Last night, I was fortunate to attend the third presentation of Shorties by Condé Nast Traveler. I attended the event last year (check it out here!) and became enamored with the magazine, as well as the concept of one-minute video journeys around the world. Traveling is one of the greatest investment a person can make. The memories continue to grow over time, and your outlook on life changes almost drastically by being exposed to new cultures and traditions. There is something that is, for lack of better words, magical and feeds the soul when you travel.
The event took place at the restaurant Chinese Tuxedo, tucked away in a part of New York I’ve never been to before. It was located on this fun, unique, windy street in the city. I have lived here for ten years, and never even knew this place existed! The setup was stunning with greenery everywhere.
The food and drinks were delicious. A place I’ll have to visit again for dinner. Similarly to last year, the finalist videos were playing on screens around the event space. We were able to watch the short films while mingling with peers and coworkers. I ran into my blogger friend Lauren from Enlighten by Beauty.
Midway through the event, the Editor In Chief of Condé Nast Traveler, Pilar Guzmán, introduced the winner of the contest. The winning short was entitled ‘Sole Searching’ by Brian Tan. The 1-minute clip was shared with the crowd right after. It was beautiful how he edited the video, sharing common human moments and expressions that we all do no matter where in the world we live. I’ll always remember when my writing coach once told me, “It is the details that make us relatable.”
After the winner was revealed, the rest of the night I met with new friends. One person in particular who I am grateful I met was actor Hill Harper. We spoke at length about creating content, especially video content that is captivating. I also had the chance to speak with actor Nico Tortorella from the popular show Younger, and briefly saw Olivia Palermo as I was leaving the event.
Overall, it was as inspiring of an event as last year. If you have the chance to travel, please take it by the horns and go. I never regretted a trip, I never regretted leaving my comfort zone. If you need inspiration for traveling, why no checkout Condé Nast Traveler? They have loads of tips on where to stay, what to eat, and inspiring exotic locations.
Special thank you to the sponsors of the evening: South Africa, LG G6, The Kahala Hotel & Resorts, and Abu Dhabi.
Here is the winner of Conde Nast Traveler’s Third Presentation of Shorties:
Here are photos from the evening: