Kirtey Verma | 27 March 2020

14 of the best travel tv shows to watch on demand.

Epic landscapes, interesting characters and cool cultures – we transport you to the best places in the world right from the comfort of your sofa, with these top travel shows on Netflix, iPlayer and others…

While you may be hitting pause on your adventures, you can still be transported somewhere wild – using your TV remote as your passport to exotic climes, instead.

Chances are you’ve seen everything travel legends David Attenborough and Simon Reeve have done, but if you’re looking for inspiration for your next trip, sweeping landscapes and interesting characters to meet, take a look at our round-up of th e best travel documentaries available to stream right now…

Best of all, you can start this journey on the couch.

Here are the best travel TV shows to watch on Netflix or on demand now...

1. the americas with simon reeve (2019).

What you’ll watch: It topped the list for best TV show at our 2020 Reader Travel Awards, but if you haven’t yet seen  The Americas with Simon Reeve , put it straight on top of your must-watch list.

And when you’ve binged on his journeys hiking through the Rocky Mountains, hanging out with the US Border Patrol in Texas and discovering a tropical paradise in Costa Rica, you can turn to his other documentaries: the Caribbean, Australia, the Mediterranean, and Indian Ocean.

If there’s anywhere this man hasn’t been or seen, we challenge you to find it.

Where to watch it: The Americas with Simon Reeve is available to watch in full on BBC iPlayer . Plus see Simon accept his Wanderlust award !

2. Race Across The World (2020)

What you'll watch:  Limited cash, no smartphones and forget about internet access – basically all the ingredients for an epic off-the-grid adventure.

In the latest series of the BBC's  Race Across The World , you can follow five teams as they race the length of Latin America, starting in Mexico City and ending in Ushuaia in Argentina, the most southerly city in the world.

Married couples and familial bonds are put to the test, as they weave friendships in the most unexpected of places on their way to the finish line. And if you can't wait until next week's episode, you can binge on series one as well. What's better than that?

Where to watch it: Catch up on series two of Race Across The World on BBC iPlayer . And read our filming locations guide .

3. Joanna Lumley's Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti (2020)

Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti is on ITV Player now (ITV)

Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti is on ITV Player now (ITV)

What you'll watch: She's one of our favourite tour guides, taking us everywhere from India to the mighty Silk Road  – it is, of course, the absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley.

Let her lead you into a lesser-seen side of the Caribbean in her new two-part documentary, Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti, which begins in a boxing gym in the lively Cuban capital.

Keep watching as she wanders the streets of Havana, discovers  Hemingway’s favourite beach and explores Fidel Castro’s hometown, before  making her way over the Windward Passage to end her adventure with trips to ancient mountain fortresses and a mystical voodoo ceremony in Haiti.

Where to watch it: Catch up on  Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti  on ITV Player   now. 

4. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (2018)

What to watch:   If delicious food is at the very top of your reasons-to-travel list,  Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat  is the Netflix show to tune into.

Culinary capers abound as loveable chef  Samin Nosrat takes us to Italy, Japan, Mexico and California to show us how the title elements are key to the cuisine of each country.

Where to watch it: See   Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat  on Netflix now. 

5. Ugly Delicious (2020)

What to watch: H ungry for more? Try Netflix's  Ugly Delicious  – there are two series to devour, as chef David Chang takes us to culinary hotspots across the world, showing us why good cooking is universal.

He meets everyone from pizza purists in Brooklyn and Naples to trying Viet-Cajun fusion cuisine in Houston. 

Where to watch it: Catch the new series of  Ugly Delicious  on Netflix . 

6. Night on Earth (2020)

What to watch:  Even when you're travelling, you don't get to see some of the most incredible sights - because some of them happen under the very cover of darkness.

In Netflix's Night on Earth , you can see this world open up before you, witnessing the secret lives of lions, bats and monkeys. Eerie and visually compelling stuff.

Where to watch it:  Night on Earth is on Netflix now. 

7. James May: Our Man In Japan (2020)

What you'll watch:  We know you loved Japan with Sue Perkins , but now that's it not available on iPlayer… how about racing through the island country with James May, instead?

Starting on the chilly northern island of Hokkaido, James embarks on a journey south to the balmy beaches of Shikoku and Kyushu, while meeting samurai in Honshu, sampling street food in Osaka and, of course, tackling the Suzuka Circuit on his way. 

Where to watch it:  Watch  James May: Our Man in Japan  on Amazon Prime now. 

8. Travel Man: 48 Hours in… (2019)

What you'll watch:  Richard Ayoade's droll two-day jaunts through cities across the world has provided us all with laughs since 2015.

While 2019's series was his last as lead presenter, we can still look forward to more Travel Man in the future as Hugo Boss – aka the the comedian formerly known as Joe Lycett – takes over the role.

If you haven't seen 48 Hours in… Amsterdam , it's the perfect episode to get a feel for Hugo's personality and learn more about the city's culture, cuisine and canals. 

Where to watch it: Find the past ten series of Travel Man: 48 Hours in… on All 4 .

9. Great Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo (2019)

What you'll watch:  Thousands of British commuters have  plenty to say about UK train travel, but in the hands of Michael Portillo, the divisive subject matter seems to take on a golden glow of nostalgia.

You know best, after all – you voted for the BBC's  Great Railway Journeys  as one of your top TV programmes in the last year.

Delving into the history of British rail, Michael reveals things we never knew about our local stations, including how an unlikely collaboration between London’s Crossrail railway project and a conservation charity is helping to protect birdlife in Series 11's Limehouse to Rochford episode. 

Where to watch it:  Look out for your local station on  Great British Railway Journeys   on iPlayer. 

10. Around the World in 80 Days (1989)

What to watch:  It's an oldie, but definitely a goodie – what could be better than staying in and getting a glimpse of how the world used to be with TV icon Michael Palin?

In Around the World in 80 Days , Michael follows in the footsteps of its main character Phileas Fogg, setting off on an epic adventure from London's Reform Club across the world.

Close shaves, missed connections and inevitable delays await as he desperately attempts to meet the 80-day deadline in time. A delicious throwback to a simpler time. 

Where to watch it:  Watch  Around the World in 80 Days on iPlayer . 

11. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013)

What to watch:  The late Anthony Bourdain's Emmy-winning travel series is a must-watch for any traveller whose adventures are driven by a passion for excellent food.

Parts Unknown sees the world-renowned chef and documentarian delve into cuisines, cultures and politics in countries across the globe. Essentially, he eats his way around the world. 

With 12 seasons covering countless destinations (Vietnam and New York said to be two of his favourites), the later seasons take viewers on an off-the-beaten-track culinary journey through Armenia, Uruguay, Myanmar and beyond. 

Where to watch it: You can stream the series on Amazon Prime now.

12. Dark Tourist (2018)

What to watch: If you've watched the majority of travel TV already, here's one that may have slipped by you.

TV presenter David Farrier deep dives into so-called 'dark tourism': worldwide interest in visiting sites of nuclear disasters, destinations marred by danger or even death. If you've been to Chernobyl and Pripyat in Ukraine, you'll understand the fascination.

You can expect to see a trip to Turkmenistan, a visit to Pablo Escobar's former playground, Medellin in Colombia, as well as an excursion to Tomioka in Japan, the ghost town left behind after residents were evacuated following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. 

Where to watch it: You can stream one season of  Dark Tourist now on Netflix .

And… anything narrated by Sir David Attenborough

13. our planet (2019).

14. Seven Worlds, One Planet (2019)

What you'll watch: Of course, no list of travel documentaries is complete without an appearance from the legend that is Sir David Attenborough.

Most of his back catalogue is listed on Netflix, including the original  Our Planet and the BBC's iconic   Planet Earth  and  Frozen Planet.  

You can also listen to Sir David's dulcet tones on BBC iPlayer - as he takes us through  Seven Worlds, One Planet , introducing us to some of the globe's most hostile habitats and remote landscapes, while narrating the fascinating behaviour of the local creatures, such as golden snub-nosed monkeys and grey-headed albatross chicks . 

Where to watch it: Find  Our Planet   along with most of Sir David's past shows on Netflix or catch up on  Seven Worlds, One Planet on iPlayer now. 

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My New Aim: To Become One of the Top UK Travel Presenters

By Author Macca Sherifi

Posted on Last updated: January 2, 2024

After years and years of not knowing what I wanted or where I was going in the world of blogging, I’m finally comfortable with saying I want to be a UK travel presenter!

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This is something that I’ve only just become comfortable with saying, but I want to be a travel presenter. As in, an actual travel presenter with my own show.

I’ve always wanted to inspire people to travel and see the world, to inspire them to do something different on the road, but now I want to do that on a bigger platform by having my own show.

Pretty big dreams and aspirations there, but hey, aim big, right?

It’s funny, when I first started out as a journalist in 2011 I had a clear career path.

I started off as a sub-editor, then I became an online content editor, then I became the travel editor. I knew exactly what my career progression was going – it was simple but I liked it.

Then, when I became a full-time blogger in 2016, that all stopped. I stopped progressing.

Us bloggers are like chameleons – we’ll call ourselves anything to fit the situation or job were working on, and I’m as guilty as anyone else of doing that.

When people ask what I do, I say I’m a blogger, a photographer and a presenter – an all-round content creative looking to produce the best content I possibly can.

It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?

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Me being a travel presenter for Lonely Planet in Turkey

That’s the thing about bloggers though. We aren’t’ just one thing, but we’re everything.

We’re business owners, online marketing managers, social media strategists, photo editors, videographers – everything all wrapped up in one bundle.

You ask any blogger where they see themselves in five years’ time and you’ll be greeted with the same stuttering silence “err… in five years? I don’t know – still blogging?”

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Where are you going to be in five years’ time?

Working in an industry with no clear career progression it’s hard to focus on just one thing. Instead, most of us concentrate on hitting milestones – 10,000 followers on Instagram , 100,000 page views per month – those sorts of things.

However, after being a full-time content creator for the past two and a half years I’m really struggling with that question “where do you see yourself in  five years’ time?”

