BOARDING PASS – Andi Fisher

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Andi Fisher is one of those talented people who is able to juggle a full time job and her travel blog – Misadventures with Andi – at the same time. But perhaps what amazes me most is how she’s able to keep up on all her social media, and while traveling (every week she even manages to post her favorite reads in her “Saturday Six“).  I can’t remember exactly where I first encountered Andi on the internet, but I gladly participated in her her A Passion for Paris series last year. If you’re looking for even more insider travel tips from Andi, check out her recommendations on Foodspotting and AFAR, whose design I’m loving their design these days (Andi is an AFAR Ambassador). Be sure to read on until the end to find out the awesome thing Andi collects that becomes a great memory of her travels, especially for someone who has spent so much of her life on the move. Thanks, Andi! –Anne

home town:  
Don’t have one.  I grew up a military brat, so I am from all over!

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where you live now:

Berkeley, California.

last trip taken:  
Lots of small trips to Los Angeles for work.  Last “fun” trip was San Diego for Christmas. [Ed. note – Andi has traveled extensively since responding to this! Visit her blog for more!]

next trip on deck:  
On my own Dallas, for a conference.  With my hubby, Paris in June.

one place you would go back to again and again:  
Paris, she is constantly changing, you can never know her and there is always more to explore.

place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:  
Paris, she is often misunderstood.  There are so many things that people don’t see because they are too busy standing in line at the Eiffel Tower or to see the Mona Lisa.

preferred method of transportation:  
Planes, they get me to where I want to go!  I do love car trips too!

place you’ve never been but dying to go:
Croatia.  Ever since I saw the No Reservations episode I have been dying to go there and eat all the amazing food and check out the wine regions to my heart’s content!

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place you’d never go back:  

Bejing.  The pollution just ruins it.  Don’ think they are going to clear that up soon.

most memorable trip in 2 sentences or less:  
Seventeen days in Italy.  So much good food.

how do you prepare for a trip? 
Lots of online reading of other people’s experiences.  My husband and I map out things we want to see (and lots of places we want to eat) so that we have a loose itinerary and then we just dive in.  Technology helps a lot.  We change and adapt at whim and pick and choose what we have previous curated or abandon it all to discover something new and unplanned.

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how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
Before I had a camera, lots of note-taking in my Moleskine.  These days there is the addition of the camera, a tool I am constantly trying to master (to no avail).

what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
Food.  I love food and have a fondness for macro food shots.  Food is culture, food unites people, whether it is a meal or a discussion, it is an entry into understanding a place.  I also happen to love eating food so that helps.

on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
About a 1000.

Andi-White-Pocketwhat’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
Canon Mark II camera with a 50mm or 70 mm macro lens, my husband with his own Mark II and a dozen others; a Moleskine, a spiral notebook and iPad.

what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
I prepare my photos and I blog.  I try to do it immediately; if I have taken good notes along the way or started drafts, then it is far faster.  Sometimes life takes over and they may take up to a month to actually get written.  That causes me stress, so I try to keep organized when traveling.

Andi-Scarf-Addictionfavorite souvenir/thing to bring back?
Scarves!  Since my initial forays into travel as an adult, which took me to China (and where I immediately fell in love with the beautiful silk scarves) to my later trips to Paris and Geneva. Everywhere I go now I buy scarves. I wear one nearly every day and it is like wearing my memories, I love them.

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