Travel video blog, or travel vlog, is one of the most consumed video content on the internet. Travel vloggers pack their bags, bring out their cameras, and document and film their adventures – and we love that!
If you run a travel blog and aren’t adding any videos to it, you’re missing out on a lot! Videos improve your online presence, grow your follower base, help more users find you through search engines like Google or Yahoo, and more importantly – let you convey your message better.
On January 2, 2000, Adam Kontras posted a video on his blog to inform his friends and family of his cross-country move to Los Angeles. This marked the first post on what would later become the longest-running travel vlog in history!
Before we jump into the importance of video blogs and how a travel vlog can push your online presence through the roof, let us have a look at some of the top travel vloggers of 2019.
Top travel vloggers of 2019
There are a lot of successful YouTube vloggers who share travel vlog tips from time to time. Here are the top 10 travel YouTubers and vloggers of 2019:
1. Casey Neistat
Casey is an American YouTube vlogger and the co-founder of the multimedia company Beme, which was acquired by CNN. In 2018, he founded a creative space for video creators to collaborate and influence each other.
Casey has over 11 million subscribers on his YouTube channel.
2. Mark Wiens
Based in Thailand, Mark travels quite frequently and makes videos on food and all different types of cuisines he comes across.
Mark was born in America but has traveled to France (Europe), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), Kenya (Africa), Argentina (South America) and Thailand (South East Asia).
You can watch videos that feature incredibly delicious food and travel tips on his YouTube channel.
3. Jack Harries
Jackson Frayn “Jack” Harries started a travel vlog on YouTube with this twin brother, Finnegan Charles Frayn “Finn” Harries from London, United Kingdom.
Named Jacksgap, they now have about 4 million YouTube subscribers to their online video blog that was born from a love for traveling and telling a good story!
Checkout Jacksgap here.
4. Louis Cole
Louis is an English film-maker and YouTube personality. On his YouTube travel vlog, FunForLouis, he documents his life and travel adventures from all over the globe.
Louis also has a social media travel management agency brand called Live The Adventure, which is often referred to as LTA.
You can find his travel vlog here.
5. Devin Graham
Devin Graham is an American travel vlogger who produces adventure and extreme sports videos. His videos are noted for their high production value and frequent use of Glidecam stabilizers.
Devin has amassed over 5 million subscribers on his YouTube vlog.
6. Ben Brown
Ben is a travel filmmaker and photographer from London. The videos on his YouTube vlog are related to his travel adventures and life.
In 2012, Ben switched from being a professional athlete to an artist and has since then managed to get over 700k subscribers to his YouTube channel.
7. Kara and Nate
Kara and Nate, from Tennessee, have set a goal to travel to 100 countries by 2020 (and have already ticked off 77 countries from this list!).
They left home with 2 carry-on bags in January 2016, and have been traveling the world full-time for the last 2.5 years. You can check out their daily adventures on their YouTube video blog.
8. High on Life
HighOnLife is a travel vlog run by three friends from Vancouver, Canada.
In three years, they have travelled to India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Ukraine, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, Greece, Italy, the Vatican, Canada, US, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Nepal, Indonesia, and Croatia.
Check out their travel vlog here.
9. Wolters world
Mark Wolters gives first-hand travel advice to help fellow travelers get the most out of their travel experience.
On his travel vlog, he discussed the best and worst parts of traveling so that you can be better prepared for your vacation. Through his videos, you get to know more about the culture and people of the city, country, or region you are going to visit.
Check out Wolters world on YouTube.
10. Hey Nadine
Nadine Sykora is a travel vlogger and videographer who travels the world and shares her experiences and travel expertise via social media videos.
She has visited over 51 countries visited in the last 8 years, and has documented it all on her YouTube travel vlog, Hey Nadine.
Why should I start a travel vlog?
- In any given month, over 100 million of YouTube’s unique visitors are travelers (who look for travel vlogs).
- Three in five travelers who watch online video use it to narrow down their brand, destination, or activity choices.
More video content is uploaded to the web in 1 single month than TV has created in 3 decades.
This fact says a lot about video consumption. With the internet becoming more and more accessible, video consumption is at an all-time high – and travel videos are a big chunk of this!
Your audience wants to save time looking for and consuming information that they seek. The easiest way for them to achieve this is by watching videos – they require minimum effort, and creates a longer impression than text or images.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you need to replace the text on your blog with videos. Instead, aim for including videos alongside text.
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A travel video blog will help you boost your SEO score
Pages with video are 53x more likely to rank on the first page of Google search results.
Let me break down the logic for you. Imagine you go to Google and enter a search query. The first link in the results turns out to be a blog. You click on it and browse through the text and image content on it. Let's say you spend a minute on this blog. You then go back to your search results and click on the next link. This one is a blog too, but it has a video which is 30 seconds long, and it is relevant to the query you're searching. What do you do? You spend 30 seconds looking at the video, and maybe a minute browsing through the text written alongside it. Now Google's bots know that you have spent more time on the second link than the first because it had a video.
Since this pattern (blog with a video had more users spend quality time than a blog with no video) was observed multiple times, Google built the Hummingbird algorithm, which gives more preference to the links where a user has spent more time on and the content is relevant to the user's search query.
Gemma Holloway at Koozai wrote an amazing post on using short videos as introductions to increase engagement with her articles. She experimented with two posts – one featuring a 25s video introduction and another on the same topic, but without the video. The video introduction post received 300% more page views and shares on social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter) than the text-only article!
Essentially, your video has to offer something to your viewer. It might make them laugh, educate them, amaze them, shock them, or annoy them (sometimes even a combination of these!). Your video needs to evoke a strong emotional reaction that will make your viewer share it, either by clicking the Tweet/Share button or by writing a post about it on their own blog/website.
A key takeaway of this post for you should be the importance of videos, especially in the travel industry.
If you run a travel blog and aren't adding any videos to it, you're missing out on a lot! Videos improve your online presence, grow your follower base, help more users find you through search engines like Google or Yahoo, and more importantly – let you convey your message better.
Rocketium, an online travel video maker, is the top choice for travel vloggers and YouTubers. Using Rocketium, you can upload subtitles and captions to your video documentaries, add background music – and much more!