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  • Wanderlust TV

    From the streets of Mumbai to the Lakes of Georgia, take inspiration for your next trip with our edit of this summer’s new shows and returning favourites. After all, great TV is all about escapism.

    Sacred Games - Mumbai, India

    Full on and fast-paced, Mumbai is the home of Bollywood and a chaotic mash-up of skyscrapers, temples and bustling bazaars.

    What to watch: Adapted from Vikram Chandra’s bestselling thriller, Sacred Games is a slick, adrenaline-filled crime drama capturing the glitz and the grit of Mumbai. Available now on Netflix. 

    Destination wish list:

    A room at... Abode Bombay, a boutique gem in the historical hub of Colaba. 

    A table at... The Bombay Canteen for coconut quail curry.

    Sundowners at... The Sea Lounge at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, watching the boats in the harbour.

    Picnic At Hanging Rock - Macedon Ranges, Australia

    A 90-minute drive from Melbourne - Macedon Ranges boasts spectacular forests, picturesque vineyards and natural springs.

    What to watch: Starring Natalie Dormer, Picnic At Hanging Rock is a mini-series adaptation of the atmospheric 1967 novel about a group of schoolgirls who mysteriously disappear in the foothills of Mount Macedon. You can visit - and picnic - at the 6 million year old Hanging Rock. Season one streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. 

    Destination wish list:

    A room at... The Lake House, a luxe lagoon hideout. 

    A table at... The Argus Dining Room for saltbush lamb and barramundi. 

    Sundowners at... Hanging Rock Winery. Order the local Macdeon sparkling wine.

    Outlander - Malá Strana, Prague

    An up-market neighbourhood across the bridge from Prague's Old Town, wander through the medieval lanes of Malá Strana filled with secret gardens, tiny art galleries and Aladdin cave shops.

    What to watch: Time-travelling romance, Outlander, starring Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. In season two (airing now on More 4) Malá Strana’s cobbled streets stood in for 18th-century Paris. While the Strahov Monastery (open to visitors) became the library at the Versailles. Catch up on season two on All 4. 

    Destination wish list:

    A room at… The Mandarin Oriental, safe to say you won’t find many stag dos here! 

    A table at… Café Savoy. Order the torte Savoy (chocolate-cherry sponge with marzipan) for pudding. 

    Sundowners… on the terrace at the Golden Well Hotel, for views of the city’s spires.

    Nashville - Nashville, Tennessee

    Southern charm meets cosmopolitan attitude in Nashville, the sports-loving, foodie heaven of Music City.

    What to watch: The final season of Nashville, for one last singalong with stars Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton. Filming locations include the Seigenthaler Bridge and legendary music venues Bluebird Cafe and the Grand Ole Opry. Season six on Sky Living, or stream season one to five on NOW TV. 

    Destination wish list:

    A room at... the Aertson Hotel on Broadway, right by Music Row.

    A table at... Kayne Prime for wagyu filet mignon and creamed corn crème brûlée.

    Sundowners at... the Rosepepper. The margaritas have won ‘best in the city’ for 10 years on the trot.

    Ozark - Lake Allatoona, Georgia

    Camp in the 25,000 acre park surrounding Lake Allatoona and walk/kayak/fish the 270 miles of shoreline in Cherokee County. Just 40 minutes from Atlanta.

    What to watch:  Ozark, the moody drama with Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as a couple relocated under witness protection. While it’s set in the Ozark Lakes in Missouri, the majestic scenery is all filmed around Lake Allatoona. Season one available now on Netflix, season two starts later this summer. 

    Destination wish list:

    A room at... or rather a yurt, in Red Top Mountain State Park.

    A table at... Tapestry at The Old Mill for alligator rolls.

    Sundowners... on the deck at Little River Marina (yacht optional).

    The Affair - Montauk, Long Island

    Pristine peninsula in the swanky Hamptons, Montauk is a magnet for surfers, beach bums and trail-trekkers. 

    What to watch: Sultry drama The Affair, starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson. Tick off the show’s hotspots - the lighthouse at Turtle Cove, Lobster Roll cafe - and dream of owning a holiday home. Season four now on Sky Atlantic, or stream season's one to three on NOW TV.

    Destination wish list:

    A room at... Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa with your own ocean-front veranda.

    A table at... Duryea’s for clam bake.

    Sundowners... by the hilltop fire pit at Regent Cocktail Club. The Long Island Iced Tea is lethal.

    Poldark - The Lizard, Cornwall

    The stunning, southern-most tip of the county, Cornwall's gorgeous sweeping bays, craggy coves and fishing ports are unbothered by crowds of tourists.

    What to watch: Aidan Turner returns as the dashing captain for series four of Poldark. The Lizard’s Kynance Cove provides breathtaking aerial shots, while Gunwalloe Cove is the setting for a night-time shipwreck. Those dramatic riding scenes? The windswept headlands of Predannack Wollas. Catch up on series four on BBC iPlayer. 

    Destination wish list:

    A villa at... Polurrian Bay, with enormous balconies facing the sea.

    A table at...The Greenhouse in St Keverne for locally-caught fish.

    Sundowners at... The Shipwrights Arms on Helford River. Jump off the quay at high-tide.

    Anne with an E - Prince Edward Island, Canada

    A laidback island on Lake Ontario, Prince Edward Island is a quick hop away from Toronto and a favourite with urban escapees.

    What to watch: Anne with an E - Netflix’s reboot of Anne Of Green Gables, which is set on Prince Edward Island. There was no substitute for the rolling green hills and “shimmering lake of lights” author LM Montgomery’s describes. Season one streaming now on Netflix, season 2 from July 6. 

    Destination wish list:

    A room at... Drake Devonshire. Rural spin-off of Toronto’s hipster hangout. 

    A table at... Agrarian Bistro for rustic dishes and a downstairs speakeasy.

    Sundowners at.. Lake on the Mountain Inn. The freshwater lake, with no obvious origin, is considered a natural wonder.