I’m a Netflix fan. Living through the frigid Canadian winter causes us all to hibernate (bears: they know where it’s at), and more often than not, Netflix is the perfect companion to curl up on the couch with. Their library can be limited, so I often (happily) default to things I’ve previously watched or what they decide to recommend based on my viewing habits. One fine, freezing weekday, I decided to finally check this one recommendation that had been sitting in my list for a few weeks: Departures.
I’ll be honest, the reason I hadn’t jumped on it immediately was because I assumed it would be the same as all other travel shows I had seen. I WAS WRONG. Delightfully wrong.
First thing that intrigued me was that the two travellers, Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach, along with their cameraman Andre Dupuis, are Canadian. *High five to home-grown talent*
Second thing that intrigued me was the first destination they explored: Canada! Now I sound like a rah-rah patriot which is not particularly Canadian to be (we prefer to wear out patriotism on our backpacks), but I am proud to see a Canadian show exploring the treasures that lie hidden in our beautiful country.
As is typical of modern viewing tendencies, I jumped from one episode to the next, adding destinations to my bucket list and enjoying every minute of their “off the beaten path” travels. Bingeing all over the world.
(Note to self: Add “Do a jig in a hut in Greenland” to bucket list)
Why did I like this travel show above all others? It was the way they approached travelling and selected their destinations that kept me coming back for more. They took their time to explore not only the major sights but also went deeper to experience the culture, landscape, flora and fauna native to each country. You get to see them go on adventures, get into hijinx, and uncover hidden gems. I feel like our travel ethos matched up quite perfectly in that I as well believe that every destination has something to offer if you are open to the unique experiences within. I can feel my feet itching already…
One season became the next, and before I knew it I had blasted through the episodes in a few days. I was sad to see it end, but wait in hopes of the third season on Netflix. Please?
Catch Departures Seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix Canada. More Departures info can be found here.