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.
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.
Extremely well done and almost magical video of British Columbia, Canada. The wildlife, the landscape, the incredible editing of this film is near perfection. You feel like you're actually there, walking along the paths, riding in the boats, watching the dolphins and seals. Devin Graham did an outstanding job of creating this video.
Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Kootenay Rockies, Outdoor Adventure / Ecotourism
Mountain golf playgrounds promise challenge and drama. And in British Columbia’s Kootenay Rockies, skilled play amid towering giants is rewarded in spectacularly scenic style.
Heart-thumping pursuits get into full swing at Greywolf, namely when enthusiasts tee up at the mountain course’s signature hole, Cliffhanger. This par-3 island green, situated across the aptly named "Hopeful Canyon," is a true bragging-rights feat — one that ensures that the Doug Carrick-designed gem, at Panorama Mountain Resort, is a memorable must-play. greywolfgolf.com
East of Panorama, near Invermere, Eagle Ranch revels in its Purcell and Rocky Mountain setting with 18 holes set high on the bluffs overlooking the Columbia River. Here, open fairways and valley views along the course’s upper region will set the pulse racing, while the hushed shelter of Eagle Ranch’s canyon backdrop encourages equally dramatic play. Off the course? Timber frame chalets, complete with gourmet kitchens and games rooms, may just encourage players to stay indoors. eagleranchresort.com
Rugged alpine landscape defines Trickle Creek Golf Resort, further south near Kimberley. Indeed, this Les Furber design embraces its wilder side, showcasing 18 holes, complete with tricky shots and precision putts, rushing creeks and steep slopes, the latter courtesy of North Star Mountain. That’s not to say that the whole family can’t play along: with Trickle Creek’s Kimberley Family Package, little ones tee up for free when accompanied by an adult. tricklecreek.com
For a final show-stopper, enthusiasts can continue south to Wildstone Golf Course to test their skill at the first Black Knight Design by Gary Player Design in Canada. Set near Cranbrook, Wildstone joined the mountain course scene just five seasons ago, but has steadily built a reputation for rewarding play, due namely to gently rolling terrain, white sand bunkering, plenty of variety and a jaw-dropping Rocky Mountain backdrop. wildstonegolf.com
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Northern British Columbia, Ski & Snow Sport
Northern BC has long been a haven for outdoor adventurists, and when the snow flies, skis and boards are standard equipment — and always at the ready — for every intrepid adventurer.
Shames Mountain near Terrace, for example, promises a flurry of activity once the temperature drops. Here, mega snowfalls routinely draw skiers and riders, and in this quiet, rural setting, fresh tracks are frequently on the menu. As Canada’s only non-profit, co-operatively owned ski hill (locals formed My Recreational Mountain Coop in order to purchase and operate Shames Mountain), this northern gem offers choice intermediate and advanced runs, alongside an expansive backcountry landscape. In addition, skiers and boarders can expect spectacular fluted ridges and peaks spread in every direction, while natural glades make for heart-thumping tree skiing, Northern BC-style. mymountaincoop.ca; ski-shames.ca
Further northeast in the Bulkley Valley near Smithers, Hudson Bay Mountain Resort draws the faithful every year, due largely to the area’s natural mountain-range topography combined with the ferocity of northern Pacific weather systems. The result: Mother Nature’s ultimate snow machine. On mountain, enthusiasts can carve through 127 hectares (315 acres) of big mountain terrain, and they’ll even be tempted to stay a while, thanks to Ski & Stay packages that combine one day’s play (or more) with an overnight at the Aspen Inn and Suites or the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge. For a change of pace, intermediate and expert skiers can switch their gear for backcountry boards to make tracks along the Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Recreation Area, where 13 cut ski runs, five alpine bowls and a day-use shelter in the sub-alpine are sure to stir the adventurous spirit. hudsonbaymountain.com; Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society Hankin
Snow-packed exploration continues north of Prince George, where Powder King reigns. Here, the resort is situated a mere 462 metres (1,500 feet) from Highway 97, but Powder King feels worlds away from the bustle of your average ski resort. Breathtaking drops, challenging, groomed slopes and excellent tree riding draw devotees, while 38 runs (most, like Penny Lane and Lovely Rita, named for popular Beatles tunes) and a trickster-friendly snowboard cross track are sure to mix things up. Those who wish to linger can bunk at the Powder King Mountain Hotel, an old-school-style hostel at the base of the mountain that offers cosy comfort for powder-hungry crews. powderking.com
Just west of Prince George, Otway Nordic Centre is home to a 55-kilometre (34-mile) trail system that is a tempting blend of smooth grooves and technical track. As the site for the Cross-Country Skiing, Biathlon and Para-Nordic events during the 2015 Canada Winter Games — Canada's largest multi-sport competition for young athletes — Otway upped its game and refurbished its competition facilities, a $1.7 million upgrade that included expanded stadiums and new technical buildings, alongside courses primed for future international competition. caledonianordic.com
- See more at: It's Always A Snow Day In BC's North
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.
If a trip to British Columbia has been on your bucket list, it is time you understand how deep and meaningful the experience can be. Canadian word artist Shane Koyczan brings powerful words to sensually enriching imagery in this travel video published by Destination British Columbia.