As a blogger, I’m always really interested to see how other people document their own travels – be it other blogs like my own, or a completely different approach entirely. One thing I’ve always been especially curious about is vlogging, but aside from a feature on some cool travel vlogs back in 2014, it’s not something I’ve ever really looked at in much detail, apart from watching other people’s adventures. Vlogging has come a long way since then, so I thought it might be time to take a closer look and consider what goes into creating an awesome online travel channel.
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What does it take to be a great vlogger?
What always strikes me about vlogs – and travel vlogs in particular – is how fun they look. This is partly due to the amazing filming locations, but a lot of it is also down to the vloggers themselves. To be a great vlogger, you need to be full of energy and, of course, extremely confident in front of the camera.
Something that holds me back from vlogging myself – is actually lack of confidence. I’m not sure I could get over that – but maybe I’ll give it a try one day and see.
Another thing to think about before diving into the world of vlogging is the amount of time and effort that goes into each and every post. Just like a written blog, the content needs to be unique and interesting every single time, but on top of this, there’s video and sound quality to think about. I imagine editing a video until it’s ready for public viewing is a lot more fiddly than perfecting a typed-up blog post, so running a successful vlog takes a bit of technical know-how and a lot of dedication.
The technical part
As well as plenty of charisma on-screen, setting up a video blog also requires certain equipment. Of course, you need something to film with, and, according to my research, the type of camera you use depends on what kind of traveller you are; if you’re focusing on extreme sports and adventure, you might want something like a handheld GoPro, whereas if you’re more of a relaxer and a sight-seer, a good smartphone will do the job. A quality microphone is also a must for ensuring clear sound, as well as video editing software for turning your footage into a broadcast-worthy post. This article also lists some more easy tools that might be useful for newbie vloggers.
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Creating a YouTube channel
One of the most popular routes for vloggers is YouTube, and creating your own YouTube channel seems to be fairly simple. Firstly, you will need to create a Google account (this is free – yay!), and this requires you to choose a unique username. It’s important to remember that the username you pick will also be the name of your YouTube channel, so choose carefully! You can then sign into YouTube using this account, and create your channel from there. As well as being a fun way to document your travels, having a vlog also has a monetary side to it, as it’s now actually possible for some people to make a living from YouTube! This blog post from 1&1 goes into more detail about how YouTube works as a money-making platform for vloggers.
So, I’ve come to the conclusion that, whilst travel vlogging may require a little more technical know-how than traditional blogging, it is definitely one of the most fun and animated ways to capture your adventures. On that note, here are some cool travel vloggers I’ll be keeping an eye on in 2016.