Top Favorite Travel Documentaries

My Favorite Travel Documentaries:

Are you a documentary guy or girl? Here's list of my top favourite travel documentaries, I hope you'll enjoy watching these.

  1. A Map for Saturday

The film is billed as "around the world in 90 minutes." Its title describes the feeling that, "On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday." When "every day is Saturday, each new person an instant best friend," you need a guide to how to deal with "always saying goodbye, and loss of connection(s)." The producer stays in hostels around the world, showing us the "hot spots" of backpacking adventure—Australia, Southeast Asia, India, and London—and out-of-the-way places like Brazil, Nepal, and Thailand. He interviews various hostellers and fellow travellers along the way as he investigates how and why people take long-term, budget travel.

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  1. Planet Earth


This eleven episodes series is a landmark 2006 British television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit which too five years in the making and was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC and also the first to be filmed in high definition.

Broadcasted in 130+ countries, you’ll enjoy watching each episode as it features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth (Polar, Mountain, Cave, Desert, Plains, Fresh Water, Seas, Ocean, and Forest).


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  1. Planet Earth II

It’s a nature documentary series and a sequel to Planet Earth, just like its predecessor this documentary offers stunning views of natures in Ultra HD (4K).

It’s a documentary which you’ll like to watch over and again.

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  1. Samsara

It’s neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation, filmed in 25 countries around the world over a period of 5 years, and this whole documentary will take you on a one of a kind journey.

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  1. Baraka


Want to roam in 23 countries at 150+ locations? Here’s your ticket, Baraka. The predecessor of Samsara, it’s also a non-narrative documentary film focusing on human life and religion.


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  1. An Idiot Abroad

It’s a comedy travel documentary in which the main character has no interest in global travel, so the producers make him travel while they stay in the United Kingdom and monitor his progress.

You'll enjoy watching its all 19 episodes; I wish it had more.

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  1. 180 Degree South

If you don't have a pressing case of wanderlust before 180 DEGREES SOUTH, you will afterwards. Even if the high-adventure approach is not your thing (that's a whole lot of equipment to carry by yourself up a mountainside!), the scenery is breathtaking. And the tidbits of wisdom on what people get out of travel will take you to a higher plain, imagining days of solitude, journal-writing, and reflection.

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  1. Life in a day (2011)


Life in a Day is a crowdsourced documentary film comprising an arranged series of video clips selected from 80,000 clips submitted to the YouTube, the clips showing respective occurrences from around the world on a single day, 24 July 2010.

This film is around 95 minutes long, but it includes scenes selected from 4,500 hours of footage in 80,000 submissions from 192 nations. It’s available to watch on YouTube for free.

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  1. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)


The filmmakers go to Antarctica to meet people who live and work there and to capture footage of the continent's unique locations. The narration explains that this film is not a typical Antarctica film about "fluffy penguins" but explores the dreams of the people and the landscape.

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  1. Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)

Unlike your typical Antarctica doc about penguins and glaciers, this film explores what it’s like to live and work on remote Antarctic research stations while enduring extreme cold and four months of total darkness. Interviews with real workers in Antarctica’s Ross Island region reveal insights such as "never confuse your pee bottle with your water bottle" and how tears freeze to your face when you’re standing on top of a mountain for a group photo in temperatures of -80 degrees. The humanising doc reveals what it’s like to take a different path in life and how the small living quarters force intimate and intense relationships. Bonus: an outdoor dance party scene and fabulous sunsets that look like the sky is on fire.

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