12 Programmes to Travel The World Virtually

Travel plans may be up in the air, but we all need a little escapism. I have had two trips cancelled over the coming months, and I am still waiting to see what happens with a few others. But even in the COVID-19 pandemic my wanderlust is still standing. 

Many of us have now been isolated into our homes, and we working from home, as well as living at home, can be hard to adapt to. However, for some real escapism, why not explore some new destinations from the comfort of your own home!

I can’t wait to get out and explore and therefore I’ve pulled together the best travel shows streaming now that’ll virtually transport you somewhere else. Perfect for any wanderlusters in self-isolation…..

So put your comfy clothes on and travel the world virtually from your sofa….


Credit: Netflix


Travel The World Virtually


Show: Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father

Available To Stream On: Netflix
Description: A travel documentary and road trip comedy, Travels With My Father is presented by comedian Jack Whitehall and his father, Michael Whitehall. The first series sees Jack and Michael embark on a ‘gap year’ trip across South East Asia visiting Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Series two sees Jack and his father on a European road trip visiting Germany, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Turkey. Series three took the father and son duo across America.

Show: Restaurants On The Edge

On its face, Restaurants On The Edge may seem like another run of the mill restaurant recovery show where the host comes in Bar Rescue style and saves a place on the brink of going belly up. I mean yes, that’s kind of what it’s about but it’s also so much more. The basic premise of ROTE is about rehabbing pretty restaurants around the world, but the show does a good job digging in to the local food culture like curry fish balls and snake wine in Hong Kong to freshly caught salt cod in Malta. The show’s high production quality and beautiful destinations will definitely satiate the wanderlust in all of us. (Credit: Forbes)

Show: Dark Tourist

Available To Stream On: Netflix
Description: Presented by David Farrier who claims he has always been drawn to the weirder side of life, Dark Tourist investigates the global phenomenon, dark tourism. David visits locations that are associated with death and destruction such as Medellin, once known as the most dangerous city in the world thanks to its association with Pablo Escobar and the town of Tomioka, which was evacuated during the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Show: Our Planet

Available to Stream On: Netflix
Description: This landmark series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.
Narrated by David Attenborough, this documentary series was filmed over 4 years and across 64 different countries.

Show: Tales by Light

If you’re looking for some seriously beautiful imagery to binge on in the weeks ahead, Tales by Light has you covered. This Australian docu-series originally premiered in 2015 follows professional photographers and filmmakers as they make their way around the world to tell powerful stories of people and places from the Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia to India’s Bandhavgarh National Park in the Himalayas. It’s powerful storytelling with beautiful scenery to match.  (Credit: Forbes)


Credit: Netflix


Travel The World Virtually


Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

You can’t make a list about the best travel TV shows and not save a spot for Anthony Bourdain: Part’s Unknown. Travel television wouldn’t be what it is today without him, and while no one will ever be able to do what Bourdain did for the genre, we can still enjoy his passion for exploring, eating and drinking by going back and watching and re-watching Part’s Unknown. After you crush all 12 seasons you can go back and watch its precursor: No Reservations. (Credit: Forbes)


Travel The World Virtually

Channel 4

Show: Travel Man: 48 Hours in…

Available To Stream On: Channel 4
Description: Travel Man is a British travel documentary series presented by Richard Ayoade. Ayoade travels to a popular city in each episode along with a celebrity guest. The show is fast paced and is useful to anyone planning a trip to one of the cities Ayoade visits. Every episode is sure to make you laugh thanks to Ayoade’s dry sense of humour.


Travel The World Virtually


Show: Sacred Wonders

Available To Stream On: BBC
Description: Many of the world’s best-known landmarks have been inspired by faith. In this series, the amazing things people do for faith in some of the most spectacular places on earth are revealed. The series narrated by Sue Perkins takes you to Angkor Wat the Hindu-Buddhist temple in Cambodia, Nachi Falls in Japan and China’s Shaolin Temple, to name a few.

an idiot abroad

Credit: NOW TV


Travel The World Virtually

Now TV

Show: An Idiot Abroad

Available To Stream On: Now TV
Description: With no interest in travel, Karl Pilkington is launched out of his comfort zone when Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send him on once-in-a-lifetime trips.
Series one documents Pilkington visiting the New Severn Wonders of the World, Series two shows Pilkington performing activities from a generic (not his) bucket list and in the final series, Pilkington is joined by Warwick Davis and they both travel along the route taken by Marco Polo to China.


Travel The World Virtually

Amazon Prime

Show: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Available To Stream On: Amazon Prime
Description: This series focuses on other cuisines, cultures and politics and was presented by Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian. Viewers can follow Bourdain as he eats and chats his way around less explored countries such as Libya and Myanmar.

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Travel The World Virtually


Show: Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti

Available To Stream On: ITV
Description: Star of Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley travels across the fabulous Caribbean. This two-part series sees Lumley exploring Haiti and Cuba, uncovering tranquil beaches and lesser-known spots.
At the beginning of the trailer, 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?”


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