Exploring Armchair Travel

February 21, 2024

Who doesn’t love a little adventure? Exploring foreign lands, seeing new sights, and learning about different cultures is a dream… or is it? Embark on a journey with us as we discover the joys of “Armchair Travel.”

No need for an updated passport, pricey flights, or living out of a suitcase here! Armchair Travel is just as it sounds… traveling to exotic places in the comfort of your own home, thanks to an abundance of educational and entertaining programs. And thanks to streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney+, your journey can “take off” whenever you choose.

Of course, Armchair Travel isn’t the same as actual, physical travel, but it does have its perks. For those of us who have the desire to travel the world, it is a great time-saving and money-preserving option. You don’t have to deal with airport security or delays, heavy luggage, unsavory money exchanges, or feeling jet lagged. Instead, you can experience far-off locales, learn about traditions and cultures, and view animals in their natural habitats. How else can you explore the Sistine Chapel and swim with a baby orca both on the same day? Buckle up (or don’t) and let’s go!

Let’s Explore

When it comes to Armchair Travel, there are many options thanks to modern technology. Here are some platforms and programs worth discovering.



This family-friendly documentary is an epic adventure story that follows three different animal families as they journey across the world: polar bears, humpback whales, and elephants. You’ll learn about their trials and triumphs with narration by James Earl Jones.

Gordon Ramsay Uncharted

If you’re looking for a culinary adventure, watch chef Gordon Ramsay immerse himself in new cultures, dishes, and flavors. His travels take him to Alaska, Peru, New Zealand, Hawaii, and beyond, producing a satisfying mix of flavor-seeking and globe-trotting.


Our Planet: Behind the Scenes

Narrated by David Attenborough, this stunning documentary (now a series) showcases the beauty of Earth and its wildlife. But the behind-the-scenes special is just as captivating — taking you behind the lens for a peek at the fear and excitement that accompanies the footage.

Street Food

If you like to get down to the street level and partake in true local delicacies, this is the documentary series for you. Each episode focuses on the rich culture of street food in various countries around the world.


Rick Steves’ Europe

This series specifically highlights some of the most interesting spots in Europe, as explored by beloved travel expert Rick Steves. He takes you to popular cities and off-the-beaten-path gems.

National Geographic: Incredible Animal Journeys

Narrated by Jeremy Renner, this documentary series showcases dedicated ocean moms as they bravely risk it all for the next generations. (Just try not to cry watching the sea turtles!)

Amazon Prime

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

When others (smartly) turn back, Anthony Bourdain forges on! Follow along with this travel aficionado as he discovers the world’s cultures through food, often journeying to surprising places.

Travel Buddies

If your favorite part of traveling is experiencing new things with the ones you love — invite them along! Invite your favorite travel partner over to watch along with you, or set up a date and time that you can embark on the journey together, from the convenience of your own homes.

Remember, even when physical travel isn’t a reality — the world can’t pass you by when you’re an active participant in it. You can keep seeking, learning, and exploring in creative ways. Happy trails!