Diving is one of my favorite activities, but even I get nervous when I am not prepared. I have put together some of the things that make, at least for me, a solid base for a successful dive. I am sure others have their routines they go through, and I would love to hear about them. Please post if you have something you always do, aside from the regular checks that help make your dive a great one. Follow me at @icantfindmarta, on Facebook or check out my podcasts on the Epicast TV.
NO CAFFEINE- Usually, you wake up pretty early to go diving, and if you didn't get a good night sleep, you will be tired and cranky. For me, I have to resist that morning espresso. I had one once before I went diving, not thinking it would effect me, but my nerves were shot, and I was shaky. My buoyancy was terrible, and I was breathing more rapidly, and shallow under the water. I knew it was because my heart rate was elevated from the espresso I had hours ago. It kicked in when I needed it LEAST. A great learning lesson for me, and I suggest you try it if you are prone to get nervous on your dives. Wait until after you get back to the dock to enjoy that cup of Jo! Try an herbal tea in the morning instead.
MEDITATE- Everyone, whether they know it or not, practices some sort of meditation. It could be going to church, having that quiet moment with a cup of tea, or simply closing your eyes for a few minutes. For me, it is essential to start my day on the day of a dive with a good meditation. My husband and I practice TM Transcendental Meditation. Ever since starting the classes, our dives have been much smoother. Phil didn't take to diving as easily, was always very nervous, so it is great to see something have success in his overall state of mind going into a dive. It made a significant difference. Ifyou are saying to yourself, it is too early, there is no time, I don't know how to mediate. These are not true. Try it on the boat ride out to the site. It doesn't have to be a guided meditation, and you do not have to take a class to do it. Just sit quietly for a few minutes, and try to clear your mind. Breathe evenly in long breathes, and focus on something, a tree perhaps. Try it before your next dive, and I bet you will see a difference.
DON'T RUSH- On dive boats, everything is calm until the exact moment where it is time to get in the water. It always seems like a scramble, or race at the very end. Do not play into this race. Prepare your ITEMS to be easily within reach of you when you first get on the boat. That way they are nearby, and when it comes time to get your gear ready, take your time. There is nothing worse than getting worked up right before you jump into the water. A good Dive Master will not rush you, but I have had some that have, and it made for a very nervous crew, that some almost weren't able to descend because their heart rate was up, and they couldn't calm down. Do not be rushed by anyone, if they give you a hard time about it, ignore them. You would rather take a few extra seconds to make sure all of your gear is in place, then have something happen that will effect your dive in a negative way. Relax, in a few moments you will be calmly floating under the water.
EAT RIGHT AND HYDRATE- It has taken me awhile to find the perfect BALANCE of morning foods that will work well with diving. Some foods are too greasy, and can cause me to be a bit nauseous. (Not to mention worry that I may have to #2 on the boat, the terror!!!) Some foods are too high in carbs and feel like a tons of bricks in my stomach. (Maybe 2 bagels with ham and cheese wasn't the best choice this morning) Bananas are my to go choice for diving. They bind your stomach, fill you up, and add vitamins to help you keep hydrated and focused such as potassium, manganese, Vitamin C, B6, Folate. I usually eat two because one is not enough to keep me sated. If you need a larger breakfast in the morning, pair with a piece of toast. For after the dive, I always bring a snack, usually a granola bar will do the trick, or a fresh piece of fruit to clear your mouth from the salt. Another tip is to make sure you have a drink of water right before you put your mask on. Your mouth will get dry quickly, it is refreshing and hydrating to take a quick sip before your dive.
BREATHE THROUGH YOUR MOUTH- Think of how you are breathing reading this, it is probably through your nose. 90% of our lives we breathe through our nose, unless we are completely congested. While diving, you train yourself to breathe through your mouth. You are probably thinking that this seems a relatively easy thing to do, but being faced with it after not having done it for awhile can be a shock to your system. You will fight it because your are not used to it, and it will make you nervous. I live in Pittsburgh, and do not get to dive often enough to practice these skills constantly. So I started practicing on the boat ride out to my next diving destination completely breathing through my mouth the whole ride out. It made a WORLD of a difference in my diving, I was prepared for when my nose was in the mask, I didn't have that rush of panic that comes when your brain triggers that you can't breathe. It HELPED me immensely, and I hope you try it on you next dive. If this doesn't convince you, it is stated that you can lower your heart rate simply breathing long, deep breathes through your mouth!
