Travel films on Netflix that’ll give you major wanderlust

Travel films on Netflix that’ll give you major wanderlust

If there’s one job that I’d really like to have a go at, it’s being a location scout for the film & TV industry. That must be the coolest job ever – travelling the world to find the perfect spot, city or country in which to base scenes that’ll live in people’s minds forever.

And while they’re getting to feed their love for travel, the rest of us live vicariously through the movies they helped create. Here are some of the best travel films on Netflix UK that’ll get you packing your suitcase in minutes.

Somebody Feed Phil

This foodie travel documentary follows Phil Rosenthal around the world as he eats local delicacies and chats to those making them. The thing I like about this show is that it’s funny (Rosenthal created ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’) and there’s no pretence about it.

It’s presented by an ordinary guy who loves life and food, is really enthusiastic about it, and wants to share the best of his experiences! His chat is down to earth and he goes to some amazing places – Tel Aviv, New Orleans, Cape Town, Saigon…

Grand Budapest Hotel

I’m a big Wes Anderson fan and this particular film had me wanting to book a week away in a hotel in the middle of snowy nowhere, read books and have all food cooked for me. Heavenly.

Despite the name of the hotel, the film was shot in Görlitz in Germany, but something about it looks quite Swiss as well! It’s set in a fictional Eastern European country covered in snow and featuring some pretty cool mountainous backgrounds.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Set over one night and entirely in Manhattan, the aim of the evening is to find the secret gig of elusive band, Where’s Fluffy? But of course everything else going on gets in the way.

Gigs in grocery stores, stripping nuns, a gay cabaret in a church, eating Russian food, and a typical romantic ending at Penn Station. This is the real, crazy New York and I totally want to be in the middle of it.

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Another travel documentary series to get your teeth into! This series has probably been the most popular out of its kind – it’s won 10 Emmys since its inception in 2013.

Bourdain travels lesser-known places around the globe, exploring culture and food, and providing lots of cultural and political commentary. 12 series’ later there are tonnes of inspirational episodes (and a lot of interesting holiday ideas!).

Sadly Bourdain died in 2018, but you can explore the first eight series’ on Netflix UK to get a taste of his experiences in Libya, Congo, Bahia in Brazil, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Sichuan.

Tales by Light

This series follows photographers around the globe in their quest to capture the most incredible images. From The Himalayas and Ethiopia to Alaska and Antarctica, you’ll honestly feel so fiercely protective over our beautiful and precarious planet after watching this documentary.

As the series’ go on, the stories move from places to people and you’ll start to feel protective over them and their cultures too. What a wonderful world we live in.

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

I absolutely love this film! It’s probably not one you’d have expected on this kind of list, but oh my god – who wouldn’t want to spend a summer travelling through the Australian Outback with a trailer full of drag queens?!

All these movies and documentaries should keep your wanderlust going for a while, but since there aren’t many travel films on Netflix UK (it’s a bit crap at having the best movies compared to US Netflix), have a look at these classic films elsewhere on the internet to get those feet well and truly itchy:

  • Amelie // Paris
  • The Darjeeling Limited // India
  • Lost in Translation // Japan
  • The Beach // Thailand
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty // Iceland
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall // Hawaii
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