Twelve Travel Questions with Travelista Teri

Teri Johnson: Travel Writer

Name: Teri Johnson
Home Base: NYC
Last Trip: Curacao
Next Trip: Ecuador
Twitter: @travelistateri
Instagram: @TravelistaTeri

1. What are three things you take on every trip? 

Bikini, camera and journal.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

I stay up all night before my flight and force myself to stay awake in the new destination at least until 9 p.m. It works 75% of the time.

3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place? 

Get local currency.

Teri in Dubai desert

4. What place has the best food? The worst food? 

Best – Cape Town. Worst – Estonia

5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life? 

Haiti. I realized I have no reason to complain about anything, ever. I visited tent villages in Haiti after the earthquake and saw devastation, poverty and the look of hope on the faces of hundreds of people. Their faces are a constant reminder to live life fully, share what you’ve been given, and to be a blessing wherever you go.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Mary Ritter Beard

Teri In Soweto, South Africa

7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?

Salsa and Caribbean soca music make me want to travel and dance.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

The time when me and a girlfriend (both fluent in Spanish) almost went to jail in Cuba after getting pulled over at a check point without our passports to prove our American citizenship. Our accused crime—being Cuban while riding in a tourist taxi, which is illegal.

9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?

Travel videos inspire people to visit different destinations, have new experiences, and provide ideas on what to do once you’re there. There are so many unique perspectives on travel and these videos are a gateway into the mind of a fellow traveler’s experience, which is a thousand times better than an ad or a brochure.

Teri kissing sealion in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos? 

To inspire people to Live Better and Travel More by sharing my experiences and what I’ve learned from other cultures, lifestyles and customs.

11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?

Capture a lot of b-roll so you can have enough transitions when editing. My favorite b-roll captures are: country or state flags, street signs, vast landscapes, people walking and enjoying life and cute animals.

12. What is your best travel tip?

Smile, laugh and don’t sweat the small stuff. A smile is internationally appreciated and goes a long way when there is a communication barrier.

Watch travel videos by Travelista Teri here.

Teri on Cane Bay beach in St. Croix

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