Hello everyone! This post is long overdue! This summer I went on a solo trip to learn to sail in the Greek Islands. I had quite the adventure, and an interesting connection that was made during travel plans. In short, captain of the boat I was going to sail with had an emergency, and had to leave. This left me with no place to go 2 weeks before my trip! I was still holding out hope in trying to sail, so I reached out to a group online Girls Love Travel, and simply posted this- “Help! My Captain of the boat left, and I am now struggling to find a new boat to stay on. Anyone know anyone in Greece with a boat? Thanks!” A gal came forward in the comments section by the name of Jessie Stele. Let’s go back even farther now… *time warp*
Marta On The Move grew up attending a very small school called Our Lady Of Fatima, a Catholic grade school that she attending for 8 years. To give you an idea how small it was, there were 5 gals in our 8th grade graduating class. Heading to public school the following year was quite a wake up call, anyways…. Jessie Stelewas one of 5 girls in my graduating class whom I have not seen, nor talked to in 25 years. She just happened to be sailing with her fiancee in the Greek Islands. Jessie saw my post, and commented “Hey Marta, It’s Jessie! I am in the Greek Islands on a boat! You are welcome to come stay with us anytime!” The chances of this… I don’t even know what the odds are, but I imagine them to be pretty slim. There are over 125K women in that group, and the fact that-
A. She had wifi
B. She had been online at all (remember she is on a boat)
C. That she happened to see my post! They get pushed down very quickly.
So I bet you are asking…. WELL WHAT HAPPENED?! Well, I’ll tell you what happened is that my original captain found me an ex Navy Captain from Australia, Captain Chris, who was sailing near Samos, so I flew to meet him and we crewed his boat “The Skylark” together down the Grecian Islands. It was one of the best times I have had in my life. After I returned from my trip, Jessie came back to Pittsburgh, and we reconnected finally after 25 years. I thought it was incredible how we found each other after all this time, and what better way to celebrate it, than having her on the show to give our thoughts on Greece, and why sailing is the only way to see this wonderful place.
I always say that traveling let’s you connect with people all over the world of different cultures, and teaches you many things that stretch your mind. In this case, it brought us around full circle to where it all began as kids. I hope you enjoy our flashbacks to school, our stories of how we came to be, and our adventures in Greece! As always, “Keep it moving” Be sure to stay after our conversation to hear some very windy conversation that I recorded when Captain Chris and I were on the open water sailing in Greece. He will tell you how magical it is to be on a boat.
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I am overseas currently learning to sail alone on a small boat in Greece with an Australian Ex Navy Captain. ( My husband is awesome, and don't worry, I am meeting him in Croatia soon enough!)
I wanted to release this special podcast from Phil and I's explorations in Portugal. You gonna love this one. We chat Short Day Trips From Lisbon and explore castles, beaches, hidden areas, and where you should hit up with a limited time frame while you are there.
Enjoy and I will chat with you all when I return to the States! But for now........ ;) M
Oh we all have that little curiosity for the strange and unusual in us. Some, I would say, more than others. I like to think I have a pretty healthy amount of it. Going in search of the road or path less taken, searching out broken toys, trying to find the things in life that break the traditional norm. That... is why I am obsessed with Atlas Obscura.
I came across their show one day when it popped up on my Facebook feed. It was a video, and I was driving at that time (I know, I know, eyes on the road!), but I clicked it to listen, and was instantly hooked. I didn't even know it was a video, here I was tuning in thinking it was your standard podcast. I probably heard about 5 episodes on the transit home. When I got home and looked at my phone, I realized they were all videos, and then instantly had to go back through to listen and watch them all. Their videos are hilarious. The gentleman (Dylan Thuras) takes you on a journey to a spectacular place. His face pops up on screen, and in that moment you realize his passion for what he is about to tell you. Surrounded by a decent collection of board games (I knew we would get along), Dylan can show you a world you never saw before, sometimes in your own backyard.
We hit it off right away, being kindred folk in search of magical things. Tune in as I find about the origin of Atlas Obscura, how the two co founders met, what Neil Gaiman said about them (what!), where they are off to next, and also our rants about how we love immersive theater. Truly an awesome conversation.
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The videos themselves are hilarious, you must watch them. I intend to find out who has the unique sense of humor over at Atlas Obscura that has me laughing out loud. I am sure you want to know as well. Join me as I chat with Dylan about the history of Atlas Obscura, how it became created, and where they are off to next! Check out their new podcast they started! So excited I can take them with me wherever I go! I plan on visiting them in NYC!
Have you been to any of the 100 wonders spots? Tell us about it in the comments!
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My hubby and I love to eat and drink, especially abroad. All the different flavors and settings make for a memorable occasion at any time. We enjoy the worst places, almost as much as the best because of the discussions that happen afterwards. With this episode, we bring to you our favorite (and least favorite) picks of where to eat and drink while in Portugal, with focus on Lisbon.
Come with us as we tell you a little history about Portugal, and take you through our recommended must visits! We tackle the speakeasies, wine bars, tasting courses, and local cuisine of the area. Tag along and partake in our chat session.
