From families, to solo travellers, to crazy adventurers – there’s a travel vlog out there to get you inspired to pack up and try out the nomadic lifestyle for yourself. Here’s my list of the 29 best travel vloggers and YouTubers to follow in 2021, in order of popularity.
YouTube travel channels these days are more like studio-quality masterpieces than the wobbly handycam footage you might expect. Technology has come a long way, with drones, video, and high performance cameras being part of many vlogger packing lists.
Even though I love reading travel blogs, vloggers help you learn about them on a more personal level. You get an in-depth snapshot of their personalities as they take you with them on their adventures. You can also get an honest glimpse into the ups and downs of their daily life.
The nomadic lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular, and YouTube offers nomads and vloggers the chance to quickly monetize their channels as they create more content and grow their audience.
If you’re wondering how much travel vloggers make on YouTube – Mark Wiens (with 7.7 million followers) could have a revenue projection of anywhere between $79,020.00 and $1,264,320.00 each year with the amount of daily views he gets on his travel videos. (I am totally in the wrong job…)
Travel YouTubers have a huge variety of styles and approaches. It’s best to check out one or two videos from each of the vloggers on this list to see which ones you enjoy.
Watching travel content from around the world has helped me pick the places I want to work from, the food I can’t wait to try, and the countries that are up next on my adventure list. These top vloggers might inspire you to do the same 🙂
The 29 most popular travel vloggers on YouTube
Mark Wiens (Migrationology) – 7.7M followers
With almost 8 million followers, Mark Wiens is one of the best travel YouTubers out there. Formerly known as Migrationology, Mark combines his passion for travel and food to create an incredibly addictive personal travel vlog. He’s based in Thailand, but roams far and wide to bring his viewers the best travel content possible.
Food is the reason many people travel (I’m definitely one of those people!), and Mark shares plenty of videos of delicious street eats, along with travel vlogs and tips. His travel vlogging equipment includes the Panasonic Lumix G8, Lumix 12-35mm lens, and Rode VideoMic Pro.
If you love travel videos about unique, local delicacies and traditional food experiences, with a good helping of adventure – Mark is the vlogger you should be following.
Jonna Jinton – 3.67M followers
Jonna is a Swedish artist, musician, and filmmaker. Her home base is in the wilds of the Swedish woods, and her YouTube travel stories give glimpses into her everyday life including music, kulning (nordic herdingcalls), painting, ice baths, nature, films, and more. If you love beauty and nature – check out her channel here.
Drew Binsky – 2.63M followers
Drew Binsky is a YouTube content creator whose travel videos are more like short documentaries that tell unique stories about the people, food, and cultures of the world.
He aims to inspire young adults to travel, and to break the stereotype that the world is “unsafe”. In his videos, you’ll find travel tips, advice, and some crazy local encounters. Drew also holds 2 Guinness world records – for most UNESCO Heritage sites visited in a 24-hour period, and for the quickest suitcase packing
His goal is to get to 197 countries. He’s currently at 194.
Drew is pretty serious about his vlogging equipment, often carrying around $10k of gear in his backpack. He’s another fan of the DJI Mavic 2 drone.
From idea creation to scripting, locating scouting, meeting locals, shooting, editing, and uploading – it takes him around 15 hours to make every 4-minute video that you see on his YouTube channel.
Jennelle Eliana – 2.46M followers
Jennelle’s videos are perfect for you if you’re curious about van life. She’s a 21 year old solo female vlogger who lives and travels in a 1995 GMC Vandura Explorer with her pet snake Alfredo.
Even though she’s a relatively new YouTuber, her channel got more than 1.3 million subscribers within three weeks of going live. She’d only posted three videos at that point, but she was the most subscribed-to YouTube travel channel in America during that month.
Her goal is to inspire people to get out into the world and create a life that makes them happy.
Unlike other vloggers, Jennelle’s vlogging gear list is minimal – proving that you don’t need to spend a fortune to be a YouTube content creator. She shoots her videos with an iPhone X, and edits them with the LumaFusion app.
