Monthly Archives: November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from Tripfilms

Happy Thanksgiving from Tripfilms

Here at Tripfilms, we are grateful every day for the incredible Tripfilms community of travelers and filmmakers. We are grateful to you for sharing your views of the world with us through your videos, and the amazing people, places, and adventures you experience along the way. Here in New York City we’re celebrating Thanksgiving this week, but wherever you are in the world, we want you to know that we are thankful for you and your inspiring creativity. Happy Thanksgiving!

Why Upload Videos to Tripfilms?

why upload

At Tripfilms, we feature amazing travel videos uploaded by filmmakers around the world. Sharing your videos on Tripfilms is a way to connect and share your videos with a star-studded and marvelous community of travel filmmakers and travel video fans on Tripfilms.com, as well as to get the chance to have your videos more widely distributed on our media partner channels.

Thinking about uploading your own travel videos and joining the Tripfilms filmmaker community? Here are four reasons why you should upload your travel videos to Tripfilms.com.

1. Travel videos inspire.

Your videos can inspire travelers and bring travel inspiration to people all over the world. Travel videos can “motivate, inspire and help organize. Travel videos are also just fun to watch especially on a destination you have recently visited, or are feeling nostalgic about,” says SPESUS. Filmmaker Justin Weiler says, “Videos have the magic ability to emotionally engage with an audience and it’s what we all seek when traveling, and to be able to share that with others is a real privilege.” Filmmaker Joshua Johnson says that travel videos are “inspiration—straight up. Travel videos can get you stoked and can be a catalyst for the journey.”

“Travel videos can give you insight to places you’ve never been but may have wanted to go to. They can even attract you to places you never thought you would ever venture. That’s what is great about being able to get different perspectives through travel videos. And some filmmakers have such unique experiences that they inspire us to revisit places we’ve seen already. That’s the dopest thing about travel film—motivating someone to explore.”  – Global Lipstick

You can find 50 more ways that travel videos help travelers here: Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: What Travel Videos Can Do For You.

2. Reach a wide audience on Tripfilms.com and beyond.

When you upload your travel videos to Tripfilms.com, your video could be featured on our homepage. We constantly promote top videos and filmmakers on Tripfilms.com and on the Tripfilms blog, Facebook, Twitter, and in the weekly Tripfilms email newsletter. We have distribution agreements with MSN, Yahoo!, USA Today, Frequency, and Amazon that help Tripfilms videos be seen by an international general audience. And of course, uploading is 100% free, so it’s an easy way for you to get free promotion and distribution for your videos. You still own and retain all rights to your videos when you upload to Tripfilms.com and you can continue to upload your videos anywhere else you choose. You can find our full terms of service here: https://www.tripfilms.com/terms.

One tip: your videos are more likely to be chosen as editor’s picks and shared with our media partners if they are HD and use only non-copyrighted, royalty-free music. Your videos will also have a better chance at being distributed if you remove any “click to subscribe” tags or similar scenes that don’t apply to Tripfilms.com or partner sites.

3. Earn rewards like Amazon gift cards and paid filmmaking assignments. 

Tripfilms has an awesome rewards program where you earn one point each time someone watches your video. Once you hit 1,000 views (1,000 points) you can redeem your points for a $25 Amazon gift card.

If you are interested in paid travel assignments, consider applying for a TripVlogger assignment. The TripVlogger program is a way for us to reward top Tripfilms contributors with paid assignments all over the world. All you have to do is continue uploading your amazing travel videos and then apply for a TripVlogger assignment here. We also occasionally reach out to filmmakers in the Tripfilms community to connect them with other paid commercial assignments.

Another great opportunity for travel filmmakers is sharing hotel video reviews on Hotel Confidential, our site for hotel video reviews. Next time you stay in a hotel when you travel, you can earn money for your short smartphone video reviews. Click here to learn more and sign up.

4. Become part of a vibrant community of travel filmmakers.  

By sharing your videos on Tripfilms, you are joining an active community of passionate travel filmmakers who are bringing the world’s most unique places and experiences to life. Our Twelve Travel Questions interview series profiles some of our top filmmakers so you can learn expert travel and filmmaking tips from people who know. When you like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@tripfilms) you’ll get regular doses of travel inspiration right in your newsfeed.

If you have any questions about Tripfilms or if you have any comments, suggestions, or other feedback, we’d love to hear from you! Email Tripfilms Community Manager Jamie at jamie@tripfilms.com. 

Hope to see your travel videos on Tripfilms soon! Click here to upload your travel videos.

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Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: Advice for Travel Filmmakers

Over the last two years, we’ve interviewed 50 of our talented filmmakers and filmmaker teams. Here is a collection of some of the best travel tips, crazy travel stories, and filmmaking philosophies from these expert travelers.

We asked 50 filmmakers: What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?

Just. Do. It. Most importantly though: don’t be intimidated by anyone, or by all the fancy-shmancy technical talk about cameras and accessories and frame rates and compression rates and such. Start small. Start with what you’re comfortable using. It really is as easy as pressing the record button on your phone or your camera, and using it to tell a story. Then do your research and learn as you go. Cruise Tripfilms and watch lots and lots of other travel videos. Pay attention to what you think works and what you think doesn’t work. Ask for help when you need it! And use all that to help you develop your own style. As you hone your skills you will find your groove, grasshopper. But you’ve gotta just do it! – Two for the Road

Making a travel video is fun. There are a lot of things to learn, but the number one thing is to always have your camera handy, shoot everything no matter how mundane, and always be trying to make your next video better than the last. – James Alexander Adams

To quote a shoe: “Just do it.” #1. Watch travel video. #2. Don’t hesitate, go out and shot and edit and learn from your mistakes. #3. A camera is just a tool. There is no ‘best camera.’ Get what you can afford and learn to use it. The story is more important than the tools. – Nomadic Frames

I would suggest, like anything else, watching other people’s videos and stealing (and learning) from them what you like about their videos, whether it be the way they tell their story, the shots they use, the music they incorporate or the editing techniques they use. – The Expeditioner

Buy a tripod :-) Then watch other filmmakers to see what inspires you the most. After that it is up to you to put your own stamp of creativity onto your work and create something unique and special. Most importantly, if you are passionate about what you do, it will show in your work and eventually you will get noticed. – Eight Miles from Home

Do what you enjoy. Don’t try and copy other people’s styles and approaches. Do what feels right for you—you will find your audience. The only other tip I have is don’t keep moving around all over the place. Take separate shots instead. – Gary Bembridge

Think fresh, avoid crappy presets in cheap editing software, and have fun with it! And perhaps most importantly, don’t be full of yourself, especially when starting off. Even after 10 years of professional work experience in the field, I’m still learning new things on every project I take on. – Etherium Sky Films

Shoot, shoot, shoot! The more you film the better you get—and always make sure to have fun while you’re doing it. If you make it stressful it begins to feel like a job or homework (which 99% of the time, isn’t fun). Be creative, be yourself and stay true to your own unique style. – Rural Movement

DO IT!! Practice makes perfect, and don’t be too hard on yourself. But make sure that you enjoy your trip and don’t end up spending all of your time behind a lens. – Mindful Wanderlust

I often use this answer when asked this question: “It’s not hard to dance to your favorite song.” Create content you’re inspired by. If you’re making a video about drinking wine, when you’d rather be drinking rum strait from the bottle at 4 a.m. at a Thai beach party, your heart is not into the topic. Pursuing this lifestyle is too tough not to do exactly what you want to do. I really don’t like to repeat answers, but that’s important. Here’s something that’s on my mind now: Am I a filmmaker at heart, or a creative at heart, who found his path through video? – Mike Corey

Shoot plenty of what we call B-Roll—it may not be your primary focus, but these shots give a more rounded-out sense of the story. You can never have too much footage. – Alex in Wanderland

To really respect the places they go and the people who live there, and to go to new places wanting to learn and appreciate the culture, especially when you go to places that have a very different culture from yours. – Rubén Alonso

Buy a camera, get out there and do it! That is the only way you will learn and develop your own style and persona. – Kristen Sarah

Practice, practice, practice… and try to get someone to travel. If you can’t manage to produce travel videos on your own, ask someone to accompany you and help you out. You don’t need fancy equipment, just an iPhone and a passion for what you’re trying to show/teach others. – David Hoffmann

Start now. – Joshua Johnson

Make them in your own voice! This always leads to the most natural and genuine storytelling. – Ryan Van Duzer

Just start! It doesn’t matter what you use or how little you know. You are likely to learn more from your mistakes, than from most anything else. – Travizeo

Research and plan ahead. You have a limited amount of time (unfortunately), and you should want to capture as much as possible. Shoot to edit. Don’t be that jerk that sticks a camera in strangers’ faces. – John Piazza IV

Buy a cheap camera, (Go Pro is the best option: cheap, full terrain, waterproof, easy to use…) and learn how to use a simple film editing software like iMovie (Go to Lynda.com and for $35 you can learn how to shoot and edit). If you enjoy the experience, then think about upgrading your equipment. Most important, don’t make your trip about the movie, make the movie about your trip :) – Eduardo Gato

My advice would be to get started and use whatever you have. Whether it’s a camcorder or an iPhone, just start shooting! You can always invest in better equipment later, but when you’re starting out, focus on the heart of your videos and the story you want to tell. – Gloria Powell

Go out and put all your effort into it, there’s never been a better time than now to get into film. You don’t need a big budget production to create captivating videos anymore, you just need a passionate filmmaker. – Patrick J. McDaniel

Firstly making travel videos isn’t for everyone. Secondly audio is just as important as the visual aspect if not more, avoid wind, and make sure you choose good and legal music. – Cailin O’Neil

The main advice I can give is to enjoy as much as you can the experience of the trip and then it’s easier to show those feelings. I like to mix in a video information with the feelings of the trip. – Josep Gutierrez

Stop thinking about it and grab a camera and go do it. The only difference between them and the people who are making videos is that they’re doing it. – Justin Weiler

Just grab your camera and shoot. Don’t overthink it. – Sarah Zareen

Don’t underestimate the power of today’s cell phone cameras. In full daylight a Samsung or iPhone camera can take video comparable to a $3000+ camera. For “documentary style” videos we make on Tripfilms this is perfect! You’ve already got a fantastic camera in your hand! You’d be surprised how often I mix and match my footage from a Canon, Sony, GoPro, and cell phone footage. Spend $90 on a cheap editing software and start using it. – Wesley Adventures

Find your voice, one way or another. Find the thing that nobody else can do, that nobody else would attempt to do, especially if it’s hard. And do it. – Andrew Kamphey

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! – Juliana Broste

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. – Jesse and Kimberly Moore

I’m being 100% serious when I say this: Only want to make the most amazing, life-changing videos/films ever. Seek out how to make your work the best is can possibly be. Try hard, try new things, never accept enough. Want to tell stories and study how to tell stories. Know yourself. Love and hate yourself and let that be seen in your work. Be honest. Get good glass. Shoot more than you need and in the end make it work. Above all, don’t let your failures overcome you and always be there for yourself when you have to lick your wounds. So, all that, and most awards you’ll get will mean just about nothing in comparison to the amount to work and love you put into your best work. – Bobby Christian

I remember a scene from the movie “American Beauty” where Kevin Spacey’s character Lester is arguing with his wife about her over-attachment to material possessions. He picks up a sofa cushion and begins to swing it around whilst lamenting: “… It’s just a couch! This isn’t life, it’s just stuff. And it’s become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that’s just nuts.” After the exchange, he then goes on  to live the life he wants to live (rather than the one that is expected of him). Live like Lester everyday and whatever you do will nicely fall into place. Travel videos and all. – SPESUS

Spend some time learning some basic filmmaking skills which can easily be done by watching how-to videos. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a lot of gear. You can easily use your smartphone as your full production studio to create some amazing videos. Practice shooting and editing and watch other people’s videos and see what it is you like about them. The video really comes together in the editing process so shoot lots of footage of different places, people you encountered and things that captured your attention. If you love photography and filmmaking like I do, the act of shooting becomes part of your travel experience and allows you to see things in new ways. It allows you to focus in on the things that capture your attention. These shots are the ones that will put your fingerprint on your videos. If you are traveling to a place that is very popular, like Paris for example, when you shoot the Eiffel Tower don’t just shoot a wide shot and be done with it. Show some details of what caught your eye. Look for unique angles that the rest of us have not seen before an express your feeling and emotion of your experience. – Gina DeGirolamo

