Your travel plans may be thwarted for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stream some wanderlust into your life.
Social distancing. Self quarantining. Whatever you’ll be doing to keep yourself sane in the days and weeks ahead, quaranstreaming—that is, streaming your favorite Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Youtube or other streaming service of choice—is going to be the next catchphrase you need to commit to memory in the coronavirus era. While there’s no shortage of wonderful binge-worthy shows to choose from, for all the travel-bugs out there who are grounded until further notice, this one’s for you.
In no particular order, here are ten of the best travel shows you should check out right now and where you can stream them.
Somebody Feed Phil
OK. I know I said this list is in no particular order, but if there’s one travel series the world really needs right now it’s Somebody Feed Phil. Created by the producer/creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal brings all the warm and fuzzy travel feels in this highly binge-able series. There are currently two seasons available on Netflix (with a third season slated for release later this year) that will take you from Bangkok to Buenos Aires. We could all use a little of Phil’s positive and utterly infectious energy right about now. Streaming now on Netflix.
Tales by Light
If you’re looking for some seriously beautiful imagery to binge on in the weeks ahead, Tales by Light has you covered. This Australian docu-series originally premiered in 2015 follows professional photographers and filmmakers as they make their way around the world to tell powerful stories of people and places from the Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia to India’s Bandhavgarh National Park in the Himalayas. It’s powerful storytelling with beautiful scenery to match. Streaming now on Netflix.
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
In his new series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay takes his viewers out of the kitchen and into the world. It’s still all Ramsey all day, but now we can enjoy the view in far-flung destinations around the world from the Mighty Mekong to the Middle Atlas region of Morocco. And while food is at the core of this series, the six episodes featured in the first season are bolstered by beautiful locales and an interesting cast of local characters in between. Streaming now on the National Geographic network.
Restaurants On The Edge
On its face, Restaurants On The Edge may seem like another run of the mill restaurant recovery show where the host comes in Bar Rescue style and saves a place on the brink of going belly up. I mean yes, that’s kind of what it’s about but it’s also so much more. The basic premise of ROTE is about rehabbing pretty restaurants around the world, but the show does a good job digging in to the local food culture like curry fish balls and snake wine in Hong Kong to freshly caught salt cod in Malta. The show’s high production quality and beautiful destinations will definitely satiate the wanderlust in all of us. Streaming now on Netflix.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
In David Chang’s follow up to Ugly Delicious, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner is everything we love about food/travel television with mix of celebrities and off the cuff humor and commentary in between. I mean how can you go wrong watching Seth Rogan pal around Vancouver or Chrissy Teigen sipping mint tea and riding camels in Morocco? It’s delicious and funny and definitely worthy of a binge. Streaming now on Netflix.
Street food is not only at the heart and soul of some of our favorite cities around the world, but a huge part of the travel experience today. That combination is perfectly captured in this visually stunning series on Netflix. Created by the same people who brought us “Chef’s Table” some of the world’s best food cities from Bangkok and Osaka to Singapore and Seoul are brought to life in nine delicious episodes that will leave you hungry for more. Streaming now on Netflix.
Samantha Brown’s Places To Love
One of travel TV’s most iconic figures, Samantha Brown’s Places To Love is available for streaming on PBS and will make you fall in love with the places you thought you know (and love) all over again. In the current season, Brown takes us from Budapest and the BVI all the way to the southern island of New Zealand uncovering hidden gems and lesser known spots in between. Streaming now on PBS.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
You can’t make a list about the best travel TV shows and not save a spot for Anthony Bourdain: Part’s Unknown. Travel television wouldn’t be what it is today without him, and while no one will ever be able to do what Bourdain did for the genre, we can still enjoy his passion for exploring, eating and drinking by going back and watching and re-watching Part’s Unknown. After you crush all 12 seasons you can go back and watch its precursor: No Reservations. Available for streaming on Hulu + LiveTV.
If you’re looking for something a little less mainstream, Dark Tourism is a docu-series by New Zealand based journalist David Farrier that takes a deep dive into lesser known cultures and traditions found around the world. Each episode explore everything from nuclear disaster sites like Fuskushima, Japan to a voodoo festival in Benin, Nigeria. It’s smart storytelling and a different approach to travel that everyone whose ever taken or dreams about taking an off the beaten path trip can appreciate. Streaming now on Netflix.
The goop Lab
OK now before you get all up in arms about this pick hear me out. The goop Lab premiered somewhat controversially on Netflix this past January as a self-described wellness series that covers everything from psychedelics and energy healing to understanding female pleasure zones. But the show also dips its toe pretty steadily into the travel pool. Take for instance the first episode called “The Healing Trip,” a double entendre of a title about a group of Goop staffers who travel to Jamaica and embark on a journey of self discovery by way of psychotherapy at a resort near Montego Bay. In between the smiles and cries, were treated to scenes of dreamy beaches enjoying the best island culture has to offer. Episode two follows in a similar fashion, but this time in the cozy confines of a Goop’ed up cabin with panoramic views over Lake Tahoe. Streaming now on Netflix.