Where to go in 2017 is a question that many travelers may be asking themselves on January 1, 2017 as they reflect on their New Year's resolutions. Perhaps one of the resolutions was to do more travel or check off the big one on their bucket list. The beginning of the year is a good time to plan most summer trips and beyond that. So where to go? Here are some of our thoughts on where you might want to consider traveling in 2017, which include some travel destinations by our team.
SomedayTrips® set the team on a project to select the best of the best travel videos of 2016 from our collection. The main requirement, the videos had to be added to our website this year. The team looks at community response, quality, creativity and general interest to a traveler in deciding on this list for the year. It was a hard list to choose from with hundreds of videos added throughout the year. Our goal is to curate the best travel videos to dream and plan for your travel destination and we hope some of these will inspire you to dig deeper into the rich collection we offer. All our video picks will be on our Featured 8 page during the month of January 2016 or click on each of the photos below.
The Rocky mountains of Alberta are amazing and video artist Elena Suvorova captures it marvelously. Longer than our typical video at 5 minutes we can understand how cutting this down might have been challenging. The music and scenes are wonderful, ranking it one of our most popular videos of the year. If you are thinking about traveling to Jasper and Banff National Parks, then this makes for a great coffee break or chill video with a glass of wine after work to help you dream. You can read our full article with video here. If you love Alberta here is another favorite video pick by our team.
Bora Bora French Polynesia
Lush tropical views and bungalows over water seem to have the right elements to draw the eye of anyone. Bora Bora is a popular bucketlist destination and this travel video is going to taunt you to move this one up the list. The video captures many of the wonderful features of a trip to Bora Bora. It starts a little slow but give it some time and it will start to get you dreaming very quickly. You can tell a lot of work went into planning some of these shots so thanks to Alex Eshelman for sharing this video that makes our list for 2016. This was a readers choice winner. For our full article on the video click here.
The mystery and culture of Morocco awaits you and Dustin Lee has created a video loved by our team for so many reasons. The opening scene has one wondering "ok we are here where to now" and then you are whisked away on an adventure through Morocco. This travel video creates a wonderful balance between sharing an experience, the scenery and some of the culture of Morocco. The choice to include the Bee Gees song in here followed by the groans of a camel was an interesting break and made our reviewers laugh. We have written an article on how music can make travel memories come alive. Shot with a Panasonic GH4 and one lens is also to be respected. We are very happy to include this one in our list. Take a look at our full article on this wonderful video.
The magestic geologic features of Utah stun visitors every year and if you can't wait to travel there you can start now with this video. Our featured artist Christian mesmorized our team with the scenes and techniques used to provide a beautiful film and portray the wonder of hiking in this open country. If you are feeling cramped in your apartment or cubicle, this video will take your mind on a hike that will liberate you from your confining space. For some you might be saying "I could never walk on that ledge" and others "I would love to do that". Each to there own adventure, we say, and dreaming about it is always safe. This should make anyone that loves to hike and explore put Utah on there list for a visit. As we mention, drones have brought a new perspective to creating videos and this video uses it well. Regrettably, regulations have crippled many of us from using our drones more but we understand that improper use can be dangerous. Our complete travel video article on this 2016 pick is here.
Niagara Falls Canada
The fury of Niagara Falls and amazing views are what makes this natural wonder a site to see. This video created by our team provides a potential traveler visiting Niagara Falls for a day an idea of what to do and the sights you may see. Only a short distance from Toronto, it is a must-see attraction. We loved taking all the b-roll from our videos and patching together something that would be short and to the point for potential travelers who might experience getting a bit wet. Deciding on the right music was a challenge at first but once we applied Ride of the Valkeries we were sold on it. At only two minutes long it is a great one to view while taking a break. Here is the link to the full video article.
This video is a team-pick favorite. After watching this video we feel like we experience a moment of time in this region of the world. The videographers did a great job with their cuts and scenes to give an excellent representation of this travel destination without high altitude sickness. We would like to thank Claire & Max for sharing this excellent travel video that makes our best of 2016 travel video list.
This video was a professional production to promote tourism for the Blue Ridge region of Virginia in the United States. It evokes a spark when viewing to want to escape the city and get in touch with nature. An excellent production by DavePerryCinematographerLLC , this video had received a Telly award. Our team is based in Virginia which made this one a bit more special for us. A great video to watch if you are looking to plan a camping trip or hike in the Appalachin region. Our full video article can be found here.
