To be stuck at home and not have this year’s travel itinerary go unaccomplished is disappointing, to say the least.
Alas, we have to make do with what we have, and what we have is enough to give us time to fantasize about the places we could go in the future when everything goes back to normal.
Since almost all of us have spare time, why not binge-watch Netflix documentaries to satisfy your lust for travel?
In no particular order, here are the 14 best travel shows available on Netflix!
1. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (2019)
1 Season - 4 Episodes | Runtime: 44 min | IMDb: 6.7/10
David Chang hangs out with celebrities like Seth Rogan while discovering authentic cuisine within a new city per episode. After all, isn’t traveling made better with company?
2. Conan Without Borders (2018)
1 Season - 6 Episodes | Runtime: 42 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
Fans of Conan O’Brien may want to watch his enlightening travel segment, where he tries to find what makes each destination he visits unique, discussing serious topics such as the war in Israel while dishing out his signature humor.
3. Dark Tourist (2018)
1 Season - 8 Episodes | Runtime: 42 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
A different take on tourism and travel shows in general, journalist David Farrier journeys to places commonly linked with death and tragedy such as Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant.
4. Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father (2019)
3 Seasons - 13 Episodes | Runtime: 60 min | IMDb: 7.7/10
A father-son duo traveling the world. Except, the father is notoriously difficult to please and the son is a comedian. The show provides an interesting dynamic with contrasting responses to travel.
5. Larry Charles’ Dangerous World Of Comedy (2019)
1 Season - 4 Episodes | Runtime: +60 min | IMDb: 7.3/10
Comedy director Larry Charles goes to the most dangerous parts of the world to find comedy in countries devastated by war and poverty. An interesting take on how cultures find humor in light of tragedies.
6. Our Planet (2019)
1 Season - 8 Episodes | Runtime: 53 min | IMDb: 9.3/10
This is basically Netflix’s take on BBC’s Planet Earth, with narration from Sir David Attenborough. While it can be said that it’s a nature documentary first and foremost, it’s a sight to behold when you see the places shown that makes you want to go there yourself!.
7. Somebody Feed Phil (2018)
2 Seasons - 12 Episodes | Runtime: 60 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
Phil Rosenthal from Everybody Loves Raymond goes traveling, eating exotic food, and meeting new people along the way. Although he comes off as a little awkward, it adds to the show’s authenticity.
8. Stay Here (2018)
1 Season - 8 Episodes | Runtime: 32 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
Although never explicitly stated, it’s basically turning short-term rental homes into money-making Airbnbs. Watching this will give you a much better appreciation into just how much thought goes into creating viable rental spaces.
9. Street Food (2019)
1 Season - 9 Episodes | Runtime: 34 min | IMDb: 8.0/10
Each episode interviews a street food vendor from 9 different countries, recounting the history that contributed to their success as well as how influential street food is in their country.
10. Tales by Light (2019)
3 Seasons - 12 Episodes | Runtime: 30 - 60 min | IMDb: 8.3/10
The show focuses on professional photographers and their travels to capture the best shots anywhere in the globe. A must-watch for aspiring photographers!
11. The Homecoming (2015)
1 Season - 62 Episodes | Runtime: 70 min | MyDramaList: 8.9/10
A spin-off of the South Korean television show, Non-Summit, it follows Korean as well as foreign cast members traveling and experiencing the culture in their home countries. The show also does an excellent job of showing the prejudices and common misconceptions about the countries they visit.
12. The Kindness Diaries (2019)
2 Seasons - 26 Episodes | Runtime: 24 min | IMDb: 8.1/10
The whole premise centers on Leon Logothetis traveling to various countries but having to rely solely on the kindness of strangers he meets along the way for food, shelter — anything except money. What’s great about the show is seeing humanity shine through people and Leon paying it forward in unexpected ways.
13. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (2017)
2 Seasons - 12 Episodes | Runtime: 60 min | IMDb: 7.5/10
Hosts Caroline Quentin (British actor) and Piers Taylor (Architect) roam the world to tour the most beautifully-designed homes. This show is lifestyle porn at its finest.
14. Ugly Delicious (2018)
2 Seasons - 12 Episodes | Runtime: 55 min | IMDb: 7.8/10
Each episode of Ugly Delicious has Chef Chang explore the cultural and culinary origins of various dishes from around the world while conversing with people not only about food but also life as well.