Best travel shows and documentaries on OTT to satisfy the hippie in you on World Tourism Day
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Best travel shows and documentaries on OTT to satisfy the hippie in you on World Tourism Day
Akhila Damodaran
Sep 27, 2021

Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father is a comedy travel series on Netflix

The sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to stay indoors. It has ruined our travel plans for two years. Even though travel restrictions are now gradually clearing, it may not be safe to go on an excursion especially, on the brink of the third wave of the pandemic. However, we can quench our thirst for travel, watching documentaries and series that not only show industry trends but can also give us ideas for destinations to explore once our lives get back to normal. 

On the account of World Tourism Day, here are some travel series and documentaries that you can watch on OTT

Down to Earth with Zac Efron
8.3OTTplay Rating
When global warming is rising at an alarming rate, we may want to relook at some of our lifestyle choices for a better and brighter future on this planet. To help with some ideas on how to go about it, let's join the journey of actor Zac Efron who travels the world with Darin Olien, a wellness expert, to explore sustainable living practices. The American series focuses on travel, life experience, nature and green energy. Season 1 with eight episodes, explores sustainable practices at places like Iceland, Costa Rica, London, Lima and Sardinia. Season 2 of the series is filmed completely in Australia and is all set to premiere on Netflix next year.
Tales by Light
8.6OTTplay Rating
A picture can speak a thousand words. This documentary reality series gives us an insight into what goes behind capturing a perfect picture. Photographers and filmmakers travel across the globe in search of a story to capture from a previously unseen angle. Directed by Abraham Joffe ACS, the show has three seasons with a total of 12 episodes that are 30 to 60 minutes long.
Pedal the World
5.1OTTplay Rating
A young German millennial Felix Starck quits his job, hops onto his bicycle and pedals across the world, covering 22 countries in a year, to find meaning in life. He documents his journey of over 18,000 km. Watch the documentary on the streaming giant Netflix for some inspiration to pack your bags and ride on the best experiences of life.
Expedition Happiness
6OTTplay Rating
After the success of his documentary Pedal the World, Felix Starck embarks on a yet another journey along with his free-spirited musician girfriend Selima Taibi and their Bernese mountain dog Rudi. They refurbish a school bus for their epic journey exploring North America with an aim for purposeful living. The travelogue is engaging and an interesting watch.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
The Emmy award-winning series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations is an American travel and food show hosted by the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. The show chronicles his travel and food experiences in various countries and cities and places in the US where he explores local cuisines and culture. The series has nine seasons with episodes that run for almost an hour. Several celebrities have appeared on the show including Bill Murray, Sean Penn and Michael K. Williams.
Aerial America
Narrated by Jim Conrad and produced by Toby Beach, Aerial America offers rare views of some of the landmarks of the coutry from the sky. The show captures the history of the country as the shots focus on the busy cityscapes and rural lands. While some of the episodes focus on the beautiful picturesque of the country, others highlight the best small towns and natural wonders that one can explore. So take off on a flight to witness some breathtaking views of the country and learn something new about its history and culture.
An Idiot Abroad
The British travel comedy series, An Idiot Abroad is created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant of The Office fame. It stars Karl Pilkington who shows no interest in global travel but is forced to go on an expedition by Gervais and Merchant. The duo documents his travel experiences while they stay in the UK and keep a check on his progress. The show has three seasons with a total of 19 episodes that are directed by Richard Yee, Krishnendu Majumdar, Jamie Jay Johnson, Benjamin Green and Luke Campbell.

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