For the current Celebrity Travel Addicts Q&A we meeting my great friend, traveling friend, and cinematographer, Carlos de Varona of all Chromahouse Productions. You will recognize him from a few of my episodes (he filmed a few hundred of them also has made a few cameo appearances during the years). When he’s not traveling with me Here, Carlos is busy working on music videos, commercials, movies, and lifestyle & fashion shoots across the globe and at home in Miami. It’s a honor to have Carlos be part of this collection and for one to meet the person!
How did your passion for travel get started?
It all began with a phone call. While I worked an internship at a film production company in 19, david Hoffmann known around. The mobile phone went like this:
Just how are you currently travel in any given year? Which are the types of places you want to go to?
DH:”Hey man whats up, we haven’t spoke in a while however I have been working on an idea for a travel manufacturing company and I want a videographer, would you be curious? First excursion leaves in a week and we go to Prague, Czech Republic” CD:”Hold on let me check”…”Yep let us do it”.
What is it that you need viewers to achieve / learn from the photography and films?
What actually happened is that I essentially quit my job there and right then. I knew this was the right measure, and actually David had the right idea. Look how many people are travel influencers. I feel that we were a number of the first folks.
Name your top three destinations you Have traveled:
Anyways, that kickstarted everything. I never looked back and only got hooked on traveling. It’s true what they state that travel is addicting. When I get back from a trip — the eagerness to get out and see something new I get exactly the same feeling.
Give us the’Top 5′ Record for one of these destinations, like a mini-guide or to-do Listing of sorts
Back when I had been traveling with David it was nonstop. I believe we traveled in a matter of 2 years to 25 nations making a travel show. Sometimes we would spend a few months in a destination. That is when I learned what journey was all about. We weren’t just jumping from place to place to mention we have been there, instead , we were actually immersing ourselves into these cultures and learning.
How many countries have you visited up to now?
Nowadays my journey has never been quite as frequent but I get in a excursion or two every year. To a location that is challenging to travel to.
Your best three favorite cuisines?
Video and pictures are very strong mediums and I believe we are currently unlocking their potential to inspire other people. I’d like to think I’m inspiring a viewer to perceive things differently or at least opening a window of understanding in their opinion. At the end its all about connection. I’m only attempting to associate with people.
Favorite restaurant in the world?
Favorite hotel in the world?
Your favorite travel picture?’
Here it goes, although it’s quite tough to generate a top 5 list to Spain.
City with the most friendly folks?
Somewhere between 31 and 33. I want to earn the record.
Your favorite travel companion?
Peruvian, Spanish, Balkan
When traveling, Very best way you kill time?
I would have to say that that one of my favorite restaurants would be Antica Pesa in Rome, Italy. Not just any normal restaurant. This is Roman Cuisine.
What’s the most exotic location you have been taken by your livelihood?
That is a hard one since I have stayed at dozens. I would have to mention some of the greatest hotels I have stayed in were all in South Africa. One hotel will be the Tintswalo Atlantic in Houts Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.
Your bit of travel advice for someone who is going to set out on a life of cinematography or travel photography?
Docs and 180 Degrees South travel. Oh and the ones we create, naturally!
What are 4 things you may never travel without?
MAD (Madrid Barajas)
What is something frightening, exciting or funny that’s happened to you while traveling?
We have a great expertise from the Balkans. They’ll take you anywhere, and nourish you. Never a boring moment.
What’s your dream destination?
I gotta say David Hoffmann!
6am you are going to have a knock on your door and sure enough, it’s David.
Your travel quotation?
Being outside. Even when there’s downtime, I’m certainly not the kind to watch TV. I believe when we were still making our way into Pamplona, Spain in 2010, the last time that a TV was on in my hotel room was, and we discovered the facts. I had been filming David operating with the bulls.
Where to next?
That would have to be someplace like Meknes, Morocco. Seeing the sunset shine was unbelievable. Vall de Nuria in Spain was very notable.
Restrict the number of bags you require. Is for the own bags. Remain compact, rather than lose sight of your camera equipment.
There has been lots of stories. The previous one was in Peru. Before visiting Machu Picchu, A pal of mine got food poisoning at the Sacred Valley 2 days and we were all hoping he’d pull through. Let’s just say that between the elevation and his fevers, on rising Machu Picchu Mountain the morning of our visit he had been in shape but insisted. Before everybody was let in to increase the almost hour and a half hike up on the top, I met him and there that he was, sweating profusely with two bottles of water from his palms.
Before starting the increase, he drank his water. We tried our very best to stay with him, but at one point he told us to go that he was going to return, which was crazy in itself since he looked like he was going to pass out. Some tourist gave my friend a compacted can of air and stopped by, and at that point I watched him go back down the staircase. The rest of us took photographs on top and continued ahead, relaxed, and then began making our way down since the mountain closed. Who do we see? Michael. The guy that said he was going to return. He made it in time to allow them have to walk all of the way back down again and to shut the mountain! I dont understand it was created by that guy, however he did. Incredible.
I’m pretty hooked on leasing a 4 × 4 to push all over the nation and getting to Namibia. This and Mongolia.
Not exactly a journey quote but here’s my favorite quote:”Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right”. I believe that goes to state that if you see an opportunity, do it. Maintain an open mind.
In about 2 weeks I go on to Montezuma and Santa Teresa in Costa Rica for Chromahouse and davidsbeenhere.com
Carlos de Varona is a Filmmaker and founder of Chromahouse a production company. Practice Carlos on Instagram at @varonachroma @chromahouse.