Normally, millions of Americans are enjoying summer vacation travel right now, but thanks to the pandemic, people who would normally be cruising, overseas, and on the road are at home watching pre-pandemic hosts. enjoying other cultures around the world. The late Anthony Bourdain was considered the Michael Jordan of the hosts of the travelogue. He was the kitchen expert capable of fusing his own open-minded curiosity, his inherent humanity and his sharp intelligence into several shows that won the Emmys galore. He was so respected that he managed to convince President Barack Obama to share noodles with him in Vietnam on his CNN program “Parts Unknown”. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2018. Although Bourdain was one of a kind, there is no shortage of other entertaining travel shows to watch. Here is a sample of eight available now on streaming services. “Down to Earth With Zac Efron”, Netflix Efron, better known as an actor in films ranging from “High School Musical” to “The Greatest Showman”, is also an ardent environmentalist. He therefore joins well-being guru Darin Olien to seek healthy and sustainable solutions for the planet. He studies Iceland’s renewable energy efforts, visits an eco-village in Costa Rica, reflects on the diet and longevity of the island of Sardinia, and explores London’s strategies for reducing pollution. The couple is perpetually fascinated by what’s going on, saying, “Gnarly!” and “Dude!” while springing up references to pop culture. In Iceland alone, they cited “Batman”, “Star Wars”, “Jurassic Park”, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and “Lord of the Rings”. And Efron fans won’t mind seeing a topless Efron during the hot and cold stone massage. “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” Disney Plus Best known for cursing frightened chefs on “Hell’s Kitchen” or fixing broken restaurants on “Kitchen Nightmares”, Gordon Ramsay decided to hit the road in search of what he called ” culinary inspiration “. In the first season, it hits Peru, New Zealand, Morocco, Laos, Hawaii and Alaska. He deliberately tackles rugged terrain, high altitude climbing in Peru, kayaking in Laos or snorkeling in New Zealand. He learns the local cuisine and then tries to reproduce them. It doesn’t always work and his well-designed ego is often lowered by several notches. “Gaycation with Ellen Page and Ian Daniel” Oscar-nominated actress for Hulu, Ellen Page (“Juno”) and her friend Ian Daniel, both gay, visit different countries with a look at the LGBTQ community, including Brazil, Japan, Ukraine and India. Each episode covers a lot of ground. In the Japanese episode, they party in the gay district of Tokyo and participate in a symbolic gay marriage in a Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Page’s sardonic sense of humor shines through, as does the complexity of the issues they often address. “Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi” Hulu Padma Lakshmi, the elegant Indo-American host of “Top Chef”, roams cuisines across the United States, tasting burritos in El Paso, Texas, hot dogs at Milwaukee, dosa in New York and pad thai in Las Vega Vegas. As an immigrant herself, Lakshmi gives voice to immigrants whose ethnic cuisine is often filtered, distorted and watered down for unsophisticated white customers. She then finds millennial chefs who seek to restore authenticity to their native cuisine. It also explores the complications of immigration policy at ground level. For example, she meets a Syrian immigrant who runs a car wash / restaurant in El Paso. He wholeheartedly embraces Donald Trump while saying that he loves Mexicans, many of whom work for him. Lakshmi does not push him on contradictions, later explaining on Twitter: “I was never going to change my mind. I wanted to listen, to show. “” Somebody Feed Phil “Netflix The creator and producer” Everybody Loves Raymond “, Phil Rosenthal, travels the world, consuming food from Morocco to Saigon, from London to Tel Aviv, with the infectious enthusiasm of a child of 12 12 year old aged on a cheesy sugar jokes and sufficient to fill a Borscht Belt variety show. Unlike Samantha Brown or Bourdain, Rosenthal is not a historian or a chief, so his point of view is comparable to that of a hungry tourist, eager to immerse himself in the culture he visits. He has great joy in eating with families and making fun of the locals. “This is where the magic is,” he says to “Lunch, Lunch and Dinner” Netflix award-winning chef David Chang, after the success of “Ugly Delicious”, takes some of his famous friends on trips around the world. He cuts with Seth Rogan Rogen at Vancouver, Rogan’s hometown of Rogen, Chrissy Teigen brings her th cutting sprit in Marrakech, Morocco. Kate McKinnon and Chang find gastronomic joy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Chang, fiery and empathetic, chooses the brains of celebrities while making pottery in Morocco, visiting monks in Cambodia and being pedicured in Los Angeles. It is light and easy to take. The first season is four episodes. Amazon Prime “Scam City” This show was originally broadcast on NatGeo for two seasons from 2012 to 2014 but retains its charms. Irish host and journalist Conor Woodman reveals how scammers are trying to scam travelers. He often uses hidden cameras. “I’m getting ripped off so you don’t have to,” he says. Taxi drivers distribute cash for change in Buenos Aires. The strip bars in Bangkok attract tourists with 3 beers, then charge $ 100 and threaten them if they don’t pay. Back room The backroom gambling halls in New Orleans guarantee that the odds are against tourists. Woodman says he has been bullied at times when scammers find out what he is doing. Some of the “crimes” have been staged, but it’s still fun. “The Kindness Diaries” Netflix Leon Logothetis, a former London broker, gives up his comfortable life, takes off from his motorbike and embarks on a social experiment: without money, without food and without place to stay, he seeks the generosity of strangers for all of the above. Netflix only has season two available, where it starts in Alaska in the middle of winter and drives in a vintage yellow Love Bug Beetle to Argentina. “Goodness flows through us, and it’s up to us to share it with as many people as possible,” he says. There is an overabundance of hugs and occasional rejection. At the end of each episode, Logothetis surprises a nice stranger with a gift. Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See the offers. Your Atlanta Journal-Constitution subscription funds in-depth reports and surveys to keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. Download the new AJC app. More local news, more news and in-depth journalism. AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now. Download the new AJC app. More local news, more news and in-depth journalism. AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now. With the largest team in the state, the AJC reports on what’s really going on with your taxes and your elected officials. 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