How we afford to travel full time, becoming a travel blogger, etc | Q&A


Last time you saw me,
I was saying goodbye in Peru. What an amazing trip. Today, I say hello from Thailand. [music] I’m here in between projects,
catching up with some office work, but I wanted to make this
a different video, just come here, and say thank you. I’ve just reached 30,000 subscribers. I’m so happy, so thankful, so grateful. Thank you so much, everyone. It took me basically two years
to reach 3,000 subscribers. But at the time,
I didn’t post very regularly. I’d only post whenever I had the time. So, in the first two years,
I didn’t produce a lot of videos. From the moment I started
taking it seriously, uploading once a week,
I grew from 3 to 30 in just a little bit more than a year. And for all of you who are there
trying to do the same thing, I just want to encourage you
because it is possible. At first you may think
that it only happens to other people but, no, keep going. So, as this community grows,
I feel it’s time for me to come here and share a little bit more
about me, who am I, why am I doing all this,
how do I do it. Thank you for supporting me
and my content. Thank you for your comments,
your suggestions, your ideas. And most importantly,
thank you for coming back every week. I’m arriving here at the mall.
Let’s go there. There are so many nice malls in Bangkok. As a result of your support, late last year we made a crazy decision that we haven’t mentioned in the vlogs yet We left our home in Texas,
packed everything and put on a storage. This is our garage. It’s such a mess. I have to film,
so that one day we can laugh. My dad came
all the way from Brazil to help me. -Yeah.
-[laughs] To do this international move Look at Gordon.
You’re tired? [laughs] Now the garage gets cleaned. At first, we committed
to six months of travel and we chose our destinations
based on the requests we’re getting. Here we are four months in, it’s been amazing,
but it’s going by really fast. Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas, huh? Merry Christmas. [laughs] Happy New Year! [music] Bye Brazil This is one of those things
you see other people doing online and you think
it’s never gonna be possible, but here we are. And our idea is not to rush, trying to go to as many countries as we can No, we want to experience cities
and experience them well, so that I can create
better video guides for you. We arrive in a city,
and before I start filming, I walk around, experience the culture. Yay! That’s me. So, when we start doing the vlogs,
I can provide the best information. And from Peru to Thailand,
there has already been a lot in between. We just spent two days in the U.S.
organizing things, and then we flew to Tokyo. Renata: A or B? A or B, what do you want? Beef No Tokyo vlogs,
that was just a stopover, but one day we’ll be back Where we really spent time
was Singapore and Malaysia. So, I use the community tab
and social media to ask for your questions,
and here I am to answer. But let’s go inside
because it’s too hot here outside now. Can I get, please,
a Thai iced tea with milk? Thank you It’s a creamy milk-infused tea. Very sweet.
And good, very good. So, I organized the questions here
based on where they came from. Let’s get started with YouTube, both my channels:
English and Portuguese. Question from Mongo, “Which one would you say
is your most memorable experience and why?” I thought a lot, you know,
before responding to this, because every trip
seems to be memorable. But there were a few situations
that I think I’ll never forget. First one was in South Africa. I’ve been to South Africa three times and in two trips,
I spent a month there. And I got to connect with people,
talk to them a lot, and hear their stories. And there was one person
who sat next to me, and he told me stories about growing up in South Africa during the apartheid, and it’s one of those moments that really made me reflect
about everything. And even today, sometimes when I think
about this, I get emotional. So, this was something that was really… that touched me, you know,
in a special way. Another thing that I’d say
that happened, and this was recently,
it was in Singapore. We saw a festival called Thaipusam and it was really, really impressive to see the sacrifices
that people do, you know. It’s coming up in one of the next vlogs.
That was mind-blowing. And I think I’ll also remember that
for a long time. Carmen B. –
“What’s your favorite place to go?” Hello, Carmen,
it’s so good to see you here. Carmen has been coming to this channel
for such a long time, and it’s so great to see
that you’re still here. Thank you for your question. So, my favorite place, I think you know, because you’ve seen several
of my videos there: Brazil, right? Especially Cabo Frio and Búzios,
that region, because I grew up
going there every summer or sometimes more than once
or twice a year. So, this is something that is… That region is really,
really special to me. And if you don’t know
what I’m talking about, recently I just went back there
and shot a few videos. They’re listed right here
in this playlist. Go take a look.
The beaches are amazing. And today, especially living abroad,
I miss that region a lot. I think I’ll give a similar answer here
to the next question from Julian Sorel. “Hello. You visited many different places
around the world, but I’d like to know
what is your favorite tourist place?” Yeah, I’d say it’s also Cabo Frio, Búzios, that area because of the beaches. I miss it so much.
