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Travel Documentaries To Quench Your Wanderlust

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The whole world is going through the fear of the pandemic disease of Coronavirus. You may not be able to travel or leave the house right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live vicariously through other people.  But here are some travel documentaries that open your eyes to secrets, adventure, new ways of life and a lot of wanderlust!

1. Street Food

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This new netflix series from the creators of Chef’s Table will explore a different region each season. They start off on the streets of Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and more. You can see the carts, stalls, and markets that folks visit on the go, in the middle of the night, or even every day. Unlike other food shows, Street Food spends each episode highlight the intense personal connection between the meals and the people who make them.

 

2. The Dawn Wall

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El Capitan in Yosemite is one of the most famous climbing destinations and the Dawn Wall, so named because it is the first thing in the valley to be illuminated in the morning, had never been free-climbed (the act of using equipment only to protect from falls, not to assist in climbing) until Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen took it on. The documentary explains the years of training and each climber’s motivation for attempting the world-record climb.

 

3. Around The World In 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days is a 7 part BBC travel series written and presented by comedian Michael Palin. It is based on the famous adventure novel by Jules Verne with the same name. Similar to the novel, Palin accepts the challenge to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days and closely follows the road and sea route, as taken by the protagonist in the novel. He takes you across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America through nearly every possible means of transport.

 

4. Baraka 

Baraka, also known as among some of the best travel documentaries ever is a non-narrative documentary is a kaleidoscopic retreat into the different hymns of nature and its impact on various cultures. From the cacophonic chants of hundreds of monks huddled together for a cosmic yajna to the frenzied thumping of the whole village, the documentary highlights the phenomena of nature and how it forms the core of various cultures.

 

7. K2- Siren of the Himalayas 

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K2: Siren of the Himalayas is a multilingual travel documentary that shows you the dangerous world of high altitude mountaineering and follows a group of mountaineering experts as they venture on an epic journey. You get introduced to deathly cliffs, braving hideous climates and beautiful snow-covered mountains.

 

6. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi 

This great documentary is about Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old world-renowned sushi master with a tiny restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station, who is one day awarded three Michelin stars. Throughout the documentary, you will see the pursuit of perfection of sushi and get a great glimpse into Japanese culture. This opens a world driven by passion and bliss. Any wanderlust out there must watch this.

 

7. Everyday Is Like a Saturday 

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Every day is like a Saturday when you are on a long trip around the world. Solo traveling is not only about meandering through unknown lanes of a forbidden place. But it is also a great way to delve deep inside one’s own existence. The story brings out the chronicles of trekkers on four different continents. The documentary also includes interviews from other backpackers and highlights how the road can form unbreakable bonds.

 

These documentaries surely will quench the wanderlust within you. Related content- Top Underrated Places One Must Visit

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The Most Beautiful Villages In The World

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Who doesn’t love big cities? But there are a lot of them around the world the feel remarkably similar. They consistently feature skyscrapers, crowded streets, and busy people in business suits.
Although, if you want to have the best way to travel experience it surely has to be a fundamentally different culture to explore the smaller villages away from the big cities.

Below are the 8 most beautiful villages in the world that immediately show how unique they truly are.

Shan State village, Myanmar

Situated on the banks of Inle Lake, Shan State village in Myanmar is definitely not the easiest village to get to. But if you get the chance, it is the opportunity of a lifetime!

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Popeye Village, Malta 

Popeye village, located at Anchor bae in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta. It was an also film set from the 1980 musical ‘Popeye’, now a theme park village with boat rides & food outlets.

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Carvoeiro, Portugal 

It is a beautiful small town of Carvoeiro situated on the Portugal coasts. It is a fantastic destination to witness beautiful ambience and have a relaxed, peaceful holiday.

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Simiane La Rotonde Village, France

Surrounded by olive groves and lavender fields, Simiane La Rotonde is a beautiful hilltop village depicting the ancient medieval vibes. It has flower filled cobbled streets lined with pretty houses and artistic studious to die upon!

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Reine, Norway

A tiny and incredibly picturesque village situated in Norway is the best place to discover the Lofoten Islands.  Hub of fishing, the village has earned the title of the ‘most beautiful village in the world.’

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Rural Village, China

Situated on the rice field in southern China, this village is the significance of what peace looks like. It is located near Zhaotong District, Yunnan Province.

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is one of Austria’s oldest and most famous towns. It has 16th-century Alpine houses and is home to scenic coffee shops and cafes. It also has a trail which leads to Echelon Valley glacier garden with beautiful glacier view.

