Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy Holidays from Tripfilms

Happy Holidays from Tripfilms

Happy Holidays from Tripfilms! Tripfilms was created as a place for everyone to share their travel videos from all over the world, and as the year comes to a close it’s a good time for us to look back and reflect on the awe-inspiring places and adventures we have experienced through the incredible videos shared by the Tripfilms community.

How many videos were uploaded?

1,280 videos uploaded so far in 2015, bringing total Tripfilms video library to 21,720 videos. Of those videos, 818 were HD editor’s picks. That’s a lot of high quality travel videos. Kudos to everyone who uploaded!

Where did our TripVloggers travel this year?

The TripVlogger program is a way for us to reward top Tripfilms contributors with paid video assignments. If you are uploading editor’s pick quality travel videos to Tripfilms, you could be eligible for a TripVlogger assignment! Click here to learn more about the TripVlogger program and apply.

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This year, Tripfilms TripVloggers traveled to the Grand Canyon, Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, Toronto, Muskoka, Niagara Falls, San Diego, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Smugglers’ Notch, Laos, China, Sydney, Madrid, Cleveland, Cuba, Abu Dhabi, Alaska, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Atlantic City, Malta, Cebu City, Hanoi, Phuket, Porto, Lisbon, Indonesia. And the videos they made were amazing!

How many new Tripfilms travel shows were created? 

32 new Tripfilms travel shows were created this year. You can watch them here!

Did we host the Trippy Awards this year?

You bet we did, and we were blown away by the quality of the videos nominated for the top awards. Congratulations again to Justin Plus Lauren for winning Filmmaker of the Year! Check out all the Trippy Awards 2015 winners here.

How many filmmakers were profiled on the blog?

We interviewed 27 filmmakers for the Twelve Travel Questions series this year. We also published the collected responses of 50 of these expert travelers for our Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions series. Find the links here.

Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions

How did we work with Tripfilms partners this year? 

We are always excited about partnerships that allow us to share Tripfilms travel videos with audiences beyond Tripfilms.com. Our goal with these partnerships is to increase awareness of travel video and Tripfilms filmmakers in the travel community as well as among general audiences.

This year we continued to distribute top Tripfilms videos on MSN, USA Today, and Yahoo. In 2015 we also created new Tripfilms channels on Frequency, Vessel, and Amazon. You can read more about these partnerships here on the blog:

Last year, our wish list for partnerships included better attribution for filmmakers and better stats reporting from them on view counts. We now have attribution for filmmakers on all partner channels and our partners now provide metrics either through a dashboard or upon request. Remember that 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. We hope that giving Tripfilms filmmakers the chance to get their videos distributed on these channels can help their videos reach even more people around the world and inspire others to travel.

How many times were we inspired by this beautiful world we live in that you shared with us through your travel videos?

Countless times.

We want to offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone in the Tripfilms community—from all of the filmmakers to anyone who has ever watched a travel video on Tripfilms—thank you for sharing your world. We wish you very happy holidays and a happy new year! May your new year be full of new destinations, new friends, and even more travel adventures.

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Tripfilms Call for Content: Holiday Travel Videos

This month we are happy to celebrate the holidays….and holiday travel! At Tripfilms, we want to see and celebrate your holiday travel videos. Are you traveling to visit family? Are you going on vacation? Are you visiting a new destination for the holidays, or are you exploring your own hometown? Are you escaping the winter cold and going somewhere warm? Or are you trying to find the most snow and ice that you can?

Let’s celebrate winter travel with video. Here is our grown-up Christmas list of the travel videos we would love to see on Tripfilms this season:

  • Christmas/holiday travel
  • Christmas markets
  • Holiday celebrations
  • River cruises
  • Winter sports
  • Cabins
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Winter vacations
  • And more!

Making travel videos can be a great way to capture and share this magic time of year. When you upload your videos to Tripfilms you can share your videos with the world, get your videos featured on social media, and earn rewards like Amazon gift cards and paid assignments.

Learn more about the rewards of uploading your travel videos to Tripfilms.

Click here to upload your holiday travel videos to Tripfilms.com.

