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Global Exploration July 10, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Exercise & Fitness, Travel & Leisure.

Want to learn something new about the world and its inhabitants, without blowing big bucks for air or bus fare?

Consider renting some educational entertainment for your next movie or date night.

IMAX films allow viewers to travel inside caves, under seas, across deserts, through tornadoes and hurricanes, and into outer space, all from the comfort and safety of your living room couch.

Viewers can swim with dolphins, be a co-pilot in a NASCAR race, climb Mt. Everest (without fear of frostbite), or hang out with lions, giraffes, and zebras on the Serengeti.

The photography is spectacular, and the “behind the scenes” footage gives viewers a true appreciation for the dangers and challenged faced by the film crew to capture the amazing images on film.

Study the lives and habits of migrating birds . . . from a bird’s eye view while watching Winged Migration.

Or just visit someplace you’ve never been . . . but always wanted to go.

Travel Documentaries allow viewers to tour the globe, without worrying about Montezuma’s Revenge, lost luggage, or the currency exchange rate.

Viewers can visit Ireland, Wales and Scotland in the morning, tour the Australian Outback in the afternoon, and travel up the Amazon River before calling it a day and hitting the hay.

One series, Rick Steve’s Europe, provides armchair travelers with the inside scoop on local customs, history, art, and cuisine in Italy, Greece, Spain, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, Turkey, and more.

Instructional Videos and taped lecture series present information on far-ranging topics ~ hobbies, cooking, career, finance, healthy living, and meta-physics

You can rent DVD’s addressing health and wellness issues, such as yoga for stress relief, and meditation.

You can even learn a foreign language. Parlez vous francais?

Documentaries give us a chance to explore this amazingly diverse planet, and expand our horizons, for less than the price of admission to the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?  Do you enjoy exploring the world from the comfort of your own living room?  Have documentaries opened your eyes, mind, or heart?

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1. Tilly Bud - July 10, 2011

These look like fun but the danger is we never leave home to do anything ever again 😦

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

We get one movie at a time from Netflix (for about $8 a month) ~ we mix them up with comedies, dramas, musicals, action, and documentaries.

We also watch PBS, Discovery, History, and the Travel Channel to learn about other parts of the world.

Then, inspired, we actual venture “out and about” to see what’s happening in our own backyard. 😀

2. kateshrewsday - July 10, 2011

Brilliant idea! Now where shall I go first?

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

The sky’s the limit ~ or, actually, it’s not. We’ve gone to the moon with IMAX. 😉

And also ventured deep deep into the sea.

3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - July 10, 2011

I have a way to make it even cheaper. See if your local library has these. We always find Steves’ stuff there. He’s on TV a lot too of course.

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

I do borrow movies from the library, but it’s been awhile. I’ll have to make a visit to check out FREE documentaries soon.

Thanks, Rufus.

4. barb19 - July 10, 2011

Sounds like a plan – travel without expense or leaving home!

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

And no need to go through airport security . . . or take out a second mortgage to fill up the gas tank. 😀

Love your new avatar! Great smile.

5. Booksphotographsandartwork - July 10, 2011

We might have to stick to this kind of traveling from now on 😦 but is sure is easier! Where the beach is concerned I would really miss the smell. Nothing beats the smell of the beach.

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

Videos in winter . . . and the real thing in summer? Glad you had a chance to enjoy Folly Beach last week. 😎

6. Christine Grote - July 10, 2011

All good ideas. As usual.

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

It’s amazing to me what we can find on DVD. 😀

7. therealsharon - July 10, 2011

I recently watched “Babies” through Netflix Instant Watch……it was cute, educational, and funny…without any talking in it. 🙂

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

I loved Babies. The difference in upbringing in different countries is amazing.

8. souldipper - July 10, 2011

Hey, Nance, if you have a chance to have a look at the film (or book) called “Dirt”, apparently it is a spiritual gem. I realize that you’ve mostly got sand between your toes, but you may remember what dirt feels like! 😀

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

I went to Netflix and there are FOUR movies called Dirt! A comedy, a drama, a sports flick, and a tv show.

None are recent and none sounded like a “spiritual gem.” 😉

Do you have any more details?

9. souldipper - July 10, 2011

Here’s a link to the trailer. http://www.dirtthemovie.org/

Dirt – our planet’s skin…

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

Thanks, Amy. It’s on Netflix as “Dirt! The Movie” ~ I added it to my queue.

10. SidevieW - July 11, 2011

evil, evil, evil

Those things give me wanderlust supreme, i want to go and see for myself!!!!!!!!!!!!

nrhatch - July 11, 2011

Some do and some don’t. For example, Climbing Mt. Everest is wonderful on film but you couldn’t pay me to do it in person. The vicarious thrill is more than enough for me. 😛

Watching travel films helps us hone in on what we MUST see for ourselves.

11. the island traveler - July 11, 2011

That’s one good advise. I go to the library every 1-2 weeks , hopefully they have some of those , but if not Netflix may have them . The DVD’s have come a long. I like the idea of seeing places without the being in danger and it’s great on the budget too.

nrhatch - July 11, 2011

Have fun armchair traveling, IslandTraveler!

12. granny1947 - July 11, 2011

You really know how to make a girl feel guilty.
I never do any of these educational things.

nrhatch - July 11, 2011

Aah, but you just got back from Swaziland . . . and you’re sharing all the wondrous sites and sounds you experienced on the trip with us.

Except for the chocolate.
That got eaten. 😉

13. William D'Andrea - July 11, 2011

I used to be a world traveler. During the 1970s and 80s I visited Puerto Rico, Mexico (mostly), Portugal and Spain once, and some other places in Latin America. I’ve also been to Washington DC, Disney World, and Scranton Pennsylvania. My father came from Scranton, and I stil have relatives there, who I visit occassionally.
Now all I can afford to do is watch travel shows, like Rick Steves’ and Globe Treker.

I remember one of Rick Steves’ shows touring either Switzerland or Austria. Now the German word for bath is “bad”. There was a sign in front of one hotel announcing “Bad Hotel”. I wonder if they can’t figure out why they don’t get too many English speaking tourists.

Another way to see the world is to go to Google Earth, which gives both satelite and street views of many locations all over the Earth. So if you can’t afford to visit Mexico, just log on to Google Earth, and follow the street views. Then if you eat a few burritos and drink a margarita while logged on, you can say that you’ve “taken the cheap tour”.

nrhatch - July 11, 2011

Wherever you go . . . there you are!

And drinking margaritas adds to the magic. 😉

William D'Amdrea - July 12, 2011

It might also put you in the mood, if you listen to recordings of mariachi music, while you’re watching and eating.

nrhatch - July 12, 2011

La cucaracha . . . la cucaracha . . . 😉


14. eof737 - July 17, 2011

I love documentaries and that is why I’m a big fan of all the stations that show them… So much to learn, so little time. 🙂

nrhatch - July 17, 2011

Same here ~ Discovery, History, PBS, National Geographic, etc. Life is fascinating.

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