Do you have a favorite place to visit in Lisbon? Tell us about it! Post in the comments below! I love hearing from my audience, and connecting via the interwebs.
Mentioned in the podcast-
Wine Bar Do Castello
BA Wine Bar
Red Frog Speakeasy
Hey gang! Just returned from my trip from Portugal, and it was incredible. Working on helping rebuild houses for people in need, and diving to clean up the reef is up there as one of my most rewarding trips.
It is always scary to take that step to get out there, and have some alone time. I wanted to make it a bit easier on everyone! Here are some of my tips on how to travel alone, and have a great time just with yourself, or join a group of strangers and make a new friend. I have included some websites and apps that I use while I travel. I also mentioned a great reference guide to volunteering. This trip was inspirational for me, and I love at the end of it you will get to hear some locals chat about what they know about Pittsburgh, and what they love about Portugal! Shout out to Impact Trip for organizing the program and O Seculo (One of the best hostels I have stayed in!) I met a ton of wonderful people, and got to experience the real Portugal. Thank you Wingman and Filipe for letting me come in and give a presentation at your office about my podcasting and travel experiences. Sorry I got ill, but it was so nice meeting all of you! Look for the interviews I did with some of you guys after this episode.
The two other episodes will be with my hubby Phil, I went alone in the beginning of the trip, and then he met me a week later at the airport and we continued our journey. (Terribly romantic. I was holding a sign with his name on it) We use part of this podcast as a sort of journal entry for our travel lives, and hopefully share some cool tips on where to stay, eat, drink, and hang out. Stay tuned for Where to Eat and Drink in Lisbon, and also Short Day Trips from Lisbon. Enjoy some of my pics from the trip below including some of my awesome spackle work on the house. #masterspackler!
Websites and people mentioned-
Meetup /Speedfriending Lisbon
Diogo and Rita, Maria, Luisa, Ricardo, Filipe, Pedro, Laura, Rodrigo, Gijs, Dereck, and Egidio!
So I recently just got back from my solo volunteer project in Portugal to help build houses for the homeless, and I hunkered down in my second experience staying in a Hostel. Hostels are a hot topic in the travel world, and thanks to many horror movies that have been released featuring them, they have not gotten a good rap in some people's minds. I am here to change people's perceptions of that. I had an incredible time at the hostel I stayed at, and met so many interesting people while residing there. I thought, what better way to highlight the good things about hostels, than to investigate Pittsburgh's very own!
Introducing Jon Potter who created Not Another Hostel, Pittsburgh's first hostel! I could not wait to sit down with this extremely motivated and fascinating dude. Very much like myself, Jon wanted to bring different ideas and cultural traditions back to his hometown, and he is using his travels to influence locals. Along with my great friend, John Schalcosky from The Odd, Mysterious, and Fascinating History of Pittsburgh, we chat with Jon about why he started his hostel, what influenced him, and what people should come to expect when thinking about choosing one on their trips. Here is hoping to opening up a whole new world to travelers! Keep it moving everybody!
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Haley Woods from Girls Love Travel. Gotta love this girl. Such an inspiration that I had to feature her on the show, she travels 100% for work and travel the world. She also created the super supportive travel community for women to grow and support one another. I stumbled upon this group, and now I am addicted, and I am not the only one! With over 12,000 followers in one month, Girls Love Travel has made record breaking numbers. Haley Woods is the founder of the group, and she just happened to be in Pittsburgh for work. We scheduled a GLTMeetup, and I had her over Chez Mazzoni for a recording about her origins, how GLT came to flourish, and where it is headed. So many amazing women from all over the world, proves that even if you are not with people in person, you can be connected to them around the world. As a solo traveler, I have made the greatest friends and connections through this group, and will continue to do so. Be sure to check them out, and enjoy Haley's awesome stories.
I will be promoting certain ladies from the group when I can on my podcast, and I wanted to do that here with the extremely talented Chrystyna Marie. I sent a post out on the group page looking for any talented musician that I can help push, and she wrote back instantly. I am now addicted to her song "Loaded Gun." Check it out at the end of the episode, and check out her new album that drops Feb 29th!!!
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Phil and I just returned from our vacation in Nassau, Bahamas! Join us as we discuss our trip! We tell you what you need to know before you go, where to stay, what activities to do, where to eat, and most of all what we liked and did not like about the trip. Phil will dazzle you with his opening history lesson about the Bahamas. :) You will also get to hear all about our non caged shark dive (11ft sharks all around us!!! I posted pics below), and if you know Marta On The Move well enough by now, you know I always manage to get myself into a calamity... My poor parents.
