The Best Documentaries About Traveling

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Who doesn’t daydream about travelling around the world in search of the most beautiful places imaginable? Nothing is a better escape for the mind during a long work day than dreaming about the next vacations you’ll have and where you’ll spend them! There are many documentaries out there that show different parts of the world and even provide tips about how to travel safely. This list will answer that burning question, "What are the best documentaries about travel?"
 
No matter why you're interested in travel documentaries, there is certain to be the perfect one for you on this list! These films have been ranked as the absolute best to watch for the topic of traveling. Many of these focus on specific countries like Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Africa, Scotland, England and Ireland, while others feature real-life adventures that people have experienced, like climbing Mt. Everest or taking a cross country motorcycle ride.
 
This list has the best travel documentaries, including: An Idiot Abroad, By Any Means, Craigslist Joe, Michael Palin’s New Europe, Don’t Tell My Mother and Madventures. If you’ve seen any of the travel documentaries below, vote up your favorite. Or, add the doc you love, if it is missing from this list.
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    Long Way Round is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Long Way Round 2004

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    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservati... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations 2005

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    An Idiot Abroad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    An Idiot Abroad 2010

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    Long Way Down is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Long Way Down 2007

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    Michael Palin: Around the Worl... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days 1989

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    The National Parks: America's ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling
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    Rick Steves: European Travel S... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Rick Steves: European Travel Skills and Specials 2000-2009 2009

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    Michael Palin's New Europe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Michael Palin's New Europe 2007

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    Full Circle With Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Full Circle With Michael Palin 1997

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    Around the World in 80 Treasur... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Around the World in 80 Treasures 2005

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    Himalaya With Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Himalaya With Michael Palin 2004

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    By Any Means is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    By Any Means 2008

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    The Endless Summer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling
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    Passport to Europe: Germany, S... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Passport to Europe: Germany, Switzerland & Austria 2005

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    Don't Tell My Mother is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Don't Tell My Mother 2008

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    Ghost Adventures is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Ghost Adventures 2004

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    Encounters at the End of the W... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling
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    Mile... Mile and a Half is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Mile... Mile and a Half 2013

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    Sahara With Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Sahara With Michael Palin 2002

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    Passport to Europe: Seven Fabu... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling
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    Passport to Europe: France & I... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling
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    Rick Steves: Eastern Europe, I... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Rick Steves: Eastern Europe, Israel and Egypt 2000-2009 2009

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    Flight of the Butterflies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Flight of the Butterflies 2012

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    Madventures is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Madventures 2009

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    Wild China is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Wild China 2008

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    Chasing Ice is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling
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    180° South is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling
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    Sur­vivor­man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Sur­vivor­man 2004

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    On Hannibal's Trail is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    On Hannibal's Trail 2010

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    Pole to Pole is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Pole to Pole 1992

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    The Drifter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    The Drifter 2009

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    Lewis & Clark - The Journey of... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery 1997

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    Michael Palin's Hemingway Adve... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure 2000

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    Passport to Europe: England, I... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Passport to Europe: England, Ireland & Scotland 2007

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    Craigslist Joe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling
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    Scotland Revealed is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Scotland Revealed 2009

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    Disney Parks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Disney Parks 2010

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    Everest: Beyond the Limit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Everest: Beyond the Limit 2006

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    Vague Direction is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Vague Direction 2012

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    Man Shops Globe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Man Shops Globe 2009

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    The Edge of Never is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    The Edge of Never 2009

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    Maidentrip is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling
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    Word Travels is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Word Travels 2008

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    Marley Africa Road Trip is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Marley Africa Road Trip 2011

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    Get Outta Town is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Documentaries About Traveling

    Get Outta Town 2007

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