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- Gorilla spotting 101: How to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Rwanda and Uganda.
- Turkish hamam 101: Everything you need to know about the luxurious ritual bath.
- The layover: How to spend the perfect day in Vancouver, Canada.
- 10 things you need to know before going to Cambodia.
- The Cambodian version of Cirque du Soleil must be seen to be believed.
- Angkor 101: Everything you need to know about visiting what was once the world’s biggest civilization.
- And I was pretty thrilled that Fodors.com Managing Editor Rachael Levitt said that the “incredible tips and tricks” in my article make her feel like she can finally go to Angkor “properly” and without losing her mind in the throngs, in her entry for Where Fodor’s editors are traveling in 2019 (scroll down to #4).
- The most unusual whitewater rafting in the world — about Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, Canada, where you can go whitewater rafting UP river.
- Scroll down to #43, St Martin, for my piece in Fodor’s Go List 2019.
- How to survive a long layover in Mexico City — my tips for airport survival.
- My Fodor’s profile page.
Forbes Travel Guide
- 14 stunning photos of elephants in the wild, with some cool facts about elephants in places like South Africa, Uganda and Thailand.
- Best places for swimming with whale sharks (including La Paz, Mexico; Isla Mujeres, off Cancun in Mexico’s state of Quintana Roo; everyone’s dream the Maldives; plus places I bet you didn’t think of, like Honduras).
- 11 whale shark facts you probably didn’t know, about the biggest fish in the world, including how to swim responsibly with them (spoiler: La Paz, Mexico is one of the best and most ethical places in the world to do it).
- 8 of the most endangered elephants in the world, differentiating between the world’s elephants plus tips about how you can help protect them (that means no interactions with baby elephants, no riding elephants of any kind, and not supporting any organization which makes them perform).
- I was a burned-out workaholic for 20 years — till this changed everything a personal essay about my life before becoming a travel writer, and important mental health messages to remember regardless of which career you have.
- Republished on MSN.com: Burned-out workaholic.
- 55 words even smart people mispronounce. In writing this one I was surprised to learn that many of the words I assumed Americans were mispronouncing are actually correct (well, in the US anyway …. I give the proper pronunciation too for when you’re travelling).
- My anecdote of a toilet truck hitting my plane is included in Meghan Jones’s article The 11 most bizarre reasons for flight delays.
- My Reader’s Digest writer’s page.
- Where to eat the best brunch in Vancouver.
- The 22 best restaurants in Vancouver, with an introduction by Gerrish Lopez added in August 2019.
- The 20 best things to do in Vancouver, with an introduction by Gerrish Lopez added in August 2019.
Long Weekends Magazine
- Forthcoming story (fall 2019 issue) on Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- In Quebec, a Belgian “alchemist” is turning tomatoes into world-class wine: about Omerto tomato wine (yup, tomatoes), in Charlevoix, Quebec.
USA Today’s Eat Sip Trip
- Drink some of America’s best coffee at this highway coffee roaster, about Lexington Virginia.
- How I curated my bedroom to help deal with my insomnia, for World Sleep Day.
CIBC’s Unpacked Adventures
- Forthcoming article on Vancouver.
- Namibia: Where the desert is full of life.
- Behind the photos, a real taste of Morocco, about tiny Moulay Idriss.
- Galapagos: Where evolution meets the photos of a lifetime.
- Volcanoes at play in New Zealand, about the North Island’s bizarre geothermal adventures.
Taste and Travel International
- On the beach: Where surfside dining gets a makeover, featuring some of my favourite beach hotels with great eats.
- PDF version: On the beach: Where surfside dining gets a makeover (April-June 2019 issue).
- San Miguel de Allende: Best city in the world? (PDF from April-June 2019 issue).
- Quest for immortality: In the footsteps of an emperor, about the provinces of Shaanxi and Shandong in China (and a little about Shanxi province too).
- Vancouver culinary traveller’s guide (PDF) and, on the web, Vancouver culinary traveller’s guide.
- Eating high and low in magical Luang Prabang, Laos.
- Eating out in Rome.
- My contributor page.
- For the summer 2019 issue, Snapshots, with blurbs on travel news from around the world.
- 8 reasons to go to Costa Rica right now.
- Canadian Traveller contributors share inspiring reasons why we love travel: scroll down to the end of me!
- Cuba with eyes wide open (fall 2017 print issue).
- What do you mean, I can’t wear my tanktop at Angkor Wat? (spring 2016 print issue).
- How to save cash in Cusco (winter 2015-16 print issue).
- My Canadian Traveller contributor page.
Canadian Traveller’s trade publication Key Notes on Travel (KNOT)
- Forthcoming Cancun article.
- Resort report: Here’s what’s new on the scene in Mexico.
- And featured in the KNOT newsletter.
Perspectives by Scotiabank
- Your dog will love these hotels just as much as you, featuring six hotels in Canada, the US and Mexico which welcome pups as guests, including two of my faves: Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino, BC and Fairmont’s Le Manoir Richelieu in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.
