- The F**k It List is a ten-time Guinness World Record holder, including most nationalities in a conga line and largest gathering of people dressed as dinosaurs.
- In 2017, Forbes named The Planet D as one of the top ten travel influencers in the world.
- With no prior experience, Australian couple Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu have sailed over 90,000 nautical miles since 2014.
For decades, travelers had to use maps and guidebooks to research information regarding the countries and cities they wished to visit. Now, with the introduction of vlogging, we can go online and explore the world through other people’s travels. This second-hand experience offers a more personable option to guidebooks. And who knows, it might even inspire you to travel somewhere you never once considered going. Below are ten YouTube channels to subscribe to if you have a fierce love of traveling.
10. The Bucket List Family
The Gee family want you to know that they are not your average family. They first set off for a few months of travel in 2015 with a short bucket list. Throughout their adventures, this bucket list continued to grow, until they finally decided to sell all their stuff and live as travel journalists. Now, both parents journey around the world with their three children, watching them grow up on the road, and having these incredible experiences shape their childhood.
9. Drew Binsky
After studying abroad in Prague and teaching English in Korea, Drew Binsky decided to surrender to his love of travel and start his own vlog, documenting his adventures through daily videos. His mission: to visit every country on earth and inspire young adults to do the same. On his vlog, you will find travel tips, unique human stories, and his experience dining at over fifty overseas McDonald’s. He is sponsored by big industry names such as Lonely Planet and Huffington Post. Binsky is also a two-time Guinness World Record holder for most UNESCO heritage sites visited in 24 hours and fastest time to pack a suitcase (35.59 seconds).
8. The F**k It List
The F**k It List—or TFIL—is a YouTube channel created by Elton Castee documenting the travels of a group of friends as they check things off on their bucket list. Through weekly videos, they share their crazy and bizarre experiences, like an overnight stay in Japan’s legendary suicide forest or playing real-life Mario Kart through the streets of Tokyo. TFIL is a ten-time Guinness World Record holder, including most nationalities in a conga line (50) and largest gathering of people dressed as dinosaurs (252). They have raised over $325,000 for various charities.
7. Indigo Traveler
New Zealander Nick Fisher believes that travel vloggers have a responsibility to show the world as it really is. Honoring this philosophy, his mission is to travel to commonly misunderstood places and show us that they are so much more than the headlines that define our perception of them. So far, he has traveled to 43 lesser-known or generally feared countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.
6. Kristen & Siya
Kristen and Siya are full-time world adventurers who created a vlog to help others become better travelers. On their YouTube Channel, you will find videos on budgeting hacks, advice on packing light, and how to reduce waste while traveling. They strongly encourage others to maintain a minimalist mindset and value experiences over physical things.
5. Phil Good Travel
Phil Good Travel is a vlog hosted by Phil Calvert (aka Philwaukee, aka Phil the Culture) that aims to spread positivity and challenge stereotypes by bringing together people from different cultures and backgrounds. Calvert brings his unique sense of humor to each episode. Catch him giving out free hugs, fist-bumping fellow black travelers, and posing for pictures with Rocky Balboa’s signature air punch. He can and will make friends with anyone. His motto: “Today is a good day to have a good day.”
4. The Planet D
The Planet D documents the global travels of Canadian vloggers Dave and Deb. With twenty years of marriage behind them, they decided to prove that you do not need to be rich, in tip-top shape or blessed with youth to travel. Since 2006, they have been preaching the motto: “Adventure is for everyone!” Having traveled to 110 countries across all seven continents, their weekly videos are informative, entertaining, and inspirational. In 2017, Forbes named them as one of the top ten travel influencers in the world.
3. Rick Steves’ Europe
Rick Steves is an expert voice on European travel. Since 2000, he has hosted his own public television program called Rick Steves’ Europe, which has the feel of a guidebook come to life. The YouTube channel of the same name is made up of clips from his show mixed in with never-before-seen footage. A charismatic and charming man, Steves encourages people to travel as “temporary locals” in order to connect more intimately and authentically with their destination. His main objective is to broaden people’s experiences in a smart and affordable way. Steves is also the best-selling author of over fifty European travel books.
2. Sailing La Vagabonde
Australian couple Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu have been traveling the globe since 2014. Initially, they set off on a yacht with no previous sailing experience, but within the past six years, have sailed over 90,000 nautical miles. They started recording their adventures solely for family and friends back home in Australia. Now, they share their travels with their loyal fanbase. Whitelum and Carausu use their vlog to spread ocean awareness and to inspire others to try alternative ways of living.
Marko and Alex Ayling formed Vagabrothers back in 2012 out of a need to satisfy their curiosity about the world. Throughout the past eight years, they have made travel videos that recount histories, challenge stereotypes, and celebrate cultural differences. And yes, try amazing food along the way. Stylish and personable, the Vagabrothers produce relatable content to the average traveler. Together, they write, produce, film, and edit all their work.