Sometimes it seems to me like YouTube can only grow and grow in popularity. Did you know that by this point, people spend a total of over one billion hours per day watching YouTube videos? That’s more than 100,000 years… in one day (YouTube).
I'm no scientist but I think that’s because there’s just something magical about being taken through an audiovisual experience. While I appreciate all forms of media, I feel like my life wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful intersection of writing, photography, film, and music that is VIDEO! Do I sound like a nerd yet?
Basically I love making videos and WATCHING videos, so today I wanted to share with you my big, big list of all of my favorite YouTube channels that inspire me, keep me fit, make me laugh, teach me things, etc. etc. Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to share your own favorites in the comments!
P.S. Overwhelmed by all of these? I've created a handy little summary graphic that you can get at the bottom of the post :)
Career, lifestyle, and motivation
Aesthetic videos and the most calming voice ever? Sign me up. Watching Aileen’s videos truly makes me a better and more focused person.
Watch if: you don’t know what to do with your life.
Start with: How to Plan Your Life (Interactive Exercise)
I don’t have an older sister so I basically know nothing about what that’s like, but watching Rowena’s videos feels like getting advice from your super smart, organized sister. Lots of productivity, self care, and life tips.
Watch if: you’re feeling disorganized.
Start with: How to Save Money 💸 Budgeting & Lifestyle Tips
These guys do crazy things and also try to get strangers to say yes to doing crazy things and the end result is me always feeling inspired to step out of my comfort zone more often.
Watch if: your life is feeling a little too… safe.
Start with: Asking Strangers to Fly Across the World to give a TED Talk with us!!
Honestly I’ve only watched a few of his videos but I keep coming back to “DO WHAT YOU CAN'T”.
Watch if: you want to see why this guy is basically the most famous vlogger out there and you want to get inspired by his success.
Start with: DO WHAT YOU CAN'T
You really can’t summarize this channel. My favorite TED Talk is linked below.
Watch if: you want to learn how your world (and your mind) work.
Start with: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban
Lifestyle and Inspiration
Beautiful person, and videos edited so beautifully I could cry. Jenn never fails to inspire me and her personality is so sunshiney.
Watch if: you’re a YouTuber and want to step up your editing game.
Start with: Spring Festival Lookbook | Eggie Drop 4
So stylish and put-together, I don’t know how she does it. She vlogs about her life, so...
Watch if: you agree that Joan is a cool person and you want to get to know her more, I guess? Also if you’re curious about life in South Korea!
Start with: April Favorites 2018: I'm back in Korea!
Queen of cute thumbnails and a relaxing filming/editing style.
Watch if: you need to just chill for a little while.
Start with: 📚organize with me!📚(my messy desk)
This cutie is truly and artist inside and out. I am always in awe when I expect a simple video, cookie-cutter video and get philosophical life musings, instead.
Watch if: you’re an aspiring art student or want to get inspired to love life again.
Start with: WILDFLOWERS ON MY MIND // Sketchbook Entry
I’m obsessed with Ashley. She’s so effortlessly funny and relatable and stylish and gorgeous.
Watch if: you need style inspiration or just a good laugh.
Start with: outfits for hot af summer days (ft. me being sweaty)
“Creative” is a word we throw around too lightly these days but if anyone deserves it it’s her. She makes a variety of videos, from aesthetic food to travel videos to her pink door.
Watch if: you want something refreshingly creative.
Start with: My Creative Juices Recipe.🥛⚡️
Honestly just started watching this channel but I already love her minimalist style and practical tips (and her accent!).
Watch if: the minimalist lifestyle interests you.
Start with: FRENCH STYLE VS SCANDINAVIAN STYLE | feat. justine leconte !
Wild We Roam
I’ve been following Dana and Lou since their channel was called The Plant Based Traveler. Ah, nostalgia. They always inspire me to travel and their filmmaking creativity is out of this world. Also, cutest couple ever!
Watch if: you’ve got wanderlust.
Start with: We got a DRONE!! (DJI Mavic Pro Platinum)
I love her style of narration! It's like a funny, sarcastic documentary. She tries so much delicious food (mainly in Korea) but I also love watching her travel vlogs where she shares her train and airplane experiences.