I think, finally, I have an answer.

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This year I’ve been on some truly incredible trips.

I worked on a big production with Eddie the Eagle all around Austria, a series I co-presented. I’ve been to Abu Dhabi with Lonely Planet , a series that’s going to be shown on all Etihad flights around the world.

It’s not easy working 12-hour days when you’re expected to “switch it on” in an instant, but I love the challenges of presenting and showcasing new destinations to millions of people.

Almost without realising it, I’ve been picking up projects as a presenter, and do you know what, I love it.

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In the back of my mind I’ve always had a plan, I’ve always known where I’ve wanted my career to go.

It’s only now I’m happy to tell you about it. The question is, where will you be in five years’ time?

For those of you who follow my blog An Adventurous World, you’ll know it’s quite rare for me to be so open and honest. I’d love to know what you think of these types of posts though and whether you’d like to see more of them so please let me know in the comments below!

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Macca Sherifi

Macca Sherifi is the founder of the multiple award-winning blogs An Adventurous World and the Great British Bucket List. Every month he inspires over 200,000 avid readers to travel the world.

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Friday 6th of March 2020

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Sunday 8th of March 2020

Thank you so much!

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Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience to us! Loved your content. Keep posting more.

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Around the world in 50 series: the best TV travel shows of all time — and how to watch them

Take a 50,000-mile odyssey with michael palin, revisit some classic attenborough and tackle patagonia with the top gear team. these are the programmes to spark your wanderlust.

David Attenborough on location for Frozen Planet

BEST FOR FOODIES

Rick Stein’s Long Weekends The Cornish-based chef packs his weekend bag for jaunts to Copenhagen, Cadiz, Thessaloniki and Palermo, ticking off the highlights in each city, sampling signature dishes and meeting local chefs along the way. Back at home in Padstow, Stein knocks up favourite dishes from his travels. Available on iPlayer

James Martin’s French Adventure Culinary worlds collide as the chef James Martin tours France’s famous-for-food regions in Keith Floyd’s old Citroën 2CV. Expect lashings of inspiration for your kitchen (and future holidays) as Martin travels from the St Émilion wine region to Paris, via the Dordogne, St Tropez and the Alps, trying his hand at speaking French along the way. Available on Britbox

Samin Nosrat in Salt Fat Acid Heat

Salt Fat Acid Heat Samin Nosrat, the author of the bestselling cookbook Salt Fat Acid Hea t , hits the road in a bid to explore the four pillars to successful cooking. The four episodes each tackle one element as Nosrat travels from Italy to California, via Japan and the Yucatan. Available on Netflix

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown The late chef’s globe-trotting adventures take him to Peru, Colombia and Libya on a mission to throw a spotlight on less-visited places. He meets locals and learns how their different food and dining experiences add to the destinations’ rich cultures. Available on Amazon Prime

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Gino’s Italian Escape Gino D’Acampo returns to his homeland, travelling the length and breadth of Italy, unearthing culinary secrets and whipping up mouthwatering dishes. Available on Britbox

Rick Stein's Seafood Odyssey

Rick Stein’s Seafood Odyssey In a series first broadcast in 1999, the (rather younger-looking) Stein travels to seven countries, from India to Australia, picking up new recipe ideas and sampling unusual ingredients. For those who enjoy his more recent series, this is a blast from the past that should be enjoyed with a chilled glass of chardonnay in hand. Available on iPlayer

BEST FOR WANNABE ADVENTURERS

Full Circle with Michael Palin Over nearly a year the comedian-turned-TV presenter embarked on a 50,000-mile odyssey around the globe visiting 18 countries. Palin and crew started in 1995 on the Diomede Islands between Alaska and Russia, with the intent of making a full anticlockwise trip around the Pacific Rim, but bad weather at the end of the journey resulted in filming being abandoned two miles from the finish. With a steamer-ride down the Yangtze, a derailment in the Andes and a beauty contest in Hanoi this series can’t fail to entertain. Available on Britbox

Joanna Lumley’s journey along the Silk Road

Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure Lumley embarks on an ambitious journey, travelling 7,500 miles along the ancient Silk Road, starting in Venice and visiting eight countries en route to China. In a trusty 1960s, Soviet-built GAZ truck, she meets characters from nuclear physicists to film stars along the way. Available on Amazon Prime

Tropic of Capricorn with Simon Reeve Simon Reeve has followed the equator around the world, but in this four-part BBC documentary he’s doing so by tracking the southern edge of the Tropics. Close encounters with hungry cheetahs, soup made from the penis of the zebu, and a heart-breaking visit to an Aboriginal community are just some of the highlights. Beautifully shot, this series shows off some of the world’s harshest environments, from the Andes mountains to the Namib and Kalahari deserts. Available on iPlayer

Tropic of Cancer with Simon Reeve

Tropic of Cancer with Simon Reeve This time Reeve uses the Tropic of Cancer as his guide — visiting 18 countries en route. Beginning on the beaches of Mexico’s Pacific coast, Reeve travels east across the Caribbean, on to the Sahara, crossing borders in north Africa, including dodging the Moroccan secret police in the western Sahara, and then on through the deserts of Arabia and the remote jungles of Asia, finishing in Hawaii. Available on iPlayer

Joanna Lumley’s Japan Lumley’s charm and curiosity serve her well as she travels to the far reaches of Japan during this three-part series. From the subtropical islands of the south to the icy Siberian seas in the north, Lumley travels the length and breadth of the country, with visits to the Fukushima exclusion zone, the island of Shikoku and Kyoto at the height of cherry-blossom season. Available on Amazon Prime

Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure Italy, Cuba, Paris and Key West — 100 years after the birth of Ernest Hemingway, Palin set off, in 1999, on a globe-trotting mission to discover the man behind the legend. This four-part romp charts the travels of the hard-drinking author and journalist. It will make you thirsty. Available on iPlayer

India with Sanjeev Bhaskar

India with Sanjeev Bhaskar Broadcast in 2007 to mark the 60th anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan, this four-part series follows the comedian and writer of The Kumars at No 42 as he journeys across India. Visiting Jaipur, Calcutta, Delhi and Mumbai, Bhaskar meets people from diverse backgrounds, including a handful of his relatives, and tackles India’s eccentricities with a sense of humour. Available on iPlayer

Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days In a series first broadcast in 1989, Palin follows in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg circumnavigating the globe by land and sea. Palin, and his five-strong film crew — collectively named Passepartout after Fogg’s manservant — follow the original route as closely as possible, but face setbacks, including Palin ditching most of his crew to board a Yugoslavian freighter, where he and cameraman Nigel Meakin work as deckhands. Available on iPlayer

BEST FOR DAREDEVILS

Marooned With Ed Stafford Think lockdown is hard? Try being Ed Stafford. In these two series of Marooned the adventurer is stranded in a different remote and extreme environment for ten days without food, water or even a knife. From Botswana to the Arizona desert, and Patagonia to Namibia, how will he fare? It’s nail-biting stuff. Available on Amazon Prime

Win the Wilderness: Alaska

Win the Wilderness: Alaska With its vast wilderness and hulking glaciers, Alaska is one of the most impressive and remote parts of the world. In this new series, six British couples compete to win a three-storey home, built by Duane and Rena Ose over 30 years, and more than 100 miles from the nearest road. The couples face four physical tests in this challenging environment in their bid to score the house. Available on iPlayer

Extreme Everest with Ant Middleton The former Marine and chief instructor on SAS: Who Dares Wins faces one of his toughest challenges — reaching the 8,848m summit of the world’s highest mountain. This three-part series follows Middleton as he, the film-maker Ed Wardle and a team of Sherpas attempt to reach the peak, battling against nature including a life-threatening storm. Available on All 4

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in Long Way Round

Long Way Round The year was 2004 and friends Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman had a plan to motorcycle 20,000 miles and cross 12 countries and 19 time zones in just 115 days as they accelerated from London to New York. The resulting series, Long Way Round , is gripping with breakdowns, the odd accident and troubles at border crossings, and the duo’s chemistry makes for easy watching. Fans will also enjoy the sequel, Long Way Down , in which the duo travel from John o’ Groats to Cape Town. Available on Amazon Prime

Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild Join friendly Fogle as he meets the people who have swapped the rat race for living off-grid. Highlights of the 11-series show are available to watch on My5. These include New Zealand, where Fogle meets Britons Tim and Lucy and their two daughters, who traded life in London for a yurt on a riverbank; and Sweden, where Italian Annalisa is developing a forest hideaway to share with her toddler. Available on My5

Race Across the World

Race Across the World (series two) Five couples compete to race from Mexico City to Ushuaia in Argentina without the use of smartphones — or planes. The teams are also forbidden to use credit cards and are given only the cash equivalent of their airfares from the starting point to the finishing line. There are five checkpoints en route, and when the kitty dries up, the teams must find ways to earn cash. Available on iPlayer

Michael Palin in North Korea Being granted access to the secretive communist state of North Korea is no mean feat at the best of times — let alone rolling in with television cameras. In this two-part documentary series, Palin tours the country, from the capital Pyongyang to the snowy peaks of Mount Paektu, flanked (at all times) by two “guides” who are members of the regime. Available on Britbox

BEST FOR WILDLIFE LOVERS

David Attenborough — The Early Years In 2013 the BBC aired a special one-off programme in which Attenborough recalled moments from his early broadcasting career. It’s a fascinating insight into the life of the natural historian. Better still is the accompanying series of BBC Four Collections that were first broadcast between 1955 and 1969 and have been reissued as 30-minute standalone documentaries. From a visit to Australia’s Northern Territory in 1963 to Attenborough’s meeting with a Fijian firewalker in 1960, the series is a captivating delve into our national treasure’s vast archive. Available on iPlayer

Judi Dench in Borneo

Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure Marvel at the beauty of Borneo’s untouched rainforests with Judi Dench by your side. The actress and her partner, David Mills, join a crocodile hunt on the country’s mightiest river, the Kinabatangan, explore the coral that fringes the shores of the tropical island, and visit an orangutan sanctuary. This is a heart-warming series with gorgeous visuals. Available on Britbox

