Recording your vacation to look back on has always been popular. Prior to the last century this would have been through handwritten diaries. Then, with cameras becoming more accessible and affordable, it was done through photographs. Some also invested in handheld video recorders as the twentieth century drew to a close. Now most of us always have our own personal computer in our pocket – our cell phone. This has taken the way we record our holidays to the next level, enabling us to take countless photographs and videos and upload them for friends and family to see in real-time. Polishing your holiday footage to make a video you can look back on in years to come is increasingly popular and travel vlogging is a fantastic way to share your experience.
What is Travel Vlogging?
Vlogging simply means video blogging – keeping an online video diary. Travel vloggers record and share the details of their vacation on sites such as YouTube. Some focus on one specific aspect of travel, such as restaurants and cafes, whereas others are more general and highlight everything from accommodation and attractions to cafes and clubs.
How Do I Get Started?
It is a good idea to check out other travel vloggers before your trip so you can decide what you are aiming for. Some choose a very organic style of videoing – much like the home movies you are familiar with. Others go for a more professional approach using editing tools and overlaying music and effects to give the look of a TV advertisement or travel show.
The simplest way to get started is to go for a relaxed approach and film parts of your trip that you want to look back on when you return. Each clip can then be spliced together using editing software such as Windows Movie Maker (or its successor Story Remix) – a quality laptop from a site such as Lenovo.com will make this process easier. When you’ve finished editing your video you can upload it to a platform such as YouTube.
Will Anyone Want to Watch My Travel Vlog?
You may think no one would be interested in your video and that not even your friends and family will want to watch you windsurfing, drinking a cocktail or climbing Kilimanjaro. However, this isn’t the case. Destination vlogs are popular with travellers looking for tips on how to get the most out of their vacation. A modern alternative to Lonely Planet guidebooks and more authentic than travel shows, many people turn to travel vlogs to get an accurate representation of a place. A moving image is more telling than a photograph and captures the sounds and sights of a place. People love watching travel blogs because they are a way to see the world without leaving home!
As you become more familiar with the process of making vlogs you may decide to add features to give your videos a more polished look, but for those getting started, keeping it simple can be equally as rewarding. Happy vlogging!
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