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Best Travel Shows and Documentaries to Watch During COVID-19 Social Distancing

4/10/2020
Assist America has collected a list of our team's favorite travel documentaries and shows that can help you escape the new routine and lift your spirit during the COVID-19 social distancing period.
 
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The spread of the novel coronavirus has caused many travel restrictions and community-wide lockdowns leading many people to stay in the security of their own home. For many globetrotters and frequent travelers, this shelter-in-place routine can become tiresome and mentally exhausting. Assist America’s team knows it all too well and has collected a list of our favorite travel documentaries and shows that can help you escape the new routine and lift your spirit during the COVID-19 social distancing period!

Netflix

  1. Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father
Jack Whitehall and his father, Michael, make for an interesting dynamic throughout this travelogue series. Jack invites Michael to go with him on a trip through Southeast Asia to try to strengthen their bond. Along the way, the Whitehalls partake in several unique experiences, including attending an elephant polo match in Bangkok and taking a primitive train ride in Cambodia.
  1. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Chef David Chang is joined by celebrity guests to explore the cuisine and culture of different cities around the world. A great show for those who enjoy cultural recipes and explore the culinary arts.
  1. Losing Sight of Shore
Four women set out to row across the Pacific Ocean, from America to Australia. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they must overcome extreme mental and physical challenges to make history.
  1. Restaurant on the Edge
A team of three experts - a restaurateur, a designer and a chef - tap into a restaurant's surroundings and community to remodel each business in a way that is uplifting, inspirational, and positive.
  1. All the Planet Documentaries
Witness the planet's breathtaking diversity -- from seabirds carpet-bombing the ocean to wildebeests eluding the wild dogs of the Serengeti, all while sitting at home. These documentaries are great when you want to be outdoors!
 

Amazon Prime

  1. Rick Steve’s Europe
Rick Steves' guidebooks, public-radio program, and numerous television series have made him an essential resource for travelers wishing to explore Europe. This program finds the knowledgeable host offering globetrotters a fresh perspective on lodgings, transportation, and places to visit on their journeys. Throughout this series, travelers are immersed in local culture, exploring not only major cities and the usual sites, but out-of-the-way locales that often produce the most authentic, and enjoyable, experiences of a trip.
  1. Beyond the Beaten Path
Beyond the Beaten Path follows the three adventurous Eagar brothers as they undertake incredible journeys to odd and exotic destinations around the world. Traveling the Eagar Way means traveling rough, traveling beyond the beaten path, and bridging cultural hurdles to live unique experiences that few of us will ever encounter.
  1. DYI Destinations: Budget Travel Show
The adventurer and host Charles Huang showcase the best destinations around the world. The show promotes budget travel and proves that everything can be done safely, inexpensively and easily while creating connections with new people, experiencing other cultures and gaining a greater understanding of each other.
  1. The Billion Dollar Hotel
The Billion Dollar Hotel is a documentary that explores life in and around the Burj Al Arab Hotel. It follows the experiences of hotel staff at all levels and the highs and lows of working to provide the best possible service where any request by a guest is no problem.
  1. Travel Thru History
Take a look at the fascinating history as well as diverse culture and traditions of various countries across the world. Travel Thru History is a family travel television show and blog focused on traveling to cities around the globe and learning their history.
 

Disney +

  1. America’s National Parks
This series explores the incredible wildlife of America's most iconic national parks. Strong story telling lets the audience discover the fascinating interactions in wild habitats they thought they were familiar with.
  1. Into the Okavango
Into the Okavango chronicles a team of modern-day explorers on their first epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wetland wildernesses. The Okavango River Basin provides a vital source of water to about 1 million people, the world’s largest population of African elephants, and significant populations of lions, cheetahs, and hundreds of species of birds. However, this once unspoiled oasis is now under siege due to increasing pressure from human activity.
  1. Lost Cities
Lost Cities features host and National Geographic Explorer Albert Lin on a high-tech adventure that will revolutionize archaeology across the globe. This series delivers stories with hi-tech imagery, breath-taking visuals, and genuine exploration to bring the mysteries of the past to life.
  1. Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
Gordon Ramsay travels the globe on an epic adventure in search of culinary inspiration. Chef Gordon Ramsay journeys to some of the most incredible and remote locations on Earth in search of culinary insights, epic adventures, and cultural experiences he will never forget.
  1. All the Disney Nature Documentaries
A nature documentary is a genre of documentary film or series about animals, plants, or other non-human living creatures, usually concentrating on video taken in their natural habitat but also often including footage of trained and captive animals. These documentaries take you on an adventure to the natural habitat of the animal that lets you discover where the animal comes from.
 

Hulu

  1. Travel Man: 48 Hours in…
In each episode, English comedian and actor Richard Ayoade will be jetting off to an exciting location and taking with him another UK Celebrity travel companion. While he’s there, he’ll be challenging himself to see and do as much as possible and subjecting so called tourist attractions to his ruthless scrutiny.
  1. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
This show is a classic. Watch beloved Anthony Bourdain uncover the best in culinary cuisine across the world. At each location, Anthony dived headfirst into life's colorful and rich pageant, bringing his intellectual curiosity, empathy, wit and boundless appetite.
  1. The Amazing Race
Watch a diverse mix of teams who will each need to utilize their street smarts and savvy know-how to compete in the race across the world.
  1. Basic vs. Baller: Travel at Any Cost
Whether you're pinching pennies or rolling in dough, there are many ways to travel. Join the Vagabrothers as they cross the globe and experience popular travel destinations, each on vastly different budgets.
  1. Gaycation
Ellen Page and her best friend, Ian Daniel, set off on a personal journey to explore LGBTQ cultures around the world. From Japan to Brazil, Jamaica and here in America, Ellen and Ian discover the multiplicity of LGBTQ experiences, meeting amazing people and hearing their deeply moving stories of struggle and triumph.
 

BBC iPlayer

  1. Seven Worlds One Planet
One Planet features extraordinary animal behavior and untold wildlife stories from each continent. Sir David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary wildlife stories and unseen wilderness of the seven unique continents with an environmental message.
  1. Caribbean with Simon Reeve
Simon Reeve travels around the Caribbean Sea in this stunning series. With insight, humor and warmth Simon discovers an extraordinary, extreme region, as well as some of the pressing issues facing wildlife and people living there.
  1. Deadly Pole to Pole
Steve and the crew make their way to California's Pacific coast for a fun-filled, adrenaline-fuelled ocean adventure. Steve dives with an underwater speedster, the mako, the fastest shark in the seas.
  1. The Travel Show
Using a network of correspondents in London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York and Kuala Lumpur, the Travel Show aims to provide unique insight into the world of travel.
  1. Race Across the World
Similar to The Amazing Race, pairs of travelers must compete in a race across the world and choose any route they like – no flights allowed!