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Travel videos

I'm not really sure where to put this question, so here seems like a good spot, although I don't know how much traffic it will get.

I like to search videos on YouTube on locations, especially ones I'm already booked for. Of course, I watch RS ones, but I like ones that are more visually informative too. I'm finding out that the good majority (like, 90%) of these travel videos are made by young influencers, for other young people. Not that I have anything against "young" people, but at 51, some of these can be a bit hard to watch since I'm out of the target audience. For example, I just tried to watch one on Milos and the young lady was more interested in repping her top, talking about how one beach took umbrellas down so it "wasn't as cute to be honest, but it was a windy day so I just have to live with the pics" etc.

There seem to be a million YT channels and travelographers (? right word?) Are there any that are more information-oriented? I also will watch the drone videos sometimes, but frankly, also not my favorite as there's usually no dialogue or info.

Anyone have any recommendations?

Maybe I'm just barking up the wrong tree.

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Are there specific countries or cities you are looking for? I like city walks. I really like his Switzerland videos and he has others.

https://www.youtube.com/c/CityWalks

I also like growing up without borders, although they can take some getting used to.

https://www.youtube.com/c/GrowingUpWithoutBorders

It’s hit or miss with the videos. I’m always looking for videos on you tube as it really helps me visual the places. When I come across ones where the people are annoying, I just move on to the next one.

Edited to add: I also like wolters world, denniscallan, and How To Switzerland (you probably won't like her)

https://www.youtube.com/c/woltersworld

https://www.youtube.com/c/denniscallan

https://www.youtube.com/c/HowToSwitzerland

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I know what you mean about the videos. I don’t have tons of luck finding ones that appeal to my particular focus.

The Expedia videos are pretty general but they give a nice overview and I’ll usually check those out.

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Thank you both for your replies!

I've watched some of the Wolter's ones for countries I am visiting, I will check the other ones out. I usually like to watch places I am visiting in the near future, but sometimes in the grey 38 degree crap weather of mid-winter here in the foothills of the Rockies that now doesn't get snow due to climate change, I just like to check out places I cannot currently travel to.

Valerie, thanks for that tip.

I just struggle because most of those videos are like the Instagram of travel videos. Very little substance, all flash and dazzle (and posing), occasionally good camerawork/scene shots. I'm definitely not interested in visiting somewhere on a trip because it's a trending Instagram picture.

(Just to prove I'm not a curmudgeon, I do have an Instagram, and I even use it for my travel photos, but it's not an influencer account. It's a private account ) 😆

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I like the footloose series. Debra & Dave Rixon of Grindelwald Productions (Footloose Travel Videos) are pretty good for our age group. I think you can watch these on Prime. They are a British couple in their mid 50's (guess) that cover a lot of destinations in Europe and throughout the UK.

Margaret

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We’ve watched a ton of travel videos over the past couple of years. I like this couple. They’re young and on a budget. It’s fun to see their love of travel. They provide some history, food info, etc.

https://chadandclaire.com/

I also love Sylvia Michel photography. Stunning photos and videos from all over Switzerland. Very peaceful. Not a ton of commentary, but very inspiring walks/travels. https://michelphotography.ch/

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I’ve been watching Paul Hollywood’s videos call City Bakes. He talks about the city, shows you around, and goes to bakeries, naturally. I find them interesting and he goes all over the world. Also, strictly in England, is Joolz Guides videos. His are by neighborhood.

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This is a good channel for Spain, it's an English and Spanish couple living in Madrid, its called Spain Revealed, very charismatic, I think they have their own tour company too:

Their page - https://www.youtube.com/c/JamesBlick

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I agree there are a lot of YouTube videos full of young youthful posers that create travel videos without a lot of substance. When I stumble on a channel that’s filled with real substance, I’m in heaven. They can be invaluable tools for trip planning and finding those off the beaten paths locales. Here are some of my favorites:
Ryan Shirley - beautiful cinematography, lots of “best of country X” and some new drone meditation videos.
The Honest Guide - excellent info for Prague and day trips.
Bery Istanbul Tips - excellent practical info for Istanbul and Turkey
Iceland with a View - best, best Iceland specific YouTube channel
Chasing a Plate - for the traveling foodie (also Mark Wiens is good).
Eileen Aldis, Samuel and Audrey, Travel Beans, and Endless Adventure are all well put together videographers with substance even if they are slightly younger than our generation.