Twelve Travel Questions with Ashley Bartner

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Name: Ashley Bartner
Home Base: Le Marche, Italy
Last Trip: Barcelona, Spain – Bordeaux, France – Limoges, France
Next Trip: Bavaria
Website: nhmfilms.com
Facebook: facebook.com/nohalfmeasures.life
Twitter: @nhmfilms

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

A camera or two (GoPro, iPhone & or Nikon D7000), passport and my travel journal.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

Get on the local time zone immediately—change your watch & forget about the ‘What time is it back home?’ syndrome. Stay up as late as you can the first night (within reason) and wake up at 8 a.m. and get going!

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

Take a walk through the neighborhood and scout out places for caffe and breakfast. (Always thinking of my next meal & want to know where to go first in the morning!)

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

I live in Italy for a reason. Hands-down you will find both the best food in your life and probably some of the worst (tourist zones) in Italy. Second to that, I love the food in Spain.

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

My husband (a professional chef) & I visited Italy on our honeymoon, we traveled the country for a month. One night towards the end of our trip I looked at my husband and said “we could live here.” At first he thought I was just dream-drunk. Two weeks after returning home (living in Brooklyn), we decided to move to Italy to start a farm, inn and cooking school—La Tavola Marche. We realized our dreams of living sustainably and simply could be attained in this beautiful country where the quality of life is celebrated; long dinners of local seasonal dishes, balsamic vinegar aged in 200-year-old barrels for over 12 years, endless gardens and dirt roads to explore, combined with its history and of course the Italians! We found our home in Italy. That was 8 years ago and the best decision of our lives!

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“Don’t be afraid to over-order.” One of my best girlfriends said this to me in Dublin. It’s my favorite travel/food quote and also use it as an excuse when traveling. When are you going to eat like this again? Eat like a local and eat often!

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

I have a road trip mix always ready because we love jumping in the car for a long road trip in the winter to Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland or Holland. It’s a lot of Classic Rock—the classics like Doobie Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn mixed with Gabriela y Rodrigo, John Butler Trio, Dave Matthews and a little Old School Rap.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

We got our rental car stuck in the middle of a tiny town of Montisi in Tuscany. Trying to make a three-point turn our rear tires slipped off the edge of a medieval ramp and entrance to the village. Our car was literally stuck between a rock and hard place—the stone wall of the city and the stone ramp, without an inch to spare. We were blocking the only road in and out of the village. The once empty streets quickly filled with locals clamoring about curious how we got into this predicament. Then a large bike tour arrived and car after car, angry they had to redirect their routes. Grandmas were hanging out their windows and every man offered a suggestion on how to move the car. Finally the mechanic arrived with wooden blocks and hardy sons that literally picked up the car! It was the talk of town and we even made the paper!

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

No matter who makes the video—it can still open your eyes to new experiences and places to explore.

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

Share stories of local food, travel, artisans and sustainability with others. Hoping to inspire travel and thoughtful living.

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

Do it! Start filming everything and learn to edit well. Watch lots of other great videos and get inspired! Find your own unique angle/perspective, remember to tell a story and get shots from lots of different angles!

12. What is your best travel tip?

Pack light! Carry-on whenever possible—it keeps you mobile and flexible. I know it’s extremely hard when traveling to film with all the lens and equipment needed, that’s another story. But if I’m traveling for pleasure—it’s carry-on only. No matter if it’s for a weekend getaway or 6 weeks of travel, it can be done.

Watch travel videos by No Half Measures Films here.

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New TripVlogger Series: Discovering Indonesia with Lucy Taylor

Indonesia is a fascinating country in Southeast Asia made up of over 14,000 islands. In this new TripVlogger series, Lucy Taylor introduces us to some of Indonesia’s memorable highlights, from the palaces of Yogyakarta to the Buddhist temple of Borobudur. Find out what are the best dishes to try in Indonesia, what activities and attractions Bali has to offer beyond its famous beaches, and more! Watch the videos below to get going.

Java’s City of the Sultan


At the heart of the Javanese city of Yogyakarta sits the Kraton: a complex of royal palaces, temples and gardens that are not only a glorious tourist attraction, but also still function as the private residence of one of Indonesia’s last Sultans.

