There’s nothing like relaxing at night, in front of the TV, and being transported to another part of the world. I love to watch documentaries about travel and about the world we live in. It’s never going to be possible to visit everywhere in the world so this is the next best thing. Plus it’s a great educational tool for children who have seen much less of the world than us.
What better way to watch these documentaries than on a beautifully sleek and high-definition TV. I have recently been looking at an Oled TV Panasonic. I don’t know about you but our current TV is in need of an upgrade!
So what are my top 5 documentaries about the world and world travel that I recommend for you watch?
#1 – Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 days
We once spent 6 months without any sort of ‘live’ TV. During that time we watched a lot of documentaries. The best and most inspiring series was Around the world in 80 days with Michael Palin. I could happily list all of his world travel documentaries in this list and be done with it. I am such a fan. He is amusing and entertaining and incredibly watchable. The series was actually broadcasted back in 1989 but don’t let that put you off watching it. It still feels current and Michael Palin will transport you to 17 different countries in just 7, 52 minutes long, episodes. He follows Jules Verne’s 80-day adventure around the world as true to the story as possible. There’s also a really fun twist at the end. He journeys across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America through nearly every possible means of transport, except for aircraft.
#2 – Sacred Planet Walt Disney
If you know my website you will know I’m a massive fan of Disney so I had to include this documentary about our great planet, produced by Disney. The documentary lasts for 40 minutes. In that time you are taken around the world to see everything that is wonderful, sacred and unique. It’s a truly fabulous way to see the world and to be introduced to some great sites such as the desert lands of Namibia, ruins of Thailand, canyons of Arizona and much more. The documentary first aired in 2004 and is narrated by Robert Redford Jr.
#3 – Frozen Planet
As our planet faces more and more concerns about global warming this is a great documentary to watch to find out about how it is affecting the earth and its inhabitants. You are taken to the arctic and Antarctic, Greenland, Russia, Norway, the USA and Canada. You will see the challenges that many of the countries animals now have to face in a frozen and sometimes not so frozen environment. This is a documentary to make you think while seeing some true and natural wonders of the world. There are 7 episodes in the series. Each episode lasts for 1 hour.
#4 – Coast
There has actually been 10 series to this popular BBC documentary. I am such a big fan of visiting the seaside in the UK so this was and still is a great watch for me. It is a fascinating insight into the long and varied coastline of the UK. Not only do you get to see the coast as it is but you learn about the history, the stories and the attractions along the way. They also go into detail about coastal erosion and other natural phenomena that are still shaping the coastline today and will continue to change it throughout history.
#5 – The Maidentrip
Would you believe me if I told you that a 14 year old girl travelled the world by herself on her boat? What a remarkable and inspiring young lady. The documentary first aired back in 2013 and is 1hr 22 minutes long. Laura Decker travels around the world, at sea, took just over a year and a half. In that time she sailed to Galapagos, Panama, St. Martins and more. Can you imagine your 14 year old doing that? Can you imagine the parent’s concern for her? I’d be a nervous wreck if my son decided to do this. But what an experience she must have had. She filmed her own adventures so she really was out there alone.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post. All words and opinions are entirely my own. Photos are courtesy of Pixabay.
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