Monthly Archives: August 2014

Twelve Travel Questions with Jesse and Kimberly Moore

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Name: Jesse and Kimberly Moore
Home Base: Salt Lake City, Utah
Last Trip: The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah
Next Trip: Istanbul, Turkey
Website: www.modern-atelier.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/modernatelier.SLC
Twitter: www.twitter.com/modern_atelier

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

A CAMERA[!!!], headphones, and good music.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Netflix—leave it to a good TV show to keep you awake all night and rest your clock.

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

Ask a local for the best place to eat then hit the ground exploring the neighborhood!

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

Paris is always a treat. We usually sustain ourselves on a healthy diet of macarons and crepes. Also, Thailand. You can’t go wrong with curry. We’re still looking for the worst food…

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

Jesse reflects often on experiences he had while living and serving among the people of Costa Rica for two years. He was reminded how happiness can truly be found in any set of circumstances. For Kim, it’s usually anywhere outdoors where the cell service is limited! Getting out into nature is the best way to really stop the noise of life and refocus on health and mental clarity.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

We believe it was Greg Anderson who said “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

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

Not in particular. Every trip has ended up with its own playlist that forever reminds us of that place (which inevitably makes us nostalgic whenever we hear it and gives us the itch to travel more!).

8. What is your craziest true travel story?  

Laughing at the time we hitchhiked franticly trying to catch the ferry leaving in minutes. You see we had to catch a plane the next morning! The kind soul who picked us up didn’t know any English but he didn’t need to. No, he knew exactly what was going on as we pointed to the dock just visible over the cliff. He weaved his way through traffic and around every tight corner only to come to a screeching halt just as the metal ramp scraped off the dock. I’d be lying if I said we didn’t consider jumping. Hours later. Another ferry. We finally rolled into the mainland near midnight only to find out a 48-hour transportation strike had been issued. No planes. No trains. No buses. We were able to leave the city only a few hours before the Syntagma Square riots broke out.

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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 THE best way to recap a country, area, or even a visit to a small town. Videos can show the atmosphere, the people and the experience all in a FEW minutes! A view that can convince travelers of why they’d want to visit! With video you can also help your viewers HEAR the sounds of the destination; the native language, or the waves crashing against the rocks, or the birds singing in the jungle, or the laughter of the guy selling hot dogs on the corner!

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

Our goal is to always be authentic in our summaries. We also try to provide an extra tip or trick that we have picked up along the way.

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

Think about what you want to know about the location/destination before you decide to go there. Then give that information in your video. It will make your video more genuine.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

Be flexible. We are big planners and usually travel ready with a huge list of to-do’s. We will always be advocates for planning ahead, because that way you can return home knowing you made the most of your time in that place. But, we’ve also had great experiences when things didn’t quite go as planned or a new opportunity arose and we took it as opposed to “sticking to the schedule!” So be prepared, but be flexible.

Watch travel videos by modern-atelier here.

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Women’s Travel Fest Dates Announced

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We’re excited to hear that dates have been announced for next year’s Women’s Travel Fest. Save the date for February 27th through March 1st, 2015 in San Francisco, California. This three-day weekend event aims to inspire women to take on the world through meaningful travel. Women’s Travel Fest is presented by Go! Girl Guides and directed by Mickela Mallozzi. Stay tuned at womenstravelfest.com for more information on tickets and the list of speakers.

You can also check out our post on last year’s Women’s Travel Fest in NYC for a recap and photos featuring some of our favorite travel vloggers.

Escape to the Cyclades

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The Cyclades are a collection of Greek islands south of mainland Greece gathered in a circle around Delos, formerly a religious center for all of Greece and the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Some of the islands are more commercialized than others, as Ashley Wootton shows in a new TripVlogger series on the Cyclades. Watch the videos to explore the Top 5 Things To Do in the CycladesBeaches, and Nightlife of these remarkable islands. Greek Islands Best Eats might make you crave gyros and pies (surprisingly). Finally, be prepared for travel with Top Tips for Island Hopping. Which island would you most like to visit?

