Donna Heiderstadt

Donna Heiderstadt is a New York City–based freelance travel writer and editor who has spent her life pursuing her two main passions: writing and exploring the world.


Donna has spent her career in magazine publishing. Most recently, she was Travel Editor of Modern Bride from 2002 until 2009. Prior to that, she was Senior Editor at Expedia Travels.

As a freelance writer, Donna is currently contributing to Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Smart Luxury Travel, Islands, Spa, HI Luxury, Elite Traveler and Shape. Her online contributions include a weekly Romantic Getaways blog for and features for

Donna is also the author of Consumer Reports’ Best Travel Deals 2000 and the co-author of "Funnymoon," a romantic comedy screenplay set in Venice, Italy.

Donna's travels have taken her around the world—literally, on a four-month cruise to all seven continents in late 1999-early 2000—and she has visited 85+ countries. She has made multiple trips to the beautiful islands of the South Pacific, having just returned from her fourth visit to Tahiti.

Donna Heiderstadt

For sheer wow-factor beauty, you just can't beat the South Pacific: the lush green peaks and dazzling lagoons of Tahiti, the white-sand beaches and amazing coral reefs of Fiji, the old-school charm of the Cook Islands, and the mysterious legends of Easter Island (Rapa Nui).

These islands' people and cultures are pretty unforgettable, too. I first set foot in the region in the ‘90s and I have been eagerly returning ever since. I hope to inspire others to explore these unbelievably stunning and always welcoming "trip-of-a-lifetime" isles.

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