Monthly Archives: May 2015

Twelve Travel Questions with Wander The Map

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Name: Jenna and Micah Kvidt
Home Base: St. Paul, MN
Last Trip: Italy, Prague & Japan
Next Trip: Road trip through the Northeast US and Canada
Websitewww.wanderthemap.com
Facebookwww.facebook.com/wanderthemap
Twitter: @wanderthemap

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

Photo/video gear, flip flops, and headphones.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

We don’t really have one, honestly! Micah has a hard time kicking it no matter what he tries, and Jenna never really gets hit with it because she normally sleeps at such random times.

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

We are usually starving when we arrive, so our first line of business is to get some great food!

4. What place has the best food?

Micah: Prague
Jenna: Japan

The worst food?

Micah: Although he didn’t dislike it, he would say Japan was his least favorite to date
Jenna: Nowhere yet!

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

Iceland. It really got us back in tune with nature and helped us realize our passions—we left with a new direction and outlook on what we want in life.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” — Henry Miller

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

We love finding local artists when we travel—they always inspire us to return to our favorite spots and head out on new adventures. Asgier from Iceland is one of our favorites right now.  When his songs come on our playlist, we always want to pack our bags and head out on the road!

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

I think that would be when I (Jenna) lost my wedding ring while scuba diving—don’t ask why I was even wearing it because I have no idea myself. We were diving along a wall that was over 150 ft deep, and we thought my ring was gone forever. Fortunately, around 5 minutes later, I found it sitting on a tiny piece of coral! We couldn’t believe we actually found it!

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

We feel that travel videos give a more personal look into a destination—they allow people to really get a good feel of an area and see what a place is like before they visit.

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

Our goal is mainly to share the beauty of the world and inspire others to pack their bags and travel!

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

Go into filming with a plan on what you hope to accomplish with your finished product—it makes it so much easier in the back end with post-production. Also, try to pick music that goes well with the footage you have captured—it really can make all the difference!

12. What is your best travel tip?

Pack light! Use packing cubes and compression sacks to stay organized. It’s so freeing to be mobile and not weighed down by a bunch of stuff. Bring only what you absolutely need—you can always buy something along the way if you need to.

Watch travel videos by Wander The Map here.

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New TripVlogger Series: Global Lipstick in Abu Dhabi

Global Lipstick heads to the United Arab Emirates in this excellent new TripVlogger travel video series. Let Jeta, Ebony, and Onyx show you the best things to do, what to eat, how to get around, and how to dress when visiting Abu Dhabi.

5 Things To Do in Abu Dhabi

There’s a range of activities to get into in the UAE. Here’s a 360° look at how to spend your time in Abu Dhabi.

3 Places To Eat in Abu Dhabi

Start with a camel burger, end with a 7-layer honey cake! Just a peek of what you can bite into in Abu Dhabi. Watch for the rest.

Transportation in Abu Dhabi

Getting around in Abu Dhabi is similar to getting around in the US. Watch three easy modes of transportation we found.

How To Dress in the United Arab Emirates

Check out the yays and nays of what to wear if you take a trip to the UAE.

[All video descriptions by filmmaker.]

New TripVlogger Series: Atlantic City

If you’ve played Monopoly, you’ll find that the streets of Atlantic City have some very familiar names. The original version of the classic board game, first released in 1935, is based on the streets and avenues of Atlantic City. Today, Atlantic City is still famous for games, thanks to the casinos, the boardwalk, and the beach. This new TripVlogger series by thepopguru delves into the ups and downs of this coastal resort town. Watch the videos to find out the top things to do, sights to see, and places to eat in AC.

Atlantic City: Overview


Introduction to the “Las Vegas of the East”—Atlantic City, New Jersey—and some of the top things to do there.

Top Sights To See in Atlantic City

Some of the top things to see in Atlantic City, NJ.

Eating in Atlantic City

Tips on eating in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Tips for Visiting Atlantic City

Overall tips for visiting Atlantic City, New Jersey.

[All video descriptions by filmmaker.]

Twelve Travel Questions with Mick Hobday

Egypt - 1Name: Mick Hobday
Home Base: Various places in England
Last Trip: Southern Africa
Next Trip: Cycling around Iceland
Websitewww.cornflaketraveller.com
Facebookwww.facebook.com/TheCornFlakeTraveller
Twitter: @TheBigCornFlake

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

My ipod, insulin and other diabetic supplies and a notebook to write my diary.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

I don’t really have one but I always force myself to sleep or stay awake at the appropriate times to try and adjust to my new time zone.

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

Go for a walk to explore and meet some locals.

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

The best food has to be in the Romanic countries—France, Italy and Spain.