What to Eat in Indonesia


Indonesia’s cuisine is like its people: full of colour, spice and vibrant flavour, with so much more on offer than just Nasi Goreng! Here’s a guide some mouthwatering must-try flavours for visiting foodies.

Exploring Borobudur Buddhist Temple

The soaring towered temple of Borobudur was once the centre of the Buddhist world—until it was mysteriously abandoned before the 15th Century. Today, however, visitors come from around the world to admire the epic site and climb the levels to the top: Nirvana.

Mandapa: Bali’s Ultimate Luxury Hotel

After the very best in Bali? The newly opened Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is in a league of its own—combining effortless luxury with a stunning natural setting, while simultaneously highlighting the ancient and beautiful culture and traditions of Ubud.

Bali: Beyond the Beaches

Bali has reputation as an idyllic beach destination, but the island has a whole lot more to offer than just sun, sea and sand! From cultural performances and cat-poo coffee to temples and monkey sanctuaries, get off the beaten track…

[All video descriptions by the filmmaker.]

Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions

Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: The First 50! [Links]

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:

1. What are three things you take on every trip? 
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place? 
4. What place has the best food? The worst food? 
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life? 
6. What is your favorite travel quote? 
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
8. What is your craziest true travel story? 
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers?
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos? 
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
12. What is your best travel tip? 

Twelve Travel Questions with Toby and Tamar

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Name: Toby and Tamar
Home Base: Barcelona, Spain… For now.
Last Trip: Australia to Spain, nearly a year ago. Wow, it’s really time to travel again.
Next Trip: New Zealand/Australia/South East Asia next February.
Website: tobyandtamar.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tobyandtamar
Twitter: @tobyandtamar

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

Our Bialetti Moka pot—we like a nice coffee in the morning. Flip flops, because you never know where you will shower while travelling. And of course, our camera.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

Coffee and alcohol, depending on if you need to sleep or to stay awake.

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

Check for bed bugs. We are still scarred after an encounter with those nasty little buggers.

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

The best: Singapore has amazing street food. There are so many different types of cuisine to try and it’s generally very hygienic which is nice! Naples, Italy has the most amazing pizza in the world. It’s absolute pizza heaven!

The worst: The Fish & Chip shop in Fairlie, New Zealand. Fairlie is a small town on New Zealand’s South Island. There is a small Fish & Chips shop that smells of old oil and both the fish and the chips are absolutely sad and soggy. Not to mention the hamburgers… Luckily Fairlie does have the best bakery in New Zealand!

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

New Zealand. We didn’t expect it but after travelling through and working in New Zealand for 5 months we definitely changed in more than one way. We both already loved camping and hiking but New Zealand amplified that feeling. We also both felt more in touch with the simple things in life and love living with less possessions.

6. What is your favourite travel quote? 

“I suppose some of us are cave dwellers, some of us live in houses, some of us like to be loose footed” – Lemon Jelly

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us” – Anonymous

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

Here are a few songs that make us want to hit the road straight away:

“Camper Van” by Joaquín González.

“Since I Left You” by The Avalanches. (Although I like to imagine they sing ”since I met you” instead of “since I left you.”)

“See It All” by Fink.

“Ramblin’ Man” by Lemon Jelly.

“Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin. It’s all about rambling and was an influence in picking the name of our show and we love that it has a reference to Lord of the Rings which goes with our travels in New Zealand!

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8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

