Updated: 27th July 2016
Once upon a time I wanted to be a film editor. I moved to Melbourne to take some classes, volunteered on a short film at the Australian Film & Television School in Sydney, then moved to Paris to learn French so I could go to film school in France. And then…
I gave up.
After my experience at AFTRS I decided I wasn’t creative enough to work in the film industry. I didn’t have the ideas, imagination or skills to do anything and I didn’t think creativity could be learned. I did go to France and learn French but instead I started working in affiliate marketing and eventually became a blogger. That’s a long way from film editing and a lot has changed since then.
I still don’t think creativity can be learned but I’m happy to take inspiration from elsewhere and create travel videos I think are worth watching. I’m starting with daily vlogs of my travels instead of embarrassing myself attempting cinematic masterpieces. These videos give you an up close view of travel experiences and destinations. The vlogs are a behind the scenes slice of my ‘digital nomad’ travelling life.
I love making films and editing so that’s how I’m now spending most of my days. Check out my Rear View Mirror Youtube channel to see how I’m doing. The latest video is from the beautiful gorges in Kalbarri, 600km north of my hometown Perth.
7 Inspiring Travel Vloggers
Over the last few months I’ve been watching a lot of travel videos, getting an idea of what others are doing. But fewer than 10 have drawn me in as a regular viewer. Here are my favourite travel vloggers which have both inspired me to travel and inspired me to create my own videos
I love these guys! They make fairly low key but beautiful videos from around the world with some of the best being from their time in Iceland and their current travels in Scandinavia.
This is a totally different kind of travel vlog, at least not what I’m used to seeing. This young Australian couple are sailing around the world, stopping in idyllic island coves, traversing heavy seas and catching their dinner from the sea. It’s like another world, one I will probably never experience myself. They recently navigated the Panama Canal. Very cool to watch.
Road trips, camping, and hiking feature heavily in Andrea’s recent videos from Slovenia, Austria, and the Dolomites in Italy. The vlog style videos are beautifully shot, you can tell she’s a photographer. Definitely worth checking out if you prefer less adventure and more peaceful vistas in your travel videos. Andrea’s boyfriend Alex is hugely popular on Instagram.
These vlogs are quite different and so beautifully shot and edited. I love JP’s series of cycling across the US and his incredible flights over Namibia.
Team Supertramp create some of the most incredible, high quality (usually in 4k), breathtaking videos I’ve seen. I’m a huge fan and along with travel videos they produce crazy adventure videos. I’m inspired by their work ethic too, somehow publishing outstanding videos from around the world on a weekly basis.
This channel has really grown on my lately. Watch almost daily vlogs from a Belgian living in Sydney. These short vlogs are great if you want to see Australia in its best light. Loads of Sydney sights, sunrises, sunsets, travels around Australia’s east coast and sometimes abroad. There’s some really beautiful timelapse and drone footage too.
Donal is a food blogger with a fun cooking channel. Originally from Ireland, but for the moment he’s permanently on the move, travelling mostly in Europe and the US. His Snapchat is great for seeing his travels but he puts up the occasional travel vlog on his Youtube channel too, like this one from Budapest.
More Travel Vloggers
I’m updating this list with more fun travel vloggers I subscribe to who you might also find of interest.
One of the most famous filmmakers on Youtube, Casey’s channel has around 120,000,000 views. He’s produced many well known shorts including his round-the-world ‘Make It Count’ video for Nike and his ‘Bike Lanes’ video. He’s now making daily vlogs in his hometown New York City and other videos from his travels.
Ben is a daily vlogger who splits his time between London and Cape Town and plenty of other great destinations along the way. The quality of his vlogs are impressive. He clearly puts a lot of time into filming and editing and he’s always improving. I’m amazed at what he manages to create on a daily basis.
The Vagabrothers create destination style videos. They travel the world but spend much of their time in Europe and have been to some of my favourite places and inspired me to visit others.
For a slower pace and a quieter, more reflective take on travel I like the videos at Booker Travels. It’s not a food travel channel but this Barcelona video definitely made me hungry.
Please share your favourite travel vloggers in the comments!