1. A Map for Saturday
Rated high as one of best travel documentaries in IMDB, A Map for Saturday is filmed around 4 different continents. This 90-minute documentary is a collection of interviews of backpackers who give a real insight into the highs and lows of traveling. Directed by Brook Silva-Braga who quit his job with HBO to travel around the globe, A Map for Saturday reveals the real struggles the travelers have to go through during their loneliest moments and the hard truths of the system we live in. Connect with the emotional side of the travelers and understand why they travel around the world in this impressive documentary that will make you rethink your life's decisions.
2. Made in Iceland
Hiking through the vast, photogenic landscapes filled with natural hot springs, fjords, glaciers, and deserted trails, Klara Harden takes you through the lengths and breadth of Iceland in this 25-day long solo pilgrimage which is one of the best travel documentaries of 2011. Accompanied by only her 550D Canon camera, Klara Harden should outrun the rabid Arctic fox while she embarks on an incredible journey tracing her way through the majestic Iceland scenery. Join the journey of this solo traveler as she sets on to experience the beauty of the Mother Nature in all its glory.
3. Tell it on the Mountain
Tracks features the journey of an young women named Robyn Davidson, who goes on a 1,700-mile long trek in the deserts of Western Australia in 1977. Supported by only her four camels and her faithful dog, Diggity, Robyn Davidson sets on a daring journey that tests her determination as she travels from Alice Springs to the Great Indian Ocean - fending off poisonous snakes, enduring the extreme desert temperatures, nursing her camels as they got injured and keeping up with the indigenous people along her journey. Mia Wasikowska reprises the role of Robyn Davidson in this riveting tale that lasted 9 months, making Tracks one of the top draws for being the best documentaries ever created.
5. The Endless Summer
6. 180 Degree South
180 Degree South captures the journey of an adventurer, Jeff Johnson, as he recreates the epic journey of his heroes, Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia with a little twist - instead of driving down the road, Johnson sails his way to Patagonia only to be shipwrecked off the Easter Island. With a burning desire to reach Patagonia, Johnson surfs his way through the sea where he comes in contact with the largest wave in his life. Lined with a striking eco-friendly message that is the need of the hour, the adventure of Jeff Johnson feels complete and is certainly motivating to the viewers.
7. Touching the Void
Shot in a period of 14 months on 6 different continents involving 24 countries, Baraka is a 90-minute documentary that is a collection of photographed scenes depicting the human emotions, the beauty of nature and the perils of life, as is seen from a kaleidoscope. Devoid of any dialogues or voice overs, Baraka captivates your senses with its amazing display, that was initially shot in a 70 mm Todd-AO and reproduced in an 8K resolution! 'The essence of life', as Baraka translates to, is an impressive ride documented by Ron Fricke and transforms you completely. Don't miss out on this pinnacle of a documentary that is a strong contingent to becoming one of the best travel documentaries of all time.
9. The Fruit hunters
10. Nordfor Sola
Nordfor Sola tells the adventurous story of two youngsters - Inge Wegge and Jorn Ranum, who survived nine months of Norwegian winter in the desolated arctic coast of Northern Norway eating out of thrown away foods from the local store and living in a cabin made of driftwood that washed up on the shores. Left with nothing but faith and their surfboards, witness the youngsters as they struggle to keep their lives intact against the blistering cold and the vast freezing waters of Atlantic Ocean.