It might not be that crazy but it definitely still makes us laugh! After living in Barcelona for 8 months we left to travel Morocco and after that Italy and France before moving to Antwerp, Belgium. On our last night in Barcelona we hadn’t planned anything but somehow all our friends showed up for drinks and from one drink came another drink, followed by many more. It was a proper Barcelona Goodbye Party, since Barcelona is a city where the party never stops! The next morning I dragged myself and later Toby out of bed. We were both suffering and Toby was too sick to take the metro so we decided to take a taxi so he could stick his head out of the window. After throwing up in a bin in front of the bus station we hopped on the bus to Girona Airport, a trip that was painful to say the least. When we finally arrived to the airport we had to get through customs and since Toby had overstayed his visa, we were a bit nervous. Thankfully we made it through and got the right stamps to hop on the plane. We finally started feeling a bit better. When we arrived in Marrakech we took the bus into the centre. We had no idea where our Riad was but I thought, a touch naive, no worries, I’ll just ask someone. It didn’t take long to realise that things don’t work like that in Morocco, unless you want to pay people money. In our sorry, hungover state, it took us about two hours of wandering around, trying Google Maps in some dodgy internet cafe and searching for non-existent street names, to finally give up and take a taxi. Before we knew it, the taxi driver had summoned a boy from the street to take us to the Riad and though we refused several times, he walked us there through a labyrinth of streets. When we were finally at the door he asked for money and was not happy with what we gave him. Before we knew it his friend came from around the corner and I have to say, they were pretty threatening and we were certainly not up for that in the state we were in. So after handing over more money we were finally safe and sound in our Riad. Definitely a lesson learned there!

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

We think travel videos are a great source of inspiration and information. It allows you to see a little glimpse of what a place is like.

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

We want to share with people what we love and to show them how amazing our world is. We want people to get inspired and realise there is so much more than what you see in your own hometown and in 2 weeks of holidays per year in an all-inclusive resort. Travelling is such a valuable experience and you can learn so much about the world and about yourself as a person.

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

Have fun with it. Don’t try to have everything perfect—just get out there and shoot. Doing it for yourself is the most important thing.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

Be open to meet new people, try new food, be streetwise but don’t let it stop you from having fun. Get out of your comfort zone!

Watch travel videos by Toby and Tamar here.

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Travel Together in China with Kelley Ferro

Kelley Ferro travels to China in the latest Travel Together video series from USTOA. On her travels with Wendy Wu Tours, Kelley has the chance to live like a local as she explores and experiences China from Beijing to Shanghai with local guides and visits world-famous marvels like the Terracotta Warriors and the Great Wall. Watch the videos below to see some of the ancient and modern wonders of China.

Exploring Ancient China


I recently explored China with Wendy Wu Tours and I was blown away by how China’s rich history is still very much alive and in full focus today. Bejing & Xi’an both had neighborhoods where I felt like I was stepping back in time. Take a trip through history with me in this episode where we see the terracotta warriors, the hutongs of Beijing and the Great Wall!

Modern China

Just as China is so ancient, it is also so futuristic and advanced. In Shanghai, Xi’an & Beijing, the three cities that I visited on my experience with Wendy Wu Tours, I met up with many young locals and learned a lot about what it was like to live in modern China.

Bucket List: China

China has certainly always been on my bucket list and I was thrilled to get to experience the country with Wendy Wu Tours. I toured 3 cities and found each to be filled with world wonders and bucket list sites. Check out my favorite spots in China—including the Great Wall!

Food of China


On our journey with Wendy Wu Tours, we ate some of the best of the best of China’s exciting foods. From a variety of types of noodles (my favorite being “biang biang”) to soups, dumplings, hot pot and all sorts of street snacks, eating in China was an adventure. We toured the markets and saw the food come from the source. What was my best meal? Peking duck of course!

China: A Country Profile


I had a whirlwind week in China with Wendy Wu Tours and I experienced so much in this exciting, ancient and modern country. From the skyscrapers of Shanghai, to biking the old wall of Xi’an, to seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors up close and exploring the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall—China was full of life changing moments. Here’s a glimpse into what we did on our tour through this amazing country.

[All video descriptions by filmmaker.]

Read more about the #TravelTogether adventure in China here.

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Best of Tripfilms Twelve Travel Questions: Best Travel Tips

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 your best travel tip? 

