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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
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.

Tony at Tobermory

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)

Petula at Badlands

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.

Tony shooting

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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Twelve Travel Questions with Casey Hatfield-Chiotti


Name: Casey Hatfield-Chiotti
Home Base: Paris/San Diego
Last Trip: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Next Trip: Normandy, France
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.


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


Name: Wilfrid Duval
Home Base: Paris (France)
Last Trip: South Korea
Next Trip: South Africa
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 :)


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.


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.


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.


Twelve Travel Questions with Ashley Bartner


Name: Ashley Bartner
Home Base: Le Marche, Italy
Last Trip: Barcelona, Spain – Bordeaux, France – Limoges, France
Next Trip: Bavaria
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!)


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!


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!


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.


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


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.
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!


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!


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.


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.



Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: Best Travel Tips

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.

We asked 50 filmmakers: What is your best travel tip? 

Be kind. Be humble. Be respectful. Be patient. Smile! Get off the beaten path. Push yourself. Scare yourself. Open your mind. And never take a moment for granted. Okay… that’s like, ten tips. Sorry. Bottom line: travel is a privilege that (unfortunately) so many people don’t ever get toreally experience. So above all, be thankful. And be careful out there! – Two for the Road

Never plan out every last minute of your trip, leave room for some adventure, some spontaneity, and let the wind blow you in some unexpected directions. – James Alexander Adams

Learn from the locals. Don’t just go to museums and eat at McDonalds. Travel is about living culture and the locals are the holders of most of what is valuable. Immerse yourself. – Nomadic Frames

Stay as open-minded, positive and un-structured as possible. Your best experiences will come from things you hadn’t planned on doing, on people you may never have met or talked to during the regular course of your life, and allowing adventures to happen, even if you weren’t expecting them to. Over-planning, timidness and negativity will destroy the chances of any of these things happening. – The Expeditioner

Document the things that you do when you travel, keep a diary, a blog, a photo library or video. It might not seem that important at the time, but you’ll regret it afterwards when your memories begin to fade. – Eight Miles from Home

Just do it. But never do anything while travelling you would not do at home. – Gary Bembridge

Be very open-minded and don’t be judgmental or you may miss out on potentially life changing experiences! – Etherium Sky Films

Keep an open mind. Stuff happens and things go wrong, but if you roll with it you’re way more likely to enjoy yourself. Learn about where you’re going. Educate yourself about not just the places you will see, but the culture. Take an interest in the people and lifestyle of where you’ll be traveling and respect it. – Rural Movement

Don’t judge. Take your time, and enjoy. The world is such a beautiful place and we think everyone needs to see how wonderful it is. – Mindful Wanderlust

Tripfilms Exclusive Secret Tip: Go postcard window-shopping. Not for the postcards, but for ideas on what to shoot. Guaranteed you’ll find some beautiful scenes and angles of landmarks you can go investigate for yourself. – Mike Corey

Don’t let fear hold you back. Remember that the good judgement that serves you at home will also keep you safe on the road, and the majority of people in the world want to help you, not hurt you. – Alex in Wanderland

Live each trip as if it were the last one of your life. – Rubén Alonso

Have no expectations, be prepared to change plans and be open to any possibility. – Kristen Sarah

Give yourself time, be an independent traveler. Fast travel isn’t necessarily the best. Slow travel allows you to really get to know a place, its people, gastronomy, and culture. – David Hoffmann

Trust. – Joshua Johnson

Just get out there and start moving…everything will take care of itself. It’s amazing how things always work when you’re on the road. You’ll meet new friends, have unforgettable experiences and be set for a life of fulfilling adventure. – Ryan Van Duzer

Not an uncommon tip, but one that certainly has helped a lot in the past. Learn a few local language phrases. A simple “good morning” or “how are you” in a local language, goes a long way to breaking the barrier. – Travizeo

Get out of your comfort zone. Some of the best experiences I’ve had while traveling involve breaking out of my comfort zone. Whether it was exploring one of the largest underground caving systems in the world outside of Budapest or reaching out to strangers while I waited and making new friends, the best experiences have always resulted from breaking out of my bubble. – John Piazza IV

Be respectful with other cultures, spend time with the locals, read about the place you are going ahead of time so you don’t end up saying or doing something inappropriate for the people there, don’t be afraid of trying new things, dare, be mindful, and come back safe. – Eduardo Gato

Try not to leave for your trip exhausted. I can’t count how many vacations where I’ve spent the first couple of hours decompressing with a nap in the hotel room—fail! – Gloria Powell

Open yourself up to new experiences, and don’t let the comfort of a routine hold you back from any adventure. – Patrick J. McDaniel

Trust your gut and have fun. – Cailin O’Neil

The way I enjoy the most in a trip is when I live the experiences surrounded by nice people. The best memories I have are the people I have met traveling. So the best tip I can give is to enjoy the travel accompanied and if it is possible with local people. – Josep Gutierrez

