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The Best Travel TV Shows

Updated October 15, 2020 11.5k votes 4.0k voters 252.0k views45 items

List RulesVote up the best shows that take you around the world - whether they focus on food, the people, or the journey.

The best travel 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 best travelogue shows on tele (past and present), 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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    Departures

    Scott Wilson, Justin Lukach

    Premiered2008

    NetworkOLN

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

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    627
    223

    Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

    Lee Anne Wong, Marc Summers

    PremieredJuly 25, 2005

    NetworkThe Travel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Cooking, Travel

    More Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations 

    #198 of 293 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever#2 of 82 The Best Cooking TV Shows of All Time

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    422
    126

    Parts Unknown

    Anthony Bourdain

    PremieredApril 14, 2013

    NetworkCable News Network

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Travel, Cooking

  • 4
    400
    149

    An Idiot Abroad

    Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2010

    NetworkSKY1

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Travel

    More 

    #65 of 106 The Best British Sitcoms of All Time, Ranked#423 of 631 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch

  • 5

    Premiered1991

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Travel

  • 6

    PremieredFebruary 26, 2007

    NetworkThe Travel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Cooking

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    222
    71

    The Layover

    Anthony Bourdain, Gabriele Bonci

    PremieredNovember 21, 2011

    NetworkThe Travel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Travel

    More The Layover 

    #10 of 46 The Best Food Travelogue TV Shows#13 of 30 The Best Travel Channel TV Shows

  • 8
    275
    113

    Globe Trekker

    Christina Chang, Megan McCormick

    Premiered1994

    NetworkPublic Broadcasting Service, Channel 4, nyctv, Israel Broadcasting Authority, OLN

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

  • 9
    211
    89

    Full Circle with Michael Palin

    Rob Hehnlin, Michael Palin

    Premiered1997

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Documentary

  • 10

    Premiered2001

    NetworkComedy Central

    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Comedy

    More Insomniac with Dave Attell 

    #32 of 56 The Best Late Night Talk Shows of All Time#143 of 196 The Best Television Shows of the 2000s

  • 11
    178
    69

    Premiered1989

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Documentary

  • 12
    217
    108

    Passport to Europe

    Samantha Brown

    Premiered2004

    NetworkTravel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Documentary

  • 13
    182
    93

    Samantha Brown's Great Weekends

    Samantha Brown, Daniel Franzese

    PremieredMay 9, 2009

    NetworkThe Travel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Travel

  • 14
    161
    114

    The Amazing Race

    Phil Keoghan

    PremieredSeptember 5, 2001

    NetworkCBS Corporation

    Genres (Tv)Action, Adventure, Travel, Competition reality

    More The Amazing Race 

    The Most Hateful Amazing Race Teams of All Time#117 of 147 The Best Shows Currently On The Air

  • 15
    130
    78

    Premiered2002

    NetworkFood Network Canada

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Documentary

  • 16
    119
    55

    Raw Travel

    Robert Rose

    PremieredOctober 2013

    NetworkSyndication

    Genres (Tv)Travel & Lifestyle

  • 17
    76
    38

    Pole to Pole

    Michael Palin

    Premiered1992

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Documentary

  • 18
    93
    64

    Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe

    Art Wolfe, Byambadorj Altanhuyag

    Premiered2007

    NetworkAPT

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Documentary

  • 19
    90
    70

    Dhani Tackles the Globe

    Dhani Jones, Stephen Koepfer

    Premiered2009

    NetworkTravel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Sports, Action/Adventure, Sports film, Adventure film, Documentary

  • 20
    1,433
    1,523

    Three Sheets

    Zane Lamprey, Stephen McKenna

    PremieredJune 18, 2006

    NetworkMOJOHD

    Genres (Tv)Travel

  • 21
    73
    61

    Lonely Planet Six Degrees

    Toby Amies, Asha Gill

    Premiered1999

    NetworkDiscovery Channel

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

  • 22
    47
    25

    Booze Traveler

    Jack Maxwell

    PremieredNovember 24, 2014

    NetworkThe Travel Channel

    Genres (Tv)Travel

  • 23

    Premiered1999

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

    Genres (Tv)Travel, Documentary, Reality television

  • 24
    71
    69

    Crossing South

    Jorge Meraz

    Premiered2011

    NetworkPBS

    Genres (Tv)Travel Show

  • 25
    42
    37

    The Getaway

    Joel McHale, Aziz Ansari

    PremieredSeptember 25, 2013

    NetworkEsquire

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Cooking, Travel, Entertainment