Name: Josep Gutierrez
Home Base: Barcelona (Spain)
Last Trip: Strasbourg (France)
Next Trip: Costa Brava (Spain) and after this, Budapest (Hungary)
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
My camera, my moleskine, and the friendship of a local.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
If you are excited about the adventure, these kind of things are not a problem. Living every moment with energy you don’t suffer jet lag.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
Meeting my friend from that place.
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
It was great to eat rice with chicken with my hands at Dakar (Senegal) seated on the floor with a local family. The worst food was the Serbian coffee. Serbian people have great food but I really don’t recommend to taste their traditional coffee.
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
I was living in Budapest for one year and my life changed from that moment. Eastern Europe was quite unknown for me before going and I discovered a really nice point of view. I met warm people with a lot of energy and passion for the culture and for a healthy lifestyle.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar,” by the Spanish poet Antonio Machado. The translation is “Walker, there is no path. The path is made while you walk.” You can enjoy the song by the songwriter Serrat about this poem.
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
Beirut, the band, is the biggest inspiration for me. I feel in their sounds and lyrics all the travel experience of Zach Condon, a musician and singer that learned about music in every place he visited.
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
I took a train to Belgrade without a passport. We, the European people, can travel through European Community countries only with ID. We don’t need a passport. In that moment I didn’t think that Serbia was not an European Community country. I realized this fact when I was inside the train and the train was starting to go.
I was afraid because if I couldn’t get into Serbia, I would have to leave the train at the border of Hungary and Serbia, in the right middle of nowhere, at 4 a.m. of a cold night. Nobody on the train knew if I could get into Serbia without a passport so I couldn’t sleep waiting for the border policemen. When the moment arrives, the policemen asked for the passport. I told them that I only had my ID, no passport. They looked at me with serious faces and they told me that I should wait a moment until they came back. In the moment that I was preparing my luggage to get off, the train started with me inside and the policemen didn’t come back. I have never been so happy to arrive to a city than when I arrived to Belgrade.
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
I think the videos made by travelers that aren’t filmmakers have something special. Something different than filmmakers. The travelers can appreciate special moments and tell their stories in a very fresh way. I think what is important in a video is to transmit feelings and a person that enjoys with an adventure is the best to tell it.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
I enjoy showing colorful places. I like to show as much details of the place I can. I think is important to make the viewer feel that he is in that place. On the other hand, I like to tell personal stories of local people and use local music.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
The main advice I can give is to enjoy as much as you can the experience of the trip and then it’s easier to show those feelings. I like to mix in a video information with the feelings of the trip.
12. What is your best travel tip?
The way I enjoy the most in a trip is when I live the experiences surrounded by nice people. The best memories I have are the people I have met traveling. So the best tip I can give is to enjoy the travel accompanied and if it is possible with local people.
Watch travel videos by Josep Gutierrez here.