Not everyone with wanderlust gets to wander. Most of us have to be tethered to our office desk for the better parts of our life. You may be running short on funds or friends to plan a trip around the world. Or you might be of a kind who makes elaborate travel plans only to cancel them every single time. Just think of the hours you could have spent being productive instead of surfing around endless string of websites to make those plans.
Since you are reading this, I’m going to take a wild guess and say you know your way around the internet. So naturally, you must be aware that YouTube is a phenomenal platform for aspiring film makers and bloggers who want to showcase their wayfaring to the world, and be creative while doing it. As audiences, it lets you live your dream vicariously through these video bloggers who take you an unforgettable visual trip. You laugh with them and you cry with them. You become a part of their journey.
Here we suggest some of our favourite YouTube channels and video series that center around travel. They are guaranteed to make your coffee breaks more interesting.
The dreadlocked Englishman who trots the globe talking to his camera keeps the conversation with his viewers engaging. With over a million subscribers, Louis is perhaps the best travel ‘vlogger’ (video blogger) on Youtube right now. A big fan of coffee, hot tubs, Penny Boards, massages, and curry, Louis began documenting his adventures across a myriad of countries on his channel FunForLouis since 2011. His ‘Rickshaw Run’ series from India is one of the best representations of our country through foreign lenses. His videos are equal parts envy and awe-inspiring. “Peace out. Enjoy life. Live the adventure. Boom! ”, is his signature signs off.
Ben Brown is close friends with Louis Cole, and you can see the two chums together in a lot of videos on their respective channels. A two-time World Kayaking Champion, by his own admission, is an athlete who thinks he’s a filmmaker. He was a part of the ‘Rickshaw Run’ series led by another great YouTube channel JacksGap. Ben has spent quite some time in South Africa living with his girlfriend. Currently he keeps himself busy developing his photography skills on his epic tours around the world. He makes the world look almost surreal on his Instagram and his Visual Vibes playlist.
The Canadian vlogger has travelled in over 40 countries and lived in 4. Nadine is also an aspiring actress and chose YouTube as a creative outlet for film making. It’s hard not to crack up at her commentary when she calls a Llama at Machu Picchu, an Alpaca and then proceeds to play with it. Her videos cover her travels, her travel tips, and occasionally fashion, beauty, and pop-culture.
Based in Thailand, Mark is essentially a food blogger. He claims there’s nothing he loves more than tasting food. He started his blog called migrationology.com where people who love to eat and travel come together. His culinary adventures range from Borough Market in London to street food in Varanasi and beyond. The best part of watching his videos is the ecstatic expression on his face where you can feel the explosion of taste buds after he take that first bite. His videos make the food look seductive and irresistible.
This American travel addict used to previously work as a photographer in Miami. But with a burning desire to explore the world, he quit his job, started saving up, and brought a one-way ticket to Guatemala. Today he has made adventure travel his bread and butter. On his personal website, he asserts that travel doesn’t have to be expensive, and the world isn’t as dangerous as one may think. He is on a quest to immerse himself in different cultures and breaking out of his comfort zone.
A Cornell University graduate, and a language aficionado at heart, Sonia is a co-founder of an e-learning website Fluenz. In her ambition of learning new languages, she spent time living amongst the culture the language came from, and in the mean time discovered her love for travel. Her videos are short and generally consist of tips and checklists for travel apart from her videos from exotic destinations.
Born to people of two different nationalities, the half Californian – half Kiwi brothers have passion for travel running in their veins. They won a famous Bucket List video competition and spent the next six months exploring new places around the planet. Their Africa and Middle East playlist will give you a bit of an added insight on countries like Tanzania. They don’t just travel for pleasure, they also thrive to promote cultural understanding and create global awareness through their video blogging.