ABOUT

Welcome to my collection of travel documentaries from my backpacking adventures around the world!

 

For me, making a film of a trip is the ultimate souvenir   - as I get to relive the adventures I went on.


For you, it’s a chance to escape and come on the journeys with me - experience the highs and the lows, the fun and frustration, the new friends, new places and cultures - and hopefully you’ll be inspired to go on an adventure of your own!

The Travel Bug

I’d done a lot of travelling growing up with my family which instilled in me a passion for exploring the world, but it wasn’t until I went backpacking for the first time in 2006 that I was truly bitten by the travel bug. I went on a 6 month journey through Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and USA.

 

I loved the complete sense of freedom - your only responsibility for the next few days, weeks or months is to have the best time possible! Nothing beats the excitement of going on an adventure in a new place, making friends along the way to share these incredible experiences with.

 

Travel Documentaries

As my career developed as a video editor I began making films of my trips, to capture the experiences and share them to my friends. The key was always to try and make a fun and engaging film, so that someone who wasn’t even on the trip (and in fact doesn’t really give a shit about my holiday) can watch it and enjoy it from start to finish.


I want it so that when people press play on the video, they forget they’re sitting in front of their TV, laptop, iPad, whatever, and feel like they’re on the journey with us. Pure escapism.

HK2NY: Hong Kong To New York

HK2NY: Hong Kong To New York

This is the series that really kicked off my YouTube channel. In 2013 I quit my job and went travelling round the world for 9 months with my best James. Our journey took us through 20 countries in 4 continents and the footage was edited into an 11 episode, TV-style documentary.

 

Inspired by such series as ‘The Long Way Round’ and ‘By Any Means’ the idea was to fully capture the backpacking experience, but instead of having a massive film crew with us, we had just one camera and did it all ourselves.

I wasn’t even sure if anyone would watch it, it’s hard enough getting people to watch one short video never mind 11 full-length episodes!

 

However, I’ve been overwhelmed with its success - I’ve had messages from people all over the world saying how much they enjoyed it, some even binge watching the entire series in one day.

The road goes ever on...

I now work freelance which means I basically live in a cycle of work - travel - work - travel. Continuing to develop my career as a video editor whilst still being able to explore the world.

 

My YouTube channel continues to grow with new films such as ‘Backpackers of the Caribbean', 'A Taste of India' and many more to come, including the finale of 'The Quest for Everest' series and 'First Time In Africa'.


In 2017 I’ll be travelling to New Zealand, Philippines and more - so there’s lots to look forward to!

How I got into video

After studying music at university I did a post-graduate course in 2006-07 in Post-Production: Editing at Bournemouth University, which lead to me working in the media industry in London.

 

I had a few different editing jobs before landing the role of Senior Video Editor at BrightTALK in 2011. I worked there from 2011-2015 creating videos for the world’s top financial companies.

 

In February 2015 I moved to freelance which allowed me to work for a wider variety of clients, gradually working towards bringing my professional videos and my hobby videos (the travel documentaries) closer together. Check out my portfolio here.

Next film:

Off the beaten track adventure trip around Catalonia in Spain.

Next trip:

After Christmas I'm heading back to Vietnam, spending 6 weeks backpacking the length of the country.

WHAT'S NEXT?

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