14 Travel Movies and TV Shows Our Editors are Watching Now

Meru

Music Box Films 

If you're between trips at the moment or feeling the travel blues having just returned from a vacation, you're not alone—we've been there. But luckily, as travelers, one of our favorite ways to get away from the comfort of our couch is through film. Even though your passport might be taking a rest, it doesn't you have to stop dreaming about planning your next trip, so we've rounded up 14 films, documentaries, and TV shows to satisfy your homebound wanderlust.

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Killing Eve

Killing Eve

AMC 

This spy thriller about a London MI5 operative trying to track down a Russian assassin features many beautiful and authentic locations throughout Europe as the show's cat and mouse game heats up. Both of the show's current seasons were shot on location in London, Paris, Tuscany, Berlin, Amsterdam, and more. — Astrid Taran, senior manager, audience & partnerships

Watch on: Hulu

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Chef's Table

Chef's Table

 Netflix

Each episode of Chef's Table takes viewers into the lives and kitchens of a star chef. The Emmy-award-winning show has incredible cinematography and is one of the more contemplative cooking shows out right now. Expect lots of lingering establishing shots paired with a subdued score, evoking a true sense of reverence and awe. Each episode follows a different chef around the world, from Italy to New Zealand to Los Angeles. You'll learn about what inspires these global chefs and how they translate that inspiration into food. Since the episodes can stand alone, you can watch in any order. — Sherri Gardner, assistant editor

Watch on: Netflix

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No Reservations

No Reservation

 Travel Channel

There is no one better entry point to any destination than that of local food—and few better people to make that introduction than the late Anthony Bourdain. Watching Bourdain connect with locals over favorite dishes is both educational, mouth-watering, and often heart-warming. I can't count the amount of times a destination has ended up on my bucket-list because of one of these episodes. —Taylor McIntyre, visual editor

Watch on: Hulu

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert

 Park Circus

Following three performers as they travel across the Australian desert performing in small-town venues and drag bars, this Australian classic is a hilarious comedy and a perfect travelogue for anyone craving a trip Down Under. The film was shot on location in the Australian Outback and throughout a number of the country's small mining towns. — A.T.

Watch on: Prime Video

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Meru

Meru

Music Box Films / Jimmy Chin

If you want to push the limits from your couch, "Meru" will take your breath away. This beautifully-shot documentary follows three elite mountain climbers on their mission to ascend the infamous "Shark's Fin" route on 21,000-foot Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas. Climber and photographer Jimmy Chin partnered with Renan Ozturk and climbing legend Conrad Anker to tackle the peak—but do they succeed? You'll just have to watch to find out. — Laura Ratliff, editorial director

Watch on: Prime Video

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Our Planet

Our Planet

 Netflix

Fans of BBC's "Planet Earth" will love this Netflix Original series by the same creators that showcases the most spectacular nature around the world. Visit penguins and polar bears in the arctic, trek through jungles and rainforests, and explore vast deserts and grasslands. It's a nice mental break from the increasingly chaotic news cycle and lets your mind wander to the most remote places on the planet. Plus, who couldn't use a little more of David Attenborough's soothing voice as narrator? — Jamie Hergenrader, senior editor

Watch on: Netflix

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Tales of the City

Tales of the City

 Nino Munoz / Netflix

Based on the books by Armistead Maupin and originally aired as a PBS miniseries in the early '90s, this show follows the story of secretary Mary Ann Singleton, who moves from Ohio to San Francisco in the '70s seeking to find new adventure and befriends many colorful characters upon her arrival. The series, wholly filmed in San Francisco, is a love letter to the City by the Bay. It boasts a massive cult following and even produced a 2019 reboot, which moved forward the story from the '70s to the modern-day. — A.T.

Watch on: Netflix

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Mad Men

Mad Men

Lionsgate 

Since we're going to be stuck at home for a while, now's the time to finally binge that long-awaited show that you've been putting off. For me, that's "Mad Men." Living in Manhattan, watching New York-based shows is always inspiring, and it's especially fun to catch "Mad Men's" Easter eggs, which offer glimpses of modern Manhattan through a mid-century lens. Sure, it was a vastly different time (the days of the three-martini lunch are long gone for most), but that nostalgia can be a fun way to appreciate the city, whether you know it well, or are planning to visit. — Emily Manchester, senior analyst, SEO & growth

Watch on: Netflix

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The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky

 Recorded Picture Company

Vast and beautiful, this film immediately inspired me to want to travel more—but differently. I had grown up going mainly to see the typical sights (castles, churches, museums, etc.), but the poetic vision of "The Sheltering Sky" caused me to want to roam and wander more, to discover without as much planning. I eventually ended up seeing many of the filming locations, Ouarzazate and Tamnougalt in Morocco among them, and one of the film's opening lines, "We're not tourists, we're travelers," has guided my travel decisions ever since. — Todd Coleman, creative content director

Watch on: Amazon Video ($2.99)

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Amélie

Amélie

Lionsgate

This French comedy starring Audrey Tautou features iconic Parisian backdrops that will make you feel like you've just been transported to the streets of Montmartre. Shot in more than 80 locations through Paris, the story follows Amélie, a shy waitress who makes it her mission to make other people smile, and finds love along the way. — A.T.

Watch on: Hulu

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Mirage Enterprises

 

This adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel by the same name is both thrilling and wanderlust-inducing. Shot almost entirely on location in Italy, Positano and small villages on Ischia and Procida played the part of fictional Mongibello. In this Italian seaside town, the drama between Dickie Greenleaf and Tom Ripley plays out. Other famous landmarks in the flick: Rome's Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, and Venice's Caffe Florian. — L.R.

Watch on: Netflix

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

 Park Circus

Directed by Sofia Coppola, this film about an aging actor and a recent college graduate who find themselves navigating culture shock in Tokyo features atmospheric views of the titular Japanese city it was filmed in. Anyone who sees this film will dream of visiting its real-life filming locations, including the karaoke bars of Udagawacho, the neon lights of Shinjuku, and the luxurious New York Bar in Shinjuku Park Tower, where the main characters meet for the first time. — A.T.

Watch on: Netflix

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Outlander

Outlander

Starz

I'm a little late to the game on this one, but this time at home is allowing me to catch up on some of the most buzzworthy shows from the past few years! This show on Netflix not only takes you to the Highlands of Scotland, but you're also transported between two different centuries (the mid-1900s and mid-1700s) as you follow Claire's strange journey through time. Get a glimpse of Scotland's gorgeous scenery—seriously, you could watch this on mute just for the sweeping landscapes in the background—and immerse yourself in an entirely different country and time period. — J.H.

Watch on: Netflix

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Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise

Castle Rock Entertainment

One of the most romantic films of all time, part one of Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy introduces the world to Jesse and Celine, who meet on a train to Vienna and begin a whirlwind, decades-long relationship that spans three films. The film primarily revolves around quiet conversations had between the two lovers, and as Jesse and Celine walk the streets of Vienna, you'll be whisked away on an evening stroll around one of Europe's most beautiful cities. — A.T.

Watch on: Amazon Video ($2.99)

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