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.
📍 The Netherlands
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!
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
📍 She Buys Travel
📍 The Planet D
📍 We Travel There
📍 Eco Lodges Anywhere
📍 Mommy Travels
📍 Wanderer Writes
📍 Spend Life Traveling
📍 Find A Way Abroad
📍 Paradise Catchers
📍 Travel Era
📍 The World Overload
📍 Hill City Bride
📍 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
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!
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
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 “lifetime” 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 “magic 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.
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.
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!
This will be your Caribbean Travel ONE-STOP SHOP!
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 Tromsø.
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!