What kind of headline is that you may ask? “10 Best Travel Videos to Help You Breathe Again.” Well first off, it got your attention but secondly, I believe that travel allows us to finally decompress from life and experience freedoms that we don’t get in our day to day routines. Too often were working hard, running households and all the time, we seem to be holding our breath and not living. Travel allows us to do that and if we can’t travel, well why not watch some great travel videos?
My Criteria for a Good Travel Video
I have to admit, creating great travel videos is difficult and I only wish I could be at the level of the next 10 videos I will share. Here are the things I looked for before sharing these gems:
Makes you want to pack your bag
Great use of music
Cinematic feel or great story
One of the reasons I was inspired to create this list, I was at dinner with some friends, one of whom is a photographer for a non-profit and he was sharing his work. I was blown away by his editing and storyline and thought it was important to share his video. Sadly, one of his most impactful pieces has less than 2,000 views. But before I share Eric’s work, here are some of my favorite travel videos in no particular order.
Let’s Go – Seattle
I felt it was appropriate to put a video of my hometown up first. The cinematography here is beautifully done and the opening scene with the waterfall is at Snoqualmie Falls where my company takes customers on our daily Seattle tours.
Exploring Palau: A Secret Paradise
The Dfly team has put together some great videos, but this one is probably my favorite. Using great transitions, underwater footage and some great slow motion video using something they call “The Blob”, this video is fun and makes you wish you were on vacation right now with your best friends.
The San Tribe in Namibia is similar to the Hadzabe Tribe we visited in Tanzania. Though the Hadza’s are still a nomadic tribe, the San are no longer and have been forced to stay in one place to allow their children to get an education.
Recording a song like this comes with challenges, “My music was unlike anything they’d heard before, and they’d never seen an electric guitar or piano before.” Charlie said in an interview.
“I started playing a song in return called Emily off my last solo record, it’s quite slow, like a ballad. “Some of the men in the tribe started crying. It was just the most touching experience, and I was blown away by it. They all came up and hugged me.”
Singing in the Rainforest
Charlie was there to take part in a new television series titled, Singing in the Rainforest, taking singers to meet remote tribes and exposing them to music they have never heard before.
Working with the San, Charlie spent a week to create a song that combined both modern and ancient musical styles. The San don’t use music as a form of entertainment, but as a way to communicate with their ancestors.
Some may think this experiment could have an adverse effect, but as you watch the video, I think you’ll see the joy and warmth the San felt as they performed. A great reminder that music can be an incredible connection and bring us all together.
We took a trip out to the world famous Blue Grotto in Capri. Sometimes it’s not always about the destination, but the journey to get to where you are going and the Blue Grotto was no exception. We started mid-morning to avoid the crowds, or that’s what we thought. The boat ride was about 20-25 minutes from the marina in Capri, and when we arrived at the grotto, it was packed. Here’s a little video to share our experience that day.