Planet Earth Five years in the making, the first BBC nature programme to be filmed in high definition and the most expensive natural history series commissioned by Auntie, Planet Earth needs little introduction. Broadcast in 2006 and narrated by David Attenborough, it picked up four Emmy awards, and remains one of the greatest nature documentaries ever made. Available on iPlayer

Frozen Planet Another winner from the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol, Frozen Planet sees David Attenborough go to the ends of the Earth, giving viewers the chance to experience the polar regions’ four seasons. It’s a tear-jerker. Available on iPlayer

Wild Wales Who says adventures have to involve going long-haul? In this mini-series, filmed over a year, TV presenter Iolo Williams explores the rugged landscapes and flora and fauna of Wales, where he’s from. This beautifully shot documentary takes you from Cardigan Bay to the Brecon Beacons’ waterfalls. Available on Britbox

Life on Earth

Life on Earth: A Natural History by David Attenborough Broadcast in 1979, the whole series of Life on Earth is now available on BBC iPlayer. Presented by David Attenborough, the series follows the format established by Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation and sees the presenter cross the globe as he charts the evolution of life on the planet. Available on BBC iPlayer

BEST FOR COMEDY

The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan (series two) The comedian and TV presenter doesn’t give himself an easy ride in his travels to some of the most unlikely corners of the planet. In the series available now, Ranganathan visits colonial cities in Colombia, tries wrestling in Mongolia and bunks up in a “war hostel” in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Available on BBC iPlayer

The Trip Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s fictionalised foodie tours quickly gained a cult following. Although they went on to tackle Europe, the best series remains the original, with the friends touring the restaurants of northern England. Expect outrageous impressions, heated arguments and banter galore. Available on Google Play and Amazon Prime

An Idiot Abroad Warning: this is not a series for serious travellers after intelligent conversation. The “idiot” here is Karl Pilkington, the uncultured friend of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, dispatched by the pair on overseas jaunts. His adventures in China, India and Italy are available to view; expect food antipathy, accommodation complaints and lack of enthusiasm for the culture. Available on Google Play

Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip to Italy

The Trip to Italy Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, after the success of the original UK series, return for a tour of Italy, travelling from Camogli in the north to Capri in the south, enjoying the best of the country’s gastronomy in some of its top restaurants. If you don’t fancy the whole six-part series, the spin-off feature-length film streams on Netflix. Available on Google Play

Travel Man Richard Ayoade partners with a different comedy star for each episode of his irreverent 48-hour city-guide series: Paul Rudd in Helsinki, Rob Delaney in Seville, Dawn French in Athens. The humour’s dry; their reactions tongue-in-cheek. They’re less in-depth guides, more like weekends away with your funniest mates. You’ll want in. Available on All 4

Jack Whitehall and his father Michael

Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father (Southeast Asia) Comedian Jack and his fuddy-duddy father, Michael, set their sights on southeast Asia in the first series of this light-hearted “odd couple” programme. En route Jack takes Michael to a full moon party in Phuket and on a rickety train journey through Cambodia. Available on Netflix

Top Gear: Patagonia Special Filming of the double-episode 2014 Top Gear Christmas special sparked a diplomatic incident — Argentinians believed Jeremy Clarkson’s Porsche numberplate H982 FKL was a provocative reference to the Falklands War, and crew and presenters had to flee — but it still aired as planned. Whatever your feelings on the politics, there’s no denying the breathtaking sights as Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May take a 1,600-mile spin through Patagonia. Available on Britbox

Fred Sirieix, Gordon Ramsay and Gino D'Acampo

Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip The trio’s latest road trip, which has just aired on ITV, takes in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Texas and Tijuana, with Gordon Ramsay hell-bent on showing Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix the best of American dining. And the rest: amuse-bouches along the way include dune-buggy racing, goat yoga, spear fishing, cowboy capers and wild wrestling. Available on ITV Hub

BEST FOR RAIL, WATERWAYS AND THE HIGH SEAS

Great Canal Journeys Join Timothy West and Prunella Scales as they cast off along the canals of Britain and farther afield. The couple’s obvious affection for each other and their frank conversations about Prunella’s dementia are heart-warming. Follow them along Birmingham’s waterways to the Gota Canal in Sweden and even India. Available on All 4

Jane McDonald with cruise-ship staff

Cruising with Jane McDonald In the Bafta award-winning programme, the former cruise-ship singer takes us behind the scenes on everything from mega ocean-going vessels to nimble river ships. It’s easy viewing as Yorkshire-born McDonald, known for her infectious laughter and natural warmth, gets stuck in to fine food, entertainment and sights. Available on Britbox

Joanna Lumley’s Tran-Siberian Adventure

Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure Lumley boards the 9,289km Trans-Siberian Express to take the world’s longest railway trip from Hong Kong, where she spent some of her childhood, to Moscow. Hopping on and off, Lumley takes in the Great Wall and Gobi Desert, and charms everyone she meets (darling). The geopolitics adds interest; in China Lumley, who campaigned fiercely for the Gurkhas, quietly shows her disapproval at the country’s treatment of Tibet. Available on Britbox

Great British Railway Journeys Celebrated for his encyclopaedic train knowledge and eccentric fashion choices, Michael Portillo, the former Tory politician, takes viewers on a UK-wide rail adventure. Eleven series of the programme have aired; a selection of episodes from series nine, covering southern England and Wales, are available now. Available on BBC iPlayer

Sue Perkins travels the Mekong River

Mekong River with Sue Perkins Set sail with Sue Perkins on her 3,000-mile journey up the Mekong, the mighty southeast Asian river. Travelling through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China, Perkins meets a brilliant cast of people living on the banks of the river, attends the Dai water-splashing festival, and joins a wildlife rescue team releasing rescued macaques back into the rainforest. Available on Google Play

Great Railway Journeys (series two) Although the BBC made four series of Great Railway Journeys , only series two, aired in 1994, can still be viewed online. This series takes in South Africa, Bolivia and Uzbekistan among many other destinations, with episodes presented by rail enthusiasts Clive Anderson, Michael Palin, Natalia Makarova, Mark Tully, Rian Malan and Lisa St Aubin de Terán. Available on BBC iPlayer

BEST FOR GOING BEHIND THE SCENES

British Airways: 100 Years in the Sky Our flag-carrier airline may have all but grounded its fleet for the time being, but cast your mind back to last year and you might remember BA banging the drum in celebration of its 100th anniversary. This two-part documentary goes behind the scenes and inside cockpits, sweeping from the days when passengers sat in wicker chairs to the super-jumbos of today. Available on Britbox

Great British Royal Ships The broadcaster Rob Bell embarks on a voyage to discover the history of two royal yachts, Britannia and Queen Mary , in this two-part series. From royal deaths to abdications and daring rescue missions, the series gives an insight into the secrets behind two ships that helped to shape our nation’s history. Available on Britbox

Paddington Station 24/7 (series one and two) Go behind the scenes at one of Britain’s busiest railway stations as travel disruption causes passenger tempers to fray, a terror threat prompts the station’s evacuation and Great Western Railway launches its new rolling stock. Available on Britbox

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The Flying Scotsman Flying Scotsman has broken records, starred on the big screen and won the hearts of Scottish and English rail enthusiasts alike. Built in 1923, it’s arguably the world’s most famous locomotive; it covered more than two million miles until retirement from regular service in 1963. This two-part documentary, presented by Rob Bell, explores its stirring history, from its day-job hurtling along the East Coast Mainline to jaunts to the US and Canada. Available on Britbox

The QE2 Now a luxury hotel moored in Dubai, the luxury Queen Elizabeth 2 was hailed a “miracle” when she set sail in 1969 for almost 40 years’ service. This two-part series charts the ship’s magnificent history — from construction to retirement — and explores how it was not the sale of tickets but the on-board casinos that kept her afloat financially. Available on Britbox

Inside Claridge’s Head beyond the lobby in one of London’s swankiest hotels. The three-part series, directed by Jane Treays, won acclaim for its storylines and for her acute off-screen questioning. Filmed in 2012, the series includes the build-up to the London Olympics and preparations for a royal visit. Available on Britbox

Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport This is the show that introduces us to some of the 76,000 men and women whose job it is to keep the show on the road — and get the planes in the sky — at what is normally Britain’s busiest airport. Stand by for royal arrivals, medical emergencies and time with the police sniffer dogs. Available on ITV Hub

Inside King’s Cross: The Railway Keeping 30 million passengers on the move each year poses challenges that make for fascinating viewing in this fly-on-the-wall documentary following staff at King’s Cross. From stricken commuter trains to the chaos of the Christmas getaway, there are tears, tantrums and — with the arrival of new Azuma trains — celebrations. Available on Britbox

The Jumbo Jet: 50 Years in the Sky The original jumbo jet, the Boeing 747, caught the imagination of the travelling public when it entered commercial service in 1969 because of its iconic two-deck nose. Commissioned for the 50th anniversary in 2019, this two-part documentary charts the history of “the plane that shrank the world”, from the golden age of air travel to the no-frills flying we have come to know. Available on Britbox

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34 Best travel TV Shows to Binge watch this year!

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Are you looking for some amazing travel TV shows to feed your wanderlust?

There is nothing better than watching inspiring travel TV shows when you don’t get to travel. They are entertaining, helpful to plan your travels and open your mind (and heart) to new places.

I absolutely love watching travel shows on TV. While it’s true that I prefer doing the actual travelling, I’m like everybody else and I also enjoy staying at home and dreaming of my next destinations.

I spend a lot of time watching travel shows and find it to be not just entertaining, but enlightening!

Sometimes you will discover underrated places that you would have never thought of going. And that’s the great thing about it, you don’t only get to learn about the places you want to go. You discover new places!

It’s also a very good way to learn more about the culture of these places.

