Almost every day I am asked interesting questions from all over the world and I thought I would start sharing my responses to them, along with travel related giveaways. I love questions, thus please feel free to ask me anything in the comments or send me a private message if you prefer.
Q51. Wow, to travel to Easter Island must have been amazing? What is the most exotic place you have ever traveled to?
A51. Normally, my answer to this question would be Easter Island, since it is the most remote island in the world (yes, it truly was beyond amazing)! However, since that destination is already mentioned in the question, I would have say to the archipelago of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. I cannot put into words how gorgeous the water is there.
Q52. Hi there! I am going to the Great Barrier reef next year. I have never been scuba diving (but lots of snorkeling). Did you prepare yourself before hand? I have heard many stories about people having a horrible experience diving because their ears hurt and their nose bleed. What are your thoughts? Any tips for my upcoming visit? Thank you!! I love your blog.
A52. I did not prepare myself in any way before diving for the first time. I have been a swimmer my entire life, so I feel incredibly comfortable in the water. Having said that, during the classroom hours of your certification the instructors will teach you in detail about how important it is to dive slowly and to make sure that you are constantly monitoring how you are feeling. You will learn how to descend properly before even getting in the water. Middle ear barotrauma (MEBT), or ear pain, is experienced by 10 – 30% of divers and is due to insufficient equilibration of the middle ear. Unfortunately, sometimes it just cannot be avoided no matter how skilled you are. My best advice is to make sure that you select a scuba school that has an outstanding reputation and pay close attention in your classes!
Q53. What kind of camera do you use? Your photos are simply amazing! I love your pictures.
A53. First, thank you sincerely, I cannot put into words how honored I am by your compliments! Second, my primary camera is a Canon 7D and my primary lens is a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L. I also shoot with a Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens.
Q54. What is your proudest travel moment?
A54. Traveling solo throughout Brasil, especially in the Amazon. It was a trip that challenged and changed me in countless ways and I am incredibly proud of myself for doing it alone.
Q55. Andi, what is your favorite wine, champagne, and cocktail?
A55. What an awesome question! Malbec, Baron B, and mojitos.
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