Recent statements from government and economists indicate it may be at least a year until we are all able to travel freely. The prospect of staying put until 2021 may seem unbearable for the travel nuts among us, but there are ways to see the world without leaving your couch. Here is part one of our two part installment featuring television shows that take you around the globe.
An Idiot Abroad
Helmed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant – the incomparable duo behind the smash hit, The Office, An Idiot Abroad is a travel show like no other. It follows their famously small-minded curmudgeon friend Karl Pilkington as he reluctantly travels the world hating every minute of it.
The show explores the strange cultural phenomenon of dark tourism, where privileged travellers go in search of the macabre and even dangerous instead of ancient ruins and sandy beaches. The show’s host, David Farrier approaches the strange adventures with a skepticism and sarcastic humour that makes the show a treat to watch.
Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father
British comedian Jack Whitehall takes his father along on a series of international adventures. Much of the show’s humour comes from the stark contrast between the two generations and their drastically varying approaches to the challenges that travel brings.
An OG of the reality TV genre, Amazing Race is great for those looking to do some marathon viewing. Boasting 31 seasons, the show has been a firm fan favourite for nearly a decade. Watch as teams compete against each other in races held all over the world as they endeavour to win the grand prize.
Naked and Afraid
In the same vein as other survival shows, Naked and Afraid drops contestants in the middle of the wilderness, except here, they’re completely naked the entire time.
Brought to you by the creators of the cult favourite, Chef’s Table, Street Food takes the kitchen to the streets. The show takes viewers on a whirlwind journey to sample the most delicious delicacies from all around the world.