As you may know, I love discovering new cultures. I find all of them so incredibly interesting. Foreign languages, food, history… there is just so much to discover. It’s so interesting and exciting!

Here are some of the best travel TV shows to watch now!

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1. Jack Whitehall: Travels with my father

Jack Whitehall is a famous British comedian. He is mainly known to be the posh lad in Fresh Meat (filmed in Manchester by the way 😉 ).

In real life, Jack Whitehall actually is a very posh Londoner. He comes from a wealthy family and never got the chance to go backpacking as many young people do.

On top of that, he always had quite a difficult relationship with his dad, who is 79.

This is why, in 2017, Jack Whitehall invites his dad, Michael, to go backpacking with him in Asia for a Netflix original series .

By that, I mean proper backpacking. Sleeping in hostels, taking cheap transportation, carrying a backpack… and guess what, his dad said yes!

This show is absolutely hilarious and a perfect mix between comedy and travel. If you need something to cheer you up and make you dream of foreign lands, it’s the perfect choice!

In the first season, they travel through countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

It’s so funny to watch as the dad is quite a character. He is a very posh person and obviously not quite happy about the lack of comfort.

If you like British humour, Jack and Michael Whitehall will crack you up!

The show had so much success that it was renewed for a second season in Europe . A continent that Michael famously voted to leave! In the third season, they go to America and here again, it takes a whole new dimension.

Give it a try, you will be hooked straight from the first episode! It’s so funny and arguably the best travel reality show on Netflix!

2. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

You may know Anthony Bourdain as a chef but did you know that he had a few travel shows as well?

My favourite is Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown .

This American food and travel show was produced by CNN and ran from 2013 to 2018. Sadly, Anthony died while working on a show about Strasbourg, France on the 8th of June 2018.

In this show, he travels the world and focuses on the lesser-known and underrated places.

He goes to pretty much any country you can think of and explores the culture and cuisine with locals. Very often he goes around with local guides, sometimes he also gets to meet famous personalities.

In his episode about Lyon in France, he goes for dinner with Paul Bocuse, the famous French chef.

Bourdain has this very unique way to explore the world. He sees the beauty in everything and always makes sure to be in perfect sync with local cultures.

He had this unique ability to see the world as the absolute beauty it really is and through Parts Unknown, shares his vision of the world’s cultures.

It’s not a show that I would categorise as funny, although there are some quirks. But it’s definitely the most interesting and passionate one of this list!

3. Down to Earth

Seasons:  1

This is a fun travel show / documentary to watch. It stars Zac Efron who travels around the world with wellness expert Darin Olien.

The goal of these travels is to discover more sustainable ways to live. They go everywhere around the world including Iceland, Sardinia and South America. 

Each destination highlight a specific sustainable lifestyle. For example, Sardinia in Italy is known as a blue zone. A blue zone is an area with more people reaching the age of 100 than the average.

When they get to Sardinia, they meet with locals and experts to try to understand how the way people live and eat has impacted their health.

Darin Olien is known to be big on super foods so you will also learn plenty about that when they go to South America.

All in all, this is a great show to watch as it perfectly mixes together fun and education.

4. BBC Race Across the World

Even though the Amazing Race is a concept available in almost all countries, it doesn’t exist in the UK.

But don’t you worry, the BBC thought that through and created its own program!

The concept of the Race across the world is a bit different though. In this show, you will follow 5 pairs of travellers on an epic race across the world.

In the first season, their mission is to go from London to Singapore without taking a single flight.

They are being given a bit of money, the equivalent of a flight ticket from London to Singapore ie about £1000. With this money, they have to go to Singapore without flying.

This means they have to find transport, accommodation and food for a month within that £500 budget per head. Each pair adopts a different strategy.

They take all sorts of transportation. Some hitchhike, some take the bus…

It’s a very entertaining thing to watch. You will surprise yourself trying to plan that trip as well!

5. Somebody Feed Phil

Seasons:  4

This Netflix Original is an excellent thing to watch if you love both travelling and food.

You will follow Philip Rosenthal on his trips around the world and discover the local delicacies.

There is no better way to understand the local culture than eating local dishes with the locals themselves and that’s what Phil is doing here.

From the floating markets in Thailand to the classic Mexican cantinas, he tries it all!

The best thing about this show is that you will discover so much more than just food and drinks.

He really tries to understand the local culture and why things are the way they are.

It’s also worth noting that Phil is a very happy and funny guy which makes it very pleasant to watch.

6. Instant Hotel

Instant Hotel is an Australian reality show that follows several teams of homeowners.

Each duo owns a holiday rental in Australia and will host the other contestants for a day and a night.

It’s a nice thing to watch if you love Australia or would like to visit one day.

You will get to see several states including Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Northern Territory.

Not only will you see some very famous locations such as Bondi Beach but will also get to discover some hidden gems.

There are 2 seasons available on Netflix.

7. Ugly Delicious

This is another food and travel TV show on Netflix. In this one, you will follow chef David Chang on his journey around the world.

A bit like Anthony Bourdain used to do, Chang is using food to tackle misconceptions and break down cultural barriers. 

Food is a powerful way to experience a country and learn more about the local culture. Chef Chang knows that and he shows you exactly how to!

He is also joined by guests including other chefs, artists, activists and plenty more. With him, you’ll discover many different regions including the USA, Asia and Europe.

8. Dark Tourist

In Dark Tourist, the journalist David Farrier focuses on something rarely talked about: Dark Tourism. Dark tourism is the fact of travelling to places associated with death or tragedy.

This type of travel is getting more and more popular and that’s why David Farrier goes to experience it and share with us his journey.

Dark Tourist is a very interesting show to watch as clearly, he is immersing himself into some culture and believes that you probably never even heard of before that.

Secondly, it can get quite funny and that Kiwi accent is always so cute!

Lastly, let’s be honest, it’s bloody weird! And clearly extremely interesting. I had no idea most of these things existed and although it can be creepy at times, it is quite interesting to know more about them.

9. Emily in Paris

Emily in Paris is a Netflix Original TV Show that was released in 2020. It was created by Darren Star (best known for “Sex and the City”).

It’s the story of Emily Cooper, an American girl, who moves to Paris to work in a French marketing agency.

Although it was argued that the show was full of clichés, it is still a very cool thing to watch. As a French person, I loved it!

It may not quite be representative of what a normal french life is but it highlights the most magical aspects of Paris! It will make you dream!

Emily Cooper is played by Lily Collins (British-American actress) but most of the other main characters are French which makes the show even better!

They all speak English (some with a better accent than others).

It’s a feel-good travel show that will make you want to visit Paris straight away!

And if you do, you will be able to visit Emily in Paris filming locations!

10. Griff’s Great Australian Rail Trip

Looking for a travel show about Australia? Here you go!

This 2020 docuseries is one of the best things to watch before going to Australia.

Here you will see Griff Rhys Jones, a Welsh comedian, taking on an amazing train journey from Perth to Sydney and Darwin to Adelaide.

Not only is it a great way to see what the Indian Pacific and The Ghan trains are like but you will also get to learn so much about the Australian outback and culture.

You can tell that Griff is truly fascinated by Australia and he will definitely make you want to jump on a plane straight away!

11. The Kindness Diaries

The Kindness Diaries is one of the best travel programmes if you also love motorbikes (don’t worry if you don’t though, it’s fun either way but if you do like motorbikes, this is the ultimate best travel series for you).

You will follow the adventures of Leon who travels around the world on a vintage motorcycle relying solely on the kindness of strangers for accommodation, food and even petrol.

This is an extraordinary travel tv program. Not only is it interesting and fun but seeing the kindness of people all around the world is simply the most moving thing you can see.

It will leave you quite emotional on a few occasions!

12. James May: Our man in Japan

You may know James May as one of the presenters of Top Gear. But he’s got way more in store than you’d think.

In this Amazon Prime original , James May goes to Japan and experiences many aspects of Japanese Culture.

He goes to all the main cities including Tokyo and Kyoto but also some more remote places in the Japanese countryside.

James May is a typical British guy and definitely knows how to come up with the best comments!

Just picture him, in Japan, not speaking a single word of Japanese, clueless about the culture… and yet going for it!

It’s a very interesting mix of fun and culture.

If you love Japan, you will definitely like it but even if you don’t have any specific interest in this country, you will still enjoy it, I promise!

You can watch this amazing show on Amazon Prime.

Click here to check it out and get a free trial!

13. Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Road Trip

If you are looking for comedy travel shows, look no further! This one will make you laugh out loud!

This 2-season show features 3 famous chefs in the UK: Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo, and Fred Serieix.

Just picture it for a moment, we are putting together a British man, an Italian man and a French man, in a same place and make them travel the world to discover the best foods.

The result? One of the best celebrity travel shows we can think of!

It is a very cool show and you get to discover their home countries of Italy , France and Scotland but also some other destinations such as Texas or Mexico.

14. By Any Means

Seasons:  1 (6 episodes)

This one is for all the adventurers out there! Unlike some of the shows out there that are quite commercialised, this one is very pure and honest. You will be following Charley Boorman, an Irishman who decides to go from his small hometown in Ireland all the way down to Australia without flying.

Charley is not doing all of that on his own. He is with a team which makes it even more entertaining.

In the first episode, you will see how they went about planning the trip itself which was pretty challenging back in 2008. After that, the good stuff starts and you follow them on this incredible journey.

It’s a great way to learn more about hidden gems and underrated travel destinations.

Click here to watch on Amazon Prime.

15. The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour is British motoring show featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. Although it is known for cars, it’s also an excellent travel TV show to watch.

The famous trio used to present Top Gear for BBC. In 2015, BBC didn’t renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract.

At this point, his friends decided to follow him and they signed a contract with Amazon Prime . The Grand Tour was born!

On the Grand Tour, Clarkson, Hammond and May embark the most incredible vehicles and set off to explore some of the most beautiful countries in the world!

They visit some famous places but also adventure themselves in very remote, off-the-beaten-path, locations. This includes Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Italy and many more!

The Grand Tour is available on Amazon Prime . There are several seasons and some specials!

