Around the world in 80 hours of TV

Photo Credit: alvaro tapia hidalgo via Compfight cc PRELUDE Day 5, Hour 77: 9:53 pm. Twenty-three hotel floors above the gritty neon splendor of downtown Las Vegas, I am nearing the end of a bewildering travel experiment: For the past five days, I have been watching the Travel Channel for the entirety of my waking hours, without ever changing the station or (save a few key occasions) leaving my hotel room. My goal has been to create an intensive, vicarious televisual adventure — to glean five days’ worth of travel experiences from the glowing parameters of a single TV set and… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (3)  | August 2, 2014
Category: Rolf Potts, Travel Video

Central Asia Film Event in Toronto

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="455"] Khiva, Uzbekistan[/caption] I know it's pretty last minute, but so is life, at times :-) If you are in or around Toronto this weekend, you may be interested in checking out Sonchy’s Silk Road Adventure Central Asian Film Event. Michael Soncina is trying to get some attention on a very adventurous part of the world to travel by organizing this festival. His aim is "to showcase the Central Asian region to a wide audience with the hope of increasing tourism to the area and its projects". Having traveled and loved the region myself, I can only… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | July 25, 2013
Category: Asia, Travel Video

What to bring if you move to China (or anywhere in Asia)

"What do I bring?" is a vexing question that most first-time expats face. You don't want to bring something and carry it when you could just buy it on the ground. On the flip side, you don't want to be stuck without an item you really need. Nick and Tim from The Elevator Life, a video blog for young Western expat entrepreneurs in China, made this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5WKxid97jo&feature=player_embedded Some of the advice, especially dealing with banks and smartphones, were very useful. These are the kinds of things that can cause a lot of hassle if you don't know about them… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 15, 2012
Category: Asia, Expat Life, Travel Video

Upcoming movie: One day on Earth

Here's an exciting film for vagabonders: it's about 7 billion people, 24 hours, and one planet.  Check out the trailer: http://vimeo.com/26378195 From the official description: ONE DAY ON EARTH creates a picture of humanity by recording a 24-hour period throughout every country in the world. We explore a greater diversity of perspectives than ever seen before on screen. We follow characters and events that evolve throughout the day, interspersed with expansive global montages that explore the progression of life from birth, to death, to birth again. In the end, despite unprecedented challenges and tragedies throughout the world, we are reminded… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | November 4, 2011
Category: Images from the road, Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel Video

The value of video footage in travel

Bethlehem, Palestine On Sunday, CBS's 60 Minutes aired film footage of San Francisco in 1906. The footage, taken by a camera attached to a cable car going down Market Street, is less than 12 minutes long, and it is mesmerizing in a way a still photo cannot be. We see bodies moving, faces moving, vehicles and pedestrians weaving all over the place in an era few of us ever bother to think about. There is a hauntedness to it all, in part because we know what the people in the video don't: many will die in just a few days in what… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | July 12, 2011
Category: Africa, Asia, Images from the road, Travel Video

STA announces 2011 World Traveler Interns

It's that time of year again when STA travel picks this summers World Traveler Interns and the two lucky candidates have been announced. The 2011 interns are Brigette Muller and Dutch Simpson. You can read more about who they are and what inspired them to apply for the position here, on the STA website. This years itinerary takes us across 17 countries. The journey starts with a long winding path across Europe, through a bit of Asia, and finally touches down in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of South America. STA's World Travel Interns are always fresh and fun to… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | May 18, 2011
Category: Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, Travel Video, Travel Writing

Life in a Day: Update

Several weeks ago I wrote about the film Life in a Day that is slated for release in the next few months. Since then, anticipation for the film seems to have gone viral, as the trailer and articles about the film have popped up all over popular websites like facebook, twitter, and other social forums. I feel as if unable to get online without reading some mention of the film. With seemingly such high expectations, I wonder how the film we ultimately be received. Travel enthusiasts seem to love it for harnessing the carefree energy of travel, and for giving… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | May 11, 2011
Category: Travel Video

Monty Python on the irritations of package tourism

A 1972 Monty Python sketch called "Travel Agent" contains a classic scene where the Eric Idle character goes on an over-the-top rant about package tourism, at the expense of Michael Palin's travel-agent character. Many of the references are dated now -- and the whole scene is drenched in hyperbole -- but many of the frustrations of overly structured group-travel still ring true. Here's the rant in full: "What's the point of going abroad if you're just another tourist carted around in buses surrounded by sweaty mindless oafs from Kettering and Coventry in their cloth caps and their cardigans and their… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 18, 2011
Category: Europe, Hostels/Hotels, Travel Quote of the Day, Travel Video

Q&A with Brook Silva-Braga, director of ‘The China Question’

[caption id="attachment_11901" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Brook Silva-Braga at the Bund in Shanghai. All photos courtesy of Brook Silva-Braga."][/caption] China is a huge country, and an even bigger topic to tackle in a movie.  Filmmaker Brook Silva-Braga took on that daunting challenge in his new documentary, "The China Question."  This is the divisive issue that causes American workers to worry, politicians to vacillate, and businesspeople to make deals: "What does China's rise mean for America?" Marcus Sortijas, Vagablogging's Asia beat editor and creator of the Marcus Goes Global blog, interviewed Brook about his film, China, and the vagabonding life. (more…) Read More...

Posted by | Comments (7)  | April 8, 2011
Category: Asia, Backpacking, Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel Video

Life in a Day

One film that vagabonders, or armchair vagabonders, may be interested in is the YouTube film "Life in a Day". The day in question is July 24th 2010, when people were asked to go out with their cameras and film some footage that encapsulated their life on that particular day. The film isn’t shot with Hollywood caliber cameras, yet it retains a surprisingly clear resolution throughout. Over 80,000 submissions came in from 192 countries around the world. Over 4,000 hours of film were cut down to a mere 90 minutes to make the movie. The vignettes from around the world are… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (3)  | February 9, 2011
Category: Travel Video