Don’t listen to your friends + meet locals, they always know best. – Justin Weiler

Talk to the locals. Leave your “holier than thou” attitude home. Smile and be humble. And try to put your camera down once in a while and take in everything around you. – Sarah Zareen

One of our family traditions is to start planning our next trip on the way home from our current trip. We’ll talk about what we liked and didn’t like. We tend to think “outside the box” and have often planned future trips that were amazing. The trip doesn’t ever happen when we first plan and sometimes a smaller weekend-getaway trip will pop up. But overall, we find talking about our next trip chases away the end-of-vacation blues. – Wesley Adventures

Research, and know where your information is coming from. What kind of person, what their motives are. Take things with a grain of salt and in the end, explore a little more than you thought you would. – Andrew Kamphey

Have fun. Prepare for the unexpected. Enjoy those little moments that are less than perfect, they will make for a great story. – Juliana Broste

Be flexible. We are big planners and usually travel ready with a huge list of to-do’s. We will always be advocates for planning ahead, because that way you can return home knowing you made the most of your time in that place. But, we’ve also had great experiences when things didn’t quite go as planned or a new opportunity arose and we took it as opposed to “sticking to the schedule!” So be prepared, but be flexible. – Jesse and Kimberly Moore

Always bring more underwear than days you plan to travel. Buy a good power adapter. Have a home. – Bobby Christian

Pack light. Just a couple of changes of clothes. Wash along the way. You’ll thank yourself later if you do and curse yourself (every time you move) if you don’t. – SPESUS

Embrace every moment whether you think it’s good or bad. Ultimately it’s all about the experience of life and opening our minds. Live it! Love it! Capture it! – Gina DeGirolamo

Meet, interact and listen to locals. This is the simple philosophy that I travel by. – Gareth Leonard

Pack light! Step out of your comfort zone and embrace the unknown! – Monique Soltani

Best travel advice? Just go with it. Don’t overthink yourself out of doing something. – Kien Lam

Eat where the locals eat. When you are searching for a place to eat dinner, take a walk in the neighbourhood. Go away from the tourist haunts and look for a restaurant packed with local people. You can almost guarantee the food is fresh, authentic, and affordable. – The Planet D

Take a cruise. There is not a more relaxing way to see several iconic destinations in a single trip. – Jason Leppert

Be yourself everywhere you go and with everyone you meet. Be open-minded, approachable and outgoing and honestly treat others as you yourself would wish to be treated and go out into the world considering that this is your one and only life so live it well and see as much as you can. I try, every now and again to step back from the bubble of work and look at the bigger picture and I’m reminded of the good fortune I have to be doing this. This approach enables me to get the most out of each new place I visit. And finally, make sure that a trip to Costa Rica is right up there on your bucket list! – Adam Baker

Go with the flow. – Because We Camp

Drink plenty of water, be open to the unexpected and flexible to change. Go outside your comfort zone in all areas! – Eszter Vajda

Don’t stick to an agenda too much. I always like to go in with somewhat of a plan but I always love taking suggestions from locals or following my instinct to see what I may stumble upon. When I travel, I also find I sometimes try to fit too much in. My mom always tells me to save some things for when I come back and that they will always be there. I am thankful for this advice because it allows me to take in the moment tenfold. – Carri Wilbanks

Smile, laugh and don’t sweat the small stuff. A smile is internationally appreciated and goes a long way when there is a communication barrier. – Travelista Teri

If you have a goal to travel somewhere, make it your priority, no matter what situation you’re in. – Mark Wiens

When it comes to travelling, do it as much as you can. – Mick Hobday

I remember the first time I went to NYC I didn’t even go to Statue of Liberty, Times Square, or the Empire State Building, etc. I was just skating all over the city for 30 days. I guess just pick a place that you can do whatever you dreamed about and be happy doing what you love. – Gustavo Matias

Pack light! Use packing cubes and compression sacks to stay organized. It’s so freeing to be mobile and not weighed down by a bunch of stuff. Bring only what you absolutely need—you can always buy something along the way if you need to. – Wander The Map

NEVER eat at an empty restaurant. It’s empty for a reason. – Lost & Found Travel

Be patient and adaptable. You might have detailed, specific plans, but dealing with curveballs are part of the travel package. Enjoy the quirks when they come. – Armando Costantino

Know what you want to do and see, but don’t stick to any one itinerary. Be fluid and really open to however your trip unfolds. Sometimes, overplanning can kill the whimsical and adventurous nature of travel. I always make a list of things I want to see or do, but I don’t stress about hitting every mark. There have been many times where I change my mind once I’m there, or I find something even MORE amazing than I ever anticipated, and the trip itself changes. It’s actually fun when that happens, you just have to be open to it! – Nathalie Basha

Leave room in your schedule to wander, indulge in local culture and you’re never fully dressed without a smile ☺ – Global Lipstick

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Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: Advice for Travel Filmmakers

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.