Be kind. Be humble. Be respectful. Be patient. Smile! Get off the beaten path. Push yourself. Scare yourself. Open your mind. And never take a moment for granted. Okay… that’s like, ten tips. Sorry. Bottom line: travel is a privilege that (unfortunately) so many people don’t ever get toreally experience. So above all, be thankful. And be careful out there! – Two for the Road

Never plan out every last minute of your trip, leave room for some adventure, some spontaneity, and let the wind blow you in some unexpected directions. – James Alexander Adams

Learn from the locals. Don’t just go to museums and eat at McDonalds. Travel is about living culture and the locals are the holders of most of what is valuable. Immerse yourself. – Nomadic Frames

Stay as open-minded, positive and un-structured as possible. Your best experiences will come from things you hadn’t planned on doing, on people you may never have met or talked to during the regular course of your life, and allowing adventures to happen, even if you weren’t expecting them to. Over-planning, timidness and negativity will destroy the chances of any of these things happening. – The Expeditioner

Document the things that you do when you travel, keep a diary, a blog, a photo library or video. It might not seem that important at the time, but you’ll regret it afterwards when your memories begin to fade. – Eight Miles from Home

Just do it. But never do anything while travelling you would not do at home. – Gary Bembridge

Be very open-minded and don’t be judgmental or you may miss out on potentially life changing experiences! – Etherium Sky Films

Keep an open mind. Stuff happens and things go wrong, but if you roll with it you’re way more likely to enjoy yourself. Learn about where you’re going. Educate yourself about not just the places you will see, but the culture. Take an interest in the people and lifestyle of where you’ll be traveling and respect it. – Rural Movement

Don’t judge. Take your time, and enjoy. The world is such a beautiful place and we think everyone needs to see how wonderful it is. – Mindful Wanderlust

Tripfilms Exclusive Secret Tip: Go postcard window-shopping. Not for the postcards, but for ideas on what to shoot. Guaranteed you’ll find some beautiful scenes and angles of landmarks you can go investigate for yourself. – Mike Corey

Don’t let fear hold you back. Remember that the good judgement that serves you at home will also keep you safe on the road, and the majority of people in the world want to help you, not hurt you. – Alex in Wanderland

Live each trip as if it were the last one of your life. – Rubén Alonso

Have no expectations, be prepared to change plans and be open to any possibility. – Kristen Sarah

Give yourself time, be an independent traveler. Fast travel isn’t necessarily the best. Slow travel allows you to really get to know a place, its people, gastronomy, and culture. – David Hoffmann

Trust. – Joshua Johnson

Just get out there and start moving…everything will take care of itself. It’s amazing how things always work when you’re on the road. You’ll meet new friends, have unforgettable experiences and be set for a life of fulfilling adventure. – Ryan Van Duzer

Not an uncommon tip, but one that certainly has helped a lot in the past. Learn a few local language phrases. A simple “good morning” or “how are you” in a local language, goes a long way to breaking the barrier. – Travizeo

Get out of your comfort zone. Some of the best experiences I’ve had while traveling involve breaking out of my comfort zone. Whether it was exploring one of the largest underground caving systems in the world outside of Budapest or reaching out to strangers while I waited and making new friends, the best experiences have always resulted from breaking out of my bubble. – John Piazza IV

Be respectful with other cultures, spend time with the locals, read about the place you are going ahead of time so you don’t end up saying or doing something inappropriate for the people there, don’t be afraid of trying new things, dare, be mindful, and come back safe. – Eduardo Gato

Try not to leave for your trip exhausted. I can’t count how many vacations where I’ve spent the first couple of hours decompressing with a nap in the hotel room—fail! – Gloria Powell

Open yourself up to new experiences, and don’t let the comfort of a routine hold you back from any adventure. – Patrick J. McDaniel

Trust your gut and have fun. – Cailin O’Neil

The way I enjoy the most in a trip is when I live the experiences surrounded by nice people. The best memories I have are the people I have met traveling. So the best tip I can give is to enjoy the travel accompanied and if it is possible with local people. – Josep Gutierrez

Don’t listen to your friends + meet locals, they always know best. – Justin Weiler

Talk to the locals. Leave your “holier than thou” attitude home. Smile and be humble. And try to put your camera down once in a while and take in everything around you. – Sarah Zareen

