We took the plunge. Last month, we purchased a dedicated digital camera for taking videos of our travels, without much discussion or thought about how we were going to pull it off exactly. The inspiration came for the various YouTube channels we had discovered, showcasing peoples’ travels, adventures and mishaps while on the road. We figured, “why don’t we do that?”
We had no experience filming ourselves or others, never used film editing software and had no idea what we were doing. After a month, we still have no idea what we are doing. But, most importantly, we are having a blast learning on the fly and documenting the exploits!
Our YouTube channel, Drive on the Left, has garnered a few views (literally), but at this stage, we don’t really care. Of course, we would think it pretty cool if someday our videos get a million views a day, or one of our productions goes “viral” for some reason. At this stage though, that is not the main concern.
The videos are partly informative, mostly goofy.
The goal is to show our friends, family, followers and subscribers the places we travel and where we live. It is not meant to be a video guide for a city or place, or a low-tech commercial for a destination. Mainly, it is another way to get to know us and who we are as travelers. Like, what we do on a typically weekend at home in London or exploring Oslo for a few days. There is even a video concentrating solely on the day in the life of beagle, Basil.
Spoiler alert: it mostly involves eating, walking and sleeping. He is handsome though.
Of course, we hope that it becomes popular, because it is a ton of work. We use iMovie on our Mac, which is quite intuitive, and download free background music from YouTube (yes, you can do that). The process of cutting and organizing clips, adding music, transitions, and titles though, still takes many hours, even for our under 10 minute videos.
Ideally, we want the videos to be fun, quick and entertaining to watch and we release one new video every week. We are working hard to make each video better than the last, which at this beginning stage, is not too difficult!
Suggestions, comments, feedback and hate mail are all appreciated at we explore the video medium. We want the videos to be pretty and hopefully provide a small perspective on different destinations, including our hometown of London. Who knows, maybe we can inspire people to travel somewhere based on our insights and imagery. Wouldn’t that be neat?