Click here to watch The Grand Tour.

16. Amazing Race

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The Amazing Race is an American reality TV show. I’ve watched every season of the French equivalent, Pekin Express.

As much as I would love to talk about this show, I appreciate that watching a show in french might not be of your liking!

But it’s ok because the Amazing Race is pretty much the same thing. There is an American and Canadian version.

The concept is simple. There are several teams of two racing around the world. In each episode, they have to go to a certain destination with no money.

Therefore their only option is to hitchhike and get locals to accommodate them for free.

Along the way, other missions are given to them. These can be hikes, riding… all sorts of things.

It’s the perfect show to discover many countries in a different way. The Amazing Race has it all: competition, culture, landscapes, fun… A must see!

And there are over 30 seasons available so plenty to binge-watch!

Click here to watch the Amazing Race.

17. Travel Man

If you are looking for another funny British travel show, Travel Man is for you!

In this channel 4 show, the host Richard Ayoade explores all major cities around the world. The goal? Visiting as many tourist spots in the minimum amount of time.

When I say that, don’t get me wrong. He is very well organised and makes sure to go on a guided tour most of the time.

This means he actually embeds himself very well in the culture of the place he is visiting.

But where loads of travel shows focus on hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path destinations, Travel Man does the opposite. He goes for the most famous landmarks!

And it’s a good thing because even though these places are touristy, they are famous for a reason!

Richard Ayoade is a very funny man and will make you laugh out loud quite a few times!

Somehow, he always does his best not to enjoy himself which makes the whole show absolutely hilarious!

This show is perfect if you are planning city breaks or are into architecture.

If you are an adventure and after nature discovery, it won’t be what you are looking for.

Click here to watch Travel Man.

18. Anthony Bourdain: The Layover

The late Anthony Bourdain was famous as a celebrity chef. But he gained an army of new fans with his excellent travel series, Anthony Bourdain: The Layover .

Showcasing Bourdain’s swift visits to various cities around the world, the show aired on the Travel Channel from 2011 to 2013.

It focused on how to make the most of a short layover or brief stopover in a city.

Each episode featured Bourdain spending 24 to 48 hours in a featured city, providing viewers with a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to experiencing the best food, culture and attractions a place had to offer.

He often sought the help of local experts and friends, including chefs and celebrities, to uncover hidden gems and popular hotspots.

Visiting everywhere from New York City to Istanbul, the show is renowned for Bourdain’s candid and unfiltered commentary, his willingness to try exotic and unconventional dishes and his deep appreciation for the diverse cultures he encountered.

19. All Joanna Lumley’s Shows

Joanna Lumley is a famous British actress. You may know her from  The New Avengers  or more recently  The Wolf of Wall Street.

She is also well known for her travel documentaries.

She has done quite a few of them over the years and they are all fantastic things to watch. The most recent one was released in 2020 and is called Joanna Lumley’s Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haiti.

If you love the Caribbean and want to learn more about this part of the world, watching Joanna Lumley’s TV show will be the perfect thing to do.

It is considered a documentary but like most travel shows, it’s quite funny on top of being interesting.

In this one, she goes to Cuban and Haiti. Local culture, quirky situations, funny humour… it has it all!

You should also consider watching the other ones as they are all fantastic:

  • Joanna Lumley’s Nile
  • Joanna Lumley’s Japan
  • Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure
  • Joanna Lumley’s Unseen Adventures
  • Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey
  • Joanna Lumley’s India
  • Joanna Lumley’s Home Sweet Home: Travels in My Own Land
  • Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure
  • Joanna Lumley’s Postcards

Most of them are available on Amazon Prime as well as ITV Hub and BBC Select.

20. Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad

This one is very similar to Jack Whitehall Travels with my father. On paper at least.

In this case, the dad is the celebrity. Bradley Walsh is a famous British comedian and presenter. If he never particularly wanted to travel, his 21-year old son, Barney, decided otherwise!

Together they go on a road trip in America in an RV. The series started in 2019 and can be watched on Amazon . There are 2 seasons, 10 episodes in total.

In this case, they don’t go for a budget-travel version. They keep their comfort but try very unexpected activities in the States.

It’s more about the contact with the locals which is quite interesting.

As you would expect from the Walsh’s, it’s also very funny!

They go from the Florida Keys up to Georgia. So if you are interested in knowing more about Florida and the east coast states, this one’s for you!

You can watch this amazing show on  ITV (eligible for a free trial as well!).

21. An Idiot Abroad

An Idiot Abroad is one the quirkiest travel show that you can find.

Here is the plot: the main person, Karl Pilkington has never wanted to travel and will be forced to.

Basically, at the beginning of the episode, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (who created the show) send Karl abroad with instructions. They put together a bucket list and he has to do everything.

It’s so funny! I promise, this British show will crack you up!

The thing that makes it so entertaining is the fact that Karl Pilkington has no interest in travelling and ends up doing all these things while the other two stay in the UK!

If you want to have a good laugh, An Idiot Abroad is the way to go!

22. The Americas with Simon Reeve

If you are looking for the best travel shows on BBC iplayer, this one is for you!

It features Simon Reeve, a famous British adventurer, exploring the Americas.

The first season includes 5 episodes during which you discover some of the most famous places in the Americas such as Machu Picchu in Peru but also some very remote places in the Amazon rainforest.

If you’d like to learn more about Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay, this is the travel show for you.

There is a lot to love about the Americas. Between the ancient Maya heritage and the beautiful national parks in the USA, there is so much to discover.

That’s exactly what you will do if you want “The Americas with Simon Reeve”.

You will follow him on his incredible journey and learn more about the local culture as well as sustainable ways to live. From planting trees in Costa Rica to hiking the Rocky Mountains, this is the perfect mix between adventure, culture and sustainability.

This TV show was produced by BBC and available on BBC iPlayer. 

23. Men in Kilts

If you’d love to learn more about Scotland , then Men in Kilts is the perfect travel show for you!

Here you will follow Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, the stars of Outlander, around Scotland and discover plenty about the local culture.

This includes whisky, bagpipes and of course, stunning landscapes.

Not only is it a very interesting show to watch but the hosts are so funny and it’s so great to see them in another context than Outlander.

24. Long Way Up

Premiering in 2020, Long Way Up is part of the Long Way series of documentary travel TV shows, which follows motorcycle journeys led by longtime actors and friends Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor.

In Long Way Up , Charley and Ewan embark on an epic adventure, riding electric Harley Davidson LiveWire motorbikes from the southern tip of South America in Argentina to Los Angeles in the USA.

The journey covers over 13,000 miles and 13 countries, taking them through Chile, Bolivia, Peru , Ecuador, Colombia, Central America and Mexico between their start and finish points.

Some of the most memorable moments include navigating challenging terrains like the Atacama Desert and the Andes Mountains, dealing with extreme weather conditions, and experiencing the cultural diversity of the countries they visit.

The duo also encounter unexpected obstacles, like charging their electric motorcycles in remote locations with limited infrastructure, which adds an extra layer of adventure to their trip.

25. Booze Traveler

Booze Traveler was a popular Travel Channel television series from 2014 to 2018. Its host was the effervescent Jack Maxwell – a well-known Boston-born actor and television personality.

Each episode featured Maxwell embarking on a worldwide adventure to learn about different cultures through their alcoholic beverages and drinking customs.

The series took viewers to various destinations, including Mexico, India, Japan, Italy, and South Africa.

In each place, Maxwell immersed himself in local customs, tried traditional drinks and interacted with the locals to understand the importance of alcohol in their culture better.

In doing this, he often tried unique and sometimes unusual alcoholic drinks, such as snake wine in Vietnam and fermented mare’s milk in Mongolia.

Overall, the show explored the cultural and historical significance of alcohol, revealing how it has shaped societies and brought people together.

Sadly, the show was not renewed for a fifth series because Maxwell was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma while filming the last few episodes of this travel series.

26. Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby

Considered one of the best travel TV series out of the UK, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby debuted in 2017 and quickly became popular amongst those who aspire to the finer things in life.

Giles Coren, a British food and travel writer and Monica Galetti, a renowned chef and restaurant critic, host the show.

The series explores some of the world’s most unique and luxurious hotels, delving beyond their opulent lobbies to uncover the behind-the-scenes operations and extraordinary experiences they offer.

In each episode, Coren and Galetti visit a different exceptional hotel, often located in stunning and remote locations.

They meet with the staff, from chefs to concierges, to understand the craftsmanship, innovation and dedication required to maintain these extraordinary establishments.

The show highlights the environmental and sustainability efforts of these hotels where possible.

Over the years, Amazing Hotels has featured various destinations, including the Fogo Island Inn in Canada, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the Giraffe Manor in Kenya and the Treehotel in Sweden.

27. Iain Robertson Rambles

If you watch Iain Robertson Rambles , you’ll see one of the most fascinating documentary travel TV shows ever.

As its name suggests, this captivating series is hosted by Iain Robertson, a Scottish presenter and broadcaster widely recognised for his love for nature and the outdoors.

The show focuses on Robertson’s expeditions through some of Scotland’s most picturesque and remote terrains and the UK.

During each episode, viewers accompany Robertson on his long walks and hikes across breathtaking landscapes.

The show offers a unique blend of travelogue, natural history, and personal storytelling.

Robertson’s passion for the outdoors and his knowledge of wildlife and environmental conservation are central to the series.

Throughout the series, Iain Robertson explores various destinations in Scotland and the UK, including the rugged Highlands, the serene islands of the Hebrides, and the lush woodlands of Wales.

Whilst watching him do this, viewers feel like they are alongside him – trekking through the picturesque landscapes he explores.

28. The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan

If you are looking for funny travel shows, look no further than The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan .

The show, a travel documentary series starring the British comedian, first aired in 2018.

It follows Romesh as he embarks on journeys to various destinations worldwide, often focusing on places considered off the beaten path or challenging for tourists.

Throughout the series, Romesh immerses himself in the local cultures and traditions of the places he visits.

