• Heide Brandes

    Heide Brandes is an award-winning journalist and editor with more than 20 years of published work. A former investigative reporter, Heide now freelances fulltime for The Smithsonian, Southern Living, AAA, AARP, National Geographic, BBC Travel, Roadtrippers, Sierra Magazine, ROVA, Travel Awaits, Fodors, and more. She also has bylines in The New York Times, the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Besides being an avid traveler, her interests include hiking, professional belly dancing, and practicing medieval warfare.