Monthly Archives: February 2014

Twelve Travel Questions with Joshua Johnson

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Name: Joshua Benjamin Johnson (Joshywashington)
Home Base: Los Angeles
Last Trip: Costa Rica
Next Trip: New York
Websitewww.travelmedianinja.com & editor-at-large Matador Network
Facebookwww.facebook.com/joshua.johnson.9250
Twitter: @joshywashington

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

My Gopro, reading material and an appetite for adventure!

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

I don’t have a remedy for jet lag, it screws me up every time… so I guess…. SLEEP, oh yeah and beer!

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

Depends on the place, but usually I just get out and wander. I like to get a lay of the land, see what the neighborhood is like and…get a beer!

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

Best food… besides my Grandma’s house? Italy and Vietnam, big time, by far, hands down. Worst food….I guess I would have to say Argentina. Great steaks but that is about it—no veggies, crappy bread and yeah—just meat.

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

Italy—because it was the first place I had ever been, and being from a small Pacific Northwest town of 9,000, it was a completely transformative experience. Italy gave me a glimpse what the rest of the world was like and it literally changed everything about me, my personality and what I felt was possible for my life.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

This quote reminds me that the journey is always afoot and that the only barrier to travel and all of its benefits is your willingness to take the first step.

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

Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On.” When I hear that I just want to shoulder a backpack and RAMBLE!!

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

Oh god, I will have save all of the juicy details for campfire and a flask of whiskey but suffice it  to say that it involves a lot of hallucinogenic mushrooms and automatic machine guns in central Laos.

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

Inspiration—straight up. Travel videos can get you stoked and can be a catalyst for the journey.

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

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.

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

Start now.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

Trust.

Watch travel videos by Joshua Johnson here.

Introducing the Hotel Confidential iPhone App

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We are proud to announce that the Hotel Confidential app for iPhone is now available on the App Store! The Hotel Confidential app makes it fun and easy to shoot and upload hotel video reviews right from your phone. We are accepting hotel video reviews from all over the world (but hotels please, not motels, hostels, or campgrounds) and offering a $25 reward for each review. Your smartphone video reviews will help other hotel bookers find the perfect hotel.

Once you download the app, your mission is to make hotel video reviews that show what your hotel is really like. Show us what you liked and what you didn’t like, the unique features that made your hotel stand out (infinity pool anyone?), and any tips you want to pass on to other travelers. The free app includes tips and tricks, an instructional video, and an example video that will help you get started. To download the app, click here or search the App Store for Hotel Confidential.

You can also go to www.hotelconfidential.com to sign up and submit a request to review your first hotel. We can’t wait to see your reviews! And please let us know how your experience goes—we love to hear from you. Feel free to send your comments, questions, and feedback to info@hotelconfidential.com.

A Taste of Turkey: Food in Istanbul


I love when Tripfilms staff members share their travel experiences on video! I must admit it’s been too long of a time for me. I have, however, been busy posting hotel videos on our new site www.hotelconfidential.com.

We all know that Mimi is a real foodie, and she proves it with a video of all the delicious foods she enjoyed during her latest trip to Istanbul.

Dominica Film Challenge

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The Dominica Film Challenge is currently seeking filmmakers, photographers and storytellers to help tell the story of the island and people of Dominica. Dominica, a small tropical island located in the Caribbean (West Indies), is not to be confused with the Dominican Republic. “Many have said Dominica reminds them of what Costa Rica was 20+ years ago, before the major development boom,” says Mike Kraabel, executive producer of the Dominica Film Challenge. “There are no chain resorts and most of the locations have very high ethical and sustainable mission statements.”

The Dominica Film Challenge aims to tell the world more about this incredible island. Selected applicants will receive round-trip airfare, accommodations, meals and trail guides. Teams will spend a week on the island and document their journeys with film, photography, and other types of creative social media, then publish and share their experience with their fans.

Applications are due Friday, February 28th and the project will take place toward the end of March 2014.  To learn more, visit http://www.dominicachallenge.com.

Twelve Travel Questions with David Hoffmann

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Name: David Hoffmann
Home Base: Miami and Barcelona
Last Trip: Thailand
Next Trip: Malaysia
Websitewww.davidsbeenhere.com
Facebookwww.facebook.com/davidsbeenhere1
Twitter@davidsbeenhere

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

My Canon 6D, my iPhone, and my Drobo Mini to back up all my photos and footage.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

The one thing I always do when I arrive at a destination is try to stay up as long as I can in order to adjust quicker. Another thing I would suggest is to wear an eye mask on long flights, as the light tends to make jet lag worse.

