How to earn money with commercial travel videos:

“When I first saw this, I didn't think it was for me, but now I see it’s so fun” – Diana Ruddick


“It is surprisingly easy to do with a camera or iPhone. I’m doing a lot of videography now when I travel!” – Melanie Wood


“You said this was your favorite get-paid-to-travel opportunity and I see why.” – Elizabeth Coughlan





Life on the open road


I recently landed a job with three tour companies to explore the National Parks of the United States and capture footage in short travel videos. Knowing the road would become my home for the next three months, I bought an inexpensive RV (to save on accommodation costs) and set out on my journey driving south from Calgary into Montana. 


As a travel videographer, "work" can involve a trip on the open roadI love the big sky country of Montana—the snow-capped mountains, clear streams, and the abundance of wildlife. But most of all I love the open road, setting my car to cruise control and drifting down the highway to my first destination with hardly a car or human in sight. 


Before sunset, I like to find a beautiful spot to camp and make sure I’m prepared for the next day—meaning I’ve charged the batteries for the drone, my electronically stabilized steadycam, and the DSLR camera. I also make sure that all my SD cards are empty and ready to go. 


I check out the weather for the next day and plan my itinerary. If the next day looks to be very sunny—turning to cloudy the following few days—then I try to film as many of the highlights in a National Park as possible by driving from location to location, shooting most of the scenery and panoramas in beautiful sunlight, which is, of course, what tourists like to see. If, on the other hand, it’s cloudy then I usually chose a scenic and interesting hike, since hiking under clouds still looks great on video. 


Glacier National Park was my first destination, and, as it turned out, it was going to be sunny and beautiful. The scenery was absolutely stunning with snow-covered mountains and glaciers, pine-forested valleys, and rocky streams ending up emerald green lakes. I saw moose, elk, and marmots along the roads and short hiking trails by the edge of the lakes. 


Travel videographer Tom Zeissmann gets paid to take awesome trips while shooting short travel videos


Creating short travel videos is one of the best jobs on the planet...


In the evening, I relaxed at my campsite with a view of the river and a glass of wine, reviewing my shots and planning for the day ahead. Some nights, I would even start a fire and roast marshmallows while a bluetooth speaker played my favorite songs. 


After several days exploring Glacier National Park, I headed south toward Yellowstone to explore the marvelous geysers, colorful canyons, and abundant wildlife both on foot and by car. The colors of the geysers were simply stunning as were the moose, bison, wolves, grizzlies, and black bears. 


The days were long and filled with so many impressions and visuals that it was hard to keep track of how much footage I shot. I ended up with over two hours of footage from Yellowstone National Park alone and another hour from the adjoining Grand Teton National Park. On days with less desirable weather, I would go hiking or explore the visitor center, local museums, or galleries. The Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming is well worth a visit—as is the Wildlife Art Museum on the way to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 


I enjoyed cloudy and rainy days as much as sunny days, since they gave me some downtime to catch up with chores like copying my footage from my SD cards to a hard-drive and then creating a safety copy—just in case the hard-drive broke or got lost. 


Once in a major city like Helena, I usually indulged in going to a movie, eating out, and shopping. 


I love road-tripping with a purpose and getting paid to do what I love–exploring nature, wildlife, culture, and going hiking. It’s an amazing lifestyle, and, after three months on the road, I equally look forward to being home again and following a routine while editing my material.





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Tourism is an intangible product and cannot be tested before making a booking but a video can relay the feeling of being on vacation. Google, social media sites and mobile devices also raise the importance of video for tourism companies because it affects their Google ranking and allows them to engage their audience on social media sites and on mobile devices. Video production for tourism companies is therefore an expanding area and I am encouraging more people to become travel videographers.

Please have a read through this website carefully and if you think that you have what it takes and you would enjoy this life-style or even just earning a bit of money on the side then you can complete this course and get started. Once you have a couple of good sample videos you can begin pursuing paid jobs. Very simple video cameras are available from $500 and you could even use your Smarthphone or Tablet to begin with. You can also use your DSRL or micro four thirds camera for filming if you already have one. You can watch a tutorial on how to decide which video camera to buy on this page.


