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By Yannie Chan | February 3rd, 2021

Take a stroll on the streets of Japan, sample European delicacies and go on epic travel adventures with these online travel shows.

Nippon Wandering Channel (YouTube)

We never expected to be so captivated by videos taken while walking around cities in Japan, but here we are. There’s no talking nor much action in these YouTube videos — just a clear view of the streets as the person behind the camera take a stroll in Japan. Even so, it replicates some of the wonder you feel exploring Japan. You notice the busy shops, over-the-top displays outside restaurants, bright LCD displays, and impressively quiet streets. Walk along the Shinjuku district, or appreciate stunning cherry blossoms at Tokyo’s Imperial place.

Regional Eats by Food Insider (YouTube)

YouTube channel Food Insider is creates mouth-watering videos about all things food, and the series Regional Eats comprises of 15-minute videos about the craft behind specialty food dishes in Europe. Watch the host learn about focaccia in Italy, traditional French butter in France, canned sardines in Portugal, and limoncello in the Amalfi Coast. With a little bit of imagination, it’s almost as if you’ve traveled there yourself.

Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure (Netflix)

If you’re looking for a casual bite-sized travel show, the show hosted by UK model and activist Joanna Lumley is fun and easy to watch. Taking the audience from Italy to Kyrgyzstan, Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure traces the ancient silk road in fast-paced episodes that spend only five to ten minutes of airtime at each city. Lumley always spends time with a local at each city and showcases an unusual side of the local culture. When you’ve finished with her silk road travels, there are another two series waiting for you: Joanna Lumley’s Japan and Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberia Adventure.

Magical Andes (Netflix)

From Argentina to Colombia, this documentary follows five people who share a deep connection to South America’s majestic mountains. Travel through countries like Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, and meet remote communities who live and die by the Peruvian mountains. With only five episodes and each within 30 minutes, it’s a quick tour through this ancient and culturally rich region.

Magical Andes is on Netflix now

Dark Tourist (Netflix)

This series showcase travel itineraries that the majority of us will never go on. Journalist David Farrier focuses on a subset of tourism known as dark tourism, which is about visiting places associated with death and tragedy. He makes friends with a death-worshipping cult in Mexico, visits a nuclear lake in Fukushima, and explore haunted forests.