How Do I Travel Blog - Learnings! Mistakes! Equipments.

Editor/Writer: Vivek Kumar
Published on: 9th June 2020
Travel Blogging

“When I joined, the industry was new and I invested in a lot of equipment that I shouldn’t be.” Said Tanya, a successful travel vlogger/blogger with around 500k subscribers. Not just equipment, but also faced with many unnecessary difficulties while filming as an amateur.

But her trial and error method of learning not only taught herself but also the future footsteps in the same direction. While sharing her experiences, she added, “a budding YouTuber can easily avoid such mistakes and expenses.” So, without wasting the time, here is the knowledge box opened by Tanya.

More or Less, this is the summarization.

  • Platform- Website + Video Platform
  • Content Creation- Learnings + Focus + Tools (Audio, Video, Editing, Supporting equipment)
  • Promotion and Marketing- Focus
  • Monetization- Focus + Sources

Platforms

Website- A website helps to portray the content creator more professional and also teaches the essential digital nuances like SEO or Keyword Management. Before vlogging, she worked on the website called “betweenlatitudes.com” and currently enjoys the domain www.tanyakhanijow.com.

 

To know in-depth about Tanya Khanijow and how her journey of becoming a Travel Blogger/Vlogger sneak over here.

 

Video Platform- YouTube being obvious, but there are other platforms also like Vimeo, IGTV.

Content Creation

Learnings- The book that helped her in the initial days titled “How to shoot video that doesn’t suck” by Steve Stockman. Also, the creator’s academy by YouTube also helped her while the go.

 

Focus- The focus while making content should be,

    • Entertaining
    • Helpful to viewers/others

Tools- One can start even with their mobile phones initially as she did herself. Here are the essential tools used and suggested by Tanya if one wants pro-level effects.

The process of travel vlogging/blogging basically requires tools for the video itself, quality audio, editing, and supporting equipment.

Camera- The camera must-have features like good low light videography, wifi connectivity with an app on mobile and a mic output. She personally uses,

    • Canon G7 Mark II for videography
    • Nikon D5500 for photos
    • GoPro Hero 5 for adventures.
GO PRO
GoPro
Canon G7 Mark II
Canon G7 Mark II

Audio- It is one of the most important aspects of the video. So, one should avoid cheap audio devices and invest a few bucks for better audio quality. She personally suggests,

    • Audio Technica ATR 3550, a lapel mic best for an indoor shoot.
    • Shure VP83, a shotgun mic if the source of the sound is near the camera or can use with an extension for long-distance recording.
    • Rode-link wireless mic. If the budget is quite good, best while doing any indoor, outdoor activity.
Shure VP83
Shure VP83
Audio Technica ATR 3550
Audio Technica ATR 3550

Supporting Gear- It will help the blogger to shoot, manage or protect their equipment.

    • Manfrotto Pixie mini tripod for propping camera anywhere
    • Cycle clamp for Go-pro to shoot while riding
    • Floating devices for Go-pro for better grip underwater and to prevent sinking.
    • Zhiyun Smooth Q for video stabilization.
    • WD wireless pro 3TB hard-drive and lots of SD cards for storage
Zhiyun Smooth Q
Zhiyun Smooth Q
GoPro Floater
GoPro Floater

Editing- It is basically the post-production activity and like others, it totally depends upon the practice and comfort of the user. Tanya personally uses,

        • Apple Macbook Pro 2017 Device
        • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 Software

Promotion and Marketing

Tanya personally avoids paid promotions and rely on organic traffic. Also, she focuses on YouTube analytics to understand the viewer’s behavior for right marketing.

Monetization

Once you create a brand image around your channel name and attract good volume of  regular visiter, multiple monetization options open up. Personally she earns through

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Brand Promotion
  • Website
  • Competitions

As we say

LIGHTS CAMERA YOUTUBE

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