It's true that you need some video equipment in order to shoot travel videos...but it's not nearly as much as you might think. Some folks get started with just a simple camera or smart phone.
When I signed up to produce a travel video of my hike to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro—followed by a luxury safari and a beach vacation—I had no idea how much people pay for this kind of adventure...and how truly life-changing it is.
I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd see a real lion kill with my own eyes. And yet here I was, in the heart of Tanzania, watching as two lionesses pounced on two unlucky wildebeests.
I am a full-time travel videographer, which means I get paid to travel the world and shoot videos for travel companies. I’ve been doing it for the past 10 years and I’m now making about $80,000 a year at it. Being a travel videographer is a dream job. I had always dreamt of going on safari in Africa and capturing the wildlife with my camera.
I love traveling around Europe...and being able to earn as I travel is a real bonus. Last summer I visited eight European destinations and got paid four times from my travels. In total, my trip to Europe earned me $30,500. I had wanted to visit Belgium for some time, particularly the medieval city of Bruges, with its cobbled streets, canals, and perfectly preserved old buildings, so I organized some assignments there. I finally got to climb the 366 steps of the famous Belfry of Bruges and enjoyed a wonderful view over this historic town...I took a canal tour and heard stories about the rich heritage of this prosperous place...I had a wonderful dinner in one of the many canal-side restaurants.
I live an idyllic life on a Spanish island, named Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, off the coast of Africa. Here, the temperatures are between 70 F and 85 F all year round, with 350 days of sun. I am surrounded by beautiful, white-sand beaches and I get to surf the waves every day. This is the ideal base for me. And in just four hours I can be back in Central Europe, where I do a lot of my "work." As a travel videographer being on the road is just like being a tourist with a list of attractions to visit, the only difference being that I am getting paid for it. In fact, I can get paid up to $4,000 or more per trip by making short videos for tourist boards, hotels, tour companies, spas, and anyone looking to promote a tourist attraction on a website.
Are you passionate about traveling and sharing your experience with others? Perhaps you already have a smartphone or camera...and you frequently share images and perhaps even a short video with people on Facebook and email. Well, what if you could make money doing it?
I found a way of traveling to the most amazing places in the world...going on safari in Africa...floating over Australian vineyards in a hot-air balloon...mingling with the rich and glamorous in Europe. I've been doing this now for four years...and all along the way I was making money.
Imagine living in Europe, Africa, or Australia and earning a living while traveling around and discovering the continent. Sounds too good to be true? Well this is exactly what I have been doing for about six years now. I started off in Africa because I had always wanted to go on a safari but could never afford it.
Before I became a travel videographer I studied Tourism Management in the UK. I then worked as a research assistant in Costa Rica, a hostel manager in New Zealand, and a travel consultant in London. Naturally consulting other people on the best travel options was not quite as satisfying as traveling myself, so I finally came up with an idea that would allow me to work while traveling around.