2020 is the year of ‘staycation’ as all our vacation plans have gone down the drain due to a global pandemic. Most of the airlines have started running restricted flight plans, so at best you can travel within Pakistan but even then following SOPs is itself a challenge. However, those who have been bitten by travel bug cannot wait to soak some foreign culture or fresh air.
Fret not if the idea of adventure sports or tourism, no matter how appealing, seems far-fetched. Streaming platforms have brought ample opportunities in your lap to experience escapism without jet lag.
Here are 5 TV shows that you can indulge in and then perhaps jot down locations to visit, once life goes back to the old ‘normal’:
Every foreign show teaches you something new about a country/city and its denizens. The 2015 romance-drama Poldark features impressive landscapes of Cornwall, a country on England’s southwestern tip, so much so that it made it the top holiday destination during its prime days.
Big Little Lies
When you think of a group of 4 or 5 women ruling television in recent times, you can’t forget about Big Little Lies which is a visual delight. Not just because of its plot twists and the impeccable acting prowess of its leading ladies, but the show invites you in with its beautiful cinematography. Monterey County, California is an uncredited star of the show.
The popular Scottish detective drama Shetland isn’t entirely shot on the island that shares its name. Set against coastal backdrops, the series has been filmed in mainland Scotland, especially in Glasgow as well as in Norway.
The horror mini-series, Dracula, on Netflix is a visual conundrum to say the least. While it is grim and gory, the filming took place at picturesque locations of Orava Castle, Banská Štiavnica and Zuberec in Slovakia.
Watch Babylon Berlin on Netflix to see Germany during the pre-Hitler era. It is an extravagantly mounted, neo-noir series, whose production reportedly is the most expensive in German TV history. Other than studio shoots, it was also filmed at copious locations throughout the city (and country), including the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, the Berlin City Hall, the Protestant Church of the Redeemer, and the Bavarian Railway Museum.