I kicked off the 2017 traveling adventures with a road trip through the south island of New Zealand. I’m working on a post filled with recommendations and activity specific videos like bungee jumping and paragliding, but here’s a recap video to get things started.
I’m focusing heavily on videos in 2017. I’m going to continue using drones, but I’ll also be spending a lot of time creating 360 content. Currently, the available 360 cameras aren’t to the quality I’d like to see, but that’s changing very quickly. I’ll be picking up a new 360 camera at the end of March when it comes out and I’m very excited about it. Until then, I’ll be creating shorter 360 clips around Austin and a few places I’m traveling to. First up, two minutes around Austin, Texas.
2016 was a pretty great year for traveling, but I’m looking to beat it in 2017 with a goal of hitting 12 countries. I’ll be bringing all the toys, including drones and 360 cameras so expect to see a lot of footage in the very near future. I’m going to start making recap videos each year so I’m beginning with 2016. Follow me on YouTube and Instagram to keep up to date with all my 2017 travels.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been focusing on meditation. I’ve tried it in the past but after a couple days, I usually stopped because my mind would wander too much. I know this is pretty normal, but I didn’t have the patience.
After a sudden burst of motivation from one of my yoga instructors, I decided to commit once again. This time, I started by using my VR headset and a couple 360 videos I recently created.
I know this goes against most traditional meditation, but these videos really helped me slow the mind down. The first one is a six minute video of waves crashing on the shore in Malibu. I put on the VR headset, turn on the video and relax. The quality is decent, but I’m really excited for a couple new 360 cameras to come out this year. When that happens, these 360 experiences will be unbelievable. If you don’t have a VR headset you can pick one up for pretty cheap now.
Dierks Bentley released a new music video for his popular song Black. After watching it, I couldn’t help but reminisce. Many of the locations shot in his music video are near Vik, Iceland, including the downed DC-3 plane. If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, I highly recommend stopping by the wreckage site. It was one of my favorite locations and look forward to a return visit. I talk more about this experience on my road trip through Iceland post. Video and pictures of the wreckage site below.
I’m all about experiences so I had to pick up a 360 camera. The technology is improving quickly and you’ll soon start to see many of these videos pop up. I’ll be sharing more videos like this through the ulio&jack brand on Facebook and YouTube. Since this is the first one, feel free to send me any feedback.
Here’s a short video of my quick adventure to Kauai. My best advice for this trip is to rent a 4×4 vehicle and plan on spending the majority of your time exploring the entire island. It’s not very big so you’ll be able to do it in a couple days. We just asked people where to go, but if you’re planning a trip you may want to have a few destinations lined up before you arrive. Pick up The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook for location and activity advice.
I highly recommend the Hanakapiai Trail that leads to a waterfall you can swim under. The water is really cold, but it’s completely worth it after you hike two miles. If you’re certified, you also have to get in a few dives. Other than that, it’s worth mentioning that Kauai pretty much shuts down after 8:00 PM. If you’re looking for a nightlife scene, this isn’t the place for it.
Also, the main image and video clips including the lighthouse are in Honolulu. I spent two days there on the way back from Kauai and discovered Makapuu Point. I happened to get there right at sunset and also watched the Supermoon. It’s definitely an experience I’ll never forget!
I spent a few hours at BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas over the weekend to celebrate a friend’s birthday and last weekend in Austin. The 90 mile trip from Austin was well worth the drive and I’d recommend visiting BSR Cable Park at least once. Experience below.