Twelve Travel Questions with Tony Fera

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Name: Tony Fera
Home Base: Toronto, Canada
Last Trip: Tobermory, Ontario
Next Trip: Thousand Islands, Ontario
Website: www.letsdiscoveron.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LetsDiscoverON
Twitter: @letsdiscoverON

1. What are three things you take on every trip?

CAMERA!, change of clothes, my lovely wife :)

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Lots of rest, and cheetos! Seriously though, food always uplifts people’s spirits, no matter what. I’ve worked on set for 12-16 hour days. The moment someone breaks out a fun snack, the entire crew is in a better mood.

3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?

Scope out the landscape, see where things are. What do the locals do? What don’t they do? There’s a good reason for it.

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4. What place has the best food? The worst food?

Never met a sandwich I didn’t like…just a matter of “do I LOVE this sandwich?”

5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?

Tobermory, Ontario. It’s majestic beauty in a really small town. It’s actually a seasonal town, many businesses close for the fall and winter. You can realize the challenges of daily life for the locals. It made me appreciate all the conveniences that are available in my metropolitan hometown.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“Hey, what’s that over there?” – Me (Tony Fera)

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7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?

I love twangy country music on road trips. I never listen to any country, except on road trips. Not sure why, just gets me in the mood.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

Nothing too crazy. My wife and I spent 2 days on the wrong Caribbean resort. We liked it better than the one we booked, so we decided to blend in with the crowd. It was the best 2 days of vacation ever.

9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?

Any video or inside knowledge about a destination does 2 things: 1) It whets the appetite for visiting the place in person. 2) It provides a level of familiarity of the place, so that travelers have a reference point. Someplace to establish their “base of knowledge” of the local area. This prevents the sense of hesitation to go out and explore a new place.

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10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?

Travel is about learning or discovering something new. It speaks to our curiosity about the world around us.

11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?

Just do it. Start now. No excuses. You have a camera or a smartphone on you anyway. You’ll want to preserve the memory of being in that place anyway. Take extra photo shots, take some extra video shots. What did you find interesting about the place or people? Document it. Did someone help you with directions or suggestions of things to do? Tell us about it. BOOM—you’re now doing travel videos.

12. What is your best travel tip?

A camera is not just for taking pics to look back on. You can use it while on the trip. You can take pics of a map, directions, peoples names. It’s especially useful when you’re in a place where you don’t speak the native language. Show locals a photo of what you’re looking for, it can be food, a taxi, a building, etc…

I was promised Cheetos after this…Where are they?

Ciao, Tony Fera

Watch travel videos by Tony Fera here.

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New TripVlogger Series: The Oregon Coast

Discover the gorgeous and wild Oregon coast with Elinor Manoogian-O’Dell in this new TripVlogger series. While Oregon boasts plenty of natural beauty and rugged coastline, its towns like Newport, Florence, and Seaside also offer plenty to explore, from famous traditional seafood restaurants to promenades and recreation areas. Watch the videos below to get to know the Oregon Coast.

A Trip to the Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is not your typical beach destination. In 1967, the Oregon Legislature passed the Oregon Beach Bill which made all land from the water up to sixteen vertical feet above the low tide mark along the Oregon coast public. For that reason, the coast remains wild and accessible.

A Trip to Newport, Oregon

Newport, Oregon features unique local restaurants, the Hatfield Science Center, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and much more.

A Trip to Florence, Oregon

Florence, Oregon is a quiet town with a local feel. The downtown area is charming, and the people are friendly. Florence is also the perfect place to explore the beaches and nature of the Oregon Coast. Florence is close to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area which is ideal for hikers, photographers, and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. A trip to Mo’s Restaurant is also in order. Mo’s is known by coast-goers as a classic lunch or dinner choice. They have locations all up and down the coast.

A Trip to Seaside, Oregon

Seaside, Oregon, features arcades, an indoor carousal, and a 1.5-mile long beach-side promenade. Off of Broadway St., is the historical marker for the end of the Lewis and Clark expedition trail.

[All video descriptions by the filmmaker.]

