Fun Links on Friday (YouTube Edition), 8/15



I have always been someone who has wanted to travel.  For the most part, my desire to travel has been for work, to uncover the stories of people that live in areas that are not mine.  I wanted to report stories of the good and bad because like I have previously discussed, I truly believe that people have the right to know whats going on in this world.  For some reason, the desire to travel was never so strong just for pleasure, but as I have grown older that desire has really been so strong inside of me.  

I don't know, as a younger child I have always wanted to visit Hawaii but that was the only place I really dreamed of going to, but now that has changed.  I literally want to visit so many places that at times, people ask me where I would want to visit and I literally have no answer.  That is why I have so much passion for travel all of a sudden.  Now you never know, this could change, but I would be happy if it didn't.  

Fast forward to now, there really is no time for me to travel unless it was to be for work.  I am busy with things and lets just face it, there's barely even time for me to do some of the things I love around here anymore!  Needless to say, I love to live vicariously through the lives of some of my favorite bloggers/vloggers.  

People underestimate the power of these people.  There is something to be said about taking a camera around the world with you and filming your every move.  Forget about the fact that the act itself is actually very hard work (perhaps not forget about it but lets just put it aside for a second) but it actually could be very dangerous in a place that you are not familiar with.  Who knows how the locals are going to react to people filming the intimate details of their everyday life.  And yes, I know that normally locals are used to tourists taking photos, but not everyone is the same everywhere and we must keep that in mind.  

I think I can speak for myself and (maybe) almost everyone here at the Jersey Shore that there is more than a plethora of people taking photo of the weird shit that happens here every single day.  

While this is true, I have come to appreciate some vloggers that get up-close and personal with the places they visit and chose to put on display some of the most interesting cultural aspects of their destinations.  They aren't just walking up to a famous bridge in the area and taking photos, they are getting in there, talking to locals and showing us viewers the meaning behind whats actually going on.  In my opinion, vloggers like this are the ones that understand that we want to learn just as much as they want learn, and I appreciate them for that.

With no further adieu, I want to introduce you to Essiebuttonvlogs and Funforlouis.  Recently I have been living for these vlogs.  There has been nothing I have been more excited for than these videos that show up in my subscriptions almost everyday.  That's another thing about these vloggers!  They don't know where they are going to have the next bit of internet, but they always find enough time to get their videos and blog posts up and thats the best thing ever!

Essiebuttonvlogs

Essiebuttonvlogs is awesome.  This is a channel that belongs to a girl named Estee who also has a popular beauty channel on youtube called Essiebutton.  I'm sure you have heard of her.  She runs the channel and uploads with her boyfriend Aslan that she actually met online and feel in love with.  So adorable, I know.  She is originally from Canada, but moved to London to live with her boyfriend and they have been there for a while.  

They always go on fantastic trips and Aslan is known to plan them meticulously.  This is what I love about him though!  There is always meaning and knowledge behind whatever the duo is doing.  I love to listen to their perspective on things and the further explanation of culture just lights up the entire video.  It's nice to know something about a place you've never been that you can share with someone else the next day and I definitely have Estee and Aslan to thank for that.

Even if Aslan and Essie are just in London going to the latest 'Car Boot Sale' or visiting exhibits, they are seriously the best to watch.  So easy to listen to and understand, and so fun to learn from!

Aside for the duos 'often' trips in and out of Canada to see Estee's family, they have been almost everywhere imaginable!  I have recently been obsessed with watching their vlogs from Marrakech, Morocco but right now they are roadtripping through ... DENMARK/NORWAY/Scandinavia-ishness.  I know, let's all just sit here and cry.  They are calling their vlogs from the trip #NordicVlogs so people can catch up on their latest antics and weigh in on what they should do while they're there.  I can tell you one thing, I have never wanted to visit Denmark so much in my life.  I wasn't sure of the appeal because I didn't know much about it but now, that opinion has surely changed.  My favorite moment so far was probably in their latest vlog when they reached the Two Seas.  Don't know what I'm talking about?  Check it:


Definitely be sure to check out their channel if you want to learn more about some really awesome destinations.  Even if you don't they are hilarious, inspiring and so interesting to watch!

Funforlouis

Louis is SO INTERESTING.  Everything about his vlogs just make sense, they seriously give me life.  I know he has been famous for his other channel called 'foodforlouis' where he took the time to eat all of these exotic foods and other weird things.  He no longer does this type of videos but has now gravitated almost exclusively to traveling vlogs.  

Louis posts almost everyday and there is something inspiring about each vlog that he posts.  I don't know what it is about him, perhaps his personality and optimism, but he is just so captivating.  His vlogs tend to be so light-hearted, fun and informational, and there really isn't a vlog that goes by that I don't enjoy.  Right now he is in Rio staying with a family friend with his father and sister.  I think they are going to be visiting other parts of Rio and staying elsewhere but for right now thats where he is.

I think what makes Louis the kind of person that he is, is that he has witnessed, encountered and been through a ton of things in his travels.  Perhaps his extreme skating incident will make your skin crawl.  If that doesn't tickle your fancy (I mean, ....) then you probably will feel his pain right alongside of him as he goes through the heartbreaking process of getting all of his memories back when unfortunately his backpack gets stolen.  

Although there were some bumps in the road for Louis, his channel as a whole is one big amazing party.  At the end of each video he encourages his viewers by saying, 'Peace out, enjoy life, live the adventure.'  I mean, how much more inspirational can that be?  Even the endslate of his videos makes me happy.  I think it perfectly describes what type of person he is: an optimistic wandering nomad.  My favorite Rio vlog of this trip that he is currently on would be the most recently uploaded one, check it:


Although I am certain that there are a ton more YouTubers involved heavily in travel, these two (I guess three technically) right now are really making the inner wanderlust in me come right out.  What traveling vloggers/bloggers do you read and watch?  I would love to know.  Right now im sitting stationary but when it's time to travel, nothing beats being prepared and I think I am on my way.  Let me know in the comments if you watch these YTers and give me some suggestions.  You can tweet them to me if you would like.  Thank you for reading as always.  -Brit.  

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