Monthly Archives: April 2015

Twelve Travel Questions with Mark Wiens


Name: Mark Wiens
Home Base: Thailand
Last Trip: Hong Kong
Next Trip: Unplanned
Twitter: @migrationology

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

Camera, laptop, passport.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Take a walk or keep active.

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

I like to just walk around the neighborhood, not take any photos or videos at the beginning, but just try to soak in the atmosphere and environment.


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

I’m really a lover of food from all over the world, but perhaps if I had to choose just one, I would choose Thailand. For the worst, I haven’t come across any yet.

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

Kenya. I spent some years in Kenya, and both the country and the people I knew, helped to create my outlook on life.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

Our whole perspective on life can be altered by the digestion of a heavy lunch, I feel quite a different person before and after a meal. – Michel de Montaigne


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

Lingala music from DR Congo.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

Not sure about a crazy travel story, but something I think it crazy amazing is how many generous and kind people you will meet when you travel. From Argentina to Sri Lanka, I’ve shared meals with people, and connected with so many incredible people through food.

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

I think travel videos can be watched for entertainment and for inspiration, or they can actually be filled with practical tips and used as travel guides.


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

One of the things I love about travel videos is that I’m learning about something at the same time as I’m sharing. So my goal is to inspire, but to also try to offer something valuable, like tips or advice at the same time. Also my goal is to try to be a positive influence by connecting with other cultures.

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

Go for it, and don’t make excuses as to why you can’t do it. Even with just a small point and shoot camera, you can start making travel videos. Also, no matter where you are, even if you’re in your own home city, you can make travel videos.

12. What is your best travel tip?

If you have a goal to travel somewhere, make it your priority, no matter what situation you’re in.

Watch travel videos by Mark Wiens here.


Catch Carri in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio is a city that is re-inventing itself, and in this new series of videos, Catch Carri talks to some of the business owners that are part of this transformation. Check out the videos below to discover some of the coolest restaurants, boutiques, and event spaces in town. 

Ways Cleveland, Ohio is Reinventing Itself

Barley House in Cleveland, Ohio

Barley House is a restaurant and nightlife venue located in Cleveland OH. Boasting one of the top flair bartenders in the country, and offering a fantastic overall experience, makes Barley House a top Cleveland destination.

Red Space Events in Cleveland, Ohio

Red Space is a raw space at Hotcards in Cleveland OH. Red Space is both an art gallery and event space. Rotating art exhibits and exciting events make Red Space a must-see in Cleveland.

TownHall Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio

TownHall is a NON-GMO restaurant, cafe, juice bar, craft beer bar, and espresso bar located in Cleveland OH. TownHall is committed to offering the healthiest fare, wellness education and an upbeat atmosphere.

Westin Cleveland Downtown Hotel

This contemporary hotel is filled with beautiful local art, stunning guest rooms, and is a quick walk to many top Cleveland attractions.

XHIBITION Men’s Boutique in Cleveland, Ohio

XHIBITION is a men’s boutique located in Cleveland, OH. XHIBITION offers a unique retail experience through a gallery-like environment and exclusive collaborative product.

Cleveland: A City That Is Reinventing Itself

Cleveland has been a city abuzz since the recent return of Akron native, LeBron James. Basketball is only one component of this city’s rebirth—top restaurants, shopping, and art are only a few ways that Cleveland is reinventing itself.

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Videography for Travel Bloggers Course by Captain and Clark Now Available

Whether you have been making travel videos for a while or you are just getting started, at some point you’re going to want to work on developing your filmmaking skills so you can really take your videos to the next level. That’s why we were excited to hear that Tripfilms superstars Captain and Clark have created a new Videography for Travel Bloggers course that is now available through the awesome site Travel Blog Success.

Right now there is a special Spring Sale, so if you purchase the course along with the Travel Blog Success course (on sale for $218.61 when purchased together with the videography course) by Friday, April 17th, you can get Videography for Travel Bloggers for $267.30 (regularly $297).

