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.