Want to explore the ruins of Peru, the crystal clear water of Bora Bora or even the hidden gems in your own hometown? Well, there’s no better way than following your favorite travel influencers on social media. Sites like YouTube and Instagram boast travel bloggers ranging from backpackers to luxury travelers to frequent flyer mile experts – all of whom get to earn their livings traveling the world. Armed with their drones, they’ll inspire you with breathtaking videos and take you on journeys far and wide. We chose our own personal Top 10 to get you started. We invite you to check them out to learn more.
4. Vaga Brothers (over 700k followers combined)
Meet Marko and Alex. Together they run a YouTube channel called Vaga Brothers where they not only share their traveling experiences but also tips and advice about what it takes to get to your destination of choice. You can find all kinds of videos such as top 10 lists, best spots at your favorite city and tips for locals in different areas. The pair share a unique bond together chronicled through some amazing pictures from there breathtaking excursions.
5. Laura Reid (over 200k followers combined)
Laura started her YouTube channel a few years ago where she began vlogging about her everyday life, ideas and beauty routines – much like many YouTubers. It wasn’t until recently that she started traveling to different places all over the world such as Dubai, Bali and various islands around Asia. It’s only a matter of time until more people discover her page filled with beautiful photographs.
6. Travel Break by Steph (over 100k followers combined)
Steph runs the TravelBreak Blog, and she has traveled close to over 100 different destinations. If you go to her website, you’ll find that she’s done some pretty astonishing stuff such as playing the drums with Wyclef Jean in the Bahamas, rock climbing in the Dolomites, flying her friends around the world and even staying at a seven-star hotel. Wow, we didn’t even know those existed.
7. Kara and Nate (over 200k followers combined)
Some travel bloggers like Kara and Nate even offer paid services to help train others to be able to travel the world relatively cheap using various methods with frequent travel miles. At the time of writing this article, their website has tracked how many countries they visited (71), miles flown (211,300), and cups of coffee consumed (2181) so far in their ventures together as a couple. They even won a shorty award this year so be sure to watch out for these two in the near future.
8. Samuel and Audrey (over 500k followers combined)
Samuel and Audrey are the perfect travel influencers to follow if you share the same passion with them for eating local food and backpacking around the world. They discuss tips and travel guides through every destination they visit, including the rural areas of that country. Their YouTube channel’s bio say that “Our goal is to inspire you to travel around the world and eat delicious local cuisine wherever you’re visiting. Follow your dreams and never stop exploring!”
9. Brian Kelly (ThePointsGuy) (over 2 million followers combined)
Brian runs the Points Guy page, and if you haven’t heard of him, you surely have now. His Facebook page alone is already close to 2 million followers, and he has great inside knowledge when it comes to spending pennies on a dollar when traveling abroad. He shows you tips on frequent flier miles, credit card rebates, and hotel packages that only a person who has been there would know!
10. Gareth Leonard (Tourist2Townie) (over 150k followers combined).
Gareth’s list of accomplishments in life so far includes: learning Colombian salsa dancing in Medellin, cooking like a Peruvian in Lima, and working at the World Cup in 2014 among many others. Life is truly about finding your passion and chasing it as far as you possibly can. Surely, Gareth’s current lifestyle is a testament to that virtue. He’s living life one local town at a time.
Quite possibly the most popular travel vlogger on this list and he is also the founder of a management agency that works with a different travel and lifestyle influencers with a passion to inspire adventure & promote social change called @livetheadventure and has over 100k followers itself. It’s a pleasant change to see influencers such as Louis not only teach a thing or two to his audience but also guide other fellow influencers that share the same passion as him or want to follow in their footsteps. According to their website, “Live The Adventure” has always been a life motto for me – a reminder to keep growing, challenging myself and pursuing adventure.