What do you travel for? These inspiring travel videos will get you to rethink the way you travel, provide new ideas for your next trip, and help you appreciate the beauty of our world.
1. Getting to know locals and celebrating what we have in common
Matt Harding, whom you may know as “the guy dancing in the Visa ad”, is an inspiration to me not because he traveled to so many countries. He’s an inspiration because he’s shared his passion with others and created this incredible video. It’s not about famous landmarks or popular activities – it’s simply about getting to know different people and cultures beyond our own.
If anything, the music accompanying the video is just as significant as the visuals. Composer Gary Schyman adapted the lyrics of the song from “Stream of Life”, a poem from the Gitanjali. The verses are as ethereal as the voice that brings them to life; I sat rapt for a long time after the video had ended, envisioning myself wandering the deserts and cities.
প্রাণ ভুলবো না আর সহজেতে সেই প্রাণে মন উঠবে মেতে মৃত্যু মাঝে ঢাকা আছে যে অন্তহীন প্রাণ বজ্রে তোমার বাজে বাঁশি সেকি সহজ গান সেই সুরেতে জাগবো আমি সেই ঝড় যেন সই আনন্দে চিত্তবীণার তারে সপ্তসিন্ধু দশ দিগন্ত নাচাও যে ঝঙ্কারে বজ্রে তোমার বাজে বাঁশি সেকি সহজ গান সেই সুরেতে জাগবো আমি
Bhulbona ar shohojete Shei praan e mon uthbe mete Mrittu majhe dhaka ache je ontohin praanBojre tomar baje bashi She ki shohoj gaan Shei shurete jagbo amiShei jhor jeno shoi anonde Chittobinar taare Shopto-Shindhu dosh digonto Nachao je jhonkare!
I will not easily forget The life that stirs in my soul Hidden amidst Death That infinite LifeI hear you in the thunder A simple tune A tune to which I will arise And in that storm of happiness As your music plays in your mind The whole wide world Dances to your rhythmI hear you in the thunder A simple tune A tune to which I will arise
2. Escaping society’s constraints to find what makes you feel alive
Revelation is a beautiful poem by Charlotte Davies, brought to life by filmmaker Sébastien Montaz-Rosset.
How many of us are merely accustomed to the life we’re living and not truly enjoying it? I remember a time when I had a clear career path and was almost going to settle down in a seemingly stable relationship. My life was “on track” according to society’s expectations and it felt good. In fact, I was so comfortable that I completely forgot my own dreams. I gave my time and money and energy to building the life I was told was “good”, until it became undeniably clear: I hated wasting time in a 9-to-5 job even though I got a great salary, and short vacations were never going to be enough for me.
Eventually I started rebuilding my life around my passions, and then made the leap to quit my job so I could do the two things I loved – travel and write. I’m still lost in the dark, really, but I’ve been blessed with a few stars to guide my way.
Revelation isn’t just an inspiration to travel. It’s about admitting to yourself what your real passion is, what you really want, especially if it contradicts your life right now. It’s easy if you’re a hedge fund manager and you love it, but scary if you know that deep down inside you want to explore the world (or be a ceramic artist, or whatever is “crazy”). You have to do whatever it takes to be happy, even if it means starting over on a new line.
3. Finding the courage (and opportunities) to try new experiences
When I came across the Weightless video, I was hooked on it for days. Professional paraglider pilot Jean-Baptiste Chandelier makes his stunts look simply effortless, and the seamless combination of flights in various beautiful destinations can certainly stir wanderlust. More importantly, though, it’s a reminder to take the leap when opportunities arise.
I discovered this video during the COVID-19 pandemic, when countries around the world shut down and going overseas for leisure was near-impossible. Now, I still worry I may never get to visit a vast, snowy destination or try paragliding and snowboarding in my lifetime. This world-changing event has taught me never to take travel for granted again.