Ditch Your Desk. Discover Your Destiny


Turn your travel bug into a travel lifestyle ℠.

Meet Heather

Heather Markel is a Full-Time Travel Lifestyle Coach and founder of Heather Begins where she:

  • Helps professionals over 40 seeking more freedom, fulfillment and fun to turn their travel bug into a travel lifestyle™
  • Teaches clients how to afford and get started with the Full-Time travel lifestyle,  and how to navigate its challenges
  • Offers guidance for solo travelers to travel the world with confidence 
  • Is a TEDx Speaker & Bestselling Author focused on the opportunities of full-time travel
  • Provides a path to the money, mindset, and mastery necessary to transform or recalibrate your life with the full-time or part-time travel lifestyle, via personal and group coaching services and self-study courses
  • Inspires individuals and organizations through speaking about the lessons full-time travel offers in all walks of life.

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I had the greatest experience coaching with Heather, and I’m very particular about who I work with. Heather puts her all into it and it shows. She cares, she listens, she makes everything user friendly. When it comes to the work required to get results, Heather made it clear what needed to happen, the actions I needed to take, and provided a visual way for me to stay on top of everything. Heather made it easy to remember my homework and kept me aligned with my goals.

In fact, when I needed some information laid out more visually, such as figuring out where in the world I could travel, and budgeting, Heather created visuals for me to easily understand what, before, had seemed overwhelming.

I felt like Heather really got me. That’s important because it’s so important to connect. I really needed someone like her because now I feel I can meet a dream of mine. Whether I end up working remotely, or exploring ongoing travel experiences, Heather has given me the tools to begin making it happen.

Nancy Reif

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Choose your path to your travel lifestyle:

Ready To Learn More. You’re intrigued with the idea of a travel lifestyle, but not quite ready to do it. Start here!

Ready To Explore. You’re ready to ditch your desk and discover your destiny and want to explore your options.

Ready For Change. You’ve been traveling full or part time for a while, and you’ve hit a wall. You want to gain understanding & recalibrate.

I signed up [with Heather] because I want to better understand how to have money coming in while I am traveling. Heather’s presentations had easy to read visuals & easy to understand concepts. She really made me think about how & why I spent and saved my money now so that it would help me on the road later in my travels. The action guides that she provided complimented her class. Having lifetime access means I can brush up on my money skills whenever I need to!

Melissa Hawthorne

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My journey so far….



Years on the Road


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Countries I Visited

Whether traveling full time was your dream before the pandemic, or after, this session will help you understand how to prepare, what you need to know, and how to get your finances in order to make it happen. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the “How To Afford The Travel Life” eBook. You’ll also get an understanding of both what’s great about full-time travel and some of the challenges. You can also discuss planning help, and how to get the most out of your experience.

Thanks to the pandemic, we’ve all had a chance to ask the question, “what now?” If you’ve decided it’s time to quit your 9-to-5 to travel full time (or take it with you while you live nomadically), this program will help you address the core mindset, money, and planning gaps you have. This is the program that will help you acknowledge and overcome your fears about what’s next, figure out how to afford and sustain your travels, and feel confident about planning your adventure. Book your free session to see if you’re a fit!

You want to quit and travel full time, but when can you go? This eBook gives you all the formulas you need to calculate when you can quit and afford the travel lifestyle you want, in under and hour.

You’re finally serious about traveling full time, but you cannot figure out how you’ll afford it. Or, you’re just curious whether it’s really even possible to afford the lifestyle. Bootcamp is for you! We’ll go dive deep into savings strategies before you go, how to save on the road, and how to sustain your travels, as well as look at lots of work opportunities if you want to work while you travel! Includes a 3-day build your budget challenge to get you thinking about how to replace dreams with real logical steps to make it happen.

You know you don’t like your job, but you can’t figure out how to survive without it. Designed for frustrated professionals the program focuses on teaching you the key steps to shifting your work and money mindsets, and giving you the money and work strategies to pursue, leaving you empowered to quit with confidence and see that it really is possible to live happily without a stable job.

Most of what’s keeping you from what you want – full-time travel, a new business idea, a radical career shift – are your excuses. After one session with Heather, you’ll understand which excuses are holding you back the most, how to get them out of the way, and you’ll leave with an action plan that helps you set the foundation to pivot into the life you want.

You’ve dreamed about traveling full time for as long as you can remember, and now you’ve learned that it’s a little more challenging than you thought. Get help getting through the initial shock and changes when you realize you’re not on vacation. Learn how to manage those experiences where you meet parts of yourself long forgotten, and create a plan to help you have the best experience with your journey.

It’s always been essential to understand your money, but if you’ve lost your job due to the pandemic, now it’s even more important that you create financial empowerment. In this session, Heather will work with you to first understand your gaps in managing your money, then she’ll help you with the framework on how to ensure you can afford the life you dream of. You’ll get tips to save and budget, and also discuss ways to earn money that will shift you out of feeling like a victim of the times, to seeing the opportunities in front of you to begin making money in a different way.

If you want to see every post I’ve written, starting with the most recent, this is the place to start!

If you need some tips on getting started, traveling safe, and saving money while traveling full time, go here! 

I’ve been traveling the globe solo, and many of my posts share thoughts and resources specifically for other solo travelers. If you’re a fellow solo traveler, or you’re thinking about solo travel, this is a collection you will find of interest.

If you’re looking to read blog posts about specific destinations, click the country of your interest below to go to it’s blog page and get country-specific reviews and thoughts.







Costa Rica


New Zealand









Sometimes I write posts where I give insider information on certain cities I’ve visited, which may be more along the lines of places to go, how to save money, etc. If that’s your main interest, check out this compilation of posts.

In 2020, I was traveling in New Zealand as the coronavirus pandemic brewed, and, got stuck there. If you want to read about what this time was like and traveling during this time, check out this page.

At the heart of international travel is learning about the many different cultures and ways of being around the world. The posts compiled on this page speak, specifically, about the cultural observations I’ve had.

Many of my blog posts are about things I’ve discovered about myself or about being, while I’ve traveled. If you’d like to focus on posts that only have self-discovery themes, click the button below.