Monthly Archives: June 2014

Twelve Travel Questions with Wesley Adventures


Name: Wesley Adventures is a family of six: Mom & Dad with two daughters ages 10 & 12 and two boys ages 6 & 8!
Home Base: Salt Lake City, Utah
Last Trip: San Francisco, CA
Next Trip: Yellowstone National Park
Twitter: n/a

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

Brian: I always bring a backup hard drive, a Sci-Fi or Fantasy book, and a hat.

Tammy:  I usually bring a clothesline & Woolite. With kids we’re always having to do laundry. Also they sometimes need to go to bed earlier. So instead of running back and forth to a laundromat, we just do the laundry in the hotel room and relax and play a game or talk. The kids always need a hoodie and stuffed animals, Android tablets, and books. We also bring sports tape for minor cuts & blisters. We have found it’s much better and protects better than band aids. Okay, that’s more than three things… but hey! There are six of us.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Brian: I start adjusting my schedule as much as possible a few days before a trip. If that’s not possible we just end up doing more stuff later in the evening and deal with the fatigue. If I’m traveling +/-12 hours difference I’ll sleep on the plane and force myself to adjust to the schedule when I arrive.

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

With kids, we look for a bathroom! Once we get to our hotel or campsite, and if we’re staying a few days, we’ll unpack and get settled. With six people we usually have to conserve our space so unpacking and figuring out what goes where makes things more relaxing and easier to maneuver. Also, we usually are out all day and get back late at night. Tammy and I are usually carrying one kid each so knowing where beds and clothes are lets us enjoy the evening more quickly.

kids in sand

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

Brian: Tammy and I are both from the Gulf Coast area and we have found that there is no better food in the world than from New Orleans. From the pecan pralines to the beignets to the variety of seafood, your taste buds are sure to be satisfied. The worst food for me was Filipino food from the Philippines. There isn’t as much potassium in the food as I was used to. After a few days I got really sick and all of my joints hurt so bad I almost needed a walking cane. An expat doctor told me to start eating a banana a day and everything magically cleared right up.

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

Traveling in any rural third world country can instantly soften your heart and intensify your gratitude for simple things. After a few months I arrived in Hong Kong, I literally shed a tear when I saw a drinking water fountain. I was so touched I took a picture. Seriously. Since then I’ll be in the US and people will ask me if I want bottled water or tap, I’m always reminded of that adventure and I’m happy enough to just take tap.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

“Never let schooling interfere with your education.” – Mark Twain. Technically, the quote is believed to have originated from Grant Allen and often quoted by Mark Twain a decade later.


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

When we make travel videos we’ll usually edit two versions of the video. Version one will be with royalty free music legal to place online, other videos often have “radio versions” of popular songs. For example, last fall we took a short cruise to Catalina and Ensenada. We used Katy Perry’s “Unconditional” as the background to the family version of the video. Every time we are at a market or store and hear that song we think of the trip and want to go back or travel. With over 500 edited family videos there’s quite a few songs that get us pumped up to travel.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

Brian: I travel a lot for work. One time I was in Asia and tried to get some work equipment into a country… legally. I could have easily lied and just snuck it in but I wanted to do it correctly. I had a brand new $100 USD bill that I was going to use to pay the import taxes. They wouldn’t accept it because it had a single crease down the middle. Besides the crease it was in mint condition and completely valid. Both money changers at the airport wouldn’t accept it. They wouldn’t even try because of the crease. Sigh, it’s money, it gets creased. They had never heard of the silver stripe embedded in the paper, watermark, or those money markers. I ended up having to go to the local black market to exchange for local currency. The funny thing, I got a much better exchange rate at the black market than the legal money changers. I eventually got the equipment into the country but it didn’t increase my faith in that country’s money system.

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

In decades past, travel videos were done by large production companies for television. Travel advice and tips are so much more effective if they’re coming from local or seasoned travelers, not some TV script writer on a deadline. Give me raw and candid advice from a local any day.


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

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.

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

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.

12. What is your best travel tip?

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.

Watch Wesley Adventures here.


