Twelve Travel Questions with Elaina O’ Brien


Name: Elaina O’ Brien
Home Base: Ireland
LastTrip: Malta and Italy
NextTrip: Asia
Twitter: @Elainastravels

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

First and foremost my camera, security locks, and comfortable walking shoes.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

I am lucky enough not to get terrible jet lag, but plenty of tea and a duvet day always does the trick!

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

Throw my bags in my new home and explore. I generally walk around until I get lost a couple of times to get my bearings and settle in.


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

Italy hands down. Everything is of high standard and just so mouth-watering everywhere you go. Worst food for me was in Budapest—I had trouble finding food of the same quality, although the goulash was really tasty!

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

Berlin. It is one of those cities that leaves you dreaming of it, longing to return. The creativity and individuality throughout the city truly inspired me and I left with a new sense of wonder. I cannot wait to get back there and see what else the unique cultural city has to offer.

6. What is your favorite travel quote? 

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust


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

Kygo always inspires me, because nearly everywhere I go I hear people from all walks of life playing his music and I feel connected with them.

8. What is your craziest true travel story? 

If I had to pick one, it would probably be the 22-hour bus journey straight from a festival in Amsterdam to Sziget, another festival in Budapest. We met German heavy metal fans also coming from a festival. Safe to say there was a lot of fun had on that coach traveling through Europe all night.

22 hour bus journey

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

I think there is something powerful in the visual aspect of travel. You create an inspiring montage of information and inspire more to do the same. These images get engraved in your mind and urge you to get out and explore. This for me is why travel videos are so useful and powerful.

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

To hopefully encourage others to get out there and see the world. Never stop exploring no matter how far or wide your travels are, but to always have the mentality to wonder, question, and explore.

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

Just start recording! It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have, or where in the world you are. Also, record as much as you can because you always end up using all or most of your footage, and it is better to have too much rather than not enough.

12. What is your best travel tip?

Understand that travel isn’t all high points, but a mix of highs and lows. Be aware of this, and don’t let the lows get you down or spoil your adventure! Enjoy the experience as a whole, from the amazing memories and the lessons learned. That is what it’s all about.

Watch travel videos by Elaina O’Brien here.