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You can keep exploring the world, even if there aren’t many planes in the sky. We brought you our list of Top 10 Travel Books and Best Virtual Tours to enjoy, now it’s time for TV shows and films.

Here are our 7 Ultimate Travel Shows and Films to satisfy your wanderlust and transport you around the globe…

An Idiot Abroad

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send their friend, Karl Pilkington, on a trip to see the Seven Wonders. Somewhat reluctantly, Karl heads off to travel the world ticking off typical bucket list items and experiencing new places and cultures. All the time, he’s wishing he was back home. Comedy and travel – a great combination!

Parts Unknown

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When it comes to travel, many of us like to try out the local food as that really does bring you closer to a country’s culture. American celebrity chef and writer Anthony Bourdain, who sadly is no longer with us, takes us to places less visited and dives into their culture and cuisine. All 12 series will be available from 1st June on the UK and Ireland’s Netflix.

Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert’s biopic, with Julia Roberts in the lead role, follows her as, newly-divorced and at a crossroads, she travels the world on a voyage of self-discovery. India, Italy and Indonesia are key destinations for a woman learning about herself and the world.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

A 2013 comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel explores tragedy, war, fascism, nostalgia, friendship, and loyalty with some incredible cinematography. Different eastern European towns and cities in Germany were used as the backdrops for the fictitious Zubrowka. However, Görlitz was the key location for most of the key scenes.

Long Way Round

Ewan McGregor and his chum Charley Boorman head off on their motorbikes travelling from London to New York via 12 other countries in this 2 season series. They cover 31,000kms in 115 days, and naturally had some highs and lows on the way. It’s a great chemistry between the friends as well. Makes you want to “get on your bike and ride!”


For any would-be solo travellers out there, this film is for you. A memoir adaptation, Tracks is the story of Robyn Davidson, who spent nine months trekking across the Australian desert on camels. She began her journey in Alice Springs, across the outback to the Indian Ocean, via sights such as Uluru and Coffin Bay. Accompanied only by her dog, the camels and occasionally a photographer, this is solo travelling gone large!

The Way

Martin Sheen, as a grieving father, walks the Camino de Santiago, reflecting on life without his son. There are incredible landscapes and a mix of entertaining characters that he meets along the way. People walk this pilgrim’s way for many reasons, and meeting your fellow travellers and finding out what brings them there is a big part of the journey. Time to lace up the walking boots.