The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled every flight and tours this 2020, to prevent people from catching and spreading the virus. Even a simple trip to the grocery should be limited because people are encouraged to go out only for necessities.
Now if you’re someone with canceled travel plans, you’ll definitely feel down. But look at the bright side. Use this time to aim for cooler travel destinations! Have a more refreshing vacation by setting your eyes on unspoiled and underrated vacation spots.
To discover new travel destinations, read this list of 17 travel shows that will give you amazing travel inspiration. And don’t fret, these shows are available in the best streaming services in the Philippines.
1. Explore Philippines: Travel Guides to Top Destinations (Youtube)
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One of the best tips on planning a stress-free vacation with your friends and family is to plan the things you need before, during, and after your dream trip. Good thing the travel documentary series Explore Philippines by Traveloka Philippines got you covered!
From the title itself, you get an ultimate travel guide to some of the top destinations in the Philippines like Cebu and Boracay. Take note of the tips on fun activities, amazing places, recommended accommodations, and more!
2. Timor-Leste from Below (Iflix)
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If you’re looking for a new diving experience, this travel showcase may inspire you to go to Timor Leste. Timor-Leste from Below by Scubazoo is one of the travel documentaries that unveils the isolated and majestic beauty of Timor-Leste’s marine life.
Because of its unspoiled surroundings, tourists are very rare. You might find locals striking up a conversation with you, which is one of the best reasons to head out solo-backpacking in this country once the pandemic dies down and traveling is much safer now.
3. Biyahe ni Drew (Youtube)
Biyahe ni Drew by GMA Public Affairs is one of the travel shows on Youtube to look out for. Hosted by Filipino actor and host Drew Arellano, the Youtube travel playlist focuses on exciting travel destinations not just in the Philippines but all over Asia.
Interestingly, the episodes go beyond showcasing mouthwatering dishes and cool travel spots. For one, the show features new rules to follow in Boracay—which should be a number one priority in any first timer’s ultimate beach guide in Boracay.
4. The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (Amazon Prime)
Are you familiar with national parks? National parks, particularly in America, had been established a very long time ago which makes them witnesses to many historical events. The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is one of the best travel documentaries and shows that reveal the history of America’s national parks. At the same time, you will learn about historical accounts of people from all walks of life as these parks change over the years.
5. Beached (Youtube)
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This travel documentary playlist is for any certified beach lover. Beached by Metro Channel features the locations of the best beaches in the Philippines like Batangas, Siargao, Dumaguete, Cebu, and many more.
Aside from marveling at the beauty of the beaches, you’ll also be yearning to check out the best accommodations and water activities that will be featured in the show. In addition to this, hosts Maggie Wilson and Marc Nelson give beach tips to safely enjoy some of the best beaches in the Philippines.
6. Conan without Borders (Netflix)
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Want a touch of comedy in travel shows? Then you need to see Conan without Borders. Travel to different destinations with talk show host Conan O’ Brien and discover local issues and solutions. While dealing with local issues sounds a bit serious, Conan lightens the mood between the locals (and you, the viewer) with his undeniable humor.
7. Lakwatsero (Youtube)
From diving experiences to food trips, Lakwatsero by ABS-CBN News appears to have it all. Fall in love with the travel experiences of TV host Robi Domingo as he tries out fun and extreme adventures in different parts of the Philippines.
The digital travel series not only focuses on enjoying these places but also preserving the nature and culture of the locals. Truly, it’s one of the Filipino travel shows on Youtube that thrill-seekers should tune in!
8. Booze Traveler (Amazon Prime)
Thirsty for a good drink? Host Jack Maxwell got you covered. In Booze Traveler, Maxwell will take you on a tour in different countries featuring their interesting drinks and culture.
Watch as the host pop bottles from Turkey, Peru, Spain, Austria, Iceland, Nepal, Japan, and many more. You might get excited to try these drinks as the show unravels how different cultures stir unique mixtures of beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages.
