Name: Giselle Correia and Cody Kuchirka (Mindful Wanderlust)
Home Base: Toronto, Ontario
Last Trip: Bhutan
Next Trip: Indonesia
Facebook: Mindful Wanderlust
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
Besides the obvious like passports and money we always make sure to bring our iPods, computers and cameras.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
We have no remedy at all. Hahaha we try to sleep as much as we can but it never works. We just got home from Thailand and we are going on 5 days of waking up at 3 a.m. If anyone else has some good remedies please let us know
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
We hit the streets. Try and get a feel for the place by going to a restaurant, talking to the locals, taking photos. We usually do a little bit of research before we go to a new place. Because we are both Vegan we always check to see if there are Vegan-friendly restaurants in the area. That way it saves us time from going from restaurant to restaurant looking at menus.
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
We would both say Thailand. It is very easy being Vegan in Thailand with the Buddhist culture. We never have any problems finding delicious food. There are so many amazing options. Thai food, Mexican, Italian, Lebanese, and so much fresh fruit! We are very spoiled in Thailand.
Hands down the worst food was Laos. We thought it would be great with the French influence, but they use a lot of meat in everything. So for us it was a lot of french baguette and fried rice. After one month of that every day we were very excited to get back to Thailand.
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
Cody: The first trip I ever took outside of North America was to Cuba and it changed everything for me. I saw how little everyone there had and how extremely happy they were. They had next to nothing but were always willing to offer the little bit that they did have. I returned home after that trip and saw everything that I had and realized that I didn’t need any of it to make me happy. A lot of people put so much of themselves into what they own where I am trying to escape that and have very little when it comes to possessions.
Giselle: I have to say Thailand drastically changed my outlook on life. It is where I started to see all animals as equal, and questioned Why would I love and want to protect some, and eat, and ignore the suffering of others? It has opened my eyes to a lot of injustice in this world, human and non-human, and made me want to expose it.
6. What is your favourite travel quote?
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
We are both musicians and huge lovers of music so the list would be quite long. Some of the most inspirational travel music for us would be Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tycho, Do Make Say Think, of Monsters and Men, Recession Fighter….OK seriously this list could go on forever.
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
We don’t really have any crazy travel stories but there was one time in India when Cody was approached by five or six teenagers. They started asking for his autograph and taking photos with him. “You are our favorite actor and welcome to our country.” Cody just went along with it sighing autographs and taking photos. We still have no idea who they thought he was…..any ideas?
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
Visuals are always more entertaining and you can easily get a understanding of what a place is like through videos, so they may help people to decide where they would, or wouldn’t like to go.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
To educate others, and have a lot of fun doing it. We want to show people through our videos that the world is a beautiful, incredible place. Yes, it can be scary at times but we wouldn’t change what we do for anything in the world. We have learned so much about the people of the world and so much about ourselves as well.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
DO IT!! Practice makes perfect, and don’t be too hard on yourself. But make sure that you enjoy your trip and don’t end up spending all of your time behind a lens.
12. What is your best travel tip?
Don’t judge. Take your time, and enjoy. The world is such a beautiful place and we think everyone needs to see how wonderful it is.
Watch travel videos by Mindful Wanderlust here.