A Travelogue Show is a non-fiction work from any medium (despite the name), about traveling to various places, usually a vacation destination. In a lot of ways, it's the nonfiction, documentary version of WalkingTheEarth.

The literary version of the Travelogue Show dates back at least as far as the second century and the ''Descriptions of Greece'' by Greek writer Pausanias. Muslim scholar Ibn Jubayr wrote in the 12th century about his pilgrimage from Ottoman Spain to Mecca. A milestone of medieval travel literature was ''Literature/TheTravelsOfMarcoPolo'', about the 13th century Venetian who travelled to Russia and China, visiting places few Europeans had ever been, and eventually serving in the court of [[UsefulNotes/{{Mongolia}} Mongol]] emperor Kublai Khan. Writers such as Creator/CharlesDickens (''American Notes'') and Creator/MarkTwain (''Roughing It'', ''Innocents Abroad'') wrote popular 19th century travel narratives.

Film and television proved well-suited to the Travelogue Show genre. Short travelogue films were a common product of American film studios during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, frequently appearing in theaters before features. The television Travelogue Show has been popular pretty much since the medium was invented.

Regardless of the format, the most basic travelogue shows will be a bare description of the locale being visited. The more involved Travelogue Shows will go into as much depth as they can about the local culture and "color" as possible, and may heavily showcase the local cuisine. They may also sometimes heavily showcase methods used to get there, possibly coming off as a thinly disguised commercial for an airline or cruise line. Or they may even simply be about the journey, not the destination, if the host is particularly fond of road trips across America, for example. The one thing all Travelogue Shows have in common is that the destination literally is the journey.

Not to be confused with the "ethnographic" documentary, which is at least as old as the oldest documentary[[note]]Well it was ''billed'' as a documentary, but it was almost all made up[[/note]] feature film, ''Film/NanookOfTheNorth''. An [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnography ethnography]] will be focused on a particular place and the people within it. It may not have any travel within it at all, and may not have a narrator/host or point of view. A Travel Show, while quite likely to examine the culture and people of one or more places, will have some point A to point B element of travel within it, and will probably have a narrator/host from whose perspective the story is told.

A sub-trope of {{Documentary}}. See also GoingToSeeTheElephant and RoadTripPlot, for fictional narratives based around travel. The Travelogue Show is rarely seen in anime or western animation, except for parodies.


