A great travel video should reveal the hidden secrets of a destination or tell a powerful story about the people who live there. But most importantly, it should inspire you to embark on your own adventure. Each month, we'll be bringing you the top new travel videos from around the internet.
In this installment, we get an aerial view of the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, Turkey from a hot air balloon, relive the last steps that were ever taken on the moon and get an empathetic peek into what it's like to fly when you're overweight.
For decades, the country also known as Burma was pretty much closed off to the Western world. But in the last few years, Myanmar has improved its relationship with the US and other Western countries, and travelers have been flooding in.
This edition of the Petals of World traveling series shows you why: robe-clad monks walking through golden temples, rolling mountains and serene lakes, stilt-houses and people who still live life largely untouched by the rest of the world.
This film beautifully shows that in the face of a constant stream of bad news coming out of Turkey – explosions and insurrections and violence – the reality is that Turkey is still one of the most vibrant, as well as culturally and geologically rich, places in the world.
The hot air balloons over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and the stunning cityscapes of Istanbul help illustrate there's a lot more to a country than what you see in the news.
Alive in Alaska is as much about the trip as it is the destination. Against the backdrop of the icy glaciers, impossibly blue water and that place where the mountains meet the sea, photographer Alex Strohl talks about his passion for adventure and the struggles of life on the road. The result is something that's both visually stunning and inspiring.
Sharing a border with China and Pakistan, the Indian Himalayan region is a crossroads where Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam meet. It's also a land of alien landscapes and some of the world's tallest mountains. The result is aesthetically awesome. This short film gives a small glimpse of this infrequently visited area through scenes of Tibetan villages, snow-swept peaks and – of course – lots of cows.
This one is just straight up travel porn. In four minutes of time-lapse footage of the Northern Lights, At the Edge of the Solar Storm is four minutes of rolling curtains of glowing greens and yellows and blues and purples shooting across the sky. It might not be as good as watching the Aurora Borealis in person, but it's a heck of a lot warmer.
Here's one to bookmark for next time you're feeling defeated and need a little inspiration (and the next time you have 23 minutes to spare). Hard Ship tells the story of three fearless sailors who enter one of sailing's most difficult races, across the 750 miles of treacherous water from Washington to Alaska.
Oh, and they happen to be paralyzed – with extremely limited bodily function – yet somehow they finish a journey even most expert sailors with fully functioning bodies can't manage to complete.
On December 8, John Glenn, the first American to ever orbit the earth, passed away at 95. He was a pioneer who led the US into an era of uncharted space travel, which, in a way, reached its peak in 1972 when Apollo 17 launched.
That was the last time humans traveled beyond low earth orbit, the last time we landed on another celestial body and the last time we set foot on the moon. This film, The Last Steps, uses rare video and audio footage to bring the mission to life in ways previously unseen.
The (Not-So) Friendly Skies
Air travel has become a leg-crunching, elbow-smashing, mind-numbing experience for all of us. But those of us who are relatively thin (and/or short) have it easy. Through interviews and animation, this video illustrates how difficult it can be for overweight passengers to deal not only with undersized seats, but with the anger and disgust of other passengers.
This video is probably the most difficult of this group to watch, but possibly the most important, as it shows us what it's like to be in the shoes of the person who might be sitting next to us on our next flight.
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