My wife and I are getting older but we still have a love for adventure and travel. With all the great TV shows, DVDs and other options, and our 42″ LCD TV, we can still enjoy travel and adventure via all the great travel shows and videos available. We love Netflix and their selection of great travel shows and films, available for both streaming and watching on “old-fashioned” DVDs.
Two months ago we dropped cable TV after Time-Warner felt it appropriate to raise our monthly cable bill to $85 a month including HD, basic digital, a variety tier with Travel Channel, BBC America and some other channels and a DVR. Our son helped us cancel the cable TV and connect our new iMac to our big screen TV and we haven’t looked back.
We’ve enjoyed a wonderful range of travel shows and videos, all for practically free and I wanted to share them with others. A key part of our new set-up, and the only thing we pay for, is Netflix. We pay $12.99 a month for unlimited streaming plus 4 physical DVDs at a time.
Now that our computer is connected to the TV, we can enjoy all these great travel videos on the big screen, sometimes even in high definition. And another great thing is we are saving about $70. a month which we can put towards real travel.
Netflix has a staggering library of travel videos and DVDs. Just search for a city or destination and you can see the depth of their content. Although you may think of them for new release movies and TV shows, they have a great selection of travel videos from well know TV shows and producers, as well as from small independents. Netflix has a great selection of travel shows like “No Reservations”, “Bizarre Foods”, and more from PBS, National Geographic and the A & E Network.
This is one of our favorites. Many full length PBS shows are available to watch online, in high quality. We particularly love the NOVA episodes, especially recent ones about the Search For King Solomon’s Mines and another great one on Stonehenge. They also have a series called Secrets Of The Dead, and there are many, many great subjects. We’ve been watching shows on The Silver Pharaoh and Herculaneum, a place we visited in Italy, near Pompeii.
Youtube.com is a great source for many subjects. If you are planning a trip somewhere, why not search for the city or destination and see what comes up. We have two favorites, a series from Dennis Callan and a series on India from 7WONDERSOFINDIA. We like searching for different cities or places, you find a range of videos, from amatuer home movies to clips from BBC and other broadcast networks.
This is the goldmine for us. We discovered Dennis Callan and his tourvideos.com videos via youtube. He is part of the Hawaii Geographic Society and leads group tours around the world. At each destination, he offers great commentary and information, and sometimes just films the local guide or expert. A key to his videos is a steady-cam, all his shots are smooth and still, no roller coaster camerawork. His videos are all over youtube or on his own site. They are all free, and he has traveled around the world. Its a really great range, we enjoyed the videos on Peru and his travels through Europe.
Hulu.com has a huge library of free travel videos. Including great travel TV shows like “No Reservations”, series from Samantha Brown and some great shows from the National Geographic Channel. Also full episodes of Rick Steves. Additional new shows are available via their Hulu Plus service which is $9.99 per month.