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You listeners get to hear about me snorkeling into an oil spew, yes you heard it right. We chat about the pains of trying to get thick black oil washed off of your body and hair for hours on end, and also me getting rubbed down with degreaser by a man with a gold tooth. I can't make this stuff up. It is awful what is happening on that island, and to raise awareness, I went on KDKA News Radio 1020am this past Friday with Robert Mangino and Shelley Duffy to chat about it and make others aware. I urge everyone to go to www.savethebay.com and sign the petition to stop the oil companies before they do more damage to marine wildlife. I was in the water for 10 minutes and I was covered in oil. I cannot imagine what the lasting effects have on our Earth. I posted the KDKA link below as well.
Below are some links to the places and activities we participated in, places we liked the food, and some of our pictures from the trip! I really hope I figured out how to post a video on here, so people can experience what it is like to scuba dive! Thank you Frank Snyder for the pictures and videos! A lot of these photos do not do the Bahamas justice. The water is truly gorgeous there, let's try and keep it that way! Please share this post to get everyone involved!!! Check me out on the Epicast Network! #savethebay
Island Time Charters- Say hi to Marcie and Euguene!
Tru Bahamian Food Tours- Hello Nick!
Stuart Cove- diving and snorkeling
Poop Deck- The original Bahama Mama! So good!
Nesbitts- Get any of the rum drinks
Conchin Joe's- Follow this truck everywhere! The food is so good.
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Join Phil and I as we talk about our trip to San Fran, and wine country. We talk about the ridiculously awesome wedding we went to, wine country tips and advice, where to stay, what to do, where to, (and not to) eat!
Crack a bottle open and join us!
Marta On The Move talks about Airbnb.
I have received a lot of questions about Airbnb. Why I like it? What are some of the best I have seen, and also how to book a room. Phil and I are taking over our downstairs area, and thinking of trying our turn at renting it out through their website. We have two friends in Pittsburgh who do just that, and we wanted to pick their brains about the trials and errors of owning your own Airbnb. So if you are ever thinking of getting into renting your space while you are away, this will be a great episode to tune into. We go over what the process is, what kinds of customers you may get, and how to deal with them. We also feature what we love about using it on our travels, some of the places we loved staying in, and how to look for the best deals! Tune in!
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Marta On The Move returns to KDKA News Radio to reveal where her Secret Vacation lead, what interesting things happened, and how it all came together.
I have a confession to make, I am a planner. Party planning, and traveling planning is always something I have been very good at achieving the greatest results. It comes from my researching nature. For me, the planning aspect is half of the fun, half of the journey to whatever experience you are seeking. This, however has leaked out over the years, and resulted in myself being chosen as Maid of honor 4 times, Best Man once, the go to person for planning any party, or any trip. Travel is a big, big thing for me, and the research portion of traveling is the best part of the trip in my eyes, but not everyone feels that way. There has never been a trip I could just show up and relax. Tell me how much I owe you, and when to be there, that has never happened to me. When will someone take up the helm and let me play the passenger.
It just so happens, a very close friend of mine, is also an "A type" personality. She is always in charge of overseeing the details. Over drinks one evening, we came up with a brilliant idea. Why not plan a secret vacation for one another? It seemed like most ideas that I have when I am drinking..... AMAZING. We poured over the logistics of how we would achieve such a thing. Talked until the next bottle of wine was empty. It was a night to remember, and the ideas still sounded plausible the next morning. so we dove in. She took the first trip to plan, and we actually leave this week. I am clueless as to where we are going or what we are doing. For the first time in my life, I am just along for the ride...
Want to have a secret vacation yourself? Here are the top reasons why you should try it tune into my podcast to hear what sort of questions you should ask too start planning your trip! Ever been on a secret vacation? Post in the comments what you liked about it, or didn't like. Would you ever do one yourself?
Top Five Reasons- Tune into the podcast for my details!
1. Relationship building
2. Feeling Appreciated
3. Losing Control
4- Breakout of your routines, gain a new appreciation
5. Find your sense of adventure
How to start your own Secret Vacation questionnaire-
How many days are you willing be away?
How many hours are you willing to travel by car or plane?
What is your budget?
- Be sure to include transportation, room and board, rental fees, and any other major activities.
If you are the planner, be sure to include a packing list.
Remember- know the person you are going with. If the person is afraid of heights, do not book a sky diving trip. ;)
Relax and enjoy the experience!
Marta On The Move will be featured on KDKA Afternoon Radio with Robert Mangino and Shelley Duffy this Weds the 16th at 6:35pm to discuss Secret Vacations, and on the air again after she finishes her trip to give details.
Anniversary Edition. Marta and Phil head to Toronto, try to convince people to visit the area, go spend some time in wine country. We talk about things to do in Toronto, what wineries to stop at along your way to Niagara On The Lake, and other activities in the area. A great place to visit for a long weekend. Check out our top picks for wines to take home.
Marta On The Move comes on with Robert Mangino from KDKA News Radio 1020am to talk about travel. In this interview she discusses self defense classes for solo travelers.
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