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Next month marks my one year anniversary into the world of creating travel videos. What started out as a side hustle to help me create social media share worthy content for my travel business, soon developed into a passion and is now one of my favorite parts of running Travel is Life. Please subscribe to my Facebook channel while you're here and follow along with my video stories. 2019 is going to be an exciting year!
When I first got into my video making, I wanted to learn from the best, so I began paying closer attention to other travel video creators. Particularly I was interested in solo travel vloggers, as opposed to travel companies with big budgets or video curation channels that syndicated other people's work. And even more specifically, I was looking for Facebook travel vloggers, not YouTube vloggers. I've learned that different types of video content work better on each platform, and my style of mini-documentary travel stories cater more towards Facebook's News Feed discovery platform than YouTube's subscription based platform.
To give you an idea of how much more popular my videos are on Facebook, I just crossed 12,000 Followers on Facebook compared to my 344 Subscribers on YouTube – and I've published all my videos on both platforms. The ability to have my video content reach new audiences through Facebook's Share button is unrivaled on any other video platform at this time, but that's a topic for a different post.
If you're a travel video creator also looking to learn from the best, or you simply love travel videos and are looking for some new channels to follow, here's my list of travel vloggers on Facebook to follow in 2019.
Top Travel Shows on Facebook Watch (2019 Edition)
#1 – Nuseir Yassin
By now, you've heard of Nas Daily, right? At least one of your travel friends have shared his videos in the past. (If not, you'll start seeing them everywhere now that you're paying attention.) Nuseir Yassin has created daily 1-minute videos on Facebook under the page Nas Daily for the past 953 days and counting. I've watched him build his fan base to over 10 million subscribers in the past 2 1/2 years.
He's one of the hardest working guys in the biz and has certainly earned his success every step of the way. He's recently announced that he will stop making daily one minute videos after he hits Day 1000, but hasn't shared what's coming next – although I'm confident he's got something spectacular is in the works. See my other article 21 Things I Learned From Nas Daily for a deeper look at his work.
On the subject of working hard, here's a great video from Nas Daily entitled Why I Never Take A Day Off. It's an inspiring one for any other video makers reading this post:
932 days. 0 Days off.A lot of people have been asking why. For that, I have to tell you a story I Iearned from my dad 10 years ago and it has been stuck with me ever since.Everyday Work Works. I am convinced!INSTAGRAM: @NasDailyGROUP: Nas Daily Global
Posted by Nas Daily on Monday, October 29, 2018
#2 – Mitch Summers
Mitch started his journey into video making with a show called The Unexpected Journey that was based on his “unexpected journey” of not only self discovery, but his journey in search of great stories about the people and places he met along the way.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mitch for dinner in Raleigh North Carolina earlier this year, and talking shop with Mitch made me realize just how little I knew about the technical side of video making – he's a real pro. (I consider myself more of a storyteller with a camera than a professional videographer.)
The day after I met Mitch, he flew to Canada to meet The Nas Daily Team – which he was invited to join. (Mitch's unexpected journey continued.) A couple weeks after that, he changed his page name from The Unexpected Journey to Mitch Summers so that he could diversify his videos away from just travel themed stories and tackle other topics that are close to his heart. However, names aside, he's still on the road full time and putting out travel themed videos which I know you'll love. His videos get better each week.
Here's one of my favorites from Mitch entitled The Missing Ingredient in Life. It's one of his more recent videos from when he began to tackle topics outside of travel:
Brandon is someone we all should know. Not because he is a nice guy and opened a studio for the kids.Not because he was giving back to the community. It was because he failed. He failed to connect with the kids he was working so hard to connect with, and in the process, he found out the most important thing we ALL need a little bit more of. IG: @unexpectedjrne Special thank you to Gabi Lipson for helping me find this amazing story!
