High-heels and Suitcases is heading out on a trip of a lifetime!

December 28-2015 to January 17-2016

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand

Watch for New Year's Eve highlights from SINGAPORE


tour of Dominican Republic

Photos and articles coming soon!

Crocodile Fact Sheet

  • TheCuban crocodile is in danger of extinction due to hunting and habitat alteration
  • Size: 10-15 feet in length
  • Inhabit freshwater swampland
  • Broad back teeth to crush turtle shells
  • Large females can lay up to 40 eggs in mounded nests (not dug and laid in a hole like previously thought)
  • Live up to 75 years in captivity
  • Tend to ambush their prey
  • Cuban conservation have assisted with the rise of the Zapata Swamp crocodile to between 3000 and 6000

Travelling may take you away from your comfort zone but try to stay open to the possibilities because you never know when adventure and fun will strike.

History of High-Heels and Suitcases

I don't travel light.   I'm not the kind of gal to live out of a backpack while on vacation. Proof ... a one month European vacation (travelling mostly via rental car and the occasional train and bus ride) and I pack four (yes, 4!) suitcases of varying sizes (one weighing a whopping 77 lbs. due to transporting my wedding dress) and only one of those belonged to my husband.  If you have ever stayed in hotels, bed and breakfasts or hostels in cities like London, Paris, or Amsterdam, you can agree that some older establishments do not have elevators.  Therefore, you are required to lug your suitcases up several flights of stairs (usually spiral and it seemed that our room was always located on the top floor).  You can imagine the colorful language  that spewed from my poor husband's lips as he made several trips to deliver my load "of necessities".  Oh, and the shoes!  I believe that a girl has to be prepared for any situation while travelling.  You'll need footwear for everyday (especially something comfortable like flats if you plan on exploring cities by foot), high-heels for dinners, events or concerts, running shoes for hiking, sandals for beach days...the list is endless .  When travelling to Costa Rica for a one-week stay, I managed to pack 11 pairs of shoes (all of which I wore except one).  I am also notorious for wearing kitten-heels at the most inappropriate times like climbing Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula.  (And I have testimonials to prove it!)  With a trip to Las Vegas now behind me, the planning for a family winter vacation begins...think fun in the sun.  I can again begin to daydream about the next mishaps and misadventures as I continue to travel the globe.

Welcome, to High-Heels and Suitcases!


 About the Writer

Donna Cederstrand is a member of the International Travel Writers & Photographers Association who has travelled to 11 countries and visited countless villages, towns and cities.  She has a love of old architecture (particularly churches, museums, farm houses and barns),  trying new things (whether it be eating a new exotic food like crocodile or swimming in dark caves filled with pools of fresh water) and having experiences that transverse into timeless memories.  Her travels always include minor mishaps and misadventures that generate great laughter.   Donna Cederstrand is the co-author of a series of children's fantasy novels (available on www.Amazon.com) and has numerous published articles and upcoming fiction e-books.  Donna has also been accepted as the first contracted writer for penning personalized children's books with www.happilyeverafterme.com, and will be the "voice" of Manhattan Mikey, a children's series coming soon.  www.bigcityanimals.com

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