Watch if: you’re super curious about traveling in and around South Korea.
Start with: Flying BUSINESS CLASS on Asiana Airlines ♦ Overnight Flight from Singapore to South Korea
Yoga with Adriene
The only yoga channel I ever watch because Adriene simply has the kindest and most encouraging personality. When I watch her videos I get to not only move my body but learn something about myself and feel a little calmer.
Watch if: for whatever reason, you need a good yoga session.
Start with: Yoga For A Dull Moment | Yoga With Adriene
It’s crazy but somehow Cassey is so cheerful and her thumbnails are so colorful that I actually willingly subject myself to her deadly workouts.
Watch if: you need a quick workout, especially if you want to target a specific area of your body.
Start with: Perfect 10 Abs!
My go-to channel for when I’m working out at home and am sick of doing circuit workouts.
Watch if: you want a no-frills workout that’s all planned out and ready for you.
Start with: 30 Minute HIIT Cardio and Lower Body Strength Workout - Muscle Building, Fat Burning Home Workout
They invite all sorts of guest instructors so there’s so much variety - from barre to boxing to dance. Also the atmosphere is just so positive!
Watch if: you want to get fit but also have fun and try new things!
Start with: 30-Minute Leg-Toning and Booty-Burning Workout
A South Korean filmmaker whose videos kinda remind me of Buzzfeed. Think social experiments that make you laugh but can also occasionally bring a tear to your eye.
Watch if: you like social experiment-style videos and learning about other cultures
Start with: Rating People's Looks (Eng sub cc)
I don’t think anyone knows where this channel is going at this point, to be honest. The only constant seems to be creative music covers and $1 vs $1000 ___ comparisons (piano, English, makeup, you fill in the blank). The randomness always puts a smile on my face, though.
Watch if: the world is too serious and you just want to laugh at silly things.
Start with: 1$ English Vs 1000$ English
I always thought this former BuzzFeeder’s videos were kinda clickbait-y until I actually watched some and was amazed at how interesting, well thought-out, and enlightening the documentary-style videos were.
Watch if: you’re even the slightest bit interested in fashion and makeup because I guarantee she covers these topics in ways you won't expect.
Start with: I Got A Tokyo Makeover
You can probably guess from the title, but this channel is everything food-related! My favorite series are where they try to make gourmet versions of classic packaged foods and also the cute “Kids Try” series.
Watch if: you like food (hehe, everyone).
Start with: Pastry Chef Attempts To Make Gourmet Lucky Charms | Gourmet Makes | Bon Appétit
Very well-made Premiere tutorials, and lots of helpful tips for adding that professional touch to your videos.
Watch if: you want to step up your filmmaking game.
Start with: How To Fast Forward Effect | Premiere CC Tutorial
This channel always gets me so excited about photography! All of the photos are absolutely gorgeous. I mean, her skills are insane. And she has so many creative video ideas (like challenges and cool locations) that you never get bored.
Watch if: you love photography but want to love it a little more.
Start with: Photoshoot Inside a Cake Patisserie
Another photography channel with beautiful photos and videos that are actually super educational and fascinating.
Watch if: you have a photography question (but be prepared to learn much more than that).
Start with: How to Take Better Photos in Low Light
Tons of lessons on learning Korean that range from the basics (like Hangul) to interesting mini-lessons like how to say “just kidding".
Watch if: you want to learn Korean, duh.
Start with: JUST KIDDING in Korean (KWOW #212)
Basically the only time I will ever enjoy learning about geography. These videos are fast-paced, hilarious, and fascinating.
Watch if: you want to learn about a country but don’t want to read a boring textbook.
Start with: Geography Now! Lithuania gotta plug my home country ;)
This channel basically IS the education category.
Watch if: you want to get smarter.
Start with: My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic
Whew, that's it! Did I miss any of your favorite YouTubers? Let me know in the comments! I've also condensed my recommendations into this little graphic for easier viewing, so feel free to save that for reference! And if you enjoyed the post, don't forget to share it :)
Thanks so much,