My name is David Hoffmann, and I am obsessed with travel: Meeting new people, seeing extraordinary new places, and experiencing new cultures. In my life, I have explored over 1,200 cities across 88 countries and six continents. And I want the same for you!
I am an entrepreneur, travel host, producer, and social media influencer. I started David’s Been Here because I believe that so much of what we are is influenced by where we’ve been in the world.
David’s Been Here is a digital media company meant to supply plenty of travel inspiration and advice. To date, I’ve hosted over 2,000 travel episodes that dive deep into the culture, history, and cuisine of thousands of unique destinations around the world. I am also a digital influencer who collaborates with travel and lifestyle brands that I think would resonate with my audiences.
I’ve been named as one of the Top 10 Best Travel Videographers by USA Today and Top 10 Travel Video Sites by OOAworld. Plans for the future include fueling your wanderlust one country at a time.
How I Started David’s Been Here
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida to Venezuelan parents of Italian and Hungarian descent. From an early age, I learned to embrace my family’s diverse cultures and traditions, which eventually lead to curiosity about other countries, and ultimately to my love affair with planning my own solo adventures around the world. I’ve always been attracted to destinations that lie off the beaten path. The ones that aren’t on everyone’s bucket list.
During my high school and college years, I found myself traveling abroad during every break, visiting friends and family. At the University of Miami, I was studying Entrepreneurship and working as a real estate agent full time. In the summer leading into my senior year, I decided that a 9 to 5 lifestyle wasn’t my path. There was a whole world out there and I wasn’t about to sit in an office for the rest of my life.
That summer (2007) I created Davidsbeenhere.com and I hired my cinematographer, who traveled with me for the next ten years. After graduation in May 2008, we set out on a two-year adventure filming a staggering 500 episodes in 22 countries. The rest is history.
David’s Been Here Today
Most of my travel is for clients who sponsor web show episodes and digital content on my social media and blog. I have a substantial reach through my video distribution networks (YouTube, Daily Motion, Vessel, Vid.Me, USA Today, and more…)
We pride ourselves on consistent, high-quality content and knowledge of current travel trends that I share with my audiences. We’ve had amazing opportunities to produce television segments, branded films, stunning photography, and several hundred articles.
Where have you been?
At this point, I have covered 88 countries, most of which I’ve explored in depth. What I mean by this is that I focus 2-4 weeks or more on a destination. It really depends on how large the country is in size and how many states and regions there are. Over the years I have spent more than 6 months exploring Spain and I still have so much more to see.
What are your ultimate bucket list destinations?
I am very thankful for having knocked off some of the ones highest on my list. At the moment these are the places I want to see most: Antarctica, Arctic Circle, Greenland, Namibia, Brazil, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, Chad, Azerbaijan, and Peru.
How do you work with tourism boards and private tour companies?
My content is authentic, organic and unique. I often get hired by tourism and tour companies to showcase their destinations to my audience. It allows me to make a living doing what I love and helps me bring you the best travel footage out there. You can read more about how I work with brands here.
What sets your travel episodes apart?
Ever wanted to go someplace but you have no idea about what there is to do, see, or where to eat? My show delivers just that: Top 10’s, best restaurants, day trip options and more. I wouldn’t suggest you do something that I haven’t tried myself, which is why my audiences ask for my honest advice. I love answering their questions and giving tips on the places I’ve been.
I get this question a lot. Truthfully, it really depends on the continent and time of year. I love Europe, but not in the summer when it’s flooded with tourists and the heat can be brutal. If I had to choose a destination that has surpassed all of my expectations and has made me want to return over and over again, it’s Africa. I’ve only visited 6 of the 56 countries in Africa, but I can’t wait to keep going back. The nature and wildlife are just overwhelmingly beautiful, as are the different cultures and cuisines.
How do you manage being a parent who travels often?
It’s not easy but for me, this is a way of life, not a job. My wife traveled with me for many years and now she stays in Miami with our daughters when I go out of town. My hope is that my daughters will be inspired by my work. I will definitely encourage them to travel when they are old enough.
Where do you see Davidsbeenhere in five years?
I see myself producing shows with other travel personalities without me actually hosting. As a producer for other travel hosts, I would be able to reach a wider audience and keep delivering premium travel content. I can use my contacts and knowledge about planning trips to show audiences another traveler’s point of view.
How do you make money traveling?
Davidsbeenhere is a multi-faceted business with multiple revenue streams. Our main product is video production, from creating episodes for my web show to creating commercials for tourism boards, hotels, and other brands. Other revenue streams include sponsored Instagram posts, articles on my blog, affiliate links, speaking engagements, and Instagram management services.
If you are a tourism board, hotel, or brand interested in working with me, please contact me at David@GodandBeauty.com
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