When you have the travel bug, it can emerge as a kind of obsession. For me, that means I will be thinking of my next adventures even as I sit on my couch at home in Central New Jersey. That's what we do. If we're not actually on the road, we are planning our next trip.
And while we wait, there's always the Netflix library to explore for ideas and inspirations.
That brings me to my current restlessness. We're awaiting our next journey and have about a month before we take our next cruise. So, I filled up my Netflix queue with some interesting titles that I am working through.
I was hoping to get some input from you, too, to help me place some must-see documentaries, movies and shows on my list for any future periods when I need something to keep the wanderlust at least held at bay while in between trips.
Here's what I have found to keep us occupied.
Michael Palin's Himalaya, Sahara and New Europe -- Three titles from the Monty Python alum explore the regions of the world in this multipart documentary series.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown -- The chef hits unique parts of the globe to try the cultures and cuisines in this CNN series.
The Summit -- A 2012 documentary film directed by Nick Ryan looks at a 2008 K2 climbing disaster that led to 11 people dying.
Mile . . . Mile & a Half -- A group of friends hike the 219-mile John Muir Trail in California from Yosemite to Mount Whitney.
An Idiot Abroad -- Ricky Gervais' hilarious production that put social misfit Karl Pilkington out of his comfort zone and into the world. You have to see it to love it! (Three seasons' worth of episodes.)
Muscle Shoals -- A documentary about the small town in Alabama that became an unlikely hotbed of music-making. I never knew! Enlightening and fascinating.
180 Degrees South -- The documentary follows surfer-mountaineers as they make their way to Patagonia.
Pururambo -- An enthralling look at life on New Guinea with a culture that had no previous contact with white people.
Some of these are much better stories than others. But all of these productions at least offer wonderful imagery that gives a nice sense of the unique destinations featured. This helps me add to my growing list of places I want to get to some day.
I know there are many more out there that I should be watching, so chime in with your top picks and thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
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