Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
“Where is your favorite place you have visited?”
This is such a difficult question for me and I try to avoid it at all cost because genuinely, each place I visit is a favorite for one reason or another (you may notice this in my destination travelogues). I try to form connections everywhere I go, whether that is with the people, the culture or the location itself. Some areas are my favorites due my diving experiences, others because of the friendships I formed there, and still others because of the personal milestones I crossed during my stay.
“Where are you going next?”
You will have to stay tuned. Sometimes I plan my travels well in advance and other times, they are more spontaneous decisions. I generally indicate upcoming regions here.
“Where did you find the motivation and courage to change your life?”
On that initial two-week holiday, I met someone who inspired me. I think we often expect (and seek) to find inspiration in people we know well, within familiar venues, and when we feel the most comfortable. We don’t always offer the same credibility, if you will, to the thoughts or story of a stranger. To my surprise, it was a stranger who inspired me so significantly. Had that individual not been persistent in getting to know me, I may never have found the motivation to do what I am doing. Lesson learned: Everyone has a story, so when you have the opportunity, take time to listen. It could change your life.
“How did it all come together so quickly?”
It only really required a vision, spreadsheet (never underestimate the power of a good spreadsheet) and commitment. Along the way, I received support and encouragement from those who mean the most to me and that helped me through the emotional and physical ups and down of the process. I’ll be the first to admit that this wasn’t exactly simple, but considering the magnitude of change involved, it also wasn’t impossible.
“Do you still have a job or are you on sabbatical?”
Oh I definitely still work – many, many hours each week, at that. I tote my laptop nearly everywhere I go, and through the magic of Wi-Fi and internet-enabled phone communications, I am able to stay connected, even when I travel. It is rare that I am ever truly disconnected, but this is by choice.
“Did you take all of the photos on this site? Can I use your photos?”
Because all of the photos on this site are mine (unless otherwise credited), I ask that you please not use or reproduce them without my permission. If you are interested in reproducing an image, please contact me though this site to discuss.
“What kind of camera do you use?”
My current preferred camera is my Olympus OM-D mirrorless 4/3. I had previously been using a Nikon D5200 DSLR which I loved, but was anxious to try the Olympus underwater especially for macro photography. I use the Olympus underwater with an Inon strobe, Fisheye FixNeo video light and Nauticam housing. Before going mirrorless, my underwater videos and stills, were just from my little GoPro Hero3 with a Backscatter flip-up red filter. It is difficult to capture beautiful images underwater without a professional camera and strobe setup, but the GoPro worked well to get started since it was compact, durable and priced relatively reasonably. To improve the quality of the base GoPro model, though, the red filter and lights are a must. Some of my older photos are from my simple point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD960 IS Digital Elph. Everyone I know who has this camera loves it as well. Before I switched to GoPro, I actually just used an Ikelite underwater housing with the Canon.
“How did you create this site?”
This is the Travelify theme for WordPress. It is free and relatively easy to customize. I have a few different plugins running in the background to customize, but mostly for security and performance.
Honestly, I don’t even know how to create a distribution list, so no worries there. Even if I did, I would never add you to one because that’s just uncool. When I built this site, I actually turned off comments throughout, in order to prevent spammers from targeting me or those who access the site. Further, I utilize several security plugins to block hackers and suspicious site activity.