Vlogging, a 21st century phenomenon, has changed the face of travel journalism. If you’re feeling a little lost when you hear the word ‘vlogging’ bandied about, all you need to know is that it is an acronym for video blogging. Vloggers share videos about their lives, passions and work through the platform of Youtube, and many of these so called vloggers fit under the umbrella theme of travel; sharing their adventures with the world. In some ways, it’s the 21st century version of a scrapbook (with many, many more views, I concede). Here are 5 of the best travel vloggers to watch:
Fun For Louis
A pioneer of travel vlogging, Louis Cole’s channel has grown exponentially over the past few years, reaching upwards of one and half million subscribers. He is pretty much a nomad and spends his time traveling to famous and lesser known countries, whether that be exploring the nooks and crannies of exotic cities like Marrakech or trekking through ancient Mayan ruins. The videos are entertaining and informative, and will have you searching flights on sky scanner before you can utter his catchphrase, ‘Live the Adventure’.
Mr Ben Brown
Ben Brown, a close friend of Louis Cole, is another vlogger with travel on the mind. Spending much of his time in South Africa, Ben Brown is a walking, talking advertisement for Cape Town. His videos range from checking out independent coffee shops to hiking the awe-inspiring peaks that sit atop South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, before escaping city life for road trips across the southern part of this fascinating continent. He frequently travels abroad, visiting countries such as Costa Rica, Canada and Ben’s home country, the UK. His passing line, ‘Try not to get lost or killed’ is a little insight into his enviable adventure filled life.
Nadine Sykora’s channel motto reads, ‘Live, Laugh, Explore’, a phrase that perfectly sums up her attitude towards life as well as the content of her videos. She makes travel videos about the far flung destinations she visits, as well as comedy videos that perfectly express the ups and downs of travelling. Her series, ‘What I eat in a day’ details exactly what she eats while travelling, showing that a vegan diet isn’t necessarily restricting when travelling. She also makes helpful videos geared towards the solo female traveller, including completely comprehensive packing tips.
Mark and Alex are two California based brothers that make up the ‘Vagabrothers’. After winning the Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition, they spent six months traversing the globe and making videos of their travels. Travelling is what these brothers do for a living, and their videos cover everything from street food in Scandinavia to road trips up California’s coast. Along with location based videos, they make student-friendly travel tip videos to help the budgeting traveller along the way. With exciting plans outlined for 2016, Vagabrothers is a channel to watch.
Raya is newer to Youtube than some of her counterparts, but her videos are just as slick and professional. After leaving New York City last year, she put on a backpack and hasn’t looked back since, travelling across Europe, Central America and Asia. She gives wonderful advice for the 20 something stuck in a bit of a post-university rut, as well as practical information for people looking to travel on a smaller budget. Her videos are colourful, varied and inspiring for the wannabe traveller who doesn’t quite know where to start.