Five of the best travel and nature TV series which will make you feel like you're exploring the world


We can't always get to places we want to visit but there are plenty of television shows which can make us feel like we've been whisked away to our dream location. Here are five TV series for destination inspiration.

Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown

Enjoy discovering new foods and the culture and people which surround them? Then this is for you. Anthony travels to a wide array of destinations around the globe (Iran, Detroit, Senegal for example) and shares dishes with local people whilst discussing the brilliance and challenges of the local area. The variety of this show really makes it stand out whilst also occasionally featuring people such as President Barack Obama, Bill Murray, and Alice Cooper who join Anthony for part of his travels to discuss their experiences of the region. 

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The Grand Tour

Not everyone's cup of tea but certainly a stand out. The Grand Tour features Top Gear favourites (Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond) as they make their way around the world (or sometimes try to) in various vehicles. Most of the episodes focus more on the locations whilst the car knowledge is gently sprinkled in so if you're not a motor-vehicle fan this could still be for you. I would particularly recommend the Mongolian special (series 3 episode 13) which sees them build a car out of pieces and make their way to find civilisation as they travel through the stunning Mongolian wilderness. 

Long Way Round

This is one of my all time favourites and not just Long Way Round - Long Way Down and Long Way Up. In these three series we see Ewan Mcgregor and long time friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman travel the world on motorbikes. Again this focuses more on the stunning destinations than anything else so not to worry if you're not a major motorbike fan. We meet some seriously interesting people as we go, tackle climate change, and political issues, try new foods, and generally realise that people all around the world are the same. As you watch all three series you notice a transition to focussing on taking better care of the planet including choosing electric motorbikes in series 3. We also see some Ewan Mcgregor fans in locations you wouldn't expect. Enjoy. 

Sir David Attenborough's Planet Earth 

This is a classic which had to make this list although I'm sure most people will have already seen this. If you have seen it watch it again and if you haven't what are you waiting for? In Planet Earth (series 1 and 2) Sir David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries. As always, Sir David brings us never before captured natural events from the plains of Africa to the deepest oceans. Watch this and be prepared to get chills. 

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Joanna Lumley's Japan 

British national treasure, Joanna Lumley, embarks on a 2,000-mile journey across Japan to experience its rich culture and explore its incredible natural beauty. Joanna Lumley is endlessly charming and truly explores Japan in her unique way by foot, plane, train, car and boat starting in the north and heading all the way south. With an 8.5/10 on IMDB you can't go wrong.  

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