The Internet offers us the opportunity to travel in between, without leaving – Videoplatforms like Vimeo have a lot of travel videos to discover. Today I want to share 7 of the best free travel documentary films i have discovered the last few months – perfect for a sunday afternoon or to prepare for your upcoming trip with having itchy feets ;)
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1. Between Home
ocean/cities/islands from Europe to Australia
Sailing, Round The World, Videodiary
“… After a chance meeting in a Berlin bar, Australian Nick Jaffe confesses to ex-pat filmmaker Jack Rath that he’s needs to learn to sail so he can make a 26.000 km passage from Europe home to Australia. Fascinated with what might possess a 25 year old with no sailing experience to take on such a challenge, and questioning if it’s Nick’s mysterious family history that’s the catalyst for his voyage, Jack vows to follow him. …” (from betweenhome.com)
2. Made In Iceland
solo Hiking, Trekking, Nature
“… This summer I completed a 25day long solo-hike through Iceland and made a short documentary about it called MADE IN ICELAND. [...] It feels like I’ve never been away, the experience was so different from my usual life, it seems absurd to believe that it actually happened. It was not always easy and I questioned my decision many times, but this hike might have been one of the most important things I’ve ever done in my life. I can only give one advice: Pack your stuff, buy that ticket and live, explore, discover! It’s always worth it!…” (from travelletes.net)
3. Love Madrid
City, People, Architecture, City life
“… Three things that I love most about Madrid: The people know how to enjoy themselves; the gorgeous weather; and the ease of just walking or travelling around this beautiful city. …”
4. Half A World Away
Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia
Backpacking, People, Nature, City, Culture
“… In 2011, I spent six months backpacking throughout South East Asia with two friends. We visited Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia. The trip saw us take on many challenges and partake in a range of exciting new activities. This video highlights some of the best moments and experiences of our trip. …” (from andyferrington.com)
5. Afghanistan – touch down in flight
People, Culture, Nature, Emotions
“… As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan.
We hope the pictures you know will merge with the pictures you see and will enrich your view on the country in the Hindu Kush. …” (by lukasaugustin.de)
6. Flying with Vultures
Paragliding, Nature, Birds
“… Two Paragliders have a life changing experience when they decide to fly with the threatened Cape Vulture in South Africa. Today less than 2900 breeding pairs remain world wide. …”
7. The Mountain
Nature, Landscape, Timelapse
“… This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011. I had the pleasure of visiting El Teide.
Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and is also the location of Teide Observatories, considered to be one of the world´s best observatories.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies. …” (from Facebook Fanpage)
“… On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. A MAP FOR SATURDAY reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers on four continents. The documentary finds backpackers helping neglected Thai tsunami victims. It explains why Nepal’s guesthouses are empty and Brazil’s stoplights are ignored. …”
Beside all the free travel documentaries I included this one as it got recommended so often in the comments and I finally found it on Amazon for a fair price. Worth it!!!
Want to capture your travels as well?
Like most artists here I produce travel documentaries without spending a fortune on gear. For most of my trips I use the GoPro as it is tiny, robust and not expensive at all!
GoPro 3 (video)
I filmed all my videos from Patagonia with this camera and highly recommend using it if you want to do videos – especially for outdoor adventures it’s the perfect solution as it is very small, lightweight and waterproof.
For this price you won’t find a better camera. Show it on Amazon
Do you know another great travel documentary?
Share your recommendations with the readers by adding a comment!
Mini Tripod – since I’m using the GoPro I cannot imagine using it without this flexible travel tripod: small, handy and useful for night shots. You can use it for point & shoot cameras as well as DSLRs with small lenses.