Name: Andrew Kamphey
Home Base: Los Angeles
Last Trip: Weekend in Las Vegas and a cruise—all in 10 days
Next Trip: Who knows?
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
Toothbrush, extra underwear, brain.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
Embrace jet lag, wake up early, stay up late.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
Best food abroad: Italy
Best food domestic: Los Angeles
Worst food: Mongolia
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
It might not have been one place but one time, driving from Chicago to Florida to board the first ship I worked on. It was January and I quite literally shed my jacket as I drove south to the port in Miami. Got on the ship, and two days later was in San Juan, Puerto Rico. First restaurant I saw was called “Chicago Burger.” Then I knew that Chicago was a state of mind, and here I was dripping in sweat and loving every minute of it.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
Veni, Vidi, Vici.
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
Travel inspires music. Music festivals, and also finding record shops to browse in foreign countries. I have a small collection of albums from places I’ve been. Five-year-old singer in Chile, old Italian piano men, picked up a Pink Martini album in Spain.
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
Getting three days into a trip to the rural parts of Mongolia. Got to a lakeside village. My phone rings and it’s my friend telling me that if I’m not back in a day to get my visa to China, I won’t be able to stay. I took a 22-hour bus ride straight from there to U.B. and got to the embassy in time before they closed for a week, and then boarded a 16-hour train to the border to renew my visa. A 16-hour train ride back and I was good. Not to be locked up abroad for any visa troubles.
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
Videos are the closest we can get right now to experiential forms of media. They can be kept for days, months, years, and watched and re-watched. I think travel videos are powerful on their own and also when combined with photos, words, and sounds. Google is doing a great job of combining all of these. I think we’ll see a new kind of travel video soon. Not sure what it’ll look like but I’m trying out new stuff all the time.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
Make your mouth water and open your eyes.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
Find your voice, one way or another. Find the thing that nobody else can do, that nobody else would attempt to do, especially if it’s hard. And do it.
12. What is your best travel tip?
Research, and know where your information is coming from. What kind of person, what their motives are. Take things with a grain of salt and in the end, explore a little more than you thought you would.
Watch travel videos by Andrew Kamphey here.