8 Shows To Watch If You Love Travelling
Willing to travel but the wallet is weak? These travel shows will allow you to take a vacay right from the comfort of your armchair. Sit back, relax, and scroll through the gallery below for a list of shows to watch if you want to travel around the world in 80 minutes.
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Planet Earth I and II (2006 and 2016)
A BBC classic, Planet Earth is basically the Citizen Kane of nature documentaries. The second series of the Emmy-winning show will take you closer to nature than ever before, accompanied by Sir David Attenborough’s alluring narration. The places you’ll go include the peaks of the Himalayas, the plains of Africa, the sea ice floating over the Arctic Ocean and the rainforests of the Amazon. As expected, the camerawork is amazing – the ethereal aerial shots are particularly mesmerising.
Planet Earth I is available on Netflix; Planet Earth II is available on BBC Player.
Blue Planet I and II (2001 and 2017)
Another nature documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Blue Planet is a groundbreaking series that takes us under the sea. Using cutting-edge technology like suction cameras that allow you to ride on the back of large creatures, you’ll soon be familiar with the unknowns of the ocean and meet exotic fishes like the coral groupers and tusk fishes.
Blue Planet I is available on Netflix and BBC Player; Blue Planet II is now streaming on BBC Earth (HD) and BBC Player.
The Travel Show (2014)
Need help deciding where to go for your next holiday? The Travel Show can provide some inspo, since it covers trends in the travel industry. It includes both luxurious trips and budget vacations, so don’t worry about breaking the bank. Some of the destinations covered are the Maldives, India, Russia, China and Mexico.
The Travel Show is available on BBC Player.
Each episode centres on a famous chef and his or her restaurant. If you love Italian food, you should totally check out the episode on Massimo Bottura and how he reinvents classics and manages Osteria Francescana, widely regarded as one of the best restaurant in the world, boasting three Michelin stars. His menu consists of avant garde delicacies – who else would have thought of creating a dish with the name “Five ages of Parmigiano Reggiano in different textures and temperatures” just to serve cheese?
Chef’s Table is available on Netflix.
Incredible Edible America
For some of the most decadent food America has to offer, look no futher than Incredible Edible America. The show follows stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham and his wife as they travel around the US of A, sampling the most over-indulgent dishes you’ve ever laid eyes on. Expect to see things like a Marie Antoinette head with a tower of cotton candy for hair, and the heart attack-inducing Trashcan Nachos by Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho.
Incredible Edible America S1 premieres on January3, Wednesdays at 11pm on Food Network (StarHub TV Ch 433).
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
With 10 seasons under its belt, this series guides you through restaurants and bars from around the world. You won’t just learn about food here – in each episode, Anthony Bourdain often meets up with local personalities who give insights into the country’s culture and history, and the lifestyles of its people. His recommendations aren’t for the timid (you won’t find some of the places he’s visited on TripAdvisor) but you’ll definitely feel inspired to step out of your culinary comfort zone after watching this.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is available on Amazon Video. There’s also a companion digital series called Explore Parts Unknown, where you’ll find episode guides for each city. Find out more at explorepartsunknown.com.
Losing Sight of Shore (2017)
This documentary follows the expedition of the Coxless Crew, a team of four women as they sail across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Australia. Covering over 8,000 miles, the journey took nine months, during which they battled near-impossible mental and physical challenges. You’ll be amazed at the women’s strong friendship and perseverance.
Losing Sight of Shore is available on Netflix.
Caribbean Pirate Treasure
If you loved watching Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, or are just intrigued by stories about pirates in general, this is a must-watch. Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau aim to uncover the legends behind lost treasure and abandoned shipwrecks in this series, and not only do they travel to the most breathtaking destinations, they also get to meet some pretty interesting locals.
Caribbean Pirate Treasure S1 premieres on January 17, Wednesdays at 9.30pm on Travel Channel (StarHub TV Ch 473).
Britain’s Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls (2015)
Renowned adventurer Bear Grylls will keep you on the edge of your seat. From drinking his own pee, to eating live animals and even surviving a parachute fall, you’ll be constantly impressed (and sometimes disgusted) by the stunts he pulls on this show. One thing’s for sure – you’ll definitely learn some nifty survival skills from this man. If you’re on a hunt for some one-of-a-kind adventures, this show will let you in on what the British countryside has to offer.
Britain’s Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls is available on Netflix.