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The 8 Best Travel Shows On Netflix Streaming Right Now

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Last Updated: May 24th

Are you dreaming of that next adventure? We all need to get away at some point. It’s hard to decide where to go, when to go, and why to pick one destination over another. Luckily television (teacher, mother, secret lover) is here to help. Netflix has a long list of Travel shows to stoke the fires of your wanderlust.

Here are some of the best travel shows on Netflix streaming, available to watch right now.

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8) A Cook’s Tour

This is where it all started for the now neigh-legendary Anthony Bourdain. The vagabond raconteur was still working as the executive chef of Manhattan’s Le Halle while moonlighting as a traveling foodie researching his next book (also called A Cook’s Tour). Bourdain is more wide-eyed and bushy-tailed in this version of the show — however, the strains of figuring out what TV Bourdain wanted to make is obvious. It’s a very common travel show that happens to feature food compared to the heights he’s achieved with Parts Unknown both visually and through story-telling.

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7) Rock the Park

Jack Steward and Colton Smith adventure across the United States aiming to visit, trek, explore and experience every National Park in the country. It’s pretty awesome. They seem like two pretty cool guys to share a pint with after a long trek through Denali. The pace of the show is pretty fast and they cover a most of the USA in just two seasons. The show also reminds us that we don’t always have to break the bank, or travel insane distances to travel and grow — there’s an amazing world to see within the United States.

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6) I’ll Have What Phil’s Having

This is another travel show that’s anchored in food as the gateway to new cultures. Eating local food prepared by people who’ve been doing it for centuries has always been one of the greatest aspects of travel. You find yourself truly enjoying this series as Phil happily bounces around the planet, even though he isn’t going anywhere crazy or dangerous. He’s hitting a well-worn traveler’s trail and that’s okay. It makes the show and his travels very accessible to travelers new and old.

PS: Vince has a great interview with Phil Rosenthal about creating and making the show.

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5) Human Planet

This companion piece to the Planet Earth series is every bit as captivating as the original. What makes this docuseries stand above the rest is its unflinching view of humanity. There are people out there living almost unfathomable lives to the average westerner. Yet there they are. Realizing there is so much more to humanity than what your life represents is a cornerstone of travel, life, and personal evolution.

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4) An Idiot Abroad

This travel show was the brainchild of The Office creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Basically they decided to send their pal, comedian Karl Pilkington, around the world and test his boundaries in (often) ridiculous cultural and travel situations. The show lasted for three seasons, and all are available. They do offer an interesting look into fear of travel and overcoming it to find something deeper and better in yourself.

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3) Planet Earth

This is the show of shows. BBC spent years filming the wild world and, wow, did it pay off. This series single-handily set a new bar in what is possible in worldwide, nature based documentary cinematography. Touching on each geographical area the world has to offer, Planet Earth is a feast for the eyes. It also offers a glimpse into the natural soul of the planet in an intimate and brutal way. It may seem a little odd for a travel list. I’ll counter that if this series doesn’t make you want to travel the wonders of the natural world, nothing will. If film crews can go, you can, too.

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2) Stephen Fry In America

Stephen Fry is a bit of a legend in the UK. He’s made history with comedy shows like A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster (both with comedy partner Hugh Laurie). It’s fascinating watching someone so thoroughly British travel the whole of the United States — in a black London taxi cab no less. The series’ episodes are in-depth looks into the quirks and wonder that is America from an outsider deeply interested in what makes Americans tick. It’s a travel show about making new friends, having conversations, and finding some authenticity.

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1) Parts Unknown

Anthony Bourdain has spent the better part of the last two decades perfecting our age’s travel show. Parts Unknown is the gold standard for which all others grasp. Our own Vince Mancini has given you a reason to watch for the food aspects. I couldn’t agree more. However, the real heart of Parts Unknown is travel and people. The food is often tertiary.

Bourdain realized long ago that going to a place is more about walking around and eating food than having a canned experience. Sometimes he misses the mark (Peru, Libya, Congo episodes, I’m looking at you). More often that not Bourdain gives you an insight that takes real balls to find.

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For everything else you should be streaming on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, check out our comprehensive What To Watch guide.


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