Twelve Travel Questions with Westfalia Digital Nomads

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Name: Armando Costantino
Home Base: Mork (T4 Westfalia Volkswagon van)
Last Trip: Spain
Next Trip: Portugal & Morocco
Website: westfaliadigitalnomads.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WestfaliaDigitalNomads
Twitter: @westydigitalnom

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

Camera, computer and portable WiFi. And my wife, of course.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

We don’t fly, we drive. Thankfully there’s not really any ‘van lag.’ Grin. We do suffer from a sort of travel daze on first waking up—trying to readjust and remember where we parked the night before.

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

We scout the neighborhood (in cities) or take a recon walk (in the countryside) for basics. Supermarket, WiFi cafes, water supply for the back, places to film. Figuring out the best backdrops or least crowded areas for the best shots.

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

We do most of our own cooking in the van, but the best: street food in Istanbul is amazing. For worst? Anything from a gas station or fast food.

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

Meteora, Greece, for the spiritual beauty; Sicily, Italy, for the dynamic culture; and Lithuania was an engaging travel surprise for us.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

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

Classics from the 70s, like Bowie, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Clapton are great for road trips. A personal fave is Fredrik and Luna, a fellow I met when I started to travel.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

Living with a traveling circus for a week in Italy. It was an Italian family, 3 generations, who were so generous and hard-working. Eye-opening, really.

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

I think videos give an inside scoop of places, a near-reality of an experience that’s accessible. And they can be really inspiring to the watchers.

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

I like sharing my own experience, especially finding unique places—the less touristy parts of our journeys—to encourage anyone who wants to travel to go ahead. Take the chance.

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

Don’t just shoot everything randomly; find a passion or your vision/personal experience and have a general idea on how you want to cover it. Be willing to make mistakes and constantly learn new skills.

12. What is your best travel tip? 

Be patient and adaptable. You might have detailed, specific plans, but dealing with curveballs are part of the travel package. Enjoy the quirks when they come.

Watch travel videos by Westfalia Digital Nomads here.

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