I love the beaches there. And it reminds me of childhood.
So, that’s my favorite place. I may travel the world but, you know,
going back home is always great. A question from Mirtes Bittencourt She asks how did I move
to the United States and how did I start working
with news reporting. I went to the United States in 2003
to do some extension courses and I studied in Los Angeles. After that, I got an opportunity
to work there legally with a work visa and everything, so I took that opportunity. But actually before this,
I was already a news reporter in Brazil. I actually left a career on TV in Brazil
to move to the United States. In Brazil, I was already working
on several national networks. And when I moved to the United States,
I became an international correspondent for another important network in Brazil. So, this is how I ended up there. Now, the question in Portuguese
from Moy Moses He’d like to know when I’m doing
a coast-to-coast trip in the United States. Well, actually, I’ve done, you know,
I’ve done from Texas to Las Vegas. There are videos about that one. I’ve done from Texas to Florida.
There are videos there, too. And I did a few trips also
that I didn’t document from L.A. to Canada, from Texas to Toronto, from Texas to L.A. I’ve done all kinds of trips like this, but I believe what you want
is probably like New York or Chicago all the way via Route 66 until California. You know, hopefully, one day,
it’s really nice. I love doing road trips
in United States. And it’s good to know that you like that, so I’ll put that on my list. Sentar from Russia, “Western and eastern parts of Russia
differ a lot. You have already seen the
European part of our country, but there’s another Russia.” “So, do you plan to come back
to Russia again to go east to feel all that difference by yourself?” Absolutely,
Russia is really high on my list. And I’d say here,
Russia is definitely a place a lot more foreigners should go
because, you know… Don’t listen to the media. And it’s awful for me to say that
because I’m part of the media, I worked in the media
for such a long time, but it’s not all true
what people say, you know, we spent a lot of time in Russia. We had an unbelievable,
amazing time in Russia. People are so friendly, so nice. We loved to see
this European part of Russia. Now, we’re actually looking forward
to seeing a different Russia. It’s one of my dreams,
sort of the Trans-Siberian rail route all the way ending up in a Vladivostok. I’d love to do that.
I’ve already started planning. So, hopefully, in the next few months
or maybe next year. But I definitely want to go back, and I feel there is a lot more
to experience in Russia. And I also really love the feedback
I’ve received from Russians. I never expected Russians
would come to my channel and enjoy my content. So, thank you very much
for that as well. Question from That Person “What inspire your desire to travel
and how do you afford it?” Well, I think my family has inspired me. My great-grandma
was already traveling to Italy, in cruises, when… at a time that nobody
was considering traveling. And then my grandparents
were always traveling within Brazil. So, I think my desire to travel
comes from family and from seeing everyone traveling
since at a very young age. Now, how can I afford it? Well, I save money Some people spend their money
in expensive clothes, expensive cars. I save my money. And also I don’t do this just for fun.
This is a job for me. I also work.
I’m a freelance journalist. So, I’m not all over just spending money,
I’m also making money. I work on several projects
here and there, so this is how I can afford. I started traveling the world
to work about 15 years ago. So, I’ve been doing this
actually way before having this channel. But I’d always go somewhere,
come back home, go somewhere,
come back home. The difference now is that
instead of doing this, I’m going from place to place. And actually I’m saving money
because I don’t have to maintain my house without being there full-time. Kiko Caxias says that I’ve been helping
a lot of people who study English, and asks if I can add subtitles in English
to my videos. Kiko and everybody else,
all my videos have subtitles in English. If they’re not appearing to you,
you need to activate them. All you got to do is come here
if you’re on a desktop, come to the bottom, click on CC. This automatically activates subtitles. Now it appears in English for me
as English is my default language, but you could change that. You see this other icon here? Click on it, and I have all these languages. English is manually done,
but the others are autotranslations, so they’re not perfect,
but you can have a pretty good idea. And if you’re on your cell phone,
just click on the video, and then you see dot, dot, dot, click on captions,
choose your language, and that’s it. Tiger Princess! “Renata, please visit
Germany, Spain, France, and Italy.” Oh! “I love your perspective
on these locations.” All these places are high,
high on my list, too. I actually spent once
two months in German. It’s a country I love,
really, really love. And, yeah, it’s good to know
that you’re interested. I’ll try to go back as soon as I can. Thank you.
That’s good to know. Mikvas asks, “Any children?” No, no children.
