The Kiwi vlogging North Korea: Vlogger turns YouTube success into overseas adventure mission
A young Kiwi armed with nothing more than a camera, charisma and commitment is living his dream - and YouTube is paying for it.
Nick Fisher, a 26-year-old ex-horticultural apprentice from Wanaka, is travelling the world and vlogging his adventures on his YouTube channel Indigo Traveller.
The success of his unsanitised 230-plus videos to-date has attracted more than 120,000 followers and enabled Fisher to travel to 55 countries as a fulltime job.
Fisher's last trip was through North Korea, which had gleaned the biggest hits. "That was pretty incredible. It was pretty untouched. It was like going back in time. It's like another planet."
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He's also travelled to Chernobyl. But Fisher is not simply travelling for fun - he has a purpose.
"You can make huge differences in this world if you use the power of social media for good. There are people who have raised $2 million overnight to give to people starving in Somalia. You can make an uplifting film and without sounding cheesy, spread positivity."
The desire to break barriers and debunk stereotypes takes Fisher to places many do not visit.
"I had always been one for off-the-beaten-path and that is the direction my YouTube channel has taken. I kind of got a reputation for going places that aren't well known and considered dangerous by the media.
"I try to find somewhere I don't know much about but is interesting and under-rated as a tourism destination. Possibly, if it has a bad rep with the media, is always a good place to pick because often you will find these places are quite safe. You aren't going to go directly into a war zone - it doesn't mean the rest of the country doesn't have lots to offer. That is what I try to bring to light and show people that people from all different backgrounds - everyone is the same basically."
While Fisher has been to places many might consider dangerous - he has never been in danger - from humans.
"I haven't been any places where I have felt in serious danger ... The most scary thing I have come across on my travels are stray dogs. I am really scared of stray dogs. I got bitten by one in Romania. Since then i freak out every time I see a dog."
The rapid success of his vlogging had been a shock but from the start, Fisher never thought he would fail.
"I started thinking about, 'how I can combine the work and travel thing?'. I like watching YouTube videos and thought I would give it a go. I started in 2016. When I started it I committed to it and didn't really think of it not working."
He earns a "passive income" through his YouTube vlogs through YouTube advertisements, sponsorship, crowd-funding and referrals.
"The key with YouTube is to just be consistent and do something that offers the viewers something and do something different. If you follow those keys, and keep doing it consistently."
Fisher, who is based in Hungary, has started planning his next project - an insight into the Rohingya refugee crisis.
"I'm trying to spread awareness. I like to call it the new media ... I'm one guy with a camera ... I think there is less filtration and I think when you are going to places in need or have a sketchy reputation, you are seeing the raw and the real."
Nick's top three tips for starting a travel vlog:
* Just start, pick up any camera and tell a story. Offer the viewer something valuable.
* Don't listen to anyone that doubts you. Do what you want to do.
* Keep pushing, if you never give up, you can never fail.