Though beautiful videography is a major component of travel vlogging, creating a story to lead your audience through the experience will create a more captivating and interesting video than merely editing together a series of pretty shots. If you’re about to take off on a particularly long voyage or trip that involves a lot of planning, it may be a good idea to start the video before the trip even begins. For cross-country trips or big camping outings, viewers tend to like seeing how you prepare for such a big undertaking. This portion of the video can act as a guide, instructing people on which items to pack and which to ditch.
Then, before you actually hit the road, you should try to draw up an outline for how the story will progress. To help kickstart your imagination, spend time researching and watching other travel vloggers’ videos to get a sense of how they create a story and present the information to their audience. This will help get you accustomed to this form of video production and may even inspire some of your own stories.
Help keep your videos organized by selecting a format such as travel guide, montage or concentrated experiences. Travel guide vlogs act as just that—a guide to a particular area or destination. You can offer your viewers recommendations on the best places to hike, participate in water sports or where to dine while they’re in the region. Montage videos are a series of shots edited together to music to show an entire overview of a trip. With a montage, the series of shots are creating the story, which can make it more difficult to create a cohesive narrative over a series of random videos, but it is possible to make this format work.
Concentrated experience vlogs are videos that focus in on one specific type of experience. Many vloggers who opt for this format will focus on one particular activity that they enjoy, like surfing or rock climbing. This format is really useful when trying to attract an audience because your videos have a very fixed focus to guide the narrative and attract viewers also interested in this activity.