Twelve Travel Questions with Casey Hatfield-Chiotti

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Name: Casey Hatfield-Chiotti
Home Base: Paris/San Diego
Last Trip: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Next Trip: Normandy, France
Website: travelproper.com
Facebookwww.facebook.com/Travelproper
Twitter: @caseyhatfield

1. What are three things you take on every trip? 

I’m a food and travel writer and I work anywhere and everywhere so my MacBook Air is a must. I always pack Nike running shoes, one of my favorite ways to experience any destination is by running from sight to sight, and I love to bring Justin’s Peanut Butter squeeze packs. Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods and it can be a difficult thing to find in certain parts of the world.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

I always set my watch to the time of our next destination when I get on the plane and, while I’m not a big proponent of prescription medication, I do take Ambien with me on most trips. It’s the one way I can ensure that I get on the right sleep schedule immediately.

3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place? 

I research the best bakery or coffee shop in the vicinity. I have to have good coffee in the morning and I absolutely love bakeries. My husband says I have a unique talent for sniffing them out and when we’re running I often screech to a halt when I spot or smell a good one. When I walk into a beautiful bakery or coffee shop anywhere in the world I instantly feel comforted and at home.

4. What place has the best food? The worst food? 

This is a tough one. I really think everyplace in the world has good food nowadays if you know where to go, and I enjoy so many different types of cuisine, but if I had to pick one I would say San Sebastián, Spain and the surrounding area. It is very, very hard to have a bad meal here. All the ingredients are so good–fresh seafood, Iberico pork, and padrón peppers, and at pretty much any tapas bar in the historic center of the city you can have an incredible meal standing up. Many Michelin star restaurants like Mugaritz and Arzak are also in San Sebastián and what may be the best steak restaurant in the world, Casa Julián, is in nearby Tolosa. I’d say the most mediocre food I’ve experienced traveling was in Tanzania. You can get decent Indian food and Ethiopian but no local cuisine really stood out for me. Let’s just say you don’t go for the food, but you should definitely still go!

5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life? 

Travel in general has helped define me as a person and it has taught me the most about life but this whole journey started when I lived abroad in London during college. I had lived in dorms and then a sorority house at the University of Colorado and this was the first time I was truly on my own. It was a very eye-opening experience. I traveled afterwards through Europe staying in hostels and I had a lot of crazy mishaps. It was very stressful at times, but it taught me to be resilient. I realized I could figure things out on my own and take care of myself.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?

I’m not sure that music itself inspires me to do the traveling, I need very little prodding, but Ricky Lee Jones’ Flying Cowboys, Jenny Lewis’ The Voyager and Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More are all albums that take you on a journey from beginning to end and I love listening to them while I’m traveling or on a road trip.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

I went to Bali with a friend of mine 7 or 8 years ago and it was by far the most arduous travel I’d done up until that point. Our flight path was from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, San Francisco to Seoul, Seoul to Singapore, where we had a nine-hour layover before our flight to Bali. When we got to Singapore it was the middle of the night and I was completely out of it. My friend and I stopped to check our flight information at some computers and then got on a tram to get to our terminal. The airport shops and restaurants were closed, but we had all this time to kill so we went to a movie, walked around and then fell asleep on some chairs. We were woken up by airport security and they asked to see our passports. I looked in my purse and it wasn’t there. I frantically started looking through all my bags but I couldn’t find it anywhere. The security officers allowed me to go back to the movie theater to look, but it wasn’t there either. I felt sick to my stomach and I really thought I was going to be stranded in Singapore for days, but then the security officers called the airport information desk. Miraculously, they had it. It turns out I had left it by the computers in the other terminal and some nice person saw it and turned it in. I couldn’t even go pick it up right away because the tram didn’t run in the early hours of the morning. I don’t think I’ve ever been more relieved then when I finally got to the information desk and they handed me that passport.

9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers?

Seeing video of a beautiful place or someone experiencing a fantastic adventure just makes you want to go and do it yourself plain and simple. Great travel writing is also quite inspirational but video obviously brings a place alive more than other mediums can through images, natural sound and interviews.

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10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos? 

I want my videos to inspire people to travel and give them itineraries that they can replicate. I don’t want travel to just be a fantasy that people dream of doing one day, I want to give them the tools and ideas to make it happen. Voyagez, the name of my series, is the vous or you imperative for the French verb for travel voyager so it can essentially be used to say Go Travel! and that’s exactly what I want to inspire people to do.

11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?

