Monthly Archives: May 2014

Twelve Travel Questions with Josep Gutierrez

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Name: Josep Gutierrez
Home Base: Barcelona (Spain)
Last Trip: Strasbourg (France)
Next Trip: Costa Brava (Spain) and after this, Budapest (Hungary)
Website: www.josepgutierrez.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Productor.Audiovisual.2.0.JosepGutierrez
Twitter: @JGutiBCN

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

My camera, my moleskine, and the friendship of a local.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

If you are excited about the adventure, these kind of things are not a problem. Living every moment with energy you don’t suffer jet lag.

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

Meeting my friend from that place.

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

It was great to eat rice with chicken with my hands at Dakar (Senegal) seated on the floor with a local family. The worst food was the Serbian coffee. Serbian people have great food but I really don’t recommend to taste their traditional coffee.

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

I was living in Budapest for one year and my life changed from that moment. Eastern Europe was quite unknown for me before going and I discovered a really nice point of view. I met warm people with a lot of energy and passion for the culture and for a healthy lifestyle.

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6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar,” by the Spanish poet Antonio Machado. The translation is “Walker, there is no path. The path is made while you walk.” You can enjoy the song  by the songwriter Serrat about this poem.

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

Beirut, the band, is the biggest inspiration for me. I feel in their sounds and lyrics all the travel experience of Zach Condon, a musician and singer that learned about music in every place he visited.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

I took a train to Belgrade without a passport. We, the European people, can travel through European Community countries only with ID. We don’t need a passport. In that moment I didn’t think that Serbia was not an European Community country. I realized this fact when I was inside the train and the train was starting to go.

I was afraid because if I couldn’t get into Serbia, I would have to leave the train at the border of Hungary and Serbia, in the right middle of nowhere, at 4 a.m. of a cold night. Nobody on the train knew if I could get into Serbia without a passport so I couldn’t sleep waiting for the border policemen. When the moment arrives, the policemen asked for the passport. I told them that I only had my ID, no passport. They looked at me with serious faces and they told me that I should wait a moment until they came back. In the moment that I was preparing my luggage to get off, the train started with me inside and the policemen didn’t come back. I have never been so happy to arrive to a city than when I arrived to Belgrade.

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

I think the videos made by travelers that aren’t filmmakers have something special. Something different than filmmakers. The travelers can appreciate special moments and tell their stories in a very fresh way. I think what is important in a video is to transmit feelings and a person that enjoys with an adventure is the best to tell it.

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

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.

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

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.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

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.

Watch travel videos by Josep Gutierrez here.

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Twelve Travel Questions with Cailin O’Neil

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Name: Cailin O’Neil
Home Base: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Last Trip: Terengganu, Malaysia
Next Trip: Chicago
Websitewww.TravelYourself.ca
Facebookfacebook.com/travelyourself
Twitter: @cailinoneil

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

My DSLR, my iPhone and a sleeping mask.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

If you are on a long flight try to sleep in tune with the time zone you are flying too. This might cause you to miss getting food but honestly its only airplane food and that isn’t that disappointing to miss out on. The last long flight I took was Hong Kong to Toronto and when we landed in Toronto at 8 p.m. they were trying to feed us breakfast as it was morning time in HK. That can definitely mess a person up. Also drink lots of water!

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

As cliché as it might be if it’s a big city I take one of those hop-on hop-off bus tours. They are a great way to get a quick layout of the city and most of them have tickets that are good for two days so once you do the loop you can then keep taking it as free transportation to get around.

4. What place has the best food?

This is the same as asking me which place is my favourite to visit. Impossible to answer. However I do really LOVE this kangaroo pizza at the Australian Hotel in Sydney, Australia…

The worst food? I recently tried Durian for the first time in Malaysia… blech! However other food I ate there was awesome.

