Travel Video Gear Kit 2019 – Lifestyle Travel Gear

Travel Video Gear Kit 2019

For Travel Videography and Content Creators you need to produce epic footage while maintaining your mobility for International Travel. I know it’s cliche ..there has never been a better time to be a travel videographer or travel creator, but it’s also a confusing time with so many choices for gear on the market. I’ve learned some valuable lessons about selecting gear that produces high production videos and doesn’t weight you down over the year. I’ve become more of a slow traveler spending from 3 months to a year at one location, but I understand the unique needs of traveling with gear internationally. Let me serve as a guide to navigate you through a world full of confusing choices for gear. I encourage everyone to assemble their own unique gear kit based on your lifestyle, budget, and choices.

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Check out my Videos where I’ll go through items my new Windows 10 laptop for mobile 4K editing, Main camera, Nimble but powerful drone, my special weapon lens speed booster, and lifestyle accessories.

Melakka Malaysia: Video Inspiration & Guide what to do there

Melakka Malaysia: Video Inspiration & Guide what to do there

I’ve just released a new Video of Malacca Malaysia that will give you inspiration and essential info and a good idea of what to expect. Melaka is a beautiful place to visit if you ever spend time in Malaysia. Malacca is a 2.5 hour trip from Kuala Lumpur and is a great short getaway from the city if you want to soak in some culture and good food. In my videos you’ll get the inspiration and tips for getting to Malacca and what to see and eat.

 

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License this Footage in 4k resolution:
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Hotel I stayed at Agoda

Music
https://theartistunion.com/tracks/24c192
Artist: Not The King
Songs:
Over N Over
I Like You

Courses

Learn Travel Aerial Videography with me using Mavic Air

My Gear

Buy the drone I use: Mavic Air

My street Videography Backpack

My ultrabook laptop for editing Adobe Premiere on Windows 10 Huawei Matebook Pro X Windows Macbook Pro Killer

 

my oakley sunglasses 

2018 Summary of my Travel Videographer and plans for 2019

Travel Videographer 2018 Journey

Hello 2019

As a Travel Videographer 2018 turned about to be a great year in many aspects. As you’ll see there was plenty of travel and my camera came along for the ride. I brought my camera in each of these locations for my Stock Footage subscribers. I’m still playing a bit of catch up with too much content sitting on my hard-drives. Be sure to check out my Youtube Channel to see some of the videos.

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hanoi vietnam ho kiem lake at night

2018 – (click on the links for exciting content)

Plans for 2019

I would like to slow down my travel and prioritize more time on getting more content online. 2018 was a wild ride, and somewhere in there I turned 40. I plan to spend more time in Malaysia instead of Thailand in 2019. I’m pretty sure I’ll be back and forth between the two. There is also a lot of places to explore in Malaysia such as Sabah, Ipoh, and Sarawak. My grandmother is in Singapore, and I may be be due for a visit there and refresh my footage as well. Kuala Lumpur has great flights to Cambodia, Shen Zhen, and Sri lanka so don’t be surprised if there are some side trips there. I also want to try to return to Canada in the summer. I want to check out Montreal, Toronto, New York and enjoy a summer in Vancouver with the family.

Resolutions for 2019

  • I would like to lose some weight from 181 lbs to 165 lbs through exercise and better nutrition
  • Double the earnings for the business
  • Visit my family and Canada twice during the year
  • Less travel and more quality content online and marketing
  • Master Adobe Premiere on the new laptop

If you’re wondering how I sustain this travel lifestyle throughout the years I offer Video services and have many online passive revenue streams. For example, I offer freelance Videos to client in the Asia region and in Canada.  I can also offer video editing services for clients that shoot footage on vacation and don’t have time to edit.  If you want to learn more about how I create an online passive income using my footage and other business skills you need please check out my online course “How to Start an Online Business from Anywhere using Video” using this sale price link.

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360 Video Debunked – Go Fusion Camera (Interview)

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In this episode you’re learn all about where 360 video is at in 2018 and beyond with American 360 Video expert Al Caudullo. We chat in Bangkok about everything from Gopro’s new 360 camera called the fusion and compare it to the other consumer options. You’ll learn why its time for you to start learning 360 video

Online Dating – Tinder Gold tips

Tinder Gold Dating tips

In the smartphone era online dating has a popular way to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet. As a digital nomad dating apps like Tinder are a great way to meet new friends or lovers in a new location.  In this podcast I’m going to share my tips and experience for using Tinder in Asia including the Pros and Cons of Tinder Gold. If you’re traveling solo it can get lonely when you don’t have family or many local friends in the city you’re in.

