“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?”
I generally indicate upcoming travels on the homepage. Sometimes I plan my adventures well in advance and other times, they are more spontaneous decisions.
“What kind of camera do you use?”
My current primary camera is an Olympus OM-D mirrorless 4/3. This is what I use underwater now, along Inon strobes, Fisheye FixNeo video light and Nauticam housing. On land, I use the same camera as often as possible, but when I need something lighter and more compact, I use a Sony RX100 V.
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, a red filter and light are a must.
Some of my older land photos are from my Nikon D5200 DSLR and really old shots are just from a simple point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD960 IS Digital Elph.
“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 do not allow their use or reproduction without my permission. If you are interested in an image, please contact me though this site to discuss.
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.
“Where did you find the motivation and courage to change your lifestyle?”
Initially, I embarked on an extended holiday where I met a new Brazilian friend 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 to the thoughts or story of a stranger. To my surprise, it was indeed 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?”
It essentially took me 14 weeks to change my life. Upon returning from my vacation, I purged, downsized and re-prioritized. It 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. Never have I had one regret.
“Do you still have a job or are you on sabbatical?”
Oh I definitely still work – many, many hours. I tote my laptop nearly everywhere I go, and through the magic of wifi and internet-enabled 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.