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How travel video content can be created by anyone

The importance of creating content from memories, is not just there to serve you with your own album of happy memories, but can be used as a profitable practice. Becoming a professional traveller, takes time and lots of skill but it doesn’t have to be difficult.

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Many travellers today like to document their travels, either on blogs or vlogs and they have become a staple part of our lifestyles. Some travellers work with brands or tourism boards to create content and we soak it up like a sponge, learning the new cultures of other countries and continents and it acts as an enticement to travel. It’s the new way to advertise countries.

With all the new video technology around today, it’s almost a way to immerse yourself in travel without even having visited the country. The HD video and the way in which content is filmed, creates an experience without leaving your couch, but how these videos are filmed is what makes them so special. After all, travel is an adventure

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The importance of creating content from memories, is not just there to serve you with your own album of happy memories, but can be used as a profitable practice. Becoming a professional traveller, takes time and lots of skill but it doesn’t have to be difficult.

The ways in which we do this may be:

  • Documenting travels in the first person – Speaking to the camera as yourself and taking the people along on a journey with you as if they are your friend, by sharing experiences, talking to the camera and engaging in activity.
  • Documenting travels in the third person – Filming as a stand alone person, without engaging with the camera and merely showing the scenes, the atmospheres and the sights without building it up on a personal level, perhaps the way an ad may look. 
  • Documenting travels in a creative way – Creating content that is specified to a certain audience, in a non-biased way. Perhaps you’re working for a tourism board and you are to capture a certain element of a country or city, such as the Winelands in South Africa or the Art Galleries of Paris. 

All of the above can be filmed on any type of camera, but the better the equipment, the more chance you have of capturing something of high quality. Most YouTube videos now are filmed on HD and so the higher the quality, the more chance you have of beating the algorithms online. There are plenty of video content creators checklists to look at, some of them being HD cameras from Canon and Nikon, GoPros, and drones. All of these will contribute to an exciting and interesting video that allows you to see a place from a totally new perspective. 

How Video Content Can Be Beneficial To Everyone

Travel vlogs have many positive effects on everyone. They allow the viewers to experience something they might not be able to, and beyond that, they can educate them about cultures and traditions. This is what makes them popular; the way in which you can learn information is vital and it doesn’t require any type of learning or leaving the house.

Vlogs also allow the creator to instill confidence into their viewers by showing them what you can expect and what the place is actually like. For example, some people may have dreamed of visiting Thailand, but may not be so sure of the safety of the area; when a vlog and video content is created in a non-biased way, in a very raw way, it allows you to get a feel of the place before visiting. Research allows you to get an idea of the way the culture works and what is good to do and what may not be so good.

It can also allow you to work out what you may want to do whilst visiting. For example, perhaps your goal is to go and visit a country and get involved with some charity work. We spend a lot of money to fly to the other side of the world and visit nations we would have never otherwise encountered. So, it wouldn’t require that much more effort to do something positive during the trip. 

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The Types Of Camera Equipment And What They Are Likely To Enhance

Every piece of equipment that you use has a different element to it and serves a different purpose. HD cameras shoot in different lightings and often give you an exceptional quality. The two biggest vlogging cameras to date are the Canon G7x and the Sony RX100 Mark III. They have the flip up cameras which is great if you plan on a very raw vlog. It’s something important to note, also with GoPros they offer something totally different, such as being attached to you whilst you are handsfree, giving the person a chance to witness the scene from their own perspective; whether that’s jumping out of an aeroplane, water sliding or swimming. It allows you to get that perspective which is certainly a benefit. 

Drones have been a hot subject for some time and have proven to be such a great investment for those who wish to create content on the road. A drone gives a bird’s eye perspective of any place, whether that’s over the sea, mountains, or even over a place of interest, it allows you to see areas of a place that you wouldn’t usually get to see. Drones are often seen as a huge bonus to vloggers who can capture a resort or hotel at a birds eye view, which gives a more in depth overview of the area. Naturally, drones also are not hand held so they glide through the air, making a smooth video that is seamless. The types of drones available vary massively. You may want to look into different brands, you could look at DJI Drones.  

