Category Archives: North America

Driving a ’54 Plymouth in Baracoa, Cuba

On a road off the beaten path we caught a glimpse of El Yunque, a tabletop mountain and summit of one of my up and coming hikes in the area. My driver Octavio asked, "Quieres manejar?" I thought for a second, did I want to drive? After nearly a decade of travel to Cuba, I had ridden…
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Outdoor Adventures in St. Pete Florida – Fort de Soto Park

I often challenge people to tell me, "What's your next adventure?" Many have plans to travel abroad or visit our National Parks, but others look at me and say something like, "How can I afford to go on an adventure? I don't have the time. I have too much work to do." What I hear…
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Look Up from Oahu Hawaii to Prepare for Japan

Revisiting the Hawaiian Islands The beauty of Hawaii never gets old: majestic mountain views and dreamy seascapes; however, it is a long way from everywhere. Last month, on a return visit to Oahu, I used both Mother Nature and distance to my advantage to inspire this Look Up lesson and new adventure. Time Zones Away…
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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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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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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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Three Adventures in Santiago de Cuba NOT to Miss

Why Travel to Santiago de Cuba? Santiago de Cuba (St. James of Cuba) is the major city of the Oriente (Eastern portion of Cuba), comprised of six provinces. Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city in Cuba with nearly 600,000 inhabitants. In fact, Santiago was the capital of Cuba before La Habana; thus, its…
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