Welcome to the very first edition of Wanderlust On Netflix! I try to get out and see as much of the world as possible whether I’m overseas or in my own backyard, but sometimes nothing beats the comfort of my couch, my blanket and my TV. Those are the times I’m thankful for my Netflix account.
Although I watch a ton of addictive series and a bit of trashy TV that I should probably be stop watching, occasionally I come across things that pluck the strings of my wanderlusting heart. Here’s what I’m watching this month when I’m avoiding contact with the outside world…
Planet Earth isn’t the most binge-worthy thing on Netflix, but it’s definitely worth enjoying over several days. This eleven-part TV documentary made by the BBC (so you know it’s good) takes viewers to the farthest ends of the planet and to everything in between. I don’t know what the BBC’s exact goal was in making these films, but if the whole point was to fascinate people and leave them in awe of our gorgeous planet, then they definitely nailed it. Besides showing off some of the most beautiful corners of the globe, the series also follows around some of the cutest animals in the world. What more could you want?
I got obsessed with this show after my college roommate and her boyfriend started binge watching it at our house, and we caught up with 5 or 6 seasons in just a few weeks. Now, that I have my own Netflix account, I might have to relive those glory days.
If you’ve somehow managed to avoid civilization for the last 10 years and have no idea who Dexter is, allow me to enlighten you. He’s a blood splatter analyst/serial killer who follows a very strict life code to avoid getting caught. So why would a show like this inspire wanderlust? Because it’s set in Miami, of course. While Dexter is busy stalking and killing his latest target or working on a crime scene, the show gives some great glimpses of Miami life: beaches, boating and parties all with a side of salsa music.
Walter Mitty is an average guy with an even more average life until unforeseen circumstances at work force him to stop living out his adventures in his head and actually make them a reality. He goes on a crazy journey across several countries, connecting with new people and taking risks he would have never done before. This movie can’t be streamed in the U.S. (in Canada I believe you can), but it is totally worth using that long forgotten service of actually ordering a DVD to be delivered to your home.
Besides showcasing some gorgeous landscapes, Walter’s newfound passion for life will make you want to live yours to the fullest. This movie even made me tear up a bit. Not because it’s sad, but because it’s so inspiring and I’m an emotional person.