Traveling the world is a bullet on everyone’s bucket list. Many people work hard and earn money only to fulfill their eternal dream to see the whole world before they bid an adieu. This is because traveling is so much fun. But, things instantly change and the fun rises to manifolds when someone else puts their money on the table to fulfill your dream.
Well, this might sound unreal, but it is not a novel thing. We of course are talking about crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding is the tool that has helped many cover the tortuous path that leads them to their dream destination. It has happened in the past and it is happening now.
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We know eating healthy, exercising regularly, and relieving stress is good for us. But did you know travel may be just as beneficial? Traveling is exciting and pushes us outside our comfort zones into new cultures and experiences. It is also said to enhance creativity, relieve stress, and boost mental health.
Now imagine gaining all the many benefits of traveling while also making a positive impact on the world. Could you take your vacations and travel plans and use them to help save the planet? There are plenty of people already using travel as a gateway to helping animals and humans in need.
If you’re interested in making a positive impact on the world while traveling, but you’re not quite sure how to fund your ventures, keep reading. Here’s a few ways people like you are achieving it all and how you can too:
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If you are a traveling enthusiast, which you probably are if you are reading this, and you are looking for out of the box ways to step up your travel video game you are in the right place. In this post, we’re going to look at a bunch of things you can start implementing right now to make your travel videos look simply awesome. It doesn’t require money or investment in extra gear, these are just small things that you can do to make your footage look better.
Here we go.
Plan your travel video
First and foremost you need to have a clear image in your mind about how you would want your final travel video montage to look like. You need to pick a style or a theme and stick with it. That’s going to help you later on when you’re out filming.
This way you’re going to know which scenes would work well in your travel video and which would not, what angles to use, how to move the camera and so on and so forth. Picking a theme is an absolute must, otherwise, your final travel video will look like a bunch of clips put together which don’t seem to have anything in common and simply don’t work well together.
Maybe you are after an upbeat, high-paced video which captures the rush and the vibe of a big city, or maybe you want to create one of those cinematic videos where you have a lot of slow-motion going on and lots of landscape scenes.
You need to think of it as you would tell a story, which leads us to the next tip.
Raising funds for your travel can be a unique experience. Typically, when people contribute to crowdfunding campaigns, they get to experience the final product or service for themselves. In this case, you need to convince people to give donations for your trip.
Here are 5 things you can do if your crowdfunding campaign isn’t working as expected, or you want to re-launch it a second time.
Get Local Media Coverage
Reach out to local media news outlets who cover travel and crowdfunding, and pitch them your story. Ensure that it is relevant to their target audience.
Pitch a story that compels them to be a part of your journey by backing it. For example, on your trip, if you’re visiting a monastery for inner peace, talk about your travel from that perspective.
The key to get their attention is to turn your travel into a cause. Make them see how they get to be a part of something that changes people’s lives.
In recent years, more and more entrepreneurs have turned to alternate funding. One of the biggest methods of alternate funding is crowdfunding — a process that enables people to raise money through the internet, allowing them to reach much larger audiences than ever before. Its success as a funding method is shown in the numbers: in 2014 alone, approximately $16 billion was crowdfunded. Since then, the numbers have only gone up.
Today, crowdfunding is used to support a variety of enterprises, from starting your own business, to new innovations in healthcare. Crowdfunding is also used to raise money for personal endeavors, such as funding a semester at college or supporting a travel experience. For travelers and wanderlusters, this sounds like a dream come true: a bunch of people giving you money to travel the world. Now who wouldn’t want that?
It’s easy to drop everything and choose to crowdfund your next adventure, but not all travel crowdfunding campaigns are successful. Unfortunately, a lot of campaigns end in crushing failure and disappointment, with little to fall back on. It’s important to effectively plan and prepare your crowdfunding campaign, so that it is one that people actually want to support. Here are some tips on how to do just that.