Gearing up for travel in 2021 with vlogs

Once upon a time, if you were planning a vacation adventure, you’d likely spend hours researching it—buying travel books from Fodor’s Travel or Lonely Planet, asking friends who’ve taken similar trips, as well as surfing online for tour operators, hotel, hostel or campground rating sites and places to sightsee, shop and eat at once you get there. It was often exhaustingly time-consuming and, even when you were ready to pack your bags, you were never quite sure what to expect once you reached your destination.


Then travel vlogs were born. “Vlog” stands for video blog or video log, a type of blog where most of the content is in video format. So, a travel vlog is a video blog created by intrepid travelers, documenting their experiences.


With our hope that travel gears up back to normal later this year, here are some of our favorite travel vloggers to guide you around the world when the time is right:


Hey Nadine: One of the top female travel vloggers on YouTube, Nadine shares her fashion, food and entertainment travel experiences in Russia, Turkey, France and beyond, including useful travel tips and hacks.


Mark Wiens: If you love food and travel, Mark is your guy. With currently 1.5 billion views of his videos, Mark has explored the world from Pakistan and India to Thailand, China and Japan. Some of his most popular vlogs are street food tours but he reports on high-end delicacies as well.


Soniastravels: Described as a female travel MacGyver, Sonia has toured around the world from Milan to Paris and Miami, offering great travel tips, including how to keep your valuables safe at the beach, how to survive long flights and what to do about swollen ankles!


Sailing La Vagabonde: If sailing is your passion or your dream, Australian couple Riley and Elayna vlog everything you want to know about boat life and sailing around the world.


If you want to explore more of the best travel vloggers, check out here, here and here.


Where are you itching to travel once it’s safe to do so? Share your dream destinations and experiences with the Shop Talk community!


Did you know? Vloggers are #1


Travel vloggers attract nearly half of all travel channel subscriptions on YouTube, while travel brands like hotels and tours only get 19%. Why? People trust amateurs and believe they’re more authentic. (Source)

45 thoughts on “Gearing up for travel in 2021 with vlogs

  1. I never heard of VLOGS before.

    I am planning on traveling to see my son in NC and my daughter in PA in 2021.

  2. I am glad different vlogs and sites are showing what is available for travel. I think people are ready and willing to travel even in these hard times.

  3. We had several trips canceled in 2020. However the trip I was most looking forward to the river cruise through the Netherlands. I hope to plan another river cruise but on a different line as the one we were going on was quite difficult to get our money back from. I hope that we will be able to make this trip in the spring of 2022

  4. Are there any Vloggers that just do the states? Say you want to go to Las Vegas and you want to go to other places besides the casinos, can they tell you where to go?

  5. I will not be traveling any time soon. I had to use 90 hours of my leave or lose it so we all stayed home. I still worked when needed as I was working from home anyway. We are getting paid for not working because we don’t have meetings etc…. so you do what you have to do said my boss. LOL I am to scared to travel. I never stay in a hotel anyway. I visit family and friends overseas or stateside so I never have to stay in one. I used to travel every month in the past. I would go for long weekends or for a week or so to IA, KY, IL, AR, OK, MO, LA, and Germany every year to visit family and friends (military friends are all over the US).

  6. I disagree I am sure that these travel bloggers are getting some type of compensation for their efforts.

  7. I am very excited about hearing about new travel destinations and travel vloggers have alot to offer.

  8. Quite frankly, this is disturbing for the following reasons ..
    WHY exactly is there such a push to ‘monetize’ and then endorse that ‘monetization’ at the expense of honesty about any thing at all (including travel?)
    For myself, I AVOID anything that has ‘vlog’ or ‘blog’ or even has the stench of aggregate marketing that enriches others needlessly — and that is why I won’t ever use any of these ‘compromised’ vlog types for anything at all.
    In fact, the best experiences have been (especially from my experience — both during my time in the Military while off-duty as well as afterwards as I travelled for business and/or leisure) those museums, sites, and other fun activities and things that I discovered going OUTSIDE cities, didn’t expect, and just stopped at (Because I got some suggestions from actual locals who had no interest in ‘monetizing’ .. they just wanted to share some ‘local’ gems that actually WERE gems to visit and enjoy.

    Needless to say, this may not be a popular opinion, but it is my own thoughts. I refuse to view vlogs and would rather pick some place to go to and then (by asking locals in their own language) what they believe would be worth the time to explore, visit, see, enjoy, whatever.

  9. I’m a pretty boring person. Actually, what I would like more than anything is to travel to the places Laura Ingalls Wilder lived and experience the same landscapes. Unfortunately no one in my family is interested so I will probably just stay home.

  10. My husband and I “celebrated” our 25th Anniversary in 2020. We were supposed to commemorate this milestone by cruising to Bermuda last August – obviously that never happened. We rescheduled and, God willing, we will make the trip this August. Hope everyone gets to vacation soon – safely and happily!

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