When it comes to visual storytelling, Calvin Kemppel holds phenomenal talent in regards to catching the perfect moments on camera which encompass what travelling is all about; adventure.
Mr Kemppel posts his adventures on his Instagram page for all his followers to see, with content ranging from the snowy mountains of Switzerland to the deserts of Jordan and more.
Calvin says that when it came to choosing whether to pursue a life of travelling or another path, it was already decided for him. “Well for one, traveling is something that’s always been special to me because I get to see how other cultures live. I get to see a broader perspective on the world other than just my life. Secondly, I just love capturing stories and sharing moments that I have when traveling. I love sharing the stories with other people so they can be inspired by my experiences. Also, I love that I can relive those moments through the videos and photos I captured.”
However as Calvin states, “there are always hardships when travelling. The good always outweigh the tough times but there are a few difficult times I had when traveling.”
Calvin goes into detail of what these difficult periods were, “When I was traveling the country of Jordan I got really sick, either airborne or from food. No one really knows. But I got deathly sick is all I know. Body aches, uncontrolled shakes, worse sustained migraine and sharp stomach pains. Every hour was filled with multiple throwing up sessions and yes; diarrhea. However, the amazing Jordanians helped me during this time and helped me recover enough to see the beautiful Petra.”
“There are several other hardships, however, from missed flights, getting on the wrong train because I didn’t understand the foreign language that well to being robbed. The list goes on.”
“I wouldn’t trade any of those experience because it taught me so much and shaped me [to be] who I am now and [increased] my passion for learning even more in my travels.”
Calvin also gives advice to those who wish to travel. “Don’t get in your head. What I mean is, don’t overthink things. Don’t compare yourself to others. Just start. It’s always better to have something done than waiting for it to be perfect. It’s not always easy because some days you’re not feeling good or you don’t feel like vlogging. It’s during those times you have to push even harder. Chase your dreams full force.”
“I think my greatest achievement was traveling the world last year and starting my first video business during that time as well. I never went to school for film and didn’t know too much about it. But last year I quit my previous desk job and bought a one way ticket to Hawaii, not knowing if anything would work out,” Mr Kemppel says.
“I was really nervous, scared and excited. But I took that risk and met some of the best people and have great friends in so many countries as a result. My goal for 2018 is to improve on my video skills and travel to more countries so I can inspire even more people to chase their dreams.”
Speaking about Calvin’s dream, his “ultimate dream is honestly to have a wife and kids and live in cool exotic locations like Hawaii. I want to teach my kids to surf and be with them as they grow up. I guess I will achieve it by finding a wife and then moving to Hawaii!”
I asked Calvin what his greatest experience from travelling was; this was his response. “This is difficult to answer because I’ve had so many amazing experiences. In the Bahamas I got to swim with sharks and hangout with wild pigs on pig island. In Hawaii, I met so many cool people who took me to the “stairway to heaven” & amazing waterfalls.”
“That reminds me of my first open door helicopter ride and it was over the whole island of Oahu and the big island. I got to see boiling lava for the first time too.”
“In Jordan, I ATVd in Wadi Rum which was like being on Mars. Also during that trip I met the most giving Syrian refugees who literally lived out of an old box shed (the husband and wife and their several kids) yet they were so happy and offered me fresh tea and even to stay with them. I remember giving the father a necklace I got from Hawaii and I have never seen someone smile so much before. Gosh, so many stories I could go on and on.”
Calvin concludes this questions with one last experience, “I had a wild monkey in Bali jump from a tree onto my head (it’s actually my profile picture on Instagram). Anyways, I’ll stop there because I could a write a book with my best experiences from traveling!”
A common question directed towards travellers is how they keep afloat financially and emotionally while on their adventures.
Calvin states, ” Well, last year I was traveling full time nonstop and I was able to fund those travels from the business I started. A lot of the countries I traveled to I worked with clients and got paid for video jobs which helped a lot. I also did a “workaway” program that helped because a host will give you free accommodation and meals. All you have to do is volunteer 4 hours a day. There was people I met abroad that let me stay at their place for free sometimes as well.”
“Emotionally, I try as much as possible to make it to church. God definitely helped me emotionally and stay strong during the good and tough times, like the time I got deathly sick in Jordan.”
When asked what readers have to look forward to in the coming months in regards to Calvins work, he states, “well I do more vlogging/travel videos rather that actual writing. But there is a lot to come in the next months. I have a lot of travel plans and as a result I have a lot of new weekly videos. Also I am going to give a lot more tips and tricks about traveling in general and how to film while traveling.”
“What I am really excited about is a new project that I’m working on. I want it to be a worldwide movement. I think people are going to like it. I can’t talk about the details yet, but all I can say is I’m super pumped.”
I asked Calvin who he would like to give a shoutout to who have helped him on his adventures.
Calvin says, “so there’s this guy in Hawaii I met (his name is Luke). I met him on Waikiki beach when flying a drone and getting some video [footage]. He came up and started talking. And it was cool because he took us around the island to dope locations and cool adventures. He also let me stay at his place for almost 2 weeks while on Oahu which helped me out so much financially. So yeah, thanks to that local Hawaiian. Aloha spirit!
“Also my friends Brandon and Jack who support my travels and work. They really helped a lot and are just dope friends to have.”
To keep up to date with Calvin’s adventures and his videos, be sure to check out his Instagram.