We asked 50 filmmakers: What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?

Just. Do. It. Most importantly though: don’t be intimidated by anyone, or by all the fancy-shmancy technical talk about cameras and accessories and frame rates and compression rates and such. Start small. Start with what you’re comfortable using. It really is as easy as pressing the record button on your phone or your camera, and using it to tell a story. Then do your research and learn as you go. Cruise Tripfilms and watch lots and lots of other travel videos. Pay attention to what you think works and what you think doesn’t work. Ask for help when you need it! And use all that to help you develop your own style. As you hone your skills you will find your groove, grasshopper. But you’ve gotta just do it! – Two for the Road

Making a travel video is fun. There are a lot of things to learn, but the number one thing is to always have your camera handy, shoot everything no matter how mundane, and always be trying to make your next video better than the last. – James Alexander Adams

To quote a shoe: “Just do it.” #1. Watch travel video. #2. Don’t hesitate, go out and shot and edit and learn from your mistakes. #3. A camera is just a tool. There is no ‘best camera.’ Get what you can afford and learn to use it. The story is more important than the tools. – Nomadic Frames

I would suggest, like anything else, watching other people’s videos and stealing (and learning) from them what you like about their videos, whether it be the way they tell their story, the shots they use, the music they incorporate or the editing techniques they use. – The Expeditioner

Buy a tripod :-) Then watch other filmmakers to see what inspires you the most. After that it is up to you to put your own stamp of creativity onto your work and create something unique and special. Most importantly, if you are passionate about what you do, it will show in your work and eventually you will get noticed. – Eight Miles from Home

Do what you enjoy. Don’t try and copy other people’s styles and approaches. Do what feels right for you—you will find your audience. The only other tip I have is don’t keep moving around all over the place. Take separate shots instead. – Gary Bembridge

Think fresh, avoid crappy presets in cheap editing software, and have fun with it! And perhaps most importantly, don’t be full of yourself, especially when starting off. Even after 10 years of professional work experience in the field, I’m still learning new things on every project I take on. – Etherium Sky Films

Shoot, shoot, shoot! The more you film the better you get—and always make sure to have fun while you’re doing it. If you make it stressful it begins to feel like a job or homework (which 99% of the time, isn’t fun). Be creative, be yourself and stay true to your own unique style. – Rural Movement

DO IT!! Practice makes perfect, and don’t be too hard on yourself. But make sure that you enjoy your trip and don’t end up spending all of your time behind a lens. – Mindful Wanderlust

I often use this answer when asked this question: “It’s not hard to dance to your favorite song.” Create content you’re inspired by. If you’re making a video about drinking wine, when you’d rather be drinking rum strait from the bottle at 4 a.m. at a Thai beach party, your heart is not into the topic. Pursuing this lifestyle is too tough not to do exactly what you want to do. I really don’t like to repeat answers, but that’s important. Here’s something that’s on my mind now: Am I a filmmaker at heart, or a creative at heart, who found his path through video? – Mike Corey

Shoot plenty of what we call B-Roll—it may not be your primary focus, but these shots give a more rounded-out sense of the story. You can never have too much footage. – Alex in Wanderland

To really respect the places they go and the people who live there, and to go to new places wanting to learn and appreciate the culture, especially when you go to places that have a very different culture from yours. – Rubén Alonso

Buy a camera, get out there and do it! That is the only way you will learn and develop your own style and persona. – Kristen Sarah

Practice, practice, practice… and try to get someone to travel. If you can’t manage to produce travel videos on your own, ask someone to accompany you and help you out. You don’t need fancy equipment, just an iPhone and a passion for what you’re trying to show/teach others. – David Hoffmann

Start now. – Joshua Johnson

Make them in your own voice! This always leads to the most natural and genuine storytelling. – Ryan Van Duzer

Just start! It doesn’t matter what you use or how little you know. You are likely to learn more from your mistakes, than from most anything else. – Travizeo

Research and plan ahead. You have a limited amount of time (unfortunately), and you should want to capture as much as possible. Shoot to edit. Don’t be that jerk that sticks a camera in strangers’ faces. – John Piazza IV

Buy a cheap camera, (Go Pro is the best option: cheap, full terrain, waterproof, easy to use…) and learn how to use a simple film editing software like iMovie (Go to and for $35 you can learn how to shoot and edit). If you enjoy the experience, then think about upgrading your equipment. Most important, don’t make your trip about the movie, make the movie about your trip :) – Eduardo Gato

My advice would be to get started and use whatever you have. Whether it’s a camcorder or an iPhone, just start shooting! You can always invest in better equipment later, but when you’re starting out, focus on the heart of your videos and the story you want to tell. – Gloria Powell

Go out and put all your effort into it, there’s never been a better time than now to get into film. You don’t need a big budget production to create captivating videos anymore, you just need a passionate filmmaker. – Patrick J. McDaniel

