Lonely Planet Writer

Pathfinders: video of the month, July 2018

Green rice terraces, with Fansipan Mountain in the background © Ratnakorn Piyasirisorost / Getty Images. Green rice terraces, with Fansipan Mountain in the background © Ratnakorn Piyasirisorost / Getty Images.

Every month, we curate the best blog posts, videos and Instagrams from our Lonely Planet Pathfinders. This month we’ve got a double instalment of their best videos, as we feature our top picks from June and July.

First up is Daniel Clarke of Dan Flying Solo, who takes us on a trip to Mauritius.

Mauritius surprised me in so many ways; the island has so much more than just beautiful beaches to offer. From lush hiking routes that lead to hidden waterfalls, to fascinating tea plantations and fun rum distilleries, Mauritius blew me away!’

So many reasons to visit Mauritius - Dan Flying Solo

Why we like it: It’s great to see a destination challenging perspectives and Dan’s action-packed video certainly shows viewers just how much there is to do and see in Mauritius beyond the beaches. Dan has creatively pieced together a wide variety of footage in this montage (we can only imagine the reels of footage he returned home with!) creating one fast-paced, exciting look at this inviting island.

Next up is Mark Hadj Hamou with a cinematic montage of Vietnam.

It’s about the journey, not the destination – a saying that has never rung truer for me than when I was travelling through Vietnam. My trusty road warrior Charlie and I embarked on a 5500km drive through the country, covering its lush countryside, iconic sights and lively cities. We had the ride of a lifetime.

The great ride, Vietnam - Mark Hadj Hamou

Why we like it: From big landscapes and sweeping drone footage to a timelapse of the bustling cityscape, this video paints a vivid picture of Vietnam. Mark has also found some exciting creative ways to transition from segment to segment, such as the animated Vietnamese dong note coming alive (at 01:36) which helps guide the viewer through each part of his trip.

Keep your eyes peeled on our Thorn Tree forum where we’ll post the next submission call-out. Find out what else our Lonely Planet Pathfinders are up to by checking out the Pathfinders video playlist and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.