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5 Amazing Travel Shows You Can Stream to Ward Off Cabin Fever

An imaginary vacation is just a flick of the remote away.


Like many people spending time indoors right now thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19) turning us all into shut-ins, I’ve been relying on my TV to provide distraction and entertainment. There are a ton of options to tune into, but I’ve found that choosing travel-based shows can go a long way in preventing cabin fever.

Thankfully, there are plenty of great options to click play on with a Netflix or Hulu subscription that will help you imagine you’re out enjoying all the world has to offer… instead of being hunkered down in your home. Take a look below for some of the best travel shows you can stream right now to avoid going stir-crazy.

Travels with My Father

When comedian Jack Whitehall decided to take a belated “gap year” (a traditional break between high school and college in England), he brought his very prim and proper dad along for the ride. Jack clearly thought it would be hilarious to push his dad’s buttons with some silly shenanigans, but the elder Whitehall knows how to push right back with equally (if not more) hilarious outcomes. The three seasons will take you through Southeast Asia, Europe, and even a short trip to the USA.

Where to stream: Netflix

Somebody Feed Phil

Phil Rosenthal created a little show you may have heard of: Everybody Loves Raymond. About a decade after the beloved series ended, Rosenthal stepped in front of the camera himself to host a series that follows his culinary explorations across the globe. He zips from America to Italy, Asia, South America, and more throughout the two seasons currently available to stream.

Where to stream: Netflix

Rick Steves’ Europe

As you probably gathered from the title, this series focuses on the travel writer’s adventures through Europe — and there are a ton of episodes to choose from throughout nine seasons. In each one, you’ll follow Steves through all the less tourist-y areas across the continent. You’ll also learn a lot about the culture behind each place he visits, plus see incredible scenery and historical artifacts.

Where to stream: Hulu

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Another food-focused option features Samin Nosrat, the oh-so delightful chef and author of a cookbook (Amazon, $20.98) with the same title as the show. In each episode, Nosrat travels to meet with experts and unpack how salt, fat, acid, and heat add up to create all of the delicious recipes we all love to eat. The series will change the way you think about food — and make you feel like you just traveled the globe with your new best friend.

Where to stream: Netflix

Travel Man: 48 Hours in…

In this series, filmmaker and comedian Richard Ayoade brings his famous friends to various locations across the planet to explore everything they can see in just two days. Many of his guests are fellow funny folks from across the pond, like his former IT Crowd co-stars Chris O’Dowd and Noel Fielding. You’ll also spy familiar faces like Jon Hamm, Rebel Wilson, and Paul Rudd (shown in the video above) popping up for a trip, too. In any case, Ayoade’s dry humor will always have you coming back for more.

Where to stream: Hulu

All of these awesome shows will not only keep you entertained while self-isolating, but help you plan a much-deserved real trip once all of the craziness calms down! Or at least help you feel like you spent the time learning and enjoying more about the world in the meantime.

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