Crowdfunding has become popular in the last few years. It works by raising capital from the general public via specialized websites. You launch a campaign for a set time, outlining your project, and setting a target for how much you want to raise.
"My life here is as close to ideal as I could ever imagine...it's amazing," says Salem Orion, who lives in the beach city of Mazatlan on Mexico's Pacific coast. "Every morning I wake up with anticipation, not resignation."
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.
I have a hard time deciding which part of Mexico I like best. It's quite a big country, about three times the size of Texas. And there are so many different regions with different climates, landscapes, and lifestyles.
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.
A few years ago, shortly after my retirement, I stumbled across an online photography workshop and decided to give it a try. I learned a lot about photography from this course, but the breakthrough moment for me was when I learned how to use the video setting on my camera.
Hiking to the top of a volcano...scuba diving in crystal-clear turquoise waters...long walks on vast golden-sand beaches...these were the kind of adventures I would have almost every day while living in Fuerteventura, one of the seven Canary Islands off the western coast of Africa.
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.
Fifty-year-old Sue Vasquez grew up in the harsh winters of the Midwest. She wanted nothing more than a life where she could spend more time with her husband, Carlos, enjoying sun and warmth.
After nearly four years living in San Pedro town on the tropical island of Ambergris Caye in Belize, I still wake up every morning to the sweet sound of birds singing and think how lucky I am.