Heres the Deal
Were living in a crazy time.
We now live in a world where you can have a face to face conversation with someone 9,000 miles away. A world where a device in your pocket can give you directions, translations and even dinner recommendations. You can share your snapshots, book a flight and even run a business from a straw hut at the end of the world. This is a pretty big deal when, not too long ago, most travelers only communication with the outside world was an occasional postcard home.
The rise of the internet and social media have changed so much about the way we travel. We want to document this change. And we want YOU to be a part of it!
Were making a documentary about how technology has revolutionized the way you travel. Websites such as facebook, couchsurfing and twitter have made the world a smaller place for people to connect. iPhones, GPS and netbooks have become essential travel tools in the same way a map or guidebook used to be. While some might say the inability to unplug from the world has some huge drawbacks, it has made it much easier in many ways for you to travel and work abroad.
The plan is for Stephanie and Mike, two well known travel bloggers (combined we have over 10,000 followers), to backpack around South America with a camera and a laptop, to explore the ways travel has changed, and what that means for your next vacation.
When the documentary is finished we will publish it online, free for everyone to see. We envision this as a community project, crowd-funded and with lots of opportunities for audience participation. Documentaries take kind of awhile to put together, so were hoping people will follow along on our awesome website, which well be updating with stories and videos.
Why it Matters
What were creating is a snapshot of a particular moment in time. Technology changes so fast that what is commonplace today may be totally unrecognizable tomorrow. What we hope to capture is a picture of where we are now as travelers as well as an indication of where we are going as technology and social media play an ever more dominant role in our lives.
How is technology affecting the way we spend our leisure time? Are we better able to connect with places and people? Is being able to answer 50 work emails while sitting on the beach drinking a cocktail a good thing, or a very bad thing? What about being able to share your travel photos with your 500 closest friends at the click of a button? The lines between work and play, between individual and community are growing increasingly blurry. These things matter whether you are planning to backpack around the world, volunteer abroad, or just planning a two week vacation.
Then there are the people who are taking full advantage of this internet revolution, in new and inventive ways. We also want to showcase the many ways travel and digital nomadism have become easier as a result of technology, and the fact that no matter how modern the world becomes, some aspects of travel will always stay the same.
Who We Are
We both make a living off of writing, photographing and filming as we travel the world. We think this makes us uniquely suited to tackle this project.
We Need Your Help
Shockingly, or probably not so shockingly, travel bloggers really dont make much money. We would love to finance this documentary entirely on our own, but we just cant.
We will be using our own funds to pay for our everyday travel expenses like room and board. Were both experts at traveling extremely cheaply- staying in hostels, eating street food etc. What we need help paying for the costs of our operation: the costs of flights and technical equipment. To make a documentary you need a lot of things: a solid camera, a Mac book Pro, editing software etc.
To make this project a reality we estimate we need to raise at minimum $6000, but ideally close to $10,000. Even a $10 contribution can help us a lot. We really want to get this documentary made, and the faster we raise the money the faster we can make this a reality.
Whats in it for you
First of all everyone who donates will be able to get a sneak preview of the documentary before its released to the public.
Additionally, weve come up with a variety of fun perks as a way to say thank you for getting involved with our project. These range from a simple thank you on our website t0 personalized postcards and gifts from South America!
We want this to be a community project! (how else you can help)
We need funds of course, but we also need support. Here are three more ways you can help us:
- Share this page with your social network
- Follow along with us on our website, or our facebook page.
- Watch our website for more ways you can contribute- we will be doing some fun crowd sourcing later on!
Want to Learn More??
Please check out our website: Everwhere Connection for everything you could possibly want to know about this project.