Mark Shea shares 4 nuggets of wisdom he has gleaned from making hundreds of travel videos.

MARK KNOWS what he is talking about. With almost 20,000 Youtube subscribers watching his vids produced from around the world he is a one man travel video machine.

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His content consistently flows from his Overlander Youtube channel and rare is the month that doesn’t see at least a half dozen new vids. And don’t think that Mark substitutes quality for quantity. A major part of Overlander’s appeal, dashing good looks aside, is the importance placed on relating to locals.

Mark allows the voices of locals do the talking. He understands that nobody can do a place justice better than the people who populate it. It is these insights and more that reveal Mark to be a trustworthy and thoughtful video guide.

In this vid Mark outlines what he feels are four important rules to making travel videos.

BE YOURSELF
“Don’t try to be some chirpy ridiculous dickhead you see on a lot of these travel shows. If you are a miserable old bastard, be a miserable old bastard”

BE A STORYTELLER

“Tell a story. A good test to see if you’ve got that skill, is to sit down with some 4 year old’s and see if you can hold their attention for five minutes.”

YOUR OPINION MEANS SHIT

“Your opinion is being made up by your culture, your upbringing, your religious beliefs… and if your going to make decent travel videos you have to put all that out of your mind.”

DON’T TRY TO TELL THE STORY ALONE

“Interview local people. How do you find good local people? If you are meeting people, do you find them interesting, are they a good conversationalist, are they funny?”

Watch the full video to see Mark to elaborate on these points while enjoying a bowl of fish porridge.

Video created by Overlander