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Heather Tucker

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Heather Tucker is a writer, journalist, traveller, and photographer with a very useful pen and paper addiction. She is a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance and her work has been published in publications including Archaeology Magazine, Taste & Travel International, Porthole Cruise Magazine, The Thrillist and PeterGreenberg.com. She is also one of the Netherlands Tourism Board’s Holland Ambassadors and Bloggers and the Editor-in-Chief at Travel Gluttons. She also runs the website Cloggie Central, which is all about the Netherlands. Born in Indiana, USA, her childhood years were filled with downtown corn roasts, riding her bike to Walgreens and munching on soft pretzels in the over chlorinated air at the Hub Pool. When she was 16 she walked onto a plane with a Cheshire cat grin on her face, bound for Estonia via New York and Helsinki. For one year she lived the life of a Rotary Youth Ambassador travelling to places such as Russia, Italy, and Sweden. Somewhere between learning how to walk in heeled boots on the ice-covered cobblestone streets of Tallinn and the sour cream topped solyanka soup, she realized Europe was the place for me. In 1998 she moved to London, England where she lived for nine years. The vibe of the city with its atmosphere of potential and success is something she will always love and miss. In 2007, she packed her bags once more, this time with two cats in tow, and jumped onboard a Stena Line ferry landing in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (well technically Hoek van Holland).

Posts by Heather Tucker

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  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    My most surprising travel experience would have to be when I first visited the Belgian city of Ghent. Not really a fan of nearby Bruges, I expected Ghent to be a similar anti-climax. However, from the moment I stepped off the train I knew Ghent was going to earn a spot in my top five favourites. The city has plenty to see and do, loads to eat and a really great atmosphere. I even called my boyfriend and threatened to never leave.

  • 2
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    Driving if I am with someone who can take over during the scary moments; otherwise the train. I used to love flying, but now-a-days I find it a bit of a (willing to endure) hassle. When I go somewhere by car, I can bring as much as I want, buy as much as I want and explore off the beaten path. The train is fairly similar—just faster and with a few more weight restrictions.

  • 3
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Malta! I had no expectations for this sun-drenched island the first time I visited and was blown away. Between the views, the food and the activity opportunities—this is a place that should be on everyone’s travel list. Just don’t visit in the summer when it is uncomfortably hot.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    While I should probably say something philosophical and meaningful like “be flexible” or “talk to the locals,” the most important thing I’ve learned from travelling is to always pack Immodium. You just never know when you and your digestive system are going to stop being friends.