As a travel vlogger, you have an important responsibility. You need to travel to awesome places, do awesome things and then make good quality videos that represent those adventures. There’s just one problem with this seemingly simple process: where do you find good ideas for vlogs? Each video should have a creative twist that keeps your audience captivated. They need to like it so much that they want to get into a car or a plane and travel to wherever it is that you spoke about on your vlog. Here are some travel vlog ideas that might result in captivating vlogs to get you more viewers.
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1. Make it personal
Your first video should be one that introduces you, your channel and the type of travel vlog you’ll be hosting. Even if it’s not your first travel vlog, it’s a great idea to have a few videos that include more of yourself, as the vlogger. You can incorporate your personality into these videos and give some facts about yourself.
Interesting personal vlog ideas include showing your morning or evening home routine, “a day in the life of (you)”, you favourite places or activities, a house or room tour (especially if you’re travelling), a behind-the-scenes look at your editing process, or your travel bucket list. Personal vlogs make your channel inspiring and unique, and allows your audience to identify with you as a person and traveller. Like Michael Cole over at designwizard says, “Follow your passion.”, in his blog on how to become a YouTuber.
2. Include other people
Another cool travel vlog idea is to approach and include other people in your video. You could do an interview with the person sitting next to you on the bus, or the owner of a coffee shop you found. To appeal to your followers, you could also do a video where you answer their comments or frequently asked questions. It’s also a great idea to do collaboration videos with other vloggers. This way, both of you can gain some viewers and work together to come up with creative travel vlog ideas.
3. Bring in some humour
Everybody loves a video that makes them laugh. Film a prank you did on your travel buddy – prank videos have a tendency to go viral. You could also see if there are any funny trends or YouTube challenges you could try. Parody videos, e.g. impersonating a movie character, are also very funny to watch.
4. How to…
How-to videos are popular and also helpful. If you’re travelling to a new city or destination, you could make a vlog on “How to pack for a trip to the Alps” or even “How to survive a night in the African bush.”
5. Talk about your next trip
Before travelling, do an introductory vlog about the place you’re planning to visit. Give some cool facts you’ve found out about the place. Explain how you packed and how you’ve compiled your budget. This will get your audience excited for the vlogs to come, which will take place at the destination itself.
6. Interesting travel stories
Maybe something out of the ordinary happened to you on your trip. Something scary, funny, unusual, amazing or even irritating. Your viewers will love the little anecdotes that made your trip unforgettable. Tell them the story of everything that transpired.
7. Talk about what you know
Everybody is an “expert” in something. You can include your hobbies or personal interests in your vlog by giving quick tutorials or demonstrations. For instance, while travelling, you could play a musical instrument, sing, paint or draw, or even film yourself gaming or playing sports. If you’re involved in activities like these, you are able to give more in-depth and credible information on it. Your audience will enjoy watching you do or talk about something you’re good at.
8. Travel advice or tips
This can include do’s or don’ts for specific places, couple travel tips, packing or budgeting tips, or “survival tips” for each destination.
9. Sell a product
This is a great travel vlog idea if you’re an experienced vlogger with something to sell. Maybe you’ve written a guidebook on a place you’ve visited, or a how-to-guide on vlogging. You can dedicate one of your videos to telling your followers about the new product. After this, you can refer to it again in future vlogs and remind them about how and where they can purchase it.
10. Cover an event
If you’re attending a live concert, music festival or showcase, make a vlog about it. Take your audience there with you by showing them everything at the event, recording sections of the concert, introducing the location, etc.
11. A blooper video
All vloggers know that the first take is rarely the one used in the final vlog. As a funny travel vlog idea, you could make a compilation of your own bloopers and post it as a video of its own.
12. A vlog about a rare event
Unexpected things are always happening when you travel. Maybe you find yourself stuck in a hotel because of a flood or severe storm. You could make a vlog about the community effort to rescue a beached whale, or a power outage in a shopping centre that has the whole place in chaos. Maximise on situations like these (within safety limits, of course). They contain a lot of drama and immediate action that will immediately capture the viewer’s attention.
13. Adrenaline vlogs
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, your activities will already provide some thrilling travel vlog ideas. Make your viewer’s pulse race by posting a video of you bungy jumping, river rafting or sandboarding. Adrenaline-filled adventures is something that appeals to a certain target audience, so make sure that this type of video will fit in with the rest of your channel.
14. Rank the places you visit
It’s a good idea to upload a video after each trip in which you rank the places you’ve visited thus far as a travel vlogger. Maybe your most recent trip has reached the top of the list, or maybe it still hasn’t topped one of your previous adventures. Having a regular vlog theme like this will give your audience something to look forward to after watching the vlogs from your most recent holidays: where will this destination rank on your list?
With these travel vlog ideas, your vlog will be filled with exciting and interesting content that will keep your audience captivated. Whether your interest lies in travelling or in filmmaking, having a vlog is a great way to document and share your travel experiences. If you keep coming up with new ideas and initiatives, viewers will be anxiously waiting to see where your next adventures take you.
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Rouxne has an Honours degree in journalism and media studies. She is the course director for the Travel and Environmental Journalism and specialises in wildlife conservation writing, travel journalism and blogging.