Go further, do more, be creative. Be original. Too many people follow the same patterns and make the same content. Be yourself and push the envelope. – Gareth Leonard

Baby Steps… Step One: Shoot everything. My motto is if I didn’t shoot it it didn’t happen. Meaning video is a visual medium (stating the obvious I know) so therefore if you don’t capture it on camera you can’t show it to your viewers. So shoot, shoot, shoot away and figure out what to do with all the footage once you get home. Step Two: Get a mic. There is nothing worse than bad audio. Step Three: Find your voice and have fun! – Monique Soltani

I would tell them to not worry so much about equipment. It’s easy to get bogged down with technical specs, making sure you have every lens for every occasion that arises, etc. While that’s nice, it could also end up restricting you as far as mobility or ease of use when something happens that’s waiting to be filmed. By the time you get set up, you will have missed the shot. I think there’s a distinction between making travel videos as a job and making travel videos as a visual diary. If you are just looking to capture your trip and retell it in an interesting way, you just have to be ready to shoot at all times. Nowadays, you can get pretty nice high quality video in even a point and shoot, so there’s no excuse there. – Kien Lam

Think about what story you want to tell beforehand. It helps with the editing process and it keeps you from shooting footage aimlessly. I’ll have a shot list in mind where I’ll be thinking about movement and cuts. I am always looking for something to cut to and for a way to move the story along. And make sure to have good sound. Invest in a microphone and pay attention to levels and sound when editing. People will forgive a little bit of shaky camera work, but they won’t forgive terrible sound. – The Planet D

Technology has made it so simple to put filmmaking in the hands of everyone, so just get out there and do it, even if it’s just using the camera on your phone. – Jason Leppert

To simply start! With the access we now have to platforms such as YouTube and Tripfilms your videos can be seen by millions. All you need is a personality, a camera, a good mic and some basic storytelling and editing skills and a bit of creativity! With these ingredients anything really is possible. A great attitude will go a long way in the travel business as you get to meet so many new people all the time and you never know where the next video or trip will come from. – Adam Baker

Work with the gear you have now, and just start doing it! Be brave and try your best to capture what’s in front of you. Our travel videos have changed so much over the past year. We found our own voice and style but draw lots of inspiration and techniques from others who inspired us! Find a mentor(s), and make it your own. You got this. Oh, and another little trick we abide by: Have things gone completely sideways for you? Are you mad, emotional, or overwhelmed? Turn on the camera and speak your mind. That’s going to make a great video later. – Because We Camp

Study the history of the place and put your personality in it! – Eszter Vajda

To just go for it! Oddly, I was intimidated to make travel videos on my phone. I came from a video production background where we shot on high-end gear and videos needed to be near perfect. I rarely pulled out my phone for videos or interviews because it wasn’t the quality I was used to. I have been shooting on my phone much more and have had some really fun segments turn out.  Sure, there may be no striking time-lapses or jib shots but the point isn’t always in the production value. It’s showcasing the unexpected in a destination. – Carri Wilbanks

Capture a lot of b-roll so you can have enough transitions when editing. My favorite b-roll captures are: country or state flags, street signs, vast landscapes, people walking and enjoying life and cute animals. – Travelista Teri

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. – Mark Wiens

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

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! – Wander The Map

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. – Lost & Found Travel

Don’t just shoot everything randomly; find a passion or your vision/personal experience and have a general idea on how you want to cover it. Be willing to make mistakes and constantly learn new skills. – Armando Costantino

Be honest! Both in your take, and in your personality. A lot of people either clam up or act differently in front of a camera, and if you look stiff or false, it will overpower whatever message or point you have in your video. You could be standing in front of the Eiffel Tower, but if you look uncomfortable, that’s the only thing people will see. – Nathalie Basha

Just do it! Everything doesn’t have to be perfect before you start. Do a few testers on your phone or any inexpensive equipment to see what you like/dislike. When you decide to proceed, make an educated purchase when camera shopping. – Global Lipstick

New TripVlogger Series: Lisbon with Westfalia Digital Nomads

Westfalia Digital Nomads travels to Lisbon in this new TripVlogger series. One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is a city of many nicknames, from “The City of Seven Hills” and “The City of Tolerance” to “The City of Light” and “Queen of the Sea.” These excellent video guides give us an overview of Portugal’s capital city. Get to the know the city and find out the best places to eat, how to get around, and what sights you won’t want to miss.

A Glimpse of Lisbon


An overview of the city of Lisbon.

A Taste of Lisbon


The famous Pasteis de Belém and the Ginjinha.

Getting Around Lisbon


A few tips to get around in Lisbon.

5 Must-See Lisbon Places


Five must-see Lisbon places. A unique experience in this lovely town.

[All video descriptions by the filmmaker.]

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Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: The Philosophy of a Travel Video

Over the last two years, we’ve interviewed 50 of our talented filmmakers and filmmaker teams. Here is a collection of some of the best travel tips, crazy travel stories, and filmmaking philosophies from these expert travelers.

We asked 50 filmmakers: What is the goal/philosophy of your work? 

To inform, educate, entertain and inspire. And along the way to try and capture the essence of our personal experiences in each place. – Two for the Road

The goals and philosophy of my videos are always changing and evolving. My goal for a long while was to only bridge the gap between my photos and videos. I was only trying to make videos look as pretty as my pictures. In the past little while my goal has been to focus more on telling a story and sharing an experience. Pretty videos and photos alone don’t really share what traveling somewhere really is about. I really want to start sharing the experiences that I have, the people, the highs and the lows, etc. – James Alexander Adams

The Nomadic Frames motto is: “The world is our passion. We travel. We record. We create stories.” Our goal is to inspire others to travel. We also want to show that people and places around the world are wonderful in their own way yet also similar to our experiences. We also want to show that travel is not only beautiful but also rewarding. In other words, travel is important and worth the costs. – Nomadic Frames

World peace, empathy and universal compassion. Oh yeah, also landing my own globally syndicated travel series starring myself as the host.  – The Expeditioner

To show that absolutely anything can be beautiful if you know what to look for. We like to promote lesser-known areas and invite new visitors to follow in our footsteps. There are so many great things to see in the world within a few miles of you wherever you are. You just need to believe that, and then you can see it. Our goal is to show others exactly that. – Eight Miles from Home

To show places, attractions, and things that go beyond the brochure. Show things as they really are. – Gary Bembridge

There is no grand overall goal. I approach each project individually and just try to do a nice job with it! – Etherium Sky Films

Get out there, explore, and document things as they happen naturally. – Rural Movement

To educate others, and have a lot of fun doing it. We want to show people through our videos that the world is a beautiful, incredible place. Yes, it can be scary at times but we wouldn’t change what we do for anything in the world. We have learned so much about the people of the world and so much about ourselves as well. – Mindful Wanderlust

I think for most of us there trying to “make it” in travel video… We have videos we make, and the videos we’d like to make. I can maybe only speak for myself, but I feel we all start making videos from the heart, we want to turn a passion into a career, and we start to think about money. It’s not always easy to make work from the heart when you have a client. After a while of producing content that hovers somewhere in between both of your wants, you start to be given opportunities where you can flex those creative muscles and make videos that are truly yours. Your creativity, your message, your voice. I only talk about this because I feel that I’m finally coming out the other side. I put blood, sweat, and years into what I do, and am excited on creating content that continues to challenge people, to inspire people, and to make them ask: “Wow, you can actually DO that?” – Mike Corey

When I think back on a trip a highlight reel often plays in my mind, accompanied by a song that I strongly associate with the destination. I try to move that highlight reel from my mind to my screen. – Alex in Wanderland

My videos are a tribute to the Lonely Planet series. I’m a big fan of theirs and it’s my humble homage to their great series and great idea that’s inspired so many people to travel. – Rubén Alonso

I want others to feel like they are going on the adventures with me, even if it is in the comfort of their own home. At the same time, my videos aim to inspire and encourage others to step out of their comfort zone and go on their own adventures. I also teach people everything they need to know to take that first step and how to prepare themselves for a life of travel. – Kristen Sarah

Informational, short and to the point! – David Hoffmann

The goal of my videos is to create an experience that is akin to magic. I want to show people a version of the world that is new and unexpected. I want my videos to present images and a version of reality that the viewer has never seen before. – Joshua Johnson

My goal is and has always been to inspire people to get ‘Out There’ and explore this beautiful world. That’s been my slogan ever since my cable access TV days in 2006. It doesn’t matter if you’re climbing a tree or climbing Mount Everest. My goal is to show people how accessible travel can be, and that there’s no right or wrong way to do it. – Ryan Van Duzer

To educate and inspire and ultimately… to sell more holidays. – Travizeo

To convey the same energy and excitement to my audience that I experienced when I was filming them. – John Piazza IV

Give people that have never been to the location a heads up of what to do, where to eat, and how to experience the best out of it. For people that have been there, show them things they maybe missed and give them an excuse to go back again. – Eduardo Gato

I hope people who watch my videos will be inspired to travel wherever they can. I’m really passionate about discovering the heart of one’s local environment. So even if you don’t have the means to travel abroad, I want my videos to show that you can always find something new to explore in your backyard. – Gloria Powell

To create an engaging and accurate representation of the places that I visit, and the things I do there. (Inspiring others to travel is an added bonus.) – Patrick J. McDaniel

The goal of my videos is to show the world to the world. I want to encourage people to travel, help them plan their trips and show them the world isn’t a big scary place and it is full of amazing things. – Cailin O’Neil

I enjoy showing colorful places. I like to show as much details of the place I can. I think is important to make the viewer feel that he is in that place. On the other hand, I like to tell personal stories of local people and use local music. – Josep Gutierrez

Shoot it like a magazine spread, focus on the details and let the viewer connect the dots. Simple. – Justin Weiler

To explore and shoot a place not as a tourist but as a local. I like to keep my videos simple and honest. – Sarah Zareen

Honestly, we make the videos for ourselves. Sharing them with others is just icing on the cake. We’ve made over 500 family adventure videos over the past decade. We want our family to remember the good times we’ve had. Tammy and I love to hear the kids laughing at an old family video we’ve made. Yes, we watch them often. It’s also more fun to show a friend well-edited video than sitting down for hours looking at a vacation slideshow. – Wesley Adventures

Make your mouth water and open your eyes. – Andrew Kamphey

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! – Juliana Broste

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. – Jesse and Kimberly Moore

Real quick, I don’t like the term video. I mean I use it and it’s not a pretentious thing (at least I don’t think) and I don’t like the term film a lot better, but saying film I think makes travel videos seem less of a new thing that’s hanging out on the fringes of society. I think travel videos are a part of the storytelling that the movies have been doing for over a hundred years. But like I said, I don’t really like film either (it sounds pretentious). I guess I haven’t been satisfied with a term yet. Anyway, the goal/philosophy of my projects is to find some deep more profound connection to the places I go. I aim to share the experiences I have with others, but not in a raw way—in an edited way that, while it can make us of raw moments, gives the audience a through line. I haven’t made videos of walking and talking in a while because I think that begs too much of the audience (if I had an audience that loved everything about me I would act differently). Wow, this is a lot of words. Let’s get real and simple. I only want to make things that really impress and inspire me, and while I don’t make these videos often, I want to move my work to more storytelling as a way of illuminating a place. Oh, and I never want to make the same thing twice. I heard this interview with the sound FX guy from Raging Bull once. After every project he destroys his tapes so he won’t repeat the sounds. I don’t want to forget what I learned and what I failed to succeed at. I want to take that and move forward. – Bobby Christian

To make our videos aesthetically pleasing, in addition to being as red-pilled as possible. – SPESUS

My goal is to share my passion of the place I am visiting and to teach people how to make better videos. Travel and filmmaking are two of my passions so I just want to do them both and have others be inspired to follow their passions as well. – Gina DeGirolamo

