Monthly Archives: April 2014

Twelve Travel Questions with Eduardo Gato

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Name
: Eduardo Gato
Home Base: Miami, Florida
Last Trip: Whistler, Canada
Next Trip: Curacao
Website: “in the oven”
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/eduardogato3
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/EduardoGato

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

My camera, my toothbrush, my iPod.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

Drink if it’s just a 3-hour difference. Drink and sleep if it’s more than 6.

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

Check local papers and speak with the people on the street

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

The best, Spain. The worst, London (if it’s not an ethnic restaurant).

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

Bhutan, the last Buddhist Kingdom. This trip reinforced most of my values and gave me a deeper understanding of who we are as humans.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“I don’t understand why people are so afraid of dying, when the real fear should be not living the life they have. Stop dreaming about it and travel, my friend.” – Eduardo Gato

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

Music is a big part of my life—all of it counts, all of it inspires.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

For my mothers 60th birthday, my wife and I decided to get her to Las Vegas. It was the first time in her life that she stayed in a hotel. We went to the Aria, which had just recently opened at that time. Her room was fine but mine was dirty, so after we complained they moved and upgraded us. My mother asked me if she could take the vanity set from the bathroom with her and I not only encouraged her, I also gave her the set from my bathroom and a towel. When we got to the new rooms, they were dirty too and they moved us and upgraded us again—more shampoo and more towels for my mom. This happen another two times, for a total of four. We ended up in a corner penthouse with free hotel credit for eating at the hotel, free rooms, and my mom with lots of vanity sets, towels, and a bathrobe, too much fun and that was only the first day.

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

To create a memory beyond a picture, to share experiences with others. We are a visual society. Unfortunately people don’t like to read much, so the new trend to remember and let others enjoy what we do in life is make a video.

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

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.

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

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 Lynda.com 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 :)

12. What is your best travel tip?

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.

TripVlogger Video Style Guide

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What makes a truly standout TripVlogger video? This is what we look for:

  • High quality, clear HD footage
  • Good, clear sound
  • Use only music where you have obtained rights (no copyrighted music please!)
  • Each video must have on-camera hosting or voiceover narration
  • Advanced editing skills
  • 1-2 minutes long (it can go a bit longer, but around 1 to 2 minutes is generally the sweet spot)
  • Focus on travel destinations and travel topics (activities, food, transportation, things to do, events, etc.)
  • Full of useful information for travelers
  • Not an overly personal travelogue or vacation diary

Our goal is that someone who is trying to plan a trip could watch a TripVlogger video and come away with useful information about the destination or topic that they could use to plan their trip. Likewise, someone who is looking to “armchair travel” should be able to watch a TripVlogger video and be inspired to visit the place.

Here are some exemplary TripVlogger videos to watch for inspiration:

For recommended video formats, compression guidelines, and other technical matters, check out our Filmmaker Tips.

USA Today Travel Video Magazines Go Live

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If you have an iPad and like food and wine, Caribbean travel, or all of the above, have we got news for you. USA Today Travel Experience presents the Food and Wine HD Video Magazine and Caribbean HD Video Magazine. Both HD Video Magazines are now available to download for free on the App Store.

These apps include featured articles, photo galleries, and videos, all brought to you in stunning high definition on your iPad. Go ahead and feast your eyes. Tripfilms videos and USA Today videos make these apps the only travel video magazines in the marketplace!

USA TODAY Experience Food and Wine HD Video Magazine
USA TODAY Experience Caribbean HD Video Magazine

Twelve Travel Questions with John Piazza IV

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Name: John Piazza IV
Home Base: Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Last Trip: Marrakech, Morocco
Next Trip: Philadelphia and NYC. Keeping it local for a bit.
Websitepelagepro.com
Facebookfacebook.com/JohnPiazza
Twittertwitter.com/Giovanni_Piazza

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

It’s tough to narrow it down because I usually bring a TON of stuff, but here’s what I would never go on any trip without: iPhone, Canon 5D Mark II, spare contacts (clear vision is everything).

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

The excitement of traveling always conquers any weariness I might experience. A cold, local brew is a must at the end of a long day of traveling though.

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

Orientate myself. Walk around. Learn the lay of the land. If I haven’t already, I make sure I know where everything is in relation to where I’m staying, that way I don’t waste any time being lost.

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

I’m a little biased, but I have to say, hands down, the best food is found in Italy. The worst food I’ve had has been in the United States. Americans have a much higher tolerance for poor food and low quality ingredients than most of the world that I’ve visited.

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

Morocco. Being launched into a setting that is so far removed from anything I’ve ever experienced is always a great a experience. It’s really interesting to enter the Medina (the old city) and essentially step back hundreds of years. On top of that, the culture and landscape are beautiful and the food is interesting and delicious. Morocco should be on everyone’s travel list.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild. Not just my favorite travel quote, but one of my all-time favorite quotes.

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

Music inspires me in every aspect of my life, but as far as traveling is concerned, the music that inspires me the most are the songs that talk about being adventurous, living while you’re young, and making the most of your time. When I hear music that I enjoy that is specific to a certain region, I’m always more inclined to travel to that area.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

This is hardest question by far. Haha there are so many. The one that jumps to mind, however, is from when I studied abroad in Italy during the spring of 2012. The semester had just ended and I was spending a week on the Amalfi Coast with my best friend. We were eager to visit Capri, so after a long day spent figuring out the local transportation and conversing with Italians who all told us a different story, we arrived in Sorrento, ready to hop on a ferry to the famous Isola di Capri. We were about 10 minutes too late and had taken the last bus. With night quickly approaching, we had two options: accept defeat and rent accommodations or seize the day and make the most of our situation. We chose the latter. We enthusiastically rented two Vespa scooters and drove along the legendary Strada Statale 163 to Positano. I would argue that it is the most beautiful road in the world, albeit, rather dangerous. Upon arrival, we were met with a ferocious onslaught of wind and rain. We were forced to take cover in an abandoned Piaggio Ape (the tiny 3-wheeled Italian utility vehicles) alongside a cave and wait out the storm. We almost froze to death but we managed to wait out the storm. Afterwards, we were rewarded with the view of a lifetime. The moon came out from behind the clouds and shined brilliantly over Positano, reflecting in the calm waters of the Mediterranean. We then grabbed a couple panini and camped out on the beach for the remainder of the night. Great times.

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

Actually, I think that travel videos are probably more useful for people who aren’t filmmakers. Travel videos, if they’re done well, allow the viewer to get an idea of a destination without actually visiting it. That way, travelers are able to narrow down the multitude of destinations to the places they really want to see. In my opinion, travel videos are invaluable to any person who is planning a trip.

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

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

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

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.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

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.

Watch travel videos by John Piazza IV here.