Name: Eduardo Gato
Home Base: Miami, Florida
Last Trip: Whistler, Canada
Next Trip: Curacao
Website: “in the oven”
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
My camera, my toothbrush, my iPod.
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
Drink if it’s just a 3-hour difference. Drink and sleep if it’s more than 6.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
Check local papers and speak with the people on the street
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
The best, Spain. The worst, London (if it’s not an ethnic restaurant).
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
Bhutan, the last Buddhist Kingdom. This trip reinforced most of my values and gave me a deeper understanding of who we are as humans.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“I don’t understand why people are so afraid of dying, when the real fear should be not living the life they have. Stop dreaming about it and travel, my friend.” – Eduardo Gato
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
Music is a big part of my life—all of it counts, all of it inspires.
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
For my mothers 60th birthday, my wife and I decided to get her to Las Vegas. It was the first time in her life that she stayed in a hotel. We went to the Aria, which had just recently opened at that time. Her room was fine but mine was dirty, so after we complained they moved and upgraded us. My mother asked me if she could take the vanity set from the bathroom with her and I not only encouraged her, I also gave her the set from my bathroom and a towel. When we got to the new rooms, they were dirty too and they moved us and upgraded us again—more shampoo and more towels for my mom. This happen another two times, for a total of four. We ended up in a corner penthouse with free hotel credit for eating at the hotel, free rooms, and my mom with lots of vanity sets, towels, and a bathrobe, too much fun and that was only the first day.
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
To create a memory beyond a picture, to share experiences with others. We are a visual society. Unfortunately people don’t like to read much, so the new trend to remember and let others enjoy what we do in life is make a video.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
Give people that have never been to the location a heads up of what to do, where to eat, and how to experience the best out of it. For people that have been there, show them things they maybe missed and give them an excuse to go back again.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
Buy a cheap camera, (Go Pro is the best option: cheap, full terrain, waterproof, easy to use…) and learn how to use a simple film editing software like iMovie (Go to Lynda.com and for $35 you can learn how to shoot and edit). If you enjoy the experience, then think about upgrading your equipment. Most important, don’t make your trip about the movie, make the movie about your trip
12. What is your best travel tip?
Be respectful with other cultures, spend time with the locals, read about the place you are going ahead of time so you don’t end up saying or doing something inappropriate for the people there, don’t be afraid of trying new things, dare, be mindful, and come back safe.