For an industry like ours, whose members live to travel and travel to live, stumbling over the empty suitcase, wondering when you'll get to stay in a quiet hotel room again and remembering spectacular meals eaten in lovely settings can be particularly disheartening. While imagining you are not stuck in your home isn't the same as getting away, it can be super relaxing to immerse yourself in documentaries of far-away places. Here is a handful of films to whisk you away.
My favorite is in a language foreign to me, Gaelic, and delves into Western Ireland, where I love to visit (can't wait to return for a 10th time). The TG4 film explores the seasons of the Burren (An Bhoirinn) through the flora, fauna and humans living in the area on the coast just south of Galway.
Michael J. Shapiro, Northstar Meetings Group's editor of news and technology, loves "Virgin & Extra: The Land of the Olive Oil," which wanders through the Spanish province of Jaen, producer of 20 percent of the world's olive oil.
Spectacular scenery is the raison d'être of "Tales By Light" from Netflix, which began as a short series from camera giant Canon and grew following a partnership with National Geographic. Each of the 15 episodes follows one photographer on a journey to capture elusive wildlife, unique communities and thought-provoking themes.
Throw in some cooking inspiration with "The Chef Show," also from Netflix, in which actor/director Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi travel from kitchen to kitchen in the United States, whipping up specialties with celebrities and well-known chefs. Its 25 episodes should keep you busy for a couple of days.
If all things natural and lovely help rest your mind, two new documentaries from Apple TV+ are just the ticket. "Tiny World," narrated by Paul Rudd, took 10 years to film and compile. The six-episode (so far) series explores small creatures in the African savannah, on a Caribbean island, in the Australian Outback, in the South American jungle, in a North American woodland and in a European garden. Being released on Dec. 4, "The Earth at Night in Color," narrated by Tom Hiddleston, was filmed across six continents, from the Arctic Circle to the African grasslands, and follows nocturnal animals and their moonlit dramas.
Fans of "Outlander," the time-traveling TV show from Starz that’s based on the books of the same name, will love the new roadtrip docuseries featuring Sam Heughan (who plays Jamie Fraser) and Graham McTavish (Dougal Mackenzie). Called “Men in Kilts”, the 2021 show will take viewers around Scotland to discover the country’s heritage, and to meet local artisans and experts.