Travel Inspiration: 21 Great YouTube Channels to Follow


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Travel Youtube Channels

Great Travel Channels on YouTube

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.

Don’t forget to subscribe for maximum benefit!

Grant’s Adventure

Choose My Adventure

Choose My Adventure

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’s Travels

Sonia's Travels

Sonia’s Travels

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.

Overlander TV

Overlander

Overlander TV

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

As We Travel YouTube

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

It's My Life 365

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

Captain & Clark

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

The Planet D

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.

Mike Corey

Mike Corey

Mike Corey

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's Been Here

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.

MonkeeTime

MonkeeTime

MonkeeTime

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.

Pause the Moment

Pause the Moment

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.

Travel Yourself

Travel Yourself

Travel Yourself

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

Of the World

Graham Hughes

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!

EarthXplorer

EarthXplorer

EarthXplorer

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

Tourist 2 Townie

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

Hopscotch the Globe

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.

Where’s Andrew

Where's Andrew

Where’s Andrew

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.

Hey Nadine

Hey Nadine

Hey Nadine

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.

Pdrop

In Transit

In Transit

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

Positive World Travel

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 Jenks

Benjamin Jenks

Benjamin Jenks – Adventure Sauce

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!

Expert Vagabond

The Expert Vagabond

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. :D


What About You?

Do you have a favorite YouTube travel channel that’s not listed here?

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Matthew Karsten is the Expert Vagabond. Addicted to adventure travel and photography, he's on a mission to inspire your next journey with entertaining stories, vibrant images, and useful tips. Vagabonding around the world since 2010. Follow his adventures on Facebook, , and Twitter.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/beentravelin beentravelin

    One of my favs is http://youtube.com/JCVdude and of course my own channel http://youtube.com/beentravelin !

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      Thanks for the recommendation! JCVdude is a wildman. Looks like he’s uploading 4-5 videos a day!

      • http://www.overlander.tv Mark Shea

        Yes, JCV Dude – YouTube’s -#7 Most Viewed (All Time) – Directors Canada(www.youtube.com/JCVdude) is an inspirational story of an ex construction worker making travel videos into a full time career.

  • http://foggodyssey.com/ T-roy

    Hands down Monkee Time is my favorite! Emil’s self made movie (it’s like 12 parts on YouTube) is freaking funny as hell. It had me rolling every episode!

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      You’re the one who introduced me to that channel Troy..

  • http://www.acceleratedstall.com Maria

    Backpacking Travel TV
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BackpackingTravelTV
    Nomadic Samuel and Audrey of That Backpacker

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      Samuel & Audrey’s videos are super fun. They’re on my subscribed list too. :D

  • http://captainandclark.com Tawny of Captain and Clark

    An awesome list! Thanks for including us. We were wondering why we had a sudden spike in subscribers. We’re pretty sure it’s because of this post. :)

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      haha. Good! I hope everyone here gains a few new subscribers.
      You two make great videos. Looking forward to many more. :D

  • http://www.findingtheuniverse.com Vera

    Ha, I love it when somebody does the work for me – as in making a list of YouTubers worth watching, so Thank you! I haven’t gotten into watching TravelVideos on a regularly basis yet – while travelling, the Internet connection is unfortunately often not up for it, plus YouTube can be quite the jungle when it comes to finding the hidden gems… But now I’ve bookmarked this and am looking very much forward to check these channels out (some I even know:)) – yay!

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      My pleasure Vera! Luckily I’ve got decent internet for a while, and was able to spend a few days watching hours of great stuff to put together this list.

  • http://trans-americas.com/blog/ Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    Who needs TV? Nice list!

  • http://www.travelyourself.ca Cailin

    Thanks so much for including me in the post Matt! A great list to be on :)

  • http://kickthegrind.tv Mike Corey

    Like C&C, I saw a boost too! Thank a million Matt, honoured to be part of the list :)

  • http://www.fourjandals.com/ Cole @ FourJandals.com

    Fantastic list. Have watched most of their stuff but there are a couple there I didn’t know about. Amazing how many views some of them have!

  • http://travelsofadam.com Adam

    Fantastic list! I’m a big fan of Sonia’s Travel videos – been following her for a while now.

  • http://nomadicsamuel.com Samuel Jeffery

    This is a great list. I’m glad to see some of my personal favourite channels listed here along with a few that I’ve never heard of before.

  • http://atravellersjourney.com Nico

    Great list of channels, I’m sure I’ll be able to set aside a bit of time to browse through these.

  • http://www.lifeonstandby.com/ Laz Mendez

    I think you missed a video, it should be 22 videos with mine included :)

    Here is the link: http://youtu.be/WeqJNaAaQ_k

  • http://www.gonewiththewynns.com nikki wynn

    Excellent round up! Most are my favs too but, I found a few I didn’t know about, thanks for the excellent round up!

  • http://8milesfromhome.com jmayel & sacha

    Nice List. You’ve gotta check our channel out dude, http://www.youtube.com/8milesfromhome
    We’ve been working hard this year to get noticed, hopefully you can spread the word.

  • http://www.married2travel.com Sheila

    Great list! Discovered new channels to subscribe to.

  • http://www.hopscotchtheglobe.com Kristen

    Wow! I just saw this now. How did that happen? haha. Thank you so much for the shout out. What a great list!!

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      No worries Kristen, thanks for creating all your entertaining travel videos! :D

  • http://www.heynadine.com Nadine Sykora

    :P I just saw this too, through Kristen no doubt. Thanks for the include on the list! I’m excited to check out some of these channel I haven’t seen before.

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      No problem Nadine! There’s a ton of interesting stuff out there. I love how yours are unscripted and fun. Keep it up! :D

  • http://qiranger.com Steve Miller

    An interesting list you’ve compiled here. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with most of the members of the list over the years and have enjoyed watching them develop into successful filmmakers. I’m looking forward to seeing what they all come up with next.

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      Hi Steve! Thanks for the comment, I actually recently stumbled onto your channel as well. Great videos!

      • http://qiranger.com Steve Miller

        Thanks Matthew. Glad you’re enjoying them.

  • http://dontstopliving.net Jonny Blair

    The funny thing about You Tube is I dont regularly watch it on my travels, as any net time I get is spent on my blog so sadly a lot of these I’ve never heard of or seen. I basically log in, upload my own videos and log out. Will hit the 5,000 mark this month for YouTube travel uploads incidentally but probably nobody watches them!! Jonny

  • http://mojoyeah.wordpress.com Mojo

    Dude, thanks for this awesome list. You definitely have cooler choices than the mashable list. I applaud you. That guy that lost his rig in Bangladesh is the best. Thanks for sharing!

  • Julio DuRhone

    StudioDuRhobe channel is missing. Sonia’s channel is very cool. Subscribed.

    Good list indeed. Come and sea to have sun…

  • MikesRoadTrip

    Nice list…I follow most of them and introduced to a few more.

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