Timur Tugalev Travel Filmmaker



A National Geographic award-winning Travel Filmmaker  and digital nomad specialising in adventure video with a passion for nature and storytelling.  As well as directing, shooting and editing travel content myself – I lead a team of talented freelance filmmakers based all around the world, creating high-quality inspirational videos for multiple markets.  I’ve just left Skyscanner, where I’ve worked as a Creative Filmmaker and Growth Video Manager for the past 5 years, to pursue my passion and focus entirely on travel filmmaking.

At the moment I work freelance and co-run one of Italy’s leading travel blogs TheLostAvocado created together with Sara Izzi, a very gifted writer and photographer. I manage all video content for The Lost Avocado and film discovery journey travel series called “Lost In” which have been featured on National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveller, Forbes, Outside Magazine, El Pais ,The Huffington Post, Fubiz and many other publications & blogs.

See all my travel videos here


“Lost in Kyrgyzstan” My latest video,  Winner of the National Geographic Traveller 2017 photography competition in video category.

 National GeographicOutside Magazine,        Condé Nast TravellerThe Huffington Post ,                 &  El Pais
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“Lost in Cuba” (Latest Video)  I invite you to look into the lives of some of the incredible people that I was lucky to meet on this beautiful island.

Video of the Week  National Geographic + El Pais 
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In the past I had the pleasure to work on video/animation & web projects with companies such as BBC Scotland, Channel 4, Scottish government, Hilton, MTP productions, the Leith Agency & others.

Apart from Directing, filming and editing travel content I can help with audience research, competitor analysis, search engine optimisation for video (SEO) , outreach & organic growth hacking.

For bigger projects, a team with the latest equipment including drones and special 360 degree video cameras for VR (virtual reality) could be assembled.

I’ve worked in Skyscanner’s global social media team (more than 8 million followers worldwide) and can advise best practices for organic and paid content on social networks (Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Vine, Periscope & Twitter).


If you want to learn about Travel Filmmaking, I’ve recently launched a Travel Filmmaking YouTube Channel where i’ll be talking about my current and past travel adventures, breaking down the edits from my films and sharing the stories behind every scene.

My main work focus is to try to capture the raw beauty of a specific location. I consider the project to be really successful when locals share the films that I’ve created which means that I’ve made someone feel proud of their home.

As a hobby I enjoy sketching, digital painting, web & graphic design.

I’m a Glasgow School of Art graduate with a master’s degree in 3D animation and visual effects
I speak Spanish, Russian, English and currently learning Italian.

+ I Love cats despite the allergy

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“Be realistic, demand the impossible!”
Ernesto Che Guevara