Dreaming for your next adventure? Even when you can’t hop on a flight there are tons of ways to keep your mind traveling. One of our favorite ways to keep our inner wanderlust alive is by catching up on our favorite travel shows and movies. So, whether you’re planning a trip or just looking for a mental escape, these shows will give you the wings to leave home.
Tales By Light
National Geographic and Canon partnered to produce three seasons of Tales By Light. This documentary gives you a behind the scenes look at how some of the world’s most talented photographers capture their images. Each episode features a different photographer and destination. Some of our favorites include trips to India for the Holi Festival and Kenya where photographers capture stunning shots of leopards of the Maasai Mara.
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father
If you’re in the mood for a laugh, look no further than Travels with My Father. With three full seasons, you’ll fall in love with father-son duo Jack and Michael Whitehall as they circle the globe. From Southeast Asia to Europe to the U.S., this show puts our wanderlust at ease while being totally relatable on the familial front.
Ever been swept away in the whole “van life” movement? Pictured yourself waking up by the beach in a refurbished vehicle filled with softwood and vibrant textiles? That is exactly the dream Selima Taibi and Felix Starck jumped on. This colorful couple converted an old school bus into a stunning home and set out through North America. Tune in to share all the highs and lows of life on the road with them.
Pedal the World
German filmmaker Felix Stark, one half of the Expedition Happiness couple, also has another adventure going on on his own. Over the course of one adventurous year, he documents his visits to 22 countries around the world via bicycle pedaling over 18,000km. There are simply few adventures bigger than this one.
Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!
The Fab Five head to Japan to bring the message of self-care and compassion while learning about authentic Japanese culture through the personal stories of people living there. This show has it all, a little fashion, cooking, home decor, and a whole lot of inspiration rolled into each transformation story.
After popping the question, a young engaged couple makes the decision to travel the world for a year before getting married. Along the way, they experience marriage customs in some of the most remote parts of the world. Following along on their life-changing journey where they experience moments that leave everyone questioning if the wedding will ultimately happen or not.
Travel Food Shows
It’s undeniable that food is a huge part of the travel experience. Food is a deep and important part of each and every culture globally. Sharing flavors, techniques, and meals have bonded people for centuries. Each of these shows will leave you curious, inspired and most of all hungry.
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Chef and traveler Samin Nosrat heads to cities on 6 different continents discovering the four elements to successful cooking (and what makes food delicious), salt, fat, acid, and heat. She visits markets, home chefs, and award-winning restaurants taking a deep dive into one of the four elements at each destination and explores the ways it’s used in local cuisine. Besides a look at some incredible dishes and destinations, it’s Nosrat’s true and honest passion for people and food that keeps you tuned in. She also wrote an incredible cookbook of the same name sharing many of the secrets she’s picked up.
Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories
Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories has two full seasons making it perfect to binge. Based on a Tokyo diner with just 12 tables and really quirky opening hours (12 am – 7 am), the focus is truly on the bond between the chef who goes by “Master” and his customers. Each night this small diner sees a flock of guests who can get their fill of anything off the menu or request anything they like from the Master who serves up a delicious meal with a side of advice and how to navigate through life’s many lessons
There is no arguing tacos are a favorite all over the world. This Netflix docuseries explores the many different styles of tacos and their little-known histories. Providing information on how they’re made, why those ingredients are used and where you can find them, you might as well plan ahead because you’ll be having a taco night not long after watching.
Restaurants on the Edge
Take a journey around the world with a team of restaurant industry professionals as they help transform struggling restaurants. The catch? Each of these dining destinations features absolutely incredible views. From Malta to Austria to St. Lucia, the team stays true to the restaurant’s surroundings while reaching out to the surrounding community in order to grow together.
Street Food: Asia
Are you an adventurous eater? Do you like the hustle and bustle of a local market? If you answered ‘yes’, Street Food is for you. In its inaugural season, the show heads to Asia to explore 10 unique cities and their local cuisine, street food chefs, and how influential street food is in their native country. With Street Food: Latin America set to launch soon, watch this show before planning your next big trip and familiarize yourself with delicious cuisine off the beaten path.