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8 Top Travel Shows to Stream From Home

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By Stephanie Antin of AlmostFreeFamilyTravel.com

Instead of being upset that you can’t travel right now, it’s a great time to gather ideas for your next trip.

Travel will come back, and you may even find a great deal in the next few months to that perfect place!

So where to get ideas?

There are some top travel shows that highlight unique places to visit all over the globe and teach you what you’ll need to know when you DO travel there.

Here are some of the Go to Travel Gal team’s personal favorite travel shows along with where you can stream them.

Plus, if you don’t have a streaming service yet or need another option, check out my previous post about streaming services that allow you to earn Southwest points.  


8 Top Travel Shows You Can Stream at Home

streaming top travel shows


1. House Hunters International, HGTV

This show is one of my personal favorites. You can watch couples and families try to find that perfect house in beautiful exotic places all over the world. This show is available on YoutubeTV, Hulu and Sling. Past episodes are available on Roku when you log into HGTV Go through your TV service provider. 


2. Rick Steves

Rick Steves is famous for hosting one of the longest-running and most-watched travel series, including “Rick Steve’ Europe.” His shows take you to the most popular tourist sites and to sites off the beaten path. Lyn says she and her husband used to watch Rick Steves on PBS when their kids were little and before they had ever traveled to Europe, dreaming of the day they would be able to!

Steves also just debuted a new documentary titled “Hunger and Hope: Lessons From Ethiopia and Guatemala,” as well.

All of his shows and the new documentary are available for FREE on Ricksteves.com, or you can stream them online on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Tubi or on PBS.org.


3. Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

Bourdain, who died in 2018, is known for his intimate look at little-known or ventured to places around the globe, especially focused on the foods they eat. Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown” is now available for streaming on HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. 


4. Travel Man: 48 Hours In….

Richard Ayoade and a celebrity travel companion jet off to an exciting location and challenge themselves to see and do as much as possible in 48 hours on this British series. You’ll find it on Hulu. 


5. Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown is a longtime travel TV show host, hosting numerous different series over the years, including “Passport to Europe” and “Great Hotels” on the Travel Channel. Her latest series, “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” now in its third season, is currently airing on PBS.

You can watch all episodes here or on PBS.org. You can find other series on Amazon Prime Video, as well as on TravelChannel.com.


6. Rudy Maxa

Lyn and Rudy Maxa
Lyn with Rudy Maxa at the New York Times Travel Show

Rudy has long been a staple on PBS in the series “Smart Travels With Rudy Maxa” that Lyn says she’s been watching for probably 20 years! He, too, takes you all over the globe to introduce you to places via your couch ;-). Lyn even got to meet him several years ago at the New York Times Travel Show. Bucket list item — check!

Maxa’s current show, “Rudy Maxa’s World” is currently airing on PBS. You’ll find “Smart Travels” on Amazon Prime Video, Direct TV and Hulu.


7. Earth’s Sacred Wonders

This unique series takes a look at the world’s best-known landmarks that have been inspired by faith. You’ll find it on PBS.org.


8. Street Food

This show is a combination of a travel show and a cooking show. You’ll see some of the world’s most vibrant cities and discover their rich culture of street food. This show is available on Netflix.

Any other travel shows that you love? Post your favorite in the comments below!


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