British Columbia Canada
Another professional travel video production created by the British Columbia tourism board (Destination British Columbia) we fell in love with this one early. The introduction of a poetic story-telling matched with incredible scenery is a combination we found inspiring. Travel videos should move one to dream, plan and then execute and this could clearly do that for many travelers with British Columbia on their list. The words alone in this video could be something you just listen to on your headphones at work when you are looking for a brief escape that will calm and enrich your life. Explore the full video article here.
O beautiful Canada! Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies in this stunning video of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada, where you will find some of the most spectacular scenery and landscape that you could ever imagine. From turquise, glass-like lakes that mirror the snow-capped mountains that surround them, lakes that have an unbelievably blue color, to magnificent waterfalls, wildlife, and majestic mountain peaks, there is eye-popping scenery everywhere that will simply take your breath away.
Here is something to get you into the spirit of giving during the holiday season - The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. This train may be rolling through your town for a stop that will delight the whole family with its 14 festively lit rail cars and musical shows performed from one of the boxcars that turns into a stage. They only request that you make a food donation or monetary donation that will be given to the local food bank to help the local community.
There are actually two trains that travel from coast to coast across Canada and the United States over a three week period in November and December and make 150 stops along the way, putting on a show at every stop. The brief presentations by local officials and the musical show lasts about 30 minutes and then they move on to the next location. They generally vary their routes every year to reach more communities in both Canada and the U.S. Read more about this train and find out if one is coming through your town this year at CP Holiday Train.
All aboard for the best travel adventure train ride through the magnificent Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer. One of the best train travel experiences in the world, it delivers majestic views at every turn in the tracks. Anytime is a good time to consider a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer, but this year is special as Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday. Rocky Mountaineer is offering a special incentive to those who book a trip in 2017. If seeing the Canadian Rockies by train is on your bucket list, then this year would be a great time to take this extraordinary journey.
Your Alberta freshwater fishing holiday offers spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing, an abundance of trophy-sized fish and pristine waterways like Maligne Lake in the Canadian Rockies. For more information about fishing in Alberta visit: Fishing in Alberta
Read more about Alberta's Jasper and National Parks here.
Can't get enough of these jaw-dropping videos of incredibly beautiful Alberta, Canada, by Travel Alberta. Take a look at our full article on Alberta's Jasper and Banff National Parks here.
Explore the beauty of Alberta's Parks:
Travel Alberta on this video: Take all the time you need this summer to explore the boundless playground that is Alberta Canada: dynamic cities, pristine parks, expansive prairie and remote wilderness.
Take an epic tour through some of the most stunning landscapes in western North America in this extraordinary travel video that will take you through Alberta Canada, beautiful Banff National Park in Alberta, Vancouver Island down the coast to the Pacific Northwest USA cities of Seattle and San Francisco and all the way south to Los Angeles and even Mexico, to name a few spectacular locations. The preview image of the video, beautiful Lake Moraine in Banff, Canada, immediately caught our attention, and the video that followed was simply amazing. If you've ever dreamed of exploring all these breathtaking places, then let this extraordinary video take you there.
For more information about Jasper and Banff National Parks, take a look at our video article here.
Absolutely stunning video created by Travel Alberta that takes you on a journey through incredibly gorgeous Alberta, Canada. The title (remember to breathe) couldn't be a better description for this video as you will find yourself awestruck at the quality and breathtaking images in this video. It's a feast for the eyes.
Take a look at our article on Alberta's spectacular Banff and Jasper National Parks here to learn more about what you can see and do in these awe-inspiring parks. And since 2017 is Canada's 150th birthday, it is a great time to visit Canada's parks as they are offering free Discovery Passes that will provide free admission to Canada's National Parks to all visitors for the entire year.
Travel Alberta describes their video: Celebrate the beauty, experience the thrill and feel the joy in Alberta's soaring Canadian Rockies, big sky prairies, peaceful backcountry and energetic cities. For more information about things to do in Alberta visit: http://travelalberta.us/
Song/Artist: "Roam"/Wil Mimnaugh