There comes a point in every man's life when he just has to hit the open road and take whatever adventures come his way. Now that we've all seen our retirement nest eggs disappear down the MPF drain, thanks to China's "Black Monday" (we must, of course, shed a tear for Asia's richest man, Wang Jianlin, who lost US$3.6 billion and now only has US$31.2 billion left. Sob), maybe we've reached that pivotal moment.

For those not quite ready to throw in the towel on reality, there is always adventure travelogue series Globe Trekker, which this week returns for its 17th season (TVB Pearl, Friday at 8pm).

The first two episodes are dedicated to a journey through Argentina as Hawaii native Zay Harding travels the length of the country on Ruta 40. One of the longest and most spectacular highways in the world, it traces the edge of the Andes mountains for more than 4,800km, covering a vast array of spectacular landscapes and cutting through almost every province in Argentina on its way to the tip of Patagonia.

To spice things up, our affable travel companion takes several detours to soak up local customs and cultures. In llama country, Harding attends a "release of the devil" ceremony, which seems to consist of a lot of crazy dancing and a plentiful supply of alcohol, before heading through lush green valleys to reach the bustling city of Salta. Then it's on to the nature parks of Talampaya and Ischigualasto, filled with unusual geological and palaeontological treasures, and - the star of the show - the multicoloured hillsides around Purmamarca.

For the final leg, Harding travels west to the highest section of the Andes to try his hand at a bit of landsurfing (windsurfing at ridiculous speeds in three-wheeled buggies) before rewarding himself with a tipple of some of Argentina's finest wines, in the premier tourist region of Mendoza.

During his Globe Trekker adventures, Harding has motorcycled through Vietnam, wrestled in Cameroon and retraced the communist Red Trail in southeast China. If you still have wanderlust after all that then perhaps an epic aerial journey across China is more your cup of lapsang souchong.

Beginning on Thursday at 10pm on the National Geographic Channel, China From Above employs the latest technology in aerial photography to showcase the diverse landscapes and staggering infrastructure of modern-day China. The perspective of the drone camera (above) is stunning, especially as we appear to be flying through very little pollution.

Whether it's cruising above Shaolin monks as they practise their high-flying kung fu moves in Asia's most iconic Buddhist monastery, or taking a close-up view of the gigantic Leshan Buddha, in Sichuan province - at 233 feet, it's the world's largest Buddhist statue carved into a mountainside - China From Above is surprisingly engaging. The mystical shots of Heaven's Gate cave, near Zhangjiajie, in Hunan province, are so breathtaking, you'll be booking your flights by the time the credits roll.

In next week's episode, the focus shifts to city life and magnificent feats of urban engineering and architecture. From our viewpoint, high in the sky, it all looks strangely peaceful as 1.4 billion people scurry around like ants way down below.

If you look really closely, maybe you'll be able to spot Mr Wang perched upon his massive mountain of money.