Video: East and West Side Story

To celebrate 35 years of connecting East and West, Finnair and Helsinki Airport have created a short film that brings these two parts of the worlds together.

Interestingly, the story was co-directed by an Asian and a European director to bring the story to life of a Korean photographer coming to Finland to photograph a reclusive American author.

 

Video: Electro Nordic – Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen


Considering how hot it’s been in the Northern Hemisphere this summer, the thought of visiting Scandinavia sounds especially appealing. Cool off with this chill video that takes you through the streets of Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen.

Video: Saigon sail!

I remember when a car was a rare sight in Saigon and bicycles were everywhere. A lot has changed since then and this video dramatically illustrates the scale and energy of this amazing Vietnamese city that is officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, but will forever be Saigon.

Get an eagle eye’s view of Vienna – literally

Bored with drone videos already? How about one shot from the back of an eagle instead?

By now, every tourist board and travel influencer in the world has flooded our social media feeds with awesome drone videos, but it’s getting to the point where they are losing their lustre. The Vienna Tourist Board wanted to do something a bit different so they teamed up with production company Red Bull Media House to get some unique aerial views of the Austrian capital using camera-equipped eagles.

Fritzi, Bruno, Darshan and Victor took off from the top of the Danube Tower and a hot air balloon launched from the grounds of Palais Schwarzenberg. Each bird was outfitted with 360° cameras and 16:9 format cameras on their backs. The eagles circled above the city capturing bird’s-eye views in stunning 4k resolution as you can see in the video below:

Needless to say all the necessary animal welfare clearances were obtained before starting the project and none of the eagles – wearing lightweight cameras – came to any harm during filming. There’s an interesting behind-the-scenes video that shows how it was all done:

 

Video: Crowded Out – The Story of Over-Tourism

Responsible Travel has released a short documentary exploring overtourism, featuring interviews with local residents and global experts.

Overtourism occurs when there are too many visitors to a particular destination. When rent prices push out local tenants to make way for holiday rentals, when narrow roads become jammed with tourist vehicles, when tourists cannot view landmarks because of the crowds – these are all signs of overtourism.

And it is the backlash from local residents that has made overtourism news. Cities such as Barcelona, Venice and Dubrovnik, and places once thought of as remote such as Iceland and Skye have suffered firsthand, and the protests by local residents have spread.

There has been decades of virtually uncontrolled growth, and it has crossed a threshold: in many destinations, tourism now demonstrably creates more problems than benefits. Learn more on Responsible Travel at:
responsibletravel.com/copy/overtourism

Video: A Day in India

Made a nice plate of keema with some chana dal tonight for dinner so was prepped for this food-heavy video of a day in India that looks like it was actually filmed over several days in several parts of the country, but the dawn to dusk framework was a good way to structure the clips. Anyone’s who’s ever been to India will be instantly transported back by this and anyone who’s never been just might be inspired to get their soon.

Video: Is it safe to travel alone as a woman?


Travelling solo can be challenging for anyone, but for women, it’s even more so. These women travellers offer their advice and encouragement.

Video: Ride of the Dead

The Trans Sierra Norte is a multi-day endurance mountain bike race that finishes in Oaxaca City ad the culmination of the Day of the Dead fiesta. This video tracks one rider’s emotional journey on this fascinating race.

Video: Rhythms of Peru

Peru is more than just Machu Pichu. Let this video take you to some of the nation’s most iconic sites, but then lead you far off the tourist trail to see what the country is really like.

Video: Meet South Africa


After a while, videos promoting tourism in different countries all start to look the same. This one from South Africa takes a different path. It tells a story that reveals the people and landscapes of the country in a fresh and original way that will surely inspire you to want to visit this beautiful land.