Welcome to About.com's Colorado travel site, led by Aimee Heckel. She is a Colorado native and Colorado-based journalist for about 15 years. She joined About.com's travel team in 2015.
Aimee Heckel grew up on a ranch in the Rocky Mountains, where she decided at age 5 that she wanted to become a writer.
Today, she has nearly 15 years of experience as a (more than) full-time journalist. She has written on nearly every beat at daily newspapers, but her passion is travel writing.
Heckel is also a travel contributor for USA Today 10Best.com, a luxury and wellness writer for SpaTravelGal.com, a travel consumer writer for ShopAtHome.com and she is one of the Colorado experts for Fodor’s Travel Guides, the world’s largest English-language travel book company.
Before her love for travel took a turn toward features, she spent time in Haiti and Africa, writing award-winning narratives about the economic and health plights there. She still volunteers as a board member to help refugees and orphans in Uganda through her family’s nonprofit, Think Humanity.
When she’s not on the road, Heckel writes an award-winning, humorous fashion column (her Hollywood Red Carpet coverage through Digital First Media was nationally shared). For more than a decade, she also was a features writer and a fitness columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper. She is also a blogger for HuffPost Weird.
Heckel also was known as Digital First Media's "Modern Lois Lane," for her work in digital journalism. She has been the editor of multiple women's magazines and edited about 30 full-length books, including many best-sellers and award-winners. She has contributed and ghostwritten a handful of books, too, and earned dozens of national and state writing awards.
She’s a busy wife and mom, but couldn’t be happier. After all, she believes if you do what you love, you never stop working, yet you never work a day in your life.
Heckel studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she double-majored summa cum laude in journalism and German at Colorado State University.
She is an active member of many journalism organizations, such as the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association. She teaches journalism workshops at both Colorado State University and the University of Colorado in Boulder.
"Follow your curiosity, and you will find your purpose. Find your purpose, and you will find happiness. But the first step is feeding that childish curiosity."