Recent Posts by Heidi Siefkas

Wonderful Reasons to Have a Staycation in the US this Year

Are you wondering where to go for your next vacation? Maybe it is right around the corner, the next state over, or on the opposite coast. As one that is a culprit of traveling to another country for my getaways, I sometimes forget that the United States of America has some of the world's greatest…
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What’s In A Good Hotel?

Many times, I wonder about running a hospitality business whether a restaurant or a hotel. Wouldn't it be fun? You could meet people from all around the world. You could be the tour guide for your town. You would be the star of your own kitchen. However, I know the decision to run your own hotel…
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Returning Home to Look Up – Trempealeau, Wisconsin

On a recent trip to my hometown of Trempealeau, Wisconsin, I was reminded why it is so important to Look Up and share it with others. Country Childhood I grew up on a hobby farm in rural Wisconsin outside of a small river town called Trempealeau. I was given the name Heidi after the book…
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Have a Killer Time in Kentucky

Many times people have asked me, "What's your number?" In order to answer correctly, I have to ask another question, "Which number? How many countries, continents, or states have I been to?" As of this post, my numbers are 28 countries visited or lived in, 6 continents (all minus Antartica), and 41 states visited or…
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The Best Cities to Visit on Your Travels

Many people ask me, "What is your favorite urban destination?" I counter by asking a question in return, "For what type of trip: family, solo, foodie, warm weather, cold weather, art, or other?" Once I get more of an idea of what he/she is looking for I can provide a better answer. Some of my…
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Everything’s Better With Friends: Planning a Group Trip

Although I have been known to do solo travel, I have also done a lot of group travel through leading group tours in Cuba, Spain, Hawaii, and many other epic destinations. When I ask for feedback post-trip, most of the comments are about the friendships that were made rather than the itinerary nor the destination.…
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How Hiking Boots Reminded My Mom and I to Look Up

Last week, I was very fortunate to celebrate my mother’s birthday with her in Acadia National Park. We had no idea that this little part of Maine on the Atlantic Coast was the seventh most popular national park in the country with nearly 3.5 million visitors a year. We arrived the week before the summer…
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This is How to Rock an Adventure in Ohio

Although I have a well-traveled passport with numerous trips to all continents but Antartica, I'm going to be the first to admit that I haven't visited all fifty states. That's why I asked a peer travel writer, lover of rock music, and self-proclaimed coffee addict, Erik Davidson, to share with us his insider travel tips…
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It’s Wine-Thirty

Hiya! I'm Heidi, an oenophile (pronounced EE-nuh-fahyl) from the beer, brat, and cheese state of Wisconsin. However, I'm a very well-seasoned wine enthusiast that can sniff out a good Malbec, Albariño, or a zesty Sauvignon Blanc while telling a good story about my adventures in their countries of origin. My Favorite Wine Destination Adventures: Mendoza, Argentina Auckland,…
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