If you’ve got the taste for travel and like me, the thought of going it alone into the unknown scares the hell out of you, then here are 5 documentaries you can watch on Netflix that will inspire you to pack up and travel even if it’s just for a short break.

I have chosen these documentaries, because whenever I watch them it just makes me realise that life is far too short and there is a need for adventure and that there is so much of the world that I have to see. These documentaries have inspired me and I sure will motivate anyone who has the travel bug or just needs a change in their life own inspiration from them, instead of experiencing them secondhand when you can experience it all first hand…

So if your up for watching these fascinating adventures, to be motivated and inspired to do something different sit back with your Netflix account and enjoy. Just make sure that you do something about the travel bug after….

The Netflix Documentary Countdown

Departures on Netflix

Departures on Netflix

  1. Destinations (Series 1 -3)

I’ve reviewed Departures be before which you can read my past article ‘Why You Need To watch Departures,’ for more details on this show.

Departures follow’s Scott , Justin and the camera man as they travel through various locations of the world , experiencing new experiences, food tasting and how people live. The whole thing is a complete boys trip with banter and will give you the urge to go traveling.


2.  The Long Way Round

Long Way Round Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman

The Long Way Round on Netflix

As an actor I have always like Ewan McGregor but having watched this show I respect him as a person. This show follows Ewan and his best mate Charlie Boorman as they embark on a three-month motorbike road trip across Europe,Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia to ride the Road of Bones through Siberia, over to Alaska, through Canada, North America and finished in New York.

The great thing about this documentary is that the audience literally gets to experience Ewan and Charlie’s journey from start to finish from organising the trip, getting sponsors, learning to fix their own motorbikes, survival training and their the actual journey it’s self where they experience all sorts of experiences both the high and lows. What I also enjoyed about this show is both Ewan and Charlie are very real throughout this, there a good laugh a bit tongue in cheek at time but a great laugh.

Although I myself wouldn’t travel on a motorbike, I would most certainly consider driving in a car and would love to experience parts of the world that I would not normally experience.

Long Way Down Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

The Long Way Down on Netflix

3.  The Long Way Down

We’re back with Ewan and Charlie, and this time they are on route to South Africa and back on the motorbikes.

We see the guys face a lot more challenges as they travel from Scotland, through Western Europe, East and Southern Africa. We see them having to deal strict border controls, sleeping in the wild and meeting with locals and seeing how they live.

If you have watched the Long Way Round, then you most defiantly have to watch this follow-up, it’s defiantly a five-star rating.

4.  Maiden Trip


Maidentrip on Netflix

There’s documentary was actually one of the most inspiring documentaries I have ever seen and it literally had me glued to my seat from start to finish…

This documentary follows Laura Dekker, a 14-year-old sailor as she sets out to become the youngest sailor to sail around the world solo. I have to admit, that to be that young and to sail around the world takes balls. This documentary we see Laura through her video diary as she meets new people who are all the happy to help her achieve her ultimate goal, we get to understand her family life and where her passion for sailing began and also see her experience life.

Be aware the show switches from English to Dutch a lot but is still a very interesting show to watch.

5. The Last Patrol 

The Last Patrol Documentary

documentaries on netflix


This documentary is very much an acquired taste, but it’s very interesting to watch, as it follows four men two army veterans and two journalists who have all experienced war face to face.

As they follow the train tracks on an adventure avoiding the railway police and camping over night in various locations, the guys discuss how they felt whilst on their tour of duties, adjusting to life after the army and their experiences.

It is a very long documentary and I admit I had to turn this off and come back to it another day, but the journey it’s self was a very interesting journey and is not the normal, type of travel documentary so it’s defiantly worth a watch but probably has more appeal to ex-service men and women.




Please Note: I do not own any of the images of the documentaries in this blog post, nor am I affiliated with any of the above. These are just my personal preferences of documentaries that have inspired me to travel.


About The Author

LJ is the founder of Outside the Bubble UK, she will be releasing her first novel this year called ‘The Secret Diary of a Hotel Entertainer’, which is based on some of her experience as a hotel entertainer over the years. LJ has a passion for Travel and this year is preparing for her next big adventure, whilst also training for her first Triathlon

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11 Responses

  1. Reuben

    Reading your website gave me a lot of interesting info , it
    deserves to go viral.

  2. Erin Southerland

    I love Departures! It’s such an interesting show to watch – the style is so great. I’d never heard of the other documentaries before so I think I’ll check them out.

  3. Deni

    Netflix was actually recommending Departures for me, but I couldn’t bring myself to watch it because I knew how much I would want to book a plane ticket immediately after!! I will definitely have to check out The Last Patrol though! It’s such a cool premise!

  4. Maja | Mexatia

    I always want to, but never end watching up documentaries. I often watch travel-themed movies, but The departures look interesting and I might check that one.

  5. Tina and Jimmy

    I’ve actually seen remainder and your right, it does have you sitting on the edge of your seat and is quite amazing. I think it’s very inspiring to see films like these as they teach us that anything is possible! Life is too short agreed and I think that getting out and seeing the world helps us to expand our minds and brings some peace! I love traveling and while I used to travel alone, which was so energizing to me because I have a need for a change of scenery in my life! I now travel with my fiance, but there is something about going it alone that is so refreshing and empowering!

  6. Allison

    I don’t have Netflix and don’t watch a lot of TV (time poor lol). My hubby is a biker so I have seen a bits and pieces of Ewan’s trips when he has been watching them. Agree these are great choices for inspiring travel.

  7. Clare

    I haven’t seen any of these, but will be adding to my list to watch. I knew about the Ewan McGregor one just never watched it. The 14 year old sailing around the world on her own sounds really interesting, think I will put that to the top of the list 🙂

  8. Arzo Travels

    I love Netflix – I always watch it: at home, in my holidays (always have my laptop with me) Funny though that I have not watched any of the mentioned (maybe we do not have them here in Germany and where I had traveled recently). Great tips.

  9. Soumya Nambiar

    I usually don’t watch documentaries since I never find too much time for it. I never knew that Ewan Mcgregor was such an avid traveller. Definitely need to watch all of them as and when I get time.

  10. Joanna

    I didn’t accesses yet the documentaries library from Netflix and now I’m seeing what I missed. They all sound like great watches and tonight I might even watch the documentary about the 14 years old girl who sailed around the world.


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