Recent Posts by Heidi Siefkas

Reinforcing the Look Up Mantra through SCUBA

How can I combine two of my favorite topics, adventure and the Look Up Mantra, into one story? That's easy through scuba diving. Over the last two years, I have been fortunate to speak to thousands of guests onboard Carnival Cruises going to Cuba. As the CEO (Cuba Experience Officer) onboard, my topic of expertise is…
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Taking a Trip to Motor City

Many people ask, "What are some American cities that are still on your bucket list?" Although I have lived in Midwest, East Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii, there are several that still remain: Portland, Santa Fe, Knoxville, Savannah, and Detroit. Since I have only flown in and out of Motor City on connecting flights, I thought…
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Patagonia – Explore Chile’s Unbound Nature

If you’ve ever wanted to know what the end of the world looks like, you’ll find it in Patagonia. Located at the Southern tier of the Andes Mountains near the tip of Chile, Patagonia is where the Southern Hemisphere, Pacific Ocean, and the Straight of Magellan combine their powers to concoct unbelievable landscapes. In one…
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Why Traveling Reminds Us All to Look Up

From an early age, I caught the travel bug. At the time, it was because I was curious. Today, I continue to be curious about new people, cultures, tastes, sounds, and sights, but also I have found that traveling reminds me to Look Up. Look Up Mantra Look Up is a mantra that I created…
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Three Best Adventure Travel Stops in Grand Cayman

Life's a beach on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman! When one thinks of Grand Cayman, several things come to mind: crystalline water, warm temperatures all-year-round, white sandy beaches, fresh seafood, rum cake and cocktails, and perhaps pirates, financial services, and duty-free shopping. As I’m an intrepid traveler looking for soft and adrenaline filled adventures with…
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How to Take Your First Tramping Adventure

Everyone has a different traveling style. Some like luxury. Other prefer the backpacking lifestyle. Some plan ahead. Others wing it. Well, I have done a little of it all. In fact, over the last few decades I have done a bit of it ALL. I've flown in private jets, hitchhiked, glamped in a van, cruised…
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An Adventure to Auckland New Zealand

Skyline of the City of Sails Imagine a multi-cultural, urban environment with a sunny climate that combines the best of nature: incredible hiking trails, pristine beaches, enchanting islands, and top-notch vineyards, all within a half-hour of the city center.  This one-of-a-kind city is Auckland. Rich in Polynesian culture and a reputation for incredible food and…
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Look Up Lesson for the Holidays

Author Heidi Siefkas and Father Looking Up for the Holidays  After a two-week work trip, I returned home for the holidays. I was eager to sleep in my bed, drink from my favorite coffee mug, and even take a long, warm bath. However, this year’s holidays reminded me more of hurricane season than holiday season.…
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Three Reasons to Travel to Baracoa Cuba

Baracoa Cuba Basics Located off the beaten path in the Eastern most area of Cuba, Baracoa is not only beautiful, but also historically and culturally significant. It was at Baracoa’s beach where Christopher Columbus first landed in Cuba on November 27, 1492. Shortly thereafter, Baracoa became the first city and capital of Cuba in 1511,…
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