He often seeks unique and authentic experiences, interacting with locals and trying his hand at their customs and activities.

Some places he visits include Ethiopia, Haiti, Albania, Zimbabwe, Mongolia, and Bosnia – locations known for their rich history, distinctive cultures, and, in some cases, reputations for being less frequented by mainstream travellers.

As Romesh offers humorous and self-deprecating commentary while navigating unfamiliar and sometimes challenging situations, the show provides a fresh perspective on travel.

His witty observations and genuine reactions to the places he goes to make for entertaining viewing. 

29. Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown

Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown is one of several TV travel shows that hit our screens from the Travel Channel.

The show ran from 2004 to 2006 and was hosted by the American television personality and travel expert known for her engaging and relatable approach to travel.

In the series, Samantha Brown explores various European destinations, providing viewers with insider tips, cultural insights and travel recommendations.

She regularly immersed herself in the local culture, trying regional foods, experiencing traditions, and interacting with locals.

Some of the destinations she went to included Paris, Rome, Venice, London, Vienna and Barcelona.

The show captures each location’s iconic landmarks, historical sites and vibrant neighbourhoods while highlighting their unique charms during her visits.

It was known for dishing out practical travel advice and inspirational exploration of European cities and cultures.

It encouraged viewers to embrace the adventure of travel and discover the beauty and diversity of Europe’s many destinations.

30. Globe Trekker

One of the longest-running TV travel shows was the incomparable Globe Trekker , which aired for 17 seasons and well over 200 episodes from 1994 to 2010.

The show features trekkers who embark on journeys to destinations worldwide, providing viewers with insights into different cultures, traditions and experiences.

Over the years, it has had a rotating cast of hosts, including Ian Wright, Megan McCormick, Zay Harding and one Bradley Cooper – who went on to achieve international fame as a Hollywood superstar.

These hosts have travelled to various destinations around the globe from the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru and the vibrant markets of Marrakech in Morocco to the serene landscapes of New Zealand and the untouched beauty of Bora Bora.

The show’s format combines travelogue-style storytelling with practical travel tips, making it entertaining and informative for viewers interested in exploring the world.

31. Conan Without Borders

For those wanting the best travel shows streaming right now, it’s hard to go past Conan Without Borders.

Hosted by the famous comedian and talk show, the show debuted in 2015.

It featured Conan travelling to various international destinations, often to engage with local cultures, traditions and humour.

Celebrity guests, friends, and local personalities join Conan O’Brien in exploring the destinations throughout the series – including former First Lady Michelle Obama, actor Jack Black and comedian Jordan Schlansky.

The show has taken viewers on hilarious and insightful journeys to destinations like Cuba, Mexico, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Italy and Ghana.

It typically blends travelogue-style segments with Conan’s trademark comedic sketches and interviews.

While watching his attempts to immerse himself in cultural practices (such as learning traditional dances or trying regional cuisine), Conan presents us with his comedic take on each destination’s unique quirks and idiosyncrasies.

In doing so, the show entertains and fosters a sense of global connection and curiosity.

32. Tales by Light

Combining breathtaking imagery, storytelling, and a profound appreciation for the planet’s wonders, Tales by Light is a must-watch travel TV series for photography enthusiasts and anyone interested in the world’s most extraordinary and untamed places.

The show is a documentary television series that delves into the world of photography and the experiences of renowned photographers as they capture compelling images from around the globe.

It explores the stories behind these captivating photographs and the photographers’ journeys to catch them.

The series has featured various acclaimed photographers, including Art Wolfe, Darren Jew and Krystle Wright, who each provide insights into their unique approach to photography. 

They usually travel to remote and exotic destinations – including the Amazon Rainforest, Antarctica, Papua New Guinea, India and the Arctic Circle – often pursuing wildlife, nature and indigenous cultures.

Overall, the show provides viewers with a visually stunning and educational experience, showcasing the photographers’ dedication to their craft and deep respect for the natural world.

33. Ed Stafford: Into the Unknown

If you have yet to see it, Ed Stafford: Into the Unknown is one of the most compelling travel-related shows you can watch.

Hosted by British adventurer and explorer Ed Stafford – known for being the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River – the show illustrates the spirit of human exploration and resilience.

It highlights the former British army captain’s quest for adventure by journeying to some of the world’s most remote and challenging locations.

Throughout the series, Ed Stafford travels solo to destinations like Venezuela, Mongolia, Ethiopia and Peru. He has close encounters with grizzly bears in Alaska and tracking elusive snow leopards in Mongolia.

In every episode, Stafford immerses himself in the local culture and landscapes, often relying on his survival skills to navigate the wild and unfamiliar terrains.

The show combines elements of exploration, adventure and survival as Stafford pushes himself to his physical and mental limits.

34. Expedition Unknown

Expedition Unknown, a popular adventure and travel documentary television series, premiered on the Travel Channel in 2015.

The show’s presenter is Josh Gates, an explorer and adventurer who takes viewers on a quest to uncover mysteries, legends, and secrets from around the world.

During the series, Gates travels to a wide range of famous and obscure destinations to investigate historical enigmas, treasure hunts, and unsolved mysteries.

He often collaborates with experts, historians, and local guides to gather clues and solve puzzles related to each episode’s theme.

Some places he visits include Egypt, South America, and the Caribbean, where he seeks hidden treasures and solves perplexing mysteries.

His adventures involve investigating Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, searching for Atlantis, and pursuing the elusive Yeti in the Himalayas.

Ultimately, the show is known for its blend of adventure, history and exploration, making it entertaining for viewers interested in the thrill of discovery and the fascination of uncovering the world’s hidden secrets.

How to watch travel TV shows?

There are many places where you can find travel TV shows, but these would be the best places to start! I use all of them and love them! They are very complementary!

You can create an account and start watching Netflix here. This is where you will find most of the shows about travel.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video comes with your prime subscription. There are many things to watch on Prime and it’s very good value. You can get a free trial for Amazon Prime Video here.

BBC iplayer

BBC offers some of the best UK travel shows including Race Across the World and The Americas with Simon Reeve.

ITV channel

ITV Channel offers some amazing TV shows such as the Bradley Walsh one or Gordon, Gino and Fred Road Trip. You can get a free trial for ITV here.

Disney + / Hulu

Although these are no TV shows, I’d recommend you to watch some Disney movies . Loads of them are perfect to discover new places.

We don’t always realise it but they are very good to embed yourself into a foreign culture.

For example:

  • France: Aristocats
  • UK: Mary Poppins
  • China: Mulan

I thought I’d put it in there as clearly, Disney is always a good idea !

Channel 4 is a free-to-air television channel in the UK. You can go to their websites and watch everything for free.

There are some ads but they are pretty short.

I hope you will enjoy these amazing travel shows! If you have any recommendations, please share them in the comments as I would love to discover more myself!

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Oceans apart: art and the pacific with james fox.

BBC Four, Monday 22nd August, 8pm

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Dr James Fox takes a closer look at how the West’s contact with the people of the Pacific impacted them, from the perspective of an art historian. He explores subjects such as Australian Aboriginal art, and how the native people have told the story of colonization through painting.

Rap Trip: Underground Scenes Uncovered

BBC Three, Thursdays at 11pm

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Take a tour of the UK through the lens of hip-hop, from Liverpool, to Ireland, to Yorkshire. The rap scene may be associated with London due to the huge success of artists like Stormzy and Wiley, but the further from the capital you go the more unique and diverse the genre gets…

Monty Don's Japanese Gardens

BBC Four, Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd of August, 7pm

Join Britain’s favourite TV gardener as he takes a trip to Japan, exploring their approach to horticulture. In episode one Monty takes a closer look at zen gardens, learning about their history and spiritual significance.

Monkman & Seagull's Genius Adventures

BBC Two, Starts Thursday 11th August, 7pm

Not only will Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull take you on an eccentric tour of the Uk, but their focus on Victorian era inventions will teach you a thing or two about history! Join the duo as they follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, figure out their latitude using just a compass and the north star, and investigate the world of cement.

Treasures of the Indus

Sona Datta tells the story of the Indian subcontinent, using her knowledge as a curator at the British museum to illustrate the history with significant objects. The area is one of cultural and religious diversity, with a rich and storied past.

Travel shows on ITV 

Gordon, gino and fred: road trip.

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Join superstar chef Gordon Ramsay, Italian chef Gino D’Acampo and French maître d’ Fred Sirieix as they take road trips across the world to discover the best delicacies and entertainment on offer. In series two they travel from Mexico across the USA, experiencing everything from Texan steaks to goat yoga in San Francisco. Catch up on all three seasons on the ITVX.

Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure

Judi Dench proves that you can’t tame a Dame, as she delves into Borneo’s rainforest headfirst. Judi explores the significance of the rainforest, from the animals to the plants to the people, and shows us why it’s so important to protect it.

All Around Britain

Ria and Alex

Hosts Ria and Alex spend time in every nook and cranny of Britain, going on a wide range of adventures such as sailing through Birmingham, getting involved in rugby and trying their hands at motor racing.

Travel shows on Channel 4

Trip hazard: my great british adventure, season 2.

Channel 4, Starts Tuesday 23rd August, 10pm

Catch up on series 1 on All 4

Rosie Jones and Faye Ripley

Join comedian Rosie Jones as she takes her guests on an unconventional tour of the UK, celebrating the sights, culture and traditions of areas that are sometimes overlooked. Narrated by Olivia Colman in season 1, season 2 kicks of with Joanna Lumley on narration and AJ Odudu as the first guest. Catch up on season one with All 4.

Britain by Beach, Season 2

Channel 4, Starts Saturday 20th August, 8pm

Anita Rani and Ellie Woodward

The UK may not be known for its white, sandy beaches, but Anita Rani is setting out to show the beauty of the British seaside, pebbles and all. Season two starts out taking a tour of the Cornish coastline, with 420 miles of it to be getting on with. Catch up on season one with All4.

Travel shows on Channel 5

First class vs economy: is it worth it.

