Right now, it feels like getting lost in a rabbit hole of travel videos on YouTube is the closest we are going to get to travel. Global pandemic or not, travel vlogs provide a captivating insight into the world of travel and adventure. You can explore destinations from the comfort of your sofa and get endlessly inspired for your next trips.
The visual storytelling that video content allows for is perfect for travel. It’s an amazing way to discover new and unique perspectives on travel. Travel videos resonate with aspiring adventurers in a way that can be difficult with written content. Plus, it’s a great way of getting to know a creator and the face behind a travel blog. Travel vlogs provide a more personal approach that combines an informative experience with wonderful creativity.
It follows that there is a lot of travel-related content on YouTube, all of varying standards. To help you discover the best travel content out there, I have compiled a list of the top travel vloggers and YouTubers for the most engaging travel video content. I’ve included sections on solo female travellers, family travel vloggers, British travel vloggers, and travel couples.
From personality-led travel vlogs to stunning cinematic masterpieces, here are the best travel vloggers and YouTubers to follow in 2021.
Top travel vloggers
Fearless and Far
Mike Corey is the man behind adventure travel vlog, Fearless and Far. He journeys to weird and wonderful destinations, which are far away from the mainstream. It is a wonderfully creative vlog that encourages people to face their fears to travel the world.
Mike approaches travel and life as an extreme sport. The results are wild, unique, and downright crazy travel experiences. His travel vlogs are a rollercoaster of adventure and adrenaline-fuelled travel.
Drew Binsky is an American travel vlogger and Youtube documentary maker. His travel vlog has a heavy focus on discovering and celebrating the various cultures across the world. Telling unique stories of the communities and culture behind every location, he brings his viewers daily travel videos.
In a refreshing approach to travel vlogging, Drew puts a spotlight on sociopolitical issues, including human rights, gay and transgender acceptance, and challenging racial and religious stereotypes. He wants to bust the myth that the world is unsafe, inspiring other people to travel and widen their perspective of the world. As if that wasn’t enough, Drew often features amazing special guests on his channel too.
Nadine Sykora is a seasoned globetrotter who brings an impossibly fun and positive energy to her travel content. Her energy is genuinely infectious, adding an optimistic and lively dimension to travel and adventure.
It’s this approach that elevates her storytelling, inspiring young people to travel. Her videos are helpful and informative, from packing guides to handy travel hacks. Hey Nadine is therefore a great resource for aspiring young adventurers.
Sam Kolder is a Canadian adventurer and creator of exceptional travel videos. As a seriously talented travel filmmaker, Kolder’s videos are nothing short of cinematic masterpieces. Kold is a channel for high quality travel content, as well as some educational videos for aspiring filmmakers.
In his travel videos, you’ll discover engaging storytelling and the best transitions you’ve ever seen. Kolder is also known for his incredible drone shots and a habit for backflipping off tall structures. Videos are few and far between, but they are always worth the wait. My favourite travel video of all time is Kold’s Hey Tim:
Christian LeBlanc is another Canadian adventurer. His unwavering passion for travel shines through his well executed videos on his YouTube channel, Lost LeBlanc. He has created a dedicated community of like-minded travellers as a result.
LeBlanc encourages his viewers to step out of their comfort zones in the pursuit of adventure and global discovery. He offers a lot of resources to other aspiring travel filmmakers and photographers, teaching both the creative and business side of the travel vlogging sphere.
Formerly known as Migrationology, Mark Wien’s travel vlog is one for the foodies. He believes that food is the reason you should travel and his dribble-worthy videos strongly support this claim. His content combines incredible food discoveries with highly watchable travel experiences.
Mark is based in Thailand with his wife, but he frequently travels all over the world trying amazing food from various different countries and cultures. He is constantly on the hunt for local delicacies and mouth-watering meals.
Phil Good Travel
In the Phil Good Travel vlog, Phil Calvert travels across Europe sprinkling positivity everywhere he goes. His aim is to promote solidarity between all backgrounds, races, and upbringings.