Benefits of Drones 

Her are just some benefits of drones and how they can be very important to creating exceptional online content: 

  • They are cheap and affordable – They do not take any maintenance and also are easy to run. 
  • They are easy and fun to use – They can capture things easily with a little practice, they are fun to use. 
  • Drones can enforce security and surveillance – When travelling, it is best to check where you can and can’t use your drone as some countries are more sensitive than others. 
  • Enhances content – It aids the travel industry in that it enhances the interest and involvement of people to travel. 

If you have an interest in creating your own content, then starting small is good and working out the way forwards in terms of creating the video. Information is vital because this allows people to make educated decisions about their own travel as well as being able to see the benefits of visiting a specific place.

Although camera equipment may seem pricey, there are ways in which you can film that do not include a hefty price tag. Most good quality modern day phones, made within the past two years, will create HD content and will allow you to make videos as a beginner. This also refers to editing videos, a simple movie maker that is already standards on most laptops will suffice.

Once your collection of videos is a gallery, it stands you in good stead for getting paid work in the future, creating content. What do you like to watch in a video? What do you think of different content styles and which do you resonate with? This is where you must start.

The beauty behind creating content is that it lasts forever and is accessible all over the world. 59% of travel bloggers run more than one travel blog. Over 80% of travel planning is done through the internet and is growing. 33% of US travelers use travel blogs for travel advice. The majority of travel blogs are between 1-4 years old according to OptinMonster Travel Statistics. It’s time to start creating content for tomorrow’s viewers.

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New Zealand, Britain ease rules on blood donations by gay, bi men

New Zealand and Britain eased the rules on blood donations by gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men (MSM), as both countries continue to face supply issues brought about by Covid-19. This development follows the June 2020 move of the American Red Cross to change its restrictions on blood donations.

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Getting rid of a discriminatory practice… albeit somewhat slowly.

New Zealand and Britain eased the rules on blood donations by gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men (MSM), as both countries continue to face supply issues brought about by Covid-19. This development follows the June 2020 move of the American Red Cross to change its restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, and other MSM, also because of supply issues. Australia also said it would follow suit, though the change will not apply until January 31, 2021.

The antiquated, yet still current practice is to ban MSM from donating blood within 12 months of having sex with another man. But starting June 8, the wait time will be cut to three months.

Just to emphasize: In all the countries where changes were introduced, though, it is not a pro-LGBTQIA move; instead, there’s severe shortage of blood donations in due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Particular to New Zealand, the government cut the celibacy period from a year to three months, regardless of whether they had used condoms, the New Zealand Blood Service said on its website.

Meanwhile, in Britain – which previously had a three-month deferral period – a behavior-based policy will now be used. This means that anyone — gay or straight — who has had anal sex with multiple partners or a new partner will not be able to donate blood.

The antiquated restrictions on gay and bi men donating blood was imposed by many countries at the height of the HIV and AIDS pandemic in the 1980s.

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Relaxing weekend activities to try

If you want to shake off some stress, here are some safe and relaxing weekend activities you should try.

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Staying at home for an extended period can cause many individuals to start feeling cabin fever or quarantine fatigue. Days can become so dull that many people crave to engage in different activities to serve as an outlet for their frustrations.

If you want to shake off some stress, here are some safe and relaxing weekend activities you should try.

Go Camping

Nowadays, it is no longer advisable to spend your day at the beach, as it can get too crowded for social distancing to be possible. For camping, campgrounds have more control over how many campers they can allow to pitch tents and park RVs. If this is your first time going camping, it would be best to do some research on how to survive a weekend in the great outdoors. Sites like outdoorcommand.com have several tips that you can use to prepare for your upcoming trip. 

Drive Around

If your area does not have restrictions on local travel, you can choose to drive around your town to appreciate your neighborhood a bit more. It can be an excellent way to get to know your locality, including areas you haven’t visited yet. Before you know it, you’ll discover sites that would soon become your favorite spot when everything goes back to normal. You can also choose to head out to the countryside

Take a Hike

Aside from camping, another activity that you can do during the weekend would be hiking. Choose a time when there aren’t too many people exploring the area. This way, you can enjoy the view without having to worry about being too close to others. Surrounding yourself with nature can also help boost the immune system, helping you fight off infections better. 

