Travel inspiration on YouTube is an ever-evolving thing. Every year fresh faces pop up with their own unique style, either showcasing exotic locations with cinematic montages or with their own distinctive way of storytelling.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve accumulated a collection of Youtube channels that I like to keep an eye on to help inspire new travel destinations, and 2023 will be no different.
Now that international travel is well and truly back to normal, I’ve updated this list with a bunch of new fresh channels as well as a few regular staples of the travel YouTuber sphere to keep an eye on throughout the year to help inspire your own travels.
Have you spotted a channel I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below.
Stephen and Jessica Parry Valentine (Flying The Nest)
I’ve not seen this Australian husband and wife duo appear on any other Youtube travel inspiration list, and I’m not sure why. Stephen and Jessica’s videos are fun and informative as they explore the world and put together a small series of videos for each destination they visit.
From Van-Life around Australia to a vast array of international destinations. They’ve got something for everyone.
Kara and Nate (Kara and Nate)
This husband and wife duo have been on the road and documenting their travels since January 2016. The pair started out on a quest to visit (and document) 100 countries before 2020.
Their travels continue as they mix between visiting new locations and re-visit some of their favourites. Follow their story over at Kara and Nate on YouTube.
Mark Wiens (Migrationology)
If travel is all about the cuisine for you, then Mark Wiens might be more your flavour. Based in Asia but also travels around the world, Mark’s videos on his main channel Migrationology are all about the local food experiences he discovers during his explorations, particularly street foods and local restaurants. Also following the links on his main Youtube channel to his Mark Abroad channel for general travel videos.
Christianne Risman (Backpacking Bananas)
Christianne started her channel as a backpacker sharing her journey around exploring South America, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Her fun and infectious backpacker style still continues to this day as she adopts the digital nomad lifestyle, visiting destinations all over the globe.
Check out Backpacking Bananas to find out more.
Christian LeBlanc (Lost LeBlanc)
After cinematic travel videos which a quirky sense of humour? Canadian YouTuber Christian and his channel Lost LeBlanc might be for you.
Now based in Bali he splits his time between the Indonesian island and his native Vancouver as well as travelling the world.
Christian’s content previously was primarily focused on cheap travel around South East Asia; however as his video style has become more and more cinematic, he’s since expanded his portfolio to more luxurious destinations.
Check out his Lost LeBlanc to find out more.
Brieana is an Australian Flight Attendant documenting both the behind-the-scenes of her career as well as personal travels. Predominantly travelling around Australia, Brieana occasionally visits international destinations as well. Check out her latest videos.
Another fresh face on this list. Alina is a Canadian traveller exploring the places and destinations that aren’t often featured by the mainstream media.
After a short stint back in Canada, she’s back on the road and exploring more interesting places that you won’t see on many other travel YouTube accounts.
Rhett and Claire
South African couple Rhett and Claire are a recent addition to the travel vlogging world. Not only do they document their travels but they also offer an insight into how they manage to work nomadically. Get more information on their channel.
Noraly decided to quit her job and combine her passion for travel and motorbikes, embarking on a solo adventure around the world.
This Dutch vlogger documents her two-wheeled travels as she makes her own way around the world. She’s visited some of the most remote locations as she rides through different countries. Head to the Itchy Boots YouTube channel or her own website to find out more.
Allison has been a longtime travel photographer, documenting her travels on her own YouTube channel.
Her content is a mix of solo travel, photography and minimalism. But it’s her cinematic videos of the destinations she visits that really capture my attention.
Hannah (Currently Hannah)
Another travel-obsessed Australian, Hannah has been based in Japan over the last couple of years, producing an interesting mix of creative and cinematic style travel videos showcasing the world in her own unique style.
A local New Yorker, the vast majority of her channel is sharing unique travel insights with visitors of her home city. However, Sarah occasionally visits further afield, documenting those travels as well. Check out Sarah Funk on Youtube to find out more.
Eamon and Bec (Eamon & Bec)
Van life became a bit of a theme for travel vloggers during 2020 and 2021, but if you are looking to delve further into life on the road with a couple who were well and truly ahead of the van life trend, then Eamon and Bec’s channel might be more of your speed.
They’ve taken to life on the road driving their way around the globe, in fact, they have two vans, one in Europe and one in Canada and an off-the-grid cabin they built while international borders were closed. More recently they’ve embarked on a new adventure in Mexico. Find out more on their channel – Eamon & Bec.
Little Grey Box
Phoebe is an Australian traveller who has recently ramped up her adventures again. She’s on a fresh journey of self-discovery visiting some amazing places along the way. You can find out more about it on her channel – Little Grey Box.