Last Weekend to Nominate Filmmakers for Trippy Awards


Great news! We are extending the nomination period for the Trippy Awards through Monday June 30th. This is your last weekend to nominate your favorite travel videos and travel filmmakers for the 2014 Trippy Awards, the videos that most enlightened and inspired you. The Filmmaker of the Year will be our Grand Prize winner and will win a $2000 travel voucher to travel anywhere and film a TripVlogger video series. To nominate your favorites, please go to Good luck!

Travel Together in South Africa with Kelley Ferro


Kelley Ferro and USTOA teamed up to create a mini-series on travel in South Africa with tour operator Swain Destinations, and we are proud to feature the videos now on Tripfilms! Start with the Overview of South Africa, or maybe South Africa’s Food and Wine Experience. Our favorite? Eco-Conscious Travel with USTOA, because where else can you get this close to rhinos and cheetahs? Enjoy all the Travel Together videos—it’s the next best thing to being on safari yourself!

Trippy Nominations Open Now


The Trippy Awards give us a special opportunity to recognize and honor some of the most incredible, awe-inspiring, funny, surprising, and impressive travel videos from the Tripfilms community of filmmakers. You bring us entertaining and informative travel videos from all over the world, and now we want to celebrate some of our favorites from the past year. Nominations are open through June 25th, and voting will open shortly after we announce the finalists. To nominate your favorites in each category, visit or email your nominations to

Twelve Travel Questions with Sarah Zareen


Name: Sarah Zareen
Home Base: Milpitas, California
Last Trip: Bangalore, India
Next Trip: Dallas, Texas
Website: In the works
Twitter: @SarahZareen

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

Camera, book, hand sanitizer.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Fresh air and lots of water.

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

Talk to the locals. Get the lowdown on the best places to eat.

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

I’ve had the best food in India. I love the way a change in zip code brings about a new flavor. Worst food has to be airplane food! My recent flight to India saw me going 14 hours on a couple of apples and water.


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

My solo cruise to the Bahamas reaffirmed what I believe. People are the same everywhere. There is no “us” vs “them”. The same things makes us all smile, laugh, and bleed.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an Hour” – William Blake

Gives me goose bumps every time I read it.

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

“Dekha Hai Aise Bhi” (“I’ve Seen This Before”) by Lucky Ali. The essence of the song is that you’ll find what you are searching for, as long as you go look for it. I remember listening to this song as a teen. Made me want to grab my bag  and explore the world.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

Being chased in the streets of Bangalore by a wild horse. I saved myself by ducking into a narrow alley. The horse kept running.

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

Videos can more effectively show the flavor of a place in ways blogs and pictures can’t. A traveler’s video has freshness and honesty that is hard to find in syndicated travel shows.


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

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

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

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

12. What is your best travel tip?

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.

Watch travel videos by Sarah Zareen here.


Twelve Travel Questions with Justin Weiler


Name: Justin Weiler
Home Base: London
Last Trip: South Africa
Next Trip: Mexico
Twitter: @justinweiler

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

50mm 1.2, mini speaker, double USB Adapter, close third…sleeping pills for long haul flights

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

No need. Jet lag is one of my favorite things. Nothing beats waking up at 3 a.m. and getting a full day of work in before everyone wakes up.

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

Get in a taxi, get to a destination + Drop my bags… Shoot.

Justin_long lens

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

Mexico + Vietnam! Worst…meet locals and you’ll always find a good meal.

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

The hospitals of Rwanda.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?  

Life, it’s like a roller coaster + I’m gonna ride it till the wheels fall off.  -jw

Justin Pyramids

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

All of it! It’s like wine and you pair it.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

I was able to witness a 73 yr old man get his cleft lip repaired + seeing his wife’s reaction will live with me forever. After being rejected by his sons + grandchildren for 50+ yrs, he was welcomed back into the family.

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

Videos have the magic ability to emotionally engage with an audience and it’s what we all seek when traveling, and to be able to share that with others is a real privilege.

Justin weiler_Laos on Floor

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

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

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

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.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

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

Watch travel videos by Justin Weiler here.