Maybe one day. Duskbat Rabbit, “We always see Mr. Gordon with the camera,
camera bag, and a very big tripod. Does he like to share his pictures
he takes online? All of the work that Gordon does
is for this channel right here. He works a lot,
every time you see him with this tripod, he’s doing time lapses,
hyperlapses, all that, while I’m filming myself. So, this is a team effort for this channel. Reclaiming4Jesus says, “Hi, Renata, your videos
are very good and informative.” Thank you. “When are you coming to Jamaica?” Can you believe
I’ve never been to the Caribbean? It is definitely a place I want to go. You know, and it is so close,
because I’m right there in Texas, but… Yeah, and Jamaica
is high on my list as well. We’d love to go one day. Adrian Albuquerque,
“In what position would you put Peru in relation to its other
Latin American neighbors? Which do you think is better?” I don’t think you can compare
countries like that because I think every country
is special in its own way, and it has some peculiarities, and it has things that makes
a country unique, you know. This is why I love traveling as well. So, I think it’s a question
that has no answer, at least in my opinion. Let’s go for a quick break. Look at the amount of options
here to eat. This food square is fantastic. Some grocery shopping. Quick and easy,
so let’s go back to the questions. From a healthy tea
to an unhealthy temptation here, ice cream. Let’s get started
with the Instagram questions. Paulo Perrucci: “What’s the biggest challenge
while shooting?” In my case,
that I’m constantly out shooting, that’s the real challenge, because you depend on factors
that are out of your control. For example, if you’re on the street
you depend on the weather, if it’s windy, if it’s rainy,
it’s too hot and humid, all these affects the quality
and the speed of your production. You also need to pay attention
at your equipment what are your battery levels,
your memory cards . do you have enough space
to do an attraction. Let’s say, if I’m just starting
to shoot a different attraction. Do I have enough space
in my memory cards? What are my battery levels? Am I going to be able to finish
what I started? So, you need to keep all that in mind. It is very different as compared
to shooting something at home that you just put
the camera on a tripod, and then you speak to your camera
and everything is right there, manageable. It is harder to be outdoors
which is something you need to plan for. Nucia Paula, she wants to know
about where to stay in Miami. I’m going to answer this question here
because I get this question all the time. Thanks to my videos in Miami. This is what I have to say about Miami. You need to know what’s your budget
and what’s the purpose of your trip because if you want to stay
in Miami itself, South Beach or Miami Beach, it’s going to be very expensive. But at the same time, if you’re going
to Miami not for the party, but if you want to go shopping,
for example, it doesn’t make sense
that you stay right there in the middle of the hustle and bustle because a lot of the outlet malls
are located north of the city, so you need to take all that
into consideration. If you want to have
the five-star luxury stay, of course, go to South Beach
and Miami Beach. There are fabulous hotels over there. But if you are on a budget
or if you are with your family and a lot more people, and you want to control
your expenses, there are lots of other cities
in the Greater Miami area that are worth considering. For example, Fort Lauderdale.
It’s a beautiful city. You can find
more affordable places there. There are other cities around too,
like Hollywood. You can even look as far
as Deerfield Beach, for example. I stay there once
when I was going to Miami. It is far, but you get much more affordable
rates over there, Plantation as well. You’re not on the coast.
You’re at more inland But you can get better deals. Now, for you to do this,
you need to have a car, because everything in Miami is far. You’ll have to commute
and public transport is not the greatest. So, keep that in mind. Dharmaraj Pillay –
hello, Dharma, my brother, “irmao” He’s been on this channel
for such a long time. It’s so good to see you here again and asking me a question.
“When are you coming to India?” Hopefully, soon, Dharma.
