Name: Rubén Alonso
Home Base: Barcelona
Last Trip: Dublin
Next Trip: Some of the great European capitals
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
My camera (of course), my e-book, and a travel guide.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
Luckily, I’ve never had jet lag (not on my trip from Europe to Central America or on my trip from Europe to Australia). I think it’s because airplanes make me sleepy. So when I arrive in a new place, I usually feel like I’ve just woken up and I’m ready to explore.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
I look for a beautiful cafe to have a nice coffee and to connect to the internet.
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
It might seem really patriotic, but I think Spanish food is the best food in the world. Lots of non-Spanish visitors agree! And I’d say the worst was in Norway, because when I went there I was a student with very little money, so I was living on instant noodles.
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
Central America, because it was my first solo trip where I went with my backpack for a few weeks. It was a big cultural change and that’s where I caught the travel bug.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
Travel hard, party harder!
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
I usually travel with 16GB of all kinds of music, so for me any music is great.
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
I was in Lithuania and I wanted to visit one of the weirdest places on the planet—Stalinland. To get there, we had to go almost to the border with Belarus. I got to the nearest city to the park, but the only way to get there was with a taxi. The locals explained that the taxi drivers worked in a kind of organized mafia, and you couldn’t trust them. Luckily, I was traveling with very pretty and clever local friend, who managed to convince the taxi to take us to the park for free, almost like a private chauffeur!
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
Bloggers have the freedom that nobody tells them what to say or what they have to show off in the videos. We show places the way we want to and say what we think, so there’s an honesty that comes through.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
My videos are a tribute to the Lonely Planet series. I’m a big fan of theirs and it’s my humble homage to their great series and great idea that’s inspired so many people to travel.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
To really respect the places they go and the people who live there, and to go to new places wanting to learn and appreciate the culture, especially when you go to places that have a very different culture from yours.
12. What is your best travel tip?
Live each trip as if it were the last one of your life.