Today we should give thanks to the individuals that really like recording their walks — and/or breathtaking 4K drone escapades. It’s these people whose content is plastered all over YouTube giving people like you and I a temporary travel fix. We know it’s not the same as being there, but it’s definitely closer than a lot of other things.
Millions of travelers opted out of passport stamp collecting in 2020, but our eyes can still explore other parts of the world.
1. Namibia and Botswana
This breathtaking footage confirms what so many travelers know: there’s nothing quite as beautiful as Namibia and Botswana. Shot in 4k, the meditative visuals are spectacular, eerie, effervescent and tranquil.
2. Eight-Hour Flight Over Iceland In 4K
Iceland is one of the few countries with landscape varied enough to enjoy an eight-hour video of just that. Slow clap for the person that compiled this amazing video showing off Iceland’s wondrous wild in 4k.
3. Hanoi Walking Tour In 4K
This cozy video takes viewers through the romantic streets of charming Hanoi. The rainy Vietnamese city has a large expat community and is a gateway for travelers venturing to Ha Long Bay. President Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain once famously dined at Bun Cha Huong Lien in Hanoi.
4. Sierra Leone Drive-Thru In 4k
Go on a quick uber ride through Sierra Leone’s streets in this surprisingly stable video tour. The approximately 30-minute YouTube journey shows a range of different areas throughout the West African city.
5. Pyramids Of Giza Educational Walk In 4k
Take a guided-walking tour through the Pyramids of Giza in 4k. Not purely for vanity, this video features important information about Giza and the seven pyramids that make up the famed monument.
6. Ben Böhmer Live Above Cappadocia in Turkey for Cercle
We stumbled across this performance by accident and were mesmerized by the production. German composer Ben Böhmer’s performance floating above Cappadocia is unlike any other live performance we’ve watched. The European house producer performed an entire set inside a hot air balloon while soaring over the picturesque Turkish region known for extraterrestrial landscape and cavern hotels.
7. Rio De Janeiro Walking Tour
A casual stroll from Rio De Janeiro’s Ipanema to Leblon neighborhoods. The walking tour features a couple of entertaining chats with locals along the way.
8. The Red Sea
One of the premiere diving destinations in the world is located off the shores of North Africa’s Egypt. Most tourists visiting Alexandria don’t get these views however. Filmed entirely underwater, this serene video will make your next shower a bit more relaxing
Eric has revolved in and out of passport controls for over 20 years. From his first archaeological field school in Belize to rural villages in Ethiopia and Buddhist temples in Laos, Eric has come smile to smile with all walks of life. A writer, photographer and entrepreneur, the LA native believes the power of connectivity and community is enriched through travel.