About Hege Jacobsen

Hi There, I am Hege!

Former military officer and Master of Political Science, current solopreneur, digital nomad, adventurer and travel writer, TEDx Speaker, ICF Certified Coach, course creator, and Passionate Human.

I have backpacked solo in South America, lived in Havana, Cuba, been wreck diving in the polar North Sea in winter, booked a hostel in the wrong country, kissed a stingray, hiked the Colombian Amazon, road-tripped in Turkey, surfed in Costa Rica, and cared for wild animals in Ecuador, to mention a few adventures.

And I am here to help you become an intrepid solo female traveler!

Where I Have Lived & Traveled

Travel and adventure have always been a passion for me, and I have explored the world every moment I have had the opportunity to set a course somewhere new and exciting.

From my first family vacation to Spain to my new life as a digital nomad and world traveler, these are the destinations I have lived or traveled.

πŸ“ Cayman Islands

πŸ“ Colombia

πŸ“ Costa Rica

πŸ“ Cuba

πŸ“ Dominican Republic

πŸ“ Jamaica

πŸ“ USA

πŸ“ Peru

πŸ“ Puerto Rico

πŸ“ Ecuador

πŸ“ Antigua & Barbuda

πŸ“ England

πŸ“ Ireland

πŸ“ France

πŸ“ Italy

πŸ“ Germany

πŸ“ Denmark

πŸ“ Ireland

πŸ“ Norway

πŸ“ Croatia

πŸ“ Greece

πŸ“ Iceland

πŸ“ Switzerland

πŸ“ The Netherlands

πŸ“ Portugal

πŸ“ Spain

πŸ“ Austria

πŸ“ Finland

πŸ“ Sweden

πŸ“ Belgium

πŸ“ Monaco

πŸ“ Latvia

πŸ“ Macedonia

πŸ“ Thailand

πŸ“ Morocco

πŸ“ Jordan

πŸ“ Afghanistan

πŸ“ Tunisia

πŸ“ Brazil

πŸ“ Egypt

πŸ“ Turkey

For the last five years, I have been traveling the Caribbean & Americas, often based in Cuba, and I am super excited to help you with the best travel tips possible from my favorite destinations!

Why Cuba?

My first visit to Cuba was in 2019, before the pandemic, as part of a long solo journey, and I ended up staying much longer than planned.

My heart kind of never left, weirdly, and in 2020, I decided to “move” here, as in setting up my base when possible (you can’t just move to Cuba).

The World By Hege started writing about this unique island because I really want people to get to know Cuba. Now, this site can offer you extensive information about every possible destination, activity, tour, beach, or restaurant across Cuba and a large variety of other Caribbean and Central American destinations as well.

The World By Hege is becoming your ONE-STOP SHOP for solo female travel inspiration and exciting Caribbean and Central America travel planning!

Where I Have Been Featured

πŸ“ She Buys Travel

πŸ“ The Planet D

πŸ“ We Travel There

πŸ“ Eco Lodges Anywhere

πŸ“ Mommy Travels

πŸ“ Wanderer Writes

πŸ“ Spend Life Traveling

πŸ“ Find A Way Abroad

πŸ“ 24hourlayovers

πŸ“ Paradise Catchers

πŸ“ Travel Era

πŸ“ foXnoMad

πŸ“ The World Overload

πŸ“ Hill City Bride

πŸ“ The Backpacking Site

From the Army to the Arts!

Falling in love with the Caribbean culture was beyond unexpected for a shieldmaiden like myself, and I did travel here regularly for a couple of years before I made this my base for the Caribbean and the Americas Solo Female Travel.



Before my new life as a travel entrepreneur, I attended the Military Officers Academy in Norway and served as an army officer for 20 years.

I am also a content writer, SEO professional, food lover, scuba diver, avid trekker, and aspiring Latin dancer!

When I am not traveling in the Caribbean and the Americas, you most likely find me in Oslo, the mountains, woods, plains, or a cold but beautiful Scandinavian polar beach!

My native Norway also has incredible adventures to offer travelers, so in September 2023, I launched my second (baby) travel blog: Travel To Norway.

The World By Hege In Podcasts & TEDx Talk

Becoming A Confident Solo Traveler

About Me: Hege in The World by Hege Travel blog. Photo from Costa Rica
The brought waters on the southern coast of Costa Rica

I have traveled my whole life, a lot of the time solo. Sometimes because no one else could join me, and other times because I really enjoy the solo traveling experience.

So, by now, I am an avid solo traveler and also a dedicated slow traveler (and, in that regard, probably a horrible “tourist”), and I really want you to experience that too!

Hence, my second mission turns out to be showing adventurous souls out there how to LOVE traveling solo, and what travel resources to use and communities to connect with to do it confidently as well!

