Traveling the World on YouTube

While traveling can be an amazing experience, it can also be a very stressful one. Planning a trip is no easy feat.

During the spring 2016 semester, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. I loved my time in Italy, but one of the most stressful parts of my time abroad was planning my weekend adventures throughout Europe (I know it’s definitely not something to complain about, because I’m so lucky to have even had the chance to travel).

Since my trips to different countries were just a few days long, I tried to pack in as many important sights as possible. While travel books and blogs are great resources, I discovered the value of YouTube for trip planning.

There are a lot of great travel YouTube channels specifically dedicated to providing recommendations for your next trip. For less formal recommendations, try searching the city name with the word “vlog.” I was able to find a lot of great videos of people traveling to the same cities I was going to, and they had their own unique views and recommendations for the cities. It’s nice to be able to see a more realist view of the destinations, instead of glamorized shots by travel channels (although I do love those videos too).

From sightseeing tips to food recommendations, you can find a video about practically any larger city with just a push of a button.


The New York Times YouTube channel has a series called 36 Hours, which has recommendations of things to do in cities if you’re only there for a short period of time. These a great for helping narrow down decisions about the important spots to visit in each city.

The Paris videos were really helpful when I visited, because we were so overwhelmed by everything the city had to offer.

Although it’s in the United States, I had to include the 36 Hours in Chapel Hill video. Go heels!


If you’re interested in visiting South Korea or Japan, I would highly recommend checking out Simon and Martina. They’re a Canadian couple that have spent the last few years living in Korea and they just made the move to Japan. They have hundreds of great videos about culture, food, and activities to do throughout the two countries.


Although it’s not necessarily a travel recommendation channel, Around the World in 4K has a lot of beautifully shot videos of cities around the world (hence the name). It’s great for reminiscing about your travels or planning your next destination.

I had to include the Florence video since it was where I studied abroad. It was definitely my favorite city, but I might be a little bias…


These are just a few examples of channels to help you plan your next trip. The versatility of YouTube means that you will be able to find a video that suits your travel needs. Happy travels!

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