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

South Africa.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

I have always been a fan of “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

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

Not really.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

I have a lot of crazy adventures that are all different in their own way. The most recent one I can think of is that time I got stuck at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe… http://www.travelyourself.ca/cailins-blog/traveling-solo-can-scary-adventure/

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

I think my travel videos are useful to everyone, filmmaker or not. I don’t think I cater to one specific niche audience except for people that love to travel or dream to travel that is. I have a series of videos called “City in a Minute” where I show people some of the awesome things to see and do in a city in a quick one-minute video. I hope these videos inspire people to travel and help them plan their travels as well.

I also like making videos because I think you can only show someone so much about a place in a blog post or photograph and a video gives people movement and audio and takes it to a whole other level. Now if only we could get smell-o-vision invented…

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

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.

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

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.

12. What is your best travel tip?

Trust your gut and have fun.

Watch travel videos by Cailin O’Neil here.

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Twelve Travel Questions with Patrick J. McDaniel

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Name: Patrick J. McDaniel
Home Base: Vermont
Last Trip: Atlanta, GA
Next Trip: Hawaii
Websitehttp://www.pmcdanielvideography.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/PatrickJMcdanielVideography
Twitter@pmcdanvideo802

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

Camera gear, phone with a solid travel playlist, and a French Press with VT coffee beans.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

C-O-F-F-E-E.

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

I like to drive around a get a feel for the area, scope out some places to film. Just being friendly and talking with people from the area helps a lot too.

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

It’s not very exotic, but I had the best meal of my life at a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Florida. The worst place to get food is when you’re on the road and in a hurry, or trying to save every penny. Gas station food and I have a long history, and a love/hate relationship when traveling.

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

Not very exotic again, but growing up in Vermont has definitely changed my outlook on life, and continues to do so every day. I bring the lessons I’ve learned from VT with me on the road anywhere I go, and it definitely helps to have such a strong support network. I’m planning on some longer distance adventures in the near future, so we’ll see about some new life changing locations.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

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

There’s definitely certain songs that spark some interest in travel, but I think it all depends on the time of day, or the place that I’m listening to the music. I have an Alt-J CD that’s been in my car since December, I think that’s definitely inspired a good bit of my travel ideas.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

Last summer I ended up joining one of my friends on a spontaneous last minute trip to see a three-day music festival called Friendly Gathering. With almost no notice, I managed to get free admission into the festival in exchange for filming and received a VIP wristband that allowed me access into backstage/sectioned off areas. The entire music festival took place on an abandoned ski/snowboard resort so the view was incredible and camping out was perfect. It ended up raining so filming wasn’t the best, but dancing in the mud for three days and being surrounded by great music was something I’ll never 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?

Film is just such a powerful medium to use to communicate to each other, and I think it’s amazing that it’s becoming so widely available now. Anyone can pick up a GoPro or tiny camcorder that shoots HD videos, and they can make an incredible travel video that accurately captures their experiences. The biggest use for travel videos is simply being able to communicate and share our incredible adventures with each other.

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

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.)

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

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.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

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

Watch travel videos by Patrick J. McDaniel here.

New York Travel Festival and Gringo Trails

nytf-logo-e1395417947916Last weekend the New York Travel Festival took place in New York City. Saturday’s events took place at Bohemian National Hall and Sunday’s events took place at Hostelling International. The New York Travel Festival provides information and discussion for “tech-savvy, immersive travelers,” and the event provided consumer, industry, and media tracks along with speakers and panels that were open to all.

It was exciting to meet up with some familiar faces from Tripfilms! Travel vloggers Kelley Ferro, Ryan Van Duzer, Ashley Castle, Elyse Pasquale, and Captain and Clark were all among the speakers who presented at the Festival.

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New York Travel Festival, in partnership with Outbounding.org, also offered an exclusive screening of the documentary Gringo Trails to Festival media attendees and members of Outbounding.org. The film is a thoughtful exploration of the effects that travelers, especially backpackers, have on the destinations that they visit. Filmmaker and anthropologist Pegi Vail shows the changes that have taken place over just a few decades in locations like Thailand’s Haad Rin and Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt desert, where unsustainable travel has caused damage to the natural environments, but also the ways that the country of Bhutan and the village of San José de Uchupiamonas in Bolivia have been able to plan a sustainable model for tourism that protects the native culture and environment, while still allowing travelers access to these extraordinary places. The documentary ends on a note of hope. Though it acknowledges the damage that has been done in some places, it affirms that it is not too late for other places, if travelers can become mindful of the effects of their travel and do their part to support sustainability.

