Seeing the world is often on the top of everyone’s bucket list.
However, while working our mundane everyday jobs or cramming hard for exams, it’s easy to forget this innate desire to travel. This is where travel vloggers come into our lives! Visiting all the wonders of the world and beaming their adventures onto our computer screens, they inspire us to get up and see the world for ourselves in a big way.
To hopefully stir some wanderlust within your soul, we’ve compiled six of our favourite travel vloggers into a single article! Ready for this adventure? Let’s get started!
Live The Adventure
What’s better than one travel vlogger? How about an entire global collective of them? Put together by the UK’s very own Louis Cole, Live The Adventure showcases some of the most lust-worthy adventures and presents them in digestible, bite-sized, one-minute escapes. Whether we’re fearing for the lives zipping down the Boca De Tunel Adventure park in Mexico or admiring the stunning yellow-stained marble caves of Chile from a kayak, Louis’ Live The Adventure project has us yearning for an action-filled adventure!
Road tripping up the gorgeous sunlit east coast of Australia is everyone’s dream, right? Well, if it isn’t, we are certain that Jade Bowler’s gap year adventure down under will have you slip slop and slapping even before you board the plane! What did she get up to on this perfect-sounding holiday? Lots of sunbathing on Sydney’s famous beaches, learning how to surf at Yamba, experiencing the frivolities of a festival at Byron Bay, kayaking in the crystal blue waters of Noosa and pretty much everything else under the sun.
While withering away at our desk jobs, we sometimes daydream of one day going on an adventure like Jade’s, before remembering that she completed all of this at just 18! We don’t feel like having any excuses to delay booking this adventure anymore. Jade’s videos have inspired us to fulfil our dreams now, rather than delaying them for later!
Kayaking and sunbathing, although wonderful, aren’t for everyone. Some of us at TenEighty prefer to awe in the grandeur of ancient civilisations, taking a pilgrimage to the places where history was made. Filling our minds with the stories that created the world we know today is our favourite history YouTuber, Nikolas Lloyd! When he’s not ranting about the stupidity of fire arrows or tearing apart the historical impossibilities in Gladiator, he’s taking us to the ruins of the once fabled city of Troy, talking us through the technical brilliance of Classical Roman toilets or showing us the streets to avoid in Split if we wanted to present ourselves as a respectable Roman citizen.
In Nikolas’ guide to the city of Split, which is now part of Croatia rather than the Roman Empire, he presents us the stunningly well-preserved palace of Emperor Diocletian, built 295-305. As incredible as the Corinthian columns are, what’s more interesting is the curious-looking church beside it, which strangely resembles a Roman mausoleum. Without the help of Nikolas, we might look upon it with some curiosity and quickly move on, but from this video we now know that it was the result of an incredible amount of Christian spite against one of the last Pagan emperors, who decided to convert his mausoleum into a church. The result is a fascinating blend of the classical world and Christian world, much like this video, which is a masterful mix of the wonder that travel vlogs give us, and the sense of awe that studying history tends to give.
Are you a traveller who has the proclivity to suddenly stop where you are to capture the moment with a five minute-long exposure? Would you camp somewhere cold on a miserable night and wake before light to capture the perfect sunrise landscape? Well, if you are that demographic, Thomas Heaton’s recent travels to capture the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland are sure to capture your attention. Thomas is an incredibly talented landscape photographer with a YouTube channel that consistently has us in awe as he travels to incredible locations, such as the menacing alien clouds of Iceland to the rolling hills of Scotland, inspiring us to see the beauty of Mother Nature.
Even if you don’t intend to take up landscape photography, it’s fascinating seeing a popular holiday location like Iceland through Thomas’ lens. Pointing out the vast sandstorms that roam over the interior of the country, he widens our eyes to the unique texture of the dust swirling and billowing down below, and also to the almost Mars-like colour that adds to the already unique colour palette that is Iceland. If there was one YouTuber who could convince us to wake up at 5.00, leave the beaten track and take the road less travelled, it would be Thomas.
Few travel vloggers make the prospect of travelling the world appear so accessible and in reach as Alyshia Ford. Teaching travelling tips for those on a budget, over the past four years she has traveled all over the world from Italy to India, constantly amazing us with all the places we can go to without losing an arm and a leg!
As fans of Italian food and gothic architecture, Aly’s guide to Milan especially got our imaginations racing and mouths watering. First tempting us about some tantalisingly cheap bus tickets, she then slowly pans the camera to show us a glimpse of the massive 108 metre tall 13th-century monolith that is the Milan Cathedral. Looking up to the 135 white spires reaching to the sky, seeing this incredible building in person would take anyone’s breath away. However, there’s so much more to do in Milan, including feasting on delicious and surprisingly inexpensive olive bread, and exploring all the other cathedrals and castles in the historic city. What impresses us most about Aly is the incredible community she’s built, who fill her comments section with all their travel trips to exploring on a budget. We’ll definitely be checking her channel the next time we book our next holiday!
What we love about Becca Winkler is how much she reminds us of ourselves. She isn’t a professional full-time traveller like some YouTubers on this list, flying somewhere new every few days. Rather, when she does travel, her excitement is almost palpable!
In during her recent series of vlogs documenting her holiday to Amsterdam, her first holiday in three years, we witness the journey of someone we can easily see ourselves as, leaving the mundane world of everyday life behind in search of adventure. We are, however, greeted with an agonising plane delay, a familiar frustration. The wait is worth it, as in her multi-part vlog series we join Becca as she explores the picturesque canals of Amsterdam, riding a bike through Vondelpark, and even get to sit on the bench famously featured in the film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. After watching her Amsterdam series, we cannot wait to follow in her footsteps and visit the historic city for ourselves.
Feeling inspired yet?
If you didn’t have a desire to see the world before, we hope you’re feeling some motivation now! Even for those who can’t get out of bed and jump onto a plane immediately, we hope this list satiated that urge even a little.
Can’t get enough wanderlust? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
- Nine Tomes Louis Cole’s Travel Vlogs Gave Us Major Wanderlust
- Travel Panel at Summer in the City 2018
- Eight Times Ben Brown’s Travel Vlogs Gave Us Major Wanderlust
- Video Spotlight: How to Travel as a Student
- Six Times Evan Edinger’s Travel Vlogs Gave Us Major Wanderlust