5 Shows to Watch if You’re Missing Travel

For a lot of us, this year has meant no travel. This might mean you’ve not been able to visit your favourite city, go on holiday, or meet up with loved ones who live in different parts of the country.

For those who are used to packing up and exploring foreign lands, or simply enjoying a beautiful staycation spot across the UK, this year has felt like we are trapped- and it can make us feel frustrated and bored.

A great way to curb this feeling is to immerse yourself in the travel of others, enjoying your favourite shows and books about travelling to faraway places while we can’t just yet.

Below, I’ve come up with 5 shows that are perfect to watch if you’re missing travel, or you need to be transported far away from home!

‘Emily in Paris’

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This series is light-hearted, funny, and just random enough to work. It is problematic in its representation of moving abroad, building an online following, or life in Paris- but it’s a brilliant watch that really transports you to another place.

if you’re missing travel, let this show give you a sugar-coated, beautiful version of Parisian life and culture.

‘Selling Sunset’

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Checking out the houses of rich people in sunny Los Angeles- what better way to imagine you’re no longer in freezing cold England!

I haven’t actually watched this show yet, but I’ve heard good things about it and it sounds perfect if you’re missing the escapism and warmer climates that travel can bring.

‘The Hook-Up Plan’

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I love this show a lot- and it’s a much more realistic view of Paris than ‘Emily in Paris’- if still very charming! Following three friends as they navigate their adult life, I love the romance, humour, and scenic views of this show.

‘The Hook Up Plan’ is full of fun, crazy French scenes- and it’s such a funny watch to enjoy when you want to escape into Parisian drama.

‘Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father’

Image from the series 'Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father'. Three people pose for the camera in the back of a car.
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This show is funny and full of very random excursions, but it also showcases a lot of culture from across the world- including Asia, Australia, and Eastern Europe.

Travel with Jack and his hilarious father this Spring and immerse yourself in the very random experiences of culture from around the world.

‘How I Met Your Mother’

Image from the series 'How I Met Your Mother' with 5 friends clinking their pints of beer together in a bar.
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I love this series, and it definitely makes me want to visit New York! It looks like such an interesting city, and a lot of my favourite shows are set there- including ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Friends’.

I recommend checking out this show for a fun comedy– and also to get a bit of inspiration for when you can get back to New York for a fun holiday.

What do you think of these shows to watch if you’re missing travel? Where do you want to travel after the pandemic finishes? What is your favourite show to escape into?

Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Happy reading x

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  1. Ahh I really do miss the freedom of going away. I love the whole thing: packing, getting organised, driving to the airport. I can’t wait to get on a plane ASAP
    I haven’t watched Emily in Paris yet – it’s on my list!

    Rosie

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  2. I’ve heard such amazing things about Emily In Paris, I’ll for sure be giving that a watch! Selling Sunset is one of my favourite series – nothing better than seeing these million dollar houses. Thank you for sharing, I’ll be bingeing these Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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  3. Love this post! I definitely miss travelling and I can’t wait to start Emily in Paris I’ve heard such great things about it xx

    Rach – Musingsofthephoenix.co.uk

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  4. Great post! I haven’t heard of most of the shows on the list so I will see if Netflix has them! Happy to see Selling Sunset on there, really like that show and hoping for more seasons!

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  5. I’m not sure if travel between fantasy realms counts as a travel show but I’m escaping into Once Upon A Time at the moment, and trying to finish the last 2 seasons before it disappears from Netflix on 18 May!

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  6. I love Jack Whitehall and his travels with his dad they are hilarious. I have to admit I have never seen any of the others though so I will need to check them out.

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  7. I looooved Selling Sunsets, so excited for the next season! Has me dreaming about living in one of them houses one day!

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  8. Loved these suggestions! I’m definitely missing travelling. I started looking at maybe trips for next year this weekend. I can’t wait to finally book something and have something to look forward to x

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  9. I’ve seen Emily in Paris and Selling Sunset! Can’t wait for the new seasons of both! I might give the hook up plan a shot! Thanks for sharing these because I’ve been wanderlusting!

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  10. I love Selling Sunset! I haven’t watched the others on this list yet so I will have to check those out too. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  11. Lovely ideas! How I Met Your Mother is such a great time to watch right now because I miss New York and I’ll definitely binge-watch Friends again!! Thanks for sharing xx

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  12. Emily in Paris sounds like a fun watch! I will definitely look it up as I can’t wait to go back to Paris one day. Friends is my favorite show to watch when I want to relax.

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  13. I haven’t watched any of these shows actually! But I heard a lot of good reviews about Emily in Paris so I’m gonna give it a try this year and will have to check the rest of your list here. Thank you lovely x

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  14. Emily in Paris, as a lot of the comments say, was amazing. The ultimate feel-good binge series, I wish there was more of that to watch now! Also loved selling sunset, but I haven’t seen the others so I’ll give these a watch too! Thank you for the suggestions x

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  15. I was actually expecting to see a list of travel shows or shows that feature a lot of traveling in some form or another, rather than being hit in the sentimentals with How I Met Your Mother, I loved that show

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  16. I have definitely been missing travel! I’ve always thought Travels with my Father was brilliant, both for the lovely locations they visit, how funny it is but also how sweet their relationship is. HIMYM is one of my longstanding faves too, and largely the reason I want to visit New York as well!

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  17. I loved the hook up plan! Only season I didn’t like was when they filmed it like during covid times because who wants to watch real life? Haha! Emily in Paris was kinda rubbish but like in a good way!

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  18. I love that How I Met Your Mother is on your list! It was a show I followed growing up (although I’m still upset at the ending 😂) but it is such a funny show. I’ve heard of the other shows in your list, but have yet to watch them 🙂 I’d probably watch Emily in Paris just to reminisce the beauty of Paris hahaha

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    1. The ending is awful haha but yes it’s such a great show! I hope you enjoy them, it’s certainly brilliant to see faraway places and reminisce about countries you’ve visited 🙂

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  19. Jack Whitehall and his dad are hilarious! I’ve heard mixed things about Emily in Paris (mostly how unrealistic her wardrobe is and lack of French acclimation) but, as a huge fan of Paris it looks absolutely stunning!

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    1. They have a great on-screen relationship! Yes it’s very unrealistic haha and I agree that it’s not something that should be taken seriously- but it’s a great light-hearted choice x

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  20. So I’ve seen Emily in Paris and How I Met Your Mother. Emily in Paris is interesting because it got really bad reviews so I’d be interested in your thoughts! I think I could go for Selling Sunset it looks like the kind of thing to watch after a long day. And I do like Jack Whitehall’s comedy so something to think about

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