Generally speaking the African countries have been the worst for me due to a lack of ingredients and more of a survival mentality towards food, but Israel was my worst food experience. Due to my insufficient budget I ate hummus and pita bread for 9 out of 10 meals.

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

Travelling in general has changed my way of thinking but a couple of instances stand out, the first being my visit to Colombia. I realised how inaccurate the mainstream media is. After being scared off for 2 years by media propaganda, when I eventually visited I had no security worries and had a fantastic time. The second would be the 2 weeks I spent excavating on some possible pyramids in Bosnia. It made me realise that archaeology is far from dead.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“Travelling leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller” – Ibn Battuta

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

When I hear African music it makes me feel like packing my bags and I have heard so much Manu Chao on the road that when I hear it, it awakens my travel bug.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

I guess the craziest sounding was when I was almost kidnapped by the Al-Qaeda in Mauritania but visiting the Cocaine factory and my live performances on Colombian TV and Peruvian radio were also pretty crazy.

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

They are visual guide books so people can get tips on places to visit or not visit and tips on how to make their travels cheaper.

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

To show people that you actually get a more genuine travel experience when you travel on a budget. It’s more like travelling than going on holiday.

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

Be patient and don’t be too shy to get your camera out.

12. What is your best travel tip?

When it comes to travelling, do it as much as you can.

Watch travel videos by Mick Hobday here.

UPLIFT: A Travel Show with a Purpose

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Tripfilms is proud to feature a sneak peek of UPLIFT, a new travel show by Barnabe Geis and Nisha Toomey. In UPLIFT, Barnabe and Nisha travel to discover countries and culture at the front lines of social and environmental challenges, meeting the entrepreneurs and innovators that are working on solutions.


To prove that there is an audience for this concept, the UPLIFT team raised funds with a Kickstarter campaign to cover production costs for the pilot episode. The Kickstarter campaign raised over 250% of its funding goal from 549 backers and attracted international media attention.

Now, UPLIFT is reaching out to producers and broadcasters to pitch the show to them. Barnabe says, “Negative sensationalism in news seems to be getting worse at a time when we actually have the means to solve many of the problems we face. But this will require a more optimistic outlook, empathy and a focus on creativity, collaboration and experimentation. The show aims to build empathy and inspire initiative.”

You can learn more about the show and about Barnabe and Nisha at www.upliftfilms.org. You can also support the show by following them on Facebook and helping to spread the word.

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Featured TripVlogger Series: CalumTV in Sydney

Let Sydney local Calum show you around Australia’s famous harbor city. You’ll see the city by day, by night, and discover the best ways to get around.

Sydney In A Day

Experience Sydney in a day. This video contains quick locations to visit in Sydney, that won’t make you spend your whole day getting from place to place but still gives you the best of what Sydney has to offer.

Top 3 Must See Places In Sydney

Travelling to Sydney but not sure what to do or see? This video will solve that problem with my Top 3 Places in Sydney.

Getting Around In Sydney

Getting around in Sydney is not always easy. Throughout this video I will show you how to get around Sydney by catching buses, trains and ferries.

Sydney By Night

Sydney truly comes to life at night. Throughout this video you will see the top destinations to visit when looking for nightlife, food and entertainment.

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Watch more travel videos by CalumTV here.

New TripVlogger Series: Madrid

In this new TripVlogger series, Blair and Diane of When in Rome go wandering in Spain’s capital city. When in Madrid, you can’t miss the tapas and you’ll definitely come across the famous delicacy jamón. Check out the videos below to go wandering from tasting menus to landmarks like the Mercado de San Miguel and the Plaza Mayor. Just don’t be surprised if you end up craving tapas.

Madrid – Tapas Tour!

The tapas experience is not to be missed while you are in Madrid. Tapas are essentially small plates of food 1 or 2 bites, served with your drink at the bar. Basically you just wander around from place to place trying little plates of food. It’s fantastic!

Madrid – Wandering

Sometimes looking for things can get in the way of seeing things. One of the best things you can do is just go and get lost and wander around this beautiful city.

Madrid – Mercado De San Miquel

One of the best attractions in Madrid is the upscale Tapas Market, Mercado De San Miquel. It’s like if every nice restaurant you have ever been to sent there head chef here to make their best dish…one after the other.

Madrid – Plaza Mayor


In the middle of Madrid is the almost 400-year-old Plaza Mayor. This now tranquil place was once the home of bull fights, inquisitions, executions and perhaps worst of all soccer games but it’s hard to imagine any of that happening here today.

Madrid – Jamón

When you think of Madrid you may think Bull but now you can think Pig…or at least pig leg. Spain has a long standing tradition of drying ham on the bone and it is POPULAR.

[All video descriptions by filmmaker.]