Kara and Nate – 2.36M followers
Kara and Nate are a husband and wife travel duo from Nashville, Tennessee. They started out with an idea to take one year off, and decided that daily vlogs would be a fun way to document their adventures. They headed off with only two carry-on bags in January of 2016 – and quickly realized they didn’t want to stop traveling the world anytime soon.
Fun For Louis – 2M followers
Louis Cole is a British film maker and YouTuber that’s all about inspiring other people to explore the world. He covers plenty of adventure travel experiences from across the globe in his daily vlog updates.
He originally found fame through filming eating stunts, but now focuses on the positive message of enjoying life, friends, and everything the world has to offer. His vlogging gear includes a Sony A7S ii camera with an 85mm f/1.4 GM lens. He’s also a fan of the DJI Mavic Pro drone for shooting aerial footage.
In 2007, Louis renovated a double decker bus as a mobile centre with video games and music facilities to help homeless youth. “Boombus” was a success and now receives local funding.
Lost LeBlanc – 1.87M followers
Christian LeBlanc is originally from Canada, but now calls Bali home. Sick of his dull 9-5 job, he decided that a great career and lots of money wasn’t the life he wanted. He was feeling drained and depressed and yearned for a different way of life. So five years ago, he quit his job, sold everything and bought a one-way ticket to Thailand.
With no skills as a content creator, and no final destination in mind, he was able to build a 7-figure business by age 25, travel the world, and work with major brands like Canon, Nikon, Google, DJI, Air Canada, Wonderful Indonesia, and many others. He aims to inspire others to design a life they love through his YouTube channel.
Sailing la Vagabonde – 1.6M followers
Elayna and Riley (aka Sailing la Vagabonde) are an Australian couple who dreamed of circumnavigating the globe in a sail boat. They had no clue of how to sail when they started out, but have now travelled over 90,000 nautical miles.
Their travel videos aim to inspire other people to explore alternative lifestyles – and also to spread awareness of the ocean and environment. New content is uploaded to their YouTube channel every Monday.
Mountain Trekker – 1.43M followers
Varun is another solo traveller who quit his job to fulfil a dream of travelling the world. He began exploring his home country of India with a web series in Hindu, focusing on budget travel. He then took the leap into global travel.
Varun’s goal is to “inspire people to explore this beautiful world and learn the best things to make our world a better place to live in.”
He was awarded the National Tourism Award by the Government of India for contributions to the promotion of tourism in his country – and he now gets invitations from across the globe to visit different countries and promote them to viewers of his YouTube channel.
The Bucket List Family – 1.32M followers
The Bucket List Family is one of the top travel vlogger families on YouTube. They made the life-changing decision to sell everything they owned and set out on an extraordinary journey around the world.
With no plan and no final destination, these two travel journalists abandoned their comfort zones to travel across the globe in search of adventure. But it’s not all glamour – this family has had its share of problems and challenges. Along with the epic wildlife, people, cultural experiences, and other magical YouTube videos, the family shares the very real obstacles they have to overcome as they travel with a young family.
Kold – 1.21M followers
Sam Kolder is one of the most outstanding travel vloggers on YouTube. His filmmaking, storytelling, and editing skills are something that every aspiring travel video creator seeks to emulate. Originally from Canada, Sam decided that he needed to face his fears and embrace passions his brother died in a tragic accident.
He now collaborates with global brands and travels extensively around the world. His videos are nothing short of visual masterpieces – so if you appreciate gorgeous cinematography, this channel is for you.
Sam’s vlogging gear kit includes the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II and Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera with a Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM ultra wide lens, and Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM wide lens. For aerial footage, he uses the DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Inspire 2 drones.
Vagabrothers – 1.1M followers
Alex and Marko (aka the Vagabrothers) are award-winning travel YouTubers from California.
These globetrotting brothers create vlogs with travel tips and in-depth destination guides to give you the trip-specific information you need before you head to a foreign country. Follow their journeys across South America, South East Asia, Europe, Africa, Peru, Finland, and more.
Their travel vlogs will also help you find affordable destinations to visit, get cheap airfares, and discover insider travel hacks that will make your trips smooth and enjoyable.
Eva zu Beck – 1.04M followers
Eva zu Beck was the first employee at Culture Trip, a travel media start-up. She helped grow the site from 300k to 10 million monthly visitors, took their social following from 0 to 5 million, and gained them 1 billion video views in a single year. Pretty impressive!
