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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