Many people I meet tell me they would love to embark on solo adventures, but for various practical (and some not-so-practical) reasons, find it a bit daunting. I have concluded that during my journeys, I have developed a solo travel confidence and a set of skills that you might benefit from!

Exploring the world on your own is, in my opinion, one of the absolutely best ways to travel.

And if you can, I will always encourage you to travel slowly on your solo journeys as well and be present and curious about your chosen destinations.

If you rush through things and places, I promise you you will miss out on so many golden moments and hidden gems while traveling! So slow down!

If you would like to connect with me, please check out this page!

The Journey To Becoming A Traveling Digital Nomad

About me: on a secluded beach in Costa Rica after walking 2 hours in the jungle to find this paradisiacal beach!
After an unplanned amount of time hiking in the jungle in Costa Rica, we found this secluded beach!

After my solo journey in South America in 2019 and 20 years in the army was when I decided I needed to change my path having served in the army most of my adult life, contemplating war, peace, and politics.

A β€œlifetime” of focus on war and conflict requires some level of countermeasures – and I discovered exactly those countermeasures in the Latin American culture, dancing, and nature experiences above and below water!

During my six-month solo journey in Latin and South America (that started in Cuba), I re-discovered a lot of things that I want to focus on and experience.

I had what I can only call a β€œmagic moment”, as I rediscovered the absolute BLISS of dancing; the music and the rhythm, and the flow with a dance partner.

There is nowhere in the world where dancing is as magic as on the weird island of Cuba! But despite the wonderful ambiance of music and dance, the reality of living in Cuba is complicated and difficult, both online and on the ground.

For Cubans, and for you too if you ever considered trying to live there.

Long story short, I decided to leave the army, and as a completely analog person, I started the journey to change my career. I founded The World By Hege in 2020, learned Spanish, WordPress, and page building (thank God for online support), learned about Google and SEO, and learned how to become a Digital Nomad.

I learned about writing and photo, editing and formatting, anchor text and backlinks, and alt image attributes – truth be told, if I had known what I was getting myself into, I might not have done it.

SO GLAD I DID!

I am clearly not a professional dancer (and still not Cuban), nor am I Caribbean, but I am now a multi-hatted Entrepreneur, Professional Traveler, Digital Nomad, Certified Coach, Public Speaker, and Online Solopreneur.

Read what it takes to move to Cuba in this guest post article I wrote for Spend Life Traveling.

Why Travel Writer?

Initially, I really wanted to share Cuba with everyone, and I still do, as Cuba is surrounded by myths and rumors as a country and as a destination!

As I love to explore beyond boundaries, I also want to share with you everything Caribbean, about Latin culture, Afro-Cuban dances, delicious foods, nature experiences, and great scuba diving sites in the whole region, etc., etc., etc.!

There is so much more to this Caribbean island than the stereotypical impression you might get from headlines about world politics or dry history lessons, and I have made it my mission to elaborate on that image for you!

In TWBH, you will find up-to-date information about Cuba on where to go, what to do, and where to stay.

Scuba diving!

You will also find a lot of information about the intriguing history, the mesmerizing culture, and the current situation, in addition to the numerous adventures Cuba can offer exploring visitors today.

Exploring under the surface of the ocean is one of my long-time passions, and I will share all my scuba diving adventures I have around here with you as I have them!

As I am also expanding my expertise to the rest of the Caribbean islands you will find information about adventures and tips for your future travels around TWBH, just a quick search away!

This will be your Caribbean Travel ONE-STOP SHOP!

About me: Sleeping in my hammock in Norway outside Oslo, traveling the islands in the Oslo Fjord.
Relaxing in my hammock in my native Norway on a colder island outside Oslo!

A Shieldmaiden From “North Of The Wall” – Norway!

Born and raised in polar Norway, I grew up in the super peaceful Norwegian countryside.

After college, I went on to Officers School in the Norwegian Army, and later, I also did my Master’s Degree in Social Science at Nord University in the polar city of TromsΓΈ.

Choosing a military career has given me the opportunity to serve in the most difficult places in the world.

Growing up in such a peaceful and privileged country, I know I would not have been able to learn as much about the world at large without the army.

I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have experienced both war and conflict as well as the bliss of peace.

But don`t take my word for all of the above; check out my stories – and then make the journey yourself!

About me: Portrait in uniform
  • Master of Social Science, Nord University
  • International Politics, Cultural Understanding, and Conflict Studies Masters Degree
  • Bachelor of Social Science Nord University
  • Norwegian Officers Academy Krigsskolen
  • Norwegian Basic Officers School
  • Courses:
  • ICF Certified Professional Life Coach
  • Thought Leader Accelerator Public Speaker
  • Scale Your Travel Blog Business
  • SEO Professional
  • Magazine Journalism – Vivian Songe
  • Photo for writers and journalists – Vibeke Montero
  • Morten Krogvold Art Photo Workshop 1&2

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This is more my natural habitat, the Norwegian mountains in winter!