Peter Bragiel

Peter Bragiel has had a camera practically attached to him since before Youtube was founded. Since then, his camera has taken him around the world, from Belgium to Tunisia, and beyond. The Travel Video Awards spoke with him about working with brands, getting the shot, and more.

How did you turn travel filmmaking into a career?
After college, I knew I didn’t want a traditional career so I decided to take seasonal jobs, and in turn, I was able to travel for work. I also had an affinity for filming, so I captured as much as I could during this time. Once Youtube came out, I was already filming and editing some comedy music videos and realized that it was a perfect platform for my travel content. Because of the timing, I happened to be one of the first travel Youtubers. I guess, I was happy with what I was creating and continued to do so, and eventually was able to monetize off videos and seek out various opportunities. It kind of snowballed from there.
What unique challenges does travel filmmaking present? 
One thing is that there’s really no downtime. You have to be camera ready to capture anything at any given moment. Another is balancing “getting the shot” versus being respectful of the people, culture, and environment while you are filming.

What is your process for deciding on new series or videos, and their locations?

Ever since I was younger I have dreamt up and thought of unique and outlandish travel ideas. To this day I have a long list of different trips that I would love to embark on and more ideas pop up all the time. It really comes down to timing, budgets, and brand partnerships. If I had unlimited funds, I’d be checking off these trips left to right.

Have you been approached by brands to work on a video or campaign? 
Yes, I’ve worked with brands like Land Rover, Rosetta Stone, Unesco, T-Mobile, American Express, Bota Box, and a few others. Some of these partnerships I have been approached to be a part of and others I have actively approached them.
What is some gear you can’t live without?
The obvious are my camera, computer, cell phone, and a hard drive. Oh, I love bags, so I have my fair share of travel bags from over the years. I can’t travel without my Exofficio underwear. If you’re unfamiliar, check them out. I pack a couple of those quick drying undergarments and I’m off!
You mentioned a video series you were working on in Tunisia. Can you tell us any more about that, and when we should expect it?
Unfortunately, I can’t say much about it. It was a location scout for a project we are currently developing. But hopefully, it is something I will be able to share in the coming months.
What’s the best way to reach you if someone wants to work with you? is the best way to reach me.
What advice would you give to an aspiring travel filmmaker?
Just know that you don’t have to get on a plane or spend a ton of money to be a travel filmmaker. You can start by featuring your hometown, or the city you live in. You can jump on a bus or take a long walk. All are viable forms of transport and you would be surprised at all the stories you can tell. It is also a great way to get comfortable with filmmaking.