I want to entertain viewers and motivate people who wish for a life of travel. That’s the correct answer, right? The real reason is to make all my exes jealous… Hey Lisa who dumped me in 8th grade, how do you like me now!? – Gareth Leonard

Every person, place, and thing has a unique story to tell. Whether I’m interviewing a person, highlighting a region or uncorking a beautiful bottle of wine there is an extraordinary story in there somewhere and it’s my job to discover it. – Monique Soltani

When I make my videos, I want people to get lost for a few minutes and share the world as I was able to see it. It could just be visual eye candy, or it could be a story that elevates what otherwise might be an everyday or seemingly ordinary experience into something that is memorable. If I’ve captured your attention until you get to the end, I’ve done my job. – Kien Lam

We try to capture the spirit of the destination in our videos. We want people to see the video and say “I want to go there.” Our aim is to keep them upbeat and fun and reflecting our personalities. It’s less about the hard facts and more about the inspiration. I find that I want to watch a video to be inspired and then I will go and do the nitty gritty research of what to do in that destination. What we really want is a story told. It can be a very shallow story arc, but we want a purpose to our videos. It’s not our nature to just walk down the street with a GoPro and selfie cam. We want to shoot it and show us doing adventures or activities while portraying how we’re feeling in the moment. – The Planet D

I hope to inform people about cruises to inspire them to take one and continue to come back onboard. – Jason Leppert

Firstly to bring Costa Rica and Central America to life, not just for those that are looking to travel here but for those who want to be entertained and informed. To highlight not only the best aspects of a country but to highlight the aspects that matter. In due course I hope our Costa Rica Travel Channel will be the leading source of travel info, news and entertainment for Costa Rica. – Adam Baker

We strive for 100% honesty. We want to show you the good, bad, and everything in between. This includes the bus rides, our embarrassing miscommunication and we don’t shy away from “tourist traps” because a lot of travelers know that there is always someone hawking stuff and to not show it as it really is is a shame for that future traveler that isn’t getting the full picture. More importantly though, our goal is to interact with the place and people. Starting out, we were too shy to film people without their permission (due to language barriers) but realized early on that being on an island of Lynn & Noah is not interesting—it’s ALWAYS about the people. – Because We Camp

To educate, inform and inspire. – Eszter Vajda

My videos are meant to inspire people to engage with the world around them. I also want people to know that breaking out of your comfort zone, though terrifying at the time, leaves you with a rush that propels you in so many other aspects of your life. Within the last year I have told my mind to shush by learning to flyboard, longboard, mountain bike, ski and rock climb. Granted, this is no bungee jumping or skydiving but it is a way to break bounds and learn new ways to travel actively. – Carri Wilbanks

To inspire people to Live Better and Travel More by sharing my experiences and what I’ve learned from other cultures, lifestyles and customs. – Travelista Teri

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. – Mark Wiens

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. – Mick Hobday

I’m a programmer at Tripfilms, so I basically spend some time maintaining the tripfilms.com website and backend softwares we have, and I also work on some B2B projects. – Gustavo Matias

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

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. – Lost & Found Travel

I like sharing my own experience, especially finding unique places—the less touristy parts of our journeys—to encourage anyone who wants to travel to go ahead. Take the chance. – Armando Costantino

I always have the goal to tell a story with my travel videos. I try not to make it simply about the facts. That’s why I hyper-focus on specific aspects of travel for each video—be it the views, a rainy day, the laid-back vibe of a place, etc.  I want people to walk away from my videos feeling like they were there with me, and I want them to always have a smile on their face. And in the process, if I inspire someone to go beyond their comfort zones and travel more, awesome. – Nathalie Basha

We like to be informative and entertaining.  We also want to show that Black people travel—to places beyond the islands—and have a good time doing it. – Global Lipstick

Registration Open for Women’s Travel Fest 2016

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Registration is now open for next year’s Women’s Travel Fest. This three-day event will take place Friday March 4th through Sunday March 6th, 2016 at Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City. The goal of Women’s Travel Fest is to inspire and encourage women to travel the world and help them connect with like-minded women travelers. Miki Agrawal, Annie Griffiths, and Megan McDonough are all scheduled to speak at the event.

Women’s Travel Fest was founded by Kelly Lewis of Go! Girl Guides and directed by Bare Feet host and filmmaker Mickela Mallozzi. To learn more about Women’s Travel Fest and to register, go to womenstravelfest.com. There’s good reason to move fast—early-bird pricing is available if you register before December 1st.

Check out the schedule here: http://womenstravelfest.com/schedule

Twelve Travel Questions with Kelley Ferro

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Name: Kelley Ferro
Home Base: Santa Monica, CA
Last Trip: China
Next Trip: Napa
Website: www.kelleyferro.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KelleyFerroTravels
Twitter: @kelleyferro

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

I always take a GoPro or two. They are so small, have long battery life—especially the new Go Pro Hero 4 Session. They come in handy on all trips.

I also always fold an extra bag into my laptop bag so when I’m through security, I pull it out and can adjust my bag according to what I need on the flight and what I am going to stow overhead. I make sure to put in healthy granola bars (specifically Simply Protein bars), notepad & pen, iPad, scarf, hand sanitizer and allover essentials for the flight. I hate having to get up and get things out of the overhead—especially on crowded flights.

I also always take 2-3 portable iPhone battery chargers. I see this as a safety precaution. There’s nothing worse than being in a jam and having no way to access internet, call or use Google Maps. Also, frequently I’m in destinations outside of the U.S. so my iPhone charger doesn’t work.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

I try to assimilate to the new time zone as soon as I can, even before the trip. Once I get to the airport, I change my watch and mindset to the new timezone. It may be noon in the airport but if it’s 10 p.m. in my destination, I get a meal, maybe a glass of wine and try to gear up for sleeping on the plane. A neck pillow and an Advil PM usually allows me to get at least a few hours of sleep. 

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

If I am traveling for work, which it usually is, the first thing I do is dependent on the itinerary and length of travel. Generally, I have flown overnight so I often try to get to the hotel, charge all my gear and get as much sleep as possible.

If it’s a personal trip, I really like to put on my sneakers and go for a run in the neighborhood. It helps me get my bearings of the new place and the activity puts me in a great mood and feels good.

