Moments of Joy

Travel Shows Fill Our Editor's Itch to Hop a Plane

Senior editor Ilene Denton says she's thankful for streaming television.

By Ilene Denton September 29, 2020

In my mind, I’ve gone to Carolina… and Europe and points beyond in the six months since we’ve pretty much holed up at home to avoid the dreaded Covid-19.

Thanks to streaming TV, I’ve binged my way through seven seasons of the quirky British series, Travel Man on Hulu—the episode in which comedian host Richard Ayoade and Jon Hamm tour Hong Kong is priceless—devoured all "The Trip” films, where Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon eat and argue their way through Spain, Greece, Italy and England; dipped into several old episodes of the late Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and Rick Steves’ Europe series; and am now watching the Danish drama, Borgen, mainly because it brings back memories of the couple of days we spent in lovely Copenhagen two  years ago. Chef Samin Nosrat’s beautifully filmed Netflix series, Salt Fat Acid Heat, is as much about the places she visits as it is about the cuisines she experiences there. And because our family trip to Israel was canceled last spring, we’re watching lots of Israeli TV shows: False Flag, When Heroes Fly and Shtisel. (English subtitles are a must.)

Real-life travel will return for us someday, but I’m not brave enough yet to board a plane. And, actually, my husband and I did drive to Carolina, or northwest Georgia, to be precise, to escape the brutal Florida heat for a few weeks, where we stayed in a cabin in a forest by a creek and I busied myself reading, walking and making batches of homemade applesauce.

We’re back, and I’m ready for more virtual adventures. Any suggestions?

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