Your travel goals, bucket lists, and plans suddenly washed off due to COVID-19 pandemic? I feel you. Being a travel enthusiast myself, I know how upsetting it is to watch your travel plans not seeing the light of day immediately. But that does not mean the virus can stop us from dreaming about all things travel, right? The best part about the lockdown across the world is we are blessed with laptop, smartphone, and television screens. Hence, virtual travel tours are the best thing to happen in these trying times.
While you are stuck at home quarantining, there are still ways to keep that love for travel ignited, thanks to the host of streaming channels and apps. So, plot your future travel plans by binge watching these shows and movies –
Travel Man: 48 Hours In…(FYI TV18 and Channel 4): If you have Milan, Zurich, Ibiza, and Ljubljana on your bucket list, then wanderlust with British Actor Comedian Richard Ayoade. He takes a ruthless approach to make the maximum from the city break. With a celebrity on board, Richard as the anchor shows us where we go wrong with our efficient vacation and removes the boring system out of the plan. The show holds an IMDB rating of 8.3.
Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix): The creator of the renowned and hilarious show Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal, took a leap of faith and travels across the globe indulging in some irresistible cuisines and cultures of the places he visits. In the two seasons or courses as he prefers calling it, Phil has travelled to Venice, Dublin, Cape Town, New York, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, and more. He also meets some celebrity chefs on the way. The IMDB rating is 8.1.
Tales By Light (Netflix): Whenever we visit a place, we tend to click lots of pictures. The interest in travel photography is a given. But this show will blow your mind and develop a new-found respect towards travel photography as 5 adventurous photographers and filmmakers from Australia and North America show you what is it to exactly capture the beauty of the world through their lens. You are ought to learn some tips and tricks of travel photography at the end of the lockdown with this show. IMDB has rated this series 8.3.
Dark Tourist (Netflix): Travelling is not only limited to the usual city escapes or island hopping or beaches, a true adventurer is the one who covers the dark side of travel as well. This show is not for faint heart travellers as popular journalist David Farrier ventures to a spooky journey visiting the most bizarre and mysterious places in the world. Some of the areas he covers are radioactive towns, war zones, haunted places, and so forth. The season one saw places like Latin America, Japan, the US, The Stans, Europe, South East Asia, and Africa covered. IMDB has rated this show 7.6.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Amazon Prime): No travel show lists is complete without mentioning the late Anthony Bourdain. You can always get a taste of unexpected from his shows. Apart from being a world-renowned chef and bestselling author, Bourdain had the knack of connecting with the places right to its roots. He always covered the places one could only imagine going to once unlike the usual and common ones. You can watch all the 12 seasons on Amazon Prime.
The Bucket List (Netflix): Old age and friendship is what this movie revolves around. In fact, these two aspects inspire travellers. The movie features an aged Morgan Freeman and a not-so-aged Jack Nicholson. The characters are diagnosed with lung cancer in the movie and decide to tick off every item on their bucket list right from the Great Pyramid to Taj Mahal to the Great Wall of China. It is one of the corniest feel-good travel movies on Netflix.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Amazon Prime): If you carry an adventurous soul within, then this movie is for you. Mitty’s job, played by Ben Stiller, gets threatened. The film revolves on how Mitty embarks on a global journey in search of a rare photographer, which thereby turns into an adventure filled with ordinary as well as beyond imagination events. It gives you the courage to face your life and about having the right people around when the going gets tough.
Before Sunrise and trilogy (Netflix): There are a few movies that capture the essence of an aimless wanderer when they arrive to an unknown city. Before Sunrise does just that and with a love story to it. The movie includes Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The movie also shows how the two meet after nine years in a different cities of Europe through the other two parts – Before Sunset and Before Midnight.
These probably might have been on your watch list since forever but work schedule never permitted the time. This quanrantine is the ideal time to add some more places to your bucket list and fuel your travel energies 😉