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

It’s all a matter of taste. I think almost every place has great food if you look for it. For me personally, I really enjoyed the food of Croatia. I love the natural products there—truffles, olive oil, cheeses and simply prepared, fresh foods. I also really liked the food in Egypt. Falafel, bean & vegetable salads and some really delicious freshly baked bread.

I didn’t happen to have many food options in Churchill, Manitoba, understandably since it’s about a 26-hour train ride from the next city and the freezing temperatures make growing their own food difficult. I also find Chinese food an interesting challenge. It usually tastes good but since I’m kind of a health nut, I often wonder if what I am eating is particularly unhealthy or not.

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

Every single place I travel to changes my outlook on life. I think that’s the crux of why I have a job in travel. Immersing yourself in a new place, meeting people with a different perspective and culture—that always changes you and I think for the best.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

Enjoy the journey.

So much of my trips involve lengthy travel times—long flights, waiting in airports, long drives—and instead of getting bored, I actually use that time to be productive or on the opposite end, to let myself relax. When you are in the air, you can’t answer emails and it’s tough to edit videos. I use that time to let myself stop and assess where I am, my goals, my next steps. I also use it to catch up on backlog work—like this interview for instance. I’m currently in the air flying from China. :)

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

I think I run to the beat of my own internal soundtrack —I don’t really need music to make me want to go somewhere. 

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

My threshold for what is crazy has truly risen so what used to be crazy is quite commonplace now. I still think some of my first trips, when I was just backpacking around Europe, sleeping in airports, choosing destinations on a whim—that was pretty crazy. Smartphones didn’t exist and internet was only found in wifi cafes so it was a much more spontaneous world. I once did a road trip of Spain and Portugal, hitting 6 destinations in 7 days—all with maps, bad Spanish and on a budget.

9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers? 

I think the travel consumer has finally realized the value of video as more and more travel sites adopt it. It showcases a destination that photos and text can’t. And when you find a video that focuses on what you are interested in, it can be so useful in planning your trip—whether to do that experience or to avoid it.

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

I try to be authentic and to show a destination honestly. I always try to find locals and seek out the local things to do, see and eat. I try to get off the guidebook and go on recommendations from friends and from people that I meet when I am there. I definitely try to meet as many locals as I can.

My goal is to educate and share pieces of the world with others, especially those that may never go. If I can teach someone about another part of the world and have them understand a little more about us as a collective race of humans, I think that’s a job well done. I also really like helping people plan their trips better so when people tell me that they went to a hotel or restaurant because I recommended it in my video, I am extremely pleased. 

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

Just do it. Don’t be intimidated and don’t try to do what someone else does. Be yourself. Use the tools you have and remember that even your hometown is a destination to others, so go outside and hit record. 

12. What is your best travel tip?

Bring Emergen-C and hand sanitizer! Just kidding! Well those are great—but the most important thing to bring is an open mind and willingness to let go of fears and preconceived ideas. Finding a book on the location that you are traveling to—even a fictional book set there—can really help give you a sense of place and prepare you before you go.

Watch travel videos by Kelley Ferro here.

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Travel Together in Brazil with Kelley Ferro

Kelley Ferro travels to Brazil in the latest Travel Together video series. On her trip with Adventure.com and USTOA, Kelley has the chance to live like a local as she explores Rio de Janeiro and Salvador with local Brazilian guides. Follow along as she tries classic Brazilian dishes like feijoada, acaraje, and açai and experiences exciting adventures in Chapada Diamantina National Park from hiking to spelunking. Watch the videos below for a taste of the passion and culture of Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro


Rio de Janeiro is as beautiful as it is cultural, and on our USTOA tour, we explored its peaks, beaches, historic neighborhoods, favelas and everything in between.

Bahia Culture

Bahia is a Brazilian state with an identity all it’s own. Salvador, it’s capital, has been the central port and thus a melting pot of this fusion culture. We explore the dance, the food, the art, the culture, and the charming towns through the people on this USTOA and Adventure.com experience.

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Find adventure in Brazil.

Brazil: A Country Profile

Brazil is one of my favorite destinations—besides an incredible landscape, delicious food, unique traditions and vibrant cities, the PEOPLE of Brazil are just so alive. The energy is contagious—here’s a taste of it in our video.

Brazil’s Food

The culture of Brazil translates directly its food—each dish has a history, story and purpose. I loved the rich feijoada, the crispy acaraje, decadent churrascurias and of course, refreshing açai. Don’t miss the caipirinhas either!

[All video descriptions by filmmaker.]

Read more about the #TravelTogether adventure in Brazil here.

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Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: What Travel Videos Can Do For You

Over the last two years, we’ve interviewed 50 of our talented filmmakers and filmmaker teams. Here is a collection of some of the best travel tips, crazy travel stories, and filmmaking philosophies from these expert travelers.

We asked 50 filmmakers: How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?

Without a doubt, a well done video can give you insight into a location and a culture better than anything out there. There are tons of great blogs and books and guides, photos, etc… but video really is the next best thing to actually being there. It gives you a sense of place like nothing else can, period. And that’s especially useful when you’re traveling somewhere you’ve never been. – Two for the Road

Travel videos are the best way to remember the experience of a trip. Photos are always good, but making a video of it allows you to experience the ups and downs of a trip all over again. – James Alexander Adams

First, they inspire. A good travel video gets us excited to visit a place and meet its people. As soon as we buy a plane ticket, we immediately download whatever Anthony Bourdain has produced from that country. From his videos, we not only learn about local food but also about customs, social norms, geography, travel challenges and so much more. If a photo is worth a thousand words, video – with audio – is worth a million words. – Nomadic Frames

Any time that you can tell a story can have a powerful effect on people, whether it be through words, music or images. What’s great about travel videos is that they are a combination of all three, which make them unique, and oftentimes a much more powerful vessel for telling your story. – The Expeditioner

I honestly think that a travel video can make or break a destination. It depends on how it is filmed. I find that some videographers can butcher a beautiful landscape or scene by using the wrong exposure settings or uncomfortable movements. On the flip side, I usually find that Documentary filmmakers really know how to compose a scene in exactly the right way to capture its appeal. Travel videos show travelers much more than a photo or article ever could and because of that, the filmmakers’ perspective is a strong influencing factor. – Eight Miles from Home

