Name: Greg Brand (Travizeo)
Home Base: Brighton, UK
Last Trip: Malaysia
Next Trip: Brazil
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
Other than loads of cameras and video equipment… A multi plug and one travel adaptor, half the clothes that I think I will need (more space for cameras) and a healthy dose of “if life gives you lemons” attitude.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
Honestly… 5 minutes of scuba in the pool! It seems to work well for hangovers too, but you didn’t hear that from me (it’s certainly not recommended at your local dive shop).
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
Just take a walk around, take in the atmosphere of the location without the camera.
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
My favourite foodie location would have to be Malaysia. The fusion of Indian, Chinese and Malay cultures is a match made in heaven. Don’t think I have a worst really—if you search long and hard enough, you will find something delicious. As Chef Gusteau always says “Food will come, Remy. Food always comes to those who love to cook.”
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
I would have to say it was my first travel video shoot in Kos, Greece for Mark Warner Holidays. It wasn’t so much the place, but more the fact that I was getting paid to travel and film, something I would have gladly done for free at the time. This got the ball rolling. I left the world of corporate video behind, started working with and got engaged to my amazing partner Carole, started up Travizeo and never looked back.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“Holy sh*t, we’re in…(insert place name)” – Anyone who’s ever experienced the excitement of somewhere new.
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
There sure is… This is my Spotify playlist aptly titled ‘Something to travel to’ – http://goo.gl/h67BQd
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
We’ve gotten ourselves into all kinds of trouble, but the memories that stick out for me normally involve animals somehow… I’m not sure why. In South Africa I was sitting in the tracker seat, which is right in front of the land cruiser, filming a rather large square-lipped or white rhino cow and her calf, they began grazing closer and closer and we didn’t want to start the vehicle in case of frightening them. She ended up less than 2 meters away. You can see some of those shots in the end of this video. In Langkawi, Malaysia our producer Yusin somehow managed to convince the local aquarium to let me scuba dive in the big tank and hand-feed the fish. Hungry fish are not to be messed with, especially when you aren’t wearing gloves, and stingrays and moray eels swimming between your legs and nudging you for more food is rather unsettling, but something I won’t forget.
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
Videos have become a very big part of the traveller’s journey, from the dreaming stage to the planning stage and certainly to the experiencing and sharing stage. There is a misconception that people watch videos because they are lazy… People watch videos because they can get more information in a shorter space of time. In this light I see video as one of the most useful tools for travellers.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
To educate and inspire and ultimately… to sell more holidays.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
Just start! It doesn’t matter what you use or how little you know. You are likely to learn more from your mistakes, than from most anything else.
12. What is your best travel tip?
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.
Watch travel videos by Travizeo here.