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Couple vlog their adventures

Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 4:42pm

“Travel can give you so many amazing experiences and is a great way to learn about yourself and the world!”

Those were the words of Cork man Edvinas Maciulevicius, who with his wife Louise, headed off to America in search of adventure and meaning early last year.

They’ve since chronicled their journey in a series of vlogs on their YouTube channel, Travelpreneurship, where they share in a very open and honest way the highs and lows of travel.

Ed and Louise’s vlogs outline the steps required to travel successfully while supporting yourself, and highlight the importance of travelling young and the continual pursuit of personal development.

Ed said: “Since starting to travel, I realise that travel, work and personal development are not independent of each other but that each area massively contributes towards developing the other.”

Louise said: “Travel has always been a huge part of my life and has massively shaped me into the person I am today.”

Ed studied multimedia in CIT, but two years in, he decided to pursue a career in film-making. His decision was prompted by a Facebook video he posted that went viral.

It was intended to gauge the response to his idea for a web documentary about the mental health of young Irish people but evolved into a one-hour feature shown on RTÉ. ‘My Other Life’ has since won the 2019 Headline awards for Best One-off Documentary. Ed now runs his own video production company.

His wife Louise Benghazi, a French native with an Arabic background, was working in HR in Ireland when she and Ed met. She has since quit that job to pursue a career in acting and entrepreneurship. After an intense three months of persistent door-knocking, Louise landed a role in an international production filmed in Dublin called ‘Sweetness in the Belly’, and she featured in a Board Bia TV commercial.

Ed had always dealt with his local credit union, Ballincollig Credit Union, and got a loan to buy his first video camera from them. The Cork credit unions then decided to sponsor some of Ed and Louise’s travel videos.

Dominic Casey of Skibbereen and Bandon Credit Union said: “The credit unions got a proposal from Ed, and as he was already well known for the video work he had done in Cork. The credit unions felt it was an opportunity to support a couple of young creators sharing their experiences, tips and advice to other young people from not only Cork but from all over the world who might be interested in following in their footsteps.”

Ed and Louise’s videos are available to watch on their YouTube channel, Travelpreneurship.

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