JULY 15, 2020

Screen trotters

BY NEAL P. CORPUS

The itch to travel is real. But until we can all go out again, here are five Netflix shows that’ll do the trick.

Ah, to travel the world — do we even know what that feels like anymore? With almost all of our connections to the outside world being relegated to our screens, there’s no better time than to feed our wanderlust virtually. It’s time to hit up the travel section of your Netflix list — here are some of our faves.

The World‘s Most Extraordinary Homes

The show’s Spain episode features the Solo House 2 by Office KGDVS in Matarraña. Photo courtesy of Netflix

This show is going to make you want to do two things: travel and (maybe) build the home of your dreams. Hosted by charismatic duo Caroline Quentin and Piers Taylor, this series takes you, well, all around the world, featuring homes in Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Israel, and more.

What’s great about it is that the houses they visit aren’t all sprawling mansions — the show is an exercise in exhibiting great design that adapts to its environment, all in varying sizes.

Salt Fat Acid Heat

In this four-part series, Samin Norsat takes us through the four main pillars of great cooking: salt, fat, acid, and heat.

There’s a good chance you’ve already seen this, but let me tell you — it’s worth watching over and over again.

Whether it’s to drool over the delicious food or take in the sights in Italy, Japan, Mexico, and California, there’s always something new to appreciate in this four-part series. And it’s hard not to fall in love with its host Samin Nosrat as she takes you through the four pillars of great cooking.

Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father

Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father follows the British comedian and his father Michael on misadventures around the world.

If traveling the world with your dad either sounds like a dream or a nightmare, then this show is for you.

British comedian Jack Whitehall takes his father Michael on a grand trip around Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and the USA, getting into all sorts of, how do I say this… interesting situations? Antics include wrestling training, naked yoga — you get the picture.

Restaurants On The Edge

Restaurants On The Edge stars chef Dennis Prescott, designer Karin Bohn, and restauranteur Nick Liberato.

The concept of fixing up restaurants on a show isn’t really new — hello, Gordon Ramsay? — but what sets this one apart is that these eateries aren’t just on the edge of closing down, but they’re also on the edge of a great view.

A restaurateur, chef, and interior designer swoop in Queer Eye style and work some magic, with a healthy serving of travel on the side — Malta, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Finland, and more, to be exact.

Our Planet

Apart from showcasing the world’s natural habitats, Our Planet also educates the audience on the impact of climate change.

If you were a big fan of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet growing up, this one’s for you. The nature documentary narrated by David Attenborough takes you through the various kinds of natural habitats on earth, like frozen worlds, jungles, coastal seas, and more.

While it is breathtaking, the docu series also focuses on the impact of climate change on all living creatures.

Before you dive into a whole day of binge-watching, get some snacks in order. Fries, perhaps? Hop on over to your nearest Ayala Mall for a fix.