After writing Ms Traveling Pants for nearly six years and recently completing my first book, When All Balls Drop, I’m finally going to blend my two passions, travel and writing, into a sequel.  This second book will tell my personal story of why I took a walkabout in 2011 to Chile and Argentina. I will share the healing components of my travel and its ability to help solve problems or reframe them through gained perspective. My walkabout and continued travels have provided me life-long learning as well as tons of FUN (good times and good stories).

As a special sneak peek, I’ll give you a bit of the background that led up to my 2011 walkabout.

In 2009-2010, I survived a traumatic accident and a long, painful recovery period filled with much fear and anxiety. A trifecta of hardships hit me simultaneously: breaking my neck, divorce, and career loss. After reacting, understanding, and coping with my situation, I had to learn to do many things again. This started with changing my mindset and then progressed to walking, driving, and returning to an independent lifestyle.

After nearly a year towards the end of 2010, I was fully recovered in the eyes of my doctors. However, I wanted to test myself with a walkabout.

Similar to the aborigines and their coming of age journey, mine too was a rite of passage. My walkabout in 2011 was a physical, mental, and emotional challenge to prove to myself that I was fully recovered.

Now it’s your turn…

Why do you travel?

Have you traveled to heal or to get back on track?

Where did you go?

Please include reasons, where, and pictures.

When_All_Balls_Drop_Heidi_SiefkasTo learn more details of the pre-cursor to my walkabout, read my memoir, When All Balls Drop.

To get a better feel for my walkabout’s itinerary, check out a brief spotlight article South America Travel on Trekity.

As always, stay up-to-date on more travel stories and tips by connecting with me on FacebookTwitter, Google+, and YouTube. My next trip is Italy this fall for a book signing and a tour of Roma and Tuscany.

Here’s to more good times and good stories.