Just like with photography, you learn by doing so you just have to start shooting video. You can use your smartphone to begin. Focus on getting a variety of shots like close-ups, medium shots, wide shots, shots with some action, shots without any action and then practice editing it all together. If you like it and feel you’re getting the hang of it then consider investing in better equipment.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

I’m a big believer in doing research before you go on a trip, but my single biggest tip would just be to talk to a local when you get to a destination. No guidebook and few magazine articles are truly going to be able to tell you what is the latest, greatest thing because cities are constantly changing. If you have a friend there great, maybe there’s a cool bar at your hotel. If so, sit and have a drink and pick the bartender’s brain. You will have a much better trip if you get your nose out of the guidebook and figure out what locals are doing!

Watch travel videos by Casey Hatfield-Chiotti here.

Twelve Travel Questions with Wilfrid Duval

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Name: Wilfrid Duval
Home Base: Paris (France)
Last Trip: South Korea
Next Trip: South Africa
Website: will-on-board.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/willonboard
Twitter: @willonboard

1. What are three things you take on every trip?

I always travel with my video camera, my compass and of course my wife.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

In my opinion, the best way to get over jet lag is to be patient and wait for being okay with the local time.

3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?

I eat local food to feel the country :)

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4. What place has the best food? The worst food?

There is no place with best food or worst food, it is just a question of taste and luck (try to pick up the right restaurant) :)

5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?

In fact, it is not a place that changed my outlook on life but travel did.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

Travel broadens your mind.

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7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?

When I started travelling, I was always listening to one song : Lisztomania of Phoenix. I guess it still does the job.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

A friend and I went on a safari in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. During a trek, the ranger was warning us that we could be watched by lions or cheetahs. We felt pretty excited about that and scared too. So we were trying not to make any noise. When suddenly, the ranger stopped us and told us to remain quiet. We did not know why. Then he pointed out 3 rhinoceros. They were so big, eating 200 meters away from us. Earlier the ranger had told us, in case of an animal attack, not to run away. The rhinoceros became more curious and started getting closer. We did not know what to do and where to hide. Then they ran faster and faster to us. The situation was really tricky. Fortunately, the ranger was used to that and shot 3 times in the air to stop the rhinoceros’ run and it worked. I still remember how fast my heart was beating.

9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers?

Travel videos give you a better idea of the visited place.

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10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?

First of all, I film for myself, to watch again and again all those memories. But I also make videos to share my travel experiences with people because travel makes sense only if you can share it.

11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?

  • Choose the right video gear for your trip.
  • Don’t film every single moment of your trip. Try to pick up places with a special atmosphere or situations you really like.
  • Have no limit about what you want to film.

12. What is your best travel tip?

Be curious.

Watch travel videos by Wilfrid Duval here.

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Happy Holidays from Tripfilms

Happy Holidays from Tripfilms

Happy Holidays from Tripfilms! Tripfilms was created as a place for everyone to share their travel videos from all over the world, and as the year comes to a close it’s a good time for us to look back and reflect on the awe-inspiring places and adventures we have experienced through the incredible videos shared by the Tripfilms community.

How many videos were uploaded?

1,280 videos uploaded so far in 2015, bringing total Tripfilms video library to 21,720 videos. Of those videos, 818 were HD editor’s picks. That’s a lot of high quality travel videos. Kudos to everyone who uploaded!

Where did our TripVloggers travel this year?

The TripVlogger program is a way for us to reward top Tripfilms contributors with paid video assignments. If you are uploading editor’s pick quality travel videos to Tripfilms, you could be eligible for a TripVlogger assignment! Click here to learn more about the TripVlogger program and apply.

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This year, Tripfilms TripVloggers traveled to the Grand Canyon, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Toronto, Muskoka, Niagara Falls, San Diego, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Smugglers’ Notch, Laos, China, Sydney, Madrid, Cleveland, Cuba, Abu Dhabi, Alaska, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Atlantic City, Malta, Cebu City, Hanoi, Phuket, Porto, Lisbon, Indonesia. And the videos they made were amazing!

How many new Tripfilms travel shows were created? 

32 new Tripfilms travel shows were created this year. You can watch them here!

Did we host the Trippy Awards this year?

You bet we did, and we were blown away by the quality of the videos nominated for the top awards. Congratulations again to Justin Plus Lauren for winning Filmmaker of the Year! Check out all the Trippy Awards 2015 winners here.

