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 watch an artist draw massive designs in the sand, go on a miniature (literally) off-roading adventure in Oman and view the world from above through some amazing drone videography.
The Irish stereotype is Guinness, green (everything), lyrical accents and bad food. And while most of those stereotypes tend to be true, not all of them are. The Perennial Plate spent two months exploring the cuisine of the Emerald Isle, and ate everything from naked oysters to wild lamb to raw honey (and, of course, corned beef and cabbage).
This video takes you through the green country, and the beautiful imagery and lyrical narrator will make you think twice about Irish food.
If you’ve ever been to India, you know it can be an inspiring, liberating, hectic sensory overload. It's everything all at once, and this video manages to encapsulate that as it follows the producers’ 14,000-mile journey across three months. It’s kinda sorta an Airbnb ad, but it’s got enough adventure, beauty and silent storyline that it doesn't really matter.
The Land of Fire and Ice is best viewed by air. It brings a new appreciation to the endless volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, white-and-green-capped mountains and Northern Lights to see them in all their vastness. The drone footage really captures the seemingly never-ending nature of Iceland, and gives a unique perspective to sights normally only seen from the ground.
We don’t know exactly where on the South American continent the short film "Together" takes place, and it doesn’t really matter – because (spoiler alert) as the end of the film states, “It’s never about where you go; it’s about getting there together.”
The film follows a group of friends as they traverse 2,000 kilometers of the continent to the kind of desolate places where glaciers crumble into the sea, sheep graze in wide open plains and campfires are shared in complete isolation.
The makers of this film spent two weeks on this Spanish island filming breathtaking night skies, a ghost town, an abandoned leper colony and a lost, unfinished hotel. But you might miss all that, because the timelapses and film tricks used to film the rugged landscapes, sunsets and starry nights are so mesmerizing, you might just enter a meditative state and find yourself four minutes later wondering where you just went.
There’s something about great drone videography that just has the ability to make us feel so insignificant. "Formations" is little more than a collection of aerial shots examining flocks of ocean birds, lines of mountain roads and boats floating in the sea, but it gives great perspective of the vast world we live in.
If aerial videography makes you feel tiny, this tilt-shift timelapse aerial film will have the opposite effect. This off-road trip through the desert of Oman, with its undulating dunes, rocky cliffs and lush palms is shot so that you appear to be adventuring through a mini world filled with tiny boats, tiny jeeps and tiny people.
Never heard of the Lofoten archipelago? Don’t feel bad. That’s because it’s at the edge of nowhere, on the northwest side of Norway, near the Arctic Circle. As filmmaker Nick Kontostavlakis says (and his film visualizes): “The islands are full of legends, maybe because of their natural beauty and their mysterious landscapes, or maybe because there the sun either never rises or never sets. The only thing you can hear is the thousand voices of birds, the wind, and the sound of the sea.”
For many of us, the beach is the quintessential vacation. For Jim Denevan, it's the ultimate canvas. He quit his life as a surfer and job as chef to draw in the sand. All the time. And he has drawn huge patterns all over the world, from Russia to Chile to Australia, as big as 10 miles in circumference, using sticks and rakes.
“Drawing in the sand is the ultimate of 'in the moment,'” he says. “And I want to finish when the tide is about to destroy the drawing."
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