I have always found ways to share my travels with people back home, as I am frequently traveling solo. Pictures mostly, some writing.. but many times, these static mediums do not fully depict what is happening on the ground in a given moment of time and place. Conveying the raw sounds, real-time imagery, chaos, and language of a place to viewers at home is my passion and desire for making travel vlogs.
My style of filming and filmmaking are designed to focus on three main ideas when I travel: People, Place, and Food.
I believe all three of those pillars are connected and cannot exist independently. Through my lens, I hope to give my viewers a real sense of what it was like walking though a crowded street market in Colombo, Sri Lanka; meeting a fifth-generation prosciutto maker in Njegusi, Montenegro; or tasting homemade Berber cuisine in plain view of Morocco's majestic Sahara Desert sand dunes. These are the things that excite me, fill my soul with passion, and drive my relentless curiosity about our world. These are the experiences I want to share with my audience. Additionally, I always provide some helpful information about how to find that hidden curry shop or locate a particular hostel/hotel/riad/etc.
On my YouTube channel, you will find two main styles of videos: Traditional Vlogging and Travel Guides. By Traditional Vlogging, I mean just that - me, behind a camera, showing you the place I am visiting, the people I meet along the way, and the foods I am eating (and of course where I'm eating them). It's a simple, more condensed style of filmmaking, but it gives my viewers a more raw, real look into what life is like in a particular location.
On the other end of the spectrum, my Travel Guides are designed for storytelling - they take the shape of an episode, rather than a vlog, with my narration and editing used to tell a story about a destination. I absolutely love this style of filming and editing; it gives me a chance to really dive deep into a place, culture, and food, and producing episodes like this truly is my passion. As you can imagine, however, editing something like that takes a long time - narrating, color correcting, editing... it's just me. Not quite something that is sustainable while I am actively on the road traveling. So these I tend to create when I am at my home base in the U.S., giving me the time and flexibility to really devote towards editing a Travel Guide.