There are dating sites like POF and okcupid, but to be honest I find it’s just to cumbersome to set up a profile, search , and then you often forget about while you wait for a match to reply. Apps like Tinder and Badoo make things a lot easier. I’ve had mixed experiences with Tinder, but it is the most mainstream dating app.

I also recommend meeting people through other means like random chats, events like internations, and yes maybe even meetups. I’ve heard of people that actually end up seriously dating on Tinder, and not just hookups.

Tinder Gold is one way you can separate yourself from crowd for a small fee. If gives you the ability to swipe an unlimited times, worldwide visa free swipes, things like boost for increased exposure and more!. Check out my tips

Hanoi Vietnam Digital Nomad the high end lifestyle

Hanoi Digital Nomad

Hanoi Vietnam Digital Nomad the high end lifestyle

Hanoi Vietnam for expats or Digital nomads. There is a distinct difference between traveling and living in the old quarter and living in the high end area of Tay Ho as a local. What could we expect from Hanoi? I already knew about the old quarter and the some of gems and crazy traffic.

Accommodation

I did some research and discovered that Tay Ho is an area favored by expats for it’s location near the large Westlake. I booked a modern apartment in this area. I was very impressed by the accomodation for the luxury, value, and how spacious it was. It lacked the swimming pool and gym facities of Bangkok, but it had a washer/dryer, water machine with hot and cold water, new smart samsung tv, high speed wifi, well equipped kitchen with convection oven, and a clean toilet with bathtub. Check out the video for the tour and the price, but this was probably the nicest condo I’ve stayed for the money in years. I think this is the norm for this year. I took a walk near the lake where there is a range of accommodation options that are willing to accept 1 month short-term

Getting Connected

My Viettel Sim Card from earlier in the trip is still working fine

 

Getting Around

It is ok to walk around the Tay Ho area and you have everything that you need from cafes, hairdressers, cowork spaces, and a convenience store. Grab motorbikes and taxis are also available throughout Hanoi. I usd a car for long distance

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Wifi and Internet

The internet was fast in the apartment, cowork spaces, and cafes. There are plenty of cowork space options you can find on coworker.com. I tried out clickspace in Tayho, and Espace, and Toong in the old quarter. There are plenty of options here.

Meeting People

I reached out to the nomads group in Hanoi and didn’t manage to connect with anyone. There were some foreigners at click space, but they seemed content to stick to themselves. I also didn’t find any social events on meetup to go to. I was only here a week and managed to go to a south African BBQ wine tasting in Tay ho that I found in the Tay Ho times. I ended up meeting some foreigners that I hung out with. I had better success meeting people in Danang and Saigon.

Air Quality and Safety

The one thing that would concern me about living in  Hanoi is the air quality, which was at 160 today compared to Vancouver BC at 14.

The city feels relatively safe walking around Tay and the Old Quarter

Hanoi Digital NomadWhat to do

I enjoyed the food options here just like in Saigon and Hanoi. Picking up croissants and baguettes for breakfast. There is a good craft beer scene and even local wine that I picked up. I got a haircut i the old quarter for 100,000 and saw a UFC game and the Irish Pub Oleary’s. The West lake is a nice enough area to walk around a waterfront for exercise along with many locals and expats. It’s a good lifestyle.

Summary

Hanoi is a crazy city that doesn’t have a dull moment and will keep you on your toes. It feels a bit more manageable than Saigon, but not as small as Danang. There are plenty of gems and scenery to take footage of. It has a lot to offer for a visit, but I think it would be a little too chaotic for me. It does offer a high end lifestyle at a reasonable cost. The buildings have a lot of character especially in the old quarter for interesting architecture and mix between street food and high end options. I was surprised at the value that Hanoi does offer from wine, craft beer, western food, apartments, and more. I’m not sure if there is a digital nomad community here, but there definitely is a community of foreigners that are calling Hanoi home. For Digital Nomads Hanoi offers everything that you need especially in 2018. There are more Airbnb accomodation than ever. It offers slightly better value than Bangkok and not that much more than Chiang Mai. I’m not sure if it would be my top choice, but it is an interesting option. The only way is to give it a try.

Digital Nomad Guide to Danang Vietnam 2018 – Chiang mai with a beach

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This post is a Digital nomad Guide to Danang the upscale edition. Danang feels like Chiang Mai with a beach, but it’s in Vietnam. From the short taxi ride, even an area that rivals Nimmanhaemen, prices that rival Chiang mai, and a weekly friday nomad event. Read on to see what more it offers

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Why Danang?

