We’re only three months in with this series, and I’m already becoming more and more addicted to Netflix by the day. Oh well! *shrugs shoulders* At least it’s all for the greater good of finding even more inspiration to travel the world.
So here is your monthly dose of TV/movie-induced wanderlust courtesy of Netflix. Just don’t let the on-screen entertainment distract you too much from actually going out into the world and enjoying the best HD technology available: your very own eyes.
Food and travel go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’re like spaghetti and meatballs or tequila shots, limes and bad decisions. Ok, maybe that last one is just for the many people who have fallen under the trap of Jose Cuervo and his friends, but you get the idea. Travel and food are inseparable, and Netflix’s mini docu-series will leave you with terrible cravings for both of them. With each 55-minute episode, Netflix gives you a glimpse into the life of a different chef, each with his or her own truly unique and fascinating story. By the time you finish watching all six episodes of Chef’s Table, you’ll want to travel from country to country just to find these culinary geniuses and spoil your taste buds with their masterpieces.
An Idiot Abroad is not your average travel show that follows around a well-traveled and open-minded Anthony Bourdain type of guy. Instead, this show, brought to us courtesy of comedian Ricky Gervais, follows Karl, a simpleminded and actually kind of ignorant guy who doesn’t really like new and “strange” things. The result is a somewhat informative and wanderlust-inspiring show with hilarious commentary from a sometimes curious but mostly reluctant host who doesn’t seem to be enjoying his travels to the Seven Wonders of the World. Gervais describes the show as “one of the funniest and most expensive practical jokes” he’s ever done then adds, “I hope Karl hates every minute of it for my own enjoyment.” It’s a little mean, but like I said, the result is pretty great.
Reading the description of this movie, I thought it would motivate me to travel for reasons very different from what actually ended up inspiring me. Everybody’s Fine is all about Frank, a recently widowed father who decides to travel around the U.S. visiting his adult children who have been somewhat neglecting him. I thought Frank’s pit stops in places like Manhattan, Denver and Las Vegas along with his choice to travel by bus and train (my preferred mode of transportation) would fuel my wanderlust, but in the end it was the moral of the story that moved me.
Everybody’s Fine shows why it is so important to make an effort to keep in touch and maintain connections with the people we love, especially our aging parents. It’s a bit of a tearjerker at times, but it’s a sweet story that left me with an itch not only to travel but also to visit my friends and family around the world while I do so.