Why would someone, pre-Great Resignation, give up their stable corporate job to travel the world, and then transform their life? Find out in Heather Markel's chapter "How Following My Heart Changed My Life." 

Voices Of The 21st Century features inspirational stories from women around the world. Now an international best-selling title.

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Heather is a New York Times featured full time traveler. She quit a 25+ year in corporate to follow her heart. Since January, 2018, she's been to 27 countries on 6 continents, and was blessed to be marooned in New Zealand for two years during the pandemic.

During her 4 years as a solo, full time traveler, she's conquered fears, overcome personal limitations, met amazing people around the world, and learned more than any classroom could teach. And, she's not done yet!

After years of believing her dreams weren't realistic, she finally had the courage to try and live them, and shifted her reality from pain to joy. She now helps others with a dream to travel full time learn how to make that dream a reality.

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A bucket-load of inspiration

I feel like this is one of those magical books where you can let it fall open to a page and discover a brave or uplifting or challenging or heart-warming story. I began with Heather Markel's, "How Following My Heart Changed My Life", which spoke to the dissonance that many of us feel between head and heart, between the expected and the unexpected, and, most importantly, between moving beyond others' expectations of us to fulfilling our expectations of ourself. Whether that inspires the reader to travel, as it did the author, or simply to find the courage to lift towards what brings us joy, this story (and undoubtedly all of the stories in this wonderful collection) fuels the imagination and nudges the spirit.


I found the snapshot introductions to these powerful women appealing

I found the variety of topics shared, and the snapshot introductions to these powerful women appealing. I especially resonate with Heather Markel’s chapter “How Following My Heart Changed My Life”. I have followed Heather’s journey for many years. She is authentic in her seeking nature- to know not only herself but others. Heather is connecting us all through her travels and travails.”

Deborah LaRusso

A book of wisdom and empowerment

Reading these women’s stories warmed my heart and was truly inspiring to see how their struggles, fears and creativity made a difference. Heather Markel's, "How Following My Heart Changed My Life,” shows readers to have faith in yourself - feel the fear and move out of your comfort zone. Take a leap, follow your heart and the world can be your oyster.


My new go-to for inspiration and motivation

What a wonderful, inspiring book. The chapters are short and easy to read, and each one is moving in its own way. I will be picking up this book and reading a few chapters anytime I’m feeling low. I especially enjoyed Heather Markel’s essay- “How Following My Heart Changed My Life.” I can totally relate to the problem of making choices in order to please others, and how when it finally hurts enough, you do what’s best for yourself. Her tales of her learning to live life without the constraints of corporate life or an apartment make me want to quit my own job and start exploring the world!

Rob Fortier


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How much is shipping?

The price includes media, or equivalent, slow shipping via United States Postal Service. If you prefer a faster speed, please contact Heather for pricing.

What does my order include?

You are purchasing a paperback, special-edition, author version of Voices Of The 21st Century. Heather will sign the book, and is happy to dedicate it to you or someone else. Slow rate shipping is also included, as mentioned above.

What's the difference between this book, and the version on Amazon?

This is a special-edition copy you can't find on Amazon, with Heather's name on the cover. Amazon only sells the generic version, and they offer a digital download version for the Amazon Kindle.

Do you offer discounted pricing if I want to buy more than one copy?

Yes! If you buy 4 copies, get 1 book free. If you buy 9 copies, get 2 books free. Contact Heather for special pricing. And, if you want to buy a case, Heather can let you know special pricing for that as well.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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'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'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.

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.