Say hello to Mikoy Martinez, the adventure guy behind the travel page Nomadic Mike on Facebook.
Mikoy has created awe-inspiring videos of his travels around the Philippines and Southeast Asia that will urge you to give in to wanderlust and see more of our country and the world.
When asked why he loves traveling around the Philippines, he says, “I’m not sure if everyone realizes this but our country has a lot of still unexplored islands and I’m grateful to have been in some of them. Also, I prefer tropical destinations where I can just bring along some shorts and a sunblock.”
His travel page started as a personal project in early 2016 until he started getting thank you emails from hostel owners, tour operators, and even politicians for the travel videos he has published, which, he says, made the countless hours of editing them worth it. Today, his Facebook page is being followed by 12,500 people.
His primary considerations for choosing his travel destinations are beach quality, food, the local culture and the breathtaking sunrise or sunset.
What makes each one of his videos a total sensory experience is the perfect blend of his stunning shots, on point music choice and skillfull editing.
Balabac island in Palawan, which he got to visit in April this year, is his favorite destination so far. He shares that he was smitten by the pristine rawness of the place that hasn’t been corrupted by irresponsible tourism.
Among his videos, his favorite is the one of his travel to Siquijor in May 2016. “Watching it still gives me the proud-I-made-this-vid feeling,” he adds.
One question his friends and followers frequently ask him is what gadgets he uses in creating his videos. Right now, he uses a Panasonic GX85 mirrorless camera with a kit lens and a 20mm prime lens as his primary driver, and a beat-up GoPro Session for underwater shots. He reveals that he doesn’t own a drone and all his aerial shots are courtesy of his drone owning friends.
Mikoy’s tips for immortalizing travel memories in films – “It’s not about the camera. Practice framing your shots and improve your storytelling skills. But above all, enjoy the trip.”
Be like Mikoy – don’t be a stranger to your own country. Call your hommies now and start putting together your 2018 local travel plans.
But first, see more of his videos here: