More about Travel Eater


I love travelling and I love eating, but I hate eating tourist food.

I’m Johanna Read — a travel writer who collects advice about eating near and far (and about what to do between snacks).

I’m lucky to be able to travel the world to source stories, photographs and recommendations to share with you (I live a lemon pie life). Want to travel the world with me? Here are links to all my publications.

I’m also the Contributing Editor Luxury And Boutique Hotels, and S.E.E. Africa‘s new Responsible Tourism Columnist. I write freelance for a variety of print and digital publications in Canada, the U.S., and internationally. They include National Geographic, Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Canadian Traveller, and in-flight magazines.

2018-2020: Yes, stuff happened.. one day I’ll get around to updating it!

2017: This year started with an amazing press trip to Uganda, where I got to trek with mountain gorillas and see the source of the River Nile. I’ve enjoyed several press trips to the U.S. including to culinary / college town Lexington, Virginia; Seattle and Seattle Southside in Washington; Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels Texas; and the Canada-like Madison, Wisconsin. In Canada, I went up to Prince Rupert and will soon be on my way to the islands of Haida Gwaii. A few more press trips are in the works, and I may book a beach trip on my own for the end of the year (how unusual!).

2016: I added several new countries to my list. I started the year back in South America, in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. I had a little family trip to Palm Desert, California; press trips to China, Cuba, back to Nimmo Bay in the Great Bear Rainforest, and to several places in the U.S. including Hot Springs, Arkansas; Nashville, Tenessee; Chicago; Kauai, Hawaii; and Branson, Missouri; and a trip to hike Scotland‘s West Highland Way and see Iceland‘s waterfalls and northern lights. Sadly, I had to cancel a trip to Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Russia and Lithuania, due to my partner’s surgery (he’s fine now!).

2015 trips: I was lucky to go on another press trip to China, this time to Sichuan and Shanxi provinces. I had lovely summer trips to Whistler and Vancouver Island. I was in Morocco and Tunisia (making Africa my sixth continent in twelve months). And I checked out Barcelona for the first time in February 2015, plus wandered around Paris.


Checking out Gaudi in Barcelona. Photo by my sister Megan.

2014:  I ended the year in Ecuador and Peru. September took me on a press trip to China on assignment for Dreamscapes Travel and Lifestyle Magazine (Shanghai and Hunan province), thanks to the China National Tourism Administration (here’s the story of what to see and how I became a bit of a celebrity).

I spent the winter of 2013-14 on a six-month mostly solo trip in Oceania (New Zealand and Australia) and Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia), and that summer checking out some Canadian hotels and hanging out with friends and family closer to home. Before that was Panama, Namibia and South Africa.

I’m always on the move!

Following me on social media makes sure you’re always in the loop.

Want more? Well, that’s flattering (and a little nerve-wracking!).  Ok, but only since you asked: even more about me, my travelling style, and what you can expect from my writing and photos.

Thanks for visiting!

The fine print:

All text and photos are by TravelEater, unless otherwise noted.  While you are welcome to link to any page on this site, you may not use text or photos without permission.  ext and photos by guest posters remain their property.

While I sometimes accept press trips, hosted stays and activities, I always disclose where this is the case. All views expressed here and in any of my articles are my own views. I do not allow the host to review or approve my text, although on two occasions I agreed to work with the host hotel to choose which photographs illustrated my articles.

Playing tourist atop Tianzi Mountain (press trip, Hunan, China)

Playing tourist atop Tianzi Mountain (press trip, Hunan, China). Photo by Casey Nolin.

22 responses to “More about Travel Eater

  1. Hi Johanna! Im happy to have found your blog, it looks so clean and organized. Your stories are really interesting and I already love your tips :) I will look forward to reading more posts! Best, Allane.


  2. J., it was great to meet and chat with you last night (15 May) at Travel Massive BC. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog, and I hope to see you again at Travel Massive events in the future.


    • Thanks – you too! So long as I’m in Vancouver for the next meeting, I’ll be there. Thanks again!


  3. Thanks for liking a post at Your blog looks really interesting so now following :-)


  4. Hi,

    My name is Homer and I’m writing from Travel News ( a real time travel community of travel bloggers, travelers and people who like traveling in general. It’s a free and open community for anyone to participate, think of it as digg but dedicated to traveling.

    We would really like your opinion on it and we would love if you could join the community. It is completely free and you can submit as many links as you want there is no limit and they show up in real time.

    Some more info on Travel News; We started travel news as an application for our friends to share interesting links about traveling but became apparent that a lot of people liked the idea and started to share their links. After requests from users we have added lots of functionality like voting/commenting/mark as favorite/read later, many more will follow. Since August 2012 TN has done a great progress, grew 400% since when it started and we expect that growth to continue, more than 200.000 unique visitors every month with 550.000 page views.

    Already a lot of bloggers are submitting their great articles to Travel News, more than 9000 travel articles covering nearly 25.000 destinations.

    All in all we hope to make it a point of reference of finding the most relevant information about destinations and the experiences travelers have in those destination (removing all the noise).

    I hope you join us.


    Homer from Travel News Team


    • Thanks Homer – I’ve (finally) taken a look and I would be happy to participate. I look forward to using your site to research my next trips and I’ll see if I can add anything useful.
      Apologies for the delay … I confess to not be sure if the site was a link to spam or not … I’m glad it is not!


  5. Les voyages forment l’homme , créent des passerelles entre les gens de différents horizons. Votre blog, Johanna, contribue à ça. Mille fois bravo!!!!


  6. Great blog, Johanna! I’m with you! Great travel is built upon the memories we make while eating the local cuisine, drinking the local wine & libations … and of course … finding the best local chocolate! That’s where I come in.


    • Many thanks Natalie – much appreciated, especially from you. You should have an email from me in your box. Thanks!


  7. Hey, really great blog posts… I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog because of the great style and energy. I actually work for the CheapOair travel blog. If you’re interested, we would love to have you on as a guest blogger. Please send me an e-mail: gchristodoulou(at)cheapoair(dot)com, and I’ll give you more information. Looking forward to hearing from you.


    • Thanks George for posting my Bangkok piece. I sent you an email with a question … have you seen it yet? Thanks!


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