Television That Inspires Travel

Television is an amazing window to travel the world without ever leaving your living room. It can inspire you to travel, with one click, you can go from the picturesque hills of Scotland to the gritty streets of New York City. Television shows that truly capture the personality and culture of a city will have you feeling like you’re on vacation in these locations. Sit back and relax as I take you on a trip around the world. Maybe you will find your next binge-worthy show, but hopefully this will help you plan your next holiday location. While this includes some of the most popular television shows, it’s not a complete list. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.

At the top of everyone’s list should be CNN’s Parts Unknown. TThe late, Anthony Bourdain, shared his passion for traveling and food as he explored lesser known places around the world on his television show. In the kitchens of these places, as I watch chefs chop up local delicacies and put them in steaming pots I can almost smell the spices filling the air. I can imagine dipping a warm piece of bread into the sauce, the juices running down my fingers as the flavors explode in my mouth. Then music starts, and I’m engrossed in a cultural native dance or drawn in by personal stories with the locals. When the 30 minutes are over I have visited places you don’t typically see on television like Naxos Island in Greece, Minas Gerais in Brazil, Montana and Antarctica. “It is some pretty amazing visual inspiration,” Bourdain says, and I forget that I didn’t actually leave my house.

Next up is a trip around Southeast Asia and Europe with a father and son duo in Netflix’s travel documentary, Jack Whitehall:Travels with my Father. The series begins with British comedian Jack Whitehall deciding to take his posh father, Michael, on his gap year travels. The first episode has Jack driving his father in a tuk tuk going in the wrong direction down a street in Vietnam. Later in the episode you watch Jack get a slap massage in Bangkok. I am laughing and am hooked. These two visit temples and shrines, travel the Orient

Express, attend a Full Moon Party and eat local delicacies made with snakes and rats. Though Michael seems ready to bail at any moment and Jack enjoys testing him they make to a second season of father and son adventures. In season two they go motorcycle skiing in the Bavarian Alps, visit the Houdini Museum and participate in a clown festival. Might I add that Michael is terrified of clowns, and I still can’t stop laughing at them. This show inspires me to find the humor in my own travels.

Who doesn’t love a great home makeover television program. HGTV's Fixer Upper put Waco on many people’s bucket list. I myself have traveled there to visit the hosts of the show, Joanna and Chip Gaines’, Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco. I waited in line with other fans as we all shared our favorite renovation stories from the show. I shopped in their store and sampled cupcakes at their Magnolia Bakery. Then took a tour of Waco. Be captivated by Southern charm as you travel Laurel, Mississippi with Ben and Erin Napier i in Hometown. The mother and daughter team, Karen and Mina, of Good Bones take us around the historic areas of Indianapolis as they revitalize homes. These homemaker shows share an inspiring love for their hometown, and we are seduced to visit their cities.

HGTV also transports you around the world with their house hunting shows. Visit beautiful white sand beaches and be enticed by a more relaxed pace of life on one of their five beach home finding shows. Our 49th State is highlighted in Living Alaska. You travel around the globe on House Hunters International and get a glimpse of what life could be like for you to live in other countries.