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I did it! I produced my first travel video! It’s a Guadeloupe travel video so if you’re at all curious about this luscious French island in the Caribbean check it out below. At the very least, you can laugh at my puny efforts – but I tell you, making a travel video for the first time is not the easiest thing I have ever done.
Guadeloupe travel video
What to do in Guadeloupe
Even if it’s not Carnival time in Guadeloupe, there’s plenty to do and see: hiking, gardens, coffee plantations and some good old fashioned sun worshipping. It just might inspire you to make a Guadeloupe travel video of your own.
6 places to visit in Guadeloupe
Visit the Botanical Garden in the village of Deshaies
Take a drink at Guadeloupe’s oldest rum distillery, the Domaine du Marquisat de Sainte-Marie
Attend Carnival in Guadeloupe’s largest city, Pointe-à-Pitre
Visit La Grivelière Coffee Plantation
Hike into the hills on the tiny outlying island of Terre de Bas
Guadeloupe – a Caribbean island shaped like a butterfly
Guadeloupe is made up of two main islands Grande Terre and the more wild Basse Terre. Lovely Guadeloupe is not about big all-insclusives, it’s about French and Creole cuisine, beaches, natural beauty and culture.
But back to my Guadeloupe travel video. Here’s what I learned not to do.
When making a travel video in Guadeloupe (or anywhere else):
1) Do not have any shame. Yes, you may look stupid talking to yourself in front of a camera, but if you get home with no footage, who’s stupid then?
2) When making a travel video do not avoid imposing on strangers. When I told Luka, the guy in the flowered shirt, I was making a Guadeloupe travel video and asked him to dance, it was 8 in the morning. And you know what, he didn’t mind at all. Go figure.
3) When making a travel video do not avoid imposing on people you know. Ken, Melanie, Liz, Alain and Jean-Pierre – I apologize for 1) sticking a camera in your face and 2) sticking a camera in your hands and saying, “Film me!” It’s all part of the Guadeloupe travel video process.
4) When making a travel video do not forget to hold the camera steady. I wish I’d taken more careful shots of background scenery instead of just whipping my camera around haphazardly. Little did I know I’d really need those scenes. I think I need a tripod.
4) When making a travel video do not neglect to get some background noise. I wish I’d just had more bird noises. And frogs. But mostly birds.
5) When making a travel video do not have such a good time you forget to take footage. There are plenty of shots I wish I’d gotten that I just didn’t bother filming … on the other hand, is it such a bad thing to cut loose and just have a good time?
Ah, well. There’s a first for everything. And always a next time.
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