Twelve Travel Questions with Tony Fera

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Name: Tony Fera
Home Base: Toronto, Canada
Last Trip: Tobermory, Ontario
Next Trip: Thousand Islands, Ontario
Website: www.letsdiscoveron.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LetsDiscoverON
Twitter: @letsdiscoverON

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

CAMERA!, change of clothes, my lovely wife :)

2. What is your best remedy for jet lag? 

Lots of rest, and cheetos! Seriously though, food always uplifts people’s spirits, no matter what. I’ve worked on set for 12-16 hour days. The moment someone breaks out a fun snack, the entire crew is in a better mood.

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

Scope out the landscape, see where things are. What do the locals do? What don’t they do? There’s a good reason for it.

Tony at Tobermory

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

Never met a sandwich I didn’t like…just a matter of “do I LOVE this sandwich?”

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

Tobermory, Ontario. It’s majestic beauty in a really small town. It’s actually a seasonal town, many businesses close for the fall and winter. You can realize the challenges of daily life for the locals. It made me appreciate all the conveniences that are available in my metropolitan hometown.

6. What is your favorite travel quote?

“Hey, what’s that over there?” – Me (Tony Fera)

Petula at Badlands

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

I love twangy country music on road trips. I never listen to any country, except on road trips. Not sure why, just gets me in the mood.

8. What is your craziest true travel story?

Nothing too crazy. My wife and I spent 2 days on the wrong Caribbean resort. We liked it better than the one we booked, so we decided to blend in with the crowd. It was the best 2 days of vacation ever.

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

Any video or inside knowledge about a destination does 2 things: 1) It whets the appetite for visiting the place in person. 2) It provides a level of familiarity of the place, so that travelers have a reference point. Someplace to establish their “base of knowledge” of the local area. This prevents the sense of hesitation to go out and explore a new place.

Tony shooting

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

Travel is about learning or discovering something new. It speaks to our curiosity about the world around us.

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

Just do it. Start now. No excuses. You have a camera or a smartphone on you anyway. You’ll want to preserve the memory of being in that place anyway. Take extra photo shots, take some extra video shots. What did you find interesting about the place or people? Document it. Did someone help you with directions or suggestions of things to do? Tell us about it. BOOM—you’re now doing travel videos.

12. What is your best travel tip?

A camera is not just for taking pics to look back on. You can use it while on the trip. You can take pics of a map, directions, peoples names. It’s especially useful when you’re in a place where you don’t speak the native language. Show locals a photo of what you’re looking for, it can be food, a taxi, a building, etc…

I was promised Cheetos after this…Where are they?

Ciao, Tony Fera

Watch travel videos by Tony Fera here.

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