Firstly making travel videos isn’t for everyone. Secondly audio is just as important as the visual aspect if not more, avoid wind, and make sure you choose good and legal music. – Cailin O’Neil

The main advice I can give is to enjoy as much as you can the experience of the trip and then it’s easier to show those feelings. I like to mix in a video information with the feelings of the trip. – Josep Gutierrez

Stop thinking about it and grab a camera and go do it. The only difference between them and the people who are making videos is that they’re doing it. – Justin Weiler

Just grab your camera and shoot. Don’t overthink it. – Sarah Zareen

Don’t underestimate the power of today’s cell phone cameras. In full daylight a Samsung or iPhone camera can take video comparable to a $3000+ camera. For “documentary style” videos we make on Tripfilms this is perfect! You’ve already got a fantastic camera in your hand! You’d be surprised how often I mix and match my footage from a Canon, Sony, GoPro, and cell phone footage. Spend $90 on a cheap editing software and start using it. – Wesley Adventures

Find your voice, one way or another. Find the thing that nobody else can do, that nobody else would attempt to do, especially if it’s hard. And do it. – Andrew Kamphey

Do it! If you love to have new experiences and document your adventures, grab your camera and let the magic happen! While making travel videos can be tons of fun, just remember, there’s no need to capture EVERYTHING. Think carefully about how you want to tell your story before you hit the red “record” button. Avoid having too much footage at the end of the day and only roll camera when everything is perfect! – Juliana Broste

Think about what you want to know about the location/destination before you decide to go there. Then give that information in your video. It will make your video more genuine. – Jesse and Kimberly Moore

I’m being 100% serious when I say this: Only want to make the most amazing, life-changing videos/films ever. Seek out how to make your work the best is can possibly be. Try hard, try new things, never accept enough. Want to tell stories and study how to tell stories. Know yourself. Love and hate yourself and let that be seen in your work. Be honest. Get good glass. Shoot more than you need and in the end make it work. Above all, don’t let your failures overcome you and always be there for yourself when you have to lick your wounds. So, all that, and most awards you’ll get will mean just about nothing in comparison to the amount to work and love you put into your best work. – Bobby Christian

I remember a scene from the movie “American Beauty” where Kevin Spacey’s character Lester is arguing with his wife about her over-attachment to material possessions. He picks up a sofa cushion and begins to swing it around whilst lamenting: “… It’s just a couch! This isn’t life, it’s just stuff. And it’s become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that’s just nuts.” After the exchange, he then goes on  to live the life he wants to live (rather than the one that is expected of him). Live like Lester everyday and whatever you do will nicely fall into place. Travel videos and all. – SPESUS

Spend some time learning some basic filmmaking skills which can easily be done by watching how-to videos. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a lot of gear. You can easily use your smartphone as your full production studio to create some amazing videos. Practice shooting and editing and watch other people’s videos and see what it is you like about them. The video really comes together in the editing process so shoot lots of footage of different places, people you encountered and things that captured your attention. If you love photography and filmmaking like I do, the act of shooting becomes part of your travel experience and allows you to see things in new ways. It allows you to focus in on the things that capture your attention. These shots are the ones that will put your fingerprint on your videos. If you are traveling to a place that is very popular, like Paris for example, when you shoot the Eiffel Tower don’t just shoot a wide shot and be done with it. Show some details of what caught your eye. Look for unique angles that the rest of us have not seen before an express your feeling and emotion of your experience. – Gina DeGirolamo

Go further, do more, be creative. Be original. Too many people follow the same patterns and make the same content. Be yourself and push the envelope. – Gareth Leonard

Baby Steps… Step One: Shoot everything. My motto is if I didn’t shoot it it didn’t happen. Meaning video is a visual medium (stating the obvious I know) so therefore if you don’t capture it on camera you can’t show it to your viewers. So shoot, shoot, shoot away and figure out what to do with all the footage once you get home. Step Two: Get a mic. There is nothing worse than bad audio. Step Three: Find your voice and have fun! – Monique Soltani

I would tell them to not worry so much about equipment. It’s easy to get bogged down with technical specs, making sure you have every lens for every occasion that arises, etc. While that’s nice, it could also end up restricting you as far as mobility or ease of use when something happens that’s waiting to be filmed. By the time you get set up, you will have missed the shot. I think there’s a distinction between making travel videos as a job and making travel videos as a visual diary. If you are just looking to capture your trip and retell it in an interesting way, you just have to be ready to shoot at all times. Nowadays, you can get pretty nice high quality video in even a point and shoot, so there’s no excuse there. – Kien Lam

Think about what story you want to tell beforehand. It helps with the editing process and it keeps you from shooting footage aimlessly. I’ll have a shot list in mind where I’ll be thinking about movement and cuts. I am always looking for something to cut to and for a way to move the story along. And make sure to have good sound. Invest in a microphone and pay attention to levels and sound when editing. People will forgive a little bit of shaky camera work, but they won’t forgive terrible sound. – The Planet D

