22 must-see Netflix travel shows, films and documentaries
Best travel shows on Netflix
Hands up, who here has Netflix? Well, if you’re one of the 167 million subscribers around the world, the answer’s probably yes.
And as the world continues the fight against Coronavirus, the only adventures we can take are those from our sofas.
So, with most of us being told to stay home, put your feet up and switch on Netflix. The streaming service has plenty of travel-bingeing programs to keep your wanderlust at bay.
Choose from films, documentaries or series; there’s plenty travel inspiration to keep you entertained during the lockdown.
Stay connected, safely — travel shows on Netflix
Netflix tip: if you can’t find some of these programs, consider getting a virtual private network (VPN).
In short, having a VPN means you can create a secure connection to another network over the internet. Some of the benefits include being able to access region-restricted websites, such as the UK version of Netflix.
Especially useful while traveling, you can also use your VPN to hide your browsing activity when using public Wi-Fi networks. Services start from as little as $2.75 a month and it’s a sound investment.
Soak up some feelgood travel vibes — travel shows on Netflix
Feel-good Netflix travel shows
1. The Kindness Diaries
A former London broker travels the world, a vintage motorbike his only possession. Leon Logothetis seeks real human connection relying on the kindness of strangers, returning favors in his own inspiring way.
2. Expedition happiness
A filmmaker and his girlfriend take a road trip across North America. Watch the pair’s adventures traveling the land in a refurbished school bus.
3. Tales by light
Indulge in some feelgood storytelling of tales across the globe as told by filmmakers and photographers.
Travel your way around the US, with the help of Netflix
“…the only adventures we can take are those from our sofas.”
4. Dark Tourist
Journalist, David Farrier, visits popular tourism spots around the world, seeking out places associated with the macabre.
5. Jack Whitehall, travels with my father
Adventure and adrenaline
6. Pedal the world
Ever dreamed about biking your way around the world? German director, Felix Starck, decided to take on the challenge, not to 195, but to 22 countries. A fascinating watch, and one that’ll leave you itching to jump on the bike.
7. Conan without borders — travel shows on Netflix
Admire some of the world’s most majestic mountains — travel shows on Netflix
Our beautiful planet
8. National Parks Adventure
Discover the best of nature, by (virtually) visiting the greatest national parks in the USA.
Climb some of the world’s most incredible summits — vicariously — in this awe-inspiring documentary.
10. Our Planet
Relax to the soothing sounds of renowned conservationist, David Attenborough, as he takes you on a journey around planet Earth.
11. Secrets of great British castles
Learn about street food around the world in these Netlix travel shows
Food travel shows on Netflix
12. Street food
The clue’s in the title with this show. One for travel-loving foodies, salivate over some of the tastiest street food in some sizzling destinations.
13. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner — travel shows on Netflix
Take 1 chef, add a healthy dose of celebrity friends and finish off with different locations around the world.
Learn, laugh and eat in this entertaining series, and all without having to leave your sofa.
14. Ugly Delicious
Catch Chef David Chang in his latest Netflix culinary series. This time, he’s searching for the best cross-cultural eats, and taking some good friends along for the ride.
15. Somebody feed Phil
Creator and Hollywood producer Phil Rosenthal indulges his inner glutton by eating some of the world’s best local delicacies.
Explore the depths of South America, vicariously, from your sofa — travel shows on Netflix
All about South America
16. Guatemala, heart of the Mayan world
Satisfy your wanderlust with this gorgeous documentary about the culture and geological wealth of Guatemala.
17. Magical Andes
Listen to the stories of 5 local people, and learn about their connection with the magnificent mountains in South America.
18. Peru, Tesoro Escondido — travel shows on Netflix
Learn about Machu Picchu, and more, in this fascinating documentary covering the culturally rich country of Peru.
19. Lorena, light-footed woman
Watch this inspiring tale about a young woman from Mexico’s indigenous Rarámuri community training to be an ultramarathon runner.
Follow in the footsteps of protagonist, Elizabeth Gilbert, in beautiful Bali in Eat, Pray, Love
Travel through movies
20. Eat, Pray, Love
A travel lover must, no list would be complete without Eat, Pray, Love. A classic tale of one woman’s adventure to find love, spirituality and good food.
21. Murder Mystery — travel shows on Netflix
Lighten up with this Netflix comedy starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Transport yourself to the picturesque Lake Como — one of the settings of this hilarious comedy.
22. The Climb
A story of love, and a young man’s mission to climb Mount Everest, set the premise of this French heartwarming movie.
Have you seen any of these travel movies, shows or documentaries on Netflix? If not, which would you most like to see? Drop me your thoughts in the comments below.
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