1. What are three things you take on every trip?
My Canon 6D, my iPhone, and my Drobo Mini to back up all my photos and footage.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
The one thing I always do when I arrive at a destination is try to stay up as long as I can in order to adjust quicker. Another thing I would suggest is to wear an eye mask on long flights, as the light tends to make jet lag worse.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
The first thing I do is try to take a bit of time to unwind before I start hitting the ground running. Also, I try to get my hands on a great map of whichever city I’m in.
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
Italy and Greece have the absolute most delicious food! The worst food is definitely Disney World.
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
The place that changed everything for me was Italy. In 2003 I visited my family in Italy for the first time. I spoke no Italian and was literally trying to communicate as much as I could using my hands. The food, language and culture got me hooked on traveling! It must have been the overdose of cheese and wine that made me a travel addict.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” – St. Augustine
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
Too many good songs to name., but if I had to choose I would say the Legend album by Bob Marley. It energizes me!
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
I got my laptop stolen out of my hotel room (in a 5-star hotel) in Marrakech, Morocco. I left the door cracked open for five minutes while I went down to the reception to ask a question. It turned out that another hotel guest stole it. When the hotel searched his room, they found it and turned it over to the police as evidence. The thief was arrested, but the laptop was technically evidence. I never got it back from the police, but two years after the incident I got an email from a man who said he had my laptop and wanted to sell it back to me. Talk about being hustled! FYI, I never bought it back and lost all my pictures and contacts.
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
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?
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
Informational, short and to the point!
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
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.
12. What is your best travel tip?
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.
Watch travel videos by David Hoffman here.