8 Netflix Originals to Fuel Your Wanderlust
You don't need millions of dollars to see the world — just a Netflix subscription and a comfy couch. Whether your dream vacation involves making memories with your family, tasting local cuisine, or wandering off the beaten path, there are plenty of shows that feature culture-savvy hosts on globetrotting journeys that will speak to your particular type of wanderlust. So while you're planning your next trip, check out these Netflix originals for a little inspiration. (Photo via Hilary Whitehall/Netflix)
Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father: English comedian Jack Whitehall is much more laid back than his father, Michael — which makes them hilariously quirky travel buddies. As they visit far-off lands and seek out adventures in an effort to bond, they have to navigate both their international itinerary and their odd-couple relationship. Michael sums it up perfectly while describing a somewhat odd experience on the beach, telling his son, "It's rather nice. Weird, but nice." (Photo via Netflix)
You vs. Wild: Bear Grylls' life is in your hands, and his next adventure is up to you. This interactive series allows viewers to guide the survival expert through a daunting journey, making decisions for him as he traverses dangerous terrain and tackles jaw-dropping outdoor feats in extreme climates while trying to make his way back to civilization. Should Bear jump down a cliff, face off with a wolf, or eat a plump grub? You decide! (Photo via Netflix)
Ugly Delicious: On this foodie-beloved show, James Beard Award-winning chef David Chang enlists the help of his famous friends — including TV host Jimmy Kimmel and actress Gillian Jacobs — to explore the history and evolution of various dishes, like tacos and pizza, that have become staples in American cuisine. But instead of indulging in typical fine dining at exclusive hot spots, Chang encourages his companions (and viewers) to broaden their horizons by not only seeking out hidden gems but also digging into each dish's place in the culture where it originated. (Photo via Netflix)
Somebody Feed Phil: Phil Rosenthal is probably best known as the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, but these days, he's in front of the camera instead of behind it. A newer version of his 2015 PBS series I'll Have What Phil's Having, this Netflix show features Rosenthal traveling to places like Tel Aviv, Mexico City, New Orleans, and Bangkok to try delicious, mouthwatering cuisine. It'll make you want to pack your bags to immediately head off to his latest destination. (Photo via Netflix)
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Chef and food writer Samin Nosrat truly embraces a love of travel, other cultures, and delicious delights. With an infectious enthusiasm that radiates through the screen, she's like a globe-trotting, focaccia-loving BFF guiding you through the hillsides of Italy to collect olives, or digging into the traditional soy sauce-making process in Japan. (Photo via Adam Rose/Netflix)
Our Planet: This stunning Netflix documentary will leave you in awe of the beauty that can be found on our planet, but will also show you the stark reality of how climate change affects the animals we love and need to protect. Using cutting-edge technology, Our Planet offers glimpses into places you'd never be able to witness otherwise, allowing you to see the wildest jungles and deepest oceans from the comfort of your own home. (Photo via Netflix)
Tales by Light: This Australian docuseries follows several professional photographers as they travel around the world in the quest for the perfect image. The stories behind their pictures, and the lengths they go to to get them, will give you a new appreciation for the cultures and landscapes they're trying to capture. (Photo via Netflix)
FightWorld: In Netflix's FightWorld, actor Frank Grillo travels around the world to see how different people in different cultures train for combat sports, from Krav Maga in Israel to Muay Thai in Thailand. Grillo, whose credits include Captain America: Civil War and the TV series Kingdom, has plenty of on-screen fighting experience, so he's an engaging, knowledgeable, and curious host.
The training centers in FightWorld aren't exactly tourist destinations, though, so if you're looking for a show with scenic views and restaurant recommendations, look elsewhere. But if you want a unique perspective on a little-discussed aspect of local culture, this might be your jam. As Grillo says, "This show isn't just about fighting, it's about the people who fight." (Photo via Netflix)
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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