Name: Gloria Powell
Home Base: Northern Virginia
Last Trip: NYC
Next Trip: Savannah, Georgia
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
I always take my iPhone, a hoody (in case it rains or it’s cold in the hotel), and a pair of flip-flops!
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
Don’t give in!! Years ago, I went on a cruise with my family. After landing in Barcelona, we had a couple of hours to explore the city before the ship set sail. However, instead of taking advantage of this, my sister and I collapsed in our cabin and slept the whole time. I look back on it and slap my forehead! We missed an entire afternoon of exploration! So my advice would be to try and push through the jet lag and stick to the local time.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
I feel like I’m always hungry when I arrive someplace new, so my first order of business is usually to find a good place to eat!
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
I don’t have a specific country or state in mind but for good food, I always like to try someplace local and family owned! Worst food? Cruise ship food! Everything starts to taste the same after a few days!
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
I spent a month in NYC studying acting. Being in a city with so many cultures and people pursuing various passions made me realize that there are so many options out there and no excuse for not pursuing your dreams.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list!”
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
Yes! Movie soundtracks are always very inspiring to me. I also listen to a lot of international music, which makes me want to visit different destinations even more!
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
So during that family cruise I mentioned before, we went shopping in Florence, Italy and this lady came up to me and started talking to me in Italian. I think she was asking me about the shirt she was trying on, not wanting to let on that I had no idea what she was saying, I kept saying “Mi piace!” and “Va bene.” She totally fell for it. 😀
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
Travel videos are a great way to get excited about a trip. Done right, they will make you want to book a ticket right away! Not everyone has the privilege to travel. For some, watching a travel video may be the only way to experience traveling. These videos are like a portal that allows everyone the chance to escape.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
I hope people who watch my videos will be inspired to travel wherever they can. I’m really passionate about discovering the heart of one’s local environment. So even if you don’t have the means to travel abroad, I want my videos to show that you can always find something new to explore in your backyard.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
My advice would be to get started and use whatever you have. Whether it’s a camcorder or an iPhone, just start shooting! You can always invest in better equipment later, but when you’re starting out, focus on the heart of your videos and the story you want to tell.
12. What is your best travel tip?
Try not to leave for your trip exhausted. I can’t count how many vacations where I’ve spent the first couple of hours decompressing with a nap in the hotel room—fail!
Watch travel videos by Gloria Powell here.