Technology has made it so simple to put filmmaking in the hands of everyone, so just get out there and do it, even if it’s just using the camera on your phone. – Jason Leppert

To simply start! With the access we now have to platforms such as YouTube and Tripfilms your videos can be seen by millions. All you need is a personality, a camera, a good mic and some basic storytelling and editing skills and a bit of creativity! With these ingredients anything really is possible. A great attitude will go a long way in the travel business as you get to meet so many new people all the time and you never know where the next video or trip will come from. – Adam Baker

Work with the gear you have now, and just start doing it! Be brave and try your best to capture what’s in front of you. Our travel videos have changed so much over the past year. We found our own voice and style but draw lots of inspiration and techniques from others who inspired us! Find a mentor(s), and make it your own. You got this. Oh, and another little trick we abide by: Have things gone completely sideways for you? Are you mad, emotional, or overwhelmed? Turn on the camera and speak your mind. That’s going to make a great video later. – Because We Camp

Study the history of the place and put your personality in it! – Eszter Vajda

To just go for it! Oddly, I was intimidated to make travel videos on my phone. I came from a video production background where we shot on high-end gear and videos needed to be near perfect. I rarely pulled out my phone for videos or interviews because it wasn’t the quality I was used to. I have been shooting on my phone much more and have had some really fun segments turn out.  Sure, there may be no striking time-lapses or jib shots but the point isn’t always in the production value. It’s showcasing the unexpected in a destination. – Carri Wilbanks

Capture a lot of b-roll so you can have enough transitions when editing. My favorite b-roll captures are: country or state flags, street signs, vast landscapes, people walking and enjoying life and cute animals. – Travelista Teri

Go for it, and don’t make excuses as to why you can’t do it. Even with just a small point and shoot camera, you can start making travel videos. Also, no matter where you are, even if you’re in your own home city, you can make travel videos. – Mark Wiens

Be patient and don’t be too shy to get your camera out. – Mick Hobday

Go into filming with a plan on what you hope to accomplish with your finished product—it makes it so much easier in the back end with post-production. Also, try to pick music that goes well with the footage you have captured—it really can make all the difference! – Wander The Map

Good sound makes all the difference. Put your lens cap on and record 2 minutes of “location audio” wherever you shoot. It helps bridge the gap between shots. Also—pay a street performer a hefty tip if you record their music for use in your videos. – Lost & Found Travel

Don’t just shoot everything randomly; find a passion or your vision/personal experience and have a general idea on how you want to cover it. Be willing to make mistakes and constantly learn new skills. – Armando Costantino

Be honest! Both in your take, and in your personality. A lot of people either clam up or act differently in front of a camera, and if you look stiff or false, it will overpower whatever message or point you have in your video. You could be standing in front of the Eiffel Tower, but if you look uncomfortable, that’s the only thing people will see. – Nathalie Basha

Just do it! Everything doesn’t have to be perfect before you start. Do a few testers on your phone or any inexpensive equipment to see what you like/dislike. When you decide to proceed, make an educated purchase when camera shopping. – Global Lipstick


Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: The Philosophy of a Travel Video

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.

We asked 50 filmmakers: What is the goal/philosophy of your work? 

To inform, educate, entertain and inspire. And along the way to try and capture the essence of our personal experiences in each place. – Two for the Road

The goals and philosophy of my videos are always changing and evolving. My goal for a long while was to only bridge the gap between my photos and videos. I was only trying to make videos look as pretty as my pictures. In the past little while my goal has been to focus more on telling a story and sharing an experience. Pretty videos and photos alone don’t really share what traveling somewhere really is about. I really want to start sharing the experiences that I have, the people, the highs and the lows, etc. – James Alexander Adams

The Nomadic Frames motto is: “The world is our passion. We travel. We record. We create stories.” Our goal is to inspire others to travel. We also want to show that people and places around the world are wonderful in their own way yet also similar to our experiences. We also want to show that travel is not only beautiful but also rewarding. In other words, travel is important and worth the costs. – Nomadic Frames

World peace, empathy and universal compassion. Oh yeah, also landing my own globally syndicated travel series starring myself as the host.  – The Expeditioner

To show that absolutely anything can be beautiful if you know what to look for. We like to promote lesser-known areas and invite new visitors to follow in our footsteps. There are so many great things to see in the world within a few miles of you wherever you are. You just need to believe that, and then you can see it. Our goal is to show others exactly that. – Eight Miles from Home

To show places, attractions, and things that go beyond the brochure. Show things as they really are. – Gary Bembridge

There is no grand overall goal. I approach each project individually and just try to do a nice job with it! – Etherium Sky Films

Get out there, explore, and document things as they happen naturally. – Rural Movement

To educate others, and have a lot of fun doing it. We want to show people through our videos that the world is a beautiful, incredible place. Yes, it can be scary at times but we wouldn’t change what we do for anything in the world. We have learned so much about the people of the world and so much about ourselves as well. – Mindful Wanderlust

I think for most of us there trying to “make it” in travel video… We have videos we make, and the videos we’d like to make. I can maybe only speak for myself, but I feel we all start making videos from the heart, we want to turn a passion into a career, and we start to think about money. It’s not always easy to make work from the heart when you have a client. After a while of producing content that hovers somewhere in between both of your wants, you start to be given opportunities where you can flex those creative muscles and make videos that are truly yours. Your creativity, your message, your voice. I only talk about this because I feel that I’m finally coming out the other side. I put blood, sweat, and years into what I do, and am excited on creating content that continues to challenge people, to inspire people, and to make them ask: “Wow, you can actually DO that?” – Mike Corey

When I think back on a trip a highlight reel often plays in my mind, accompanied by a song that I strongly associate with the destination. I try to move that highlight reel from my mind to my screen. – Alex in Wanderland

My videos are a tribute to the Lonely Planet series. I’m a big fan of theirs and it’s my humble homage to their great series and great idea that’s inspired so many people to travel. – Rubén Alonso

I want others to feel like they are going on the adventures with me, even if it is in the comfort of their own home. At the same time, my videos aim to inspire and encourage others to step out of their comfort zone and go on their own adventures. I also teach people everything they need to know to take that first step and how to prepare themselves for a life of travel. – Kristen Sarah

Informational, short and to the point! – David Hoffmann

The goal of my videos is to create an experience that is akin to magic. I want to show people a version of the world that is new and unexpected. I want my videos to present images and a version of reality that the viewer has never seen before. – Joshua Johnson

My goal is and has always been to inspire people to get ‘Out There’ and explore this beautiful world. That’s been my slogan ever since my cable access TV days in 2006. It doesn’t matter if you’re climbing a tree or climbing Mount Everest. My goal is to show people how accessible travel can be, and that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. – Ryan Van Duzer

To educate and inspire and ultimately… to sell more holidays. – Travizeo

To convey the same energy and excitement to my audience that I experienced when I was filming them. – John Piazza IV

Give people that have never been to the location a heads up of what to do, where to eat, and how to experience the best out of it. For people that have been there, show them things they maybe missed and give them an excuse to go back again. – Eduardo Gato

I hope people who watch my videos will be inspired to travel wherever they can. I’m really passionate about discovering the heart of one’s local environment. So even if you don’t have the means to travel abroad, I want my videos to show that you can always find something new to explore in your backyard. – Gloria Powell

To create an engaging and accurate representation of the places that I visit, and the things I do there. (Inspiring others to travel is an added bonus.) – Patrick J. McDaniel

The goal of my videos is to show the world to the world. I want to encourage people to travel, help them plan their trips and show them the world isn’t a big scary place and it is full of amazing things. – Cailin O’Neil

I enjoy showing colorful places. I like to show as much details of the place I can. I think is important to make the viewer feel that he is in that place. On the other hand, I like to tell personal stories of local people and use local music. – Josep Gutierrez

Shoot it like a magazine spread, focus on the details and let the viewer connect the dots. Simple. – Justin Weiler

To explore and shoot a place not as a tourist but as a local. I like to keep my videos simple and honest. – Sarah Zareen

Honestly, we make the videos for ourselves. Sharing them with others is just icing on the cake. We’ve made over 500 family adventure videos over the past decade. We want our family to remember the good times we’ve had. Tammy and I love to hear the kids laughing at an old family video we’ve made. Yes, we watch them often. It’s also more fun to show a friend well-edited video than sitting down for hours looking at a vacation slideshow. – Wesley Adventures

Make your mouth water and open your eyes. – Andrew Kamphey

I aim to produce informative and entertaining travel content that inspires viewers to jump out of their seat and explore this amazing planet, too. Let’s go! – Juliana Broste

Our goal is to always be authentic in our summaries. We also try to provide an extra tip or trick that we have picked up along the way. – Jesse and Kimberly Moore

Real quick, I don’t like the term video. I mean I use it and it’s not a pretentious thing (at least I don’t think) and I don’t like the term film a lot better, but saying film I think makes travel videos seem less of a new thing that’s hanging out on the fringes of society. I think travel videos are a part of the storytelling that the movies have been doing for over a hundred years. But like I said, I don’t really like film either (it sounds pretentious). I guess I haven’t been satisfied with a term yet. Anyway, the goal/philosophy of my projects is to find some deep more profound connection to the places I go. I aim to share the experiences I have with others, but not in a raw way—in an edited way that, while it can make us of raw moments, gives the audience a through line. I haven’t made videos of walking and talking in a while because I think that begs too much of the audience (if I had an audience that loved everything about me I would act differently). Wow, this is a lot of words. Let’s get real and simple. I only want to make things that really impress and inspire me, and while I don’t make these videos often, I want to move my work to more storytelling as a way of illuminating a place. Oh, and I never want to make the same thing twice. I heard this interview with the sound FX guy from Raging Bull once. After every project he destroys his tapes so he won’t repeat the sounds. I don’t want to forget what I learned and what I failed to succeed at. I want to take that and move forward. – Bobby Christian

To make our videos aesthetically pleasing, in addition to being as red-pilled as possible. – SPESUS

My goal is to share my passion of the place I am visiting and to teach people how to make better videos. Travel and filmmaking are two of my passions so I just want to do them both and have others be inspired to follow their passions as well. – Gina DeGirolamo

I want to entertain viewers and motivate people who wish for a life of travel. That’s the correct answer, right? The real reason is to make all my exes jealous… Hey Lisa who dumped me in 8th grade, how do you like me now!? – Gareth Leonard

Every person, place, and thing has a unique story to tell. Whether I’m interviewing a person, highlighting a region or uncorking a beautiful bottle of wine there is an extraordinary story in there somewhere and it’s my job to discover it. – Monique Soltani

When I make my videos, I want people to get lost for a few minutes and share the world as I was able to see it. It could just be visual eye candy, or it could be a story that elevates what otherwise might be an everyday or seemingly ordinary experience into something that is memorable. If I’ve captured your attention until you get to the end, I’ve done my job. – Kien Lam

We try to capture the spirit of the destination in our videos. We want people to see the video and say “I want to go there.” Our aim is to keep them upbeat and fun and reflecting our personalities. It’s less about the hard facts and more about the inspiration. I find that I want to watch a video to be inspired and then I will go and do the nitty gritty research of what to do in that destination. What we really want is a story told. It can be a very shallow story arc, but we want a purpose to our videos. It’s not our nature to just walk down the street with a GoPro and selfie cam. We want to shoot it and show us doing adventures or activities while portraying how we’re feeling in the moment. – The Planet D

I hope to inform people about cruises to inspire them to take one and continue to come back onboard. – Jason Leppert

Firstly to bring Costa Rica and Central America to life, not just for those that are looking to travel here but for those who want to be entertained and informed. To highlight not only the best aspects of a country but to highlight the aspects that matter. In due course I hope our Costa Rica Travel Channel will be the leading source of travel info, news and entertainment for Costa Rica. – Adam Baker

We strive for 100% honesty. We want to show you the good, bad, and everything in between. This includes the bus rides, our embarrassing miscommunication and we don’t shy away from “tourist traps” because a lot of travelers know that there is always someone hawking stuff and to not show it as it really is is a shame for that future traveler that isn’t getting the full picture. More importantly though, our goal is to interact with the place and people. Starting out, we were too shy to film people without their permission (due to language barriers) but realized early on that being on an island of Lynn & Noah is not interesting—it’s ALWAYS about the people. – Because We Camp

To educate, inform and inspire. – Eszter Vajda

My videos are meant to inspire people to engage with the world around them. I also want people to know that breaking out of your comfort zone, though terrifying at the time, leaves you with a rush that propels you in so many other aspects of your life. Within the last year I have told my mind to shush by learning to flyboard, longboard, mountain bike, ski and rock climb. Granted, this is no bungee jumping or skydiving but it is a way to break bounds and learn new ways to travel actively. – Carri Wilbanks

To inspire people to Live Better and Travel More by sharing my experiences and what I’ve learned from other cultures, lifestyles and customs. – Travelista Teri

One of the things I love about travel videos is that I’m learning about something at the same time as I’m sharing. So my goal is to inspire, but to also try to offer something valuable, like tips or advice at the same time. Also my goal is to try to be a positive influence by connecting with other cultures. – Mark Wiens

To show people that you actually get a more genuine travel experience when you travel on a budget. It’s more like travelling than going on holiday. – Mick Hobday

I’m a programmer at Tripfilms, so I basically spend some time maintaining the website and backend softwares we have, and I also work on some B2B projects. – Gustavo Matias

Our goal is mainly to share the beauty of the world and inspire others to pack their bags and travel! – Wander The Map

We’re not here to be the stars of the video. We let the location do the talking whenever possible. We want our videos to feel like you are walking around the destination yourself. – Lost & Found Travel

I like sharing my own experience, especially finding unique places—the less touristy parts of our journeys—to encourage anyone who wants to travel to go ahead. Take the chance. – Armando Costantino

I always have the goal to tell a story with my travel videos. I try not to make it simply about the facts. That’s why I hyper-focus on specific aspects of travel for each video—be it the views, a rainy day, the laid-back vibe of a place, etc.  I want people to walk away from my videos feeling like they were there with me, and I want them to always have a smile on their face. And in the process, if I inspire someone to go beyond their comfort zones and travel more, awesome. – Nathalie Basha

We like to be informative and entertaining.  We also want to show that Black people travel—to places beyond the islands—and have a good time doing it. – Global Lipstick

Twelve Travel Questions with Kelley Ferro


Name: Kelley Ferro
Home Base: Santa Monica, CA
Last Trip: China
Next Trip: Napa
Twitter: @kelleyferro

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

I always take a GoPro or two. They are so small, have long battery life—especially the new Go Pro Hero 4 Session. They come in handy on all trips.

I also always fold an extra bag into my laptop bag so when I’m through security, I pull it out and can adjust my bag according to what I need on the flight and what I am going to stow overhead. I make sure to put in healthy granola bars (specifically Simply Protein bars), notepad & pen, iPad, scarf, hand sanitizer and allover essentials for the flight. I hate having to get up and get things out of the overhead—especially on crowded flights.

I also always take 2-3 portable iPhone battery chargers. I see this as a safety precaution. There’s nothing worse than being in a jam and having no way to access internet, call or use Google Maps. Also, frequently I’m in destinations outside of the U.S. so my iPhone charger doesn’t work.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

I try to assimilate to the new time zone as soon as I can, even before the trip. Once I get to the airport, I change my watch and mindset to the new timezone. It may be noon in the airport but if it’s 10 p.m. in my destination, I get a meal, maybe a glass of wine and try to gear up for sleeping on the plane. A neck pillow and an Advil PM usually allows me to get at least a few hours of sleep. 

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

If I am traveling for work, which it usually is, the first thing I do is dependent on the itinerary and length of travel. Generally, I have flown overnight so I often try to get to the hotel, charge all my gear and get as much sleep as possible.

If it’s a personal trip, I really like to put on my sneakers and go for a run in the neighborhood. It helps me get my bearings of the new place and the activity puts me in a great mood and feels good.

kelley in brazil

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

It’s all a matter of taste. I think almost every place has great food if you look for it. For me personally, I really enjoyed the food of Croatia. I love the natural products there—truffles, olive oil, cheeses and simply prepared, fresh foods. I also really liked the food in Egypt. Falafel, bean & vegetable salads and some really delicious freshly baked bread.

I didn’t happen to have many food options in Churchill, Manitoba, understandably since it’s about a 26-hour train ride from the next city and the freezing temperatures make growing their own food difficult. I also find Chinese food an interesting challenge. It usually tastes good but since I’m kind of a health nut, I often wonder if what I am eating is particularly unhealthy or not.

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

Every single place I travel to changes my outlook on life. I think that’s the crux of why I have a job in travel. Immersing yourself in a new place, meeting people with a different perspective and culture—that always changes you and I think for the best.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

Enjoy the journey.

So much of my trips involve lengthy travel times—long flights, waiting in airports, long drives—and instead of getting bored, I actually use that time to be productive or on the opposite end, to let myself relax. When you are in the air, you can’t answer emails and it’s tough to edit videos. I use that time to let myself stop and assess where I am, my goals, my next steps. I also use it to catch up on backlog work—like this interview for instance. I’m currently in the air flying from China. :)

kelley in shanghai

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

I think I run to the beat of my own internal soundtrack —I don’t really need music to make me want to go somewhere. 

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

My threshold for what is crazy has truly risen so what used to be crazy is quite commonplace now. I still think some of my first trips, when I was just backpacking around Europe, sleeping in airports, choosing destinations on a whim—that was pretty crazy. Smartphones didn’t exist and internet was only found in wifi cafes so it was a much more spontaneous world. I once did a road trip of Spain and Portugal, hitting 6 destinations in 7 days—all with maps, bad Spanish and on a budget.

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

I think the travel consumer has finally realized the value of video as more and more travel sites adopt it. It showcases a destination that photos and text can’t. And when you find a video that focuses on what you are interested in, it can be so useful in planning your trip—whether to do that experience or to avoid it.

kelley in taiwan

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

I try to be authentic and to show a destination honestly. I always try to find locals and seek out the local things to do, see and eat. I try to get off the guidebook and go on recommendations from friends and from people that I meet when I am there. I definitely try to meet as many locals as I can.

My goal is to educate and share pieces of the world with others, especially those that may never go. If I can teach someone about another part of the world and have them understand a little more about us as a collective race of humans, I think that’s a job well done. I also really like helping people plan their trips better so when people tell me that they went to a hotel or restaurant because I recommended it in my video, I am extremely pleased. 

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

Just do it. Don’t be intimidated and don’t try to do what someone else does. Be yourself. Use the tools you have and remember that even your hometown is a destination to others, so go outside and hit record. 

12. What is your best travel tip?

Bring Emergen-C and hand sanitizer! Just kidding! Well those are great—but the most important thing to bring is an open mind and willingness to let go of fears and preconceived ideas. Finding a book on the location that you are traveling to—even a fictional book set there—can really help give you a sense of place and prepare you before you go.

Watch travel videos by Kelley Ferro here.

kelley with colorful house