Yo people - it’s November, it’s getting dark here in the UK at 4 pm, and we’re currently in Lockdown. But fear not! Good times are just around the corner; we’re going to be taking you across the globe again very shortly. We just need you to get through the rest of 2020 and then guess what; it’s time to make some memories! We can all get through the last two months of 2020, all we need is friends, family, Yorkshire puddings, red wine and of course Netflix.
‘What should I watch in lockdown?’ I hear you scream; we’ve got you covered. Although we can’t take you across the globe right now, we’ve put together a ‘must-watch’ list, that will take you from your sofa to Thailand, Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru, to name a few.
So let’s get into it, grab a Toblerone and get your Netflix crew on facetime, here’s our ‘5 Travel Shows To Watch During Lockdown 2.0’.
Yes you read that right, Zac Efron, the one from High School Musical. The guy with floppy hair that your sister fancied, yes him, well he’s turned into a pretty cool dude. Zac and wellness expert Darin Olien travel the world and look at healthier and more sustainable ways to live your life. It sounds a little woke, but it’s far from that and it’s not preachy, it’s an eye-opener. They explore an eco-village in Costa Rica, the amount of plastic bottles used in Paris and how 100% of Iceland’s energy comes from renewable sources.
He heads over to Sardinia to look into their diet, environment and genetics. Sardinia has the highest percentage of people living to 100 and beyond, their diet is thought to be the main reason behind so many of the population hitting the 100 club. Cheese, flatbread, tomatoes and WINE (woop woop) are key to the Mediterranean diet. You’ll be buzzing to hear that bee homes are on the up, he explores bee ecosystems in New York.
It’s an easy watch and also educates you at the same time, so when the smug guy at work says ‘what did you learn in lockdown, I learnt Japanese and built a treehouse’ you can reply and drop some knowledge on his smug arse!
WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix
If you haven’t heard about Race Across the World it’s time you sorted your shit out, it’s amazing. WARNING: You will have travel envy and there’s a high chance it will make you want to book on the first flight to South East Asia or Latin America. In series one, five teams start off in London and it’s a race to see who can get to Singapore in the fastest time (checkpoints along the way). The teams have £1,329 (the price of the flight) to get to Singapore, but they can’t fly.
The winners get £20,000. It takes them around 50 days, all squeezed into 6 episodes. London, France, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and all the ‘stan’s’, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. Literally a race across the world!
It’s so good, series 2 came out in Lockdown 1.0, they race from Mexico City to Ushuaia in Argentina. It makes you think could you race across the world with your mum?
WHERE TO WATCH: BBC IPLAYER
What’s the best thing about travelling? The people? The views? No, we all know it’s the food. You don’t really know a place until you’ve experienced the cuisine and that’s exactly what ‘Fuck that’s delicous’ is! American rapper, Action Bronson, explores the world via his taste buds. ‘Irish Tacos’ in Dublin, ‘The wild flavours of London’, ‘Back in Paris’ and ‘America’s food capital’ all feature in season four released in May 2020.
Action Bronson's passion for food is unreal, the fact that he’s high most of the time means that he loves the munchies. Anyway food for thought, give this a watch, you can check out the latest series on Viceland, if you check out the ‘VICE’ YouTube channel, they’ve uploaded loads of full episodes.
WHERE TO WATCH: YouTube
The OG when it comes to food and exploring the world, the man, Anthony Bourdain. The American chef fully immerse himself within international cultures by exploring international cuisine. In ‘Parts Unknown’ Anthony heads to Colombia, Peru, Congo and Libya to name a few. By understanding the food, recipes and ingredients, you then understand the culture, people and stories.
Bourdain passed away in 2018, even more reason to check out his work. Parts Unknown is on Netflix, you can’t go wrong with this one, what a legend!
WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix
Can you write a ‘what to watch blog’ and not mention David Attenborough? Of course you can’t. What a hero, we’ve already been championing him in our ‘Attenborough for president of the world’ blog, check that out HERE.
I’m sure you have, but if you’ve been living under a rock for the past month you may not have seen his latest work. CHECK IT OUT. His message is so powerful, we can all make a difference and the time to act has to be now!
Attenborough films in Chernobyl and the camera pans out, showing the natural world restoring to the lifeless town that was hit with a nuclear accident 35 years ago. If the human race isn’t around, trees and animals will still be here. It’s a powerful reminder that we’re simply guests and not owners of planet earth.
WHERE TO WATCH: Netflix
So that’s us done, hopefully, we’ve given you some inspiration. Hit us up with any of your recommendations on social media. We’re all coming out of this as more well-rounded people, in both waist and brain size ;)
Have an awesome lockdown,
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