Hera van Willick
Hera van Willick was born in the city of Tilburg in the Netherlands in 1985. She studied music, with singing as her main subject, at the conservatory of Utrecht. After graduating she took theater and acting courses at different academies. At the age of 24, driven by a deep rooted desire to see the world and go on an independent adventure, she set off on a 6 month solo bicycle trip around south east Asia. After four more years of studying and working as a singing and acting teacher she decided to no longer pursue a career in theater.
Her craving to see the world had grown too strong to negate. She cycled from the Netherlands to Thailand and back from Turkey to the Netherlands over the course of 14 months. Back home she started speaking at different occasions about her travels and the insights she gained along the way. In 2014 she set off on another 13 month trip, this time crossing north and central America, from Alaska to Costa Rica. Today she lives in a small cabin in the Dutch countryside, works as a bicycle messenger and inspirational speaker and studies philosophy at the Radboud University.