Documentary 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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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

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Long Way Round

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An Idiot Abroad

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Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days

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

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Full Circle With Michael Palin

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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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Around the World in 80 Treasures

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Michael Palin's New Europe

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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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Himalaya With Michael Palin

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By Any Means

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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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Wild China

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Passport to Europe: Germany, Switzerland & Austria

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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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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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Pole to Pole

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Madventures

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Mile... Mile and a Half

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Sahara With Michael Palin

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

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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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