Not only is she one of our most active AFAR.com contributors, AFAR Ambassador Andi Fisher is a social media marketer by day, travel blogger by night, wife (and mother to her cat, Jessica), dedicated [food truck] foodie, and chronic world traveler/local explorer. Phew! With a passion for food and all things French, it’s hard not to get stuck on her blog, Misadventures with Andi, or perusing her Wanderlists. Get a taste of how she does it all by checking out her answers to our questionnaire.
Right now I’m in San Francisco.
Though I would much prefer to be in Paris eating venison and chestnut soup with a glass of champagne.
Occupation: Social media program manager by day and travel and food blogger by night.
My next trip is to White Pocket, Utah.
My last trip took me to the Eastern Caribbean including St. Martin, St. Thomas and Turks & Caicos.
First international trip—when and where? When I was four years old my father was stationed on the Panama Canal so I was quite young!
A grey cashmere scarf I bought in Geneva is my most treasured travel souvenir.
Favorite hotel: Château Richeux in Saint Méloir des Ondes, France.
Favorite restaurant: Yank Sing dim sum restaurant in San Francisco.
Favorite shopping destination: Seoul—I am 4’11” and I never had to get anything hemmed!
Favorite local style/most stylish place: I am not sure San Francisco has clothing style (unless you look at its hipsters) the city is very eclectic with lots of cultures so the fashion is diverse as well. I work near the furniture district and there are some wonderfully stylish shops for the home whose windows I love to gaze into on a daily basis!
iPhone or DSLR? iPhone.
Backpack, wheelie, or trunk? Trunk, I love the outdoors, but prefer to look at it from a deck!
Plugged-in or unplugged? Depends on the trip, I do at least one trip a year unplugged.
Public transportation, cab, or bike? Cab, I’ll take public transportation if I am confident I won’t get lost. You have to pay me to get on a bike!
If you’re in Paris in February, don’t miss out on attending the Salon International de l’Agriculture where you can eat and drink your way through all of France in one exposition hall!
Preparation: guidebook, online research, or seat of your pants? A lot of online research and blog reading ahead of time to prepare, but always with the possibility that all plans can get changed at the very last minute to do something by the seat of my pants.
Food discussions are the best way/place to connect with locals.
Five things you can’t travel without: My camera, my Moleskine notebook, my iPad, digestive enzymes, and scarves of various sizes, weights and colors.
Jet lag: Nap, power through, pills, or herbal remedies? Pills. I take a sleeping pill the first 2-3 nights and that works for me.
Favorite airport and why? Hong Kong because there is so much to do and there are so many things to eat—you could stay there a week and not get to everything!
Three travel apps you can’t live without: Instagram, Foodspotting, and the native Apple clock app!
What’s the one hometown place you miss most while traveling? Growing up military I don’t really have a hometown, but since I now call the San Francisco Bay Area home, I’d have to say I miss Yank Sing! Guess that’s why it’s my favorite restaurant!
First thing you do when you get home: Kiss my hubby, kiss my cat, and then go for sushi. Then the next morning dim sum…see, I am all about the food!
Where do you always take out-of-town friends? The Ferry Building—it is such a wonderful reflection of how important local food and restaurants are to the city, and the building is beautiful.
Favorite travel book: Eat Pray Love.
Fly solo or travel with family/friends/tour group? I love to travel with just my hubby. We get each other and our travel style just works.
Best memory of a trip with kids—either from your own childhood or with your own kids: I am child-free and my parents took my sister and me all over wherever we lived. If I had to pick one I’d guess I’d say I remember enjoying a trip from Kentucky to Cincinnati to see the Cincinnati Reds play. I remember getting an ice cream sundae in a red plastic baseball hat that served as a bowl, I had that hat for a long time and I still love baseball.
Biggest travel mistake? Stressing out. You don’t control anything. Be patient and be zen, it will get you a lot farther than aggravation.
If I had a whole month to travel, I would go to Paris and continue my discoveries, that city is always re-inventing itself.
If I had a whole year to travel, I would go to France for three months, Italy for three months, Japan for three months, and the San Juan Islands for 3 months.
Favorite foreign word or phrase: “Ce n’est pas grave” which gets shortened down to “pas grave” which means no big deal—it works in a lot of situations.
Favorite foreign tradition: It may sound crazy, but I love the baguette tradition in France—their regulations on ingredients and methods of production of the baguette traditionelle. It is something that almost died out but has made a big comeback and I am a big supporter!
Travel has taught me absolutely everything about life.