Monday, February 22, 2016

My Cancun as an Airtransat Expert Expat - Video

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Living in Cancun for the last twelve years I like to think I've learned a thing or two about the destination. I have explored and had adventures all up and down the coast and if you know me at all, you know I love to shout from the rooftops my love for Mexico and in particular the Riviera Maya. My digital proclamations of love attracted the attention of the fine folks at Air Transat and I was delighted when they invited me to shoot a video and write a few blogs as part of their "Expert Expat" series.

The production team from my hometown in Toronto contacted me and we began the plan of attack. I had a lot of ideas to share (I mean A LOT), so narrowing down the shooting schedule was all about finding the perfect locations to show off the things I love about the region; culture, history, nature and adventure. The guys from Notch Video and Cycle Productions were open to all my suggestions and I knew from the first emails that we were going to have a blast together.

My Canadian brethren arrived from the great white north and we started things off with an interview at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun. Oh those guys were sly, I didn't even realize the camera was rolling when they started asking questions, perfect way to ensure I wasn't nervous! They probably wondered if I would ever shut up, get me talking about my favourite topic and it's hard to stop me. We wrapped up the formal interview and were ready for adventure in the jungle.

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Obvio I was going to take them ziplining and Selvatica set the scene perfectly with their patient and knowledgeable guides helping us get some rocking footage. It was no easy task getting the big cameras rigged up to the zips but oh so worth it in the end. I hope the guys from the production team had as much fun as Max and I did! We finished the day in time to make a sunset stop in Puerto Morelos, taking advantage of the lovely light and the crowds on the pier, even borrowing a fishing rod for Max to show off his casting skills.

Day two started off early in the markets of Cancun before hitting the road to Xcaret. It was the ideal shooting location, truly a great representation of all the qualities of Mexico that I adore. Our trusty guide Leo went above and beyond to capture just what we needed and the day was a success.

The experience overall was amazing, Max learned tonnes about video production and technology and I had a great time playing tour guide for the cameras. And now I present to you the final product, a beautiful representation of why I love Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

My gratitude to all who made this possible, having these shared moments with Max captured for posterity is a gift I will never forget.


Unknown said...

Excellent, congrats. We have been in San Miguel de Allende for three months. We leave for BC on Monday. We can not believe how much we love it here. iT feels like home. We want to return in the fall winter season to see more of Mexico. The video supports that there is a wonderland of places to expeirence.

Ronny said...

Great video Kelly, you were fantastic plus you showed us just how wonderful Cancun and the Riviera Maya can be.

CancunCanuck said...

Thanks Shelagh! San Miguel is on my list to visit, I wish you all the best in your journeys!

Thank you Ronny, I am so pleased with the results, they did a wonderful job piecing all my crazy thoughts together. :D

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