To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect with Danang. I heard about this beach city from other Chiang Mai nomads and there wasn’t a whole lot of inspiration and informative content out there. I was pleasantly surprised. Danang is a city on the rise. It offers a nice white sand long beach with palm trees and mountains and a whole lot more. This is no backpacker town, it is ready to service people looking for a beachfront, low cost living all-around, slow pace, the best of Vietnamese cuisine, craft beer, and fast wifi. In short this looks like Chiang mai with a beach. Tourism is starting to take off and there are nomads in town, but this city is still overlooked

Getting In

Danang is about an hour away from Saigon using Vietjet Air. There is a grab taxi, which allows you to get to the each in about 35 minutes

Where to Stay

To be honest I’m still getting a hang of the geography of Danang, but my airbnb was located 5 minutes away from the My Khe beach and surrounded my 43 Factory Coffee and Space A cowork space. This area seems to mirror Chiang mai nimman offering everything you need from cowork space, cafes, foreign and local restaurants, a range of accommodation within a 1km radius. Here is the Airbnb Listing I stayed at. 

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/17408282?guests=1&adults=1

Getting Connected

I got my sim card at VietTel in Saigon and it is working just as well in Danang with 4G service.

Where to Work

There are plenty of options to work from your apartment, the Space A cowork space, 43 factory, gozar, verona, and tham tham cafe. There is wifi at pretty much every space and with the new sea internet cable installed from the US to Vietnam in 2017 the speeds are fast.

What to do

The beach is the main draw. It’s a long beach that is great to walk, chill and read, have a drink, surf, yoga. You get the picture. There are plenty of cafes to people watch and massage shops. You can also take a trip to Hoi-an which is 35 minutes south of Danang. The monkey mountain is there to offer just that, a tall Buddha statue and a Pagoda.

Getting around

In my area I could pretty much walk to everywhere I needed to go with a 7 minute walk. If I needed to go further I could take grab motorbike or grab car taxi

Dating and meeting people.

It was actually pretty good for me. I met girls on Tinder, Badoo, and someone found me on facebook. I met a nice Vietnamese girl that might lead to something more in the future. We will see. I went to the nomad meet on Friday’s and actually met a friend from Chiang mai nomad basketball. We ended up hanging out quite a bit and made friends with some people from the meet. There were a lot of couples, but locals and foreigners were friendly.

Summary

Danang took me by surprised. This is a chill beach city that offers a lot at great value. It’s a very nomad friendly city offering newly developed and cheap accomodation within walking distance to a beach. The Internet is plentiful and fast. There are plenty of options to eat and places to work.

Danang Vietnam Digital nomad Retreat

I’m thinking of organizing a Digital nomad retreat in 2019. The best weather is in Spring when the air is the worst in Chiang Mai. I want to offer an opportunity to experience Danang, the beach, coworking, networking, BBQ’s on the beach, a chance to learn from others in a week long retreat.  Take a break from your stressful life and enjoy the good life in Danang and get some work done! Leave your details in you’re interested

Danang 2019 Retreat

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Digital Nomad Saigon Vietnam 2018

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Vietnam is one of the fast developing Countries in South East Asia. As a location independent and Digital nomad it appears as though this is the golden age to visit this Country as of October 2018. Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam and also has a reputation as being fast paced and overcrowded.

 

I returned after 3 years to sample a local life as a Digital nomad and expat. I booked a well reviewed High Class Studio Airbnb in District 4. After a week I was pleasantly surprised to see how Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) offers a good quality lifestyle for Digital Nomads especially if you’re seeking good comfort and value. Saigon offers all the essentials Digital nomads look for plus some pleasant surprises such as the established craft beer scene, fast internet, awesome food, and the best bread in Asia.

On my digital nomad journey I’ve lived in Taiwan for 2 years, Thailand for 3 years, and a growing amount of time in Malaysia. Watch my video series to learn the essential. Watch the video to learn more. How to get into Vietnam as it can be a bit tricky.

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Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Digital Nomad – Is this the most overlooked destination?

I’ve visited Malaysia many times, but I’m on the eve of wrapping up my month and a bit living in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. I wanted to share some updated information on Kuala Lumpur from a 40 yr old bachelor perspective who has spent 3 years in Thailand and 2 years in Taiwan OMG. There are a lot of general posts about KL already so I’ll try to add something unique.

 

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Who is Kuala Lumpur Malaysia for?

It’s for the location independent that is bit more established, values modern apartments that are comfortable, great variety of food, weather, and most of all locals that can speak English. I’ll cut to the chase if you’re a young single person in your 20’s you’ll have a lot more fun in Thailand. Costs are cheaper in Thailand as well. However, I’ve come to the realization that once you’re out of the Chiang Mai bubble, you will have to learn Thai to function successfully in Thailand long term. As a 40 year old I’m trying to slow down my travel (unsuccessfully) and settle down in a location for 1-3 months. It’s better for business, forming better and longer relationships, and your health. Kuala Lumpur is a good place to chill out. To be honest it can be boring as despite the happy hours and nightlife areas in Bukit Bintang and Bangsar Village Jalan Telwai this is still a conservative country with boundaries.  People of different cultures are very respectful and seem to co-exist peacefully. I feel like I could belong here. In Thailand, although I felt welcome I still feel like a farang and an outsider even though they think I look thai. This is mainly because of the language. Kuala Lumpur is a city that is a good size, but not as overwhelming as Bangkok. It isn’t as small as Chiang Mai or Penang. If you’re looking to focus on your business you’ve got everything you need here minus a strong organic digital nomad community.

