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8 Netflix series to kick your wanderlust into overdrive

Published June 29th, 2017

For anyone who has ever thought that binge watching Netflix might have been a waste of time here is your guide on how to be a productive couch potato...sit back, kick up your feet, and let Netflix do the talking.

Because, if you’re struggling to stay motivated in saving up for your next holiday then what you should be doing is binge watching the following shows to get that motivation into raring action...and all for just $8.99 a month.

Think of each episode of your chosen show as a little dose of inspiration and education to keep you on track. Now that’s what you should be calling #netflixandchill. But if you still have trouble saving then have no fear cause we've gotchu with the magical possibility of layby for flights*.

1.The Get Down

For New York City

From Baz Luhrmann and a team of talented collaborators, The Get Down is a mythic story of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form. Set in New York in 1977, this music-driven drama series chronicles the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco -– told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever. If this doesn’t make you want to get on the next plane to New York, we don’t know what will.

2.Life below Zero

For Alaska

This reality adventure series follows individuals who've chosen to live in the remote Alaskan wilderness, miles from civilization. Follow five households, including a family with seven children, three singles and a couple who raise sled dogs, as they endure a long Alaskan winter.

 

3.Master of None

For New York in Season 1 and Italy in Season 2

Best known for his role on the award-winning series Parks and Recreation, comedian Aziz Ansari stars, writes, and directs Master of None, a new Netflix original comedy series loosely based on his own life experiences. Master of None follows the personal and professional lives of Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life.

Ambitious, funny, cinematic and intensely personal, Dev's story takes him through subjects as diverse as the plight of the elderly, the immigrant experience, and how to find the most delicious pasta for dinner. The show in season 2 moves from New York to Italy, watch both seasons for ultimate travel fomo.

 

4.Chef’s Table

For everywhere

Chef's Table features six of the world’s most renowned international chefs and offers viewers the opportunity to go inside the lives and kitchens of these culinary talents. Each season features chef’s from across the globe as they source ingredients from local markets and the natural habitat around them.

Season 3's chefs include Jeong Kwan, Baekyasa Temple (South Korea), Vladimir Muhkin, White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia), Tim Raue, Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany), Virgilio Martinez, Central (Lima, Peru), Ivan Orkin, Ivan Ramen (New York, NY) and Nancy Silverton, Osteria Mozza, (Los Angeles, CA).

 

5.Human Planet

For everywhere

Multi-BAFTA Award winner and Academy Award nominee John Hurt narrates this stunning documentary series about human interaction with the natural world: everything from reindeer herding in Norway to icebreaking in Ottawa.

You’ll never want to experience travel in any sort of conventional way again as you become inspired by the vastly different ways of life presented from each of the far corners of the earth.

 

6.The Crown

For England and Africa

The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world -- Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street - and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

Two houses, two courts, one Crown, and a fascinating observation of the beauty of the UK, and briefly of Africa, as the Queen, embarks on a four continent Commonwealth tour.

 

7.Girlboss

For San Fransisco

Girlboss is inspired by the New York Times best-selling book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the fashion brand Nasty Gal. The series centers on Amoruso (Britt Robertson), who began selling vintage clothes on eBay and, by the age of 28, had built the multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal.

Rebellious and broke, Sophia stumbles into creating an online business and learns how to be the boss. The series is set in San Francisco with some of the city’s most famous landmarks incorporated, including one comical scene involving one of the city’s infamously steep hills and a cable car.

 

8.House of Cards

For Washington DC

A ruthless politician will stop at nothing to conquer Washington, D.C., in this Emmy and Golden Globe-winning political drama. Congressman Frank Underwood embarks on a ruthless rise to power. Blackmail, seduction and ambition are his weapons.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara, the series peppers iconic Washington D.C. landmarks throughout while also revealing another light to the potential below the surface goings on of this powerful city.

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.