Is your Instagram feed filled with snaps from friends and family travelling overseas? Ours too. But with flight prices skyrocketing and other expenses to account for, travel may not be on the agenda for your family just yet.
Satisfy your wanderlust with one of these travel documentaries instead!
This film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life – and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff’s life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins themselves.
The Salt of the Earth
This documentary centres on the life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting societies in hidden corners of the world. In particular, Salgado chronicled the experiences of deprived communities in Africa and South America and, in ‘The Salt of the Earth’ his son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, takes a look back over his career.
A brilliant showcase using aerial footage from 54 countries, ‘Home’ offers the ultimate depiction of how Earth’s problems are all interlinked due to the pressure humanity has placed on the environment and the consequences of climate change. The drama is built up with every new chapter until it arrives at the present, but instead of complaining about the past mistreatments, the focus is on the future.
Austin to Boston
Five old VW camper vans. Four bands. Three thousand miles. Two weeks. One gloriously backwards tour. The adventure starts after a fire-fuelled final night at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, where the bands pile into their rides and head northeast. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together.
Hit the Road: India
‘Hit The Road: India’ is a fun, frantic travel adventure documentary. It centres on two friends who had the wild idea of participating in a 12-day rickshaw rally across India, from Mumbai to Chennai. It’s fascinating and fast-paced, and was recognized by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 Greatest Adventures of 2012.
Stephen Fry in America
In this six-part BBC television series, beloved British actor, author and presenter Stephen Fry travels across the United States. In the six-part series he travels, primarily in a London cab, through all 50 of the US states and Washington, DC. With his quick wit and British sensibilities, hilarity ensues.
Travels with my Father
This comedy-documentary series follows UK comedian Jack Whitehall as he embarks on the trip of a lifetime with his father, Michael. The two set off on a journey across South East Asia to partake in a series of adventures, mishaps and escapades with two very different perspectives.
This documentary recounts the incredible feat achieved by Laura Dekker, a Dutch schoolgirl who became the youngest person to sail solo around the world in January 2012 at age 16. It depicts Laura’s transformation from giddy youngster into a poised and determined woman over the course of 17 months as she charts her course.