If you have any questions please do contact me via email or join me on Facebook.


Why video is so effective for tourism products:


Video is particularly beneficial to travel companies not only because of the intangible nature of tourism but also because over half of all travel arrangements are done via the Internet and evidently 3 out of 4 Internet users will watch videos online, with 60% of people making a purchasing decision after watching a promotional travel video.


The video revolution in travel is well under way and you can benefit by by receiving free vacations or getting paid to go on tours. You can find statistics on the use of video by online companies here and read articles on the video revolution in travel in The Age as well as statistics on the strength of mobile devices in pushing video marketing.


I had a dream of going on wildlife safaris in Africa and climb Kilimanjaro, but as you may know it’s not exactly cheap to do. I didn’t have a great camera, nor a formal education in videography, I simply had a laptop with editing software; a handy-cam and a couple of sample videos as well as a passion for travel. So I created a  number of videos in exchange for free tours, made a few phone calls to companies that operated these tours, mapped out an itinerary and ended up getting paid to go on tailor-made luxury safaris, to climb Kilimanjaro and the Atlas Mountain, to do a self-drive in South Africa and much more. And all while doing what I love, which is to capture the experience on camera. I have been shooting promotional videos ever since and decided to never go back to a 9-5 job and sit in an office all day.
Travel Sensations for video production in Germany:


Having been asked about how I got started and how I get my jobs so many times during my trips, I decided I wanted to help other people to live the same free-spirited, free-lance lifestyle, while combining their passions for travel and film. I’ve been helping people to get started for over 4 years now and the concept obviously works, but don’t take my word for it, have a look at the testimonials on the right and watch a couple of the videos these guys have made below.


I do have a formal background in tourism and that allows me to understand the industry and tourism marketing, which means I know how to convince companies to spend money on videos, because I know why it sells more of their holidays.


I will share my knowledge of the industry with you so you can get started getting paid to travel or receiving free vacations. If you think you that this could be a great way to get around then you should get the manual, which is a step-by-step guide to getting started; understanding tourism marketing; and most of all how to get jobs in the tourism industry. Anyone can do it, you just have to know how to sell the idea and how to polish your skills.


Obviously not everyone will want to quit their day job and do this full-time (although you may want to once you start, trust me you start wondering why you spent so much time locked up in an office, it happened to me after doing just 3 sample videos) and you don’t have to, you can do this part-time or even just to get the next vacation/holiday paid for. How far you go down that road is totally up to you. I will give you a road map but you decide where you wanna go from here.


If you’re not too sure about it all I am more than happy to answer your questions.


But all of the nitty-gritty details you will only get if you sit down and take the time to complete this 7-part course and try to put it into practice. Even people who already know about videography have found the courses to be extremely valuable, simply because it explains the industry and gives you all of the information you need to convince marketing directors and individual owners to spend money on a video.


Have you ever felt you wanted to know more about that resort or that trip you’re about to book and you talked to a sales person, who obviously wanted you to book the holiday, about whether this is the right thing for you and what you will be doing and how it looks? And then you arrived and you found that they really manipulated those photos to make that power line vanish and make the room look bigger or you were promised a real adventure and ended up being stuck in a bus with a bunch of lager louts and were rushed from place to place? But you have also been on some great trips and been to some beautiful hotels and resorts and you thought it was better than it looked on their website. Then you know that it’s so hard to tell what your vacation will be like based on text and still images alone. Well that’s precisely why companies with a great product will want to utilize video. There are a great number of other benefits to video than that, but that’s the main reason, and if you can get capture the beauty and the magic for them on video, then you’ve just found a way  to get paid to have some great adventures or stay in some amazing places that would be normally way above your budget. You just have to convince people that you can do it and you have to get your skills up to scratch, and I can show you how to do that.


You can order the complete course via Great Escape Publishing here.