Ririe Dam/flickr/Sam Beebe
Ririe Dam/flickr/Sam Beebe

We know you love to travel, but sometimes it’s nice to see the world from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re looking for vacation inspiration or just need to quell a severe case of wanderlust, these five shows are sure to educate and entertain.

1. Aerial America
These spectacular documentaries show you the United States from a different perspective — from high above, specifically, and in marvelous high definition. Aerial America will give you a stronger appreciation for the sheer size and beauty of the country — from its natural wonders to its industrious cities. Each episode offers a visually stunning, location-specific history lesson that will wow the entire family.


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2. Booze Traveler
Jack Maxwell is the kind of curious, unpretentious, and fun television host that all travel shows should have. In each Booze Traveler episode, Jack takes viewers to incredible destinations — where he proceeds to get incredibly drunk off of local brews and spirits. This show is one part history, one part culture, one part insider’s guide, and several parts alcohol education, which makes for a trip we could all picture ourselves having.


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 Karl Pilkington Street Art Manila, Philippines/flickr/Strellevik copy
Karl Pilkington Street Art Manila, Philippines/flickr/Strellevik copy

3. An Idiot Abroad
Karl Pilkington is a reluctant traveler who isn’t actually an idiot, per se — he’s just incredibly closed-minded. His famous friends Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send Karl all over the world into awkward situations, primarily for their own amusement but also for ours. Karl is an extreme case of someone who hates being out of his comfort zone, but you’re bound to recognize shades of someone you know in him. Aside from his hilarious fish-out-of-water observations, the real magic in this show is seeing how travel changes Karl from season to season.

4. Locked Up Abroad
Where does it all go wrong? Locked Up Abroad takes you to places you never want to go by addressing the darker side of travel and how people’s inhibitions and boundaries shift in a foreign environment. This documentary style show follows people who ended up in foreign jails — usually by accepting a too-good-to-be-true offer. It is a straightforward, sobering, cautionary tale that serves as a must-see for anyone who daydreams about breaking the rules for a quick buck.

 Strawns Eat Shop/flickr/ Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau
Strawns Eat Shop/flickr/Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau

5. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Try as you might, you can’t help but catch a little of Guy Fieri’s enthusiasm as you watch him interview chefs around the country. This food show builds on the idea of the classic American road trip, highlighting the independently owned restaurants you’d want to stop at on your epic journey. If your upcoming travel plans include a long-haul road trip, take notes. Dieters, move along; there’s nothing to see here.

 

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