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After years of watching Discovery and Lonely Planet, can you really see something in a travel video that you haven’t already watched? As it turns out, there’s a whole lot of the unexplored world available on the Internet.
It’s a story we’re all too familiar with. We want to travel. We want to explore the world, catch new sights, get a whole new perspective on life. But life is what stands in our way. How do we just take a break from our responsibilities? Well, if you can’t actually get out there, you can still see what’s out there.
The Internet’s greatest gift is how it brings the world closer. And now that almost everyone across the globe has a phone which can take videos, the world is closer than ever before. Let’s check it out
Call of Road (Web): A Collection of First-Person POV Videos
Much like a first-person shooter video game makes you feel like you’re a part of the action, videos shot from a first-person point of view (POV) will transport you to another place. But there are just so many clips like that on the web, how do you find the best ones? Call of Road is the answer.
The portal curates the best first-person travel videos and categories them by type: air, city, highway, railway, walking, etc. Each video also comes with a little write-up on what makes that place special, along with a map and links to read more information. It’s perfect for immersive virtual sightseeing through videos.
Travelistly TV (Web): Endless Roulette of High-Quality Travel Footage
By itself, Travelistly is a pretty cool website that wants to be like the Reddit of travel stories. But its real cool feature is Travelistly TV, where you can watch video after video from across the globe. Go in order, go for a random video, and upvote what you like so more people can find it. Most of the videos come from Vimeo, which is renowned for high-quality videos by dedicated amateurs as well as professionals.
Click the grid-like icon and you’ll find ways to filter the videos. Much like some of Vimeo’s best channels, Most Popular and Staff Picks have the classiest videos. But you can also filter them by country, which is a fantastic way to research your next destination or just get a feel for a different country. Ever wondered what life in India is like? One click and you can find out!
Travel by Drone (Web): Incredible Aerial Views of Our Planet
Drones, remote-controlled camera-toting quadcopters like the Parrot Bebop, are becoming increasingly cheaper and popular. Drone photography is quite incredible, so why should videos be any different? As people across the world start shooting amazing footage, Travel by Drone lets you browse a map to view it.
As you can see from the video above, the kind of stuff you see is breath-taking and offers a whole new perspective about cities and places. You can also sort videos by popularity or date, and even catch some 360-degree panoramas for unique tourism. You’ll have a great time browsing this one and checking out our little blue ball.
Hyperlax (Web): Hyperlapse + Music = Pleasant Sofa Tourism
Instagram’s Hyperlapse fits more footage in 15 seconds by speeding it up. Most uploaders on Instagram use this app to capture travel videos or videos of some sort of activity. Hyperlax takes the latest hyperlapse videos shared on Instagram, adds soothing music in the background, and asks you to sit back, relax, and travel the world.
Not every video is going to be a travel video, but about 90% of them are. Plus, you can skip a video and go to the next one if it’s boring you. I also recommend tapping the Location tab so that you can see where in the world it was shot, and read the caption of the original uploader. It’s a calm, wonderful experience to travel from your chair.
Story Travelers (Web): Visual Story-Telling Experts Who Love to Travel
I’ve fallen in love with Story Travelers and wasted far too much time on the site recently. They’re a group of filmmakers who happen to love to travel. The end result is a series of videos that are gobsmackingly beautifully and adopt a unique story-telling style. You’ll need to be a smartphone Spielberg to pull this off yourself!
Take, for example, this video of looking at India through the eyes of a small girl. It’s not what you’d see from a normal travel video, but that new perspective and the professional treatment make it an audio-visual delight. Story Travelers might not have a huge collection of videos, but the collective is spread across the globe and has some amazing footage. Also, don’t forget to follow their Facebook page for their recommendations too!
Share One Great Travel Video!
The Internet obviously has far more than just these five sites. But let’s say someone doesn’t have time to browse through these. Sometimes, all it takes to remind us of our wanderlust is to watch one inspiring video.
If you had to share just one great travel video, which one would it be? Link it in the comments below!