Frequently Asked Questions
- Where did you meet?
Lou and I met studying abroad in Barcelona in the Fall of 2010. He was studying at Reed College at the time and I was at Colby College, but we both ended up on a CIEE program. One of my favorite memories from our time in Spain was one our first real dates. I had asked Lou to come up to my neighborhood - I had a homestay in Gracia while he was in student housing near the beach - to watch a soccer game at a local bar. Little did I know that he had been a lifelong fan of FC Barcelona and a date watching soccer was the quickest way to his heart. After a 6 month love affair abroad, we didn’t end up back in the same place until 2012 when I moved to NYC after graduating. Lou was finishing up his studies at New York University… you can read our whole story here if you want to know more!
- Where are you both from originally?
I am from Connecticut and Lou is from New Hampshire. Though Lou’s mother is Peruvian and his father is German, so Lou had the good fortune of being raised in a multilingual household. He also is lucky enough to have both an American and a German passport!
- Where do you live?
We have been living in Berlin for the past three years, but are currently in the process of buying and renovating a 30+ year old old Mercedes Benz 207d and plan on traveling Europe for the next few years.
- I want to live like you! How do you afford this lifestyle?
One of the only ways we were able to ditch our full-time jobs in NYC, move to Berlin, and begin lives as full-time creatives is the fact that we had the chance to live rent free. Thanks to Lou’s parents generosity, we have been living in their beautiful apartment in Berlin for the last three years. Our biggest recommendation to anyone pursuing a creative career is to find the cheapest place to live as possible. Whether that is your parents’ basement, or a van, or some distant uncle's guesthouse, it is worth keeping your expenses as low as possible as you build up your business. We actually have a full guide on how to live cheaply here on our website - Living on Less. Keeping our monthly spending to the bare minimum allows us to pour our hearts into Wild We Roam and spend less time on commercial projects.
- What are your plans for the future?
Lou and I are definitely dreamers and one of our favorite things to do is take long walks and scheme about future plans. At the moment our current plan is to buy an old van, convert it into a camper, travel Europe for a few years making videos and sharing the entire journey with you. Then if the van holds up, maybe ship it to South America and travel there for a few years. If all goes well in those 5 years or so and we’re doing a bit better financially, we want to sell our van, buy a sailboat and sail around the world. After we get tired of boat life, our dream is to move to Hawaii, build a shipping container home, and a self-sustaining property. We originally dreamed up this plan in 2016, so it will be fun to check back in with this post every couple years and see how things are progressing!
- Why did you change your name from Plant Based Traveler to Wild We Roam?
We did a whole blog post answering that question here.
- Are you vegan?
Yes, Lou and I have been vegan since March of 2014! We will share a full blogpost on why we are vegan, but until then we have created many videos our YouTube channel to share the stories of other vegans like our Lima Series and our New York Series.
- How do you travel as a vegan? What is travel without the local eating experience?
Traveling as a vegan was actually our biggest worry when we first made the decision back in 2014. Lou and I had always been big foodies and whenever we traveled it was all about getting the best local dish. When we did our first big trip as vegans it was to Peru, a country with more culinary pride than anywhere we had been before, and we were worried. But it turned out that being vegan made us talk with more people, ask more questions, and create relationships that allowed us to see even more than we ever imagined. I talk about that experience in a blog post for the Vegan Society here.
Rheumatoid Arthritis + Health Questions:
Please check out our Health section of the website here if you have other questions.
- What foods did Lou have to eat to stop his Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Check out this blog post that explains everything we did to cure Lou!
- Why and how do you cook without oil?
- How long did it take to see results?
When we started the Paddison Program in 2016, a guide by Clint Paddison on how to cure Rheumatoid Arthritis using diet and lifestyle, it began with a few day juice cleanse of cucumber/celery juice. After that the program continued with a very limited menu of quinoa, buckwheat, sweet potato, lettuce, dulse, and miso for a few weeks. It was within those first few weekss that Lou’s inflammation dramatically changed, he lost 15 pounds, and his energy levels skyrocketed. He is in the process of writing his whole arthritis story and will be sharing it soon if you want to learn more.
