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When choosing a travel destination, it’s important to do your research. Most of us explore travel choices by reading stories, blog posts, and reviews by other travelers.

Then again, a picture is worth a thousand words, and so maybe it’s best to view an online photo album in order to get a sense of the place where you want to go.

But what if you could watch a video of your prospective destination? Wouldn’t that be the best way to get an accurate idea of what the destination actually has to offer?

Share Travel Videos

A while back we profiled 5 sites to watch free online travel videos. Now there’s a new kid on the block – Triporia.com, enabling travelers everywhere to watch video of destinations before they book their tickets.

Triporia is a new site, but already there are nearly 500 videos from nearly as many destinations. The offer an advantage over sites like Youtube that are often cluttered with poor quality clips that make it difficult to find the gems.

Triporia‘s intuitive site navigation makes searching a breeze. You can enter a place-name in a handy search bar, or use the interactive map feature to explore the possibilities.

Or, even better, you can just browse through videos at random until you find a place that catches your eye. Who knows – you may just fall in love with a place that you had never even heard of before.

Thinking of a trip to Switzerland? Watch before you go!

How about a country lodge in Scotland? The Glenmore lodge has videos of all the outdoor sports on offer at their property. The kayaking looks awesome!

After signing-up, you’ll be able to upload your travel videos for other users to see.

Find a special Bed and Breakfast whose owners deserve a little publicity? Shoot a quick video with your digital camera, post it on Triporia and spread the word to a global community of travelers.

A Handy Tool

Those who anticipate their adventure often enjoy the best trips. Triporia is a fantastic tool for trip-planners everywhere, and it has the potential to grow into a truly dynamic community of travelers.

BNT contributing editor Tim Patterson travels with a sleeping bag and pup tent strapped to the back of his folding bicycle. His articles and travel guides have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Get Lost Magazine, Tales Of Asia and Traverse Magazine. Check out his Matador profile.