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Heather Markel recently joined Lesley for an exciting conversation about her bold decision to shift from successful New York executive to being a single woman living an audaciously free worldwide experience.


Sharing pivotal moments in this personal journey, Heather reveals the moment of learning to navigate from her heart instead of her head, the angst of where to land first, and her discovery of a surprising number of people already living either an expat or nomadic life. Heather also shares insights from her inner journey of learning to accept help and care, after a lifetime of supreme independence. Fascinating is how she is maximizing the blessing of our current virtual world, especially since COVID, to create her new full life. Through her business coaching, development of The Expat Coach Association and The Expat Coach Directory, and now coaching people interested in making a similar shift, Heather is building a network of friends that spans the Earth. This is a conversation that is sure to inspire and entertain.

About Heather  

Heather Markel, CPC, quit her 25+ year career in corporate (France Telecom, British Telecom and AT&T) in 2017 to pursue her passion; traveling the world and meeting wonderful people. She intended to take a career break, and turned her passion into a way of life. Since January 2018, she’s been to 6 continents and 27 countries, including the blessing of getting marooned in New Zealand for 2 years during the pandemic. Heather now teaches frustrated professionals over 40 who want to leave their job to travel full time, tackle the mindset, money and planning logistics to make it happen. She may have inadvertently started The Great Resignation.

Heather speaks 6 languages. Her passion for culture and travel started when she spent a summer, as a teenager, living with a French host family in Normandie, France. She went, an only child of divorced parents from New York City, and found herself with 8 siblings on a farm in the middle of nowhere. She learned to love beer, appreciate Calvados, and love cows.

Heather created The Expat Coach Association and The Expat Coach Directory in 2010 to help this unique industry get more attention. She then transitioned to business coaching, creating BullBuster Business Coaching, where she helps 6-figure clients in a business slump to identify why their business has slowed, and then create a plan for them to achieve the success she wants. In 2018, she launched Heather Begins. It started as a travel blog, and has become a resource to inspire others to travel full time, with, or without, a full time job. In 2021, she launched a Facebook group, Full Time Travelers And Nomads, which now has almost 3,000 members.

Contact Heather on various platforms: