Binge-watching is the new normal for some now that quarantine orders have many working from home. Thanks to the veritable buffet of streaming services available today, its never been easier to see just about every corner of the globe from your couch. If you've burned through the top-billed offerings on Netflix, search for one of these travel shows to get your future itineraries filled with everything from culinary sojourns to quirky, sometimes dark pilgrimages that'll have your Instagram feed filled with snapshots much more intriguing than the usual beach-and-cocktail shot.
The epicurious already know about this cult hit, but for anyone that hasn't seen it yet, Street Food takes viewers through a nine-episode tour of Asia's local delicacies. Japan, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, and the Philippines, along with Vietnam and foodie haven Singapore, are all on the docket, so you'll be able to check out some of the world's most popular spots without having to get your passport out.
Pedal the World
For a more grounded take on travel, choose this documentary, which follows Felix Starck, who decided to traverse the globe on bike. He makes his way through 22 countries, covering 12,000 miles. All the while, he's meeting locals, discovering hidden gems, and offering viewers some of the most spectacular views around. For even more, check out his first documentary, Expedition Happiness, which showcases Starck's road trip across North America.
Fans of the macabre and off-beat will love this series, which follows New Zealand journalist David Farrier as he travels to the haunted places, voodoo festivals, and other less-traveled destinations. His unique itinerary includes a haunted forest in Japan and a swim in Kazakhstan's "nuclear lake." Not for the faint of heart, this series is for anyone who's had their fill of the usual plans and looking for a real twist on tourism.
Restaurants on the Edge
Come for the food, stay for the views. Chef Dennis Prescott, designer Karin Bohn, and restaurateur Nick Liberato team up for this show, which takes viewers to restaurants with jaw-dropping views and food that can definitely be improved upon. With stops in Malta, Hong Kong, St. Lucia, Austria, Costa Rica, the trio does its best to reinvigorate each eatery, resulting in spectacular results that have transformed these once-sleepy spots into culinary destinations.
Celebrity chef David Chang blends travel, history lessons, and cooking in his quest to find authentic pizza, tacos, curry, BBQ, and more. Along with famous pals, he crisscrosses the globe to find the roots of everyone's favorite dishes, sometimes to surprising results and always showing some mouthwatering footage of everyday food with extraordinary twists.