Camera Related Questions:
- What camera and lenses do you use for your Instagram photos?
We shoot all our Instagram on is a Canon 5D3 and our the lens we use most is our Canon f4 24-105mm lens, unless we say in the post that it is shot on our iPhone.
- How do you edit your Instagram photos?
We do the initial edit of our photos in Lightroom and then do any touchups in Photoshop.
What camera do you use?
We shoot all our video on is a Canon 5D3 and our the lens we use most is our Canon f4 24-105mm lens.
- How do you edit your YouTube videos?
Lou has quite the workflow: Lou shoots RAW files using the Magic Lantern raw hack, then converts those files to Cinema DNG sequences using the RAWMagic converter (25 dollars in the app store). Lou then imports those files into Davinci Resolve Lite (free online), Lou color grades them by making them flat and then applies Hunter's Alexa LUT, then exports them as DNxHD files in the highest possible quality level. Next Lou edits those files in Avid MC where they are the preferred compressed video format. Once the edit is done he does a final color correction in Avid. When the video has been uploaded to YouTube Lou deletes the Cinema DNG sequences and the RAW files because we can't afford the amount of hard drive space keeping both those would entail--it's usually about 800GB per video, but once that's all deleted the DNxHD files are actually pretty small, so it’s always less than 100GB per video, sometimes only like 20-30.
- What camera do you use?
Canon A1 with a 50mm f/1.4 Canon lens
- How do you digitize your film photos?
We made a YouTube video answering this question.
- Wait, but you said you’re vegan! Film isn’t vegan!
We plan on writing a full post to explain why we still consider ourselves vegan even though we shoot film, but here is a glimpse into our logic: When we first found out that there was gelatin in film, the first thing we did was try to see if there was any alternative and sadly there isn't and most likely will never be. In the 50s and 60s some companies spent millions of dollars trying to find alternatives that would be as cheap and sustainable as gelatin but none of them succeeded. So after realizing it was either shoot film with gelatin or stop our creative expression (in this department) we decided to dive into the nitty gritty of how much gelatin goes into film making - turns out it’s extremely small - the entire photography industry uses less than 1/1,000,000,000 of the animal byproducts that come from the meat industry. This means shooting film doesn't actually have an effect on the meat industry, so much as it uses an ingredient that would have otherwise been discarded.
From an ecological point of view, recycling this tiny amount of gelatin seems like a better idea than fabricating a new plastic compound which, unlike gelatin, is not a natural substance and would not biodegrade naturally as gelatin does. Plus plastic compounds are bad for the environment and require chemicals to be broken down, whereas gelatin is water-soluble. Also, most films only use 3.5 grams of gelatin per square meter, and a square meter can produce about 16 rolls of film, which is more film than we shoot in an entire year.
Not to mention that there are so many ways that being vegan becomes extremely complicated if you only take a black and white look at the food/consumer goods we use in our life - the rubber in our bike tires/car tires often has animal-based stearic acid, which helps the rubber in tires hold shape under steady surface friction. There's also this same stearic acid in tons of electronics - potentially the one you're even reading this on right now. Or the fact that plastic bags contain animal fat, (though we try to limit our plastic!) Wood glue is made from the connective tissues of horses, crayons have cow fat... the list just goes on and on.
We both make a HUGE effort to not include any animal products in our life at all - so that nearly 100% of all of our cleaning supplies, our clothing, our cosmetics, and our food is vegan. Nonetheless, we came to the decision that we'll make an “exception” for shooting film even though it has gelatin in it because we are constantly making other exceptions without realizing, because sadly we just don't live in a vegan-friendly world. And many of these other exceptions, like owning bikes, or driving in cars, or traveling by plane, are significantly worse than shooting film. So it’s not a perfect answer, but we believe it is right for us. If you’re conflicted about this topic, we suggest you do your own research about animal byproducts, and then find an approach that works for you.