Armchair Adventures: Best Travel Shows to Stream Right Now

In need of a travel fix?  Get ready to transport yourself to distant shores with our round-up of 11 of the best shows to stream right now if you’re looking for a change of scenery.

The Durrells

Available on Netflix

Set in the 1930s, the series follows the ups and downs of the Durrell family who’ve made the move from Bournemouth to the Greek island of Corfu in search of a simpler life. Based on the memoirs of British naturalist and zookeeper Gerald Durrell, each episode is a visual love letter, showcasing the idyllic, unspoilt beauty of the island, from the twinkling waters of Kalami Bay, to the pretty village squares of Danilia.


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The Trip

Available on Amazon Prime

British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon team up in this travel mockumentary series which sees them road tripping through the UK, Italy, Spain and Greece. Playing exaggerated versions of themselves, the pair serve up lols galore with their Michael Caine/Mick Jagger/Al Pacino impersonations and dark-humoured anecdotes about the destinations they encounter on their trips.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Available on Amazon Prime

Chef Anthony Bourdain mixes his passion for cooking with his love of adventure in this travel and food show that explores off-the-beaten track destinations around the world. From Budapest to Beirut, there’s plenty to inspire your next getaway.

Travel Man with Richard Ayoade

Available on All4

With a different guest presenter in tow for each episode, British comedian Richard Ayoade packs his bags for a series of 48-hour city breaks across Europe and beyond. Expect razor sharp wit, slick editing and snappy, concise facts about each of the cities featured.

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father

Available on Netflix

Over the course of three series, comedian Jack Whitehall sets out on a worldwide adventure with his father Michael. Lose yourself in these 30-minute episodes as the chalk-and-cheese duo explore all that’s weird and wonderful in South East Asia, Europe and the United States.


Available on Amazon Prime

Starring Hollywood actress Julia Stiles, this sumptuous murder mystery drama drops anchor in Monaco, Nice and Alpes-Maritimes. Truly a visual feast, look forward to spectacular cinematography that evokes the beauty and excess of the Côte d'Azur.


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The Night Manager

Available on Amazon Prime

Filmed on location at luxury locations in Mallorca, Switzerland and Marrakech, the BBC’s adaptation of John Le Carre's thriller The Night Manager is just the ticket if you’re ready to hit the ‘escape’ key.  


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Downton Abbey

Available on Amazon Prime

Whisk yourself away to Highclere Castle and settle into living the life of Riley. Leafy Hampshire provides the setting for the fictitious Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey   – the perfect inspiration for your next trip to the UK.


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Available on Amazon Prime

The rugged landscapes of Ireland’s Co. Wicklow stand in for the fjords of Scandinavia in this epic six-season series which tells the tale of Ragnar Sigurdsson, aka Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer-turned-raider who sets off on an action-packed overseas adventure in search of faraway treasures and new unchartered territories.


Planning your own real-life Viking adventure? Check out our podcast about Norway’s Viking Trail

Planet Earth

Available on Netflix

Let David Attenborough’s hushed tones guide you on a cinematic adventure around Planet Earth. In this colourful celebration of the creatures that inhabit the earth’s land, air and sea, the series travels to 64 different countries. Oh, and don’t skip the end titles - each episode includes a bonus ten-minute feature chronicling the interesting challenges faced by producers when filming in the wild.

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby

Available on Amazon Prime

Now’s your chance to peek inside some of the world’s most luxurious and unusual places to stay. Presenters Giles Coren and Monica Galetti invite you behind the scenes at a range of five-star properties including Sweden’s Ice Hotel, Royal Mansour in Marrakech and Ireland’s Ashford Castle.