Sofia and Nathan from AsWeTravel.com are the 6th Fellow Travel Video Bloggers featured on the site and with just one look at their videos you will know why. Currently traveling through Asia the quality of video that they are able to pump out while on the road is definitely inspiring.

Who: Nathan Schacherer

& Sofia von Porat

What: www.AsWeTravel.com

Twitter: @AsWeTravel

FacebookFacebook.com/AsWeTravel

Youtube: AsWeTravel

Vimeo: AsWeTravel

StumbleUpon: AsWeTravel

You should watch: Lopburi to Sukhothai, Thailand Episode 1 Part 2

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your website and what got you motivated to start traveling? How did you get the travel bug?

We are both really curious people, and have always been fascinated by different cultures and seeing new things – this is something which you get an abundance of while traveling.

Sofia remembers planning her first around the world trip when she was 13 years old, so that urge to explore has always seemed to be there.

2. Why did you decide to incorporate video into your website and blog?

We wanted our readers on AsWeTravel.com to get to know us better, and felt that filming us as we travel around the world would be the best way to show them exactly who we are and give them that chance to really connect with us.

Writing articles, or posting photos really isn’t as personal as what you can share in video format. We also wanted to give ourselves a new challenge, simply to really see if we could do it.

3. Aside from yourself, do you have any favourite people that make travel videos? Anyone that has inspired you or whom you just enjoy good content from?

We got the inspiration from so many different places: other bloggers, watching the travel channel, Ian Wright, and other travel shows like: An Idiot Abroad, Last Stop For Paul and this great Canadian travel show called Departures.

(Editors note: Woot! I love Departures too!)

4. What has been your favourite travel video that you have made to date?

Our favorite episode was sadly the one that we lost when the hard drive was stolen while in Laos. But I think the one we did while in Chiang Mai was really fun to shoot.

5. Did you have any previous film making experience?

NONE – we bought our camera and all the gear only a few weeks before leaving Sweden a few months ago.

6. Do you have any tips for other people who are wanting to start making travel videos?

Start before you actually travel, make sure you practise before you even leave home. We have made so many mistakes which could have been avoided by a bit of prep.

You live and you learn, but knowing your gear before you are out there traveling really would help you get great shots from day1.

7. What equipment do you use? Camera? Editing program? Type of computer?

We use a Canon 550D D-SLR Camera with an 18-55 mm lens, a tripod and boom mic. We plan to upgrade to a new lens and get a more stable shoulder rig soon. We edit with Final Cut Pro, and Color using a Mac Book Pro.

8. Vimeo or Youtube?

Both. Vimeo is more visually appealing, but You Tube has a more active community – so we mainly focus on uploading all videos on youtube.com

9. How do you go about promoting your videos? Do you have any suggestions for other people to promote theirs?

We always show our latest video on the front page of AsWeTravel.com, and a few days later we write a blog post about it. We also share the videos on facebook, and twitter.

10. How long do you suggest a video should be 2min? 10min? A good length to keep people watching but not bore them?

That’s something we haven’t yet figured out, I guess it’s something we’ll start playing around with in the future. Personally I think it’s best to keep it around 10 minutes – but we might try to shorten it down even more sometimes – we like to create some direction within each show.

11. How much advanced planning do you put into your videos?

Planning in advance is difficult when shooting travel videos. We don’t have a film crew yet, who can check out the places before shooting starts, and so usually things don’t always turn out as expected.

Research the places you plan on visiting, and then make it work on the spot. We normally don’t return to the same place twice – although that could be a good thing to do if you have the time.

12. Do you often just shoot everywhere you go with or with out ideas in mind and view the footage later to find out if you have a story to tell or do you always have specific plans and ideas in mind?

We don’t really know the angle of each episode until after we have finished shooting, then we have had a chance to see everything we shot – and turn that into something watch-able – or not.

These days we plan more, and don’t always bring our camera. We used to film every day every where – but realised that wasn’t the best way to keep traveling happy.

Now we don’t film everything all the time, and yes, sometimes you do miss out on certain shots, but you get the time to enjoy your travels and for us that is most important – value yourself over your filming, and then that will come through in your videos.

13. Where do you get the music from that is featured in your videos?

We get our music from sites like www.jamendo.com – which offers music from unsigned artists – we sometimes also record street performers so we can use local music in an episode.

14. You guys have a great “opening sequence” / “pre-roll” did you design it yourself?

Thanks! The opening sequence was something Nathan worked on with a friend in Sweden.

15. You seem to use some pretty nice gear for making your videos. Do you ever worry about having it lost or stolen while traveling?

Our hard drive was stolen a few weeks ago and we lost over 400gig of raw footage – that was a BIG wake up call! We always carry the expensive gear in a camera bag which we always bring as hand luggage.

Our tripods have been cheap so far, and that’s probably the reason why both broke – just bought our third today while in Bangkok.

16. What is the turn around time on your videos? How often after they are shot are you able to get them edited and online?

About 3-4 days if we have time to sit down and work on it, but while you are traveling full-time that really isn’t possible sometimes.

Thanks for the awesome interview Nathan and Sofia! I’m amazed with all the great answers I get every time I do these interviews and am learning a lot myself!!

Stay tuned for more interviews and if you know a Travel Video blogger that we haven’t featured yet please let me know at CailinONeil (at) TravelYourself.ca

~Cailin