The Funniest Travel Moments on TV

eastbound-and-down-006 Are you sick of watching boring travel documentaries? Get your travel TV fix a more entertaining way by watching these clips, featuring some of the funniest travel moments from shows such as Flight of the Conchords, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Peep Show. You’ll see a guy punch a fish, an argument about shorts and some less than exciting zip-lining. Don’t watch these videos if you’re easily offended or adverse to a bit of colourful language!

Eastbound and Down

Washed up baseball player Kenny Powers winds up in Mexico, where he struggles to fit in with the local way of life. The whole second season of Eastbound and Down is set in Mexico and is definitely worth watching, especially if you’ve ever lived abroad.

An Idiot Abroad

Karl Pilkington teaches some South African children about sex and ends up having to explain why he is bald. Karl is actually a real person, although there is a persistent rumour that he’s played by an actor called Graham

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Larry David gets annoyed when he has to sit next to someone on a plane who is wearing shorts. This is one of my favourite shows and you should check out a full episode if you haven’t seen it before!

The Inbetweeners

A seemingly routine boat trip goes horribly wrong when they accidentally catch a fish. There is also an Inbetweeners movie set in Greece, and a sequel set in Australia.

Peep Show

While on a stag trip, Jeremy runs over a dog and then finds creative ways to get rid of the evidence. Peep show is one of my all time favourite shows, try and find some full episodes to watch – you won’t regret it!

South Park

Cartman realises that zip-lining isn’t all that exciting. Watching this episode has actually put me off zip-lining, although I’ll probably still try it one day.

 Flight of the Conchords

New Zealander Jermaine starts dating an Australian while living in New York. As a New Zealander, I got asked about Flight of the Conchords all the time while travelling when it was on TV. Before that I’m pretty sure it was Lord of the Rings, now unfortunately it might be annoying pop star Lorde.

Have you ever been in any of these situations? Do you think these are the funniest travel moments on TV or can you suggest some others?

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  1. August 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm — Reply

    Excellent collection here, Jon. The first season of Eastbound and Down is one of my all-time favorites and I was pretty excited when I found out that Kenny Powers was going international. As an American, I don’t necessarily get asked about a lot of specific shows. But I do tell every Kiwi how much I love the Flight of the Conchords, especially Murray.

    • August 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm — Reply

      Cheers Dave, Kenny Powers has to be one of the best TV characters ever created. I haven’t been asked about Flight of the Conchords for a while, people must have forgotten about it, great show though!

  2. August 7, 2014 at 10:58 am — Reply

    I’ve watched an idiot abroad – but I have to say it’s more about the guy on the spot, than about the destination, and even then he presents his circumstances in an annoyingly depressing way, personally I think discomfort while on the road is an indication that you’re putting yourself through something that is going to make you stronger, so it surprises me that some people out there have a negative reaction towards that.

    • August 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm — Reply

      I think it makes a nice change from all of the overly positive travel shows/travel media in general. While discomfort might make you stronger, it’s still annoying at the time, and I think it’s in our nature to have a bit of a moan from time to time – which makes An Idiot Abroad (in my opinion) one of the more relatable travel shows around.

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