Travel restrictions are starting to ease but not everyone is ready to pack their bags and hop on a plane. If you’re longing for a vacation but not ready to make that leap yet, travel vicariously from the comfort of your home through these 10 TV series set in exciting locales around the world.
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The White Lotus (HBO)
When HBO was looking for a new series that would be able to film seamlessly during the pandemic, creator Mike White came through with The White Lotus, the dark satire starring Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario and Jennifer Coolidge. They filmed at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and had the place to themselves throughout most of the production. The six-part series is perfect if you're longing for an intriguing mystery with a side of picturesque Hawaiian landscapes.
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Emily in Paris (Netflix)
Whether you've always dreamed of strolling along the Seine with a pain au chocolat in hand or reminiscing about your last trip to France, Emily in Paris is a quick binge that will satisfy some of that wanderlust. Filmed on location in the City of Lights, take a virtual sightseeing tour to spots like the Eiffel Tower, the Jardin de Palais Royale and famous bridges like the Pont Alexandre III.
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Below Deck: Mediterranean (Slice and STACKTV)
Below Deck: Mediterranean is the perfect show if you love reality TV set in some of the world's most beautiful locations. Over its six seasons, escape on a luxury yacht to breathtaking ports of call including Croatia, Spain, Greece, Italy and France. Watch it on Slice or STACKTV.
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Virgin River (Netflix)
For those captivated by the allure of the Pacific Northwest, Virgin River has all of the rugged mountain, forest and small town scenery you could long for. And while the series is set in a fictional Northern Californa town, it actually films in Vancouver, British Columbia and surrounding areas.
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My Brilliant Friend (HBO)
Elena Ferrante's best-selling novels captivated readers around the world before My Brilliant Friend was adapted into a TV series. In its first two seasons, it primarily filmed in the Naples area, but the storyline took them to Pisa as well as the stunning beaches on the island of Ischia.
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Fantasy Island (Global TV)
In this contemporary adaptation of the hit series that aired from 1977 to 1984, guests head to a luxury tropical resort where their dreams and desires come true. The steward of the island is Elena Roarke (Roselyn Sanchez), a descendant of Ricardo Montalbán's iconic Mr. Roarke from the original show. Filming took place in Puerto Rico, primarily at the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve. Watch Fantasy Island beginning Tuesday, August 10 on Global TV or the Global TV App.
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The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals (Netflix)
From breathtaking private islands to camping in a sprinter van, The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals is a world tour of looking beyond hotels and resorts for a getaway. You can live vicariously through hosts Jo, Luis and Megan's adventures while making a list of places to visit some day.
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Nine Perfect Strangers (Prime Video)
In the latest small screen adaptation of a Liane Moriarty novel, Nine Perfect Strangers takes place at a boutique health and wellness resort run by mysterious host, Masha (Nicole Kidman). Filmed in the Byron Bay area of New South Wales in Australia, the miniseries also stars Melissa McCarthy, Regina Hall and Samara Weaving. Watch it on Prime Video beginning Friday, August 20.
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Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Soccer fever was at an all-time high this summer thanks to the Euro Cup tournament, but anticipation for the second season of feel-good comedy Ted Lasso likely fuelled some of the excitement. Filmed in England's Greater London Area, this is the show to watch when you're craving the excitement of a stadium, casual strolls along a canal or a pint at a quaint pub.
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Gossip Girl (HBO Max)
If your heart is in New York City but your mind can't wrap its way around visiting in the near future, the Gossip Girl reboot will help satisfy some of that longing. From the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the cobblestone streets of DUMBO, the series will take you on a tour of the city without any travel headaches.
Written ByMelissa Girimonte