9. Tough Rides: India (Iflix)
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Bikers, rejoice! This may just be your travel inspiration in the future. Tough Rides: India is one of the best travel documentary shows for motorbike enthusiasts like the Canadian brothers Colin and Ryan Pyle.
Marvel at the beautiful landscapes and interesting cultures in India as the brothers motorbike across the country. You might even find yourself checking out other places that the brothers explored, like China and Brazil.
10. Our Planet (Netflix)
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Indeed, one of the best things about traveling is seeing natural landscapes. So get ready to bask in nature's stunning views in Our Planet, Netflix’s version of the BBC travel show Planet Earth.
Voiced by David Attenborough, you would agree that it is indeed “a wonderful world” with crystal clear beaches and bountiful jungles. But at the same time, you’ll want to protect them even more as issues of climate change affect these beautiful places and their inhabitants.
11. Pinas Sarap (Youtube)
Just a heads-up: don’t watch this show with an empty stomach! Pinas Sarap is basically a food show, but it should still be included in the list of best Filipino travel documentaries and shows out there.
Feast your eyes as Filipino journalist Kara David travels to different towns in the Philippines and tries out the different food specialties in each place. On a side note, you also get to learn about the history of delectable dishes such as the flavorful bulalo and the unique banana rhum-a.
12. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Amazon Prime)
The late Anthony Bourdain is a world-renowned chef, and is also known for his mouthwatering adventures across the globe! Join Bourdain as he hops from Asian countries to European countries and try out their famous and unique cuisine.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is certainly one of the fascinating travel documentary series out there, as you also get to know personal stories from the locals and the interesting histories of food.
13. Borneo Jungle Diaries (Iflix)
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Another entry by Scubazoo, the travel series Borneo Jungle Diaries takes you deep into the jungles of Borneo. Borneo’s jungles are home to different endangered wildlife that scientists struggle to protect even in the present day.
Join a crew of young research scientists as they go deep into the jungles of Borneo and protect its wildlife, from the bugs up to the giant animals like elephants. Certainly, this is one of the travel shows that will tug the heartstrings of nature lovers.
14. Street Food (Netflix)
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Traveling is never complete without a taste of local cuisine. As one of the best travel documentaries and shows on Netflix, this series focuses on grassroots cuisines, not on the high-end restaurants.
Street Food, as the name suggests, showcases the uniqueness of street food in various Asian countries that you may find yourself making a food checklist by the end of the show. Plus, you get to know the stories of the locals who personally made these delightful treats.
15. Expedition Happiness (Netflix)
What is happiness? Answers will definitely differ for each person, but the travel documentary film Expedition Happiness will make you smile.
The film creators Mogli and Felix, together with their dog Rudi, will show you the cold but interesting Alaskan mountains and the warm yet sublime Mexican beaches. You’ll also get to see the smiles and frowns among the two wanderers, as they drive their refurbished bus to different locations.
16. Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (Amazon Prime)
As the title suggests, you’re in for a gastronomic roller-coaster ride in this series! Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives are one of the travel shows that showcases the best sellers in the favorite food joints across America.
Fair warning: eat before watching this series, or you might end up getting envious as host Guy Fieri tries out different comfort food like burgers, pizzas, chili, and other international favorites.
17. Travel Church Visit Special (Iflix)
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Do church structures fascinate you? Or are you on a religious goal to visit famous churches all over the world? Travel Church Visit Special is one of the travel documentary shows that focuses on beautiful locations and religious places of worship.
From the city of Ashdod to the village of Ein Kerem, these places show that their picturesque natural landscapes are also home to peaceful and majestic churches and temples.
While COVID-19 may have postponed your travel plans, you can always schedule them again and make your itinerary even better. What’s important is to stay safe and healthy amidst this pandemic. So for now, watch as many travel shows as you want in the comfort and safety of your home.