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Being at home is giving us the time to be inspired by TV and on-demand travel shows, series and live-streams – binge watching, catching-up and revisiting old favourites. This week, we’re looking at what we’ve been watching.

The Americas with Simon Reeve

Starting in Alaska, travelling over the Rockies, through California, Mexico and ending in the sub-tropics of Central America, Simon doesn’t just present the glossy overview of tourism hotspots, he really gets under the skin of these fascinating places and people.


We love travel, food and Florida in that order… so we revisited Chef this weekend, and it’s stood the test of time. It’s still heart-warming and mouth-watering and made us lust after a road trip across the USA once this is all over (starting in Little Havana in Miami of course), and gorging on a delicious Cuban sandwich (We wonder if we can master the art of making one while on lockdown?) – yum!

Race Across the World

This is one of our favourite shows currently airing on that old-fashioned thing called real-time TV. Five pairs of travellers participate in an epic race that will take them from Mexico City to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia in Argentina. The catch being that they cannot take planes, must leave their smartphones and credit cards at home, and will not have access to the internet, provided with only the cash equivalent of the airfare to help them get there. The show not only highlights some of the most amazing sights along the way, but also the fascinating interaction of each pair as their relationships change and grow along the journey. We absolutely love it and some of us are desperate to apply for the next series! All the contestants are so likeable, we even follow them all on Instagram – their live feeds when the programme airs are great for a few insider secrets!

Free Solo

Apart from being about an incredible human feat, the 2017 film, Free Solo, is also a gorgeous ad for visiting Yosemite National Park in California.

Climbing solo means unaided by rope or any gear, so if its climbing you’re wanting, there are lots of small cuts of Alex Honnold climbing, that you can view on social media (check out #freesolofilm or #madrockclimbing) or head on over to YouTube.

If you want butterflies in your stomach and sweaty palms, the film is available to buy or rent.

Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father

The travel show, which has had three seasons air now, sees comedian Jack Whitehall embark upon travel around the world accompanied by equally comedic father, Michael Whitehall. Intended as a bonding experience, the situations that arise result in some hilarious TV gold along the way.

Season one aired back in 2017 and saw the pair travel to South East Asia following a popular gap year route, visiting countries such as Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Season two covered Eastern Europe and Season three, which aired in 2019, only saw two episodes, with Jack Whitehall bowing out of his travel documentary trilogy in a decent manner, with one final blow-out in America and a surprisingly touching finale that brings the entire trip into focus.