Karina Chronicles

Frockstar™: Dalene H of Hecktic Travels

Dalene in Sicily

Your Name: Dalene Heck
Age: 37
Location: Have been homeless and globetrotting for over four years. Currently in Cambodia!
Online homes: Hecktic Travels / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

What are your every day, must-reads, online or off? I wish I had more time for reading these days. But as my husband and I strive to build our online businesses and continue our lifestyle as digital nomads, I’m afraid I am otherwise occupied. I can’t wait for the day when I can devour a good book again!

What’s your most recent awesome accomplishment? I completed an eight day kayak expedition in a remote part of east Greenland in August. I paddled 96km and camped the whole way – had never done anything quite like this before but really enjoyed it and will do such adventures again.

Who is your hero? My older sister, who passed away 6 years ago. Nicole was always pushing every limit and every boundary and inspired me to start doing the same. This life of travel would not have happened had it not been for her.

KD Dalene1

Why is it important to love our bodies? Because life is far too short to worry about the things we can’t naturally control – the size of a nose, the unwanted freckles, the oddly shaped toes – why do they really matter, anyways? They don’t change who we are on the inside. We have to love what we’re given, take care of it, and be confident in all the goodness we have to offer the world.

If you could give your 16 year old self advice, what would you say? To have more confidence in myself, to trust my gut, to pick a side. I was a perpetual wallflower and fence-sitter – it wasn’t until I reached my thirties that I realized my voice was valuable and could mean something.

KD Kayaking in Greenland

Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it? “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi.

Your perfect day.  What would it look like?  I honestly cannot define that – since my husband and I started traveling, every single day is a perfect one. Some are more challenging than others, but it is on those days that I grow.

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