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The best travel shows on Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime and more

Can’t go to your favourite destinations right now? We’ve got the next best thing: let them come to you, by means of your streaming device, while you lounge on the sofa in your PJs. Below we’ve gathered all the travel shows on Netflix and other platforms that will fuel your wanderlust while at the same time offering a pastime.

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Kind-hearted and feel-good travel shows on Netflix and others

Queer Eye: We’re in Japan!

Tokyo, in Japan, is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

From harajuku cafes and yakitori restaurants to simply wandering the streets of one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Queer Eye: We’re in Japan serves some serious Tokyo wanderlust. Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown and Antoni Porowski, known as The Fab Five, bring their special flair to Tokyo where their mission is to change the lives of four Japanese men and women. Expect the usual kind-hearted antics and messages of self love, except this time it’s aided by Japanese-American model Kiko Mizuhara who helps The Fab Five straddle the cultural divide and avoid faux pas.

How to watch:

Queer Eye: We’re in Japan! is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father

Bangkok, in Thailand, is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

When you can’t pick just one destination, the travel documentary/road trip comedy Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father will cater to your globetrotting needs. From wandering the streets of Bangkok, Vietnam and Cambodia (in season one) to exploring Australia (in season four) and everywhere in between, stand-up comedian Jack Whitehall showcases different destinations through a dual lens: his own and his father’s. A great way to explore the generation gap while feasting your eyes on gorgeous landscapes.

How to watch:

All seasons of Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father are currently available to stream on Netflix.

Anne with an E

Prince Edward island in Canada is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

Amybeth McNulty is a delight in this reimagining of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 Anne of Green Gables, as is the Canadian landscape. Anne with an E was filmed on location on Prince Edward island, with the forests, cottages and mountains of Avonlea becoming an intrinsic part of the show. And although the CBC/Netflix series has been cancelled after three seasons, the uplifting and highly imaginative character of little orphan Anne and the stellar performances from Geraldine James (Marilla Cuthbert) and R. H. Thomson (Matthew Cuthbert) make for a cosy re-watch. Anne with an E is one of those travel shows on Netflix that deliver, every time you want to escape to a greener, more innocent place.

How to watch:

All three seasons of Anne with an E are currently available to stream on Netflix.

Us

Amsterdam is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

Equally funny and poignant, the BBC One four-part television comedy series based on the 2014 novel by David Nicholls is one of the best new shows of the season. A family on the verge of breaking apart (with the son going away to college and the wife asking for a divorce) goes on a last holiday together. Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves are in great form playing estranged spouses Douglas and Connie. Through their eyes, as well as the eyes of their jaded son Albie (Tom Taylor) we get to experience Paris, Amsterdam and Venice and remember how it felt to travel before COVID-19.

How to watch:

Us aired on BBC One back in September but you can currently watch it on BBC iPlayer for free, as long as you own a TV license.

Pure eye-candy movies and travel shows on Netflix and others

The Luminaries

New Zealand is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

The Luminaries is based on Eleanor Catton’s 2013Man Booker-prize winning novel by the same name, although the Eva Green-led drama feels a lot different from the book. Set in 1860s New Zealand during the Gold Rush, with a diverse love story and a ‘whodunnit’ plot, The Luminaries is a bit slow pace-wise but will ultimately win you over thanks to the sheer gorgeousness of its New Zealand backdrop. Follow the characters along pristine rivers and valleys, the impressive rock formations and the endless beaches, and daydream about a time when you’ll be able to visit these places first hand.

How to watch:

The Luminaries is available to watch via BBC iPlayer for free, as well as on Amazon Prime (if you have a monthly Amazon Prime subscription).

A Discovery of Witches

Venice is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

Even if you weren’t a big fan of Twilight and Vampire Diaries, chances are you’ll enjoy the atmospheric settings of this vampire/witch romance series. Based in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, the show explores the relationship between historian (and witch) Diana and Professor (and vampire) Matthew, played by a charming Matthew Goode. With the cobblestone streets of Oxford and the Venice canals as its main setting in season one, the show will transport you to a different world, where humans and supernaturals co-exist… and where COVID-related restrictions are definitely not a thing.

How to watch:

Season one is currently available on Now TV (you will need to purchase a NowTV Pass to get access to all Sky One shows). Season two airs on Sky One in January and will subsequently be available on Now TV.

Crazy Rich Asians

Singapore is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

The first American movie to feature an all-Asian cast, Crazy Rich Asians made waves back in 2018. Now it’s a great time to re-watch it, as its depiction of Singapore and Malaysia puts most travel shows on Netflix to shame. Throughout the film, you’ll have the chance to gawk at famous Singapore landmarks such as the Gardens By The Bay and the Marina Bay Sands, and lose yourself in the tropical rainforests of the islands in the Malaysian archipelago.

How to watch:

Crazy Rich Asians is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Sleek and suspenseful shows to amp your wanderlust

Killing Eve

Barcelona is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

Murder… with a view. The BAFTA-winning spy thriller Killing Eve aired its third season earlier this year and if you’re not all caught up with it yet, now is your chance. After some high-calibre scenes between Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve (Sandra Oh) in Rome, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam in previous seasons, season three transports us to Barcelona. Follow Villanelle around Plaça de la Barceloneta and the Gothic Quarter and take in the unique architecture that combines Moorish influences with the brilliance of Antoni Gaudí.

How to watch:

The third season of Killing Eve is available to watch via BBC iPlayer for free (as long as you have a TV license).

The Night Manager

Majorca is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

From opulent hotels in Marrakesh to ski resorts in Switzerland, the BBC six-part thriller from 2016 gave us serious location envy. And with a second season in the works, now’s a great time to rewatch it. Perhaps the biggest star of the show, even more than Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, is the Spanish island of Majorca. Part of the Balearic islands in the Mediterranean, Majorca is featured in The Night Manager as the place arms dealer Richard Roper likes to spend most of his time. You’ll get your fill of Majorcan beaches and coves to last you until you’re able to travel to Spain again.

How to watch:

The Night Manager is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Step back in time with these travel shows on Netflix and others

The Witcher

Hungary is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

If your preferred brand of escapism involves swords and fortresses, The Witcher will take you on a journey through medieval towns and haunted forests. Starring Henry Cavill, the show is based on the well-known Polish franchise of books and videogames but was actually filmed in various castles and monasteries all around Hungary. As for the magical academy of Aretuza? The Canary Islands were used as the breathtaking backdrop. With season two arriving in 2021, now is the time to start singing ‘Toss a coin to your Witcher’ again (if you know, you know).

How to watch:

The Witcher is currently available to stream on Netflix.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

New York is one of the destinations you can virtually travel to by means of travel shows on Netflix and other platforms

The award-winning comedy series starring Rachel Brosnahan as housewife-slash-standup comedian Miriam Maisel has become iconic not just because of its witty dialogue and amazing costumes, but because of its nostalgic atmosphere. Although some great moments of the show take place in Paris in season two, at its core The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a love letter to New York, especially artistic Greenwich Village. The fourth season starts filming soon, so you have plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the first three.

How to watch:

The first three seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are currently available to stream on Amazon Prime.

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