More often than not, if something doesn’t click, or doesn’t add up, all you need is a bit of inspiration to get your brain cells rolling in the right direction. There is more to this concept than just a writer’s block or making that presentation out of the box for maximum impact. We need inspiration for the most basic tasks of our lives, travel for example.
And while there is no better way to get inspired than by actually travelling, there are times when you need inspiration to actually get out of your comfy chair and explore the unknown. This post outlines the best travel documentaries that are available on Netflix as we speak, that will inspire you to travel and unravel this vast and diverse world of ours.
Best Travel Documentaries On Netflix Right Now
- Under the Arctic Sky (2017)
This is more of an adventure junkie’s dream than a traveler’s paradise, and yet, Under the Arctic Sky is more than its decent share of visuals. Follow the six surfers as they wait for a gigantic Icelandic storm so that they can ride the waves.
Cast: Chris Burkard, Sam Hammer, Heidar Logi, Elli Thor Magnusson, Ingo Olsen, Timmy Reyes, Justin Quintal, Steve Hawk, Sigurdur Jonsson, and Mark Renneker.
- Chef’s table (2015-present)
Chef’s Table takes you on a joyride to the best culinary locations in the world, each episode focusing on one chef at a time along with the stories that go behind the flavor of what they prepare. Its hard to miss this docuseries if food is one of your primal instincts, and more often than not, that’s the case.
- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013-2018)
The title is self explanatory. It follows American resident Bourdain to a eye opening journey to unearth the culinary and political scenes of the countries and regions not touched by mainstream media, and then some. Bourdain does a background check of what is said about the country or region he is going to visit. The lesser said the better.
- The Mind of a Chef (2012-present)
Anthony Bourdain is at it again as he, along with David Chang goes after the world’s best cuisines and the not so well known ones to make you want to head out there and explore these flavours on your own. The star of the show is undoubtedly David Chang, and the 1st season is the one to look out for.
- A map for Saturday (2007)
Follow along the lives and adventures of solo backpackers as it documents the joys and sorrows of traveling the world with the absolute bare minimum while at the same time lending a hand to humanity from various walks and corners of life. What makes this film beautiful is the fact that it shows us all the facets of being a nomad, and not just the rosy stuff.
- Maidentrip (2013)
There’s no easy way of saying it so we’ll say it in plain words. This is a true story of a 14 year old girl named Laura Dekker who sails around the world at the tender age of 14. Yes she had to win a court case for doing so but that paints only a tiny picture of what this woman was all about. You have to see it to believe it. A totally incredulous endeavour worth every bit of its salt.
- 180° South (2010)
Another documentary of epic adventure proportions, it follows a certain Jeff Johnson as he tries to recreate the original adventure of The North Face clothing line founders Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins back in 1968 when they reached Patagonia. Jeff on the other hand goes through a shipwreck, rides a really long tidal wave and wonders of wonders, also attempts to climb a mighty mountain. Cerro Corcovado to be exact. This is a film for anyone who has a thing for adventure and the great outdoors
- World’s busiest cities (2017)
Want to know how the world’s greatest cities work? More importantly, do you want a sneak peek at the machines, people and logistics working in the background to support the existence and flourishing of such great cities? This docuseries is the answer. It follows Dan Snow, Ade Adepitan and Anita Rani as they unravel how these massive support systems work, unbeknownst to the average 9-5 worker that forms the bulk of such ecosystems. Its a shame the series only managed 4 episodes, because they hardly do justice to what can be really covered.
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