7 Of The Best Travel Documentaries To Watch

Are you spending more time at home than usual? With the coronavirus in full swing and self-isolation being encouraged on a global scale, most people are cooped up indoors. Self-quarantine and social distancing don’t have to sway you from adventure, though. Go on an epic journey with these best travel documentaries to watch in self-isolation.

Best Travel Documentaries

1. 180º South (2010)

Jeff Johnson brings adventure to life with this incredible soul searching documentary. Setting off from Ventura, California, Jeff heads South to Patagonia, Chile to recreate the journey made by Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins in 1968.
Watch the trailer here.

2. Life In A Day (2011)

Powerful is the perfect word to describe Oscar-winning Kevin Macdonald’s Life In A Day. This documentary is an incredible look at ‘what it was like to be alive’ on July 24, 2010. Over 80,000 videos creating over 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries are brought together to create a kaleidoscope of humanity, culture and feeling.
Watch the trailer here.

3. Antarctica: A Year On Ice (2013)

Take a journey to the South Pole through this amazing documentary. Spanning one year, the doc follows Anthony Powell on a year-long experiment of living in the wildest, coldest, driest place on Earth – Antarctica. Visually stunning on all fronts and concise at only 90 minutes, it’s a must-see.
Watch the trailer here.

best travel documentaries

4. Baraka (1992)

Baraka is a powerful look at Earth. No narration, just a look at the natural world and a dramatic witness of everything from untouched wilderness to sardine-packed city centres. This documentary will make you think about the impact of humanity, travel, nature and culture as a whole.
Watch the trailer here.

best travel documentaries

5. They Call It Myanmar: Lifting The Curtain (2012)

They Call It Myanmar is a showcasing of one of the world’s most isolated countries. Taking place over two years and shot by award-winning Robert Liberman, the cinematography provides a unique look into this remote country. It’s made up of interviews with over 100 people in Burma.

Watch the trailer here.
best travel documentaries

6. Italy: Love It or Leave It (2012)

This funny, quirky, heartwarming Italian documentary follows the lives of Lucan and Gustav. The pair embarks on an epic six months road trip through Italy to decide whether or not they should stay or leave.

Watch the subtitled trailer here.

best travel documentaries

7. Pedal The World (2015)

Lastly, this adventure-filled doc follows the one year journey of Felix Starck. Watch as his 18,000-kilometre cycling journey leads him through 22 different countries on the search for the meaning of life.

Watch the trailer here.

best travel documentaries

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Melanie Hamilton
Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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