In my pre-travel writing days, I wouldn’t think much about having one major vacation per year. It’s pretty much the American norm. Now that my soul has been awaken, I feel a huge loss not being somewhere new every couple of months.
Currently, my reality has me mellowing out at home, until June when I start my full-time travel life for an unknown period of time. Between now and then, I’m traveling vicariously through others within the pages of a magazine, fellow bloggers and Netflix.
To ease my wandering spirit, though I’m not a big TV fan, I have a few favorite shows that helps me dream, plan and see new sights.
Here are my faves:
The Long Way Round
In 2004, Ewan McGregor (Star Wars – Obi Wan Kenobi) and his best mate Charley Boorman circle the world. Traveling on motorcycles from London to New York covering 12 countries, 20,000 miles in only 115-days.
Due to the timeline, the guys don’t spend much time in any one location, yet…. you get the gist of each place. This is a journey that deserves an encore.
Which brings us to…..
The Long Way Down
Once again the guys jump on their bikes for an adventure of a lifetime. The duo heads down to Cape Town, Africa in this series departing from John O’ Groats, Scotland. Ewan and Charley make tracks over 18 European and African countries in 85-days. This is one epic ride!
Thank you, Ewan and Charley…. The Long Way Round/Down have inspires me to motorbike around the world, when the opportunity arrives (travel partner wanted for motorcycle shenanigans … any takers?….huh?, huh?).
By Any Means – Ireland to Sydney
Charley Boorman sets off from Wicklow, Ireland to Sydney, Australia using 112 different types of transportation, appropriate to each country, making the journey through 24 countries. No easy jumping on a plane here. This BBC series captures Charley getting to his destination through any means possible, as stated in title. For those of us that want adventure and open to all possible ways to get from point A to point B, this show really gets you thinking. Especially for travelers who are more ballsy.
Check out Charley’s adventure as he takes a variety of buses, trains, tuk tuks, trucks, rickshaws, ships and even an elephant to arrive in Sydney.
(*I do not support elephant transportation due to cruelty)
By Any Means – Sydney to Tokyo
Charley’s now tackling Sydney, Australia to Tokyo, Japan – via Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan.
There’s only 6 episodes in this series, but it’s one sweet ride.
The Long Way series and By Any Means displays how friendly people are all over the world. Of course, there are horrible beings no matter the country, but overall, people are people no matter where you go.
This El Camino De Santiago film stars father and son team, Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Sheen’s character walks the Camino in honor of his son (Estevez) who died at the start of his pilgrimage walk from Saint Jean-Pied-du-Port (the French Way) to Santiago De Compostela.
Pilgrims have been making the trek to St. James’s tomb since the middle ages. There are 12 main waymarked routes. The most popular route is the French Way. All but 3 routes (Camino Portuguese, Camino Finisterre and Camino Ingles) merge into Camino Francés. On each route when you come into a new city, you receive an official stamp which marks your Camino passport. When you arrive in Santiago De Compostela you are awarded an official document, with your name, for your achievement.
Everyone walks the Camino for their own personal reasons. It’s on my list simply to say I did it.
To get the upgraded stamp book, tell the clerks that it’s for spiritual reasons.
An Idiot Abroad
Okay, I love this series! Ricky Gervais sends his travel phobic friend around the world. Not only do you get to see some great places, Karl is hilarious. He doesn’t pretend he is okay with the accommodations, people and detours that Ricky puts him through.
Simply funny stuff here folks.
Okay, your turn….
Do you have a favorite travel show to help you escape reality?