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Outbounding.org will be hosting an Ask Me Anything with Pegi Vail on Monday, March 5th, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. Visit Outbounding.org to join the conversation!

For more information on the film and upcoming screenings, visit gringotrails.com.

Twelve Travel Questions with Gloria Powell

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Name: Gloria Powell
Home Base: Northern Virginia
Last Trip: NYC
Next Trip: Savannah, Georgia
Website:  http://onthegowithglo.com
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/onthegowithglo
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/GlorPow

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

I always take my iPhone, a hoody (in case it rains or it’s cold in the hotel), and a pair of flip-flops!

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Don’t give in!! Years ago, I went on a cruise with my family. After landing in Barcelona, we had a couple of hours to explore the city before the ship set sail. However, instead of taking advantage of this, my sister and I collapsed in our cabin and slept the whole time. I look back on it and slap my forehead! We missed an entire afternoon of exploration! So my advice would be to try and push through the jet lag and stick to the local time.

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

I feel like I’m always hungry when I arrive someplace new, so my first order of business is usually to find a good place to eat!

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

I don’t have a specific country or state in mind but for good food, I always like to try someplace local and family owned! Worst food? Cruise ship food! Everything starts to taste the same after a few days!

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

I spent a month in NYC studying acting. Being in a city with so many cultures and people pursuing various passions made me realize that there are so many options out there and no excuse for not pursuing your dreams.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list!”

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

Yes! Movie soundtracks are always very inspiring to me. I also listen to a lot of international music, which makes me want to visit different destinations even more!

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

So during that family cruise I mentioned before, we went shopping in Florence, Italy and this lady came up to me and started talking to me in Italian. I think she was asking me about the shirt she was trying on, not wanting to let on that I had no idea what she was saying, I kept saying “Mi piace!” and “Va bene.” She totally fell for it. 😀

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

Travel videos are a great way to get excited about a trip. Done right, they will make you want to book a ticket right away! Not everyone has the privilege to travel. For some, watching a travel video may be the only way to experience traveling. These videos are like a portal that allows everyone the chance to escape.

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

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.

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

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.

12. What is your best travel tip?

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!

Watch travel videos by Gloria Powell here.

Royalty-Free Music Resources for Filmmakers

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Photo: Wikipedia

Music can be a powerful element of an inspiring and successful travel video. It’s important to us at Tripfilms that all the music featured in TripVlogger videos complies with legal requirements. For commissioned TripVlogger videos, we ask for a written note that indicates the source that was used for the music and confirms that does not violate any copyright laws. The following is a list of free and inexpensive sites that provide royalty-free music for filmmakers to use in videos. Many of these sites were recommended by other TripVloggers. We hope this list can be a useful resource.

http://www.digitaljuice.com – Site requires paid subscription
http://www.videoblocks.com – Site requires paid subscription
http://www.audiojungle.net
http://www.premiumbeats.com
http://www.istockphoto.com
http://www.jamendo.com/en
http://www.freeplaymusic.com
http://www.freestockmusic.com
http://extrememusic.com
http://www.pond5.com
http://www.gettyimages.com/music

This site shows a list of even more sites for royalty-free music: http://socialtimes.com/royalty-free-music_b37470

One TripVlogger offered the reminder that each music site is different—some sites require a paid subscription while others ask for a one-time fee. “You’ll find a large variety of music sites out there, but my advice is to make sure you read the fine print!”

TripVloggers have also reported collaborating with composers or musicians to arrange original compositions for videos.

What’s your favorite source for the music in your videos? Did we miss your favorite music site? Add your favorite in the comments!