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Six must-watch documentaries that bring the best of travel to your homecation

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With the news that some of our getaways won’t happen this year, many of you have embraced the thought of a homecation with outdoor bars, hot tub areas and camping trips in the back garden.

But just because you’re not jetting off to a tropical paradise doesn’t mean you can’t still experience the beauty the world has to offer, while getting some holiday inspiration for where you want to visit next.

So, get ready for the ultimate homecation and check out our guide to the six must-watch travel documentaries

1. Down to Earth with Zac Efron (Available on Netflix)

These days, Zac Efron has swapped High School Musical and Baywatch to journey around the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in a search of healthier and sustainable ways of living.

The eight-episode docuseries takes the pair to exciting destinations across the world from Iceland and Costa Rica, to London and the Amazon Rainforest. Viewers can not only get a taste for the spectacular surroundings, but also learn all about health and sustainability in each location including renewable energy, eco-villages, pollution reduction and immune system boosting.

2. Travel Man (Available on Channel 4)

If you’re looking for nine series of binge-worthy TV featuring a hilarious 48-hour travel itinerary with a celebrity guest, then Travel Man may be the one for you.

Fronted by British comedian Richard Ayoade, Travel Man will take you on a journey to some of the biggest tourist destinations, giving you some series city-break inspiration. Plus, with a schedule filled with quirky, local activities including tricycle tours, hot air ballooning, tai-chi and alfresco art, you get a real feel for the fun side of each location.

3. Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip (Available on ITV)

Now, it might not technically be a travel documentary, but Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip is a double whammy. Filled with travel envy and local cuisine that will make you instantly hungry – it’s the ultimate homecation documentary to us!

With a team of Gordon Ramsey, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix, you know you’re about to experience mouth-watering food. The series sees the three chefs pack up their camper van and head off on a European adventure visiting Italy, France and Scotland, as well as going stateside to Las Vegas, Texas and San Francisco.

4. Michael Palin in North Korea (Available on Channel 5)

With Michael Palin’s rich career in travel documentaries, how couldn’t we mention him! His latest documentary, filmed in 2018, sees Michael Palin in North Korea during the time of the inter-Korean summit.

The two-part documentary sees Michael experience North Korea as a land with colourful cities and majestic landscapes, while engaging with a small portion of the country’s population of 25million people.

5. Race Across the World (Available on BBC 2)

Raise your hand if you have ever said “I just want to travel the world”. We’re with you on that one and we know many of you will have big plans for a multi-destination trip. But for now we think Race Across the World will give you homecation vibes.

This competition show stars five travelling pairs racing each other to travel to different checkpoints around the globe with no phone, no credit card, limited money and air travel banned. Season one takes contestants on a race through Europe to Singapore while season two launches the contest in Mexico City in a race to the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia in Argentina.

6. Rogue Trip (Available on Disney+)

You can find Rogue Trip in the National Geographic section of the Disney+ app where former war correspondent Bob Woodruff and his son Mac head out on a journey to find the best of the regions Bob previously reported in.

The six-episode docuseries sees the duo travel everywhere from Colombia to Ethiopia and experience areas known for being former rebel territory and having indigenous customs.


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