film 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

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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

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An Idiot Abroad

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Long Way Down Zach Louis, Varda Appleton, Peter Dach Long Way Down is a 2013 short comedy western film written and directed by Sam Benenati.

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Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days

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The National Parks: America's Best Idea Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, George Takei The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a 2009 documentary film for television, DVD and companion book by director/producer Ken Burns and producer/writer Dayton Duncan which features the ...more

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

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Michael Palin's New Europe

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Full Circle With Michael Palin

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Around the World in 80 Treasures

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Himalaya With Michael Palin

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By Any Means

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The Endless Summer Bruce Brown, Miki Dora, Robert August The Endless Summer is a seminal 1966 surf movie. Filmmaker/narrator Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surfing trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate ...more

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Passport to Europe: Germany, Switzerland & Austria

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Don't Tell My Mother Don't Tell My Mother is a television programme hosted by Diego Buñuel and shown on the subscription television channel Nat Geo Adventure. For the past ten years, Diego Buñuel has ...more

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Ghost Adventures Ghost Adventures is a 2004 Documentary film directed by Zak Bagans and Nick Groff.

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Madventures

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Sahara With Michael Palin

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Mile... Mile and a Half

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Encounters at the End of the World Werner Herzog Encounters at the End of the World is a 2007 American documentary film by Werner Herzog. The film studies people and places in Antarctica. It was released in North America on June 11, 2008, and ...more

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Wild China

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Chasing Ice Chasing Ice is a 2012 documentary film about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey to publicize the effects of climate change, directed by Jeff Orlowski. It ...more

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180° South 180° South is a 2010 documentary film directed by Chris Malloy. The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins ...more

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

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Sur­vivor­man

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On Hannibal's Trail

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Flight of the Butterflies Flight of the Butterflies is a 2012 Canadian documentary film directed and co-written by Mike Slee for 3D IMAX, starring Megan Follows, Gordon Pinsent, and Shaun Benson. The film covers Dr. Fred ...more

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Passport to Europe: England, Ireland & Scotland Samantha Brown

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Pole to Pole

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The Drifter

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Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure Michael Palin Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure is a 1999 BBC television documentary presented by Michael Palin. It records Palin's travels as he visited many sites where Ernest Hemingway had been. The ...more

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Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery Matthew Broderick, Sam Waterston, Hal Holbrook Lewis Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery is a 1997 film directed by Ken Burns.

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Craigslist Joe 357 Magnumm Craigslist Joe is a 2012 documentary film that follows Joseph Garner for a month of travel across the United States, solely supporting himself via contacting people on the website Craigslist. He ...more

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Scotland Revealed

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Disney Parks Alex Pels

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Everest: Beyond the Limit

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Vague Direction

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Man Shops Globe

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Maidentrip Maidentrip is a 2013 adventure documentary film written by Laura Dekker, Penelope Falk and Jillian Schlesinger, and directed by Jillian Schlesinger.

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The Edge of Never Glen Plake, Kye Petersen, Trevor Petersen

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Get Outta Town Beppie De Vries, Marilyn O'Connor, Edith Clair Get Outta Town is a 1960 crime drama film written by Bob Wehling and directed by Charles Davis.

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Marley Africa Road Trip

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