Twelve Travel Questions with Sarah Zareen

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Name: Sarah Zareen
Home Base: Milpitas, California
Last Trip: Bangalore, India
Next Trip: Dallas, Texas
Website: In the works
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sarah.zareen.5
Twitter: @SarahZareen

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

Camera, book, hand sanitizer.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Fresh air and lots of water.

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

Talk to the locals. Get the lowdown on the best places to eat.

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

I’ve had the best food in India. I love the way a change in zip code brings about a new flavor. Worst food has to be airplane food! My recent flight to India saw me going 14 hours on a couple of apples and water.

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

My solo cruise to the Bahamas reaffirmed what I believe. People are the same everywhere. There is no “us” vs “them”. The same things makes us all smile, laugh, and bleed.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an Hour” – William Blake

Gives me goose bumps every time I read it.

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

“Dekha Hai Aise Bhi” (“I’ve Seen This Before”) by Lucky Ali. The essence of the song is that you’ll find what you are searching for, as long as you go look for it. I remember listening to this song as a teen. Made me want to grab my bag  and explore the world.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

Being chased in the streets of Bangalore by a wild horse. I saved myself by ducking into a narrow alley. The horse kept running.

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

Videos can more effectively show the flavor of a place in ways blogs and pictures can’t. A traveler’s video has freshness and honesty that is hard to find in syndicated travel shows.

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

To explore and shoot a place not as a tourist but as a local. I like to keep my videos simple and honest.

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

Just grab your camera and shoot. Don’t overthink it.

12. What is your best travel tip?

Talk to the locals. Leave your “holier than thou” attitude home. Smile and be humble. And try to put your camera down once in a while and take in everything around you.

Watch travel videos by Sarah Zareen here.

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