Monday, November 9, 2015

Is there any travel lover who"s not obsessed with HGTV"s House Hunters
International? The beautiful locations, the idea of dropping everything and
moving abroad — and the lucky crew who get to follow the adventurous
couples around the world and document their international house hunts! So when
World traveling club Travel met Samantha Stubin, a 32-year-old producer for
the show, we were dying to ask her some questions about her amazing
gig."
World traveling club Travel: Current position?"Samantha Stubin: TV
Producer/Director for House Hunters International.
I"ve been working at this
level for about four years at this level, 10 years in the industry.
Stubin hard at work with the HHI crew in Iceland.
(Photo: Samantha
Stubin)YT: What"s a typical day in that role?"SS: A typical shoot day on
location starts very early with some coffee, then shooting a series of scenes
at the most beautiful and exotic locations I can find, followed by a yummy
lunch break with my crew, and more filming.
Hopefully we wrap over an epic
sunset time-lapse, then celebrate our hard work over dinner with some local
wine.
Maybe FaceTime with my dog if I"m lucky.YT: How many countries have you
been to?"SS: Probably around 60.
Twenty this year.
It"s been a good year.
YT:
Do you get to spend time in the locations you film?" Stubin seeing
Tanzania through a camera lens (Photo: Samantha Stubin)SS: I see the places,
but mostly through a camera lens, unless I can tie it to some vacation
time.
But I usually work with local crews, which is sort of like having a
personal tour guide.
And even when the cameras are rolling, I"m filming the
things I think millions of viewers should see so it"s still creative and fun!
YT: What was your career path to this job?"SS: I double-majored in film and
Español at the University of Miami and interned for some telenovelas that
filmed in the area.
After graduation I started working as a production
assistant (P.A.) in New York on movies and TV shows.
I worked through nights,
weekends, and winters outside.
It was brutal, but more or less production boot
camp, and I learned a ton.
I started to travel around the country going from
show to show, moving up slowly but surely."Almost two years ago, I hit a rough
patch and couldn"t find work.
It was flat-out scary and I was about to call it
quits and find a new career path, when I got a call to work on a series
profiling the world"s best beaches for the travel channel.
On my first day,
the show runner gave me a map and told to pick 10 countries I wanted to go
to.
A few weeks later, I arrived in Africa for the first time and pinched
myself.
The hard work and tough times had finally paid off, and it was bigger
and better than I could"ve imagined.
Shortly after that series ended, I landed
a full time gig on HGTV"s House Hunters International, where I cast, produce,
and direct episodes all around the globe.YT: Any funny stories from filming?"
Stubin in the Maldives (Photo: Samantha Stubin)SS: Well there was that
time I was sent to the Maldives to profile a private island couple"s resort.
I
had just flown in from Dubai, lost my luggage, and hadn"t showered.
(TMI?!) I
went straight to the shoot where the general manager of the resort informed me
that he didn"t have any women to appear on camera.
So a local male model and I
spent the next two days pretending we were a couple, snorkeling with star
fish, and getting massages in the world"s first underwater spa.
Tough day at
the office! Some other highlights from that summer include swimming with
stingrays in the Caribbean and shark diving in South Africa.YT: What"s the
most memorable place work has taken you so far?"SS: Safari in Tanzania.
The
markets of Marrakesh.
Bathing an elephant in India.
Staying in a cave hotel in
Cappodoccia.YT: What advice do you have for others who want to a job that lets
them travel for a living?"SS: Don"t give up! You"re probably not going to find
your dream job right out the gate.
So in whichever field it is that you"re
interested in, take any gigs you can to develop the skill sets needed to land
that dream job.
YT: What"s the best thing about the job and about traveling
for a living? Some new friends in Laos (Photo: Samantha Stubin)SS:
Exploring unique cultures and meeting interesting people, then documenting
these beautiful images to share with the world.YT: Worst?SS: Long
flights.
Airline food.
And time away from my loved ones.YT: Do you collect
anything or have any rituals when you travel?SS: I have a sand collection from
close to 100 different places all around the world! I also always make an
effort to learn the local music wherever I am.
For example, Asgeir is a new
musician I discovered while driving through the Westfjords of Iceland.
I"m
obsessed!YT: Based on your experience with House Hunters International, what
have you learned about moving abroad?SS: All the hunters have one thing in
common: They"re brave, that"s for sure.
I"ve also learned that it definitely
takes patience.
Every culture is different and moves at its own pace.
And I
find that a lot of people moving abroad from the states are looking for a
slower, more laid-back lifestyle.
Somewhere with less noise, traffic, and
wifi.YT: Any tips for how to survive traveling for a living?" Florence,
where Stubin filmed an episode.
(Photo: Samantha Stubin)SS: Being
easy-going.
There"s no doubt that flights will be delayed, baggage lost,
weather, and other elements you can"t control.
But the show must go on and you
gotta roll with the punches.Bucket list spots you haven"t been yet? New
Zealand.
Myanmar.
Cuba… everywhere!YT: When you travel outside of work
for personal enjoyment, what do you do?" Adventure in South
Africa.
(Photo: Samantha Stubin)SS: I"m constantly looking for balance and
that is generally the theme of my trips.
I find that it"s also a crucial
component to understanding a culture.
So rather than just hitting the capital
cities, I try to venture out into the more rural parts and explore the
different landscapes and everything in between."I"m also a big adrenaline
junkie and love a good zip line or volcano boarding session.
But really food
is the absolute most crucial for me, and a cooking lesson is a must.
(I still
have burn marks from making couscous in Morocco.) When people ask me about my
"vacations," I usually respond with "It"s not a vacation, it"s traveling." Ask
anyone who"s joined me on these adventures — they usually need a
vacation afterwards!
YT: Travel must-haves?"SS: A headlamp, a good book, and
a go pro! Oh and travel-size everything because who wants to waste time
checking luggage when they can be somewhere awesome?!
YT: Best travel
tips?"SS: I"m a coffee lover, so I find that drinking the local coffee is a
great way to get a taste of the culture AND keep yourself awake on a different
time zone! And on long flights, I always read Lonely Planet so that when I
step off the plane I know a little about where I am and maybe how to say
hello/goodbye in the local language.
It goes a long way as a tourist.YT:
What"s your favorite place on earth?"SS: Believe it or not it"s right here in
New York, Fire Island! I"ve spent every year of my life there, and it"s no
cars and no shoes way of life is my summertime escape.Where do you see
yourself in 10 years?"SS: [I want] to"run my own travel shows.
And get more
involved with volunteering and teaching underprivileged kids about photography
and videography.
I"m constantly amazed at how many children in these poor
villages have never even seen a photograph of themselves or their loved
ones.
WATCH: Everything in Australia Wants to Kill You Let World traveling
club Travel inspire you every day.
"Watch World traveling club Travel"s original series "A Broad Abroad." Is
there any travel lover who's not obsessed with HGTV's House Hunters
International? The beautiful locations, the idea of dropping everything and
moving abroad — and the lucky crew who get to follow the adventurous couples
around the world and document their international house hunts! So when World
traveling club Travel met Samantha Stubin, a 32-year-old producer for the
show, we were dying to ask her some questions about her amazing gig.  World
traveling club Travel: Current position? .YT: Any funny stories from
filming?"
Stubin in the Maldives (Photo: Samantha Stubin)SS: Well there was that
time I was sent to the Maldives to profile a private island couple"s resort.
I
had just flown in from Dubai, lost my luggage, and hadn"t showered.
(TMI?!) I
went straight to the shoot where the general manager of the resort informed me
that he didn"t have any women to appear on camera.
So a local male model and I
spent the next two days pretending we were a couple, snorkeling with star
fish, and getting massages in the world"s first underwater spa.
Tough day at
the office! Some other highlights from that summer include swimming with
stingrays in the Caribbean and shark diving in South Africa.YT: What"s the
most memorable place work has taken you so far?"SS: Safari in Tanzania.
The
markets of Marrakesh.