One of our family traditions is to start planning our next trip on the way home from our current trip. We’ll talk about what we liked and didn’t like. We tend to think “outside the box” and have often planned future trips that were amazing. The trip doesn’t ever happen when we first plan and sometimes a smaller weekend-getaway trip will pop up. But overall, we find talking about our next trip chases away the end-of-vacation blues. – Wesley Adventures

Research, and know where your information is coming from. What kind of person, what their motives are. Take things with a grain of salt and in the end, explore a little more than you thought you would. – Andrew Kamphey

Have fun. Prepare for the unexpected. Enjoy those little moments that are less than perfect, they will make for a great story. – Juliana Broste

Be flexible. We are big planners and usually travel ready with a huge list of to-do’s. We will always be advocates for planning ahead, because that way you can return home knowing you made the most of your time in that place. But, we’ve also had great experiences when things didn’t quite go as planned or a new opportunity arose and we took it as opposed to “sticking to the schedule!” So be prepared, but be flexible. – Jesse and Kimberly Moore

Always bring more underwear than days you plan to travel. Buy a good power adapter. Have a home. – Bobby Christian

Pack light. Just a couple of changes of clothes. Wash along the way. You’ll thank yourself later if you do and curse yourself (every time you move) if you don’t. – SPESUS

Embrace every moment whether you think it’s good or bad. Ultimately it’s all about the experience of life and opening our minds. Live it! Love it! Capture it! – Gina DeGirolamo

Meet, interact and listen to locals. This is the simple philosophy that I travel by. – Gareth Leonard

Pack light! Step out of your comfort zone and embrace the unknown! – Monique Soltani

Best travel advice? Just go with it. Don’t overthink yourself out of doing something. – Kien Lam

Eat where the locals eat. When you are searching for a place to eat dinner, take a walk in the neighbourhood. Go away from the tourist haunts and look for a restaurant packed with local people. You can almost guarantee the food is fresh, authentic, and affordable. – The Planet D

Take a cruise. There is not a more relaxing way to see several iconic destinations in a single trip. – Jason Leppert

Be yourself everywhere you go and with everyone you meet. Be open-minded, approachable and outgoing and honestly treat others as you yourself would wish to be treated and go out into the world considering that this is your one and only life so live it well and see as much as you can. I try, every now and again to step back from the bubble of work and look at the bigger picture and I’m reminded of the good fortune I have to be doing this. This approach enables me to get the most out of each new place I visit. And finally, make sure that a trip to Costa Rica is right up there on your bucket list! – Adam Baker

Go with the flow. – Because We Camp

Drink plenty of water, be open to the unexpected and flexible to change. Go outside your comfort zone in all areas! – Eszter Vajda

Don’t stick to an agenda too much. I always like to go in with somewhat of a plan but I always love taking suggestions from locals or following my instinct to see what I may stumble upon. When I travel, I also find I sometimes try to fit too much in. My mom always tells me to save some things for when I come back and that they will always be there. I am thankful for this advice because it allows me to take in the moment tenfold. – Carri Wilbanks

Smile, laugh and don’t sweat the small stuff. A smile is internationally appreciated and goes a long way when there is a communication barrier. – Travelista Teri

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

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

I remember the first time I went to NYC I didn’t even go to Statue of Liberty, Times Square, or the Empire State Building, etc. I was just skating all over the city for 30 days. I guess just pick a place that you can do whatever you dreamed about and be happy doing what you love. – Gustavo Matias

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. – Wander The Map

NEVER eat at an empty restaurant. It’s empty for a reason. – Lost & Found Travel

Be patient and adaptable. You might have detailed, specific plans, but dealing with curveballs are part of the travel package. Enjoy the quirks when they come. – Armando Costantino

Know what you want to do and see, but don’t stick to any one itinerary. Be fluid and really open to however your trip unfolds. Sometimes, overplanning can kill the whimsical and adventurous nature of travel. I always make a list of things I want to see or do, but I don’t stress about hitting every mark. There have been many times where I change my mind once I’m there, or I find something even MORE amazing than I ever anticipated, and the trip itself changes. It’s actually fun when that happens, you just have to be open to it! – Nathalie Basha

Leave room in your schedule to wander, indulge in local culture and you’re never fully dressed without a smile ☺ – Global Lipstick