Happy bingeing!

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Not quite a travel documentary, “Scotch, A Golden Dream” is a documentary about Scotch whisky on Hulu in the movies/documentary section. I highly recommend this for those who are going to Scotland this year.

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Agree Aimee, hard to find good utube videos for our age group. I have been watching Les Frenchies (I think your recommendation) and enjoying those videos for my upcoming trip to Paris and France. Just wish they had more.

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Aimee, I laughed when I read the grey skies comment. We notice so many more bright days after being in Seattle for 30 years. Or maybe the grey just hangs around the Washington side of the state border. ; ). Spring is coming!

Thanks for the question. I’m enjoying watching some of the response videos.

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😅 Jean! You might not get the inversion over there that we tend to get here. For a full 14 to 16 days every January we have a inversion where the fog is so dense you can barely see down the street and it’s like that all day, every day. And then the gray skies. Usually by mid February we start getting that odd sunny day which is nice. And the last two days here have been glorious ! Just in time for it to return to 19° at night 😆 We definitely get more sun than the Seattle/Tacoma area but something about the lack of green here I think is what does it. We don’t have the Evergreen choices that the west side does. Everything here is brown, gray or dead except for the few fir, pine and spruce. no good laurels for us, ha! For me that makes a big difference.

Yes the travel videos are awesome. Thanks everyone for contributing and please keep adding as you wish!

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I really enjoy this guy's videos, that mostly all focus on Scotland:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBhQuxcHU3aydk_zTXcbdTg

For neat and fun explorations around parts of London, there's Joolz Guides (which many here watch):
https://www.youtube.com/c/Joolzguides

And while I know you mentioned not liking videos without dialogue too much, I find some of these "ASMR" walking videos to be neat:
https://www.youtube.com/c/watchedwalker
This particular Watched Walker channel mainly covers London, but they do a really good job of detailing their route and even providing a map of it in the video description so you can follow along. Does a neat job of really immersing you in a walk through the city - it's helped hold me over while the pandemic has delayed my own trip to London for a couple years.

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France with Vero youTube has lots of videos. She is a RS guide who lived and worked in Seattle for many years. She moved back to Paris right before the pandemic hit and wiped out what she planned to do. She started filming walks around her neighborhood and then farther afield as restrictions lifted. She is now based in Tours and has widened her repertoire accordingly. Her Paris walks were fabulous for introducing neighborhoods outside the typical tourist areas. It’s fascinating to look back at the original Paris videos when Covid restrictions were first in place. She posts almost weekly, so there are lots to see.

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I second the recommendation of France with Vero. I have learned so much from her as I prepare for my first visit to Paris in May (fingers crossed). Through following her on YT and social media I also found The Earful Tower and French Frye in Paris. They are both Paris-centric. On Earful Tower Oliver Gee covers primarily life in Paris today. He is an Australian transplant and has a witty, fun loving take on his favorite city. Corey Frye is a tour guide who gives walks through all parts of Paris explaining the history and architecture of the area. If you a longing to be in Paris his videos are almost as good as the real thing. HIs love for the city really shines through. Enjoy!

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Does anyone else really like the non-talking walking videos while exercising? I find time flies on the bike or treadmill when I'm virtually walking around some European city and it's excellent motivation.

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roubrat, I also enjoy the walking videos while walking in front of my tv.

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Carrie, there were some days during 2020 when walking to those videos kept my travel hopes alive.

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I am so glad there is this much interest! I truly thought, when I posted, that this would generate a 'few' posts if that. I almost didn't do it, I thought it was the equivalent of the 'stupid question' in high school.

So much good stuff here, yay!

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