Twelve Travel Questions with Ashley Bartner

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Name: Ashley Bartner
Home Base: Le Marche, Italy
Last Trip: Barcelona, Spain – Bordeaux, France – Limoges, France
Next Trip: Bavaria
Website: nhmfilms.com
Facebook: facebook.com/nohalfmeasures.life
Twitter: @nhmfilms

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

A camera or two (GoPro, iPhone & or Nikon D7000), passport and my travel journal.

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?

Get on the local time zone immediately—change your watch & forget about the ‘What time is it back home?’ syndrome. Stay up as late as you can the first night (within reason) and wake up at 8 a.m. and get going!

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

Take a walk through the neighborhood and scout out places for caffe and breakfast. (Always thinking of my next meal & want to know where to go first in the morning!)

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

I live in Italy for a reason. Hands-down you will find both the best food in your life and probably some of the worst (tourist zones) in Italy. Second to that, I love the food in Spain.

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

My husband (a professional chef) & I visited Italy on our honeymoon, we traveled the country for a month. One night towards the end of our trip I looked at my husband and said “we could live here.” At first he thought I was just dream-drunk. Two weeks after returning home (living in Brooklyn), we decided to move to Italy to start a farm, inn and cooking school—La Tavola Marche. We realized our dreams of living sustainably and simply could be attained in this beautiful country where the quality of life is celebrated; long dinners of local seasonal dishes, balsamic vinegar aged in 200-year-old barrels for over 12 years, endless gardens and dirt roads to explore, combined with its history and of course the Italians! We found our home in Italy. That was 8 years ago and the best decision of our lives!

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“Don’t be afraid to over-order.” One of my best girlfriends said this to me in Dublin. It’s my favorite travel/food quote and also use it as an excuse when traveling. When are you going to eat like this again? Eat like a local and eat often!

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

I have a road trip mix always ready because we love jumping in the car for a long road trip in the winter to Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland or Holland. It’s a lot of Classic Rock—the classics like Doobie Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughn mixed with Gabriela y Rodrigo, John Butler Trio, Dave Matthews and a little Old School Rap.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

We got our rental car stuck in the middle of a tiny town of Montisi in Tuscany. Trying to make a three-point turn our rear tires slipped off the edge of a medieval ramp and entrance to the village. Our car was literally stuck between a rock and hard place—the stone wall of the city and the stone ramp, without an inch to spare. We were blocking the only road in and out of the village. The once empty streets quickly filled with locals clamoring about curious how we got into this predicament. Then a large bike tour arrived and car after car, angry they had to redirect their routes. Grandmas were hanging out their windows and every man offered a suggestion on how to move the car. Finally the mechanic arrived with wooden blocks and hardy sons that literally picked up the car! It was the talk of town and we even made the paper!

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9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers?

No matter who makes the video—it can still open your eyes to new experiences and places to explore.

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

Share stories of local food, travel, artisans and sustainability with others. Hoping to inspire travel and thoughtful living.

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

Do it! Start filming everything and learn to edit well. Watch lots of other great videos and get inspired! Find your own unique angle/perspective, remember to tell a story and get shots from lots of different angles!

12. What is your best travel tip?

Pack light! Carry-on whenever possible—it keeps you mobile and flexible. I know it’s extremely hard when traveling to film with all the lens and equipment needed, that’s another story. But if I’m traveling for pleasure—it’s carry-on only. No matter if it’s for a weekend getaway or 6 weeks of travel, it can be done.

Watch travel videos by No Half Measures Films here.

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