The 5 Best Travel Shows You Should Watch

The 5 Best Travel Shows You Should Watch


There are many jobs out there that are compatible with the travel bug. Positions that can go from actually being part of the tourism industry holding service jobs, all the way to being tourists who get paid to travel or simply remote workers who can work from anywhere in the world, as long as they have an internet connection. People who enjoy traveling can find many ways to make a living while doing what they love not being anchored to one location and enjoying the freedom of waking up in a different city every week.

With all that being said, there are jobs that influence the way others can experience traveling and the way they may get motivated to pack their bags and go. These jobs are those held by the few lucky ones that host traveling TV shows. Some of them are widely known celebrities, that became famous by following their passions, being traveling, cooking or a love for extreme sports.

Here we have some of the most successful and interesting traveling shows and what makes them so especial.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

No Reservations is an American travel and food show hosted by travel writer, author and Chef Anthony Bourdain that aired on the Travel Channel, Discovery Travel & Living from 2005 until 2012. Each episode showcases a different city around the world in which Anthony’s visit is welcomed by a local host who takes him around and teaches him about the culture mainly from a traditionally culinary point of view.  No Reservations was not Bourdain’s first TV program; he also hosted a very similar series on Food Network called A Cook’s Tour that ran for a year back in 2001. The show ran for 9 seasons and in 2009 and 2011 it won the Emmy for “Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming”. Currently, Anthony Bourdain hosts a similar travel show in CNN called Parts Unknown.


Departures is a travel adventure television series produced in Canada by Jessie Wallace and Steven Bray and created by Andre Dupuis and Scott Wilson. The show depicts two high-school friends Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach travelling to various locations around the world, joined by cameraman Dupuis. This show is about the journey more than the destination; geared towards those adventurous enough to put on a backpack and start walking. Quite the opposite than what we would see with the previous shows by Bourdain, Departures look is gritty and raw and it doesn’t shy away from the sometimes-unexpected events that may delay the arrival at a planned destination. Departures feels very real and the sense of camaraderie between the two hosts makes it quite enjoyable to watch.

Michael Palin’s Travels

Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer, television presenter and one of the members of the legendary comedy group Monty Python who later made a number of travel documentaries, amongst them, Michael Palin’s Travels. The shows have been around for a long time and while they may feel a little outdated sometimes, they do look at travel with a charming type of nostalgia and humorous wonder. A true gem for those who are fans of the funny troupe or who love traveling in general. Palin also wrote several books on the subject of traveling, rich with history and information sometimes not included in the program.

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Long Way Round

This British television series documents the 19,000-mile journey of actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman from London to New York City on motorcycles. The voyage takes them all the way around the world going across Europe, Russia, and Mongolia, crossing the Bering Strait and through Canada to finally arrive at the US. As expected, the travelers and their crew get themselves in all kind of situations along the way from hilarious encounters with strange characters to dangerous situations that show how much of an equalizer traveling on a motorcycle can be. The journey was also used to bring attention to the humanitarian efforts of UNICEF. The team spent time out seeing and filming some of UNICEF’s work in different countries along the way. Motorcyclist Ted Simon’s book Jupiter’s Travels inspired McGregor and Boorman to make the trip; they actually had the chance to meet him in Mongolia.

Globe Trekker

Globe Trekker is an adventure tourism television series inspired by the Lonely Planet books. The series shows episodes featuring a host, called a traveller, who travels with a camera crew to generally exotic countries and experiences the sights, sounds, and culture that the location has to offer. One of the best things the show has to offer is a deeper look into places beyond the usual tourist destinations, to show viewers a more genuine picture of the lands they visit. The show won many international awards including six American Cable Ace awards.


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