The Americas – Maytrip

“I can settle down and be doin’ just fine
Til’ I hear an old train rollin’ down the line
Then I hurry straight home and pack
And if I didn’t go, I believe I’d blow my stack

I love you baby, but you gotta understand
When the Lord made me, He made a Ramblin’ Man”

It’s been nearly a year since I unceremoniously ended my 21 month journey around Asia and Central America. The journey, which took in 16 countries really gave me, in particular, a better understanding of Australia’s place in Asia.

And this is why I do it, I need to see and understand the world, and unfortunately, can’t rest until I’ve at least known each continent!

Series 3 – Episode 6 from ABC Open on Vimeo.

I was planning to ride a motorbike around West Australia, the only part of Australia I haven’t seen. When I cooked the bike I had bought for the trip, doing this ride, I decided West Australia can wait! I felt a strong desire to finish what I’d started in the America’s, and I’ve earmarked May as the time this journey will start, about a month from now!

Things have changed a lot in the last year. I no longer believe relying on youtube ad revenue is a sustainable business model, and I’m not the only one! A clever video producer will use youtube as a means to market their work and try and cultivate direct relationships with advertisers and/or use youtube to drive traffic to some product they sell. Within the travel industry there are some great examples of how this can work.

The last year I’ve been very lucky to have worked as chief videographer for the world’s most sustainable winery, New Zealand’s Yealands Estate. It has been a great experience working with a growing corporate, open to allowing their team to tell their story. We’ve turned out 65 videos whereby staff, from the CEO to the chief gardener, tell the story of how Yealands incorporates their ‘Think Boldly, Tread Lightly and never say it can’t be done’ ethos into all they do.

My favourite video is the one below where Yealands founder, Peter Yealands discusses the unique soil structure of their Seaview Vineyard. Peter is a busy man and doesn’t always enjoy being in front of camera. I realised that if I put him on camera with someone else, he would forget the camera and perform better, and this video is testament to that!

My work with Yealands has made me aware of my unique skills as a video producer; I can work fast, turning out videos to tight deadlines and I know how to get the best out of on camera performers. I’ve also leant that working with a team can lead to a better product in the end. And most of all, it has been great not having to appear on camera myself. So how that changes my style on this next trip, who knows!

At the moment all that I have planned is a flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles. I like traveling this way, no plans, open schedule, seeing where the road takes me. Some people can’t fathom this way of traveling, but for me it leaves room to seize opportunities in the moment, like my recent chance to sail to Cuba.

Some ideas include a road trip across America down to Miami exploring the deep south, sailing the Caribbean, motorcycle diaries though Sth America. Hope you find it interesting, I’m sure I will find some great stories along the way.

Holiday Activities, including Tours and Adventure Videos

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40 Videos featuring tours and adventure activities from around the world. To select an individual video, click on playlist link in the top left hand corner of video player, and scroll down to make a selection.

Watch, Plan, Visit! – The winning combo of Video, Business, Travel

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globalI’ve been producing travel video content for over 10 years. I’m feeling the need to do more than just production. I wish to help others, video producers and tourism business, realize the full potential of travel content.

I’ve been working on something very big that I have been researching since I have been traveling.

I wish to develop two websites that will team travel videos, tourism business and video producers.

Overlander.tv will team destination and tourism business profile videos with a tourism booking engine for flights, hotels, tours, car rentals and travel insurance

2minprofile.com will allow tourism business to find local video producers to produce tried and tested business profile videos.

Both sites will work in together, with 2minprofile providing videos for overlander.tv

To fully understand the alchemic magic of video and tourism, read google’s recent study

Exciting times :)

Digital Nomads – Travel Blogger – Nomadic Samuel

Digital Nomads – Travel Blogger – Nomadic Samuel

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.

WALL OF AMAZING TRAVEL VIDEOS, THANKS TO BLINKX.COM!

I don’t pay enough attention to my blinkx channel, it’s like the well performing student the teacher leaves alone because they get the work done.

Blinkx, the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine performs just as well in ad revenue for overlander.tv as does youtube, and minus the hassles such as getting videos flagged.

So Blinkx, I promise to pay you more attention, to never mention youtube in a video again, and to understand that I make travel videos, not youtube travel videos. The space is always changing as are the players!

Why make Travel Videos? Interviews with Youtube’s Top Travel Channels

Why make Travel Videos? Interviews with Youtube’s Top Travel Channels

I speak with Evan and Rachel of http://www.youtube.com/user/evannrachel

They are expat American’s who have been living and teaching in South Korea for the last two years.

We talk about the process of making travel videos and I ask them why they decided to start

So you want to travel the world, the lessons learnt 9.5 mths in!

So you want to travel the world, the lessons learnt 9.5 mths in!

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