In times like these, no matter how hard your travel bug is biting you, it is best to stay put… wait out this pandemic until it is a good time to fulfill your travel goals again. But between curfews and lockdown, how to pass these dull days at home? How to keep the fire of wanderlust burning?
The answer is simple: virtual travel, that’s how! You can stay safe at home while also taking a trip around the world with these awesome travel shows that will keep you wanting more and appease your travel bug for a while longer.
Here are 12 mind-blowing movies and shows on Netflix that will take you on the adventure of a lifetime… from the comforts of your home.
Down to Earth with Zac Efron
Viewing the world through Efron’s eyes and witnessing his excitement at seeing the world and trying on new ideas is fun and refreshing.
The Bucket List
Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, both diagnosed with lung cancer, partake in some kickass adventures as they take you to the Great Pyramids, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China and other stupendous places around the world.
Night On Earth
Shows like Night On Earth offer a glimpse into the world that beckons you out into the wider world. These are the shows that lay a foundation of wanderlust in our young souls.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
This movie takes you through the journey of a lifetime, a road trip that touches some of the most gorgeous locations in Spain and also takes you on an emotional rollercoaster.
Travel The World with David Chang – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Vancouver, Marrakesh, Los Angeles… This four-part series finds big-name celebrities diving into local food scenes around the world. Overall, this is an easy, fun watch to breeze through on a shut-in Sunday.
The Kindness Diaries
This show is an uplifting social experiment that examines the nature of generosity and shines in its ability to connect with people around the world. It inspires us not only to travel but to realize that travel is not always as expensive as we think it is.
Steve Rinella’s MeatEater might be the best nature-meets-travel-meets-food show, taking us on a wild ride through the U.S., Mexico, and parts of South America, featuring beautiful cinematography and teaching us to embrace nature.
Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father
This show follows the British Comedian Jack Whitehall as he travels with his unadventurous father in an attempt to strengthen their bond. The two partake in a series of adventures, mishaps and escapades with two very different perspectives, and this makes for a very funny and relatable watch.
The product of almost a year of travelling the country and observing its wildlife, Untamed Romania is a feature-length film celebrating Romania’s astounding natural beauty and sheer diversity of wild animals.
Eat Pray Love
In this one of the best travel movies ever, Elizabeth Gilbert nourishes herself by eating in Italy, soothes her soul with prayer in India and then, blissfully, falls in love in Bali.
In this moving story of love and loss, a father fulfills the final wish of his son by trekking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in the north of Spain. The movie is a reminder that travel can be truly life-changing, at any age.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
A man living a dull life (sounds familiar?) is suddenly thrown into an action-packed journey that takes him across the world to unchartered territories when his job is threatened. The movie is not on Netflix but we love it too much to not sneak it into this list. Relatable, exciting, funny, this movie is perfect for a family watch.
Go ahead and use these travel movies and shows as inspiration and motivation. While we’ve only listed twelve awesome shows and films, there are loads more, including but not limited to Chasing Coral, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, On The Road, Forrest Gump, and The Fundamentals of Caring, among others. Watch all these movies on Netflix to help you travel digitally during quarantine.