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* In UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood live-action travelogue short films commonly ran before the feature, along with a cartoon.
** 1950 Oscar winner ''Film/GrandadOfRaces'', a one-reel short about a horse race in Siena, Italy, is a common example of the format.
** MGM had the "[=FitzPatrick TravelTalks=], which were always in color, even when most movies were in black and white. Each one featured a different exotic locale. "We bid farewell to..."
* "A Man Called "Bee": Studying the Yanomamo'' is fairly self-explanatory. In the early 1970s, Napoleon Chagnon is studying the Yanomamo people and region and as he travels around he uses different documentary techniques to capture his experience.
* ''Film/CannibalTours'' is a 1988 parody of several of these films, where it uses BlackHumor to show a potential negative effect of tourism on small tribal communities as both causing and being caused by the growing number of travelogues.
* ''Film/TheGleanersAndI'' is an Creator/AgnesVarda travel documentary in which she journeys around France picking up information about ''les glaneurs'' via videography, interviews, and other forms of media, making it somewhat like a magazine movie whilst also avant-garde.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheTravelsOfMarcoPolo'', as noted above. Scholarship is divided on the extent to which the ''Travels'' are BasedOnATrueStory, but the general consensus is that the stories are ''mostly'' true.
* ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInSeventyTwoDays'' is both this and {{Defictionalization}}. Pioneering IntrepidReporter Nelly Bly sought to recreate Jules Verne's ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' and did so, making a pit stop along the way to interview Verne in France.
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* There is an entire network dedicated to this called, naturally, the Travel Channel, [[NetworkDecay though they seem to want to turn themselves into a Food Network clone]]. Specific examples include:
** Celeb Chef Anthony Bourdain's ''Series/NoReservations'' - naturally, being a chef, local cuisine tends to be a focus
** Celeb Chef Andrew Zimmern's ''[[Series/BizarreFoodsWithAndrewZimmern Bizarre Foods]]'' - [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you can probably guess what the focus is from the title]], though the focus is shared with the cultures that produce them.
** Samantha Brown (those stuck with broadcast will know her as the Champion Windows lady) is a common host of vacation travelogues on the Travel Channel, probably for [[FanService a few]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} good reasons]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgcjQKz-MQI]].
** Adam Richman with ''Series/ManVFood'' and his spin-off ''Man v. Food Nation''. Though this is less about the travel and more about the food the city's known for and the food challenges at the end of the episode.
* Speaking of Food Network, and not to be outdone by Travel Channel's food shows or NetworkDecay, they also have a parade of Travelogue Shows. They sometimes want to be the Travel Channel more than the Travel Channel wants to be the Food Network:
** Perhaps the most memorable is [[Series/GoodEats Alton Brown's]] ''Feasting on Asphalt'' series, a slickly-produced road trip with tons of footage of Alton Brown cooking and eating stuff while giving history lessons along the way. The third installment ''Feasting on Waves'', has Alton island-hopping by boat in the Caribbean Islands.
** Anthony Bourdain had ''A Cook's Tour'' on FN before ''Series/NoReservations''.
** Food Network also has the ''Road Tasted'' series, formerly ''Road Tasted with the Dean Boys'' hosted by the sons of celeb chef Paula Deen, now ''Road Tasted with the Neeleys'' hosted by the Neeley family who also have their own cooking show. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As you probably have guessed]], it's little more than the hosts traveling around and eating stuff.
** Then there is of course Creator/RachaelRay. What started with ''40 Dollars a Day'' now fills up half the Food Network schedule with memorable trips to world-renowned cultural centers.
** And of course, Food Network responds to Samantha Brown with [[MsFanservice Giada De Laurentiis]] (yes, the granddaughter of ''[[Film/FlashGordon1980 that]]'' De Laurentiis for those astute Tropers) who has an occasional travelogue show every now and then, [[{{Stripperiffic}} though sometimes it's not clear that travel really is the main focus]].
** And let's not forget Guy Fieri's ''Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives''.
** Expired travelogue shows include Al ''Roker on the Road'', ''Food Finds'', ''The Best Of'' and Bobby Flay's ''FoodNation''.
* Creator/{{BBC}} gave Radio/TerryWogan, a renowned BigEater, his dream TV series in 2015. ''Terry and Mason's Great Food Trip'' saw Wogan travel the length and breadth of Great Britain for two months, in the company of cheerful Cockney taxi driver [=Mason McQueen=], stopping in at least thirty locations, presenting a show from each, and allowed to sample the local delicacies, drinks and provender.
* After ''Creator/MontyPython'', Creator/MichaelPalin is now perhaps best known for his series of travelogues, starting with a real life re-enactment of the classic Creator/JulesVerne novel ''Around the World in Eighty Days''.
* Creator/StephenFry recently completed one of these where he visited every state of the US. Worth watching just to see how the locals respond to the extreme Englishness of Fry.
* Britain's favourite black American, Creator/ReginaldDHunter, was sent back to his homeland by the BBC to present a series making sense of the DeepSouth states for British viewers. Reginald, from Georgia, accomplished this with style and insight in ''Reginald D. Hunter's Songs of the South''.
* ''GlobeTrekker'', originally the TV version of ''LonelyPlanet''.
* MTV's ''{{Trippin}}''' is what happens when a Hollywood celebrity with enough money to reserve an entire cruise ship for himself goes to {{Ruritania}}, {{Qurac}} or some BananaRepublic to make a travelogue, with the sole purpose of pretending to look less concerned about material possessions, after spending Los Angeles's entire GDP on diamonds and cigars.
* During the 1970s, Creator/TellySavalas narrated a series of unintentionally hilarious travelogues about various British cities, extolling the virtues of places not normally considered as tourist destinations. Savalas had never visited any of them, and it shows. The best known of these is ''Telly Savalas Looks At Birmingham'', a triumph of cheesy puns and ugly architecture. It also features what could well be [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative the finest footage of concrete multi-storey car parks in British cinematic history]].
* Series/OzAndJames' ''Big Wine Adventure'' and ''Drink to Britain'' journeyed through France, California, and the UK for three seasons of drinking holidays thinly disguised as an [[EduTainment educational travelogue]].
* ''Series/InsomniacWithDaveAttell'' where the host would hang out at various all-night spots in cities where he was performing. He ended [[OnceAnEpisode every episode]] with the CatchPhrase "Now get some sleep!"
* ''Series/{{Departures}}'', where the hosts embrace the oft-expressed idea of just dropping everything and travel for a year.
* ''Series/AnIdiotAbroad'' records the travels of Karl Pilkington, formerly known as the addle-minded butt of jokes by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The hook for this one is that Pilkington is "the stereotypical Little Englander" who hates going anywhere else and hardly ever enjoys the adventures that Gervais and Merchant arrange for him. Gervais and Merchant help this by making them as unpleasant as possible (Pilkington has stayed in some seriously run-down hotels).
* Creator/EwanMcGregor and his friend Charley Boorman have made a pair of long-distance motorbike travel series: ''Series/LongWayRound'', in which they travel from London to New York by riding their motorbikes east (that is, all the way across Europe, Asia, and North America) and ''Long Way Down'', in which they motorbike from John O'Groats at the northern tip of Britain all the way down to Cape Town, South Africa.
* PlayedForLaughs in the mock-memoir ''Series/AlanPartridge: Nomad'', a parody of gimmicky celebrity travelogues. In this case, failed chat-show host[=/=]low-market radio DJ[=/=]all-round gormless twerp and loser Alan Partridge undertakes a (rather contrived) walk from Norfolk to Kent in order to recreate the journey that his father once took for a job interview, with the thinly-veiled hope that he can somehow spin it into a lucrative TV series. As is common for Partridge, HilarityEnsues.
* ''Rick Steves Europe'' is a ubiquitous PBS travelogue show. In each episode of the show, Rick Steve travels to a different region of Europe, visits the main sites, and samples the local food. The show is tailored towards inspiring viewers for their own vacations, and is almost a travel guide (like a Lonely Planet or Fodor's) in television form.
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* [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks DIsney's Animal Kingdom]] has a lot of areas that are user-interactive versions of a travel adventure, including the Kilimanjaro Safari ride (through a savannah [[spoiler:experiencing poaching and preventing it]]), Expedition Everest (up and through Everest, [[spoiler:eventually being chased by a yeti]], ''Ride/{{Dinosaur}}'' (through prehistoric lands by time machine-thing, [[spoiler:accidentally arriving right at the time of the K-T meteor]], and Wildlife Express train, as well as the new world of ''Ride/PandoraTheWorldOfAvatar''. Other parks also feature many 4D and IMAX movie locations, several of which exploit the technology by immersing the audience in Disney Nature films that also incorporate the audience as the adventurer of the journey.
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[[folder: Web Video]]
* The Wonderful Adventure Now Korea [=WANK=] episodes of WebVideo/EatYourKimchi explore different areas in South Korea.
* ''WebVideo/BroadcastStatic'', a video game AnalysisChannel by Noah Caldwell-Gervais, has branched out into the travelogue format in 2017, after Noah's success at crowdfunding allowed him to give up his daily job and start touring the continental US (or, as he calls it, "playtesting adventure"). He is particularly inspired by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Least_Heat-Moon William Least Heat-Moon]]'s books, and draws intentional parallels between Least Heat-Moon's concept of ''quoz'' (basically, any unexpected interesting things one discovers off the beaten path while traveling) and the way WideOpenSandbox games like ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' structure their content. In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-naJR_rhkUM The Desert Bus]]", he brings up many ''quoz'' from his own travels that were functionally identical to encounters in ''VideoGame/{{Skyrim}}'' and concludes that the infamous joke game ''[[VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors Desert Bus]]'' had been fundamentally wrong in its conception of RealLife travel as a boring chore and that realistic travel is much more akin to a densely-packed open world game instead.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Creator/TexAvery made various travelogue parodies at Creator/WarnerBros, like "Detouring America" or "The Isle of Pingo Pongo".
* ''Disney/SaludosAmigos'' is partially a travelogue chronicling the Disney Studios goodwill trip to South America, intersecting home video footage of the trip with animated segments inspired by their travels.
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