Monthly Archives: June 2015

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Trippy Awards


The Trippy Awards allow us to honor some of the most beautiful, interesting, surprising, inspiring, and impressive travel videos created and shared by the amazingly talented filmmakers of the Tripfilms community during the past year. We are celebrating exceptional travel videos from destinations all around the world, and this is your chance to nominate your favorite filmmakers and videos.

Nominations are open through July 6th, and voting will open shortly after we announce the finalists. To nominate your favorites in each category, please visit or email your nominations to

Twelve Travel Questions with Lost and Found Travel


Name: Lost & Found Travel (Margaret Hicks & John Eiberger)
Home Base: Chicago
Last Trip: South East China
Next Trip: Giving Antarctica via Patagonia a real hard look…
Twitter: @Lostfoundtravel 

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

Half a dozen cameras, Gold Bond Talcum Powder and wrapped hard candy to gift to street food vendors who let us shoot their food.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

I (John) get hit by jet-lag really hard. I’ve got a 2-word solution – THAI MASSAGE. Always does the trick. Worth every penny. We don’t see it as a luxury. We see it as part of the airfare.

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

Walk around the area our hotel is in without any cameras or maps. Learn every inch because it’s your home for now.

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

We find that the best food is always in the most humble locations. Our favorite meals are usually in “food courts” meant for locals. The best dish in recent memory was in the sub-basement of a Shanghai skyscraper.


We find the locations with the best view have the worst food. A terrible meal overlooking the Jemaa el-Fnaa plaza in Marrakech comes to mind.


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

Cambodia really put things in perspective. Seeing their strength, despite the tragedy suffered by an entire nation, was certainly a game changer.


6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“Not all who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien

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

Traveling Band by CCR.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

When in Hanoi Vietnam, we went out for duck with our local friends. Since we were guests they insisted we try the first bite of each course served. During the “fried duck” course I took what looked like a wing. Everybody got real quiet. I (John) was nibbling away and not really getting anywhere. My friend Minh asked me what I thought and I replied “not much meat on these wings” to which he replied “that’s because you just ate the head.”


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

We use social media and other travelers’ videos as the core of our travel research. Guide books are great as a reference when you are THERE. But quality videos by other travelers convey information so much faster. AND you make travel friends by being active socially. They’re a great source for hotel recommendations.

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

We’re not here to be the stars of the video. We let the location do the talking whenever possible. We want our videos to feel like you are walking around the destination yourself.

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

Good sound makes all the difference. Put your lens cap on and record 2 minutes of “location audio” wherever you shoot. It helps bridge the gap between shots. Also – pay a street performer a hefty tip if you record their music for use in your videos.

12. What is your best travel tip?

NEVER eat at an empty restaurant. It’s empty for a reason.


Watch travel videos by Lost and Found Travel here.


New TripVlogger Series: Lost and Found Travel in China

Have you ever heard of duplitecture? Do you know how many kinds of street food you can find in Suzhou? How many kinds of worship do you think you can find in Macau? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this fascinating new TripVlogger series from Lost and Found Travel. From cheap (and awesome) things to do in Chongqing to a tour of the Yangtze River and beyond, there is a lot to discover in China, and these travel videos will definitely leave you inspired. Watch the videos below to discover for yourself.

Top 5 Cheap Things To Do in Chongqing, China

5 easy and cheap things to do in Chongqing, China. You’ll see Luohan Temple, Foreigner Street Amusement Park, The Sky Tram, Shaping Park and Chongqing Style Hot Pot.

Introduction to Duplitecture in Shanghai

Get a brief introduction to the concept of duplitecture, by taking a visit to a few of the sites in Shanghai’s notorious One City, Nine Towns.

Houses of Worship in Macau

We take a peek at 3 different styles of “worship” that happen in the amazing port city of Macau.

Overview of Street Food in China

Suzhou serves as the backdrop for an overview of the types of street food you can find in China. Since tourists from all over the country visit – Suzhou has examples of the food we saw everywhere in China.

Sightseeing on the Yangtze

What to expect when you cruise the Yangtze river. We spent 5 days / 4 nights onboard the Victoria Anna. Sights include the 3 Gorges Dam and Fengdu, gateway to the underworld.

The Bund in Shanghai

A quick look at The Bund and The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel.

[All video descriptions by filmmaker.]

Work With Tripfilms Filmmakers

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Are you a member of a tourism board or a business looking for video content? is home to a vibrant community of travelers and filmmakers, and many of them are eager to work with you.

There are a few ways that can help you if you are looking for custom travel video content:

  • You can tell us about travel filmmaking opportunities, contests, or jobs that we may be able to post on our TripVlogger sponsored jobs page.
  • You can check out individual filmmaker profiles and let us help you get in touch with them for an assignment. For example, David Hoffmann of davidsbeenhere has shot hundreds of short travel features. You can check them out on his show page for Davidsbeenhere. David is based in Miami.
  • You can also browse Tripfilms filmmakers in our public Twitter list: Tripfilms Filmmakers.

Once you have created custom travel video content, you’ll want everyone to see your great videos. When you have videos that you would like to share, upload them to! Top videos are featured on our social media channels and our email newsletter every week. A selection of top videos are also distributed through MSN, USA Today, and Yahoo Screen. Uploading to is the perfect opportunity to expand your reach and get your videos seen by thousands of travel video fans.

If you would like to contact a particular filmmaker or would like referrals for filmmakers who may be based in your area, you can contact Tripfilms Community Manager Jamie Christensen at

Travel Together in Peru with Kelley Ferro

Ready to travel together with Kelley Ferro? This time Kelley takes a tour with USTOA member Travcoa to Peru. In this new video series, Kelley gives us an overview of this incredible South American country, exploring its historic cities, its breathtaking natural landscapes, and its world-famous archeological sites. She also gets to know the people, who share their views on Peruvian culture, food, art, and more. Watch the videos below to start plotting your own journey to Machu Picchu.

Peru: A Country Profile

You have the vibrant city of Lima, the bright green, snow capped Andes, the desert plains of the Nazca Lines, the Amazon and of course, Machu Picchu. Peru has so many different sides, I needed more time to experience them all. Here’s a glimpse into my time in Peru.

Food of Peru

YUM! I loved the food of Peru. It was healthy, fresh, local and just delicious. In Lima we had the best local ceviche and even learned how to make it. In the Andes, we dined on local river fish and all sorts of locally grown vegetables. The fruits of the country are the true stars though–many come from the Amazon & the exotic tastes blew me away!

Luxury in Peru

If you want to travel in style, Travcoa, the luxury tour operator is for you. Every detail is planned out so you can just focus on enjoying the best food, sumptuous hotels, easy transportation and the best access to all of Peru’s gems.

Loving Lima: Peru’s Capital City

Lima has the beach, the cliffs, the history, the energy and the passion. I loved our stay in the neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco. The city is definitely an exciting place and it’s only getting better and better.

The Andes of Peru

Home to ancient history, local indigenous communities and so much art and culture, the Andes are a must on your visit to Peru.

[All video descriptions by filmmaker.]

Read more about the #TravelTogether adventure in Peru here.