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)
8. Bonus: A map for Saturday
Around the world
“… 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!!!
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this is great, Steve! do you know the film "a map for Saturday"?
no, not yet – is it available on vimeo or youtube?
Steve Hänisch Well, I m looking for it…!
I could only find the trailer so far!
i have a video of it (map for saturday) saved on my computer ;)
My fave travel documentary film is “A Map for Saturday”, it practically tells about backpacking.
Last Stop for Paul and A Map for Saturday are great to watch..you could download them at Utorrent.
thx for your recommendations!
High Sierra: A Journey on the John Muir Trail is a first-hand experience along the John Muir Trail, through the tallest mountain range in the contiguous United States. Check it out and watch for free on prescreen.com.
Check out the trailer to One Simple Question. Another documentary on sailing. http://simplequestionmovie.com/
Awesome videos, thankyou :)
Is there anyway for me to download these? I would love to watch them but my internet is not good enough to stream…
I'm not sure you'd consider that to be a free travel documentary but "Project Pilgrimage" is a great documentary about Parkour in Lisses. Its worth watching anyway.
All the suggestions look good. Now I have something to watch the next few weeks. Always looking for good and inspiring travel videos! Thanks for sharing your discovery! Did you have a favorite one out of them all?
Hey, I did 2 travel videos recently. One is about Bali and the other one about Sumatra, North Indonesia. Maybe not as good as all the one above but still nice I think!
Here are the links :
"A Map for Saturday"!
hey there, do you have full length videos of travel documentaries I can stream or download online? Thanks
you should consider HK2NY from youtube