It’s a country I’d really like to visit. Amode Issop: “How do you start
vlogging about travel experiences?” Well, I’d say just do it Don’t put mountains in front of you,
just start. And that was my problem
when I got started. I was always thinking
that I was not good enough, that my editing was not good enough,
so I kept delaying. I edited a lot of stuff actually
that I never posted anywhere. Today, looking back,
I wish I had the courage back then to just post and just get started. Another thing, don’t hang yourself
on cameras Don’t try to get
the best camera out there. Don’t focus too much on that because you can do a lot of stuff
with a cell phone. A lot of people don’t know, but some of the videos
that I did in Russia, especially in Moscow
and St. Petersburg, my first videos in Moscow, I did with the iPhone 7. I got great results. Nobody has ever complained
about that camera work and it just works But I’ll say something,
you need a microphone. If you use your phone,
use a microphone. Gustavo Rivera, he asks “How do I travel and blog
at the same time?” So, the secret,
I’d say it’s not just travel, it’s not just fun all the time. You got to work, too,
because, otherwise, it’s not sustainable. So, you need to create a rhythm
for you to travel and sometimes take some breaks,
do some work. And this way, you keep going. If you just go, go, go,
travel all the time every day in a different place, every day, a different attraction,
you get tired, physically tired, and you’re gonna give up. So, you need to create a balance. Negocio Miami –
He asks if I do it for my job, or if I do it just for fun. Both. My video production skills
led me to some job opportunities, so this is how I keep going. I never got paid to do
any job here for this channel. I never got paid partnerships. Hopefully, one day, I get there,
and I’ll let you all know. So, in the meantime,
I use YouTube to broadcast my work and what I’m capable of, and this way,
I get some job opportunities. Fabio Frisoni,
“Can I suggest a trip to Jordan, Petra in particular?” And Fabio wrote me both
on Instagram and Twitter, so he really wants me
to go to Jordan. I’d love to, Fabio, one day.
I heard that Petra is extremely beautiful. As I mentioned Twitter,
let me answer two questions I got there. Actually on Twitter,
I got so many questions, unrelated questions that are so funny. People asking my opinion on stock market,
on football, unrelated stuff. So, what is related to this YouTube… Here you go. Alexandre Moura:
“Are you married?” Yes, I am. I’m married to Gordon,
the Canadian-American who occasionally appears
on my videos. He’s very, very shy. But little by little, I will try to film
a little bit more of him. He doesn’t speak too much. Now that we started traveling full time he’s appearing more and more. Look at him playing
with the camera now. Come on, Gordon.
[laughs] He likes to make jokes offline, so I started filming
a little bit more of him. And one more question from Twitter, Carlos Rivadeneira he asks if it’s better to travel
with expectations or just enjoy the moment. Absolutely, no expectations. Enjoy the moment. And I remember here,
a philosopher. I had philosophy classes
at University and there was one philosopher
that said something that was really important to me,
and I never forgot. Heraclitus, he was a Greek philosopher,
and he said something in lines of, “You got to expect the unexpected.” And that is so true, because if you arrive at a location
full of expectations that it’s going to be amazing,
everything is going to be perfect, you’re going to get disappointed. So, this is something I learned
very early on It’s better to expect that you’re gonna
have an interesting experience. You’re going to experience
something totally different, then expecting
that it’s going to be amazing and it’s going to be everything
you dreamed about, because most of the times, it’s not. This is something I bring to my travels and this is why I am rarely
disappointed or unhappy and I enjoyed everywhere I go. It’s better to go with the flow
because you never know what to expect and sometimes something
that is totally unexpected ends up making everything worthwhile, and making a destination or your day
totally different and totally worth it, and bringing unique memories
that you’re gonna remember. Of course, have some plans but don’t expect everything
to be perfect all the time. You know have plan A, plan B,
plan C, and so on. And last set of questions,
Facebook now. Elizabeth Smart,
“Do you intend to go to Singapore?” Yes. Actually, this is the next series
starting here on the channel. I spent about a week
or 10 days to Singapore. It was absolutely fantastic. So, stay tuned.
Next videos are in Singapore. Diécia Leocádio From the countries I’ve been
which one I liked the most and where I’d live. It’s so good to see Diécia here ’cause she’s also been following
the channel for such a long time, always leaving me questions,
also always connecting on social media. So, thank you very much, Diécia.
Good to see you here. Thank you for the question. I love the United States,
I love living there. I love the convenience for everything
that’s why I’m still there. Out of the countries I’ve been recently, two were very surprising. Singapore, you know,
it’s an extremely beautiful country and very progressive. Everything works,
but it is very expensive, so that would be
the only problem living there. It is really expensive. In the other hand,
Malaysia was a really good surprise. Everybody talks about
Southeast Asia being cheap, especially Thailand, but Malaysia is actually
cheaper than Thailand, and their internet there is unbelievable. I thought I had fast internet
in the United States. In Malaysia, it’s 10 times faster. A 15-16-minute video
gets uploaded in Malaysia in like two, three minutes. In the United States, in my home, and I had fast internet over there, it used to take like 15 minutes. So, it is really interesting. And they are all very tech-savvy. They are, you know, in the forefront
of using technology over there. I love these things. Especially, in Kuala Lumpur, the capital they use the cell phone to make payments. There are more ways to use apps
than we do in the United States, so it is a country
that really intrigued me. I wouldn’t say
that I’d live forever there, but maybe spend a few months here,
a few months there, a few months in Brazil
as well, of course. So, yeah, I think this would be
a great balance for me. Eduardo Luiz Gomes “Do you edit your videos yourself? They’re certainly the best
I’ve seen on YouTube of this nature.” Thank you so much.
