Top travel and food shows to watch

While traveling there is always some downtime where you want to lay back and relax. And probably watch some series on Netflix or Youtube. I usually go for some travel shows for some entertainment value and also to get a historical perspective on events that occurred in a certain date/location. With that in mind I came up with a list of my favorite tv series / documentaries that can be interesting to you as well.

1. Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown / No Reservations

Where to see: CNN / Netflix

Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown premiered on CNN in April 2013 is an American travel and food show. The show became a big hit that expanded into 12 seasons. In this show, Anthony Bourdain travels the world uncovering lesser-known places and exploring their cultures and cuisine. The show was a great success however it was a disappointment when Anthony Bourdain died by suicide.

While Parts Unknown show tried to focus on both culture, cuisines and history, No Reservations focused more on dining experiencing globally.

2. Conan Without Borders

Where to see: Netflix

Conan without borders have covered 13 countries in the show so far. Featured as a special show in his e Late night show, it became popular after the episode in Mexico. Conan bring his unique mix of comedy, curiosity and showman ship to the series. He is not unwilling to tackle uncomfortable topics.

3. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern

Where to see: Travel Channel

Contrary to the many of the typical travel food shows, Bizarre Foods focuses on regional cuisine from around the world which is typically perceived as being unpleasant, exotic, or bizarre. Zimmern shows focuses on cuisine from different countries or regions. He captures how the food is procured, served and consumed.

4. 180° South

Where to see: Amazon Prime

180° South Conquerors of the Useless follows Jeff Johnson emulating his heroes Doug Tompkins and Yvon Chouinard on their journey to Patagonia (Chile) in the year 1968. The film is all about Jeff’s adventures. He surfs in the biggest waves, meets cowboys,  crosses dangerous oceans, climbes snow-capped mountains

5. Rick Steve’s Europe

Where to see: Youtube

Welcome to the Rick Steves’ Europe guide at TV Tome. Rick Steves has been the “travel guinea pig” for American Public Television since Travels in Europe with Rick Steves debuted in April of 1991. He continues his travels under a new title, but it’s obviously the same format. Rick shows some out-of-the-way places the average traveler misses, offers countless travel tips, and always enjoys being i…more on Wikipedia

6. Jiro dreams of Sushi

Where to see: Netflix

The show is about the famous sushi chef Jiro Ono. Jiro strives for perfection in his cooking. His eldest son Yoshikazu however has trouble living up to his father’s legacy. The 94 year old sushi master, Jiro owned Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant, a small sushi restaurant located in Tokyo Subway station. The restaurant became even more popular after Anthony Bourdain dined here with former President Obama.

7. Dangerous Roads

Where to see: Travel Channel

This show features famous celebrities, who take on the challenge to tackle some of the world’s most notorious roads.

Dangerous roads

8. Long Way Around

Where to see: Travel Channel

Long Way Round is a documentary television series and a book documenting the 19,000-mile journey of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman from London to New York City on motorcycles. The show was inspired by Che Guevara’s Bicycle trip around Latin America. The pair travelled eastwards through Europe and Asia, flew to Alaska, and continued by road from there to New York

9. Street Food

Where to see: Netflix

As the name implies the show is about trying different local street food across Asia — Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and more — to explore the carts, stalls, and markets that folks visit on the go, in the middle of the night, or even every day.

10. Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

Where to see: Amazon Prime

Gordon Ramsay brings a refreshing approach to the food and travel show. In the show he meets with indigenous people to understand their food and culture. He harvest new ingredients and try out different dishes.

We looked at travel documentaries. There are also some great historical fiction and re-enactment documentaries that gives a great perspective of life and experiences in different timelines.

Now let’s go over some interesting historical fictions that covers interesting facts about cultures and traditions in different places.

1. Rome

Shown currently on: Netflix

A mix of documentary and historical epic chronicles the reign of Commodus, the emperor whose rule marked the beginning of Rome’s fall.

2. Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal

Shown currently on: Netflix

Much better than the American version of Narcos, this version is a quicker, dirtier version of this expansive. El Patron del Mal delivers production values that sometimes skirt telenovela territory, but plot lines are consistently entertaining and the Colombian accents are spot on.

3. Vikings

Shown currently on: Netflix

This gritty drama charts the exploits of Viking hero Ragnar Lothbrok as he extends the Norse reach by challenging an unfit leader who lacks vision. Beautiful settings in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, England and Ireland.

4. Marco Polo

Shown currently on: Netflix

Marco Polo first met his father and uncle and embarked on an epic adventure, crossing thousands of miles of unforgiving terrain, through political unrest and upheaval, to the court of Kublai Khan in what is now Beijing. You can witness many countries along the silk road.

5. Bolivar

Shown currently on: Netflix

This historical drama depicts the life — and loves — of Venezuelan Gen. Simón Bolívar, who helped liberate several Latin American countries from Spain.