Recent Posts by Heidi Siefkas

Travel-Tested Road-Trip Packing Essentials

It's finally here! The day you've been dreaming about for months is just hours away: your big road trip adventure. Whether it's a solo excursion or a family vacation, there are plenty of things to consider before embarking on the journey. Follow these travel-tested tips to start packing your vehicle with only the essentials for…
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Look Up from Lanai – A Mini-Escape to Reinforce Being in the Moment

Earlier this month, I took a mini-escape from my routine: freelance writer, part-time caregiver, and full-time CVO (Chief Van Officer) of our van-pire (Aloha, Shaka, and Hula vans). I found a twelve-hour timeslot that no projects were due, no vans were coming back nor going out, and my dad was set up for success. With…
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Miami the Magic City Feature in Home By Design

Miami, Florida is a unique hybrid: a fast-paced, fashionable, late-night metropolis with strong ties to tradition and its niche communities. The mélange of cultures and lifestyles makes it completely único. From its Cuban and Caribbean influences to its vibrant art scene of Wynwood, the Design District, and the Art Deco District, Miami has a flavor…
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4 Ways to Beat the Rental Car Shortage on Maui 2021

There's no doubt that you've heard of the rental car shortage around the country. However, on Maui, Hawaii this year has been a real challenge. With the numbers of tourists almost the same as pre-pandemic, but without the return to normal rental car numbers, you have to get creative. As I live on Maui, I…
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The Best Things To Do On A Weekend Trip To Seattle

Seattle is such a beautiful city and you really do get the best of both worlds when you visit. It’s a vibrant city that is also surrounded by beautiful mountains, lakes, forests, and parklands. So, if you can’t decide between a trip to a bustling urban landscape or a peaceful area filled with natural beauty,…
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Reminders to Look Up All Around Us

When was the last time you were really in the moment? For a lot of us, including myself, we're juggling a lot of tasks and roles. What's worse? There are a lot of us, yes me included too, that are worrying about things that aren't until next month, year, or later. That's why I continue…
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Planning The Trip Of A Lifetime? Tips To Create A One-Of-A-Kind Itinerary

After over a year of putting travel plans on ice, there has been a surge in the demand for once-in-a-lifetime trips and bucket list vacations. If you’re hoping to organize a dream trip and you’re looking for inspiration and ideas, this guide is packed with tips to help you create a one-of-a-kind itinerary. Discovering destination…
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Top 3 Adventure Activities in Maui Hawaii

If you are planning a trip to Maui, Hawaii in the near future and you seek adventure, this is the post for you. I'm a lover of the outdoors. I love the water, hiking, and camping. Plus, I'm local. Yes, I'm one of the lucky ones that get to call the Valley Isle home. These…
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Top 5 Reasons You Need To Add Canada To Your Bucket List

Canada is such a huge part of North America that often lives in the US's shadow - which is ironic considering how large a country Canada is! For whatever reason, people often think of going to the US whenever they plan a North American trip. Granted, there are loads of awesome destinations here, and the…
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Don’t Make These Mistakes On Your First Beach Trip In Ages

If you’re like many of us, then you haven’t had the opportunity to get out and see much of the world as of late. As such, you might be antsy to get out and enjoy the summer by hitting up your local beach. But forget these key tips before you go strutting your stuff by…
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