Essentials

There are plentiful choices of airbnb condos in downtown KLCC and in the upscale suburb of Bangsar. There are many tall condos that sport legit facilities and yes if you select a newer condo with TIME as the provider (100MBPS) you will be flying. It’s very common to have great gym, pool, wifi, apartment, and restaurants in the same building or nearby. Sim Card plans by Digi are easy to get and easier to self manage through the app. There are cowork space options like Uppercase in Bangsar and the chain Common ground. The most refreshing thing was being able to speak English with the locals. Yes Malaysia is more expensive than Thailand for some things, but you can consider the extra cost the premium for having an affordable country where locals speak English.

Kuala Lumpur is fairly safe especially being in Bangsar. In downtown KLCC it is still safe, but did with such as mix of culture, tourists, and crowds you should still stay on alert. I used the Maybank and Alliance ATM’s to withdrawal from the North American bank account. Bangkok bank has no relationship to the one in Thailand, and opening up a bangkok is not possible as far as I know without an employment pass.

You can use Grab app taxi to get around. The train system is easy to understand and is worth taking if you’re trying to commute between downtown and Bangsar during rush hours.

Nightlife

Like I said you can go to Bukit Bintang. I had a chance to sample many of the popular spots like Havanna Social, Taps Room for Craft Beer, and Pisco Bar. You can get a high end experience at Ren at the Mandarin Oriental. If you like sheesha and loud music try the Trek nightlife area. Bangsar offers the APW area with more casual options as well as the Bangsar Village Jalan Telawi area (La Cave, Rock Bottom). There are the spots with viewpoints like the Heli Lounge and Traders Skybar. The Pavillion offers many spots like the Barn, La Bodega, and Johnny Rocket to name a few spots to eat and drink. I guess I did my fair share of eating and drinking. The name of the game is happy hour, maybe some pre-gaming a bottle from the grocery store for a big night. Try unique experiences like rent a vape or sheesha. You will find the local beer taps to be Carlsburg, Guinness, and Tiger. I got tired of it quickly and tried some craft beer spots like the Great Beer Bar in Uptown Daminsara.

I met some good people from Internations.org. I didn’t have a chance nor a strong desire to go to couch surf events or meetups. Unfortunately events can be quite far out sometimes. One interesting event I went to was called Drinkentrepreneur. I hope to do that it. On average the locals are quite friendly compared to a city like Bangkok. It’s nice on a daily basis to talk with your taxi driver, or the guys at the coffee shop, or occasionally to be called “boss”.

Summary

I plan to return here and use Kuala Lumpur as a base. On paper it appears to be an ideal place for myself and perhaps others to settle long-term. I even found a cheap storage spot to store my things here while I travel. I got a lot of work done while I was here. No fighting for space at the cowork space or looking for legit meeting rooms to record. Kuala Lumpur might not be a good fit for some long-term, but perhaps a visit. Kuala Lumpur is itself a great travel hub being home to Air Asia. I hope to visit Nepal and Sri Lanka While I’m here. Malaysia is also a huge country with spots like Langkawi, Sabah, Malacca, Penang, and more to visit.

What we can learn from Food Youtube Superstar Mark Wiens

What we can learn from Mark Wiens

As a Videographer and Entrepreneur what can we learn from Food  Youtuber Mark Wiens, based out of Bangkok Thailand? Mark started posting regular food videos about street food mostly in South East Asia in 2011. This is long before the vlogging gained popularity. 7 years later he has well over 1.7 Million subscribers, which has made him very successful in the travel food space and earning a good living. I’ve studied Mark and these are some of the key tips I think we can learn from him:

Learn from Mark Wiens

  • Get the right gear to produce videos and focus on a niche (In this case food travel videos in Asia)
  • Post consistently good content. Mark posts videos twice a week
  • Be interesting and passionate in the videos and smile a lot
  • Use your large following to monetize on products like merchandise. Mark sells his red pepper logo on his own line of hats and t-shirts

Mark has given me inspiration to create more Youtube videos consistently and trying to incorporate my love of food in my videos.  He is also currently living in Bangkok with wife and a kid. I think he is a great role model for travel videographers today.

Check out the Podcast for more of my thoughts on Mark’s success.

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