Channel 5, Sunday 21st August, 6:45pm

Get an insight into how the other half live, as Nigel Havers and Sally Lindsay fly from Heathrow to Washington DC with both First Class and Economy tickets. See for yourself what perks a First-Class ticket will get you on British Airways, and whether you think it’s worth the cash…

The Pyrenees with Michael Portillo

Channel 5, Starts Tuesday 23rd August, 9pm

Michael Portillo is walking the length of the Pyrenees, starting at the Bay of Biscay in the west, all the way to the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the east. Along his journey, Michael will stop and meet the locals who live along the mountain range, and experience life from their point-of-view.

A Greek Odyssey with Bettany Hughes

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Start planning a legendary trip around Greece by following author and historian Bettany Hughes as she follows in the footsteps of Odysseus around the gorgeous Greek islands. You can catch up with all six episodes on My5 and whisk yourself away to a romantic paradise, all while learning about the remarkable history and mythology of the area. Feeling intrigued? Find out more about this spectacular voyage from Bettany Hughes herself in our exclusive interview with her about the trip. 

Travel shows on UKTV

Ricky & ralf's very northern road trip.

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Stars of the classic sitcom The Royle Family, Ricky Tomlinson and Ralf Little, reunite to explore the northern England together. Nothing is off limits, as they visit factories, curry houses, and lakes, as well as looking back on their 20 year-long friendship.

Travel shows on Netflix

The worlds most amazing vacation rentals.

Show hosts Jo, Megan and Luis

Don’t limit yourself to staying at hotels next time you go on holiday…. Hosts Jo Franco, Megan Batoon, and Luis Ortiz travel the world staying in unique rentals, all at different price points and styles. Luis is a fan of the bougie, Megan loves a bargain and Jo has an eye for the wacky, so there is something for everyone.

Magical Andes

The Andes are much more than a geographical phenomenon to those who live there, it’s their home. In 10 episodes, this show explores the unique lives of various people who live on the Andes and surrounding areas, stretching across South America, from Argentina to Columbia.

Dark Tourist 

This isn’t your average all-inclusive getaway. Join journalist  David Farrier  as he ventures around the world to some of the most unusual and dark tourist spots around. From a nuclear lake to haunted forests, if you like your travel with a side of danger, this is the travel show for you.    

Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father 

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Who doesn’t love an odd couple? Follow comedian  Jack Whitehall  as he travels the world with his stuffy father. As they travel through Southeast Asia, Europe and the U.S.A. trying to strengthen their bond with unique and unusual experiences, this travel show will make you laugh as much as it’ll make you want to pack your bags and head abroad.  

Tales by Light 

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Follow photographers and filmmakers as they travel the world capturing stunning images of remarkable people, places, cultures and wildlife. See the world from new and vibrant angles through the eyes of photographers and discover new stories in this eye-opening travel documentary.  

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Travel News presenters are part of the on-air content of a radio station, delivering the latest news from the roads, railways and airports.  It is a hybrid role, somewhere between presenter and reporter, as they are expected to be 'in-tune' with the on-air programming (and often contribute) whilst remaining  journalistic in approach  as some incidents can become a news story in themselves.

Travel News is fast-paced and demanding as things can change right up to the point of transmission. Some presenters will memorise their bulletins, and others will script them, but both will be expected to amend them last minute to fit a specific duration.

The style and delivery of Travel News will vary between outlets, depending on whether it’s a local, regional, or national station.  Some networks take live broadcasts with a live presenter, where others will take pre-recorded bulletins which are simply slotted into programming.

It is important that information is accurate, but a major skill of a travel news presenter is in turning events written on a page into something that people can connect with - discussing how long people are likely to be held up for, or what knock-on effects there have been.  Some networks take this further by having listeners message in with the latest, which then gets rolled into the next broadcast.

A Travel News Presenter's daily tasks may include:

  • Keeping across the news outlets - TV news and radio output
  • Using travel news information providers such as INRIX  who filter and structure the  raw data  coming in from Highways England and the police, local councils, and various social media feeds.
  • Cross referencing  this with  real time data  from speed sensors or highway cameras, on social media, and sometimes directly incoming information from listeners via text, social media, or phone.
  • Writing bulletins and reading them on air.
  • Liaising  with the programme teams and studio managers on the day.

Who Do They Work With?

  • Travel News Presenters will work closely with programme teams  – discussing when they’ll be on air, any potential issues and how long the bulletin will be. In Speech News Radio they may also speak to the  editor  if a travel story becomes news and vice versa.
  • Travel News Presenters may also work with a  Studio Manager or Director  if the show has one, to take microphone level or check lines.
  • Travel News Presenters will also liaise with the i nformation providers (like Inrix) about any issues or queries.
  • On some networks, Travel News Presenters speak directly to listeners  who get in touch with information.
  • Travel News Presenters will also provide a handover to their fellow team members - communicating and sharing experiences with them - e.g. road closures in adverse weather, or incident history where relevant.

What Skills Do I Need?

  • Travel News Presenting is a hybrid role which contains elements of journalism and presenting – they must have  drive and be committed to getting it right  - giving out  accurate  and  timely  information to the best of their ability and resource
  • Travel News Presenters have excellent communication  and  presentation   skills , and are able to both turn flat data into “human speak” and change the style of their bulletin to take into consideration the station, programme, presenters, and daypart.
  • Travel News Presenters have good research  and fact checking skills – either chasing the route of an incident, or cross referencing with real time data
  • Travel News Presenters often have to handle breaking news and last minute changes – so they need to be flexible, have the ability to think on their feet and be able to talk to time.
  • It’s helpful for Travel News Presenters to have good geographic knowledge  especially from a  drivers POV,  and an understanding of  public transport systems  – particularly when it comes to how each firm publicises their information.
  • As they are often called upon to be part of the broadcast show, Travel News Presenters must also be able to draw a  broad range of interests , including current affairs, popular culture, TV shows, podcasts, books, music, celebrity culture and comedy.
  • Travel News Presenters will require some technical skills, to enable them to drive their own desk, check their levels and make sure ISDN lines are working correctly .

How Do I Get This Job?

Travel news is specialist area but the skills needed are similar to Journalism or Presenting.

Many travel presenters have studied to degree level some in journalism or a media course but this isn't essential. Most have studied to A-Level and many have an interest in radio or the media or have extensive radio experience on and off air.

Qualifications and qualities are usually  broadcast related  as it is an on- air role. These can range from university graduates who have broadcast experience in student, hospital or community radio, or people who have worked as radio presenters within the industry.

Ideally you would have  experience working for a travel media outlet  such as the AA, RAC, Highways England, or Inrix.

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DJ Steve Wright, who presented programmes for BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for more than four decades, has died at the age of 69.

His family confirmed his death "with deep sorrow and profound regret" in a statement on Tuesday.

Wright joined the BBC in the 1970s and went on to host the afternoon shows on Radio 1 and Radio 2.

He also fronted television programmes for the BBC, including Top of the Pops.

Wright was last on air on Sunday, hosting a pre-recorded special Valentine's Day edition of his Love Songs programme. He passed away on Monday.

Confirming the presenter's death in a statement, his family said: "It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright.

"In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence and his father Richard. Also, much-loved close friends and colleagues, and millions of devoted radio listeners who had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives as one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities."

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Paying tribute to Wright on Radio 2 after his death was announced, an emotional Sara Cox said: "It's really hard to know what to say about the news of Steve Wright's passing, except we are all shocked and devastated and blindsided by this news.

"Steve was an extraordinary broadcaster, a really kind person, he was witty, he was warm, and he was a huge, huge part of the Radio 2 family, and I know my fellow DJs will all be absolutely shattered too."

Sara Cox "devastated" by news of Steve Wright's death

Born in Greenwich, south London, in 1954, Wright's career at the BBC began when he started working as a clerk. His broadcasting career was launched in 1976, when Wright left the BBC to join Radio 210 in Reading.

Four years later, he joined BBC Radio 1, presenting weekend programmes before launching Steve Wright in the Afternoon in 1981 - the show that would ultimately define his career.

After a brief stint hosting the Radio 1 breakfast show for a year from 1994, Wright left to join Talk Radio, but rejoined the BBC in 1996.

He began presenting a Saturday programme and Sunday Love Songs on Radio 2 from 1996, before relaunching his afternoon show in 1999, a slot he would keep until 2022.

The show had its own distinctive zoo format, featuring contributions from Wright's on-air "posse", as well as celebrity interviews and entertaining trivia featured in his Factoids segment.

Scott Mills took over the afternoon programme during a string of schedule changes at the station in 2022, but Wright stayed with Radio 2, continuing to present Sunday Love Songs as well as a series of specials and podcasts.

File photo dated 18/03/02 of Radio DJ's Tony Blackburn (left), Steve Wright and Paul Gambaccini during the Sony Radio Awards launch party at the Commonwealth Club in London.

Last October, he took over from Paul Gambaccini as presenter of the station's Saturday afternoon staple Pick Of The Pops.

Wright was honoured for his services to radio in the December 2023 New Year Honours list and said he wanted to dedicate it "to all the people in broadcasting who gave comfort and public service during the pandemic".

Radio 2 said it planned to celebrate Wright's life with a range of programming across the station.

'Outstanding and innovative'

Presenter Jeremy Vine told BBC News: "It's come as a complete shock to us. The Radio 2 family are in mourning. The thing about Steve is that he was 69 when he died, but he still sounded like he did when he was 30. He was such an incredible professional... a lovely man.

"He was so encouraging to the next generation of presenters like me. He was so generous with his time. He was such a huge figure in British radio. That cheerful voice is gone, and there are so many people who will feel his loss."

The station's boss Helen Thomas said: "Steve understood the connection and companionship that radio engenders better than anyone, and we all loved him for it. He was a consummate professional whose attention to detail was always second to none."

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Jo Whiley, who presented on Radio 1 and Radio 2 during Wright's respective tenures, said she was "so utterly devastated" to hear of his death.

