Monthly Archives: March 2014

New and Improved Hotel Confidential App Now Available

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The new and improved Hotel Confidential app is now live on the App Store! This version of the free app allows users to add videos to existing reviews and also edit reviews and video information. If a video upload fails, the user can try again. This version also allows users to see recent editor’s pick examples.

If you’ve got a hotel stay coming up, why not download the Hotel Confidential app and give it a try? Feel free to send your feedback and questions to info@hotelconfidential.com. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

Twelve Travel Questions with Travizeo

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Name: Greg Brand (Travizeo)
Home Base: Brighton, UK
Last Trip: Malaysia
Next Trip: Brazil
Websitehttp://www.travizeo.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Travizeo
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/travizeo

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

Other than loads of cameras and video equipment… A multi plug and one travel adaptor, half the clothes that I think I will need (more space for cameras) and a healthy dose of “if life gives you lemons” attitude.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Honestly… 5 minutes of scuba in the pool! It seems to work well for hangovers too, but you didn’t hear that from me (it’s certainly not recommended at your local dive shop).

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

Just take a walk around, take in the atmosphere of the location without the camera.

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

My favourite foodie location would have to be Malaysia. The fusion of Indian, Chinese and Malay cultures is a match made in heaven. Don’t think I have a worst really—if you search long and hard enough, you will find something delicious. As Chef Gusteau always says “Food will come, Remy. Food always comes to those who love to cook.”

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

I would have to say it was my first travel video shoot in Kos, Greece for Mark Warner Holidays. It wasn’t so much the place, but more the fact that I was getting paid to travel and film, something I would have gladly done for free at the time. This got the ball rolling. I left the world of corporate video behind, started working with and got engaged to my amazing partner Carole, started up Travizeo and never looked back.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

“Holy sh*t, we’re in…(insert place name)” – Anyone who’s ever experienced the excitement of somewhere new.

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

There sure is… This is my Spotify playlist aptly titled ‘Something to travel to’ – http://goo.gl/h67BQd

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

We’ve gotten ourselves into all kinds of trouble, but the memories that stick out for me normally involve animals somehow… I’m not sure why. In South Africa I was sitting in the tracker seat, which is right in front of the land cruiser, filming a rather large square-lipped or white rhino cow and her calf, they began grazing closer and closer and we didn’t want to start the vehicle in case of frightening them. She ended up less than 2 meters away. You can see some of those shots in the end of this video. In Langkawi, Malaysia our producer Yusin somehow managed to convince the local aquarium to let me scuba dive in the big tank and hand-feed the fish. Hungry fish are not to be messed with, especially when you aren’t wearing gloves, and stingrays and moray eels swimming between your legs and nudging you for more food is rather unsettling, but something I won’t forget.

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

Videos have become a very big part of the traveller’s journey, from the dreaming stage to the planning stage and certainly to the experiencing and sharing stage. There is a misconception that people watch videos because they are lazy… People watch videos because they can get more information in a shorter space of time. In this light I see video as one of the most useful tools for travellers.

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

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

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

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.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

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.

Watch travel videos by Travizeo here.

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Go See Bellechord at SXSW

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One of our multi-talented developers, Thierry, will be performing with his band Bellechord at SXSW this week! How cool is that? They will be playing at Spinner’s Bar in Austin on Friday, March 14th. Check out the lineup!

Do you think Thierry will love the Austin weather, music scene, Texas barbeque, friendly Texans, and tech scene enough to leave NYC and start a Tripfilms Austin office? We look forward to the answers next week when he gets back.

Women’s Travel Fest 2014

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Last weekend, Go! Girl Guides presented the first annual Women’s Travel Fest, with the goal to inspire and encourage women travelers throughout the world. The one-day event took place in New York City inside the gorgeous former Ansche Chesed Synagogue, now maintained by The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts. Featured speakers included Samantha Brown, Sarah Shourd, and Sonia Gil. It was great to see posts and photos from the event featuring some familiar faces—Tripfilms TripVloggers!

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Missed the event this year? Mark your calendars: next year’s Women’s Travel Fest will be held in San Francisco on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 (Mother’s Day Weekend). To learn more about Women’s Travel Fest, go to http://womenstravelfest.com/ or follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WomenTravelFest. Go girl!

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Twelve Travel Questions with Ryan Van Duzer

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Name: Ryan Van Duzer
Home Base: Boulder, Colorado
Last Trip: Honduras to visit the village where I worked in the Peace Corps
Next Trip: not sure….
Website: www.duzertv.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RyanVanDuzer
Twitter: @duzer

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

I travel REALLY light, like one little backpack. But three items I always have are running shoes, video camera and electric shaver (not a fan of facial hair).

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

Jet Lag? What’s that? I just power through any sleepiness by being really active, like going for a run.

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

Bounce on the bed!

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

Best food is anywhere in Latin America, I’m a simple eater. A plate of beans and rice makes me a happy man. I once ate bugs to survive in Venezuela…that wasn’t so tasty.

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

I was an exchange student in Sweden when I was 18 and this trip is what sparked my interest in the world. Until that point, I had barely traveled, not even in the U.S. From that point on, I have been hooked on traveling, and not just traveling but spending lots of time in countries so I can learn the language and really get to know a place.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Emerson

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

Any kind of street music that inspires spontaneous dance parties!

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

Oh boy I have a ton…I once had two Bot flies living in my arm for two months, Google ‘Bot Fly’ on Youtube and you’ll be extremely grossed out. Was robbed at machete point on a Guatemalan Volcano and lost all my camera gear, had a gun pulled on me in Honduras, oh yeah, and that one time I lived in the Venezuelan jungle for a month living off the land.

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

Travel videos really allow someone to tell a unique story in their own special way…every travel filmmaker has their own style and something can be learned from everyone. Videos can teach you about dance, food, adventure…pretty much everything under the sun!

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

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.

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

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

12. What is your best travel tip?

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.

Watch travel videos by Ryan Van Duzer here.