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. Since I started working as a travel videographer I’ve been on nine different safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa…each one valued at about $6,000.
I stayed in luxury tents and went on exclusive jeep safaris off the main tourist track. The only difference was that I got paid $1,500 for each safari I went on, instead of having to pay $6,000.
The view of the African Savannah at sunset, with a gin and tonic in my hand and giraffes and elephants walking past, will forever stay in my memory. I filmed a leopard running up a tree trunk and a cheetah looking after its young.
Australia was equally exhilarating. Imagine boarding a hot-air balloon at the crack of dawn and gliding over the city of Melbourne as it slowly awakens into a beautiful spring day…or flying over the Yarra Valley as the mist slowly disperses over vineyards and Eucalyptus trees.
Supplying the balloon operator with video earned me $3,000…and the memories are priceless.
One of my favorite assignments was filming for tour operators on Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, measuring 75 miles by 15 miles. It even has rain forest and lakes on it. I got to fly in a helicopter for the first time in my life and seeing the island from the air with a 180-degree view was the most exciting way to film.
I joined several bus groups and exclusive small tour groups, while exploring the many attractions of this stunning island in the Australian state of Queensland. I felt more like a tourist with a camera than a man at work.
Last year I began filming more often in Europe. Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, with its abundant art, spectacular buildings, and Renaissance history was wonderful. The influence of the wealthy and art-loving Medici family is everywhere.
Wandering over the famous Ponte Vecchio…visiting the Uffizi art gallery on the other side of the Arno river…filming from the Michelangelo hill, I felt very grateful that this is how I earn an income.
The same feeling overcame me in Dubrovnik, a port city in southern Croatia, which in my view is one of the most stunning medieval European cities. The defensive walls are still fully intact and surround the entire old city.
I walked the length of those walls and could not stop filming as the combination of the turquoise Mediterranean Sea and the medieval walls made for stunning imagery and inspired me to film for over three hours.
My mission was to capture the excitement of those cities and all of things you can do in them. I got paid $2,000 for each video, but in doing so I discovered how much there is to learn and discover in Europe…and that was worth much more than the money I was being paid.
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