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

The first thing I do is try to take a bit of time to unwind before I start hitting the ground running. Also, I try to get my hands on a great map of whichever city I’m in.

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

Italy and Greece have the absolute most delicious food! The worst food is definitely Disney World.

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

The place that changed everything for me was Italy. In 2003 I visited my family in Italy for the first time. I spoke no Italian and was literally trying to communicate as much as I could using my hands. The food, language and culture got me hooked on traveling! It must have been the overdose of cheese and wine that made me a travel addict.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” – St. Augustine

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

Too many good songs to name., but if I had to choose I would say the Legend album by Bob Marley. It energizes me!

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

I got my laptop stolen out of my hotel room (in a 5-star hotel) in Marrakech, Morocco. I left the door cracked open for five minutes while I went down to the reception to ask a question. It turned out that another hotel guest stole it. When the hotel searched his room, they found it and turned it over to the police as evidence. The thief was arrested, but the laptop was technically evidence. I never got it back from the police, but two years after the incident I got an email from a man who said he had my laptop and wanted to sell it back to me. Talk about being hustled! FYI, I never bought it back and lost all my pictures and contacts.

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

Pictures are great, but video is the only thing that can make a destination come alive aside from actually visiting. Travel videos give people the ability to imagine themselves in a certain place. It helps them to visualize themselves far removed from their everyday lives. Why do you think the Travel Channel is so successful?

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

Informational, short and to the point!

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

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.

12. What is your best travel tip?

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.

Watch travel videos by David Hoffman here.

Twelve Travel Questions with Kristen Sarah

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Name: Kristen Sarah
HomeBase: Toronto
Last Trip: Mexico
Next Trip: Jasper
Websitewww.hopscotchtheglobe.com
Facebookwww.facebook.com/Hopscotchtheglobe
Twitter: @HTGlobe

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

Pashmina, headlamp, water filter.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Sleep and patience.

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

Wander around on foot and intentionally get lost.

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

Best food – Greece, Italy, India
Worst – None

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

India.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

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

All types of music inspire me to travel. It depends where I am traveling. But listening to music in a certain country and then again when I’m home can take me back to that place immediately.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

The time I was invited in an Indian wedding by a renowned Indian drummer in the middle of the Rajasthan desert and danced for a king.

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

Visuals have a power of inspiring people in a way writing cannot. Videos can make people feel like they are experiencing everything with you.

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

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.

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

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

12. What is your best travel tip? 

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

Watch travel videos by Kristen Sarah here.

Twelve Travel Questions with Rubén Alonso

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Name: Rubén Alonso
Home Base: Barcelona
Last Trip: Dublin
Next Trip: Some of the great European capitals
Websitewww.rubenyelmundo.com
Facebookwww.facebook.com/rubenyelmundo
Twitter: @helloiamruben

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

My camera (of course), my e-book, and a travel guide.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Luckily, I’ve never had jet lag (not on my trip from Europe to Central America or on my trip from Europe to Australia). I think it’s because airplanes make me sleepy. So when I arrive in a new place, I usually feel like I’ve just woken up and I’m ready to explore.

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

I look for a beautiful cafe to have a nice coffee and to connect to the internet.

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

It might seem really patriotic, but I think Spanish food is the best food in the world. Lots of non-Spanish visitors agree! And I’d say the worst was in Norway, because when I went there I was a student with very little money, so I was living on instant noodles.

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

Central America, because it was my first solo trip where I went with my backpack for a few weeks. It was a big cultural change and that’s where I caught the travel bug.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

Travel hard, party harder!

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

I usually travel with 16GB of all kinds of music, so for me any music is great.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

I was in Lithuania and I wanted to visit one of the weirdest places on the planet—Stalinland. To get there, we had to go almost to the border with Belarus. I got to the nearest city to the park, but the only way to get there was with a taxi. The locals explained that the taxi drivers worked in a kind of organized mafia, and you couldn’t trust them. Luckily, I was traveling with very pretty and clever local friend, who managed to convince the taxi to take us to the park for free, almost like a private chauffeur!

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

Bloggers have the freedom that nobody tells them what to say or what they have to show off in the videos. We show places the way we want to and say what we think, so there’s an honesty that comes through.

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

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.

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

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.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

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