There are two kinds of people in this world: those who will drop everything to watch the next talking animal video on their Facebook feed, and those who won’t. Those of you in the latter group, who ARE you?
If you didn’t just get a little bit happier after watching that video, then I have a suspicion we could never be close friends.
I’ve always said you can tell a lot about someone by the videos they watch on YouTube.
(I’ve never said that.)
But it’s probably true. One look at my most-watched list and you’ll learn three things right off the bat –
1. If not for YouTube tutorials, I wouldn’t have the first clue how to handle a DSLR or edit a photo.
2. I’ve watched an unusually high amount of videos featuring kittens getting stuck in cereal boxes and fish bowls.
3. Second only to talking marmots (Alan…Alan…Al…Alan!) and sea lions working the night shift (seriously, click play on that video!) are travel videos. I can’t get enough, especially when they’re high quality time-lapse videos.
Nothing can fuel my wanderlust as swiftly and effectively as watching someone else experience all the things I’d like to do myself, and then put it all together into a beautiful, artistic montage. And so today, I’d like to share with you five of my favorite travel videos that are sure to fuel your wanderlust!
Fun for Louis – Epic World Adventure
This dude really knows how to make every day count. He keeps a daily video journal of his life chronicling all kinds of wicked awesome adventures. This video, combining little clips of the whole year, is my favorite. If you only have time to watch one video, choose this one.
STA Travel Australia – EAT
EAT is part of a 3-video series, the most popular of which is MOVE with over 2 million views. Three guys spent 44 days traveling through 11 countries exploring, learning, eating, and recording their experience. EAT is my favorite of the three because food is such an important part of traveling for us. Must. Eat. All. The. Foods.
Casey Neistat – Make It Count
The story behind this one is – two guys were paid by Nike to create a movie based on the theme, ‘Make It Count’. They used the entire budget to travel around the world to make this movie. The end product is pretty darn awesome. It makes me want to pack my running shoes in my suitcase next time we travel somewhere new. My favorite line in the video – “The trouble is, all of these street signs are written in squiggly lines.” :)
Christoph Rehage – The Longest Way
This guy set out on his 26th birthday to walk from Beijing to Germany. One year and 4,600 km later, still in China, he decided to stop. The thing I love about this guy’s journey is that he knew when he’d had enough – he walked until he stopped wanting to walk anymore. He’s like a real-life Forrest Gump!
Nike Free – I Would Run to You
I feel like I’m cheating a little bit since this one is a commercial, not a travel video, but I’ve loved it for so long that I couldn’t help sharing it. I used to watch it right before all of my double digit mile runs as motivation. For awhile I even wondered if I could run across the U.S. myself someday, but since I’m not Dean Karnazes, it would likely take me around two years. (3,000 miles / 730 days = 4 miles a day. Doable, but a bit of a commitment.) Maybe when we move back, I can be content with just running in every state, not necessarily across the states.
Watching these travel videos, I feel equal parts awe and jealousy. It takes time and a whole lot of talent to put things like this together – neither of which I have. We’ve never taken any video when we travel. None. After watching these, I’ve concluded that needs to change. So, what about you – what do you like watching on YouTube?
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