Video-sharing platform Vimeo tends to rise above the mass-market clutter of YouTube, showcasing digital short films of the finest quality.
The site regularly names its "staff picks" for the best videos. Sadly, the company's shortlist of 2013's best short films (across all categories) doesn't include any travel videos, according to a spokesperson.
But a look at the staff picks within the travel category specifically this year turns up some delightful finds.
The following dozen best travel short films of 2013 blow out of the water many of the (much more expensively made) promos shot for direct marketing organizations and online travel companies. They're all worth a look. Watch in Fullscreen and high-definition (HD) with sound for the best experience.
A handful of Myanmar
Uploaded a few weeks ago, this is a short visual and musical journey through Burma, focusing on the faces of the locals, from Berta upe Tilmantaitė.
A handful of Myanmar.
Help-Portrait. End of the Earth
A behind the scenes look at a trip to Chukotka, Russia, by Sasha Leahovcenco. It a trip into deep Tundra, where nobody lives except small tribal groups of reindeer herders.
In New England - Fall 2013
It's all about the colorful autumn foliage in this film, shot by Vincent Urban on a Canon 5D Mark II and a Sony FS100.
New York, Squared
It's probably the most filmed city in the world. So New York City poses a challenge to filmmakers looking for a fresh take. This film from Alix A.K.A L'intrépide manages to overcome the odds and come up with something new.
Indovista - one trip. two perspectives
What a lovely color palette for this look at Indonesia from this past summer -- from David Bertschinger Karg.
Travel footage from Christian Grewe that was shot in eight countries, taken during three different backpacker trips, and edited to under 5 minutes. It covers Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
One week in St. Petersburg and Moscow
You may not associate "sunny" with the word "Russia." But after watching this film, you just might.
This is Africa
It's a bold title for this short film, given all of the amazing documentaries about the enormous and hugely varied continent that have already been released. A better title would be, "This is Uganda and Tanzania in March 2013." With that caveat, it's an excellent glimpse from Benjamin Dowie.
A Spanish roadtrip
Say the filmmakers: "We spent two weeks traveling across Spain, from Basque Country, to Galicia, Andalucia and finally Barcelona. The food and travel adventure was condensed into three minutes. Enjoy."
Peru & Bolivia
This stop-motion film covers several destinations, including Cusco, Huacachina, Machu Picchu,Salar de Uyuni, and the Solar de Manana geysers.
Impressions from an August/September 2013 road trip.
Georgia -- Hyper Travel
This film is a HDR hyperlapse postcard that will take you to a journey through the country of Georgia.
Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments.