Let your mind wander all over the world with these daring documentaries and terrific travel TV shows, streaming to a living room near you.
1. For nature lovers: Our Planet
2019, 1 season, 8 episodes
Netflix’s own Earth documentary — Our Planet — is a must-watch for young and old. David Attenborough’s narration is a delight as he visits places such as the Serengeti in Tanzania, Borneo in Malaysia, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Florida Keys, reminding us how wondrous our world really is.
Let it come to life: Admire majestic animals by kayaking through the Everglades, flying in a hot-air balloon over the Serengeti, snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, or taking a boat ride through Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary when travel resumes.
2. For serious foodies: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
2019, 1 season, 4 episodes
Fans of Ugly Delicious will enjoy watching Michelin-starred chef David Chang as he explores food and culture with his famous buddies. He travels to Vancouver, Marrakech, Los Angeles, and Phnom Penh and eats drool-worthy food that we can’t promise won’t leave you hungry.
Let it come to life: Plan your future foodie trips with these tours in mind: take a walking food tour of downtown Vancouver, taste Moroccan street food, nibble on L.A.’s best bites, and experience Cambodian market food on a tuk-tuk tour in the future.
3. For altruists: The Kindness Diaries
2019, 2 seasons, 13 episodes
Leon Logothetis travels all the way from Alaska to Argentina on his vintage motorbike. On the way, he learns about the richness that different cultures have to offer, experiences the many forms of kindness we can share, and sees the best parts of humanity.
Let it come to life: Make a difference when you travel again. These tours of informal settlements in Cape Town, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro provide insight into how people live, and you’ll contribute to improving lives.
4. For kooky families: Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father
2019, 3 seasons, 2 episodes
Season 1 focused on Asia, Season 2 on eastern Europe. Now in Season 3, British funny-guy, Jack Whitehall takes his dad around Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Their antics are hysterical and will leave you laughing out loud. A must for its quintessentially British humor and out-of-the-ordinary travel experiences, (often ones we hope to avoid, but love to talk about later!)
5. For master chefs in the making: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
2018, 1 season, 4 episodes
On this foodie travelogue, chef Samin Nosrat explores the fundamentals of flavor and how it’s used all over the world. We join her in Italy, Japan, Mexico, and California and dip into the ways this holy foursome has perfected food over time.
Let it come to life: Food tours and cooking classes are the way to go. Learn the art of Mexican cooking, make pasta like a pro in Florence, taste San Francisco’s local flavors, or get your ramen game on in Kyoto when you get back to traveling.
6. For design gurus: The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
2019, 2 seasons, 8 episodes
Join British actress, Caroline Quentin, and architect Piers Taylor as they explore some of the most impressive architecture around the world. As they travel the globe from Japan to Norway, Spain to India, it’s sure to inspire wanderlust (and home envy) all in one go.