For our On The Road With feature this week, we interviewed Rodrigo Hernandez, a broadcast reporter for the Latin American TV network Telesur. Rodrigo is the guy  filming, interviewing, appearing on camera and editing all at once. He was recently in London covering the Royal Wedding and the UK cuts and we had the chance to catch up with him in one of his spare moments.

1) What is your favourite part about travelling for business? 

Learning about the cities or countries I visit. It’s always more fulfilling to learn from people though. The interactions I have with them are so much better than any of the museums or historic buildings.

 

2) What’s the first thing you do when you get to your hotel?

Find out how to get online. That is very crucial to my job as I have to send video segments every evening and also have to send images. On top of that I tweet about my work for work!

 

3) What is the one thing you cannot do without when you’re travelling?

My camera. Not just because of my job as a reporter, but because it’s always been something I take with me since I was very little. It helps me to remember wonderful moments and it pays for my bills!

 

4) What do you love most about your job?

Getting to know people from other cultures. Learning about their food, their traditions, how they relate to each other. Although funnily enough, once you travel around the world you recognise that we are more similar the close you get even though you live on opposite sides of the world.

 

5) Room service or eating out?

Whatever! I hardly have time to eat! Although I do prefer getting street food wherever I go because I like to experiment with flavours and new dishes.

 

6) What’s the most unexpected experience that has occurred to you on a business trip?

It’s funny because I was recently in Egypt covering the revolution and then in Honduras covering the military coup and I thought I would encounter lots of difficulties because I was in two very delicate situation. Instead, I discovered that in those tense moments people are extremely generous and I constantly received help from the locals. They invited us to their homes for meals, they offered us beds, they helped us with our equipment and they encouraged us every step of the way even though they were experiencing one of the hardest times of their lives.

 

7) Your number 1 advice for business travellers is…

Try to learn the most out of each place you visit, and make time for it, even if it’s just one day to get to know the bars, the parks and of course the people.

We will leave you with a short video of Rodrigo during his coverage of the Royal Wedding. Note: It’s in Spanish!

 

 

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