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Our top 10 travel videos of 2016

Our top 10 travel videos of 2016

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Earlier this year we started sharing some of our favourite travel videos. And as they’ve proved so popular we thought we’d share 10 of the best…


1. Kosovo


Filmed in Prizren, Brod, Mirusha Waterfalls, Pec and Rugova Canyon, Joerg Daiber captured what he found most captivating about this landlocked country:

“Kosovo may not be on the travel bucket list for many people. The Kosovo War seems somehow not too long ago and the lack of beaches makes this country a white spot on the travel map. However, if you do go there you will be amazed by the extraordinary beauty of the back country, the vibrant city life and friendly people.”

You can follow Joerg’s work on his Vimeo page.


2. Peru


The beauty of Peru is boundless. From its mesmerising historical sites to the intricate weavings so precious to locals, Nick Whelan condenses this South American gem into two-and-half minutes. 

“A collection of moments from a two-week journey around Peru. From the mountains of Cusco, to the islands of Lake Titicaca, to the deserts of Nazca, the beauty of Peru only grew as I kept moving.” 

You can follow more of Nick’s work on his Vimeo page. 


3. Street art in Rome


Beyond the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain, striking street art adorns the walls of the Italian capital.

“Most of the pieces are made in suburbs of Rome which you’re normally not entering in your usual Rome trip. To raise interest in these less known neighbourhoods, the city invited local and international street art artists to make them look more friendly and interesting.”

Location: Tor Pignatarra, Tor Sapienza, Ostiense, San Basilio, Garbatella, Quadraro, Tor Marancia, Pigneto, San Lorenzo.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

You can follow Benjamin’s work on his Vimeo page.


4. Japan


Tracing his three-week rail journey in Japan, Vincent Urban shows us the iconic and lesser-known sights of this extraordinary country, filmed on a Sony a7s and Canon 5D Mark III RAW.

“We were whizzing through the country with the Shinkansen visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto as well as lots of wonderful little places along the way, meeting the most friendly people and experiencing a culture that somehow balances its rich tradition with a very futuristic present.”

Find out more about Vincent and his work on Twitter and Vimeo.


5. People of Mumbai


From children playing in the streets to commuters awaiting jam-packed trains, Mumbai’s inhabitants are perfectly captured in this snapshot of the city.

Filmed over 10 days, the Tel Aviv-based videographer uses a 1DC (Canon 70-200mm 2.8, Canon 24-105mm f4) and DJI phantom 2 to show all angles of the Indian metropolis.

This video is part of a wider project called ‘People of – A Portrait of Humanity’ which was chosen as National Geographic’s Editors Choice and included in the Official Selection by New York Film Festival.

Check out Lior’s Vimeo page for more videos or visit his website.

6. New York City

As the backdrop to countless films, NYC sits in a league of its own. Each borough bears its own spirited pace and unique charm, as we see in this 3-minute clip.

“The more we saw of New York’s fast-paced lifestyle during our ten days in the city, the more we appreciated those moments of recharging. We even had an inkling that New Yorkers didn’t mind it either. No matter how busy New Yorkers are, they will find their quiet moments somewhere in the city, even waiting in traffic.”

You can follow Oliver Schrott Kommunikation on Twitter, their website and on Instagram.


7. Zanzibar from above


This week, we venture to Zanzibar with Copenhagen-based videographer, Mathias Arvedsen.

The video was created from a 21-day-trip to the picturesque archipelago. The highlights including Stone Town, Jambiani, Paje, Matemwe, Kizimkazi and Makunduchi are captured using a DJI Phantom 3 Pro, GoPro Hero 3+ and Canon 5DMKIII.

“Beautiful nature, delicious fruit and smiling openminded people is three of many reasons to go there.”

Check out Mathias’s Vimeo page for more videos or visit his website.

8. Southeast Asia

This video introduces us to the people of Southeast Asia as they go about their everyday lives in the bustling markets, the boxing rings, the temples, the fabled rice paddies and beyond. It gives an intriguing insight to the perennially popular region.

His jaunts are artfully documented entirely on a Canon 550D, EFS 18-135, Tokina 11-16 and set to Adult Jazz’s song ‘Am Gone’.


9. Fiji


Travelling through Fiji, an archipelago of over 300 islands, it was the people of Fiji that captured Matthew’s heart the most.

“For communities that have so little, the villages of Fiji are home to some of the most generous and caring people that I have ever come across. Although this video does not do their kindness justice, I would hope that you’re able to be inspired knowing that no amount of money nor material goods can equate to the authentic happiness shared by those who bear some of the greatest hardships of all.”

Gear Used:
Sigma 35mm f/4 1.4
Canon 17-40 f/4
Canon 70-200 f/4
Glidecam HD2000 (used only for quad bike shots)

You can follow more of Matthew’s work on his Vimeo page.&nbsp



10. Georgia


On his first trip to Georgia, the former Soviet republic outdid all of Csaba’s expectations.

“I was amazed by the nature, the true kindness of the local people and how colorful and vivid this country is. We traveled through the whole country and tried to visit the most significant places of Georgia.”

You can follow Csaba’s work on his Vimeo.

If you’d like to share a video with us in 2017, tweet @NatGeoTraveller with #NGTUKvideos