Twelve Travel Questions with Patrick J. McDaniel


Name: Patrick J. McDaniel
Home Base: Vermont
Last Trip: Atlanta, GA
Next Trip: Hawaii

1. What are three things you take on every trip? 

Camera gear, phone with a solid travel playlist, and a French Press with VT coffee beans.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 


3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place? 

I like to drive around a get a feel for the area, scope out some places to film. Just being friendly and talking with people from the area helps a lot too.

4. What place has the best food? The worst food?

It’s not very exotic, but I had the best meal of my life at a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Florida. The worst place to get food is when you’re on the road and in a hurry, or trying to save every penny. Gas station food and I have a long history, and a love/hate relationship when traveling.


5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?

Not very exotic again, but growing up in Vermont has definitely changed my outlook on life, and continues to do so every day. I bring the lessons I’ve learned from VT with me on the road anywhere I go, and it definitely helps to have such a strong support network. I’m planning on some longer distance adventures in the near future, so we’ll see about some new life changing locations.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?

There’s definitely certain songs that spark some interest in travel, but I think it all depends on the time of day, or the place that I’m listening to the music. I have an Alt-J CD that’s been in my car since December, I think that’s definitely inspired a good bit of my travel ideas.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

Last summer I ended up joining one of my friends on a spontaneous last minute trip to see a three-day music festival called Friendly Gathering. With almost no notice, I managed to get free admission into the festival in exchange for filming and received a VIP wristband that allowed me access into backstage/sectioned off areas. The entire music festival took place on an abandoned ski/snowboard resort so the view was incredible and camping out was perfect. It ended up raining so filming wasn’t the best, but dancing in the mud for three days and being surrounded by great music was something I’ll never forget.


9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?

Film is just such a powerful medium to use to communicate to each other, and I think it’s amazing that it’s becoming so widely available now. Anyone can pick up a GoPro or tiny camcorder that shoots HD videos, and they can make an incredible travel video that accurately captures their experiences. The biggest use for travel videos is simply being able to communicate and share our incredible adventures with each other.

10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos? 

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.)

11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?

Go out and put all your effort into it, there’s never been a better time than now to get into film. You don’t need a big budget production to create captivating videos anymore, you just need a passionate filmmaker.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

Open yourself up to new experiences, and don’t let the comfort of a routine hold you back from any adventure.

Watch travel videos by Patrick J. McDaniel here.

One thought on “Twelve Travel Questions with Patrick J. McDaniel

  1. Omkar

    Indeed it is interesting to know your thoughts on travel and film. And you are right, a film serves the purpose of communicating your experience as well as inspiring someone to travel. I’m a rookie at travel film-making who is desperately looking forward to go out there and bring as much of the world as I can back home on my camera :)


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