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The best travel TV shows inspire us to venture out into the unknown. They allow everyone to enjoy exploring some of the most interesting locations on the planet, without ever leaving the couch! A great television travel show offers viewers the opportunity to share in the journey as the hosts wander from town to town, or country to country, taking in the local landscape and learning about an area's unique culture. This list includes some of the most popular travel TV shows (past and present), but it isn't complete: Feel free to add your own suggestions, and vote up the best travel shows you love the most.

Several TV shows listed here manage to combine travel and food. Among them: 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations' and 'Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.' Each of these shows offers viewers an in-depth look at local cultures, along with a taste of the area. Zimmern's choices are certainly more "out there" than Bourdain's, but both make for excellent travel TV viewing.

Classic, beloved travel TV shows are also listed here, including one of the most popular travel series of all-time, 'Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days.' Actor Michael Palin actually recreates Phileas Fogg's fateful journey from the Jules Verne novel 'Around the World in 80 Days.'

Are you a fan of reality TV? If so, you've likely seen CBS' 'The Amazing Race.' While the program is definitely a reality competition, it takes the competitors to some of the most beautiful places in the world. In other words, it's awesome viewing for travel buffs!

What shows inspire your wanderlust the most? What us the best traveling show on TV? Vote for your favorite travel TV shows, and vote down those shows that you don't like. Bon voyage!

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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservati... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Travel Channel Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel, 2005) is an American travel and food show. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain visits overseas countries, cities worldwide, and places within the ...more

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Departures is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Departures OLN Departures is a travel adventure television series. An original Canadian production created by Andre Dupuis and Scott Wilson and produced by Jessie Wallace and Steven Bray. The worldwide ...more

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Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknow... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
clash1977 added Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN, 2013) is an American travel and food show. Anthony Bourdain travels the world uncovering lesser known places and exploring cultures and cuisine.

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Travels in Europe with Rick St... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Travels in Europe with Rick Steves Public Broadcasting Service

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An Idiot Abroad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
An Idiot Abroad Sky1 An Idiot Abroad is a British travel documentary television series broadcast on Sky1, as well as a series of companion books published by Canongate Books, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen ...more

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Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimm... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern Travel Channel Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern is a travel and cuisine television show hosted by Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel. The first season debuted on Monday, February 26, 2007 at 9pm ET/PT. ...more

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Globe Trekker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Globe Trekker Public Broadcasting Service, Channel 4, nyctv Globe Trekker is an adventure tourism television series produced by Pilot Productions. The British series was inspired by the Lonely Planet travelbooks and began airing in 1994. Globe Trekker is ...more

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The Layover is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
The Layover Travel Channel The Layover (Travel Channel, 2011) is a travel and food show. Each episode starts with Anthony Bourdain landing in a city where he meets up with locals and explores the city to show what a ...more

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Full Circle with Michael Palin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Full Circle with Michael Palin British Broadcasting Corporation Full Circle with Michael Palin is the title of a 1997 documentary television series produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Presented by Michael Palin of Monty Python fame, Full Circle ...more

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Passport to Europe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Passport to Europe Travel Channel Passport to Europe is a television show on the Travel Channel. The show follows the bubbly and upbeat television host Samantha Brown around Europe visiting various popular European cities, ...more

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Insomniac with Dave Attell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Insomniac with Dave Attell Comedy Central Insomniac with Dave Attell is a television show on Comedy Central hosted by comedian Dave Attell which ran from August 5, 2001 until November 11, 2004.

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Michael Palin: Around the Worl... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days British Broadcasting Corporation Around the World in 80 Days is a BBC television travel series first broadcast in 1989. It was presented by comedian and actor Michael Palin. The show was inspired by Jules Verne's classic novel ...more

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Samantha Brown's Great Weekend... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Samantha Brown's Great Weekends Samantha Brown's Great Weekends is a program on Travel Channel hosted by Samantha Brown. In the program, Samantha travels to various locations in USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe and describes her ...more

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The Thirsty Traveler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
The Thirsty Traveler The Thirsty Traveler, hosted by Kevin Brauch, is a weekly journey into the heart of the world's greatest wine, beer, and spirit producing regions. Each episode explores the land, people, ...more

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The Amazing Race is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
The Amazing Race The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people, who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. ...more

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Travels to the Edge with Art W... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe Revel in the beauty of awe-inspiring landscapes and the unique animals and people that inhabit them through an artist's lens in Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe—a 13-episode series airing ...more

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Dhani Tackles the Globe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Dhani Tackles the Globe Travel Channel Dhani Tackles the Globe was an American documentary television series hosted by NFL linebacker Dhani Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals, currently airing on the Travel Channel; the series followed ...more

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Three Sheets is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
clash1977 added Three Sheets Spike, Fine Living Network, Travel Channel Three Sheets is an international travelogue/pub-crawl television series which airs on Spike in the United States. The first three seasons of the show originally aired on MOJO HD before moving to ...more

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Pole to Pole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Pole to Pole British Broadcasting Corporation Pole to Pole is an eight-part television documentary travel series made for the BBC and released in 1992. The presenter is Michael Palin, this being the second of Palin's major journeys for the ...more

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Lonely Planet Six Degrees is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Lonely Planet Six Degrees Discovery Channel Lonely Planet Six Degrees is Lonely Planet's flagship travel show, hosted by Asha Gill and Toby Amies. The show is centered on unique people living within locations, rather than simply famous ...more

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Michael Palin's Hemingway Adve... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure British Broadcasting Corporation 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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Off Limits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Off Limits Travel Channel Off Limits is an American reality television series that premiered on May 16, 2011, on the Travel Channel. The series features "untold stories and secrets" of America's most iconic ...more

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Crossing South is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
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The Getaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
clash1977 added The Getaway The Getaway is an American travel documentary television series that airs on the Esquire Network. It was set to premiere April 24, 2013, on but was pushed to September 25, 2013, the same week ...more

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Booze Traveler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
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Around The World In 80 Ways is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Around The World In 80 Ways The History Channel For two adrenaline junkies attempting to circumnavigate the globe using every conceivable mode of transportation, it's not the destination that counts: it's the journey itself. Hosts Robert ...more

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Long Way Round is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
jeffpi added Long Way Round Sky1 Long Way Round is a documentary television series, DVD set and book documenting the 19,000-mile journey of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman from London to New York City on motorcycles. They ...more

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Around the World in 80 Treasur... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
PanagiotisStavropoulos added Around the World in 80 Treasures British Broadcasting Corporation Around the World in 80 Treasures is a 10 episode art and travel documentary series by the BBC, presented by Dan Cruickshank, and originally aired in February, March, and April 2005. The title is ...more

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Not Your Average Travel Guide is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Not Your Average Travel Guide Travel Channel Not Your Average Travel Guide is a travel show on the Travel Channel, it airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. It is hosted by seven different "Travel Guides", Bill Delano, ...more

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Journeys in Africa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
TVwatcher222 added Journeys In India PBS

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Journeys in Africa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
TVwatcher222 added Journeys in Africa PBS

Journeys in Africa is the first US travel series dedicated to the African continenent. It follows host Bill Ball as he explores the culture, wildlife and people that make this an exciting destination. 

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Huang's World is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
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Better Late Than Never is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
MustangGuy added Better Late Than Never NBC

Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw travel together. This fish-out-of-water reality series follows four American icons and their dedicated guide as they embark on a hilarious month-long adventure across the globe. 

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Cruise Ship Diaries is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Cruise Ship Diaries This captivating six-part series features the Costa Serena, one of Europe's largest cruise ships. Longer than London Bridge and with entertainment areas covering more space than 20 football ...more

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Madventures is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
rasseseta1 added Madventures 5*, Travel Channel Madventures is a Finnish travel documentary television series that concentrates on backpacking in the most off-the-beaten-path destinations on the planet. It is presented by Riku Rantala and ...more

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From the Edge With Peter Lik is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows

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Young Broke & Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows

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Tribe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Travel TV Shows
Tribe British Broadcasting Corporation Tribe is a documentary television series co-produced by the BBC and the Discovery Channel, and hosted by former British Royal Marine Bruce Parry. In each series, Parry visits a number of remote ...more

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