Name: Matt Stabile (The Expeditioner)
Home Base: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Last Trip: Maui
Next Trip: Not sure, but Brazil, Croatia and Australia are in the running
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
I always take my DSLR camera, an extra battery and an extra SD card (you can tell where my priorities lie). Everything else is optional, including clothes.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
I firmly believe in shocking my body into the new time zone as quickly as possible. Going to sleep and waking at the local times is essential (so no going to sleep early). I also drink plenty of water avoid excess alcohol during my first few days. Okay, well at least the water part.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
I walk incessantly around whenever I get someplace, both to get a feel for the area, as well as due to my own excitement of being there.
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
I love the street food throughout Latin America, but I have to admit the fish tacos I just had in Maui could quite possibly be eaten by me every day for the rest of my life. The food in any airport is pretty universally bad, no matter where you are in the world.
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
Traveling in India changes the lives of anyone that has visited there. It’s something about the people, the culture, the religion and the unfamiliarity of it all—in a good way—that makes it hard for anyone not to be affected positively.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
I love traditional African music, and whenever I hear it, it has the oddly transformative effect on me that makes me want to ditch wherever I am and hit the road.
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
I caught malaria in Africa. It happens to plenty of people around the world (unfortunately more so to children in Sub-Sahara Africa), but it still seems crazy to me and to the people I tell that to.
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
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.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
World peace, empathy and universal compassion. Oh yeah, also landing my own globally syndicated travel series starring myself as the host.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
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.
12. What is your best travel tip?
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.