I’m a Food and Travel Influencer Filming Videos as Countries Go Into Lockdown

‘We had to keep traveling because it’s part of our job’

Mai Tran
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4 min readNov 25, 2020


Photo illustration; source image courtesy of Luke Martin of Chopstick Travel

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Luke Martin, 26, is a Canadian food and travel influencer who operates the YouTube channel Chopstick Travel. He spoke with Mai Tran in mid-November about traveling to film new videos amid the latest surge in Covid-19 cases around the globe.

Right now, I’m in the parking lot of a grocery store in Turkey and I’m loading up on groceries. The country’s going into a partial lockdown tonight at 8 p.m. All the restaurants are only going to be doing takeout, so we won’t be able to film videos. The next place we had planned to go to was Dubai, but because of the quarantine, they’ve canceled all the flights there. Whereas we usually plan things a month or two ahead of time, now we’re changing plans the day before. We’re trying to make decisions and we’re running with Covid on our heels.

The first time I heard about Covid, I was finishing up filming in Malaysia. I had a trip planned to Korea and then they had an outbreak. It was the first place outside of China where Covid had…