Name: Mick Hobday
Home Base: Various places in England
Last Trip: Southern Africa
Next Trip: Cycling around Iceland
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
My ipod, insulin and other diabetic supplies and a notebook to write my diary.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
I don’t really have one but I always force myself to sleep or stay awake at the appropriate times to try and adjust to my new time zone.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
Go for a walk to explore and meet some locals.
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
The best food has to be in the Romanic countries—France, Italy and Spain.
Generally speaking the African countries have been the worst for me due to a lack of ingredients and more of a survival mentality towards food, but Israel was my worst food experience. Due to my insufficient budget I ate hummus and pita bread for 9 out of 10 meals.
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
Travelling in general has changed my way of thinking but a couple of instances stand out, the first being my visit to Colombia. I realised how inaccurate the mainstream media is. After being scared off for 2 years by media propaganda, when I eventually visited I had no security worries and had a fantastic time. The second would be the 2 weeks I spent excavating on some possible pyramids in Bosnia. It made me realise that archaeology is far from dead.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“Travelling leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller” – Ibn Battuta
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
When I hear African music it makes me feel like packing my bags and I have heard so much Manu Chao on the road that when I hear it, it awakens my travel bug.
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
I guess the craziest sounding was when I was almost kidnapped by the Al-Qaeda in Mauritania but visiting the Cocaine factory and my live performances on Colombian TV and Peruvian radio were also pretty crazy.
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
They are visual guide books so people can get tips on places to visit or not visit and tips on how to make their travels cheaper.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
To show people that you actually get a more genuine travel experience when you travel on a budget. It’s more like travelling than going on holiday.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
Be patient and don’t be too shy to get your camera out.
12. What is your best travel tip?
When it comes to travelling, do it as much as you can.
Watch travel videos by Mick Hobday here.