Posted by Mitch Summers on Friday, November 2, 2018
#3 – Drew Binsky
I'll add that this list is in no particular order – because Drew Binsky is a pioneer in the travel vlogging world and certainly not in “3rd place” on anyone's list. (I just like to number things.) When I first got into creating travel videos, people kept asking me, “Have you seen Drew Binsky's videos?” – which at the time, I had not, but now I'm a regular viewer and you will be too once you see what he's all about. Drew's been on the road for almost 2500 days and counting, has visited over 140 countries since 2012, and plans on visiting all of them before he turns 30. Ah to be young again!
He recently started traveling with a full time cameraman and editor so his videos are evolving by not having to be the guy holding the camera anymore. We're able to see a lot more Binsky! Here's a great example of the type of videos you can expect on his channel. This one's entitled Most Unique Tribe in Asia? (LONG NECKS).
I have finally met with the LONG NECK tribe of Northern Thailand – and they are truly some of the most fascinating humans on earth! As you probably know, my favorite thing to do when traveling is to discover and interact with the most local people I can find. To eat their food, observe their homes and experience first-hand how they survive. I’ve spent quality time with the Himba tribe of Namibia, the Mursi tribe of Ethiopia and the Huli tribe of Papua New Guinea. But never have I seen women wearing dozens of heavy metal rings around their neck… until I came to Northern Thailand!! They wear the rings (traditionally) to protect from tiger bites, but also to differentiate from the other hill tribes of Myanmar/Thailand.. and of course, it’s also a beauty/fashion thing!The long necks are actually refugees from Myanmar who crossed the border in the 18th century and never returned back home. There are some 40,000 of them remaining today, mostly up in the mountains near the Burma border. Have you ever heard about the long necks? What do you think about their culture? Comment below! Follow Drew Binsky for daily travel videos. Instagram: @drewbinsky. Thanks Michael (IG: @affinityadventure for the intro edits) Music: Epidemic Sound
Posted by Drew Binsky on Monday, November 12, 2018
#4 Andrea Valeria
I was introduced to Andrea's video channel It's a Travel O.D. by my business partner Stephanie Linder, who has been following Andrea's hybrid digital nomadic / traveler video channel since she first entered the world of digital nomadism, and I've been watching Andrea's channel ever since. She primarily vlogs about life as a full time traveler and her adventures working from the road through remote work opportunities. If you'd like to learn more about Andrea's work, she was kind enough to guest host an Internet Crash Course with Stephanie called Behind The Vlog where she teaches you how to get started elevating your brand and reaching a larger audience with video.
Here's a great one from Andrea and a classic example of her work and the types of subjects she tackles. This video is entitled Travel To Get Over a Breakup.
Girl,If you are going through a breakup, this vlog is for you! [Special thanks to Hotel Suites Villasol for inviting me to shoot at their property in Puerto Escondido, Mexico]
Posted by It's a Travel O.D. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
#5 Ariel Viera
I put out a request to my Facebook network to tell me to their favorite Facebook travel vloggers, and Andrea introduced me to Ariel Viera, creator of the Urbanist channel – the show that explores the history of cities. I love cities so I was excited to learn about Ariel's work. Whenever I fly into a new country to explore, I often start in its capital city because they are a great place to begin an adventure. You can typically get to anywhere in a country from the capital. Big cities are a melting pot of culture, history, and FOOD! What's especially interesting about Ariel's work is that he's built up a big following doing primarily Facebook LIVE videos. That's impressive to me. Live video is something I've been dabbling with on my personal profile the past couple months because I'd like to integrate it into Travel is Life in 2019. I'm excited to follow along with Ariel's channel in the coming year and learn from the Live Video Master himself.
Fair warning – his videos are long. Some of his live videos exceed 2 hours. Length comes with the territory of producing live, raw, and uncut videos. Here's an interesting one from Ariel entitled Epic History of Maine Lobster. This video is one from his edited collection so that you can an idea of his style in a short video, but it still has his live vlogging vibe:
Eating lobsters by a harbor is one of the best things to do when travling along MidCoast Maine. However the lobster wasn't always as glamorous! It used to be known as a "sea roach" and one of the poorest foods you could eat. What happened?! Here's the epic rise of the lobster as told at Young's Lobster Pound in Belfast, Maine.
Posted by Urbanist on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
#6 Nowhere Men
Andrea also introduced me to Alex, Brian & Eric – aka: Nowhere Men – three friends who have been traveling around the world together for the past few years making videos about real people doing inspiring things. Their adventure started with a 3 month drive around the world making a TV show, and then they took their videos to Facebook. Eric left the group to pursue an education in business school but Alex and Brian are still going strong – so stay tuned next year. They've got an exciting channel!
Here's a recent video from NoWhere Men entitled A Day in the Life of a NYC SHOE SHINER!
Would you stop for a shoe shine from this guy?P.S. wait until the very end for his “Shoe Shine Anthem” 😂🤣😂#livecurious #rallyon–Join our private Live Curious (by the Nowhere Men) Facebook group for conversation on all of our videos!Follow our Instagram @nowherementv for behind the scenes with us!
Posted by Nowhere Men on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
#7 Tyson Mayr
My friend Diana Godoy introduced me to Tyson Mayr's channel The Naked Traveller and two things caught my eye: 1) The name of his channel – because who hasn't thought about how much easier it'd be to pack for travel if you didn't need clothes! (Okay, he's not really naked…) 2) His appreciation for Ecuador – a country that I've grown to love after having spent 7 months of the past 2 years in Ecuador between other travels. (By the way, you might remember Diana from the video I did on about her and Alex's cafe in Quito Ecuador that has fostered over 100 dogs and cats. Tyson also met Diana through visiting Cafe Mosaico.) Tyson's been backpacking the world since 2009, and although he primarily documents his travels through photos via his Instagram channel, he also regularly puts out travel video content. I also read that he's got a project in the works with Nat Geo so be on the lookout for that.
Here's an example of the types of videos you can find on The Naked Traveller page:
Eating lemon flavored ants.. on the way into the Amazon Jungle 🐜🍃 I will choose nature & trips like this over a city any day!This was our trip as we entered the Amazon with Ecuador Pure Life Tour Operator. If you are in Ecuador, definitely look these guys up.. they know the jungle like George himself & are basically family with the local tribes as you enter, so it really is like no other experience!Oh yeh… there have been well over a million entries into the Ecuador competition. I still haven’t made contact with winner, but will do tomorrow 👀 huuuge thanks to everyone involved 🙂 no matter the outcome, I hope I’ve been able to share a little of this beautiful country———————————————————————-🐳 LatinTrails – English✈️ LATAM Airlines
Posted by The Naked Traveller on Thursday, February 22, 2018
#8 Rick Steves
Everyone in the travel biz knows Rick Steves right? Host of the tv show Rick Steves' Europe on PBS since 2000 and the radio show Travel with Rick Steves since 2005. Famous travel personality, author, and guide book creator. Did you know that he's also got a Facebook Watch channel? It's everything you'd expect from Rick Steves too – classic travel education. If you've always been a fan of Rick Steves, you'll also want to follow along with his Facebook videos which compliment his bigger work.
