GoTraveler Gives Members Access To Exceptional Travel Videos…for a fee
By Jill Webb
Want to have the world in the palm of your hand? A subscription to GoTraveler may get you as close as possible to just that.
GoTraveler, a division of Questar Entertainment, is a video distributor that has been creating content for over 30 years. Introduced in 2017, GoTraveler is the digital database of all Questar’s travel footage. From the Amalfi Coast of Italy to the Silk Road in China, GoTraveler has recorded, edited, and broadcasted hundreds of destinations to the world.
With destination footage piling up for decades, the company deciding it was time to take their archives to the web.
“In the past few years, we’ve decided to put that whole collection into the digital streaming space and make it available to the public,” Questar Entertainment President, Jonathan Plowman said. “They can go in there and choose basically any destination anywhere in the world and watch a video about that destination.”
Access to hundreds of hours of professionally produced content comes at a price. To unlock all the site’s videos, you need to pay for a subscription. Pricing options include $7 monthly, $19 quarterly, or $59 annually.
Some membership perks include getting a 50% discount off additional video downloads and having access to the site’s articles, tips, and travel tales.
With new videos added every week, subscribers have a surplus of places to virtually explore.
But why pay for GoTraveler when you could do a quick YouTube search about your next vacation idea?
“What differs between the content that we have and most travel video content that’s out there on the web is that our videos are all professionally produced by professional filmmakers and they’re hosted by travel experts,” Plowman said.
What Bloggers Think
GoNOMAD asked the travel blogger community if they thought a subscription-based service would work.
“Unless you get some well-known people to stop posting on Youtube and posting there, this will never fly. Might get a few people, but not enough to pay creators a fair amount, market the site, and make a profit,” commented Jim Cheney in response to GoNOMAD’s query.
“I think it would have to be done to appeal to those who want travel tips and, most likely, a one-off thing instead of a subscription,” commented Annalyn Belle. “People don’t even want to watch friends travel videos. But, like a video walking them through using a metro or something practical– maybe.”
“The better questions is what will you provide me for $7/month that I can’t find elsewhere? There is some excellent content being offered for free on Youtube,” said blogger Broderick Smylie.
High-Quality Curated Content
Professionalism is valued at GoTraveler, and they insist that’s what sets them apart from the amateurs.
Some of their previous hosts have included Anthony Bourdain, Rudy Maxa, Shari Belafonte and Laura McKenzie. With experts like these narrating the programs, Plowman says GoTraveler’s viewers have more trust in the videos they watch, thus feel more prepared in planning a future vacation.
“People want to have information from a professional whether they’re planning a vacation or looking at what it’s like to take a trip to somewhere,” Plowman said. They don’t want to have it necessarily from the perspective of another amateur like themselves that doesn’t know where the best places to go and what the most interesting things to see are. They prefer to get it from the perspective of a professional that knows how to best do this, and that’s what our videos offer.”
GoTraveler’s team has already put the research into what is the best food, attractions, hotels, and more at every international hotspot they visit– unlike someone on Youtube who may just be walking around Paris with a cellphone camera narrating where the day takes him.
Type in “Paris” onto Youtube’s search engine and you get about 48,000,000 results. Some of the first hits of the music video to “Paris” by the Chainsmokers, a review of “The 15:17 to Paris,” and Beyonce live in concert with Nicki Minaj in Paris from 2014. Not exactly what someone planning a romantic getaway to France needs.
On GoTraveler’s database, all the unrelated clips are weeded out, and high-quality travel content is put at the forefront.
“We’ve curated the content for you so that it’s exactly what you’re looking for if you’re looking for great information on travel destinations,” Plowman said.
For the upcoming year, the company plans to expand its collection even more.
“Currently, there’s hundreds and hundreds of destinations all over the world and we’re adding new content every day,” Plowman said. “By the end of 2018, we expect to have videos covering approximately 2000 different destinations around the world.”
Jill Webb is a journalist who is always seeking out new and exciting places to write about. She is especially interested in telling stories about people from places that are typically ignored by the mainstream media. She is from Port Jefferson, NY.