A good travel show should entice you to venture out into the wide world — tantalizing you with far-flung locales, fascinating characters, and food that’s sure to blow your mind. A great travel show will offer a call to adventure you can’t deny — like a bellowing foghorn in the misty night. They get you on the road and lead you to experiences that you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life.
But what is the best show? Which special few will both get you out the door and actually help you when you’re traipsing across the open horizons? Over at Ranker, they set out to answer just that. They asked their readers to vote for the best TV travel shows of all time. A top ten emerged and even though Anthony Bourdain dominated, there are some absolute classics in the mix.
Let’s dive in!
10. Passport to Europe — Travel Channel
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Best. Day. Ever. Our camera gear still hasn't made it across the Atlantic so I have an unexpected day off…in Switzerland! Enjoying a sit by the river like a local. Tomorrow we start shooting in Gstaad, Interlaken and The capitol city of Bern. #inlovewithswitzerland @myswitzerland #thun #myinterlaken #madeinbern
Samantha Brown’s now iconic European travel show is the perfect place to start for the uninitiated traveler. Brown takes a slow and easy approach to Europe’s best and well-trod cities and sites. If you’re looking to get your toe wet with some easy-to-do travel experiences, this is a great show to help you along that path.