How to Start Making Video Content While Traveling

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You don’t need to have any sort of filmmaking background to start making awesome video content—all you need is some willingness to learn, and plenty of creativity. 

Ok, you’ll need a few tools as well. But believe it or not, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get started. Here’s how you do it.

Decide What Kind of Content You Want to Create

There are so many creators out there doing excellent work; how will you stand out? Think about the kind of video content you love, and the kind of travel you enjoy doing. Whether it’s adventure travel, foodie experiences, or budget backpacking, finding your niche and mastering it will go a long way in curating your audience.

Here’s some inspiration:

  • Louis Cole of Fun For Louis might be the best known travel vlogger out there. He started out filming daily videos, and now he’s adventuring around the world after having amassed millions of followers. Louis is a natural storyteller, and really knows how to hook his audience from the first minute.
  • Another favorite is Mark Weins of Migrationology, a prolific food vlogger who travels the world and eats just about everything (quite literally). He deep dives into every destination’s food culture, and his content is mesmerizing from start to finish.
  • Solo female travel? Christine Kaaloa of GRRRLTRAVELER is also excellent, and so is Cailin O’Neil at Travel Yourself.     

Those are just a few to get you started! 

Figure Out What Gear You Need

Your video gear is an investment, but if you’re not planning on making cinematic masterpieces, you don’t have to break the bank. In fact, you might do just fine with your smartphone or a mirrorless travel camera. It’s a great idea to start there and build as you go.

The basics you’ll need are:

  • Camera/smartphone
  • External microphone
  • Tripod, gimbal or even just a selfie stick
  • Editing software (I’ll talk about this shortly)

Don’t forget to check out TravelFreak’s top photography gear for more gear options, including SD cards and backpacks.

Start Learning 

There’s a wealth of information at your fingertips! YouTube itself is a great place to start looking up the basics to creating video content. You can also try some online courses—even Udemy has a vlogging course.

First, you’ll have to get comfortable in front of a camera…and being on camera in front of other people. Practice makes perfect, so get out there and start filming, even if it’s something ordinary.

You’ll also want to start learning the basics of video editing. I’ll say it again: practice makes perfect. Find some user guides for whatever software you decide to use, and dive in. But don’t worry about taking some creative license and experimenting on your own.

Mark Weins actually has a really wonderful in-depth guide to creating travel videos, so check him out.

Start Editing

You have no shortage of choices when it comes to finding the best video editing software for you. Here are some options:

  • Movavi Video Editor Plus  – Movavi is my top choice for simple software for beginners, especially if you want to add text layovers or special effects like flawless transitions. It’s incredibly intuitive, even if you have no prior video editing experience. 
  • Blender – This app has a built-in video sequence editor that lets you expertly cut and splice video. Truthfully though, I find it difficult to use for beginners.
  • Shotcut – Shotcut is a free, open-source video editor for Mac, Windows, and Linux. This one is fairly easy for beginners but also comes with a lot of advanced options.
  • Adobe Premiere Rush – For more experienced videographers, Adobe Premiere Rush is a free app for either desktop or mobile and is perfect for creativity on the go. 
  • Final Cut Pro – Final Cut Pro is for when you want to go full professional. It’s a heavy-duty software program, and unfortunately only available for Mac! 

There you have it. Hopefully you’re feeling inspired and ready to get started! I can’t wait to see what you create.

Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster
Jeremy Scott Foster is an adventure-junkie, gear expert and travel photographer based in Southern California. Previously nomadic, he’s been to ~50 countries and loves spending time outdoors. You can usually find him on the trail, on the road, jumping from bridges or hustling on his laptop working to produce the best travel and outdoors content today. You can read more about Jeremy at his bio.

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