Here's an example of the type of videos you can expect from Rick Steves:
I’m in the jungles of northern Guatemala, scouting for a new public television special about world hunger — and I’m learning that extreme poverty is often rooted in conflict. Today, Agros International brought me to a cemetery that was filled with tombs dating from 1981 and 1982 — an especially violent period of Guatemala’s civil war, when the government massacred thousands of indigenous civilians. Walking through this poignant cemetery, hearing survivors tell stories of lost loved ones who were struggling for a little corn and a few beans, I felt the scars of that tragic time.When I traveled through Central America back in 1988, a favorite song was Jackson Browne’s “Lives in the Balance.” Listening to it again, the lyrics — so painfully true back then for me — still pack a punch:I've been waiting for something to happenFor a week or a month or a yearWith the blood in the ink of the headlinesAnd the sound of the crowd in my earYou might ask what it takes to rememberWhen you know that you've seen it beforeWhere a government lies to a peopleAnd a country is drifting to warAnd there's a shadow on the facesOf the men who send the gunsTo the wars that are fought in placesWhere their business interest runsOn the radio talk shows and the T.V.You hear one thing again and againHow the U.S.A. stands for freedomAnd we come to the aid of a friendBut who are the ones that we call our friendsThese governments killing their own?Or the people who finally can't take any moreAnd they pick up a gun or a brick or a stoneThere are lives in the balanceThere are people under fireThere are children at the cannonsAnd there is blood on the wireThere's a shadow on the facesOf the men who fan the flamesOf the wars that are fought in placesWhere we can't even say the namesThey sell us the President the same wayThey sell us our clothes and our carsThey sell us everything from youth to religionThe same time they sell us our warsI want to know who the men in the shadows areI want to hear somebody asking them whyThey can be counted on to tell us who our enemies areBut they're never the ones to fight or to dieAnd there are lives in the balanceThere are people under fireThere are children at the cannonsAnd there is blood on the wire
Posted by Rick Steves on Friday, November 16, 2018
#9 Jake Wettern
My friend John Williams introduced me to Jake Wettern's channel iamjake – which documents his journey living in his Jeep Wrangler “Jade” with his dog Annie. From the videos I watched, I think Jake does a great job blending a raw vlogging style with edited/produced videos. His videos have got some production flair which adds to the quality, but still offers a freeform style as if you're right there living the adventure with him. I got wrapped up into his stories right away and felt like I was there with him and his friends.
This video of his from Baja Mexico is a great example of what you can expect on his channel:
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Posted by iamjake on Thursday, February 15, 2018
#10 Christian LeBlanc
When I first got into making videos last year, my friend Jon Santangelo introduced me to Christian LeBlanc's channel. (You might remember Jon from his article on this site about living and working remotely in Makati Philippines.) On Christian's page Lost LeBlanc, he vlogs about leaving behind the corporate world and writing a new story for his life. The first videos I ever saw of his were from the Philippines – where Jon and I had recently connected. Jon had wanted to show me some of Christian's videos from areas that we had previously visited. Christian's got a nice laid back vibe to his videos and he'll show you some amazingly beautiful places around the world.
Here's one of the first videos I ever watched of his from the Philippines:
Cliff Jumping in Boracay. This Philippines is way too beautiful.TAG your friends if it's time to explore the undiscovered islands of the Philippines!LIKE Lost LeBlanc on Facebook and IG
Posted by Lost LeBlanc on Friday, December 22, 2017
Who's your favorite travel vloggers on Facebook?
As you can probably tell, this isn't an official “best travel vlogger” list by any means, and there's no award for making the list. I only titled the post “Top Travel Vloggers On Facebook” so that people could easily find it on Google and discover these video creators. (However if you made it on this list, I will happily send you an official Travel is Life T-shirt if you'd like one. Just e-mail me your current mailing address.) The list is very anecdotal and showcases travel personalities who I've encountered, befriended, or pulled inspiration from this past year, as well as a few names that I was just recently introduced to.
The real reason I put together this list is to ask you…
Who's YOUR favorite travel vlogger on Facebook?
I'd love to continue expanding my horizon, discovering other travel personalities, and learning from video makers who are better than me. Consider this Top 10 List a starting point for discussion. Now I'd love to hear from you. Drop a link in the comments section to your favorite Facebook travel vlogger – or if you are one yourself, I'd love to see your page, so feel free to drop a link to that too. (For the sake of keeping this a safe place for my readers to click on links in the comments, please only leave direct links to pages on Facebook. I'll delete non-Facebook URLs.)
I feel like female travel vloggers aren't represented well enough here! That's my fault and unintentional. It's just the way the cookie crumbled when doing my own research and reaching out to my network for their suggestions. Although a love for travel transcends all genders, I'd especially love to hear who your favorite female travel vloggers are on Facebook so that next year's list can be more evenly balanced.
PS: If you're a travel blogger or vlogger looking to grow your online presence and connect with other like minded travel professionals, check out my Travel Blogger Success Kit and consider joining the Travel is Life Tribe. We'd love to have you!
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