Expedia along with National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) launched a campaign last year titled, “Find Yours”.
The campaign involved filmmakers creating short films around the title “Find Your ____”. Filmmakers would fill in the blank and create a short piece of art designed around their idea.
You can check out one of the videos below, it’s pretty awesome : )
This year Expedia and NFFTY are continuing with the idea and are having a contest for travel bloggers. If you’re a travel blogger, check out the contest here and consider entering. To enter, travel bloggers must write a post on their blog about Finding Their _____.
Expedia and NFFTY list 5 different locations for bloggers to choose from and write a post based on their idea. The winner will have an all expenses paid trip for up to 4nights with a NFFTY representative and a filmmaker to create a 2-3 minute video based on the post and chosen location!
So without further ado…
Find Your Beginning
We live in time where we all can be both interconnected with everybody yet disconnected at the same time.
What are social gatherings now, but places to pull out our cool new phones, talk about apps and tweet/txt others.
I’m not saying things are always like this, but it’s pretty scary seeing the frequency that this happens!
I’m still holding out strong with my old not-smart phone without internet or the ability to use wifi. Crazy right!?
I was at a travel blogger conference (TBEX) in Toronto a few weeks ago and had people literally get mad at me for not being savvy when it came to that. (It does make sense, I’m a blogger and being social online is key)
It’s just not me. If you keep up with my blog, tweets or fb posts you’ll see that I’m all for getting outside and breaking away from this. (ironic)
That’s why when I saw this contest I had to jump at the opportunity to Find My Beginning and help others find theirs.
Where else to get better connected with the beauty of this planet away from distractions than Australia’s Outback!?
I can see this adventurous video being played out now too…
An introduction briefly transitions from sight to sight, from the opera house to some native animals, The Great Barrier Reef, maybe Uluru jutting out of the land.
The video transitions focus from sands passing through a pair of hands to Ayers Rock or “Uluru” in the background.
A brief narrative begins covering the topic of Australia’s Outback moving to a brief description of Uluru and the local aboriginals. Then moves onto the beauty of Kata Tjuta also know as “The Olgas”. The lesser know Olgas are a combination of 36 rounded domes forming an incredible landscape that has taken hundreds of millions of years to create!
Being an adventure traveler, video transitions of hiking and running along with the beauty of the land play on. I love interacting with people (in the real world) so perhaps some friendly exchanges with other travelers or locals are shown in the video too. It’s pretty incredible what you can see and find when you’re not glued to a phone ; ).
The narrative continues covering King’s Canyon and talking about getting back to our natural curiosity of the land and our planet in general. Video clips pan and show off King’s Canyon, the gorges and of course it’s very own Garden of Eden.
To try to get back in touch with nature and find our beginning we camp out in The Outback.
What trip is complete without me sleeping out underneath the stars and taking some photographs to share with people? The low light pollution gives way to hundreds of thousand of stars in the night sky. Maybe a cool time-lapse would show this off!? eh?
The time-lapse would probably be the closing shot before the closing credits with Find Your Beginning.
I travel to connect with this incredible planet itself and to connect with and see the positive in people.
My trip to Australia’s Outback would be just that. To find not only my beginning, but our beginning with this planet and each other.
On a side note, if anybody is thinking of going to Australia, definitely do some more research. My “video” is just what I would do for a few days if I had the chance. If I had longer amount of time I could probably spend a year or more doing some exploration.
With a history of working with and breeding reptiles as well as close to a decade in taking care of and propagating corals and marine life, Australia is like a wonderland! From snorkeling and diving around the great barrier reef to searching for bearded and frilled dragons in the desert I could get lost in that place.
The massive expanse of land and climates gives adventurers practically every type of environment to explore!
I’m sure you can’t tell that I’m excited about going there someday ; )
Well wish me luck in this competition and if you do decide to visit Australia, please don’t tell me as I’ll probably have to strangle you for beating me to it ; )