Name: Juliana Broste aka “TravelingJules”
Home Base: Denver, Colorado
Last Trip: Mexico
Next Trip: India, Morocco, Argentina, who knows! 😛
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
My camera, my computer and pink lipstick!
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
Whatever you do, don’t think about what time it is back at home. Change your clocks right away so it’s easy to adjust to the new time zone and never look back.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
Seek out adventure! I always try to schedule in some free time to take a walk, wander around, do a little people watching, take a few photos, make friends with the locals, and explore.
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
Hands down, Thailand has the best food. Every meal was better than the last. I took a cooking class and learned some recipes to take home as souvenirs. Mmm! The worst food? The first time I went to Korea, I was really not a big fan of the food. Spicy octopus dishes and kimchi was not my thing. It really took some time to develop my palate. But, once I tasted bulgogi and kalbi (Korean BBQ), I was sold. Now, Korean food is at the top of my list for food! Mashisoyo!
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
Thailand. This is where I learned how to fly by the seat of my pants, how to find comfort in the unknown, how to survive in a totally exotic place, how to trust others and how to trust in myself. I pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone and try new things, and I was brilliantly rewarded.
I made the spontaneous decision to book the trip after finding fun traveler friends while teaching English in Korea. We went on an amazing journey around the country—we rode elephants in the jungles of Chiang Mai, we learned how to cook curry and Pad Kai Graprow, we escaped death driving motorbikes along tuk tuks, we visited temples with Buddahs big and small, we bargained for clothes in Bangkok, we found peace in beachfront bungalows in Koh Phang Yen, and we volunteered to aid post-tsunami wreckage in Koh Phi Phi. What an adventure.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” – Anonymous
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
Every trip has its own tone and “theme song.” I love that about travel. Just like the radio, you can dial up a trip that fits your mood and then dance to the rhythm of the music.
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
That time I was in a reality TV show on Outside TV and had to camp overnight on the snow in the Colorado backcountry the middle of winter and then climb up a mountain with 50 pounds of gear on my back while producing a short film in a matter of days…yeah, that happened!
Here’s my experience in a nutshell:
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
Travel video can take you to a place way faster than an airplane. It gives you the feel of a place without the time and expense of going there. And, hopefully, the moments you see on screen will inspire you to set out on an adventure you can call your own.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
I aim to produce informative and entertaining travel content that inspires viewers to jump out of their seat and explore this amazing planet, too. Let’s go!
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
Do it! If you love to have new experiences and document your adventures, grab your camera and let the magic happen! While making travel videos can be tons of fun, just remember, there’s no need to capture EVERYTHING. Think carefully about how you want to tell your story before you hit the red “record” button. Avoid having too much footage at the end of the day and only roll camera when everything is perfect!
12. What is your best travel tip?
Have fun. Prepare for the unexpected. Enjoy those little moments that are less than perfect, they will make for a great story.