Course creator Chris Staudinger said, “I love how much information you can convey with video. For me, it is a great way to tell stories that drip with emotion. It allows you to open a window into a destination and people can see it with their eyes.”

You can find some helpful reviews of the course by Tripfilms filmmakers Cailin O’Neal and Alexandra Baackes here:

David Lee, Co-founder of Travel Blog Success said, “Working with video requires a special skill set, and it’s not one easily learned on your own. We saw the opportunity to partner with Chris and Tawny to create a specialized course as a terrific way to encourage more bloggers to begin producing travel videos.”

We definitely hope that everyone who takes the course is inspired to create their own travel videos, and we hope to see many of those new travel videos on Tripfilms soon!

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Get Wild at Morey’s Piers with Kelley Ferro

Kelley Ferro gets lost and gets wild at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey. Morey’s Piers just opened for the 2015 season last weekend, and whether you’re looking for waterparks, roller coasters, local art, or just some fried oreos, these videos will show you just how much fun you can have on one of the Jersey Shore’s most famous carnival boardwalks.

Splash into Wild: Waterparks at Morey’s Piers

Wildwood is an iconic destination for young and old, families and friends—and there’s no shortage of fun, especially at their two waterparks: Ocean Oasis & Raging Waters.

Wild on Food: Morey’s Piers

Voted one of the US’s best boardwalks for food by the Daily Meal, the food at Morey’s Piers is anything but average. Sure you can find your fried oreos, famous cheesesteaks, lemon shakeups and giant pizzas, but the options continue from beach bars with live music to tex-mex to sit-down seafood hotspots. Yum.

Go Wild on Rides: Morey’s Piers

From the nostalgic Wave Swinger to the wet n’ wild Zoom Phloom to the soaring Sky Coaster—Morey’s Piers has 3 piers filled with world-class amusement park rides for all tastes. My favorites were the creepy Ghost Ship, the the view-friendly Giant Wheel and the wooden roller coaster, the Great White!

From Wild to Mild: Where to Stay at Morey’s Piers

A great destination for families and couples alike, Morey’s Piers offers a range of hotels for all styles and price points. The Pan-American offers luxury beachside with a jet-set vibe and a great breakfast. The Port Royal has more of nautical angle with large suites available and a beachside location in Wildwood Crest. The Starlux Boutique Hotel and Blue Palms Resort give you a laid-back atmosphere with a slice of Americana.

artBOX on Morey’s Piers

Such a cool concept, I was blown away by Artbox on Adventure Pier. Artists have set up workshops where they repurpose and handcraft jewelry, glass, paintings, sculptures and more on site. The funky space is crafted from reused shipping containers and at night, there are School of Rock concerts until the wee answers. This is a must-see!

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Travel Experts Wanted for Fountain, a Q&A Live Video Chat App

Our friends at are building a network of experts to connect with people via video chat to answer questions and provide information in real time. We want to pass on this opportunity to the Travel Experts in the Tripfilms community. It could be a great way to earn cash and share your travel stories.

From Fountain:

Hi Tripfilms filmmakers! I have a cool opportunity to share with you about joining as an expert answering travel questions at $40 per 15 min question as they launch into the travel category.

Fountain connects consumers to experts over video chat, and experts are paid for their expertise. It’s different in that:

  • There’s no scheduling. You get a push notification when someone has a travel-related question during your hours of possible availability. This means no missed appointments on your side, and no need to block your calendar.
  • Consumers do not look through a directory of profiles. Instead the system understands natural language so questions/searches like “best steak in Buenos Aries” or “Should I rent and drive a scooter through Vietnam” are automatically routed to you. For example, if you wanted to ask the question “Where are the best beaches for families in the South of France?” you would be able to instantly speak to a journalist/traveler/local to can give you a personal recommendation.
  • It’s primarily mobile, rather than desktop, which makes it easy to take pictures and point the camera at whatever the consumer needs help with.

Check out Fountain on the App Store or watch a video. Right now most of the videos are focused on Home and Garden, but Fountain is currently working on recruiting Travel Experts to expand the Travel category.

If you are interested, please email Stew at