Travelling all the time might not be possible, but one can still live through other people's journeys. We have access to the entire world because of the power of the internet and streaming services. While travel films are frequently fantastic yet fictional, travel documentaries have a way of transporting the viewer. So, here are five of the best travel documentaries you can watch online.
Encounters at the End of the World
Werner Herzog, a German feature film director, has produced several compelling travel documentaries, and this one from 2007 is among his best. The footage from Antarctica has an unearthly aspect as director Peter Zeitlinger records fantastic species that live beneath the ice. Herzog also learns about the equally fascinating residents who live above it.
Children of the Snow Land
This award-winning film depicts young people on an arduous and emotional journey to their ancestral homes in the Himalayan mountain regions. After being sent away to school in Kathmandu as children, they spend more than ten years apart from their parents, who live humble lives in breathtaking surroundings.
Tawai A Voice from the Forest
Using travel footage from explorer Bruce Parry, get acquainted with the tribes in Borneo and the Amazon. Parry focuses on hunter-gatherers to learn from their manner of living and consults specialists on the issues. Though he raises more questions than answers, gaining knowledge from our surroundings feels more relevant than ever.
The Salt of the Earth
Sebastio Salgado, a Brazilian photojournalist, spent 40 years photographing people in lesser-known regions of South America, Africa, and central Europe. And the results are captivating. In this 2014 Oscar-nominated documentary, Salgado discusses his life and work while narrating the narratives behind his stills showcasing breathtaking nature footage. Though not always a pleasant watch because of how he portrays agony and suffering, it is wonderfully rewarding.
March of the Penguins
With the onslaught of winter, it feels like an ideal time to see this adorable classic shot in Antarctica. Emperor penguins walk across beautiful but dangerous snowy landscapes on a yearly voyage for mating season, as told by Morgan Freeman in this documentary.