Heather Dornblum

Twelve year-old me, sitting in 7th grade English class. In walks a lady with a big straw hat, holding a basket full of bread and yellow pamphlets, which read “TAKE FRENCH WITH ME NEXT YEAR!” She gives her speech. I listen, and think, “French. Everyone says Spanish is more practical. Oh, but isn’t France just so beautiful…”

My name is Heather and I am 24 years old, originally from Malibu, California. I currently live in New York City. I have dreamt of living in Europe ever since that spur of the moment decision to study French in middle school, which I continued to study throughout high school into college. I double-majored in Creative Writing and French Language. When I was 17, I went to New York City for the first time, and I was so enamored by the magic of the place that I decided to change my plans and study there. Through a lot of up’s and down’s the city changed me. Love-hate relationship with The City That Never Sleeps. When I was 20, I made one of my lifelong dreams come true: I bought a ticket for Paris and said, “No more waiting, I’m going!” I’d never been to Europe before, never been on a trip alone before, but it was always in the back of my mind that New York was halfway to France from California, and the only thing keeping me from going was myself. Gulp. Off I went! 

The next year, 2015, I lived in Paris for my study abroad. I went to over 19 countries, numerous solo trips, met so many people, learned so much not only about myself but about the world, the possibilities, opportunities, adventures, that nobody offered to me, but I went out and searched for and found.

As a writer, my biggest joy is to share my experiences and stories for the main purpose of connecting with YOU, the readers. Informing and entertaining you through everything I’ve come face to face with on my journeys, but also inspiring you and empowering you, showing that travel is possible, even if you’re not rich, have depression, don’t know how to make it happen, etc. I want every woman to know that she is worth every dream she feels is too far, no matter what. This is why I am part of the Female Travel Collective. You can do anything, as long as, “your dreams are greater than your fears.”