The way I see it… If you’re going to waste a whole day on zoning into the television, why not watch something that inspires you to do the complete opposite? I’ve watched mostly all of the travel and adventure documentaries offered on Netflix. If you’re interested, I suggest watching an episode or two from the three I have listed below. Who knows, these guys may just provoke you to book that trip you’ve always wanted to take!
I’ll Have What Phil’s Having
I enjoyed watching this PBS documentary so much! Phil Rosenthal inspires and makes you laugh throughout his whole journey. After watching him take on culinary gems in all sorts of places, I instantly wanted to travel the world…and quickly developed an appetite! Some viewers have actually given this show a negative review. For the most part, they mention his lack of realism. He constantly enjoys himself in every city and every meal without documenting his dislikes or what not to do in a city. I can see how this may disappoint some people, but the purpose of the show isn’t to necessarily guide you through certain places. It’s to motivate you. Watching Rosenthal makes you want to get out of your typical 9-5 and travel the world. It makes you want to have what he’s having, because hey…if he is enjoying it so much, maybe you will too.
If you can get past Anthony Bourdain’s arrogant, dark comedy, then this is a travel show for you. This Travel Channel documentary is fun and exciting! It mixes exploration with a sense of urgency. Bourdain gives himself 24-48 hours on a layover to dig into a city, and show us the go-to restaurants, stores, and attractions. As an experienced traveler, he meets up with local friends. While the clock ticks they venture the city in and out, both the local and the touristy way. Bourdain keeps it real, and that’s what we love about him!
Canadian friends Scott and Justin take a year off and travel the world, all while filming their adventures. Follow them on their three season journey as they take on places like Australia, New Zealand, and Iceland. The two guys pair nicely as Justin always pushes them with his thrill-seeking side, and Scott takes them a step back with his aversion to risk. My sister and I are currently planning a vacation for this year, with our first stop being Thailand. Watching the guys spend some time there really gave us inspiration. This isn’t your typical, “follow the host around a scripted tour of the city” documentary. These guys are simply vacationing like you or I, or anyone else would. It’s realistic and inspiring.