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Type “travel” into YouTube.com and you get 2.5 million results.

Do the same in Vimeo.com and you get 88,000. From old-school projector-driven slideshows to photo albums to viral videos, we’ve always found a way to document our travel experiences through images. The moments captured in these images are the stories we will be telling our entire lives.

With all the focus we’ve given to photography this week, we wanted to give a much-needed nod to travel videography. Compelling travel films make us dream about the world and inspire us go out and experience it. Here are five of our favourite such films: 

The Longest Way
From 9 November 2007 to 13 November 2008, Christoph Rehage walked 2,887 miles across China, from Beijing to Ürümqi, passing through the Gobi desert. By the end of his journey he had grown a lot of hair and created a video that went viral. The Longest Way makes viewers feel like they’re right there with him, all the way through.  

Fifty People, One Question
Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow? That’s the question asked of 50 people in Brooklyn and then 50 people in London for two beautifully produced films by the social experiment and art project Fifty People, One Question. Responses range from the beach in Kenya to Paris to right here at home. We see the film project as a whole new way to think about travel.

Move, Eat, Learn
Perhaps more so than any other videos on this list, the series of short films Move, Eat, Learn will make anyone want to get up, get out there and experience the world. A project commissioned by STA Travel Australia, each lively film uses colourfully bright, crisp images and a sparkling soundtrack to illuminate one theme in 11 different countries.

Green Tunnel
While many travel films sew together a collage of many places in a short amount of time, Green Tunnel takes audiences deep into one mountain range – albeit along a 2,200-mile trail. Filmmaker Kevin Gallagher created a stop-motion film of the Appalachian Trail, allowing viewers to visually embark on his six-month trek in five short minutes. For anyone who’s dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail, this film is sure to provide added motivation.

Splitscreen: A Love Story
Splitscreen: A Love Story
is one of the most creative travel films we’ve seen. Not explicitly about travel, the film is a tale of two cities and one love. The filmmaker, JW Griffiths, used a Nokia N8 mobile phone to shoot a day in New York City and a day in Paris, as lived by two different people at the same time.

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