Pick Up a New Hobby

If your weekdays are filled with work duties, you can set aside your weekends for enjoying a hobby. Know what you are passionate about and give it all your energy once work is over. This way, you can have a work-life balance that allows you to destress. 

Do Yoga

One activity that you can squeeze into your busy days would be yoga. Not only will it help you relax, but it will also improve your overall health and wellness. It can be an excellent way to destress and let go of negative vibes. Make sure to stick to poses that are most suitable for you, and gradually increase the range of motion to improve your flexibility. 

Learn a New Recipe

If you aren’t happy with the food that you’ve eaten over the past few months, it will be best to learn a new recipe during the weekend. You can try to experiment and create your own version of a dish. If you feel confident in your cooking, you can send some to your friends and family. Who knows, you may even start a food business with it. 

Start a New Movie or TV Series

The movie and TV industry is always providing great value in entertaining people. The internet also became a good source of new platforms to watch movies and TV shows with various genres. You can even reminisce about your yesteryears with some old movies and series you used to watch with your friends and family. Hulu and Netflix are some of the reliable platforms that can satisfy your cravings for entertainment.

Engaging in relaxing weekend activities can help you refocus on your goals in life. If you feel suffocated by staying at home, you can choose to go out and explore. However, you should always keep safety in mind. Bring essentials like sanitizers and weak your mask whenever possible.

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Bhutan parliament decriminalizes homosexuality

Both houses of Bhutan’s parliament approved a bill that legalizes gay sex, amending Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code that criminalized “unnatural sex”, which was widely interpreted as referring to homosexuality.

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Rainbow rises in Bhutan.

Both houses of Bhutan’s parliament approved a bill that legalizes gay sex, amending Sections 213 and 214 of the penal code that criminalized “unnatural sex”, which was widely interpreted as referring to homosexuality. With this development, the Himalayan kingdom becomes the latest Asian nation to take steps to ease restrictions on same-sex relationships.

In total, 63 of the 69 members of both houses of parliament voted in favor of amending the code to scrap the discriminatory provision. There were six members who were absent at the time of voting.

Worth noting: The changes still need to be approved by the King of Bhutan to become a law in the majority-Buddhist nation of 800,000 people.

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Norway outlaws hate speech against trans people

Norway’s parliament outlawed hate speech against transgender people, a move that expanded the country’s penal code which has already been protecting gay and lesbian people since 1981.

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Pro-LGBTQIA development.

Norway’s parliament outlawed hate speech against transgender people, a move that expanded the country’s penal code which has already been protecting gay and lesbian people since 1981.

The country’s penal code’s amendments specifically outlawed discrimination based on “gender identity or gender expression”, while also changing “homosexual orientation” to “sexual orientation”. This means that bisexual as well as lesbian and gay people will be explicitly protected from discrimination.

Violators – if a judge decides their actions were motivated by someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI) – can face a fine or up to a year in jail for private remarks, and a maximum of three years in jail for public comments.

Norway is actually one of the more liberal European countries, allowing trans people to legally change gender without a medical diagnosis since 2016.

As quoted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Norway’s Minister of Justice and Public Security Monica Maeland stated that trans people are “an exposed group when it comes to discrimination, harassment and violence”. As such, “it is imperative that the protection against discrimination offered by the criminal legislation is adapted to the practical situations that arise.”

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British High Court bans gender transitions for children

Children under the age of 16 are unlikely to give “informed consent” to take puberty blockers to begin their gender transition process, according to the British High Court.

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Children under the age of 16 are unlikely to give “informed consent” to take puberty blockers to begin their gender transition process. This is according to the British High Court via a landmark ruling.

The case decided by the court was filed against the Tavistock Centre, England’s only youth gender identity clinic, and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. A claimant, Keira Bell, was referred to Tavistock as a teenager (16). After three sessions with a psychologist, she was prescribed puberty blockers at 17; and at the age of 20, she had a double mastectomy.