See before you try. It lets you know what to expect and how to plan and prepare. – Gary Bembridge

While I’d selfishly like for the world to remain undiscovered (so that I can be the first to see it all ha), I guess communication is instant now. If you’re planning your travel and want more than plain guidebook info, video can give you a much nicer and more enticing view of wherever you are headed! – Etherium Sky Films

A lot of people are visual learners and can’t quite grasp what something will be like unless they see it. It helps to see it rather than read about it, so it becomes more of a reality. Videos have the power to make people feel like they’re present—it’s the same reason we love to watch movies. Moving pictures transport their viewers to another place and make you feel a part of it. – Rural Movement

Visuals are always more entertaining and you can easily get a understanding of what a place is like through videos, so they may help people to decide where they would, or wouldn’t like to go. – Mindful Wanderlust

Travel video making is interesting in a certain way. The video you create is your own experience, a narrow slice of what makes a place what it is. Even if you spend a year there, you’ll still be biased to activities, foods, and people you enjoy. Another person can have a completely different experience. Then there’s the element of editing, which has a huge impact on the feelings you want to broadcast. The more I create videos, the more I realize the openness and power of this medium. Videos created with heart, with emotion, with careful creation, I believe can permanently determine someone’s perception of a country. For the average traveller, I think seeing videos like this are like a shot of motivation straight to the jugular. It drives you to pursue a travel lifestyle outside of travel life. It makes you plan that next trip because you want that feeling again. – Mike Corey

I think videos are the best way to convey the energy of a destination, and can really inspire people to get out and travel. I am planning a trip to the 2014 Tomorrowland festival based solely on the after-movies I’ve watched from previous years! – Alex in Wanderland

Bloggers have the freedom that nobody tells them what to say or what they have to show off in the videos. We show places the way we want to and say what we think, so there’s an honesty that comes through. – Rubén Alonso

Visuals have a power of inspiring people in a way writing cannot. Videos can make people feel like they are experiencing everything with you. – Kristen Sarah

Pictures are great, but video is the only thing that can make a destination come alive aside from actually visiting. Travel videos give people the ability to imagine themselves in a certain place. It helps them to visualize themselves far removed from their everyday lives. Why do you think the Travel Channel is so successful? – David Hoffmann

Inspiration—straight up. Travel videos can get you stoked and can be a catalyst for the journey. – Joshua Johnson

Travel videos really allow someone to tell a unique story in their own special way…every travel filmmaker has their own style and something can be learned from everyone. Videos can teach you about dance, food, adventure…pretty much everything under the sun! – Ryan Van Duzer

Videos have become a very big part of the traveller’s journey, from the dreaming stage to the planning stage and certainly to the experiencing and sharing stage. There is a misconception that people watch videos because they are lazy… People watch videos because they can get more information in a shorter space of time. In this light I see video as one of the most useful tools for travellers. – Travizeo

Actually, I think that travel videos are probably more useful for people who aren’t filmmakers. Travel videos, if they’re done well, allow the viewer to get an idea of a destination without actually visiting it. That way, travelers are able to narrow down the multitude of destinations to the places they really want to see. In my opinion, travel videos are invaluable to any person who is planning a trip. – John Piazza IV

To create a memory beyond a picture, to share experiences with others. We are a visual society. Unfortunately people don’t like to read much, so the new trend to remember and let others enjoy what we do in life is make a video. – Eduardo Gato

Travel videos are a great way to get excited about a trip. Done right, they will make you want to book a ticket right away! Not everyone has the privilege to travel. For some, watching a travel video may be the only way to experience traveling. These videos are like a portal that allows everyone the chance to escape. – Gloria Powell

Film is just such a powerful medium to use to communicate to each other, and I think it’s amazing that it’s becoming so widely available now. Anyone can pick up a GoPro or tiny camcorder that shoots HD videos, and they can make an incredible travel video that accurately captures their experiences. The biggest use for travel videos is simply being able to communicate and share our incredible adventures with each other. – Patrick J. McDaniel

I think my travel videos are useful to everyone, filmmaker or not. I don’t think I cater to one specific niche audience except for people that love to travel or dream to travel that is. I have a series of videos called “City in a Minute” where I show people some of the awesome things to see and do in a city in a quick one-minute video. I hope these videos inspire people to travel and help them plan their travels as well. I also like making videos because I think you can only show someone so much about a place in a blog post or photograph and a video gives people movement and audio and takes it to a whole other level. Now if only we could get smell-o-vision invented… – Cailin O’Neil

I think the videos made by travelers that aren’t filmmakers have something special. Something different than filmmakers. The travelers can appreciate special moments and tell their stories in a very fresh way. I think what is important in a video is to transmit feelings and a person that enjoys with an adventure is the best to tell it. – Josep Gutierrez

Videos have the magic ability to emotionally engage with an audience and it’s what we all seek when traveling, and to be able to share that with others is a real privilege. – Justin Weiler

Videos can more effectively show the flavor of a place in ways blogs and pictures can’t. A traveler’s video has freshness and honesty that is hard to find in syndicated travel shows. – Sarah Zareen

In decades past, travel videos were done by large production companies for television. Travel advice and tips are so much more effective if they’re coming from local or seasoned travelers, not some TV script writer on a deadline. Give me raw and candid advice from a local any day. – Wesley Adventures

Videos are the closest we can get right now to experiential forms of media. They can be kept for days, months, years, and watched and re-watched. I think travel videos are powerful on their own and also when combined with photos, words, and sounds. Google is doing a great job of combining all of these. I think we’ll see a new kind of travel video soon. Not sure what it’ll look like but I’m trying out new stuff all the time. – Andrew Kamphey

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. – Juliana Broste

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! – Jesse and Kimberly Moore

This is probably the hardest question because it’s essentially asking “Why do you think what you do is worth doing?” which is a dangerous hole to go digging around. For me, all of this started as a way for me to show my family, specifically my Grandmother, the places I was going. I wanted to let viewers feel the place. I did a lot of close-up shots of textures and colors, but I wasn’t adept enough yet to see the vision clearly through the edit. Umm….I think the answer is that a successful travel video—a video that I will watch and be engaged by—doesn’t try and show you the entirety of a location. It takes on the creator’s view and shows a location through their colors and their passions. (The creator is the person with the final control of the finished product.) I think getting bogged down in the concept of “Well, why is that worth watching or making?” is dangerous because that question begs for a hard answer. It’s worth it because it’s the core of what makes people human. Like all storytelling, putting these pieces together offers the viewer a possibility of a different magical place where they can do things that are uncommon to them and succeed. Let me say that another way. When someone shows an audience their worldview and how he/she interacts with the world, the audience is offered the chance to see the world in that way possibly for the first time. The knowledge they gather from the person sharing then gives them the tools to take on this new world they have been opened to (i.e., watch Anthony Bourdain and you can go eat good food and know that it is good food. Watch Steve Irwin and you can go interact with animals properly). I don’t think travel videos are best used to simply point out places to see or things to do. Text is fine for that. A video shows how to see or do the thing in a new way. If you can’t tell, I struggle with this question a lot. – Bobby Christian

To motivate, inspire and help organize. Travel videos are also just fun to watch especially on a destination you have recently visited, or are feeling nostalgic about. – SPESUS

I think creating travel videos is an awesome way to capture the true experience of your trip and it can be an awesome way to share your experience with others. While photos are awesome and I do shoot tons myself, videos help you to convey the emotion you felt about your trip, especially when you choose music that means something to you and you put that in the video. It’s an incredible memoir to have. I also love the feeling of creativity I have when making them. The video has to be done well though  and it’s not that hard once you learn some principles of filmmaking. There are a few simple things that one needs in order to make good travel videos. One is good sound, another is a tripod, and a third is an understanding of good composition and lighting. – Gina DeGirolamo

Travel videos are meant to inspire and educate people about the world around them. As a traveler, it’s great to have some visuals of where you’re going or where you’d like to go. – Gareth Leonard

I think travel videos are fantastic for people who aren’t filmmakers. Whether you are planning your next vacation or never have any intentions of leaving the comfort of your couch. When you watch a travel video you can explore the world without leaving your living room. – Monique Soltani

I find travel videos to be most useful when they simply inspire. It could be a second of stunning landscape or the way the history is told, but whatever it is, it captures the viewers attention just enough to plant that desire or need to travel into their consciousness. There’s nothing wrong with informative travel videos, but I don’t think a travel video needs to be informative to be useful. Sometimes, you just need to see a place and you’ll be caught surprised that such a place exists and it gets you to start digging around to learn more about it on your own. – Kien Lam

I look to travel videos for inspiration. I want to see people having fun in a place. I want to see the beautiful scenery or get a taste of the culture. A video should grab people and make them want to see more. It should make them feel that they are right there with you. It’s about the hook. You give people gorgeous images, excitement, and adventure and they want to book a flight to experience the destination exactly the way you did! – The Planet D

I think in the case of cruise reviews and ship tours, it gives travelers a visual sense of what they can expect onboard and off in a way that a static brochure or website never can. – Jason Leppert

Having been making travel videos since 2011 I have seen the firsthand effect it can have. Bringing the truth to an area is something not even a photo can do these days. Everyone knows how pictures in tourism are manipulated so much these days. With small travel videos on small production it brings a reality to an area that can be seen for real. So the trust that’s created is powerful and helps travellers make the right decisions for their own travel experience. – Adam Baker

We stumbled onto making travel videos by accident. We wanted to document our trip for ourselves and then something happened… people began to tell us that it felt as if they were experiencing it right along with us! We remember watching travel videos on YouTube while we were in the planning stages of this trip and it gave us the inspiration and strength to make it a reality. If it helped us, we’re hoping it can help others. – Because We Camp

A video can transport a person to a place and bring them sights and sounds that will hopefully provoke a “I want to experience that!” response. – Eszter Vajda

They can inspire travel. I love the way the millennial generation is all about experiences. If I had the choice to own a fancy car or backpack through Europe for a few months there is no question that I would cross borders. The way we are able to share experiences socially and through video has shown people the power of travel. It’s not about material items but the connections you make in the real world. – Carri Wilbanks

Travel videos inspire people to visit different destinations, have new experiences, and provide ideas on what to do once you’re there. There are so many unique perspectives on travel and these videos are a gateway into the mind of a fellow traveler’s experience, which is a thousand times better than an ad or a brochure. – Travelista Teri

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. – Mark Wiens

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. – Mick Hobday

They’re definitely helpful for many things, for example: checking out what food you can eat, places you can visit and things you can do. I think if you’re planning to go somewhere it’s definitely because you saw it somewhere before, magazine, TV or pictures. Videos will help you get a better idea of how it feels to be there. – Gustavo Matias

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. – Wander The Map

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. – Lost & Found Travel

I think videos give an inside scoop of places, a near-reality of an experience that’s accessible. And they can be really inspiring to the watchers. – Armando Costantino

I think travel videos are more honest than guides, or even reviews. In my videos, I’m not afraid to share both the good and the bad, or even just the mundane. I’m not alone here, either—lots of travel vloggers share it all. To have a really great travel experience, I think you have to be extremely informed, and travel videos take it to a whole new level. Also, I don’t think we should overlook the value of escapism here…sometimes, simply escaping from life for five minutes is exactly what we need!! If I had a bad day, I turn to videos that evoke a really clear mood and transport me, and I think there is lots to be said for that. – Nathalie Basha

Travel videos can give you insight to places you’ve never been but may have wanted to go to. They can even attract you to places you never thought you would ever venture. That’s what is great about being able to get different perspectives through travel videos. And some filmmakers have such unique experiences that they inspire us to revisit places we’ve seen already. That’s the dopest thing about travel film—motivating someone to explore. – Global Lipstick

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The World’s Smallest Countries

Looking for a unique destination for your next trip? Don’t overlook the world’s smallest countries. Though these nations might be small, they are home to some larger-than-life attractions. (See our recent TripVlogger series on Malta for example.) Cheapflights shared this infographic with us that is packed with information on these littlest countries. Check it out!

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Have you visited any of these small countries? Tell us about it in the comments!