Want to live vicariously through others today? Check out these fantastic YouTube travel channels with funny & engaging videos from around the world.
Travel videos are a wonderful diversion during a boring work week. Forget the typical stuff you always find on TV and drool over these awesome & unique YouTube travel channels!
The following 21 channels (listed in no particular order) are some of my favorites. My criteria for these was that they are small operations for the most part. No large company-run channels. Although there are some good ones in that genre too. Notably Lonely Planet, Trip Films, and the Travel Film Archive.
I hope the short travel videos you’ll find here will encourage you to start planning your own crazy adventures sooner rather than later.
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I met Grant in Guatemala when we foolishly decided to hike & camp on an erupting volcano together. He’s since been traveling around the world producing a hilarious web-series called “Choose My Adventure” where viewers can vote on where he goes & what he does next. Tons of fun.
Sonia has one of the most well-produced travel shows on the web. She searches for the “secret code” of a destination, and shares her discoveries with you in these fun & engaging videos from around the world. Her personality shines through in each one.
Mark is an Australian videographer who’s been documenting travel destinations for over 10 years. His videos are packed with fascinating commentary, insight, humor, and local culture. With close to 400 videos on his channel, you’ll never get bored.
As We Travel
Nathan & Sofia’s videos are fun, informative, and filled with quirky facts about the many places they’ve been. Just long enough to get a feel for the city or town they happen to be visiting.
It’s My Life 365
Brendan has embarked on a super ambitious project to document every single day of his long-term travel lifestyle with short videos for a whole year. Many days are awesome, others are pretty tough, and sometimes there’s just nothing exciting going on. But it’s fascinating to watch nonetheless.
Captain & Clark
A relatively new find for me, Chris & Tawny are hilarious. They’ve won some video competitions recently, and you’ll see why after checking out their channel. I personally can’t wait for more videos from them. More damn it!
The Planet D
Dave & Deb have been traveling the world for years, getting into all kinds of crazy adventures. From cycling through Africa to camping in Antarctica, they record it all on video for us to see.
Another new find for me, Mike is probably putting together some of the best travel videos on YouTube. He’s got a creative eye for video work, and presents topics in a fun & personable way.
David’s Been Here
David roams the planet with a camera, giving you quick & simple facts about the many locations he visits. He’s got over 1300 videos on his channel, so depending what country you’re interested in, odds are high that David’s been there.
If you’re looking for a good laugh (or controversy), watch a few videos on Emil’s channel. He films “reality backpacking”, what it’s truly like on the road. Not all the picture postcard stuff. The good, the bad, and the funny.
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Pause the Moment
Ryan’s videos are full of adventure, energy, cool soundtracks, & slick editing. He also reviews products and creates “how to” video guides related to travel. There’s always something interesting to watch.
Cailin puts together entertaining video-diary pieces full of useful tips & information on different popular places & events around the world. She travels by herself, meeting plenty of friendly people along the way.
Graham Hughes has just entered the record books as the first person to travel through every country in the world without using an airplane. His videos are packed with hardcore travel, adventure, and personality. A new favorite!
JD is an Emmy Award winning videographer/producer who creates stunning footage of people, places, and animals from all corners of our planet. You can’t get much more professional than the beautiful and inspiring videos he puts together.
Tourist 2 Townie
Gareth shares videos from his experiences living like a local in different countries for a few months at a time, as well as his charity projects. Plus the occasional absolutely hilarious international music video.
Hopscotch the Globe
The videos you’ll find on Kristen’s channel help you experience a place through her eyes, and it’s often pretty damn funny. She also has some great how-to videos. Like how women can pee standing up. Everything is mixed with her fun personality.
Andrew is National Geographic’s “digital nomad”, wandering the earth recording his travels for the NatGeo blog. He films solo most of the time though, no big fancy productions. Footage is presented along with his own well-written & informative oral essays.
Nadine is a bit of a YouTube celebrity. Her travel-related channel simply records her having fun exploring different parts of the world. But her energy is infectious, and the videos make it feel like you’re just traveling right beside her.
Yet another fun travel personality, Peter’s videos cover some wild adventures in transportation. Examples include canoeing the length of the Mississippi River, and an epic bus journey through Central America.
Positive World Travel
Anthony & Elise are another world-traveling couple who produce some cool videos. Many are informational, others are more visual journeys backed with locally inspired music. I always enjoy seeing what these guys are up to.
Benjamin is a road warrior with an amazing talent for creating videos. You’ll have to dig deep to find his really good travel stuff, as newer ones are more motivational pieces & Skype interviews. Which are also good — but his travel episodes are my favorite.
✪ BONUS CHANNEL! ✪
My own YouTube channel is still relatively small — but one of my resolutions for 2013 is to produce more video. I’ve been greatly inspired by all these other channels above me! So if you love adrenaline-fueled activities and transportation mis-adventures, you should subscribe here too.
It’s free, and I promise you’ll totally get your money’s worth.
What About You?
Do you have a favorite YouTube travel channel that’s not listed here?