While we may not be able to leave our homes very often right now, watching travel shows may give you an opportunity to escape for a while.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, travel company My Late Deals has put together a list of travel shows available to stream now, so you can travel the world from the comfort of your sofa.
Our Planet (Netflix)
1 series, 8 episodes | IMDb: 9.3/10
This unique series takes nature lovers to deserts, grasslands, the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.
Narrated by David Attenborough, Our Planet was filmed in 64 different countries over four years.
Destinations visited: The Arctic wilderness, the deep sea, Africa and South America
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Amazon Prime)
12 series, 104 episodes | IMDb: 8.8/10
This series, presented by late celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian, Anthony Bourdain, focuses on other cultures, politics and cuisines. Viewers accompany Bourdain as he chats and eats his way around less explored countries, such as Colombia and Congo.
Destinations visited: Myanmar, Libya, Colombia and Congo, to name a few
The Grand Tour (Amazon Prime)
4 series, 39 episodes | IMDb: 8.7/10
Technically it’s a motoring show, but it also falls under the travel category thanks to the many dazzling locations Clarkson, Hammond and May visit.
At each location – including Lapland, California and Johannesburg – the presenters undertake extraordinary tasks, like training with the SAS in Jordan, saving coral reefs with car body shells in Barbados, and road-tripping along the so-called ‘Romantic Road’ in British SUVs.
Destinations visited: USA, Portugal, South Africa, Jordan and Italy, to name a few
James May: Our Man in Japan (Amazon Prime)
1 series, 6 episodes | IMDb: 8.5/10
James May takes a journey across Japan in an attempt to truly understand the Land of the Rising Sun. In this documentary, May travels from the icy north to its balmy south, meeting locals, eating noodles and seeing the sights along his way.
Destinations visited: Cape Soya, Tohoku, Fukushima, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Shikoku
An Idiot Abroad (Now TV)
3 series, 19 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
With zero interest in travel, Karl Pilkington is launched out of his comfort zone when he is sent by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant on once in a lifetime trips.
Series one follows Pilkington as he visits the New Seven Wonders of the World, series two documents him as he performs activities from a generic bucket list of someone else’s choosinng, and in the final series, Pilkington and Warwick Davis travel the route taken by Marco Polo to China.
Destinations visited: The New Seven Wonders of the World, the South Pacific, Russia, Australia, Thailand, Alaska, Africa, America, Japan, Venice, Macedonia, India and China
Travel Man: 48 Hours in… (All 4)
10 series, 43 episodes | IMDb: 8.3/10
Travel Man is a travel documentary series presented by Richard Ayoade. Ayoade visits a popular city in each episode along with a celebrity guest, including Rob Beckett, Chris O’Dowd an Katherine Ryan. The show is funny, fast-paced and informative.
Destinations visited: Barcelona, Istanbul, Iceland, Marrakech, Vienna and Paris toname a few
Frankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland (BBC iPlayer)
1 series, 4 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
According to Frankie Boyle, “There comes a time in every comedian’s career when they decide to do travelogues.” Boyle travels across Scotland on his stand-up tour and meets a mixture of people and places. He asks unusual questions and, as you would expect from Frankie Boyle, the show contains adult content and sarcasm.
Destinations visited: Aberdeen, Oban, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ayr
Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father (Netflix)
3 series, 13 episodes | IMDb: 7.7/10
Presented by Father and son Duo, Jack and Michael Whitehall, Travels With My Father follows Jack and Michael on a ‘gap year’ trip across South East Asia, on a European road trip and across America.
Destinations visited: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Moldova,Ukraine, Turkey and America
Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti (ITV HUB)
1 series, 2 episodes | IMDb: 7.7/10
Absolutely Fabulous star, Joanna Lumley travels across the Caribbean in this two part series. Exploring Haiti and Cuba, Lumley uncovers tranquil beaches and lesser-known spots.
At the beginning of the first episode, Lumley explains, “I’m going on an adventure through two of the most intoxicating countries in the world. This unique journey will glimpse the hidden side of these fascinating places – why don’t you tag along?”
Destinations visited: Cuba and Haiti
Dark Tourist (Netflix)
1 series, 8 episodes | IMDb: 7.6/10
Journalist, David Farrier, claims he has always been drawn to the weirder side of life, and in this series, he explores the global phenomenon that is dark tourism. David visits places that are associated with death and destruction, such as a death-worshipping cult in Mexico, vampires in New Orleans, and Fukushima.
Destinations visited: Latin America, Japan, United States, The Stans, Europe, South East Asia and Africa
Cruising with Jane McDonald (MY5)
6 series, 25 episodes | IMDb: 7.3/10
Former cruise ship entertainer and TV presenter, Jane McDonald, returned to cruise ships in 2017, with her show Cruising with Jane McDonald. The presenter spent four and a half years living her best life on cruises, and picked up a Bafta in 2018.
Destinations visited: The Adriatic Sea, The Balkans, Mediterranean Riviera and the Great Lakes of America, to name a few
Sacred Wonders (BBC iPlayer)
1 series, 3 episodes | IMDb: 6.9/10
Narrated by Sue Perkins, this series discovers what people do for faith at some of the most spectacular sacred places across the globe. From the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia to the Shaolin Temple in China.
Destinations visited: Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali,the Golden Temple in India, Nachi Falls in Japan, The Shaolin Temple in China, Masada in Israel, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem