What’s going on ladies and gentlemen?
Welcome back to Vagabrothers.
We are in the Shetland Islands,
it’s a beautiful morning here in Scotland.
And…we’ve had a bit of a realization haven’t we?
Well, first and foremost,
we recently crossed a milestone of 500,000 subscribers,
and this video is made in part
to thank you guys all for watching
and helping us grow this audience.
We also realized that we’ve been doing YouTube for 5 years,
and that the first real trip that we made for the channel
was 5 years ago on New Year’s of 2013.
We basically hitchhiked across the north of Scotland
with the main goal of trying to understand what Scotland really means.
We made that first trip to Scotland
because at that time we were trying
to make Vagabrothers a travel television show.
And we felt that making the trip to Scotland,
to make a series of videos would be basically like a pilot.
现在想想 真是疯狂 已经5年了
And it’s just kind of crazy to think about now 5 years later,
we’re back at the same spot,
with a completely different set of circumstances.
The idea of starting a Travel Show has been fulfilled,
but just not on television.
Now we’re making the show that we always dreamed of making,
but we’re making it on YouTube,
and we have you guys to thank for it.
So what we want to do is share 5 quick things that we’re thankful for
and that we’ve learned in the past 5 years on YouTube.
NO.1 It’s allowed us to make
the Travel Show we’ve always dreamed of making.
5 years is a long time,
but it went by in a heartbeat.
So 5 years ago we came to Scotland with the idea
of making a pilot for a television show.
We had a great idea on paper,
but production companies were telling us that we had no chemistry,
and we had to practice making films and practice presenting.
And so that meant we had to make content,
and the only place to put it was YouTube.
So when we started YouTube,
being youtubers was not the goal.
It was basically like having an online resume or CV.
In order to get something you have to have something to show.
这有点儿像电影《梦幻成真》- 如果你去建造 他们自然会来
It’s kind of like the “Field the Dream”- “if you build it, they will come”.
So we decided to leave San Sebastián Spain
where we were teaching English,
and go to Scotland over New Year’s Eve
to film our first travel show.
Here dawn on New Year’s Day in Scotland is dead.
Everyone is at home. There are no buses,
no trains and no cars on the road.
And yet Alex and I have to travel over about one third of Scotland.
So we’re starting off 2013 the right way, by hitchhiking.
And we had to figure out how to get all the way up to the Outer Hebrides,
which is a really remote island in the north of Scotland,
and that’s where our plane back to Spain was leaving from.
That trip laid the foundations for Vagabrothers,
and for what the channel would eventually become.
It’s kind of a life lesson in the sense
that we had this one goal- making a travel show,
and initially we were thinking
that it was gonna be a television show.
But just the way that media has changed over the couple of years.
It’s shown us how YouTube went from
being a means to an ends to being an ends in itself.
5 years ago our number one goal
was to get a television show.
And 5 years later right now,
that would be awesome and we would still love to have a TV show,
but right now we’re making a TV show,
and it’s going directly to you.
There’s no middleman.
It’s us and it’s you, in the comment sections,
on the other side of that screen.
And that is an incredible feeling.
So we want to thank you,
from the deepest parts of our soul.
Thank you so much for subscribing to our channel,
and helping us follow our dreams.
NO.2 Vagabrothers has allowed us
to share stories from around the world.
Since that first trip to Scotland,
this YouTube channel has allowed us to travel
to over 40 countries around the world.
If you think about what the world is,
you think about what culture is,
you think about what existence is,
我想 是经历 是故事
it’s experience and story.
I think every time we embark on a new trip,
it’s really humbling to think that
our viewers will count
on us to share a story from a culture.
We as human beings are intrinsically storytellers.
Everybody’s a storyteller.
And, for us to be able to go
to different parts of the world,
and to hear other people’s stories
and allow them to tell their stories,
and then to be able to share that with you,
it’s just a really incredible thing.
Before founding this channel with my brother,
I was working in journalism, and I really saw
the limitations of just pure facts and strict news.
I think that the way the two of us have been able to collaborate,
to tell story in an engaging and entertaining way,
has really been fun.
And I’m glad you guys enjoy the content that we’re putting out there.
It’s always been such a blessing,
having my brother with me, being able to collaborate together,
even though we have a ton of arguments,
even though sometimes our creative directions are going in different ways.
We’ve always managed to find a middle ground,
and to plot a course together.
You know we always wanted to make a travel show,
and five years later here we are,
with the Travel Show on YouTube
with five hundred thousand Vagabuddies out there.
And it’s…it’s pretty mind-boggling.
NO. 3 the opportunity to learn.
Travel is always an opportunity to learn,
because you get to experience cultures firsthand.
To be completely honest when I was in high school,
I didn’t want to go to school.
That doesn’t mean that I’m not passionate about learning.
And one of the best things that this channel has given us,
is the chance to continue to learn,
and to learn about what we want to learn about,
and to share the knowledge that we get through our trips
and through our experiences with each and everyone of you out there.
Starting a YouTube channel is also a huge opportunity to learn,
because you’re essentially being an entrepreneur
and there is no one to look at for reference on how to do it.
Obviously YouTube has now grown,
and there’s a lot of people doing…doing YouTube these days.
但我们开始频道时 真的是提心吊胆 因为没人可以借鉴
But when we first started out it was really scary cause there was no one to look at.
The closest thing that we could see for inspiration
was traditional television shows, or maybe travel writing.
But It’s been a huge learning process to try
to take those forms that have had success on traditional media,
and adapt them to the Internet.
And the farther down the road we’ve gone with YouTube,
the more opportunities we have to learn about camera techniques,
新科技 比如无人机 虚拟现实
about new technology like drones and virtual reality,
all of which combine to allow us
to share stories with a worldwide audience- YOU.
And that’s super important to us,
It’s one of the core pillars of Vagabrothers,
is knowledge and understanding.
Because with knowledge you gain understanding,
and in this crazy world that we live in,
understanding is very important.
NO. 4 We are grateful
for the opportunity to express ourselves creatively.
We’ve grown a lot.
I think since our first trip to Scotland,
We’ve learned a lot about storytelling
and how to express ourselves creatively.
I think that it’s an ongoing process but I’m always humbled
by the opportunity to do this every single time we turn on the camera.
I think as an artist sometimes,
有时 分享自己的工作 很具有挑战性
it’s challenging to…to share your work.
So many artists go throughout their entire life,
never ever showing what they’ve created to anyone.
One of my favorite artists
of all time is Vincent Van Gogh.
And his story is tragic but beautiful.
Because his artwork was kind of shunned
when he was alive nobody really took him seriously.
As we continue to grow, as we continue to get older,
we kind of are learning that,
being artistic doesn’t mean that you have to kind of
pander to a wider audience.
You can…you can do what fulfills you personally,
and there will be people out there
who find a meaning in that.
And that, in itself is a really awesome thing.
There’s many different paths Alex and I could’ve taken in life,
but the chance to express yourselves creatively
is not something I take lightly.
I’m really excited every single time,
we’re able to start a new project.
Whether it be telling the history of the Shetland Islands,
making a skit, making a short film like East of Eden,
or any other form of creativity
that we might take in the next few years.
I’m really hoping that in the immediate future,
we’re gonna make more short films, more documentaries,
and really try to expand the breadth of our creative storytelling.
We’re also thinking about making a book.
so if you’d be interested in that,
let us know what you’d like to see in the book,
because we’re putting together a book proposal right now.
NO.5 Making an impact.
It’s crazy to think
that there’s five hundred thousand plus people watching from around the world.
That every one of you,
watching from your cell phone,
or computer adds up to half a million people.
I don’t think we ever got into this
with the goal of becoming “influencers”.
But we definitely had the goal of making an impact.
Since its foundation five years ago Vagabrothers
as a channel has not just been about us.
It’s been about the places we go, the people we meet,
the stories that they have to tell us.
And to tell you.
5 years later, with one of these external milestones,
reaching a half a million subscribers,
it just means, to us it really feels like
the message is being spread.
It feels like people are engaging with this idea,
that we…that we try to promote on our channel,
which is every culture is unique, every culture is valuable,
everyone has a story to tell.
And if my brother and I can go out there
and help other people tell their story,
那么 对我们来说 那就是最幸福的事了
Then that is the most gratifying thing for us.
我们生活的世界 这个2018年 感觉很疯狂
So the world that we live in in 2018, feels crazy,
and if you watch the news,
it only feels like it’s getting more and more out of control,
and that this us first them mentality
is taking over, but it’s not.
We are a global community.
The world is a mosaic of cultures.
And every little individual tile is unique,
but as a whole it makes a beautiful picture.
The idea that the videos
that we’re making are having a positive impact
on people around the world from many different countries
is super humbling.
It’s so cool to put on a video
about a country such as India or anywhere else
and seeing locals commenting giving travel tips,
and cultural insights to other foreigners who might visit.
That has really been the goal, is essentially to establish a forum
and a way to allow people from different countries,
to interact and engage with each other.
The fact that we can do that is probably the thing
that makes me the most grateful of all.
And that’s what we really want to try to continue,
to reinforce on this channel,
is that cultural diversity is a good thing.
不同的语言 不同的信念 可以共存
Different languages and different beliefs can coexist.
We kind of feel like it’s our personal mission now,
to go out there and to spread that,
and to continue to tell stories,
and to continue to experience new cultures,
and to continue to share those experiences with you.
I don’t know what else to say other than thank you.
Thank you for helping us achieve this milestone.
Thank you for being a part of the community,
being part of the travel tribe, being a vagabuddy.
And thank you for continuing to allow us
to tell stories from around the world because 2018 we’re coming at you.
We have a bunch of great ideas
and a bunch of big journeys that we want to try to accomplish,
and we couldn’t do it without you.
Alright, everyone. Thank you for watching.
This was a cool opportunity for us to share
some of the reflections we’ve had,
after crossing this milestone and taking some time out here,
back where it all started, to think
about what Vagabrothers has become over the last five years.
Yeah man, it’s crazy.
Also a lot of you’ve been asking about the t-shirts,
we just want to remind you
that we’ve recently relaunched our merch store.
We got four new designs out there.
We got the nomadic by nature,
the traveller the travel tribe and the stay curious keep exploring.
Each one of those shirts kind of conveys the message
that we’re trying to promote here on the channel,
and each purchase helps us go to
a new bucket-list country and make a new series.
So you can find these shirts at represent.com/vagabrothers.
There’s also a card right here you can click,
and there’s a link in the info box as well.
我们希望看到大家的留言 男男女女 所有的哇嘎朋友们
So we’d love to hear from you guys and girls out there, all you vagabuddies.
Please share your comments down there in the comments section.
We’ll be answering them. We want to hear from you.
We want to hear what else you want from us in 2018,
and where you want us to go.
记住 如果你喜欢这个视频 记得点赞
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同时 记得保持好奇 不断探索
In the meantime stay curious, keep exploring.
And we’ll see you guys on the road.
– 再见！- 再雄起个5年！
– Peace!- Five more years strong!