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Got the COVID Travel Blues? Check out these unique Travel Vloggers.

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With travel restrictions locking down the country, many Australian’s have a travel itch they can’t scratch. Currently the government hasn’t provided a concrete date when we will be able to return to travelling overseas, but estimates put it at as late as mid 2021 before you will be able to hop on a plane to most countries. To help with these travel blues, we’ve created a list of travel vloggers you can binge watch to get your travel fix:

Bald and Bankrupt

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxDZs_ltFFvn0FDHT6kmoXA

Bald and Bankrupt (Benjamin Rich) is a travel blogger who has a special interest in exploring the former Soviet Union and recently some of the lesser travelled countries in South America and Asia. Fluent in Russian, you can watch Benjamin travel through some of the most dangerous and unusual places, from military patrolled caucuses, irradiated forests in Belarus, old industrial towns in the Urals and the back streets of Cuba. Ben’s channel is well known for his uncensored opinions, in-depth historical knowledge of the areas he travels and banter with locals who haven’t met an Englishmen before.

Harald Baldr

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKr68ZJ4vv6VloNdnS2hjhA

Harald Baldr is a Norwegian vlogger who has well over 100 videos travelling North America, Europe and Asia. Harald’s videos provide a mix of cheap hotel reviews, conversations with locals and food videos. His food content in particular is popular, from cheap street eats up to some of the highest end dining. Harald in particular is a big fan of pork, with numerous videos about “pork ‘o clock” where he will buy significant amounts of street pork in videos in Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand etc. He also does a number of videos on buying random goods from markets and street vendors, where he’ll negotiate or sometimes allow himself to pay too much to show his viewers what it’s like to travel and interact with various locals.

Harald is a very open about being anti political correctness and has a limited filter so keep this in mind, but will also often show wholesome random acts of kindness to the locals, donating to families, struggling businesses and children selling items on the street.

Indigo Traveller

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXulruMI7BHj3kGyosNa0jA

Ever wanted to see what it’s like to travel in regional Iraq or Afghanistan? Or maybe in the slums of Venezuala? Indigo is the vlogger for you. Indigo is a New Zealander who has a focus on travelling to the lesser known regions of the world and giving the opportunity for locals to share their experiences and stories to the world. Putting himself into locations and scenarios which might be deemed risky, Indigo opens up viewers into previously unexplored areas shattering stereotypes and humanising communities which suffer under political conditions which might be at odds with many of the viewers. So if you’re looking at broadening your horizons to know how people live in Iran, what food is like in Kabul or about female skateboarders in Iraq, indigo will broaden your travel goals for the future.

Do you have any unique traveller vloggers that you follow which aren’t on this list? Let us know!

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