Travel shows and documentaries

You might not be able to travel right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be transported somewhere wild and exotic by using your TV remote.

From the comfort of your couch, you can plan your next trip when the restrictions are lifted and add destinations to your ever-growing bucket list by watching travel shows and documentaries.

No matter whether you are planning to go on cheap singles holidays, adventure trips or a cruise in the future, there is a travel show and documentary that will inspire you. This article takes a look at some of the best travel shows and documentaries you can binge-watch.

Race Across the World

Released: 2020

Where to watch it: BBC iPlayer

This fascinating travel programme follows five teams as they race the length of Latin America, starting in Mexico City and ending in the most southerly city in the world – Ushuaia in Argentina.

Add the fact that the teams have a limited budget, cannot fly to the different checkpoints they need to get to and have no smartphones and internet access, it is a great watch.

You follow the teams putting their relationships to the test as they make new friendships in unexpected places.

Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti

Released: 2020

Where to watch it: ITV Player

Joanna Lumley may be better known to some as being a top English actress and comedian, but she has now made a name for herself as being a travel presenter.

This two-part travel documentary sees her take you to the hidden gems of the Caribbean by visiting the streets of Havana, discovering the beach that was Hemingway’s favourite and travelling to an ancient mountain fortress.

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father

Released: Series 1 (2017), Series 2 (2018), Series 3 (2019)

Where to watch it: Netflix

This travel documentary sees Jack Whitehall drag his father, Michael, across the world to do things that put them both out of their comfort zones.

In the first series the pair embark on a trip of a lifetime across South East Asia, while in the second series they go on a road trip across Europe and in the third series they travel around the American West.


Released: 2017

Where to watch it: Netflix

As many people who have been on cruises have experienced, the sea covers huge areas of the planet and this film highlights the people around the world that have a special relationship with it.

From divers and photographers to swimmers and spearfishers, this production tells the stories of people who have dedicated their lives to the sea.

How to spend 48 hours in Northern Ireland

Released: 2019

Where to watch it: YouTube

If you are looking for some quick inspiration, then this YouTube video is perfect as it gives you an insight into exploring the rugged coast of Northern Ireland and the picturesque Ballycastle.

The country is known for being used as the backdrop for the filming of the popular Game of Thrones drama television series and during a visit to Northern Ireland you can also visit the capital Belfast. The city is home to great restaurants, traditional pubs and its fascinating history with the Titanic – so get set to experience one of the UK’s most exciting cities.

This list of the best travel shows and documentaries will give you an idea of what you can watch whilst you are at home. You can then plan where you want to go on your next trip and look at the different cheap singles holidays that are available.