"Andy's Awesome Adventures" YouTube Travel Channel Celebrates One Year Anniversary with 100th Video-Seen in 130 Countries

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Whether it's camping out in Antarctica (http://bit.ly/1cRw3pt), visiting the volatile Korean DMZ (http://bit.ly/17z1ODx), walking among the ruins of Cambodia's Angkor Wat, going white water rafting in Alaska, or climbing to the top of The Great Wall of China, Andy Teach is always looking for his next adventure. Teach's YouTube travel channel, "Andy's Awesome Adventures," just celebrated its one year anniversary with its 100th video and has been viewed in over 130 countries.

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I've been fortunate enough to have traveled to all seven continents and yet, I have so much more to see. When I travel, I feel free. I want to experience those rare ‘wow’ moments in my life that I seem to only experience by going to new places.

Andy’s Awesome Adventures features Andy Teach’s travel videos from around the world. Many of the videos are informative in nature and include Teach’s commentary as well as explanatory facts and figures. “I feel that if you give viewers the background and history of what they’re seeing, it will add to their enjoyment and understanding of the video. In my Washington, D.C. video, for example, I've included facts such as the location of the capital of the United States prior to moving to Washington, D.C. in 1800, and the name of the country that burned down the White House in 1812. In my Angkor Wat video, I provide the history behind the world’s largest religious monument and the reason why it was built.”

“I've been fortunate enough to have traveled to all seven continents and yet, I have so much more to see. When I travel, I feel free. I want to experience those rare ‘wow’ moments in my life that I seem to only experience by going to new places or meeting new people. When I do experience those moments, I want to share them with others so that they can get some sense of what a place or a culture is like.”

In addition to trying to educate viewers, Teach likes to inject humor into his videos as well. “I've been told that I have a dry sense of humor and I do like to have some fun when I travel.” Some examples: Doing an impression of Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel, from a remote Cambodian floating fishing village; doing an awkward Antarctica dance to celebrate setting foot on seven continents; eating from a very spicy HOT pot in Sichuan, China and seeing Teach’s face turn from pleasure to pain. Another example: “I was on a very long 15 hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and decided to film myself in the lavatory of the 777 airplane complaining about the boredom and the one screaming baby on the plane who just happened to be sitting two seats away from me. I can’t wait to upload that one!”

Teach recently uploaded his 100th video and has many more to come. He’s currently adding about 50 HD videos from Vietnam, including videos of Teach holding a large python and drinking wine from a bottle containing a dead cobra and dead scorpion. “I recently went on an amazing one month trip to Asia-Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Korea. Every day was an adventure. I took 2,000 photos (some of which are on Flickr), and took about 14 hours of video. I was always on the go. It was quite exhausting and it was the only time in my life that I actually looked forward to getting on a plane because the 10 hour return flight from Seoul to Los Angeles gave me a much needed opportunity to do nothing but rest.“

Why have a travel video channel at all? Teach says, “When I’m planning a trip, I like to watch traveler’s videos to get a sense of what to see and what not to see, so I’d like to provide others with the same knowledge. I also think that people enjoy watching videos of places they’ve been to because they can relate to the experience. The channel also gives people an opportunity to experience places they may never go to so perhaps they can live vicariously through me. I take pleasure when viewers subscribe to my channel, ‘like’ a video, leave a positive comment, or watch an entire video. This validates what I do and it makes all the time, effort, and money I put into the channel worthwhile.“

What’s next for Teach? “Maui is a definite at the end of the year and I’m thinking of going to Russia and the Ukraine next year. One thing’s for sure-every trip is an awesome adventure!”

About Andy Teach: Teach is a former Hollywood studio executive, author of the career advice book “From Graduation to Corporation,” speaker at over 50 universities, and TripAdvisor Contributor.

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