Monthly Archives: October 2014

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New TripVlogger Series: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Once called the “Oil Capital of the World,” Tulsa, Oklahoma is now well known for arts and culture. Check out this new TripVlogger series by Tripfilms filmmaker Adam Crump to find out the top things to do and the sights and sounds that you don’t want to miss next time you’re in T-Town. [Video descriptions by filmmaker.]

Top 5 Things to Do in Tulsa


This video highlights the top five things to do while visiting Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Top Attractions & Sights in Tulsa


This video highlights some of the best attractions and sights when visiting Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Best Places to Eat & Drink in Tulsa


This video highlights the best places to eat and drink in Tulsa.

Tulsa Music & Culture


This video highlights local music and culture in Tulsa.

Travel Together in the Northern Territory with Kelley Ferro

Kelley Ferro and USTOA present a brand new series on the “Red Heart” of Australia: Australia’s Northern Territory. Out in the Outback, Kelley takes us along on her journey hiking, 4-wheeling, and camel trekking through this incredible landscape. USTOA member Goway lets travelers connect with local guides and Aboriginal artists for a profound experience of the land’s culture and history. And nothing tastes better than a campfire lunch out in the wilderness. Watch the videos below and plan your own escape to the Outback. [Video descriptions by Kelley Ferro.]

Australia’s Northern Territory: The Outback

The Northern Territory is the “Red Heart” of Australia. Located in the center, this landscape is ruggedly beautiful and pre-historic feeling. I take you to UNESCO World Heritage sites, like Uluru, and I camp in Kings Canyon, the most remote place I’ve ever been. From camel treks to 4-wheeling, to walks with local Aboriginal guides, the Northern Territory is like a different planet. And it’s wonderful.

Local Life in Australia’s Northern Territory

The Aborigines are the oldest still-living culture in the world and it was an honor to get to meet many of the locals residing in the Northern Territory. I was able to learn about “Bush Tucker” or food in the wild, dot painting and more about how their people have lived in the harsh Outback for thousands of years.

Food in The Outback


A rough landscape requires hearty food—and that’s just what we got in the stunning Northern Territory. From campfire “damper” to hunks of meat over an open flame, to some more refined local specialities including Kangaroo, we chowed down throughout the Outback.

Adventure in The Outback

The Northern Territory is built for adventure and almost everything we did involved some sort of mini-adventurous activity. We hiked the mountains of Kings Canyon and 4-wheeled through the valleys, dodging camels. We even rode domesticated camels through the bush at sunset with Uluru glowing in the background. Not to mention, we got up close and personal with some of the Northern Territory’s “friendly” wildlife. The Outback is not for the faint of heart. :)

Wild Wildlife in The Outback 


We all know that Australia has some of the world’s deadliest animals, but I didn’t expect to see them when I was there! Don’t worry, it was all controlled at the Reptile Center with “Snake Hunter” Rex. I was so impressed to learn how all the Outback’s animals, from kangaroos to horny devils to komodo dragons to pythons, have adapted to survive in this climate. And from what I experienced, they co-exist well with humans. The Dingos surely sang me to sleep when I was camping!

Rugged Landscape of The Northern Territory


Never before have I been as awestruck by the scenery the moment I stepped off the plane. I was literally blinded by the bright sun on the red earth—the landscape was rugged, dry and just incredible. Hiking up the red-faced cliffs, hurtling through the thorny brush on quads and ambling past reptiles with Uluru in the distance on camels, the landscape of the Northern Territory left the biggest impact on me. Must do: Experience the vibrant stars at the Earth Sanctuary’s educational dinner. Wow.

New TripVlogger Series: Granada and Cabo de Gata

This new TripVlogger series by filmmaker Josep Gutierrez explores Granada and Cabo de Gata. Granada is a beautiful and historic city, the capital of the province of Granada in Andalusia, Spain and site of the famous palace-fortress Alhambra. Cabo de Gata, also in Andalusia, is a large protected natural park on the southeastern coast of Spain. Travelers come from all over the world to visit these remarkable places—maybe you’re next! [Video descriptions by the filmmaker.]

Granada. Top Things to Do


Top things to do at this beautiful city. Visit Alhambra, walk around Albaycin district, eat tapas and gazpacho and enjoy a flamenco show.

