I’m a documentary junkie. I hate TV, but I love docos.
And I hope you do too, because you’re about get flooded with some amazing stuff to quench your nomad’s thirst.
No matter if you’re already vagabonding the world or getting really hot with ants in the pants to leave your old, stationary life behind – these documentaries are for you.
You can watch them right here, right now. I think they call it armchair travel. It’s almost as cool as the real thing. Well, not really, let’s be honest here.
The aim of this collection is to get your ass off that damn couch or armchair or floor and onto the road. Hopefully on a one-way ticket, with no intention to return home for a while to come.
Beneath the America we think we know lies a nation hidden from view – a nomadic nation, living on the roads, the rails and in the wild open spaces. In its deserts, forests, mountain ranges and on the plains, a huge population of modern nomads pursues its version of the American dream – to live free from the world of careers, mortgages and the white picket fence. (I didn’t enjoy the first part as much as the rest, so be patient, especially with the priest)
A Map for Saturday
On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. The doco reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers on four continents. The documentary finds backpackers helping neglected Thai tsunami victims. It explains why Nepal’s guesthouses are empty and Brazil’s stoplights are ignored. But at its core, this film tracks the emotional arc of extreme long-term travelers; teenagers and senior citizens who wondered, “What would it be like to travel the world?” Then did it.
Made in Iceland
A girl from Austria hikes through Iceland on her own and films it. It’s breathtaking to say the least. Brilliant choice if music, too. Just wowsers.
The Real Berlin
This is part of a BBC series that takes you down to real parts of world cities by real citizens, who show their favorite spots. I chose Berlin, because that’s where I am right now and because this place rocks beyond words. In Berlin the past is always present, and the present is on the fast-track to the future. If you’ve never visited Germany’s capital, you should get over here, soon – it’s changing as I type. (I’d take you out on a beer!)
There is more. A lot more:
- Globetrekker: Channel on YouTube
- Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: Playlist on YouTube
- Tropic of Capricorn: Playlist on YouTube
- Long Way Round: Playlist on YouTube
- Long Way Down: Playlist on YouTube
- Departures: Playlist on YouTube and on watchseries.eu
- The Man Who Walked Across the World: On Google Video
- Michael Palin’s Travels: Collection on Amazon
Here is another great list of movies that will make you want to pack your bag straight away.
I would also love to see 23 Feet, which is a is film about people who make the conscious choice to live simply in order to pursue their outdoor passions.
While we’re at it, I also get really inspired in the travel department with surf films. Here is a list of some really good ones.
Also, don’t forget to check out Vimeo’s Travel Channel – it’s pretty freakin’ awesome.
Do you have any other travel documentary suggestions? Please Share! (I Will be forever Grateful!)
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