Bathing an elephant in India.
Staying in a cave hotel in
Cappodoccia.YT: What advice do you have for others who want to a job that lets
them travel for a living?"SS: Don"t give up! You"re probably not going to find
your dream job right out the gate.
So in whichever field it is that you"re
interested in, take any gigs you can to develop the skill sets needed to land
that dream job.
YT: What"s the best thing about the job and about traveling
for a living? Some new friends in Laos (Photo: Samantha Stubin)SS:
Exploring unique cultures and meeting interesting people, then documenting
these beautiful images to share with the world.YT: Worst?SS: Long
flights.
Airline food.
And time away from my loved ones.YT: Do you collect
anything or have any rituals when you travel?SS: I have a sand collection from
close to 100 different places all around the world! I also always make an
effort to learn the local music wherever I am.
For example, Asgeir is a new
musician I discovered while driving through the Westfjords of Iceland.
I"m
obsessed!YT: Based on your experience with House Hunters International, what
have you learned about moving abroad?SS: All the hunters have one thing in
common: They"re brave, that"s for sure.
I"ve also learned that it definitely
takes patience.
Every culture is different and moves at its own pace.
And I
find that a lot of people moving abroad from the states are looking for a
slower, more laid-back lifestyle.
Somewhere with less noise, traffic, and
wifi.YT: Any tips for how to survive traveling for a living?" Florence,
where Stubin filmed an episode.
(Photo: Samantha Stubin)SS: Being
easy-going.
There"s no doubt that flights will be delayed, baggage lost,
weather, and other elements you can"t control.
But the show must go on and you
gotta roll with the punches.Bucket list spots you haven"t been yet? New
Zealand.
Myanmar.
Cuba… everywhere!YT: When you travel outside of work
for personal enjoyment, what do you do?" Adventure in South
Africa.
(Photo: Samantha Stubin)SS: I"m constantly looking for balance and
that is generally the theme of my trips.
I find that it"s also a crucial
component to understanding a culture.
So rather than just hitting the capital
cities, I try to venture out into the more rural parts and explore the
different landscapes and everything in between."I"m also a big adrenaline
junkie and love a good zip line or volcano boarding session.
But really food
is the absolute most crucial for me, and a cooking lesson is a must.
(I still
have burn marks from making couscous in Morocco.) When people ask me about my
"vacations," I usually respond with "It"s not a vacation, it"s traveling." Ask
anyone who"s joined me on these adventures — they usually need a
vacation afterwards!
YT: Travel must-haves?"SS: A headlamp, a good book, and
a go pro! Oh and travel-size everything because who wants to waste time
checking luggage when they can be somewhere awesome?!
YT: Best travel
tips?"SS: I"m a coffee lover, so I find that drinking the local coffee is a
great way to get a taste of the culture AND keep yourself awake on a different
time zone! And on long flights, I always read Lonely Planet so that when I
step off the plane I know a little about where I am and maybe how to say
hello/goodbye in the local language.
It goes a long way as a tourist.YT:
What"s your favorite place on earth?"SS: Believe it or not it"s right here in
New York, Fire Island! I"ve spent every year of my life there, and it"s no
cars and no shoes way of life is my summertime escape.Where do you see
yourself in 10 years?"SS: [I want] to"run my own travel shows.
And get more
involved with volunteering and teaching underprivileged kids about photography
and videography.
I"m constantly amazed at how many children in these poor
villages have never even seen a photograph of themselves or their loved
ones.
WATCH: Everything in Australia Wants to Kill You Let World traveling
club Travel inspire you every day.
"Watch World traveling club Travel"s original series "A Broad Abroad." Is
there any travel lover who's not obsessed with HGTV's House Hunters
International? The beautiful locations, the idea of dropping everything and
moving abroad — and the lucky crew who get to follow the adventurous couples
around the world and document their international house hunts! So when World
traveling club Travel met Samantha Stubin, a 32-year-old producer for the
show, we were dying to ask her some questions about her amazing gig.  World
traveling club Travel: Current position? 

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