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. In the end I went on a dozen safaris in Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa. I went diving in the reefs facing Mafia Island and visited the spice island of Zanzibar.
I climbed Kilimanjaro and went on a self-drive tour along the Garden Route in South Africa. I also spent 12 days hiking through the Atlas Mountains, discovering traditional Berber villages.
I could not believe how lucky I was to be able to do all this completely free of charge. All of those trips would have probably cost me tens of thousands of dollars had I paid for them, but instead I actually got paid to go on them.
I enjoyed my new “job” so much I decided to move to Australia and explore one of my favorite countries in the world this way. Over the following three years I went on four-wheel drive tours in Tasmania, flew in a helicopter over Fraser Island, dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and sailed through the Whitsunday Islands.
Now, as well as loving my new lifestyle I was also beginning to make a good living. I eventually went back to Europe and have been discovering Europe in a mobile home for a couple of years now…all while getting paid quite well to do so.
Whether it was the beaches of the Costa Brava, the exclusivity of Monte Carlo, or the cultural heritage of Pisa and Cinque Terre, I got to enjoy it as a professional “tourist.” I have been amazed by medieval cities like Carcassonne in France and Dubrovnik in Croatia, and I was blown away by the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Black Forest.
So how did I do it, you ask?
You might have guessed that I could be a journalist or a photographer and that is close, but not quite it. I am a travel videographer and when I travel I take videos of what I see and try to capture the essence of what makes up an amazing tourist experience.
I have no formal training as a videographer or video editor, I simply taught myself and I can teach you how to become a successful travel videographer.
The market for commercial video is only just truly taking off, especially in tourism, where the product is intangible.
I work mostly with private tourism companies like tour operators, resorts, hotels, day trip operators, or any other tourist attractions that want to market their products. Most of those companies are small to medium-sized, although some resorts are worth several hundreds of millions of dollars. So essentially I create promotional videos for marketing purposes.
The demand for video is mostly due to the fact that Google loves video content. If a company has video content on its website, it will get a higher listing on Google.
YouTube is the second largest search engine and more and more people are consuming video on tablets and smart phones.
So make your dreams come true and take that step towards doing something truly creative while discovering the world.
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