Twelve Travel Questions with Jesse and Kimberly Moore


Name: Jesse and Kimberly Moore
Home Base: Salt Lake City, Utah
Last Trip: The Subway, Zion National Park, Utah
Next Trip: Istanbul, Turkey

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

A CAMERA[!!!], headphones, and good music.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Netflix—leave it to a good TV show to keep you awake all night and rest your clock.

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

Ask a local for the best place to eat then hit the ground exploring the neighborhood!

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

Paris is always a treat. We usually sustain ourselves on a healthy diet of macarons and crepes. Also, Thailand. You can’t go wrong with curry. We’re still looking for the worst food…


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

Jesse reflects often on experiences he had while living and serving among the people of Costa Rica for two years. He was reminded how happiness can truly be found in any set of circumstances. For Kim, it’s usually anywhere outdoors where the cell service is limited! Getting out into nature is the best way to really stop the noise of life and refocus on health and mental clarity.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

We believe it was Greg Anderson who said “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

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

Not in particular. Every trip has ended up with its own playlist that forever reminds us of that place (which inevitably makes us nostalgic whenever we hear it and gives us the itch to travel more!).

8. What is your craziest true travel story?  

Laughing at the time we hitchhiked franticly trying to catch the ferry leaving in minutes. You see we had to catch a plane the next morning! The kind soul who picked us up didn’t know any English but he didn’t need to. No, he knew exactly what was going on as we pointed to the dock just visible over the cliff. He weaved his way through traffic and around every tight corner only to come to a screeching halt just as the metal ramp scraped off the dock. I’d be lying if I said we didn’t consider jumping. Hours later. Another ferry. We finally rolled into the mainland near midnight only to find out a 48-hour transportation strike had been issued. No planes. No trains. No buses. We were able to leave the city only a few hours before the Syntagma Square riots broke out.


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

Travel videos are THE best way to recap a country, area, or even a visit to a small town. Videos can show the atmosphere, the people and the experience all in a FEW minutes! A view that can convince travelers of why they’d want to visit! With video you can also help your viewers HEAR the sounds of the destination; the native language, or the waves crashing against the rocks, or the birds singing in the jungle, or the laughter of the guy selling hot dogs on the corner!

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

Our goal is to always be authentic in our summaries. We also try to provide an extra tip or trick that we have picked up along the way.

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

Think about what you want to know about the location/destination before you decide to go there. Then give that information in your video. It will make your video more genuine.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

Be flexible. We are big planners and usually travel ready with a huge list of to-do’s. We will always be advocates for planning ahead, because that way you can return home knowing you made the most of your time in that place. But, we’ve also had great experiences when things didn’t quite go as planned or a new opportunity arose and we took it as opposed to “sticking to the schedule!” So be prepared, but be flexible.

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