The six best travel TV shows to inspire you
By Aimee Heckel
TV gets such a bad rap. Especially reality TV. And although sitting in a recliner for hours with a heap of Cheetos might not be the best way to get ready for a vacation (especially a beach vacation), the tube can get you inspired — and even prepared — for your next vacation, if you’re tuned in to the right shows. And if you put the Cheetos down.
Here are our six favorite travel shows, new and old, to tune into, or watch again:
1. Departures, a travel adventure show, may have wrapped up filming a few years ago, but if you missed it live, you can catch it streaming online through various entertaining streaming websites. This exciting show follows two travelers as they explore beautiful and remote places around the world.
2. Anything with Les Stroud, especially if you’re into outdoor and unique, international travel. Stroud is best known for his popular series, “Survivorman,” but he has been involved in a long list of other travel and survival shows beyond that. “Beyond Survival” features some remote and surprising places around the world (such as one tribe of sea gypsies). Catch it on Netflix.
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Another great way to view the older TV shows is through Hulu.
3. Globe Trekker, a totally addictive adventure travel show that features incredible places around the world. This spring, it’s tulip season in Holland. Find Globe Trekker on American Public Television
4. “Trip Flip” on the Travel Channel. Travel guru Bert Kreischer convinces two random people to go on a spontaneous three-day surprise vacation. That always means getting off the beaten path and into crazy but oh-so-inspiring situations.
5. Good ol’ Rick Steves. The original travel expert will teach you how to travel smartly, where to visit, what to eat — everything. His website is super helpful for planning a vacation, too. It even includes a Travelers’ Helpline with forums for you to get specific questions answered.
6. “No Reservations,” with chef Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel. This a must-watch, especially if you’re a foodie. It’s no wonder this amusing series is Emmy-winning.
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Photo of “Trip Flip,” courtesy of the Travel Channel.