Hello, travellers! Today we are speaking to the lovely Eva Bosh, traveller and vlogger extraordinaire. Eva gives us an insight into moving abroad to Australia, starting her YouTube blog and provides tips and inspiration for those new to vlogging.
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Read the full interview below!
Penelope: Thanks for giving us the opportunity to interview you today, Eva. As a long-time blogger but terrified-to-start vlogger, I have so many questions to ask you. How did you initially get started in travel blogging and vlogging?
Eva Bosh: Thanks for having me! I first started with my YouTube channel after I decided to ditch my job as an English and German teacher in Croatia and move to Australia. My friends and family wanted to see what I was doing there and I had been a huge YouTube fan before that, so I decided to give it a try. The blog came later, pretty recently actually, but it’s a great addition to the videos because not everything fits in the videos so I can share more experiences this way.
Perfect! So it all started as a way to keep family and friends up-to-date – that’s exactly how I started my first travel blog. What were those first few weeks Down Under like? That’s a huge change!
It was! Croatia is a very different country to Australia. Especially the place where I come from, as it is really small and there I was in this huge city of Sydney starting a new chapter in my life. I loved every second of it, though. Aussies are the nicest people I’ve ever met, everyone is so kind and helpful and I think that the long tradition of immigration to the country made them so open to new people so you never feel like a stranger there. And besides, I came just in time for summer, so everyone at home was pretty jealous of all the photos from the beaches.
Sounds incredible. How did you get yourself set up in Australia? Did you organise accommodation and plan lots before you went? Or were you more spontaneous?
I am a huge control freak, so I had most of it planned. I wish I could be more spontaneous and I’m trying to install it in my current travels, but it’s really hard when your brain just works better if it thinks it has everything under control. But I didn’t have any idea on what I would be doing there. I ended up getting a job within the first few 2 weeks and stayed there for 10 months. That’s when the travel content became the main purpose of my YouTube channel and when I decided I wanted to pursue travelling full time.
I know what you mean – I used to plan everything to the tiniest details and I’ve only recently started to be a little more spontaneous. How did you start to develop your YouTube channel into a full-on travel vlog?
Well, I did travel a bit through Australia and New Zealand so I just decided to film my adventures and see how it would go. I also gave myself a little task to compile a bunch of clips from all those travels to make a short video of my story to inspire others. That’s this one:
The reception has been quite good I have to say, but there is still so much to do and so much space to grow. Making those videos takes a lot of time, but in the end, you have such an amazing product and a memory that’s going to last you a lifetime. Besides, it’s so much easier for people watching to really get the feel of the destination and get inspired to travel there.
That’s the first video I saw of yours! Absolutely love it. What equipment and software do you use for your videos? Did you upgrade or change things over time?
Oh, I’m so glad! For the equipment, I use the Canon EOS 600D camera, which was an upgrade from my iPhone 4 camera. I started editing on a Windows Movie Maker, but soon switched to Adobe Premiere Elements, which is a pretty basic software as well, but I have found some ways of making it work for me. I’ve been planning on switching to something more advanced when it comes to editing, but learning those programs takes so much time and I just haven’t found that time yet. But my current camera and the editing software I swear by for the beginners!
How do you set up your camera? Do you use a tripod or any particular lens?
I use the kit lens when I film in a selfie mode, as that one is wide enough to capture the surroundings as well, and then if I want a more artistic shot with a blurry background I put on a 50mm lens. I use tripod only if I’m sitting down in front of the camera. I usually hold the camera in my hand to film because I’ve found that to be the most convenient when I’m on the move. Oh, and a little piece of advice for those wanting to start vlogging – prepare your shoulders because it’s so tough on them when you have to hold up the camera for so long. Or get a smaller vlogging camera – you’ll thank me later!
Great advice! What other tips would you give to people wanting to venture into travel vlogging?
To think about their audience and what they would like to see and then film that. To prepare heaps of time for editing because filming is the easy part. Making a story out of all the footage and making sure people can relate is the hard (and long) part. Also, it can be quite intimidating walking down the street and talking into your camera because everyone is going to stare at you. My tip is to tell yourself that you will never see these people again anyway, so who cares. That helps me when I feel a bit (too) weird. [laughs]
Great! How long does it usually take for you to film and edit one vlog?
I usually film a whole day of activities and then it’s anywhere from 2-5 hours of editing depending on the day and my inspiration. If I am doing a special project it takes even longer. And then I have to find and edit a thumbnail for my video and upload the vlog. Which also depends on the internet connection available, so the total time from the start of editing to the video being live on YouTube could be 8+ hours.
Wow – a lot longer than a single blog post! What are your favourite topics to vlog about?
Definitely longer than blog posts – haha! So far the vlogs have been showing mostly the touristic offers of the destinations I would visit, but this year I’m trying to go more authentic to show my audience different ways of life around the world and to promote mindfulness for those differences. And that makes me extremely excited!
Sounds amazing – I’m already subscribed so I’ll be watching! Where do you plan on going in 2016?
Thanks so much, it means a lot! I am off to south-east Asia in 5 days, my first stop is Thailand and then I’ll be exploring the region and the neighbouring countries for the next few months. And then I have some European trips booked for the summer. I can’t wait!
Sounds incredible – I haven’t been to Asia yet but it’s on my bucket list! If you could go anywhere, regardless of time and money, where would you go?
I would do a road trip through the USA with my best friends. I haven’t been there yet and it’s my biggest wish to explore it like that. How about you?
So many to choose from! In Europe, I really want to go to Norway but I want to wait until I have more time and money to make the most of it. Otherwise, I’d love to backpack around South America – so many of the countries there have been on my bucket list for ages!
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat to us – I’m sure your tips are going to be so helpful for many new to vlogging!
Oh yes, so many places to visit! My bucket list is also sooo long! Thank you for having me! If there are any more questions on vlogging and YouTube I can be contacted on my social media for answers. I wish everyone happy and safe travels!
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