"Travel is the best education. No Ivy League school can rival it". - Heidi
Originally from small-town Wisconsin, currently Heidi hangs her hat in South Florida, but as an adventurer, she’s never home for long. Your best bet is to find her hiking, kayaking, or refueling on local must-eats. As a storyteller with a severe case of wanderlust, Heidi has published three non-fiction books as well as two blogs over the last decade. To learn more about her adventures and books, visit www.heidisiefkas.com or on IG @HeidiSiefkas. You can also connect with Heidi on GAFFL.
Why I Travel
My first international trip was at the age of ten to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with my parents. I had always been at the top of my class, so when I heard people speaking Spanish, I had to learn it. I started studying Spanish on the trip and continued through middle school, high school, and college. Eventually, I lived abroad in Madrid, Spain for two years in college. It was living in Europe and having the ability to hop over to another country so easily that got me hooked. Travel is the best education. No Ivy League school can rival it.
I've Met Amazing People During My Travels
If I’m not hiking, kayaking, or exploring new foods, I’m probably writing. I’m typically do not get bored on my adventures; however, I do get lonely. The best things in life are meant to be shared. When I’m unable to travel with my PIC (Partner In Crime), technology certainly helps. I can share my stories, a beautiful view, or pictures via a WhatsApp or Facetime call or text.
I have also met many great people during my travels. I probably have the most friends from my travel to Cuba. In creating my third book, Cubicle to Cuba, I traveled all around Cuba, leading tours for Americans as well as doing some solo scouting, leaving no stone unturned.
Some of those friendships from trips to Cuba have joined me in Spain for the Camino de Santiago and in Japan for the Kumano Kodo.