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Celebrate Chocolate Heritage Month in St. Lucia

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“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt,” said Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. If you agree, you’ll love Chocolate Heritage Month. The West Indies is famous for producing some of the best chocolate in the world, and in August, the island of St. Lucia is celebrating all forms of the sweet indulgence. In her series Get Lost in St. LuciaKelley Ferro gets a taste of all that the island has to offer, from tours of cocoa plantations to luxurious chocolate spa treatments, not to mention the tasting menus that incorporate chocolate in every course. Give in to your sweet tooth and watch the videos. You can also learn more about some of St. Lucia’s special resort offers for Chocolate Heritage Month on the St. Lucia Now website.

Have some chocolate—watch Get Lost in St. Lucia with Kelley Ferro.

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Adventure in Motion Film Competition

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The Adventure Travel Trade Association is hosting a short film competition called Adventure in Motion. Anyone who has a short travel video (four minutes or less) produced in the last year is invited to submit their entry. Submissions are due August 22nd.

For more information on the timeline, evaluation criteria, and submission guidelines, go to the ATTA website. We’d love to see some of our talented travel filmmakers throwing their hats in the ring!

Twelve Travel Questions with Juliana Broste

CREDIT: Mark Broste

CREDIT: Mark Broste

Name: Juliana Broste aka “TravelingJules”
Home Base: Denver, Colorado
Last Trip: Mexico
Next Trip: India, Morocco, Argentina, who knows!  😛
Website: www.travelingjules.com
Facebookwww.facebook.com/travelingjules
Twittertwitter.com/travelingjules

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

My camera, my computer and pink lipstick!

CREDIT: Brock Groombridge

CREDIT: Brock Groombridge

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Whatever you do, don’t think about what time it is back at home. Change your clocks right away so it’s easy to adjust to the new time zone and never look back.

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

Seek out adventure! I always try to schedule in some free time to take a walk, wander around, do a little people watching, take a few photos, make friends with the locals, and explore.

CREDIT: Mickey Wilson

CREDIT: Mickey Wilson

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

Hands down, Thailand has the best food. Every meal was better than the last. I took a cooking class and learned some recipes to take home as souvenirs. Mmm! The worst food? The first time I went to Korea, I was really not a big fan of the food. Spicy octopus dishes and kimchi was not my thing. It really took some time to develop my palate. But, once I tasted bulgogi and kalbi (Korean BBQ), I was sold. Now, Korean food is at the top of my list for food! Mashisoyo!

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

Thailand. This is where I learned how to fly by the seat of my pants, how to find comfort in the unknown, how to survive in a totally exotic place, how to trust others and how to trust in myself. I pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone and try new things, and I was brilliantly rewarded.

I made the spontaneous decision to book the trip after finding fun traveler friends while teaching English in Korea. We went on an amazing journey around the country—we rode elephants in the jungles of Chiang Mai, we learned how to cook curry and Pad Kai Graprow, we escaped death driving motorbikes along tuk tuks, we visited temples with Buddahs big and small, we bargained for clothes in Bangkok, we found peace in beachfront bungalows in Koh Phang Yen, and we volunteered to aid post-tsunami wreckage in Koh Phi Phi. What an adventure.

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6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” – Anonymous

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

Every trip has its own tone and “theme song.” I love that about travel. Just like the radio, you can dial up a trip that fits your mood and then dance to the rhythm of the music.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

That time I was in a reality TV show on Outside TV and had to camp overnight on the snow in the Colorado backcountry the middle of winter and then climb up a mountain with 50 pounds of gear on my back while producing a short film in a matter of days…yeah, that happened!

http://www.outsidetelevision.com/thefinalcut/project/juliana-broste/

Here’s my experience in a nutshell:

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

Travel video can take you to a place way faster than an airplane. It gives you the feel of a place without the time and expense of going there. And, hopefully, the moments you see on screen will inspire you to set out on an adventure you can call your own.

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

I aim to produce informative and entertaining travel content that inspires viewers to jump out of their seat and explore this amazing planet, too. Let’s go!

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

Do it! If you love to have new experiences and document your adventures, grab your camera and let the magic happen! While making travel videos can be tons of fun, just remember, there’s no need to capture EVERYTHING. Think carefully about how you want to tell your story before you hit the red “record” button. Avoid having too much footage at the end of the day and only roll camera when everything is perfect!

12. What is your best travel tip? 

Have fun. Prepare for the unexpected. Enjoy those little moments that are less than perfect, they will make for a great story.

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Watch more TRAVELINGJULES videos here: https://vimeo.com/travelingjules/videos and on Tripfilms here: https://www.tripfilms.com/users/TravelingJules