Gazpacho in Granada

Cold tomato soup typical from Andalusia. Made by our friends of El Quinteto.

Visiting Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Nice walk in Alhambra and Generalife. Interesting tips for people interested in visiting this UNESCO World Heritage.

Nature Reserve of Cabo de Gata

Visit to the Nature Reserve of Cabo de Gata with our friend David Monge, from Geogata.

Far West – Cabo de Gata

Video about Cabo de Gata as a Western movies set.

Beaches of Cabo de Gata, Spain

Beaches and landscapes of Cabo de Gata coast.

See more videos by Josep Gutierrez on Tripfilms here.

New TripVlogger Series: SPESUS in Europe

Tripfilms filmmaker SPESUS takes us on a grand tour of Europe in this exciting new TripVlogger series. Traveling to Nice, Genoa, Milan, and Majorca, these places boast famous beaches, historic cathedrals, and beautiful people. Embark on your own grand tour and enjoy the videos! [Video descriptions by the filmmaker.]

EXPLORE NICE / FRANCE

The amazing city of Nice with a colorful and interesting history is a destination that has something for everyone. It really is an amazing city. Like a mini-Paris with a beautiful sea at its doorstep. The architectural heritage is amazing as it was the preferred destination for European and Russian nobles in centuries past. Note: The Russian Cathedral was not included in this video as it is undergoing restoration, so if you are going you’ll have to wait a while till it is available to the public again.

THE BEACHES OF NICE / FRANCE

The beaches of Nice are world famous. But it is not all glitz and glam. So…in this video we take a closer look at this amazing place and give some practical advice for those that would like to make their way to the capital of the Côte d’Azur.

EXPLORE GENOA / ITALY

The gritty maze of the medieval city that makes up the core of Genoa is both beauty and the beast. The grandeur and heritage of this once great trading city lives side by side with modern vice and decrepitude. The odious-smelling alleys give way to modern and chic restaurants and shops. Genoa is one of the most difficult of cities to describe and is very different from more generally travelled Italian cities like Rome, Florence or Venice. It is an either love or hate experience but one that every lover of Italy should try at least once.

EXPLORE MILAN / ITALY


A quick tour through the beautiful northern Italian city of Milan. Though much of it was destroyed in WWII, and then hastily rebuilt, the city still has many great sights. While Milan is now the financial and industrial hub of Italy and many remark on its lack of charm (in comparison to cities like Florence or Venice) there is still a lot to see—as per this video. Also a word of caution: at many of the major sites you will find people that will grab your arm and place a piece of string on your wrist, declare it a mark of friendship, and then demand money in payment. When the money is not forthcoming, they can become irate and a group of their associates seem to materialize out of nowhere. Best to spot these less than well-meaning people in advance and try and stay clear.

CULTURAL TREASURES OF MILAN


A look at the two most important cultural sights in Milan: The Last Supper (by Leonardo da Vinci) in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Cathedral of Milan (Duomo). The former is one of the most famous paintings in the world and the latter is one of the most beautiful buildings ever constructed. The first time I went to Milan was about 15 years ago and while much of the city has changed these two important vestiges of Western heritage still draw the crowds … and ever more so today. Fifteen years ago filming and pics of the Last Supper were kosher, however, I guess they are trying to protect “their” intellectual property in the same way as movie studios/record labels, as all filming is banned. Same goes for the Duomo—you now have to pass through security and metal detectors and it is patrolled and guarded by soldiers with automatic weapons. Very different, and not in a good way.

EXPLORE PALMA / SPAIN


See the amazing capital city of Majorca: Palma. With one of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe, this beach destination is a multifaceted delight. Its medieval Old Town is within throwing distance to sandy beaches so you won’t have to compromise with your significant other—as this destination can check most boxes people have. Also, a great way to get around the city is via bicycle and we were lucky enough to have our bikes provided to us by Nanos.

SOLLER & LA CALOBRA / MAJORCA


One the the most popular day tours on Majorca sees you taking: a motor coach, ship, tram, and train. There are spectacular mountains, beautiful beaches, quaint towns and beautiful vistas to be seen on the way. Led by our guide Gaspar Salom, who is fluent in English, German and Spanish, embark on a tour of one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean.

See more videos by SPESUS on Tripfilms here.