CBS News’ Peter Greenberg’s Eye on Travel radio show
- I was interviewed by Peter Greenberg about Vancouver when he stopped in after his trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train from Banff to Vancouver:
- My interview starts at 1:15:10, and goes to 1:21:30 — https://petergreenberg.com/2018/10/29/eye-on-travel-rocky-mountaineer-from-banff-to-vancouver-canada-october-27-2018/.
- And here’s me correcting a couple errors: When a travel writer gets interviews on the radio.
- Guest list intro.
- Whale and sea turtle encounters on the Mexican coast, about some of the most amazing animal encounters I’ve had.
- Travel and terror: How do you decide it’s safe to go?
- Everyone is freaking out about Zika — should I? There is something you should be worried about with Zika, but I bet it’s not what you think.
- The national dish of Cambodia — Running Amok for Fish Amok.
- Spotlight: What to expect in a Moroccan riad (summer 2019 issue).
- Describing highlights of multiple provinces: Adventures in China (summer 2019 issue).
- Work your muscles at Angkor Wat then melt them with a traditional Cambodian massage, about one of the best massages I’ve ever had.
Bon Voyage Travel
- Educational adventures disguised as fun: consider Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Cambodia and Ann Arbor, Michigan and Madison, Wisconsin for an equal dose of fun and learning.
Google’s Touring Bird
- 14 of my insider tips for Vancouver:
- Treat yourself to a chocolate tour.
- Sample the Canadian Bloody Mary.
- Swing on the free suspension bridge.
- Fill up on Asian food at a night market.
- Go on a mini Canadian culinary tour.
- Swim in one of the world’s sexiest pools.
- Escape the city in a roof garden.
- See salmon jumping fish ladders.
- Discover mysterious fairy houses.
- Eat the California Roll inventor’s sushi.
- Breathe deep at the largest living wall.
- Admire art & nature at the airport.
- Dine in a WWII mess hall.
- Spot a killer whale — guaranteed.
- 9 of my insider tips for Siem Reap, Cambodia:
- See it all at just one Angkor temple.
- Walk again thanks to a hot herb massage.
- Skip the sunset crowds at Phnom Krom.
- Eat tapas bugs paired with cocktails, including how to respect Cambodia’s history and culinary traditions.
- Take a cooking class that helps locals, including responsible tourism tips.
- Make a pit stop at a crowd-free temple.
- Find the Ta Phrom stegosaurus.
- Support female Cambodian chefs, with some tips on how to support responsible tourism.
- Avoid the line for Angkor Wat’s top tier.
The Independent (UK newspaper)
- Canadian hotels offer free stays to bear hunters willing to renounce their guns, about two resorts in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest who have devised an ingenious way to help Canadian bears.
- This article has been republished multiple times by some legitimate sites (MSN News, Yahoo News) but also by several scraper sites, some of which have plagiarized my article by removing my byline and replacing it with that of another writer.
- CBC re-reported my article on their website: ‘Bullets for Binos’ aims to turn B.C. grizzly hunters into heroes.
- A design story about how the world’s best indigo is made, Blue gold: Hacienda Los Nacimientos, El Salvador.
- Iceland’s Continental Divide: Expansions.
- Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda: Unpredictable.
- A unique safari in Namibia, where you help with the rehabilitation of cheetah and leopard: The Africat Foundation.
- The Italian Automotive Renaissance, about a collection of gorgeous rare Italian cars that has never before been seen together and likely never will again, at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Arts.
- Big Red Robe: Tea of legends, about one of the most expensive teas in the world and the diplomatic crisis it caused between President Nixon and Chairman Mao. And, of course, about why you should travel to Fujian and Jiangxi provinces in China.
- The perfect cheese plate please — my top 10 cheeses to eat before you die, with illustrations by Alice Clair.
- Scotland’s West Highland Way: a week-plus hiking trip in the Scottish Highlands.
- All of my Montecristo articles: Author Johanna Read.
- Pack light! Travel gear that folds up small and snaps right back.
- Why you should bring a Roku Streaming Stick everywhere you travel.
- Not for yoga: Sporty, street-styled clothes great for travel.
- My Men’s Journal contributor page.
- 48 hours in Vancouver: my tips for a short stay in my fave Canadian city (corrections requested).
- Eastern v. western Canada: who wins the battle for food, wildlife and culture?
Leaf TV — a health and wellness website, formerly called Well + Good
- How to freeze limes — when, no matter the time of year, you want to recreate your La Paz, Mexico margaritas and Lima, Peru ceviche.
- How to put ground cinnamon in coffee. Turns out there is more than marketing to the pumpkin spice latte.
- How not to burn your mouth with pineapple (whether it’s fabulous Costa Rican pineapple or not).
- How to make ginger water, about making ginger tea at home, just like at spas around the world.
- We found out how many tea bags it takes to make iced tea, about making your own iced tea, even in your hotel room.
- How to ripen avocados quickly in a microwave (not that I’d recommend you do this!)
