“I create travel videos focused on the RV lifestyle. I will show you the tourist attractions as well as off the beaten path locations. We’ll sample the local cuisine and imbibe the local ales, and meet all kinds people, enjoying the journey as much as the destination. Also, tips and tricks to make our travels safer and more enjoyable.”~Robert Morales, Traveling Robert
Before we get to the interview, first, a personal note on how I became acquainted with Mr. Robert Morales:
Three years ago, I searched for things to watch on Youtube as I recovered from surgery. My husband and I discussed purchasing an RV, but our camping experiences previously had been tent camping with our girls when they were growing up. I was happy to find Robert’s videos. More than the information, I love that he writes and performs his own music and basically all filming and editing. He brings a personal warmth to his videos that reaches beyond merely giving out information about RVs. He incorporates historical information about each area he visits, along with practical tips on where to find the best camping spots and restaurants. As a bonus, sometimes his sweet wife appears in a shot!
So, now that you know a little about Traveling Robert, let’s see how he answers my 10 questions…
Q. How did you get into the business of creating travel videos?
A. My parents liked to travel. In 1958 they traveled a lot on their honeymoon. That inspired me. Even in Cuba we roamed back and forth between the coasts.
Q. What aspect of your job is the most frustrating?
A. Internet on the road. Not getting a good connection.
Q. What aspect of your job brings you the most joy?
A. Meeting new people, trying new foods, the uniqueness of each place.
Q. What is your favorite motto or quote?
A. Mark Twain said something of the—I’m paraphrasing of course; if you don’t travel, it’s like you read a book but you only read one page. And that’s not exactly the quote but that’s the essence of it.
Q. Who is your favorite character in a book or movie?
A. As a kid, Huckleberry Finn. He went on adventures with Jim.
Q. If you could be doing anything, anywhere right now, what and where would it be?
A. Eating pizza in Huntsville with you guys. I forfeit, for the rest of my life, the right to complain.
Q. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
A. Teleport. Let’s be in China right now!
Q. If you had three minutes to grab three possessions, what would you grab?
A. Phone. I don’t care too much for possessions right now. I used to collect records and photographs when I was younger. Now I collect experiences.
Q. What one question do you wish someone would ask you?
A. I can’t think of one.
Q. What advice would you give aspiring RVers, or anyone for that matter, who have a dream?
A. If you really want to do it, do it. One day it’s gonna be too late. Have no regrets at the end.
Robert’s reply to this question reminded me of another quote by Mark Twain, one of Robert’s favorite writers: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.”~Mark Twain
A parting thought:
I can’t get away from one of Robert’s answers. He said, “I forfeit, for the rest of my life, the right to complain.” I think that answer will follow me for the rest of my life.