Laugh around the world with vlogger Natalie Tran

Here’s a story: a university student posts up funny videos of her random observations on life.  She builds up a huge audience with a million subscribers on YouTube. Now she’s a popular vlogger. She’s about to graduate and unsure of what to do next.  So she calls up Lonely Planet and asks if they would sponsor her on an around-the-world trip. The deal is that she keeps making videos along the way.

Sound too good to be true?  It happened for Australian vlogger Natalie Tran.  Her YouTube channel, “communitychannel,” has clocked over 400 million views.  That’s serious exposure any business would be interested in tapping into.

You can watch her adventures on a dedicated Lonely Planet page: Natalie Tran’s travel videos.

Are you a vlogger?  What equipment do you use?  Have you shot travel videos and shared them on YouTube?  Please share your experiences in the comments.

 

Posted by | Comments (2)  | December 30, 2011
Category: Backpacking, Notes from the collective travel mind


2 Responses to “Laugh around the world with vlogger Natalie Tran”

  1. Chris Plough Says:

    Thanks for turning me on to Natalie – can’t wait to see where she’ll end up! Last year I took on the Mongol Rally, driving an ambulance from the UK to Ulaanbaatar and we recorded the whole trip. Just spent the last month editing much of the footage — a really odd form of reminiscence.

    I love how quickly kit is evolving — last year we were grateful for the DSLR video revolution – allowing us to downsize from prosumer camcorders while producing a better image. Of course, that still meant lugging around a good deal of kit – bodies, lenses, audio, tripods, etc.

    This year, I pack along a GoPro Hero and an iPhone with add-on lenses (Olloclip makes a great 3-way lens — wide angle, fisheye, macro) and save the Canon 7D for the cinemagraphic shots. Everything fits in a single small pack.

    In the end, I’ve also learned that content and connection are a lot more important than quality of the image — though when you occasionally hit them all, you have achieved the perfect trifecta!

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