Louis Cole (Fun For Louis)
No travel YouTuber list would be complete without mentioning Louis Cole. With around 2 million subscribers on his personal channel Fun For Louis, this British traveller became synonymous with daily travel vlogs.
These days Louis now travels with his partner Raya and the pair have since created a joint channel. The couple split their time between travelling across North America in a custom-converted bus and exploring other international destinations.
Find out more about their recent travels on the Raya and Louis channel.
Nadine Sykora (Hey Nadine)
Another stalwart of the Youtube travel community, Nadine’s a Canadian creator who has been putting out amazing travel content for several years.
While Nadine’s focus has moved more towards her new young family she still continues to share her travel tips from time to time on her channel. That said there is still an abundance of great, fun and informative travel content in her back catalogue.
Samuel & Audrey
Samuel & Audrey are travel bloggers with a passion for eating local food and travelling around the world.
After moving to South Korea to teach English, the two started dating before embarking on their journey to create travel guides highlighting the best places to visit and the local foods worth eating at all these destinations.
Recently they’ve started to document the setting up of a more permanent home in Argentina in addition to their travels.
Eric & Allison (The Endless Adventure)
Eric and Allison from The Endless Adventure have been documenting their travels for the last four years.
The videos this fascinating couple produces are a combination of exploring and eating local cuisine and showcasing destinations in their own unique style. Check out their channel The Endless Adventure to find out more.
Julia is an American Flight Attendant documenting her work (and non-work) adventures predominately through the United States, but occasionally to other international destinations as well. Find out where she has been lately with her latest videos.
Jason and Nikki Wynn (Gone with the Wynns)
After travelling all over North America in an RV, Jason and Nikki bought a sailboat and set out to explore the world with absolutely no sailing experience. They’ve spent the last few years documenting the trials and tribulations of life on the water but also the destinations they visit along their journey.
Planning on visiting the happiest place on earth? All Ears is your go-to destination for all the latest in all things Disney. With a fun bunch of presenters, most of which were formerly Disney cast members, you’ll get all the latest information to maximise your trip to Disney and some other major theme parks.
The Bucket List Family
Self-proclaimed Family Travel Journalists, this young family made the life-changing decision to sell everything and embark on a non-stop adventure around the world.
Jessica, Garrett, Dorothy, Manilla and Calihan document their travels as they learn and discover different destinations around the globe. Head over to The Bucket List Family YouTube channel to find out more.
Jason Billam (Jason Billam Travel)
From the UK, Jason has been capturing his travels over the last four years. Currently exploring the Middle East, he is one of the few travel vloggers who has been creating fresh international travel content despite ongoing restrictions over the last couple of years.
Head over to Jason Billam Travel to find out more about his travels.
Ashley and Jordan (Keep Going Places)
Some fresh faces on this list, this Texan couple took a sabbatical in 2019 and commenced their travels around the world.
While their international adventures were briefly interrupted, Ashley and Jordan have continued to document their travels around North America on their channel Keep Going Places.
That said, now that international travel is opening up, the pair has just ticked off their 40th country, with more international adventures on the cards for 2022.
Ash (Winging It With Ash)
Ash, formerly from The Way Away, has gone out on her own and is building up her own channel documenting the process of building her new life as she looks to pursue a career in travel. Check out her new channel – Winging It With Ash.
Ellie is a travel blogger turned travel vlogger from the UK. She has not only documented her travels over the last couple of years but also her journey in adopting the Muslim faith. Check out Ellie Quinn on Youtube and her website to find out more – http://thewanderingquinn.com/
Into the Archives:
While these channels aren’t producing the same frequent travel content they once did, they still have a significant back catalogue of great videos to check out.
Marko and Alex Ayling (Vagabrothers)
Marko and Alex, these Californian brothers, originally won a competition to video their adventures ticking off the biggest baddest bucket list.
After the biggest baddest bucket list series, the duo has turned their attention to building up their own travel Youtube channel with a unique dynamic that only brothers could create.
Their videos focused on discovering local unique experiences during their travels. You can check out those videos on the Vagabrothers Youtube Channel.
While it’s been well over a year since a video was added to the Vagabrothers channel, Alex has continued documenting his own adventure moving to New Zealand with his partner Carrie. Head to his personal channel to find out more.
Robyn Kimberly (Robyn Kimberly)
Robyn Kimberly is a Canadian solo-female travel vlogger who spent the last several years exploring the world one video at a time…
Her channel has gone quiet over the last year or so, but there is still a great collection of stunning cinematic videos from all over the world.
Cody has sporadically travelled the world travels. Documenting them along the way. While he hasn’t posted anything recently this American traveller has created epic cinematic videos while exploring some of the most beautiful places around the world. Check out Cody Buffinton on Youtube to see more.
I hope you have found a Youtube channel or two to help inspire your next travel destination.
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