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Oahu Hawaii Hikes – Stairway to Heaven – Moanalua

When most visit Oahu, Waikiki Beach is the focus. However, once you have experienced a sunset catamaran sail, a drink at Duke's and perhaps a surfing lesson, it is time to get out of Honolulu and into the mountains. Although there are countless hikes on the island, there is one that is the creme de…
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Look Up from Walden Pond

Walden Pond This month, I revisited a special place, Walden Pond. Located a short drive from my mother’s home in Massachusetts, this small pond and wooded area was made famous by Henry David Thoreau in the mid-1800s. Its small, wooden cabin was his home for two years, two months, and two days. During which time,…
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Five Adventure Travel Musts in Puerto Rico

Whether you believe its name Puerto Rico (Rich Port) or its nickname La Isla del Encanto (the Enchanted Island), you are right. Puerto Rico certainly lives up to both names. Rich in culture and history, Puerto Rico surprises and delights with its rainforests, waterfalls, and beautiful beaches. Recently, I spent a jam-packed week in Puerto…
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Look Up Crib Sheet from Hell

Have you ever been to H-E double hockey sticks (H-E-L-L) on Earth? Well, sometimes when you are in a terrible situation, you often times feel like you got a First-Class ticket to infierno.  This month, I found myself in Hell, figuratively, but also literally. On June 5th, I was delivered very unfortunate news about my…
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5 Reasons Why You Should Drive Around Croatia

Croatia is a country with picturesque landscapes, vibrant cities, towering mountains, and a crystalline coastline. It’s a hidden gem, with incredible diversity and so much to see and do. The unique geography of the country means that you can go from shopping in a bustling city to swimming in an emerald lake in no time…
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Hiking the Lost City – Ciudad Perdida Colombia

When most think of hiking to ruins in South America, the majority look no farther than Peru and its Machu Picchu. However, Peru is not alone with impressive hiking trails to amazingly preserved ruins. That’s why I chose to go to the Caribbean coast of Colombia and into the Sierra Nevada near Santa Marta. I…
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Three Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures in Havana Cuba

When one travels to Havana for the first time, you must ride in a convertible classic car. You must also try a refreshing mojito and perhaps a real habano (Cuban cigar). However, since I’ve been to the City of Columns or the Rome of the Caribbean almost countless times, I have some favorite must-dos that…
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Before You Go – Cuba 101 Video

Wanna see Cuba before it changes? NOW is the time to travel to Cuba while Americans still can. However, before you do, you will need travel tips from a Cuba expert because Cuba is NOT a typical Caribbean destination or port. Cuba Travel Tips from a Cuba Expert - Heidi Siefkas Intro to Heidi, Your…
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