She quit her job and booked a one-way ticket to Nepal, in the hope of sharing her stories on YouTube. She had no previous experience with filmmaking.
Three years later, she now produces her own YouTube travel channel, creates films for brands that she partners with, and hosts travel documentaries years on, I produce my own travel show on YouTube, create travel films for partner brands and host travel documentaries. Her mission is to spread a message of courage and independence.
Flying the Nest – 1.03M followers
Stephen, Jess, and Hunter are a full-time travelling vlogger family. They’ve been documenting their life and travels since they left home, with a mission to inspire others to explore the world, take risks and seek their own adventures.
They have a passion for videography and share everything from where to stay, what to see, and where to eat around the world.
Wolter’s World – 768K followers
Mark (aka Wolter’s World) is travel vlogger from America. Most of his videos are under 15 minutes long, which is perfect if you’re busy but still want to learn about great places to go around the world.
He talks about the best and worst parts of travel to help prepare others for the quirks, food, and culture of different cities, countries, and regions. You’ll also find general travel tips for packing, budgeting, planning, staying safe, and more.
Tanya Khanijow – 687K followers
Tanya is a travel vlogger, solo travel enthusiast, and film maker. She quit her corporate job at the start of 2018 and set out to create a sustainable job in travel for herself. Her vlogs capture her love of adventure, global cultures, different experiences, and all the other amazing things that happen when we leave the comfort of our homes.
Her mission is to inspire people to travel and live a more exciting life.
Mr Ben Brown – 660K followers
Ben is a professional videographer, photographer, and global explorer. His motto is “all work, all play.”
Formerly a world champion kayaker, Ben now showcases his epic adventures with incredibly cinematic vlogs. From the Arctic to South Africa, he fills his YouTube channel, Instagram, and blog with photos and musings from the road.
His mission is to inspire others to explore and make other people aware of the joys, and sometimes dangers, of travel. His “Car crash caught on GoPro” vlog went viral, with over 2 million views.
Fearless and Far – 617k followers
Mike Corey is the man behind the Fearless and Far travel vlog on YouTube. If you want to watch some extreme, weird, and wild travel experience, Mike should be at the top of your list to follow.
On a “global quest to challenge fear”, Mike travels for about 8 months every year. He showcases the unimaginable, from lost tribes, to crazy adventures, and eating unbelievable (often totally gross) foods. He’s on a quest to help people conquer their fears of leaving home so they can experience the world. His vlogs are action-packed, with gorgeous shooting and editing – definitely no run-of-the-mill boring scenic shots!
Mike’s content is driven by fearlessness, and it gives his viewers a full immersion experience into some of the most remote and unknown places in the world.
Max & Lee – 507K followers
Max & Lee are the ultimate van life couple. An Australian/ Canadian duo, they travel with their dog Occy. They crossed the Americas in self-built Sprinter van for two years – driving over 60,000km, and crossing 13 country borders. They completed their trip in Argentina.
Max and Lee have now separated, but you can follow their adventures on their separate personal channels.
Jason Billam – 496k followers
Jason Billam spent a year working in China while he worked on getting his degree. This was a life changing experience, and one that ignited his desire to travel. He used his savings to buy his first vlogging camera, and then went on a two week trip around China, documenting his journey. He filmed these first vlogs for his YouTube channel and then returned to the UK to complete his university studies.
Since he started his travels, Jason has amassed over 35 million views and 435,000 subscribers to his channel. His trips have covered places such as Eastern Europe, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South East Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East.
As a travel content creator, Jason partners with global brands, which has been a key element in how he makes money as a vlogger.
Hey Nadine – 494k followers
Nadine Skyora brings a dash of humour to the vlogging world, as she travels and shares her expertise through YouTube videos.
She’s covered over 55 countries over the last 10 years, and was invited to the White House as one of the top most influential travel bloggers in 2014. She has also spoken at prestigious events hosted by Google, VidCon, and the Women in Travel Summit.
Her passion for travel and love for comedy shines through in her vlogs, which really bring her travel destinations to life and inspire others to get out there and follow their travel dreams.