"He was a class act," she wrote on Instagram. "An utter perfectionist when it came to radio. No-one cared more about the quality of what came out of your speakers than Wrighty. But he was also extraordinarily kind and big-hearted.

"We saw each other a lot doing our shows during the pandemic and I loved the banter we had. He was a huge fan of new music and he loved a gossip. When I joined Radio 2 he took the time to come into the studio and was never anything less than encouraging and supportive over the years."

Fellow Radio 2 DJ Tony Blackburn posted on social media: "I am so sad that my dear friend Steve Wright has passed away. He was a great broadcaster and we just loved one another's company. I was shocked at the news and will miss him terribly."

In an Instagram video, Gambaccini described Wright as "one of the all-time greats", while Jonathan Ross said he was "warm, generous and great to spend time with".

Picture shows Disc Jockey DJ Steve Wright presenting with members of the studio audience on Top of the Pops

Former Radio 2 drivetime host Simon Mayo said it was "awful news", describing Wright as "one of the greats".

Former Radio 2 DJ Ken Bruce said he was "totally shocked to hear the news about the great Steve Wright".

"We were planning lunch to celebrate the award of his richly deserved MBE," Bruce said. "An outstanding and innovative broadcaster whose listeners loved him. What a loss to the world of radio."

The station's current breakfast show host Zoe Ball said Wright was "our radio friend, our inspiration, master of broadcasting, the Godfather, always there for us all with support, advice, love & most importantly laughter".

"Rest well you wonderful magic man," she added. "Life won't be the same without you here."

Scott Mills, who took over the afternoon slot from Wright, posted: "He made everything sound effortless, and worked so hard to make every show world class. He was a constant inspiration to me on how to do radio that sounded big."

Dame Esther Rantzen, who was interviewed by Steve Wright on many occasions, said he was a unique broadcaster.

"He created a kind of club which, whether he was interviewing you or whether you were enjoying it as a listener, you looked forward to joining every day," she told the PA news agency.

"It is a very rare quality, and he made it sound easy. It was frequently very funny, and when he left his daily afternoon show he really knocked a hole in the day for many of us who relied on his company."

Steve Wright in radio studio

And Radio 2 presenter Rylan Clark posted: "I'm so saddened and in complete shock that we have lost this wonderful man. Steve always was so amazing when I started at Radio 2 and always went out of his way to make me feel welcome.

"He will be so missed, none more so than by [my mum] Linda who always reminded me that he was, is and always will be her favourite."

BBC director general Tim Davie said: "All of us at the BBC are heartbroken to hear this terribly sad news. Steve was a truly wonderful broadcaster who has been a huge part of so many of our lives over many decades.

"He was the ultimate professional - passionate about the craft of radio and deeply in touch with his listeners. This was deservedly recognised in the New Year Honours list with his MBE for services to radio.

"No-one had more energy to deliver shows that put a smile on audiences' faces. They loved him deeply. We are thinking of Steve and his family and will miss him terribly."

"Steve Wright had a brain like quicksilver" - Nicky Campbell

As Wright bade farewell after 23 years on his popular show in 2022, he played listeners out to Queen's Radio Ga Ga.

Signing off, he told listeners: "We've tried on this programme to bring just a little bit of light relief, a good genuine atmosphere, uplifting tunes, good conversation, a little bit of satire.

"We tried to make the show unique and just be good company. I can only hope we've done that some of the time."

He added: "Most of all, I want to say thank you to you, for your appreciation, our dearest listener, smashing and loyal. For all the reaction, the nice words, thank you if you've ever seen your way to listening to us over 23 years at any time, thank you, thank you, and thank you again."

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Police officer took selfie with Kourtney Kardashian days before being charged with murder of TV presenter ex

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Beau Lamarre-Condon snapped a picture with Kourtney Kardashian days before he was charged with the murder of ex Jesse Baird and his boyfriend .

The New South Wales police officer, 28, handed himself in earlier today to colleagues after he is alleged to have killed his ex, TV presenter Baird, 26 , and his flight attendant boyfriend Luke Davies, 29, at Baird’s home in Paddington, Sydney, on Monday.

Their bodies have yet to be located, and police have not confirmed a cause of death after the couple have been missing for several days.

Just days before he was charged, the police constable posed for a selfie with socialite Kardashian and her husband Travis Barker as the pair arrived in Australia for Blink-182’s Sydney show.

He shared the photo on social media with the caption: ‘When Keeping up with the Kardashians take Sydney! Sneaky onset selfies …’

It’s not the first time Lamarre-Condon has brushed shoulders with stardom, posing for pictures over the years with Kourtney’s sister Kim Kardashian as well as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Selena Gomez.

Beau Lamarre-Condon with Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker

Before his time with NSW police, Lamarre-Condon was a celebrity blogger who posed for pictures and interviewed several A-listers.

He previously ran the now-defunct celebrity news site The Australian Reporter, according to The Guardian , with videos and pictures online showing him alongside the likes of Ben Stiller , John Travolta , and Chris Hemsworth .

Before this, he made headlines in 2014 when he threw a note on stage at a Lady Gaga concert, which the Bad Romance hitmaker read out loud on stage.

The message thanked the singer for giving Lamarre-Condon the confidence to tell his parents that he was gay, saying: ‘Gaga, you’re not just my idol but LITERALLY my saviour,’ (per The Sydney Morning Herald ).

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He was reportedly invited backstage to meet his idol following the show.

‘I remember the first time I ever got asked to do an interview and I had no idea who it was going to be, I just got told to come and cover an event for Qantas

In 2014, he posted a photo with Cruel Summer hitmaker Taylor Swift with the caption: ‘With Miss Taylor Swift!’

In the years since, he has posted snaps with Selena Gomez, Lorde, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, and Rita Ora as well as a swanky dinner with Miranda Kerr.

He also claimed to have been ‘backstage’ with Justin Bieber, as well as meeting Iggy Azalea at Luna Park.

Beau Lamarre-Condon with Harry Styles

In an interview about his celebrity blogging (per The Sydney Herald ), Lamarre-Condon described how he had been trying to meet stars ‘his entire life.’

‘I remember the first time I ever got asked to do an interview and I had no idea who it was going to be, I just got told to come and cover an event for Qantas,’ he began.

‘And it was John Travolta and Miranda Kerr. And I ended up doing a one-on-one interview, an exclusive one with them. And it just went from there. It was Matt Damon, Steve Carell…’

Lamarre-Condon joined NSW Police in 2019, and was in a relationship with Baird ‘which finished a couple of months ago’, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said in a statement.

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He continued: ‘We still need to establish what the cause of death is, we need to find the location of the bodies. It is a sad and tragic event.’

A white van located by police on Friday morning is said to have been used ‘to transport the bodies and dispose of the bodies.’

Just one year after joining the force, Lamarre-Condon was at the centre of an internal investigation after he was filmed tasering a man in Paddington after he was allegedly on breaks of bail.

He was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

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The Conservative Political Action Conference ( CPAC ) returns once more this week for another serving of Republican grandstanding, grievance-airing and merchandise shilling.

The four-day event that bills itself as the “largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world” kicked off at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington DC, on Wednesday 21 February and runs until Saturday 24 February.

Brace yourselves libs, you’re about to get well and truly owned.

The fantasy attempt by House Republicans to impeach President Joe Biden – who they claim to be both a criminal mastermind and profoundly senile – the state of the US southern border, wokery and adjacent culture war evils are all likely to be recurrent themes at a gathering that was once closely aligned with Ronald Reagan but is now unquestionably an all- Donald Trump affair.

Mr Trump will be the headliner once again on Saturday, where he is likely to spend his time trashing Nikki Haley , his last remaining challenger for the GOP presidential nomination, before departing in a hurry for South Carolina , which is holding its primary that same day.

Ms Haley is conspicuous by her absence from CPAC this time around, having spoken at the same event a year ago, no doubt a reaction to her decision to run as an anti-Trump candidate in the primaries.

Other MAGA favourites scheduled to address attendees this week include two possible Trump running mates, Elise Stefanik and Kristi Noem , his daughter-in-law Lara Trump (vying to be the Republican National Committee ’s new co-chair), his former housing secretary Dr Ben Carson , senators JD Vance and Tommy Tuberville , representatives Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz , Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake , Texas attorney general Ken Paxton , MyPillow eccentric Mike Lindell plus Tulsi Gabbard and Steve Bannon .

The keynote speaker at the annual dinner honouring President Reagan will be failed presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy , who will be joined by deposed Catholic bishop Joseph Strickland.

As The Independent ’s Eric Garcia observes , Mr Ramaswamy’s invitation to take that slot reveals how far CPAC has changed over the last decade, given that the entrepreneur has been critical of Ukraine whereas Reagan defined himself by opposition to Russia in the late Cold War era and called the Soviet Union “an evil empire”.

A number of popular conservative media personalities will also be in attendance, including Jack Posobiec , Mark Levin , Megyn Kelly and Sebastian Gorka , the alt-right’s answer to Frasier Crane.

Fani Willis , the district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, who indicted Mr Trump and 18 co-defendants on racketeering charges, will not be there, the hosts joke.

Two lively British imports will make an appearance: right-wing crowd favourite Nigel Farage and Liz Truss , the UK’s shortest-lived prime minister – who will likely seek to explain why being drummed out of Downing Street after just 44 days in power and outlasted by a wilting lettuce was somehow not her fault and really the work of a mysterious cabal of “anti-growth” occultists and civil service saboteurs, or something.

But perhaps most fascinating of all will be Argentina’s mutton-chopped, chainsaw-wielding new President Javier Milei, whom CPAC chair Matt Schlapp has said “captured the spirit of those who see the treachery of globalist elites” and left “American patriots… rooting for him to succeed”.

Patricia Bullrich, the same country’s minister of national security, is also set to speak, as is Nayib Bukele, the president of El Salvador.

The Latin American trio are following in the footsteps of disgraced former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro , “the Trump of the tropics”, who was last year’s guest.

You can see the complete lineup of CPAC 2024 speakers here .

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