Euro Summer Adventure

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It’s official, overlander.tv will be heading to Europe for summer! We are very excited about the prospect of producing destination guides with the help of a local Luxembourg filmmaker.

Together we will produce a European travel series which will explore both
luxury experiences and local homegrown stories at each destination
visited.

We wish to explore the best Europe has to offer – accommodation, food,
tour, along with getting a picture of where Europe is now by
interviewing local people about local stories.

We are also looking into having some screenings of our Camino film. Leave a comment if you have any European story suggestions, or know of a venue to screen The Way.

Travel Videos that leave the safety of the resort pool!

One of the great joys of travel is to experience how things work in foreign cultures. If one was to just listen to mainstream news, one would probably not set foot outside the safety of their own home! Travel teaches one that despite cultural differences, we all just really want the same things! In this playlist I’ve put together some videos that dig a little deeper, that leave the safety of the resort pool, to find out how things really work!

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Funny Travel Videos

Travel can lead to some funny experiences so I’ve made a playlist capturing some of those moments.

Hope it brings a smile to your face :)

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The two streams of Travel Video – Technological and Personal

Can I be honest with you! I don’t watch a lot of travel videos! Mainly because I spend too much time making them! But when I do, I like looking at where things are going. I believe there are two current streams in the travel realm – the technology stream and the personal stream. I’m strongly in the personal stream, and I believe success on youtube is related to this stream. Maybe in certain segments of the travel realm (millennials), things have gone a little too ‘beatlemania’ but I suppose for those outside that scene, it just shows what a powerful medium online video has become. The cult of personality still drives popularity! But as technology puts amazing image quality in more and more hands, many tourism boards see using the latest and greatest as the best way to promote their region. So I’d like to share some recent videos I watched that show examples of both streams

Technology Stream

There are two countries where you can be sure to see cutting edge tourism promos – Canada and Australia. By this I don’t mean they are necessarily good, just that these two countries have the huge budgets to give marketing managers the chance to go all Napoleon on yo ass.

Australia, particularly Queensland, like to go ‘survivor’ mode, making the next generation of filmmakers show their social media prowess in ‘vote for me’ competitions. Essentially flawed and open to deception I’m not really a big fan of this method. It gets a lot of traffic at the start, with people trying to win the prize, but then drops off, because who wants to watch videos of someone who essentially beat you in a competition!

Canada on the other hand want to show they are on the edge of the latest and greatest technology has to offer (the USA :), and here is there latest offering –

And now, for what is claimed to be the best travel video of 2014, using technology to it’s full capacity. One day robots will be able to make such films, or at least human operated flying drones!

Watchtower of Turkey from Leonardo Dalessandri on Vimeo.

Personable Stream

To understand the personable, a bloody long interview with Australia’s biggest female youtube star, and America’s cleverest branded content producers. Just click on the link, and listen to the audio..it’s just radio on youtube!

So if you listened to the interview you will understand that a) youtube stars understand what works; personality and connectivity, and b) when Australia’s top female youtuber can’t get a reply from tourism boards, most tourism brand managers and marketing managers really have no idea!

But the fact that Natalie is now producing travel content, after being free of university, gives one some idea of the insights she gained working with lonely planet as to the great opportunities video offers the tourism industry.

So we have entered a very interesting period in the history of travel and online video. I kind of feel we have entered a real wild west gold rush time, and to listen to online video’s best snake oil salesmen below is exciting, it’s hard not to believe the hype! But I have the feeling no one really knows where things are going and it reminds me a little of the dot com bubble. And I get the feeling investing in a youtube network will lead to the same outcome.

One thing is for sure, online video is here to stay for the trillion dollar tourism industry and the industry can best learn from youtube’s successful operators – use technology where possible but most importantly, keep it personable and entertaining.

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Coober Pedy, Opals and Underground Houses

Interviewed Jenny Gough from the Old Timers Mine
Jenny is a long term resident of Coober Pedy and in the video talks about how a stoke of good luck resulted in finding and funding the Old Timers Mine.

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Kilkenny Travel Video Guide HD

I interview Kathleen Moran about the Kilkenny Craft Centre and how Kilkenny established itself as Ireland’s craft capital.

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Doolin Travel Video Guide HD

In Doolin I interviewed Banjo player, Kevin Griffin about why Doolin has become the traditional music capital of Ireland.

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Nimbin, Australia Travel HD

Back in the early seventies Nimbin became the alternative lifestyle capital of Australia. Many of the original communes are still set up today. In recent times Nimbin has become infamous for its annual Mardi Grass festival which celebrates marijuana use.
I interviewed Neil Pike, one of the original hippies to arrive in Nimbin in the 70s.

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The Paddle Steamer Capital of the World! – Echuca, Australia HD

In the 1860s to the early 1900’s, Echuca was a bustling port with paddle steamers ferrying people and goods all through the Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee River systems.

By the early 1970’s, the port was derelict and unused. The council of the day decided that its paddle steamer heritage was unique and started restoration of the port.

Today the paddle steamers are making a comeback. Many old sunken boats are being repaired to their former glory.

Kevin Hutchinson is a Shipwright who has played a large role in the paddle steamer revival.

Echuca is a great example of how rural towns can use their heritage to establish tourism.

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Melbourne, Australia Travel Video Guide – Overlander.tv

Australian Filmmaker Mark Shea travels around Australia interviewing locals along the way. In Melbourne he interviews well known musician Wendy Rule, asking her what she likes about Melbourne.

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