Given that black travellers are frequently the minority in Europe, Phil has set out to create a community of black travellers in this part of the world. He brings open-mindedness and optimism to his travel videos, and his enthusiasm is truly infectious.
Sorelle is a quirky bundle of energy with a huge and infectious smile. Her YouTube channel offers more than just travel, whether it’s home updates or ‘Advanced Selfie’ photography tips. In short, she wants to inspire confidence and creativity.
Her videos feel very authentic, with none of the superficial or forced feel that you sometimes get with other vloggers. Sorelle is constantly striving to be a better human, and tries to inspire others to do the same. She recently moved to Iceland, so if you love Iceland content (who doesn’t!) then you’ll love some of her latest videos.
Solo female travel vloggers
A travel vlogger from Tasmania, Brooke Saward aims to inspire young people to travel more, and to feel more confident travelling solo. Brooke documents her travels on her YouTube channel in a way that feels authentic and accessible. A popular blogger, vlogger, author, and adventurer.
Eva zu Beck
Eva zu Beck is an adventure traveller and solo female explorer. On her YouTube channel, Eva explores less visited destinations which are not commonly seen in mainstream travel media. Whether it’s visiting Aleppo and Damascus in Syria, hiking the K2 base camp in Pakistan, or trekking alone through Mongolia.
Eva aims to tell the stories of those people, communities, and cultures that you don’t normally see or have access to. She encourages people to push themselves out of their comfort zones. A truly inspiring solo female traveller and one of my personal favourites.
I Am Aileen
Aileen Adalid is a travel vlogger from the Philippines. She did what many of us dream of doing: she quit her corporate job at 21 to travel the world. Aileen shows her viewers how to travel the world as a digital nomad, inspiring her community of travel dreamers to do the same.
On her channel, I Am Aileen, you’ll find beautiful travel videos which are packed full of tips and tricks. She also shows you how to live a sustainable travel lifestyle.
Known as the woman who lives in a van with her pet snake, Jennelle Eliana’s YouTube channel exploded within a matter of weeks. Her travel vlog has a light-hearted feel with a strong focus on sustainability.
All her videos are shot and edited on her iPhone. The lower production values of her videos provide a more authentic portrayal of van life. She addresses the less glamorous sides of travel and it doesn’t feel as curated or manufactured.
Oneika the Traveller
A thrill-seeker and travel junkie, Oneika Raymond is dedicated to inspiring people of colour to travel the world and live outside of their comfort zone. She inspires through education and engaging storytelling.
Oneika is not just a successful travel vlogger. She is also an award-winning writer, journalist, and keynote speaker – having keynote at the Women in Travel Summit and Women’s Travel Fest.
Family travel vloggers
The Bucket List Family
The Gee family started out when they sold everything and left home to travel around the world to become Family Travel Journalists. The Bucket List Family travel vlog documents their many adventures and travels across the world.
They describe themselves as “just your ‘average’ family”, playing on the fact that most people wouldn’t consider their adventure-fuelled family life to be ‘average’ at all. The Gee family will certainly make you question whether settling down is the best way to approach family life.
Hopscotch the Globe
Hopscotch the Globe is run by travel couple, Kristen and Siya. Until recently, they would have fallen into the travel couple section – but now they have a daughter and a dog, they are fully fledged family adventurers.
Their aim is to inspire couples and families to travel more. The couple share travel tips, destination guides, food adventures, and tiny home living on their channel. Videos are funny, entertaining, and genuinely helpful.
The Wolter’s World channel is a great destination for honest travel advice. It comprises a family of four who have lived, studied, worked, and travelled across the world. Wolter addresses the best and the worst parts of travelling to help his viewers be better prepared.
In sharing honest perspectives, Wolter provides helpful insights into the culture and people of the places he visits. He has a preference for showing this more realistic side of travel – rather than fancy drone shots and backflips of cliffs. There are new videos every Wednesday and Saturday.