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Gifu village, Shirakawa Japan

Shirakawa, Gifu village in Japan. It is known for being the site of Shirakawa-go traditional village showcasing a building style known as gassho-zukuri. Moreover, it has enormous fields of sunflowers which is a delight to watch!

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Is It Safe To Visit Nuclear Disaster Sites?

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“Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.” 

-Albert Einstein

There was a time when countries and nation-states were in the rat race to acquire the monopoly over nuclear weapons. That was the time when the nuclear proliferation of these weapons was growing at an increasing rate. The weapon states and non-weapon states were at loggerheads with each other. Sooner and later, every country embarked on their individual capacity to build nuclear reactors and now if we look back, no good was achieved. The hunger games to redistribute the balance of power has led to the loss of lives and abandonment of places where once life perpetrated in the underbelly of once-safe nuclear disaster sites. Nuclear disasters occurred and left a legacy no one wanted. We earned but at what cost? Now that we are tackling with an invisible enemy ourselves, here’s a look at what these nuclear disaster sites look like today and whether it is safe to pay a visitation or not.

 

CHERNOBYL, 26 April 1986

More than 33 years ago, Chernobyl became the world’s worst nuclear disaster site. The plant crew intentionally switched off the safety systems to test the turbine.

Chernobyl has been opened to tourists and public since 2011 when the government authorities deemed it safe to visit. Given that you follow the orders of the tourist guide, you can prevent the radioactive from perpetrating your body.

The main danger is not radiation anymore, but the unsafe structures which have been deserted for 30 years, and lots of metal has been stripped away. So go around in groups, and obey the guide’s instructions.

 

FUKUSHIMA, 11 March 2011

The Dai-ichi nuclear power plant spewed radiation across dozens of towns, triggering a 10 mile evacuation zone. Following a major earthquake, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on 11 March 2011. All three cores largely melted in the first three days.

9 years after the nuclear accident, Fukushima is expectantly opening up for Tokyo Olympic games 2020. The Japan government declares that Fukushima is under control.

 

TRINITY SITE, NEW MEXICO, 16 July 1945

One week after the establishment of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated in the north-central portion of the missile range, approximately 60 miles north of White Sands National Monument.

This site is now open to the public twice a year. It is located on the White Sands Missile Range which is an active military installation in New Mexico. The atmosphere is quite a circus with people bringing screaming kids, strollers, beer coolers, bicycles, dogs, and everything else you could think of.

 

Related: How Introversion makes the best Traveller

 

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Virtual Travel 2020: Sightseeing

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COVID- 19 is haunting the whole world. The deadly virus is spreading fast and also killing many. In addition, it has also forced many people around the world to be under a lockdown. In such times, it is but natural that one would come across boredom or be clueless about what to do. Because of the LockDown, even the travelers are missing one of the main seasons of travel. Therefore, in this blog, you can find different sightseeing places where you can visit as a part of your Virtual Travel 2020.

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The Tourism Boards of many countries have made up arrangements for offering virtual tours. As a part of Virtual Tour 2020, you can tour the whole of Switzerland. The tour offers the visitors a tour to 22 lakes, 5 alpine passes and 12 different UNESCO sites. To tour Switzerland, visit here.

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In addition, other countries like Australia, and Portugal to have come up with similar initiatives. There are different lakes, palaces, museums and castles in Australia that you can take a tour of. In addition, you can tour places like the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Schonbrunn Palace, Giant Ice caves and many more. To take a tour, visit here.

Giant Ice Caves; Source: salzburg.info

After that, you can visit here and take a tour of Portugal as well.

Apart from these whole country tours, there are countries that are providing tours of some of the most famous landmarks they have. For instance, Ireland is offering a tour of the Wild Atlantic Way. Find it here.

Wild Atlantic Way, Source: Ireland.com

In the same way, you can meet polar bears from Canada here. Apart from the polar bears from Canada, Google maps also brings to us many other places to tour. For instance, you can tour the Taj Mahal from India, Kennedy Space Center, USA, Pyramids of Giza from Egypt. In addition, you can also tour the Everest base camp, Venice, Burj Khalifa, Mt Fuji and much more. Just visit here.

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Burj Khalifa, Source: YouTube

The Cambodian site of Angor Wat is available to tour on the above link of google maps. In addition, there is a special website dedicated for the Virtual Tour of Angor Wat. Find it here. 

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Angor Wat, Source: Out Adventures

The breathtaking site of Machu Picchu can be visited here. 

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To visit London click here and to visit Washington D.C. click here.

Well with so many new places to visit, now you don’t have to worry about the boredom.

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