Twelve Travel Questions with Cailin O’Neil

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Name: Cailin O’Neil
Home Base: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Last Trip: Terengganu, Malaysia
Next Trip: Chicago
Twitter: @cailinoneil

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

My DSLR, my iPhone and a sleeping mask.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

If you are on a long flight try to sleep in tune with the time zone you are flying too. This might cause you to miss getting food but honestly its only airplane food and that isn’t that disappointing to miss out on. The last long flight I took was Hong Kong to Toronto and when we landed in Toronto at 8 p.m. they were trying to feed us breakfast as it was morning time in HK. That can definitely mess a person up. Also drink lots of water!

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

As cliché as it might be if it’s a big city I take one of those hop-on hop-off bus tours. They are a great way to get a quick layout of the city and most of them have tickets that are good for two days so once you do the loop you can then keep taking it as free transportation to get around.

4. What place has the best food?

This is the same as asking me which place is my favourite to visit. Impossible to answer. However I do really LOVE this kangaroo pizza at the Australian Hotel in Sydney, Australia…

The worst food? I recently tried Durian for the first time in Malaysia… blech! However other food I ate there was awesome.

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

South Africa.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

I have always been a fan of “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

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

Not really.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

I have a lot of crazy adventures that are all different in their own way. The most recent one I can think of is that time I got stuck at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe…

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

I think my travel videos are useful to everyone, filmmaker or not. I don’t think I cater to one specific niche audience except for people that love to travel or dream to travel that is. I have a series of videos called “City in a Minute” where I show people some of the awesome things to see and do in a city in a quick one-minute video. I hope these videos inspire people to travel and help them plan their travels as well.

I also like making videos because I think you can only show someone so much about a place in a blog post or photograph and a video gives people movement and audio and takes it to a whole other level. Now if only we could get smell-o-vision invented…

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

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.

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

Firstly making travel videos isn’t for everyone. Secondly audio is just as important as the visual aspect if not more, avoid wind, and make sure you choose good and legal music.

12. What is your best travel tip?

Trust your gut and have fun.

Watch travel videos by Cailin O’Neil here.

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