How many filmmakers were profiled on the blog?

We interviewed 27 filmmakers for the Twelve Travel Questions series this year. We also published the collected responses of 50 of these expert travelers for our Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions series. Find the links here.

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How did we work with Tripfilms partners this year? 

We are always excited about partnerships that allow us to share Tripfilms travel videos with audiences beyond Tripfilms.com. Our goal with these partnerships is to increase awareness of travel video and Tripfilms filmmakers in the travel community as well as among general audiences.

This year we continued to distribute top Tripfilms videos on MSN, USA Today, and Yahoo. In 2015 we also created new Tripfilms channels on Frequency, Vessel, and Amazon. You can read more about these partnerships here on the blog:

Last year, our wish list for partnerships included better attribution for filmmakers and better stats reporting from them on view counts. We now have attribution for filmmakers on all partner channels and our partners now provide metrics either through a dashboard or upon request. Remember that you still own and retain all rights to your videos when you upload to Tripfilms.com and you can continue to upload your videos anywhere else you choose. We hope that giving Tripfilms filmmakers the chance to get their videos distributed on these channels can help their videos reach even more people around the world and inspire others to travel.

How many times were we inspired by this beautiful world we live in that you shared with us through your travel videos?

Countless times.

We want to offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone in the Tripfilms community—from all of the filmmakers to anyone who has ever watched a travel video on Tripfilms—thank you for sharing your world. We wish you very happy holidays and a happy new year! May your new year be full of new destinations, new friends, and even more travel adventures.

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Tripfilms Call for Content: Holiday Travel Videos

This month we are happy to celebrate the holidays….and holiday travel! At Tripfilms, we want to see and celebrate your holiday travel videos. Are you traveling to visit family? Are you going on vacation? Are you visiting a new destination for the holidays, or are you exploring your own hometown? Are you escaping the winter cold and going somewhere warm? Or are you trying to find the most snow and ice that you can?

Let’s celebrate winter travel with video. Here is our grown-up Christmas list of the travel videos we would love to see on Tripfilms this season:

  • Christmas/holiday travel
  • Christmas markets
  • Holiday celebrations
  • River cruises
  • Winter sports
  • Cabins
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Winter vacations
  • And more!

Making travel videos can be a great way to capture and share this magic time of year. When you upload your videos to Tripfilms you can share your videos with the world, get your videos featured on social media, and earn rewards like Amazon gift cards and paid assignments.

Learn more about the rewards of uploading your travel videos to Tripfilms.

Click here to upload your holiday travel videos to Tripfilms.com.

Twelve Travel Questions with Ashley Bartner

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Name: Ashley Bartner
Home Base: Le Marche, Italy
Last Trip: Barcelona, Spain – Bordeaux, France – Limoges, France
Next Trip: Bavaria
Website: nhmfilms.com
Facebook: facebook.com/nohalfmeasures.life
Twitter: @nhmfilms

1. What are three things you take on every trip?

A camera or two (GoPro, iPhone & or Nikon D7000), passport and my travel journal.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

Get on the local time zone immediately—change your watch & forget about the ‘What time is it back home?’ syndrome. Stay up as late as you can the first night (within reason) and wake up at 8 a.m. and get going!

3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?

Take a walk through the neighborhood and scout out places for caffe and breakfast. (Always thinking of my next meal & want to know where to go first in the morning!)

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4. What place has the best food? The worst food? 

I live in Italy for a reason. Hands-down you will find both the best food in your life and probably some of the worst (tourist zones) in Italy. Second to that, I love the food in Spain.

5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?

My husband (a professional chef) & I visited Italy on our honeymoon, we traveled the country for a month. One night towards the end of our trip I looked at my husband and said “we could live here.” At first he thought I was just dream-drunk. Two weeks after returning home (living in Brooklyn), we decided to move to Italy to start a farm, inn and cooking school—La Tavola Marche. We realized our dreams of living sustainably and simply could be attained in this beautiful country where the quality of life is celebrated; long dinners of local seasonal dishes, balsamic vinegar aged in 200-year-old barrels for over 12 years, endless gardens and dirt roads to explore, combined with its history and of course the Italians! We found our home in Italy. That was 8 years ago and the best decision of our lives!

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“Don’t be afraid to over-order.” One of my best girlfriends said this to me in Dublin. It’s my favorite travel/food quote and also use it as an excuse when traveling. When are you going to eat like this again? Eat like a local and eat often!

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7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?

I have a road trip mix always ready because we love jumping in the car for a long road trip in the winter to Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland or Holland. It’s a lot of Classic Rock—the classics like Doobie Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn mixed with Gabriela y Rodrigo, John Butler Trio, Dave Matthews and a little Old School Rap.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

We got our rental car stuck in the middle of a tiny town of Montisi in Tuscany. Trying to make a three-point turn our rear tires slipped off the edge of a medieval ramp and entrance to the village. Our car was literally stuck between a rock and hard place—the stone wall of the city and the stone ramp, without an inch to spare. We were blocking the only road in and out of the village. The once empty streets quickly filled with locals clamoring about curious how we got into this predicament. Then a large bike tour arrived and car after car, angry they had to redirect their routes. Grandmas were hanging out their windows and every man offered a suggestion on how to move the car. Finally the mechanic arrived with wooden blocks and hardy sons that literally picked up the car! It was the talk of town and we even made the paper!

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9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers?

No matter who makes the video—it can still open your eyes to new experiences and places to explore.

10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?

Share stories of local food, travel, artisans and sustainability with others. Hoping to inspire travel and thoughtful living.

11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?

Do it! Start filming everything and learn to edit well. Watch lots of other great videos and get inspired! Find your own unique angle/perspective, remember to tell a story and get shots from lots of different angles!

12. What is your best travel tip?

Pack light! Carry-on whenever possible—it keeps you mobile and flexible. I know it’s extremely hard when traveling to film with all the lens and equipment needed, that’s another story. But if I’m traveling for pleasure—it’s carry-on only. No matter if it’s for a weekend getaway or 6 weeks of travel, it can be done.

Watch travel videos by No Half Measures Films here.

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New TripVlogger Series: Discovering Indonesia with Lucy Taylor

Indonesia is a fascinating country in Southeast Asia made up of over 14,000 islands. In this new TripVlogger series, Lucy Taylor introduces us to some of Indonesia’s memorable highlights, from the palaces of Yogyakarta to the Buddhist temple of Borobudur. Find out what are the best dishes to try in Indonesia, what activities and attractions Bali has to offer beyond its famous beaches, and more! Watch the videos below to get going.

Java’s City of the Sultan


At the heart of the Javanese city of Yogyakarta sits the Kraton: a complex of royal palaces, temples and gardens that are not only a glorious tourist attraction, but also still function as the private residence of one of Indonesia’s last Sultans.

What to Eat in Indonesia


Indonesia’s cuisine is like its people: full of colour, spice and vibrant flavour, with so much more on offer than just Nasi Goreng! Here’s a guide some mouthwatering must-try flavours for visiting foodies.

Exploring Borobudur Buddhist Temple

The soaring towered temple of Borobudur was once the centre of the Buddhist world—until it was mysteriously abandoned before the 15th Century. Today, however, visitors come from around the world to admire the epic site and climb the levels to the top: Nirvana.

Mandapa: Bali’s Ultimate Luxury Hotel

After the very best in Bali? The newly opened Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is in a league of its own—combining effortless luxury with a stunning natural setting, while simultaneously highlighting the ancient and beautiful culture and traditions of Ubud.

Bali: Beyond the Beaches

Bali has reputation as an idyllic beach destination, but the island has a whole lot more to offer than just sun, sea and sand! From cultural performances and cat-poo coffee to temples and monkey sanctuaries, get off the beaten track…

[All video descriptions by the filmmaker.]

Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions

Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: The First 50! [Links]

Over the last two years, we’ve interviewed 50 of our talented filmmakers and filmmaker teams. Here is a collection of some of the best travel tips, crazy travel stories, and filmmaking philosophies from these expert travelers:

1. What are three things you take on every trip? 
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place? 
4. What place has the best food? The worst food? 
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life? 
6. What is your favorite travel quote? 
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
8. What is your craziest true travel story? 
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers?
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos? 
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
12. What is your best travel tip? 

Twelve Travel Questions with Toby and Tamar

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Name: Toby and Tamar
Home Base: Barcelona, Spain… For now.
Last Trip: Australia to Spain, nearly a year ago. Wow, it’s really time to travel again.
Next Trip: New Zealand/Australia/South East Asia next February.
Website: tobyandtamar.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tobyandtamar
Twitter: @tobyandtamar

1. What are three things you take on every trip?

Our Bialetti Moka pot—we like a nice coffee in the morning. Flip flops, because you never know where you will shower while travelling. And of course, our camera.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

Coffee and alcohol, depending on if you need to sleep or to stay awake.

3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?

Check for bed bugs. We are still scarred after an encounter with those nasty little buggers.

4. What place has the best food? The worst food? 

The best: Singapore has amazing street food. There are so many different types of cuisine to try and it’s generally very hygienic which is nice! Naples, Italy has the most amazing pizza in the world. It’s absolute pizza heaven!

The worst: The Fish & Chip shop in Fairlie, New Zealand. Fairlie is a small town on New Zealand’s South Island. There is a small Fish & Chips shop that smells of old oil and both the fish and the chips are absolutely sad and soggy. Not to mention the hamburgers… Luckily Fairlie does have the best bakery in New Zealand!

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5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life? 

New Zealand. We didn’t expect it but after travelling through and working in New Zealand for 5 months we definitely changed in more than one way. We both already loved camping and hiking but New Zealand amplified that feeling. We also both felt more in touch with the simple things in life and love living with less possessions.

6. What is your favourite travel quote? 

“I suppose some of us are cave dwellers, some of us live in houses, some of us like to be loose footed” – Lemon Jelly

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us” – Anonymous

7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?

Here are a few songs that make us want to hit the road straight away:

“Camper Van” by Joaquín González.

“Since I Left You” by The Avalanches. (Although I like to imagine they sing ”since I met you” instead of “since I left you.”)

“See It All” by Fink.

“Ramblin’ Man” by Lemon Jelly.

“Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin. It’s all about rambling and was an influence in picking the name of our show and we love that it has a reference to Lord of the Rings which goes with our travels in New Zealand!

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8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

It might not be that crazy but it definitely still makes us laugh! After living in Barcelona for 8 months we left to travel Morocco and after that Italy and France before moving to Antwerp, Belgium. On our last night in Barcelona we hadn’t planned anything but somehow all our friends showed up for drinks and from one drink came another drink, followed by many more. It was a proper Barcelona Goodbye Party, since Barcelona is a city where the party never stops! The next morning I dragged myself and later Toby out of bed. We were both suffering and Toby was too sick to take the metro so we decided to take a taxi so he could stick his head out of the window. After throwing up in a bin in front of the bus station we hopped on the bus to Girona Airport, a trip that was painful to say the least. When we finally arrived to the airport we had to get through customs and since Toby had overstayed his visa, we were a bit nervous. Thankfully we made it through and got the right stamps to hop on the plane. We finally started feeling a bit better. When we arrived in Marrakech we took the bus into the centre. We had no idea where our Riad was but I thought, a touch naive, no worries, I’ll just ask someone. It didn’t take long to realise that things don’t work like that in Morocco, unless you want to pay people money. In our sorry, hungover state, it took us about two hours of wandering around, trying Google Maps in some dodgy internet cafe and searching for non-existent street names, to finally give up and take a taxi. Before we knew it, the taxi driver had summoned a boy from the street to take us to the Riad and though we refused several times, he walked us there through a labyrinth of streets. When we were finally at the door he asked for money and was not happy with what we gave him. Before we knew it his friend came from around the corner and I have to say, they were pretty threatening and we were certainly not up for that in the state we were in. So after handing over more money we were finally safe and sound in our Riad. Definitely a lesson learned there!

9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers? 

We think travel videos are a great source of inspiration and information. It allows you to see a little glimpse of what a place is like.

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10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos? 

We want to share with people what we love and to show them how amazing our world is. We want people to get inspired and realise there is so much more than what you see in your own hometown and in 2 weeks of holidays per year in an all-inclusive resort. Travelling is such a valuable experience and you can learn so much about the world and about yourself as a person.

11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos? 

Have fun with it. Don’t try to have everything perfect—just get out there and shoot. Doing it for yourself is the most important thing.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

Be open to meet new people, try new food, be streetwise but don’t let it stop you from having fun. Get out of your comfort zone!

Watch travel videos by Toby and Tamar here.

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