She, however, said she later regretted the decision. As she started to “de-transitioned”, she sued
the government for allowing her to undergo the radical therapy, which she fears may have damaged her ability to have children. In her argument, she said that underage children cannot truly understand what they’re signing up for when they go through the life-changing therapy.

The three judges in the Bell v Tavistock case backed the complainant, ruling that children under the age of 16 wouldn’t be able to properly grasp the consequences of consenting to using puberty blockers.

“It is highly unlikely that a child aged 13 or under would be competent to give consent to the administration of puberty blockers,” the decision states. “It is doubtful that a child aged 14 or 15 could understand and weigh the long-term risks and consequences of the administration of puberty blockers.”

Even for children aged over 16, they argued it may be necessary to involve the courts.

“In respect of young persons aged 16 and over, the legal position is that there is a presumption that they have the ability to consent to medical treatment,” they further wrote. “Given the long-term consequences of the clinical interventions at issue in this case, and given that the treatment is as yet innovative and experimental, we recognize that clinicians may well regard these as cases where the authorization of the court should be sought prior to commencing the clinical treatment.”

In the past, British minors could consent if they were “Gillick competent”, i.e. when a child is considered mature and intelligent enough to give informed consent.

In response to the ruling, the Tavistock Centre said it was “disappointed” and planned to appeal. All the same, all referrals for under-16s have been stopped.

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Common whales to see depending on the season

While many people think of whale watching as a seasonal activity reserved for warmer months, interesting and impressive species of whales can be seen in San Diego all year. If you are planning a trip, you should consider which species you would most like to see and book a tour during for when those species are most common.

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While many people think of whale watching as a seasonal activity reserved for warmer months, interesting and impressive species of whales can be seen in San Diego all year. If you are planning a trip, you should consider which species you would most like to see and book a tour during for when those species are most common.

Of course, some species are easier to spot than others. Those looking for the best humpback whale watching San Diego has to offer can find themselves satisfied all year. Blue whales, on the other hand, only migrate through San Diego from April to September.

All Year

Humpback whales are visible in San Diego all year round. Humpbacks are extremely popular with older tourists and children alike for their distinctive appearance. Dolphins are also common throughout the year, and what these brilliant creatures lack in size, they easily make up for in presentation. Dolphin pods love to breach the surface of the water, seemingly for the pure joy of doing flips and rolls for dazzled onlookers.

Summer

Summer is an excellent time for a San Diego whale watching tour. The peak season for blue whales, the largest creatures to have ever lived, is in June, so most times from May until August are good for blue whale sightings. Fin whales, the second largest species of whale, as well as minke whales are also most abundant during summer months. While you may have seen these species on nature documentaries, they have to be seen to be experienced properly. In person, you will be awed by their sheer size and power.

Fall

Humpback whales and rare species dominate fall months in San Diego. Though killer whales travel widely, their migrations take them through San Diego in late fall. Of course, there is plenty of other wildlife in the bay during fall, from seals to seabirds, and some tours have even spotted sharks swimming alongside whale watching vessels.

Winter

The gray whale, a species named for its coloration, is at its peak season in winter. Gray whales love to spout pillars of water into the air, and are highly social animals that often travel together with other cetaceans. February is known as one of the best months for a whale watching tour, as this is when an extremely high volume of gray whales pass through San Diego each year.

Spring

April is generally recognized as the last month for gray whale sightings. While various species can be spotted in early spring, the first blue whale sightings normally begin around May. Dolphin activity tends to ramp up in spring, resulting in awesome photos of playful pods and megapods.

If you are planning a trip to the San Diego area, you can find marine wildlife worth visiting throughout the year. Whether you’re booking a family whale watching tour, or you want to have your wedding reception on a boat San Diego waters have something for you.

Remember that, while no tour at any time of the year can guarantee that you will spot a specific type of whale, you are almost certain to see something interesting or learn something you didn’t know before when you book with a good company.

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