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Best Online Documentaries to Watch When Backpacking

Best Online Documentaries to Watch When Backpacking: There are a lot of times when backpacking that you find yourself waiting or just sitting around with nothing to do – keep this blog post on hand as it will literally cure any boredom you have.

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Why Documentaries Are Great For Backpackers

I am such a big fan of a good documentary which is engaging and can teach me more about different topics and issues going on in our world. Whats more I find that when you are traveling or on the road a really good documentary can open your mind up about the bigger picture issues that are happening in our world or which have occurred in the past and have helped shape our current existence.

If you have been on the road backpacking or traveling abroad then there is no doubt you will have found yourself at some point in time sitting around twiddling your thumbs wishing you still had some pages left to read in your book that you recently finished or having something interesting to watch to simply kill the time.

I remember when I was in South East Asia I spent the night in the cross border town of Huay Xai in Laos, just across the river from the Thailand main land and I was keen on traveling down to the beautiful Luang Prabang. Huay Xai is an extremely undeveloped little town, I mean they have electricity but they tend to use it sparingly, I enjoyed my one night stay there but there was more excitement to be had on my travels so I was keen to get on the road. I was given some ill informed information from some locals telling me that if I went to the main bus stop in town I would get the only bus out of town at 10am. I got to the bus stop and ended up waiting around until 3pm before the 1 bus of the day left Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. I then spent the next 18 hours on this bus with nothing but music to listen to, a completed copy of the true crime book called the Damage Done by Warren Fellows, some dodgy bootleg dvd’s which I had already seen too many times and my South East Asian Lonely Planet guide which one can only read so many times. I had my laptop with me and would have killed for something to fill in the time whilst traveling through the pitch black of the night country side of Laos. It was the only entertainment I had and it sucked.

Needless to say that if I had access to some of the best online documentaries my time would have been far more interesting. Watching these documentaries online without WiFi may have been a problem but one can certainly use the appropriate software to make copies of any of these documentaries onto a hard drive for easy access on the road.

However, most places these days have great access to WiFi especially on the backpacking trails throughout the world.

What’s in a Good Documentary

I guess everyone is different and has their own interests and its for this reason that we have provided a huge list of some of the most interesting and educational documentaries available on the Internet.

For me a good documentary will be one that is educational, something which can give a better insight into a topic of history or events that have happened in the past or creations and inventions that have shaped our world. But my favourite documentaries are the ones that give me topics and issues to really make me think about things in my own life and things that can help me improve myself.

But of course not everyone is as interested in these self help issues as I am so for that reason you will find the most extraordinary list of free online documentaries below.

Best Free Online Documentaries

There is something for everyone below, so whether you are wanting to kill your boredom whilst in transit or you just want some good old fashion educational entertainment then this list has got you covered. ENJOY.

20 Animals That Will Kill You

3D Printed Guns

5 Gateways: The Five Key Expansions of Consciousness

2012 Crossing Over: A New Beginning

2012: Time For Change

2014, Aliens, Ufo’s. Annunaki. The Ultimate Question?

A Complete History of God

Addicted to Pleasure: Sugar

After the Fall of the Romans: The Mysteries Dark Ages

Africa’s Moonshine Epidemic

A History of Celtic Britain

A History of the Middle East since WWII

Albert Einstein and E=MC2

Albert Einstein – Biography

Albert Einstein: Equation of Life & Death

Albert Einstein – How I see the world

Alchemy: Sacred Secrets Revealed

Alexander The Great

Alex Grey: Addictions

All Things Are Connected

Allyson and Alex Grey – Psychedelic Family Business

Alien Plants Like Earth

America’s 2nd Revolutionary War

America before Columbus

Ancient Discoveries & Ancient Astronauts

Ancient Discoveries: Mega Structures of the Deep

Ancient Discoveries: Ancient New York

Ancient Discoveries: Secret Science of the Occult

Ancient Discoveries: Special Forces

Ancient Egypt and The Alternative Story of Mankind’s Origins

Ancient Greece: Victory at Marathon

Ancient Greeks: Golden Age of Civilization

Ancient Greeks: Spartan Invasion

Ancient Greeks: The Revolution of Democracy 

Ancient Greeks: Who Were They?

Ancient High Technology

Ancient Knowledge

Ancient Knowledge of the Vedas and Bhagvatam

Ancient Torture Tech – Ancient Discoveries

An Earth Like Planet 

Ants: Nature’s Secret Power

Ape Man: Adventures in Human Born

Are Illegal Drugs More Dangerous Than Legal Drugs?

