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How to watch old Travel Channel reality shows, free

Remember when Travel Channel had programs related to—travel? From Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations to Samantha Brown’s Great Hotels, its reality TV showed us the world, its people and places. Now Travel Channel is all shows about the paranormal, and has completely abandoned anything associated with its name.

Hotel Impossible star Anthony Melchiorri tweeted this week that all eight seasons of his show are now free with Amazon Prime Video. That made me wonder if it’d be possible to find some even earlier Travel Channel shows, like the the 2000s-era shows starring people like Bourdain and Brown, and the early 2010s-era shows like Hotel Impossible.

Some shows, I discovered, like Xtreme Waterparks, are available on Travel’s website, but you need a cable login to watch. Others, like Samantha Brown’s Great Hotels, just aren’t available anywhere.

But here are six excellent Travel Channel shows I found that can be streamed for free.

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