The Endless Adventure – 490K followers
Eric and Allison are another travel vlogging duo. on a journey to find the most interesting places and unique foods this planet has to offer. They were sick of their career-first lifestyle, and decided to pack their backpacks and live a more intentional life full of adventure.
Eric, being the badass that he is, immediately found some sweet contract positions which currently support us on the road. And while I’m still on the prowl for a new remote gig, I currently spend my time planning and focusing on The Endless Adventure.
To sustain their travels, Eric has a remote job as a contractor while Allison concentrates on growing the Endless Adventure empire. For every day of adventuring, they spend at least two days working. This couple presents more of the “real” side of digital nomad life, so I find their channel quite relatable and refreshing to follow.
New videos are posted on their channel every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Samuel and Audrey – 374K followers
Sam and Audrey specialize in creating food and travel vlogs from around the world. On their YouTube channel, you’ll find city guides, travel tips, street food tours, and vlogs highlighting the amazing destinations they visit.
This travel duo loves to immerse themselves in local culture. They cover unusual sights and attractions, and do food taste tests whenever they can. They aim to highlight the best places to visit, delicious local cuisine, and give helpful tips on how you can travel on a budget.
Kristen & Siya (Hopscotch the Globe) – 320K followers
Hopscotch the Globe is a YouTube channel hosted by the adventurous duo Kristen and Siya. Originally started by Kristen in 2010 as a way for her family to follow her journey, the channel now has vlogs that span 60 countries and hundreds of thousands of subscribers.
Their aim is to create a channel where they can share everything they experience in their life and travels, including adopting a travel dog, and welcoming new baby Kai into the world. They shoot footage with gear including the Sony RX100 VA camera and GoPro Hero 7.
Mark Harrison – 209K followers
Mark Harrison initially started his travel YouTube channel with one minute videos. He’s since expanded these to 15 minutes, so you get a great snapshot of his adventures and experiences, without it taking up hours of your day. Mark shoots his footage with a Canon EOS R5 camera, a GoPro Hero 9, and a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone.
He shares his love for travelling and videography through his beautiful videos, and aims to inspire more people to get out and have memorable adventures.
Psycho Traveller – 209K followers
Aly (aka the Psycho Traveller), is a psychology graduate that hails from England. She’s been travelling for over 10 years, and her motto is to look at adventures big and small and say “let’s do this!”
This YouTube vlog is about more than just travel. Aly aims to inform and inspire people of all ages to live a life that they love. Through weekly vlogs, she takes us on a journey through her life on the road, meeting new people and trying new cuisine, as well highlighting the ups and downs of living a digital nomad lifestyle.
Aly has just released her book titled Where Is She?: Travel to Trauma: One Woman’s Journey To Completely Losing Herself
Brooke Saward – 83.7K followers
Brooke lives out of a suitcase and has made travel her full time job. With her content, she aims to share how anyone else can do this too. She documents her travel adventures, and her day-to-day life across 70+ countries with a GoPro action camera, a Sony vlogging camera, and a Sony A7iii mirrorless camera.
She spends her time between blogging, YouTube-ing and content creating, and has recently written a book on exploring the world – World Wanderlust.
Along with his popular YouTube channel, Matthew Karsten runs one of the most popular digital nomad blogs. As an adventure travel vlogger & photographer, he’s travelled around the world for 10 years, inspiring people with his entertaining stories, beautiful photography, fun travel videos, and tips for budget travel.
Dave and Deb (The Planet D) – 46.8K followers
Follow Dave and Deb of Planet D as they share weekly travel videos and tips. Named among the top 10 travel influencers by Forbes, this duo has covered 110 countries and all 7 continents in their YouTube vlogs.
They cover all of their favourite destinations with cinematic drone footage and 4k video. Their motto is “Adventure is for Everyone” and their videos are full of helpful inspiration, information, and a dash of humour. You’ll find videos from their journeys across Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific – just to get you started!
That’s my round-up of the best travel vloggers to follow on YouTube right now. Have I missed anyone? Let me know in the comments!
Rachael is a full-time digital nomad and freelance copywriter for B2B and SaaS companies. She’s worked with brands like Unbounce, Biteable, Datacom, Viddyoze, and Owler.
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