In times like these, there’s nothing better than dreaming about our next adventure to escape the monotony of staying put—no matter how incredibly hard the travel bug has bitten us! That’s why we have made a list of outstanding travel documentaries that you can binge-watch on Netflix and travel virtually. By Akriti Sharma
The best travel documentaries on Netflix to watch –
Magical Andes (2021)
Magical Andes is akin to taking a virtual trip to South America’s majestic Andes mountains. This six-part docu-series exhibits the region’s landscape and the ever-changing lives of people residing there. This human-centric Spanish travel documentary features unique stories of five characters who share a deep love for nature and mountains.
Moving Art (2018)
In this movie, ace filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg has captured phenomenal shots while travelling through forests, oceans, deserts and untrodden spots of New Zealand, Tahiti, Machu Pichu, Hokkaido, Koh Samui, Iceland and Marques Islands. The breathtaking imagery, paired with a soothing background score and time-lapses, focuses on different locations and weaves together mini-stories of peace and tranquillity.
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Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip (2017)
Master baker Paul Hollywood embarks on a road trip across European countries while driving supercars like Aston Martin, and meeting local celebrities, car experts and motorists on his way. This fun travel documentary series is all about cars and gorgeous vistas coupled with spectacular cinematography of European landscapes— making it an ideal watch for foodies, travel and automobile enthusiasts.
Expedition Happiness (2017)
Expedition Happiness is a travelogue created by a German couple—Felix Starck, an accomplished filmmaker; and Mogli (aka Selima Taibi), a talented singer-songwriter—who refurbished an old school bus to make a tiny home and embarked on an epic road trip across North America with their dog, Rudy. The trio planned the ultimate adventure, travelling across Canada and the States while keeping it real—be it border problems, visa issues, awful roads or other difficulties.
Untamed Romania (2018)
Untamed Romania is a fuss-free and pleasant-to-watch series about wild spots in the European country. The travel documentary educates people about wildlife in one of Europe’s largest natural habitats. The series spans across desolate mountains, stunning landscapes, and the vast wilderness which surrounds the fairytale-like Danube River.
Tales by Light (2015-2018)
Travel docu-series, Tales by Light, is filled with moving portraits, panoramic imagery, soulful music and philosophical narration in pursuit of exploring the natural world through various photographers and filmmakers. It has unseen footage from unique angles, making it a series ahead of its time. The series was filmed in 6k and 4k and is available to watch in 4K.
Pedal the World (2015)
Pedal the World is a story of a young millennial who sets out to explore the world on an epic 18,000 kilometres bicycle journey across 22 countries in one adventure-filled year. The German-born amateur filmmaker and editor, Felix Starck relies on a vlog-style personal journey filled with extreme circumstances and inspires people to follow their wanderlust as well.
Dark Tourist (2018)
Dark Tourist is a one-of-a-kind travel series. Presented by journalist David Ferrier, the show explores dark tourism as he travels to some ‘shady’ corners of the world, often messing things up which in turn leads to dramatic consequences. The series is a wild ride that depicts bizarre tourist traps and unsociable things. Paired with Farrier’s amusing narration, it serves as a nice contrast to the inexplicable situations he often finds himself in.
Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father (2020)
This British reality series stars English comedian Jack Whitehall and his father going on a vacation together. The storyline depicts a valiant journey with season one highlighting treks across Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand). The series shows Jack Whitehall in his element with his British humour and quick-witted comments making it a light-hearted travelogue.
Editor’s Note: Keeping the current situation of the pandemic in mind, T+L India recommends every reader to stay safe and take all government-regulated precautions in case travel at this time is absolutely necessary. Please follow our stories on COVID-19 for all the latest travel guidelines.