Sometimes we need inspiration when it comes to taking another trip. Where do we go next? What do you do there? What to see? Nowadays there are travel shows on television that can gives us a whole slew of ideas. Some of them have a specific theme – food, budget travel, other were more like a visual travel guide and history lesson showing you sights to see. But one thing is certain, these shows can definitely send you all packing.
Notice that this list, there are no show from the Travel Channel. It seems that in recent years, the shows from this channel had gone downhill and uninspiring. The shows are primarily male dominated lacking the female perspective and perhaps lost a great deal of female viewership. So I decided to go channel surfing and find shows that is worthy of attention of a travel blogger. Here are some travel shows I believe are that serves as better inspiration for travelers:
Globe Trekkers – This PBS show is my favorite in this list. I have been watching this one-hour commercial-free travel show for many years. This show is perfect for those who likes to backpack or travel on a budget. Every show has different hosts which sets them apart from other travel shows in the United States. Regular hosts such as Ian Wright, Zay Harding, Justin Shapiro and Megan McCormick has been taking viewers to various adventures around the world for at least a decade. They have new hosts as an addition to the team and the show would also do compilation episodes featuring various themes or subjects such as the Story of Beer, Story of Chocolate and the Art Scene of Provence. For scheduling, check your local listing. You can also find short segments of some of the episodes on YouTube.
The Wonder List with Bill Weir – This is my new and other favorite travel show to date. Hosted by travel writer and photographer Bill Weir, he had been visiting various places on Earth and writing stories about them in a very grown-up, socially conscious perspective. His travel show is about people and places from both past and present. He interviews presidents, ministers, other high government officials and influential people to get their perspective about cultural heritage and history preservation, conversation, political and socio-economic changes of every places he visits. He features not just the good and the beautiful but the true and ugly contrast of every place. He works and speaks with locals and shows their simple ways of life. He has a great fondness for nature and wildlife sometimes venturing out of the bid cities to find them. So what’s not to like about this show? Why not see it when it airs weekly on CNN.
Rick Steves’ Europe – another PBS show, the name Rick Steves is synonymous to travel here in the US. He has been presenting a 30-minute commercial-free shows for more than 25 years in PBS. This show amply called Rick Steves’ Europe is a good introduction to the history and culture of the European continent if you’ve never been before and wanted to go. If you want a more detailed introduction to Europe, you can always buy his guidebooks and maps about various countries and cities in the continent is every bookstore in the US including Amazon. He would also host a small group of travelers to tour with him to Europe in you’re lucky.
Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown – He is a very familiar fixture in the food and travel show genre in the US. His latest series, Parts Unknown airs on CNN and available on-demand. But he had done other Food and Travel shows before for the Food Network, Travel Channel and now CNN. If you are a foodie who loves to travel and you want a blunt yet honest perspective and advice, you might want to check him out. His other shows – A Cook’s Tour, No Reservations and The Layover are available on-demand and online streaming.
The Getaway – this travel show is for foodies doing weekend adventures. Produced by Anthony Bourdain, Hollywood celebrities and other famous personalities would go on a 3-day weekend eating and playing in exciting places. Since this show is produced by Anthony Bourdain, food and everything about it had to be involved. If you really think about it, we have to eat while we travel. It is the best way to experience the essence of any culture. Celebrities such as Aziz Ansari, Aisha Tyler, Jose Andres, Rashida Jones, Seth Meyers and Chrissy Teigen had traveled and ate their way around the world in this show. The show has taken viewers to places such as Hong Kong, New Orleans, Bangkok, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Morocco. Episodes of the Getaway airs on the Esquire Channel and available at Amazon Prime.
If I am staying home in-between trips, I like to think travel and keep myself inspired by the journeys of other people. There is nothing wrong with getting ideas from the people in this show especially if you are in a lost of what to do. Now, granted these shows has good amount of production budget that some may not be able to afford but that does not mean you cannot experience all that you see on these shows. You have the luxury to create your own adventures which your own interest in mind.