Archeological Discoveries & Ancient Astronauts

Athene’s Theory of Everything 

Athens: Greatest City on Earth

Atlantis: The Lost Continent

A Thin Sheet of Reality: The Universe as A Hologram

A Virus Called Fear

Ayurveda: The Art of Being

Banned From The Bible: Secrets Of The Apostles

Beautiful Equations

Before Babel: In Search of the First Language

Beginning of Life in Planet Earth

Behind The Rhetoric: The Real Iran

Beyond Belief (by Frank Huguennard)

Beyond Me (by Frank Huguennard)

Beyond Reason (by Frank Huguennard) 

Beyond The Big Bang

Beyond the Milky Way

Beyond Thought (Awareness Itself)

Big Sugar

Bionics, Transhumanism And The End Of Evolution

Birth Of A New Humanity

Black Holes: What Are They?

Blow Your Mind

Blue Gold: World Water Wars

Bob Marley: Freedom Road – The Tracks of the Journey

Bob Marley’s Life Story

Boyfriends for Hire in Japan

Boy Racer: Fast & Furious In The UK

Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Cambodia Fashion Week – Ghosts in the Garment Factory

Capitalism A Love Story

Capitalism Is The Crisis

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

Car Technology Of The Future

Caribbean Fashion Week – Dance Hall and Skin Bleaching

Carthage: The Roman Holocaust

Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis

Climate Wars – Episode 1

Climate Wars – Episode 2

Climate Wars – Episode 3


College Pyramid Scheme

Colombian Fashion Week – Ass Implants & Couture

Colonize Mars

Constellations & Ancient Civilizations

Copernicus and the Scientific Revolution (past is present)

Cosmic Energy: Cold Sparks to Black Holes

Cosmic Journeys : The Largest Black Holes in the Universe

Cosmic Vistas

Cult Leader Thinks He’s Jesus

David Icke: Conspiracy of the Lizard Illuminati

David Icke: Was He Right?

Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk

Decoding Dinosaur’s

Decoding the Past: Secrets of the Dollar Bill

Default: The Student Loan Documentary

Discover: Universe or Multiverse

DMT: Dimethyltryptamine – Before & After

DMT: The Spirit Molecule

DMT: The Spirit Molecule – Cosm Premier

DNA: The Secret of Life

DNA Mysteries – The Search for Adam

Download: The True Story of the Internet 1: Browser Wars

Download: The True Story of the Internet 2: Search

Download: The True Story of the Internet 3; Bubble

Dreaming Awake at the End of Time

Earth Days

Earth in 1000 Years

Earth In The Future


Educating North Korea

Education For A Sustainable Future

Edward Snowden: A Truth Unveiled

Egypt After Morsi

Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids

Egypt Burning


Einstein & Eddington

Einstein’s Big Idea

Einstein’s Dream

Elon Musk: Bloomberg Risk Takers

Empire: The New Arms Race

Empire: The Sun Never Sets

Empire: Putin’s Russia

Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within

Everything Is A Remix

Evolution – People Who Still Walk On All Fours

Flow: For Love Of Water

Food Inc.

Forbidden Knowledge: Ancient Medical Secrets

Forbidden Knowledge: Lost Secrets of the Bible

Fractals: The Hidden Dimension

Gnosis: The Untold History of the Bible

Graham Hancock’s Quest For The Lost Civilization

Grand Canyon: How It Was Made

Guns, Germs and Steel

History of Britain: The Myth of the Anglo-Saxon Invasion

History of the World in Two Hours


Homo Sapiens: The Birth of Humanity

How Albert Einstein’s Brain Worked

How Art Made The World: More Human Than Human

How Does Your Memory Work?

How Hackers Changed the World

How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth

How Marijuana Affects Your Health

How Robots Will Change the World

How Smart Can We Get?

How To Live To 101

Human v2.0

Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century

Infamy: A Graffiti Documentary

Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds

Inside Google: The Billion Dollar Machine

Inside the Milky Way Galaxy

Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking: The Story of Everything

Isaac Newton’s Prophecy of the Antichrist and Apocalypse

Isaac Newton: The Last Magician


Leonardo Da Vinci: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

Life In A Day

Light at the Edge of the World: Tibetan Science of the Mind

Lord Of The Rings: Facts Behind The Fiction


LSD Experiment: Research on Acid Trip Effects & Art Drawing

LSD, Magic Mushrooms & CIA Mind Control Experiments!

LSD: The Beyond Within

LSD, XTC & The Raves

Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging

Manifesting the Mind: Footprints of the Shaman

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

Mariana’s Trench: The Deepest Spot On Earth

Metanoia: A New Vision of Nature

Money and Life

Mt. Everest: How It Was Made

Muhammad: The Legacy of a Prophet

Mysteries of the Cosmic OM: Ancient Vedic Science

Myths of Mankind: The Mahabharata

Natural World: The Andes

Networked Society: On The Brink

Networked Society: The Future of Learning

Neuroplasticity: The Brain That Changes Itself

New Art and the Young Artists Behind It

Nikola Tesla: The Greatest Mind of All Time

Obey: The Death of the Liberal Class

Origins of the Da Vinci Code

Orwell Rolls in his Grave

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism

Overdose: The Next Financial Crisis

Owned and Operated

Paradise or Oblivion

Parallel Universes, Alternative Timelines & Multiverse

Pioneer Science: Discovering Deep Space

Powering The Future: The Energy Revolution

Profile: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

Profile: Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Psywar: The Real Battlefield Is Your Mind

Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street

Quantum Leap

Quantum Mechanics: Fabric of the Cosmos

Ray Kurzweil: The Transcendent Man

Resonance: Beings of Frequency

Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius

RIP: A Remix Manifesto

Rise Like Lions: Occupy Wall Street and the Seeds of Revolution

Robot Armies in the Future

Run From The Cure: The Rick Simpson Story

Russia’s Secret Forest

Salvador Dali: A Master of the Modern Era


Search for the Supersnake

Secret Mysteries of America’s Beginnings: The New Atlantis

Secret Quest: The Path of the Christian Gnostics

Secrets in Plain Sight

Secrets of the Ancient Empires

Secrets of the Mind

Secrets of the Superbrands: Fashion

Secrets of the Superbrands: Food

Secrets of the Superbrands: Technology

Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Shamans of the Amazon

Snake Island

Starting-Up in America

Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Time

Steve Jobs: One Last Thing

Steve Jobs: The Billion Dollar Hippy

Syria: The Reckoning

Taj Mahal: Secrets To Blow Your Mind


The Age of Big Data

The American Revolution

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of The World

The Awakening

The Beautiful Truth

The Biography of Bill Gates

The Collective Evolution

The Collective Evolution II

The College Conspiracy

The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

The Creative Brain: How Insight Works

The Crisis of Civilization

The Crusades: Victory and Defeat

The Dark Ages

The Day Before Disclosure

The Drugging Of Our Children

The Esoteric Agenda

The Extraordinary Genius of Albert Einstein

The Fog Of War

The Forbidden Education

The Four Horsemen

The French Revolution

The Genius Of Design

The Global Brain

The God Within: Physics, Cosmology and Consciousness

The Hidden Knowledge of the Supernatural

The Holographic Universe

The Human Brain

The Human Family Tree

The Illusion of Time

The Incredible Human Journey

The Industrial Revolution

The Intelligence of Plants: Inside Look at the Mind of Plants

The Killing of Yasser Arafat

The Last Days Of Lehman Brothers

The Life Of A Young Entrepreneur

The Life of Prophet Muhammad

The Life Of The Buddha

The Light Fantastic

The Living Matrix

The Magical Forest

The Mexican American War

The Missing Secrets Of Nikola Tesla

The Mystery of the Milky Way

The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News

The Naked Truth

The Never Ending War in Afghanistan

The Oil Factor: Behind The War On Terror

The One Percent

The Origin of Life: Education VS Design

Theory of Everything: GOD, Devils, Dimensions, Dragons & The Illusion of Reality

The Persian Empire : Most Mysterious Civilization in the Ancient World

The Power Principle

The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

The Putin System

The Pyramid Code

The Quantum Revolution

The Quickening: Awakening As One

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

The Road To Armageddon

The Root of All Evil: The God Delusion

The Science of Lust

The Search for Planets Similar to Earth

The Secret Gate of Eden

The Secret History of 9/11

The Secret You

The Seven Wonders of the Buddhist World

The Singularity Is Near

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

The Spanish Inquisition

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Twitter

The Strangest Things In The Universe

The True Story of Che Guevara

The Truth About Food

The Truth About Vitamins

The Ultimate History Lesson With John Taylor Gatto

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

The Unlimited Energy of Nicola Tesla

The Venus Project: Future By Design

The Vikings: Voyage To America

The Virtual Revolution: The Cost of Free

The War On Democracy

The War on Drugs: The Prison Industrial Complex

The War On Health

The World According To Monsanto

The Yogis of Tibet

This Is Modern Art

THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?

Trance-Formation: The Future of Humanity


Us Now: Social Media and Mass Collaboration

Weapons of Mass Deceptions

What Are Dreams?

What Is Consciousness?

What is Space?

What The Ancients Did For Us

What the Ancients Knew: Egypt

What the Ancients Knew: Greece

What the Ancients Knew: India

What the Ancients Knew: Japan

What the Ancients Knew: Rome

What the Ancients Knew: The Chinese

When God Was a Girl: When Goddesses Ruled The Heavens and Earth

Where Science and Buddhism Meet

Why We Fight

WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower

WikiRebels: The WikiLeaks Story

World War II From Space


Zeitgeist II: Addendum

Zeitgeist III: Moving Forward

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