The main purpose of any holiday video is to capture a flavour of the event and not a minute by minute record of your travels. The main topics you should include are the people going about their everyday lives, the places they inhabit and those once in a lifetime scenes you have to be ready to capture. The key to making an enjoyable video is to not record everything that moves or catches your eye. So discipline yourself into asking, would this shot or that shot contribute anything positive to the finished movie? If the answer is no, then leave it alone and wait for something more interesting to appear. Also, don't spend your entire holiday with the viewfinder up to your eye as you are there to enjoy the holiday first and make a video second, this is even more important if you are there with your family. Remember, a short interesting video with lots of visual variety is more interesting than a two hour boring ramble, as most people start to lose interest and start looking at their watches and yawning around 20 to 30 minutes later. And NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give a running commentary on every little town or village you enter or leave and the same goes for landmarks or historical buildings or that fisherman you met who can speak backwards. Leave the voice-over until you get home or make up title cards in Photoshop and insert them into the timeline. And don't get into a conversation with someone on the tour bus, the train, the ferry etc etc while you are recording. Wait untl you are finished and then talk to the person as much or as little as you like. Or if someone does start to talk to you, put your index finger up to your lips to indicate to them you want them to stop talking as you are recording. Depending on which country you are in, it would be better to check out if that particular gesture is not considered rude or offensive.
So where do you begin? You could start with looking at brochures, a spinng globe of the planet, packing your suitcases and rushing out to the car or taxi to take you to the airport. If it's possible to record an aeroplane taking off or coming in to land as you approach the airport then this could make an effective opening shot and you could superimpose a title over it. Whether you will be allowed to do any shooting in the airport is another matter, you could check it out with the airport but more than likely you will not be allowed. When you arrive at your destination, you could include a sign with the name of the resort, town or village you are staying at. Followed by a wide shot of the actual location, this may be in the form of a static wide shot or a pan shot if there is a large landscape to take in. Take shots of the other members of your party gettting out of the taxi or whatever form of transport you came in from the airport and carrying their luggage to the main entrance of the building. If it is a hotel, then show the lobby, the bar, the dining room, your accommodation and any good views from the windows. When that's done, put the camcorder away, take a shower and head straight for the bar. On your first official day out recording, then take shots of people walking/driving etc, if there is a market place go there as they always have very interesting characters, try and shoot them covertly as their actions will be more natural than if you have to approach them and ask for permission to record them. These shots should be 8 to 10 seconds long, I say 10 second for two reasons. One is because timecode needs to be recorded and the other is if the person is indulged in some sort of (legal) activity. Also try and get a few reverse angles where you are standing behind a stall let's say getting the owner's point of view as he or she sells to customers. If there are any interesting buildings nearby then use either a wide shot to get it all in, or maybe you might need a pan shot if it is wider than it is taller or use a tilt down if it is taller than it is wider. You may need to set the exposure to manual on your camcorder for this particular one as the tilt down will involve you having sky in the background at the start of the shot and a darker street scene at the end of the shot. The rule here is you want the street scene to be exposed properly so you will have to increase the exposure for it, this in turn will overexpose the sky shot at the start of the tilt down. And remember to practice any moving shots before you hit the record button.
Montage sequences work great on holiday videos. This involves shooting a number of short scenes where the camera is held still or it can be tilted in some of the scenes to make them more dynamic looking. When you get home you can edit them together using dissolves (which tend to slow down the pace of the action) or use quick cuts if you want to maintain a quick pace, where each scene lasts only 1 to 2 seconds onscreen. And you don't have to end up with a broken or disjointed audio track either everytime you cut, the montage sequence is great for putting a music track to. In fact try this, get your music first and then lay the video over it and cut the video to the beat of the music.