The first of what will be a series of interviews with people living the travel dream, traveling the world and making money as they do it! Travel Blogging –
I meet up with Samuel Jeffery of http://nomadicsamuel.com/, a Canadian currently teaching in South Korea, who over the last 11 months has built up his travel blog to where it earns anything from $2000 to $6000 USD a month. I ask him what his secrets are and he reveals some interesting tips.
At the start of my round the world travel video adventure I made a video talking about the 7 things I wanted to achieve on my trip. 9.5 mths in I look back on what I have achieved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VgzCP2pE44
The seven goals were:
*To see the world
*To film the world
*To get paid to film the world
*To get fit
*To find a traveling partner
*To make a difference
*To find a home
And what have I learnt from my travels, to observe and not react, that my view of the word is determined by the way I was brought up and the culture I was raised in. And most importantly, ‘Without people you are nothing!’
Music: Lerax by Re-Drum, Album: It’s Better to Burn Out Than To Fade Away
Features quotes from:
The The – Slow Emotion Replay http://youtu.be/7epsKzky3aI
Joe Strummer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTNDPPb4224
With the help of online video join me on a journey exploring the top travel movies. These are the movies that influenced me, as a filmmaker, to travel. World Safari – Round the World Adventure This one started it all for me, I remember watching this at school with my first crush, she hated it. For me, it set a idea in motion.
Wild Orchid – Brazil Captured the latent sensuality of South America. So many memorable scenes, Mickey on the Harley. Carrie catching the couple having sex in the stairwell. Carnival, the feeling that anything could happen.
Before Sunrise – the holiday romance Let’s be honest, we all crave it, that holiday romance that sweeps us off our feet!
Easy Rider – The Epic Road Trip Just a classic. In a previous life I dated a women with two boys. This is the only movie I made my eldest step son sit down and watch with me. For weeks he couldn’t believe the rednecks killed Captain America!
Wake in Fright – Australia Ok, so Australia has changed a little since this film was made, but you spend enough time in those male dominated outback towns, where the measure of your manhood is determined by how much you can drink. You will realise how quickly things can turn nasty.
Apocalypse now – Asia Probably my fave film, a classic. A white man cut loose, going up river in search of his own heart of darkness.
Grizzly Man – The Wilderness An amazing documentary by the Master Herzog. Timothy Treadwell, a crazy diamond whose passion comsumed him ( pardon the pun)
Up in the Air Great movie about the dangers of constant flux
Body of lies – Middle East Doesn’t paint a great picture of American involvement in the Middle East, but boy, Golshifteh Farahani, you gave me a new appreciation of the beauty of Persian women!
Betty Blue – France Maybe my first crush on an actress. It wasn’t until years later, watching this film as an adult, that I realise Betty was stark raving mad!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Spain Woody Allen leaves New York and puts a Spanish spin on the holiday romance. First time I appreciated Penelope Cruz as an actress, she played the hot blooded siren so well!
Blood Diamond – Africa My good African friend Florence, who experienced the war in Seirra Leone, can’t watch this movie, so there must be some truth in it!
Angel Heart – the deep south of America Made me wanna go down south and see that mix of cultures.
The Mission – South America Such a great film, good versus evil, the coloniser versus the indigenous. And what a soundtrack!
The Beach Finding Paradise and the darkness of the human heart
The Wicker Man – United Kingdom Maybe an unusual choice, but made me think about what lies beneath. Lead to me take a trip to the remote Orkney Islands.
With the help of online video, let me take you on an audio-visual journey of my top travel tunes.
STEPPENWOLF – Born To Be Wild
Love ‘Easy Rider’, can’t leave this classic off the list!
LITTLE RIVER BAND – It’s A Long Way There I’ve been listening to this song a bit of late, and I’m finding it’s words relevant to my current trip.
ROLLINS BAND – Illumination Great Lyrics and amazing film clip.
RORY MCLEOD – Sleep Tonight In the tradition of the Celtic Bards, this one goes out to the rough traveling backpackers
METALLICA – Wherever I May Roam Great lyrics, I reckon this song would work really well with an acoustic version, anyone game?
THE BLACKEYED SUSANS – The Good Life Never Ends The coolest travel song you never heard of, full of a good dose of Australian irony. Lyrics by the great David McComb of Triffids fame.
ASH GRUNWALD – Breakout
The song to get you on the road and outta your current situation
JOHN J FRANCIS – Simple Ben From the amazing surf film ‘Morning of the Earth’. A beautiful song about appreciating the little things.
HANK WILLIAMS SNR – Ramblin’ Man The greatest example of travel songwriting ever! If you need to know the influence this country singer had on popular music, listen to these great lyrics! This version features my mate Matt Charles leading the vocals.
LED ZEPPELIN – Ramble On Ten years searching for your girl, wow, hardcore! Obviously big LOTR fans
IGGY POP – The Passenger Got to feature the legendary Iggy, and what a great homemade video clip, featuring some classic old movies
NICK CAVE – When I first came to Town When it is time to move on!
And as an encore, a traditional song I changed to suit my own travels - TOMMY TANNER AND THE DRUNKEN PEREGIAN BEACH CHOIR – Version of The Overlanders Traditional Tune
Ever had a dream to just travel the world?
On July 24th 2011 Aussie Filmmaker Mark Shea set off on a new journey with the goal to travel to each continent and make a living on the road.
Mark's motivation is to show that wherever he goes, He will find good people, passionate enough about where they live to show him round. To inform, entertain and inspire, learning about culture, customs and beliefs.
Exploring the new international world of Digital Nomadism Mark will produce videos while on the road, using lightweight High Definition equipment, and aims to survive solely on passive income made from his online ventures.
Countries visited so far:
*Indonesia *Singapore *Malaysia *Brunei *Philippines *Hong Kong *Japan *South Korea *North Korea *China *Laos *Cambodia *Thailand Mark has been travelling for 670 days 10 hours 8 minutes 48 seconds