Time and again, when awards are handed out for factual TV programming, they go to nature documentaries. There is a reason for this, of course. Sure, part of it may be that people enjoy watching cute animals prancing about. A lot of it comes from the dramatic scenes of peril when the same animals are under threat from predators. But a huge amount of it comes from something else.
See, the people who make TV drama spend a long time finding the right location in which to shoot. When it comes to nature, though, the canvas is already there.
There is a lot of world out there, and the parts we are used to are often crowded. Those documentaries show us parts of the world that are more unspoiled and beautiful. When you want to take a holiday, some of the best destinations are those natural wonders.
Take A Trip To Europe And See Real Unspoiled Beauty
The Europe many of us are familiar with is the cities like Paris, London, and Barcelona. Smaller, more untapped cities such as Vienna and Prague are still fairly built-up. But there is still a lot of Europe that doesn't have that concrete jungle feel.
If you want to see another side to Europe and have tapped out the increasingly popular spots in the Nordic nations, look East. There is plenty to see in countries like Slovenia, such as the coastal town of Piran. If views are your thing, then this is a destination you'll appreciate.
See The Real Australia Up Close
When we see Australia on the TV, it's usually in one of two contexts. The cities - which are fantastic, make no mistake - or the Outback. A lot has been said and written about the latter area. Some people will flat-out advise you not to travel there, as things can get hairy for tourists who get lost.
If you want to get away from crowds and still have a relaxing experience, a coastal cruise is worth a go. Check out the beauty of Western Australia. You can book cruises via Best of the Kimberley or similar, and see incredible waterfalls and gorges. If you fancy getting really close to nature, then try diving at Rowley Shoals.
Peru: South America's Untapped Wonder
When we talk about South America, we are often fairly narrow in the areas we focus on. Yes, Argentina and Brazil both have a lot going for them. However, if you want to see something incredible, a trip to Peru should be on your bucket list.
Whether it be the undoubted beauty of the shores of Lake Titicaca or one of the many national parks, there is something in Peru for everyone. If you're looking for a serene vacation, this is one that's hard to beat. Soak in some Inca history or just hike in the nature that's all around you. You'll feel your stresses falling away as you do so.
The natural world has been very kind to the makers of documentaries; that's for sure. What we often don't realize is that the world is there for us to see, too. It's never better than when seen up close.