of humour ensuring an easy watch for those Netflix and Chill moments. Better yet, more than just purely comical, it has an educational hue too. Onscreen pop-ups highlight various activities and places to visit including the full cost of staying over in the locations. Episodes take you anywhere from Barcelona to Copenhagen so fasten your seatbelts and get ready for the tour.  

Watch Now on: Amazon Prime

Let Richard Ayoade take you around the most stunning places on the planet

4. Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti

Joanna Lumley, darling, is synonymous with being fabulous. And this travel show is just that. The British Star presents this two-part series which sees her travel from Havana, in all its Cuban glory, to Haiti. Her time is spent uncovering hidden spots and lesser-known treasures that need to be on any adventurer’s radar. Unsurprisingly, she offers heaps of travel inspiration throughout her journey, and shows us the eclectic history of these beautiful locations. 

Watch Now on: ITV Hub 

Joanna Lumley takes you with her on her journey from Havanna to Haiti

5. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Back to something to tingle your taste-buds (we can’t stay away long). This epic 12-season travel and food show will keep you going for the long-haul. Bourdain takes you on an adventure to lesser-known corners of the world, with an in-depth look into the cultures and cuisine of each location. From Scotland to Jerusalem this show leaves no place uncovered. It’s won over 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, running from 2013 to 2018 before Bourdain’s untimely death.

Watch Now on: Amazon Prime

On Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain tantalises your taste-buds

6. Planet Earth

Planet Earth is a nature-lovers delight, transporting viewers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean, and everywhere in between. The show pairs dazzling, state-of-the-art imagery, alongside the magnificent subtle tones of Sir David Attenborough to create a pleasure of the senses. This is a true gem showcasing footage of some of the worlds most awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Watch Now on: Netflix 

Join the remarkable Sir David Attenborough on another one of his mercurial series

7. Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father

Pairing up jovial comedian Jack Whitehall with his rather unenthusiastic father, Michael was always going to be an odd pairing. But throwing in some travelling to far-flung corners of the world only adds to the hilarious encounters shared between a father and son who are trying their best to strengthen their bond.

Watch Now on: Netflix

8. Dark Tourist

Probably the weirdest and wildest of the group, presenter David Farrier takes you on a journey to the most unusual – and often macabre – tourism spots around the world. While maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, it takes an in-depth investigation into a different side of travel and is undeniably gripping. From nuclear lakes to a haunted forest, you’ll definitely learn a thing or to.

WARNING: Not for the faint hearted

Watch Now on: Netflix 

Give yourself a sure-fire case of the heeby-jeebies with Dark Tourist, definitely a different take on conventional travel shows

So there you have it, an exploration of the world without having to move a muscle. While we know these may tickle your travel-bug rather than quench your travel-thirst, at least you can keep fuelled until the time is right to go forth and discover!  

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