I really appreciate that. ‘Cause it is really hard, you know, sometimes I see people
saying that it takes them six, eight hours to edit a video It takes me three days.
[laughs] So, I put a lot of effort editing this. And, yes, I edit everything myself. But also my background helped a lot because I worked on TV
for such a long time. I learned how to edit
before I started YouTube. I learned in Final Cut Pro,
today I edit in Premiere Pro. And it’s something I got better
little by little, you know. It took me a long time to actually
do something that I was proud of. And it’s a work in progress. I still don’t think I’m that great. I know that I have a lot to improve. But little by little,
you do research here, research there, and you practice a lot,
and you can get better. Yes, I do everything by myself. It’s a lot of work
because I have two channels. I have this one in English and I have an entire channel
totally in Portuguese. But I love doing that,
and I love editing as well. Mario Mancilla –
He wants to know what camera do I use. I don’t use one camera. I use various cameras
for different scenarios and different situations. Gordon has one.
I have another. And this way we go. Now, for example, we’re doing this video
with a Canon EOS R, this is now our main camera, but we only started
using this camera this year. Before we use the Canon 5D,
we still have the 5D. Sometimes Gordon goes with the EOS R, I go with a 5D, and we switch, or I also use the Osmo Pro
that has a really nice gimbal. When you see those images
that appear to be on a gimbal, they were shot with the Osmo Pro. If you want to see
how I use all this equipment, let me know in the comments, and maybe I can create
a different video another day. But if you’re just getting started,
don’t get intimidated with all this. Use your phone. We use all this because we learned
how to use over the years and it’s something that we enjoy, and videography
became more than a hobby. Today it’s our work,
it became necessary. But if you’re just getting started,
you don’t need all that. Rita Pitanga asked me to include
travels and activities for seniors. Rita, I think everything that I do
can be done by seniors, too. I think the secret is not to pack
everything on the same day, because then you get tired. For example, in the videos
that I did in London, I did a lot of things every day, and even I was exhausted
in the end of the day. So, if you take, for example,
don’t do Buckingham Palace and everything else,
everything on the same day, do one thing in the morning,
then you stop, have a nice lunch, relax,
recharge your energies, and then in the afternoon,
do another activity. But don’t try to do everything
that I show in the video, everything on the same day, because you are going to get tired. I see, for example,
my sister and my mom, they travel together a lot. And my sister likes packing
everything on the same day. My mom gets exhausted, you know. I think it’s better to choose
one or two activities, take a break, enjoy some wine. You’re going to enjoy
the trip way more. And I got one more question here
on Facebook that I thought was hilarious and I had to include
because it’s from my dad. He asks what countries
have I visited in Asia on this trip. He’s totally losing track. He thinks that I’m going this
and there and everywhere. Dad, no, just Singapore,
Malaysia and Thailand so far. That’s it.
We’re not going crazy. We’re not going several places. This is it.
We’re taking it slowly. ‘Cause he’s normally used to see me
going somewhere and coming back, and this time, it’s totally different. And it’s so cool
that he follows me on Facebook. So, yeah, this is it, dad,
you can keep up with me. [laughs] Don’t worry, everything is great.
We’re having a great time. Lots of kisses for you and for mom, too,
otherwise she’s gonna be jealous. This is one of the very few videos
here on my channel really in real time because I’m still here in Bangkok
as you see this. So, if you have tips,
if you know somewhere that I absolutely need to go,
let me know in the comments. Also, let me know
if you like this type of video, if you want to see more of this. Maybe in the future,
I can do specific Q&As, you know, about the specific topics. I don’t know, just an idea,
let me know. And if you have more questions,
leave them in the comments below. I’ll answer as many as I can. Again, thank you very much
for visiting my channel. Thank you for spending time with me. And see you next week
in Singapore. [music] Look at the size of this mirror here. Full body mirror here and another mirror over there. This is the biggest toilet I’ve ever seen. Even compared to business class. Gordon: Do you want to get one? Renata: Well, you know I love bags, right?
Don’t tease me. Gordon: Why don’t you get that bag? Don’t you like that bag,
that colored? Renata: We’ll be on the road
for six months. I can’t carry…

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