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16th April, 2020

Five travel documentaries to watch on Netflix/iPlayer

With the current social distancing and self-isolation guidelines, there’s never been a better time to find a new TV series to watch. However, with so many to choose from, it can be tough to work out exactly where to start!

There are documentaries and TV shows covering just about everything on streaming services like Netflix and iPlayer, whether you want to learn more about the deep waters of the world’s oceans or indulge in some history. But one sector that boasts a whole host of excellent viewing material is travel. While we’re not currently able to travel the world at this time, now is the perfect time to start planning your next big adventure for 2021.

Here, we’ve highlighted some of the top travel shows you can find on Netflix and iPlayer, to help get you started.

Race Across the World

In BBC Two’s Race Across the World series, you get an exciting mix of travel documentary paired with a healthy dose of competition - as travellers compete to ‘race across the world’ without the use of flights or smartphones. Narrated by John Hannah, the reality travel competition sees teams of two compete, with season one starting in London and ending in Singapore. As one of the most-watched shows of the year for the channel, and with the second season having been recently released, there’s never been a better time to start watching.

Travels with my Father

To bring a little lightness to your holiday planning, go on an adventure with comedian Jack Whitehall and his father, Michael, as they venture to some of the most popular destinations in the world - from Thailand and Cambodia to Budapest, Istanbul, and California. Not only do you get to witness the duo exploring all that the destinations have to offer during Travels with my Father, but you’ll also witness all of the hilarity that ensues along the way - particularly when Michael is pushed to let loose. Plus, with three seasons already released on Netflix, there’s plenty of episodes ready and waiting for you.

Around the World in 80 Gardens

If you’re looking to combine your love of the great outdoors with a passion for seeing the world, then this is the show for you. Monty Don visits the world’s 80 most inspiring gardens in this ten-episode series found on BBC iPlayer, covering destinations such as: India, Australia, South America, Spain, the USA and South Africa. Episode one starts with a trip to Mexico, one of the most plant-rich cultures on the planet, and Cuba, a country experiencing a green revolution.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

The CNN original series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown features famous chef Anthony Bourdain, travelling to some of the most incredible and inspiring destinations across the world. Seen through a foodie lens, Bourdain samples some amazing dishes and delicacies which are sure to get you feeling envious - not one to watch when you’re hungry! If you love to visit foodie destinations and sample all that a new culture has to offer, then this is an excellent one to watch - now found on Netflix.

Win the Wilderness: Alaska

Ever fancied yourself as an intrepid explorer? If so, then it’s time to live vicariously through six British couples, as they compete to win a home in the Alaskan wilderness during Win the Wilderness: Alaska. The home in question belongs to Duane and Rena Ose, who have been famously living in the Alaskan wilderness in a home they built for the past 35 years - 100 miles from the nearest road. From navigation tests to nights alone in the wilderness, this gives you all the excitement of an adventure from the comfort of your own living room.

If you’re looking to plan a 2021 adventure, or simply just want to have a browse, take a look at our upcoming brochures - covering everything from solo holidays and river cruises to trips across the globe.

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