The Makepeace family consists of Caz, Craig, Kalyra, and Savannah. They are on a mission to prove that travel does not have to stop after children. They have travelled the world nomadically since 1997, so these guys really know what they’re talking about.
Having travelled solo, as a couple, as expats, as digital nomads, in an RV, and as a family, they bring multiple viewpoints to the travel experience. Their videos help fellow travel lovers unplug from the chaos, travel more, and create better memories – all with kids in tow.
British travel vloggers
Fun For Louis
Louis Cole is a popular British travel vlogger, recognised by his signature dreadlocks. He’s also partial to a backflip in wonderful and remote locations. The Fun For Louis channel brings upbeat and charismatic video content.
Louis is a non-stop adventurer, creating daily vlogs – so there is a lot of content to get stuck into. You’ll find a whole variety of creative content and fun adventures on Louis’ travel vlog. It’s exciting, entertaining, and engaging.
Mr Ben Brown
A talented photographer and filmmaker, Ben Brown documents his travels to far-flung destinations. As a result of his engaging content, Ben has achieved wide acclaim for his YouTube content.
Ben is also a professional athlete, as a two-time world champion kayaker. He is energetic and optimistic, which shines through his travel content.
Birmingham-born Aly is a digital nomad who has built an online community of fellow travel lovers. The ‘psycho part’ of Psycho Traveller comes from the fact that Aly is a Psychology graduate.
Aly provides raw, honest commentary in her content, as well as helpful tips and tricks. She aims to inspire everyone – of all ages and backgrounds – to live the life they want to live. She is also a best-selling author and public speaker.
Couple travel vloggers
The Planet D
An endearing adventure couple, Dave and Deb live by the motto ‘adventure is for everyone’. They are a refreshing change from the ‘perfect’ travel couples you see plastered all over Instagram.
The aim of Planet D is to inspire everyone to seek adventure – you don’t have to be young, fit and rich to travel. Their videos provide valuable information and unique experiences for anyone looking to live a more adventure-fuelled life.
Sailing La Vagabonde
Sailing La Vagabonde is run by Australian couple Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu. It all started with a dream of circumnavigating the globe by sailboat – with no previous sailing experience!
Riley and Elayna share video content around their seafaring experiences, including useful information for those looking to start sailing. They inspire others to live an alternative lifestyle and also hope to raise ocean awareness. Now they have a baby in tow, so there’s a new and exciting dimension to their travels!
Kara and Nate
Kara and Nate are high school sweethearts who have been travelling the world full-time for five years. They started with a goal of travelling to 100 countries – which they have since achieved and surpassed!
The travel couple embark on all kinds of adventures – from hiking Everest Base Camp to taking the Trans-Siberian Railway. You can also find a number of resources on travel hacking, YouTube, and entrepreneurship on their blog.
The Endless Adventure
Eric and Allison embody the classic story of leaving steady jobs to pursue a life of travel as digital nomads. Their YouTube channel, The Endless Adventure, offers a tantalising combination of travel, food, and adventure – all of the best things in life!
This is a great channel for travel foodies, as they share some of the most mouth-watering food from around the world. Eric and Allison will inspire you to hit the road and pursue a life of adventure.
Flying the Nest
Stephen & Jess are an Australian couple with a passion for adventure. You’ll find a range of travel content on Flying the Nest, from daily life and food discoveries to volunteering and worldly travels.
The couple share a diverse range of travel experiences, from hiking Machu Picchu to overwater bungalows in the Maldives. Their videos offer a unique historical insight and engaging video content. Plus, they now have a new baby to join their adventures.
I couldn’t possibly fit all of the amazing travel vloggers out there into this list. But these are some of my personal favourites and a great place to start if you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the travel content on YouTube. Here’s to living vicariously through the best travel vloggers until we can travel freely again!
Did you know that I also have a YouTube channel? It’s only in the early stages with a couple of videos, but I plan to expand it in the near future – so stay tuned!