Name: Lost & Found Travel (Margaret Hicks & John Eiberger)
Home Base: Chicago
Last Trip: South East China
Next Trip: Giving Antarctica via Patagonia a real hard look…
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
Half a dozen cameras, Gold Bond Talcum Powder and wrapped hard candy to gift to street food vendors who let us shoot their food.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
I (John) get hit by jet-lag really hard. I’ve got a 2-word solution – THAI MASSAGE. Always does the trick. Worth every penny. We don’t see it as a luxury. We see it as part of the airfare.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
Walk around the area our hotel is in without any cameras or maps. Learn every inch because it’s your home for now.
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
We find that the best food is always in the most humble locations. Our favorite meals are usually in “food courts” meant for locals. The best dish in recent memory was in the sub-basement of a Shanghai skyscraper.
We find the locations with the best view have the worst food. A terrible meal overlooking the Jemaa el-Fnaa plaza in Marrakech comes to mind.
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
Cambodia really put things in perspective. Seeing their strength, despite the tragedy suffered by an entire nation, was certainly a game changer.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“Not all who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
Traveling Band by CCR.
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
When in Hanoi Vietnam, we went out for duck with our local friends. Since we were guests they insisted we try the first bite of each course served. During the “fried duck” course I took what looked like a wing. Everybody got real quiet. I (John) was nibbling away and not really getting anywhere. My friend Minh asked me what I thought and I replied “not much meat on these wings” to which he replied “that’s because you just ate the head.”
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
We use social media and other travelers’ videos as the core of our travel research. Guide books are great as a reference when you are THERE. But quality videos by other travelers convey information so much faster. AND you make travel friends by being active socially. They’re a great source for hotel recommendations.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
We’re not here to be the stars of the video. We let the location do the talking whenever possible. We want our videos to feel like you are walking around the destination yourself.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
Good sound makes all the difference. Put your lens cap on and record 2 minutes of “location audio” wherever you shoot. It helps bridge the gap between shots. Also – pay a street performer a hefty tip if you record their music for use in your videos.
12. What is your best travel tip?
NEVER eat at an empty restaurant. It’s empty for a reason.
Watch travel videos by Lost and Found Travel here.