USA Today’s 10Best Getaways
- Get some soul in Memphis, Detroit on the move, Explore the outdoors in America’s largest city: Jacksonville, Madison, Wisconsin, season by season, Summertime on Governors Island, Two different FastPass systems for Disney parks, Fancy some SoHo shopping?, Walking New York City’s famous Brooklyn Bridge and Meet me in St. Louis.
- South America:
USA Today’s Travel Tips
- How to travel:
- How to plan your dream vacation.
- So what’s “resort casual” anyway, and how do you pack for it when you’re going south? What attire is appropriate for resort casual at a tropical resort?.
- Packing essentials: Top 10 necessities when traveling.
- How to choose where to stay: Different categories of hotels (mentioning several of my favourites).
- Responsible tourism:
- La Paz and Baja, Mexico:
- Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and the Cancun area:
- Mexican cruises from San Diego.
- Snorkeling in Puerto Vallarta.
- What’s the difference between the Hilton Hotel and the Hilton Garden Inn, featuring the Hilton Puerto Vallarta.
- The best Mexico beaches in August (or, really, anytime!).
- Weekend trips to Mexico, featuring two new luxury resorts I’ve just discovered: Cabo San Lucas’ Grand Solmar Land’s End and Grand Residences Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos.
- Snorkelling in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.
- How to snorkel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
- Mexican cruises from San Diego, How can I take a one-way cruise to Europe?, Cruise from Miami to Europe, How to cruise to Belize from Florida, Cruise lines to Mexico from Miami, Cruises to Puerto Rico from Florida, California cruises to Hawaii, The best Bahamas cruises, The best cruises to Jamaica, Alaskan cruises with flights, and San Francisco to Alaska cruises.
- Canadian travel tips:
- All-inclusive Canada vacations, about some wonderful wilderness holidays in the Great White North.
- Things to know while traveling in Canada from the U.S., about similarities, differences and incorrect assumptions about these two neighbours.
- Famous landmarks in Ontario, Canada, Travel between Edmonton & Calgary and National parks at Victoria Island (for those tourists who get confused about the actual name of Vancouver Island).
- Rules and visas:
- U.S. vacations:
- US vacations in February, with a mix of places to go in the second month of the year (and any time). My suggestions are, for warm weather, Orlando, Florida, Gold Country, California and Texas indoor waterparks; for early spring weather, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Lexington, Virginia, and Seattle; and celebrating winter in Madison, Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- United States vacations for seniors (though this advice works for everyone outside of the party crowd). Traditional options are cruises (including river cruises with stops in places like Memphis and St. Louis) and Branson, Missouri. Less traditional options are Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin and Lexington in Virginia.
- Indoor waterparks in Texas, Romantic weekend getaways in Gatlinburg, Tenessee, Branson, Missouri: Silver Dollar City, All-inclusive beach vacations in Florida, Monday nights in Orlando 2018, Adults-only resorts in Las Vegas and Amusement parks in Washington or Oregon.
- Top Ten Vacation Islands in the World, including private islands in Panama, Indonesia, the Maldives and Belize; the tri-islands of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique; Roatan in Honduras; the Galapagos; Mexico‘s Galapagos; Turks and Caicos and Virgin Gorda in the BVIs.
- Best all-inclusive Jamaican resorts, Travel to Bimini (in The Bahamas), All-inclusive vacations to Trinidad & Tobago, All-inclusive hotels in Havana and All-inclusive adults-only travel in Aruba.
- Central and South America:
- The attractions and culture of Montevideo, Uruguay, about one of my favourite countries.
- Travel to Panama City, Panama.
- Famous monuments in Panama.
- What to know when traveling to Peru.
- How to dress for Ecuador.
- Ecuador travel safety.
- Is it safe for Americans to travel to Quito, Ecuador?
- How to travel to the Galapagos Islands.
- Other (mostly) warm places:
- Travel to Angkor Wat.
- History of Sun City, South Africa.
- Israel travel in December.
- Warm places for a vacation in March and April, featuring Mexico’s coasts including the Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and La Paz; Central America to Panama or Belize; and the Caribbean islands of Grenada, Turks and Caicos, or a cruise, perhaps with Princess Cruises.
- The best places to go for vacation in October, including the fall harvest in Madison and Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; college and culinary city Ann Arbor, Michigan; golfing in Panama at the Santa Maria in Panama City or at the Buenaventura south of the city; under and on the water in La Paz, Mexico, and the South Pacific paradise of Tahiti.
Hemispheres (United Airlines’ in-flight magazine)
- Say Lychees, about how I became a mini-celebrity in rural Hunan province, China (October 2016 issue). Online version: Say Lychees!
S.E.E. Africa (print magazine from Afrotourism)
- Hotel style for the western eye, my tips on what a westerner looks for in a hotel, a cover business story for the summer 2018 issue:
- PDF of the whole summer 2018 issue, see pages 22 to 25.
- The four-page spread: Hotel style for the western eye (low res version).
- Direct article link (to come).
- June 2017 cover story: The pearl of the “Pearl of Africa”: Uganda’s mountain gorillas (low-res PDF).
- Inimitable Namibia (December 2017 issue), and the entire Issuu version.
- Forthcoming articles in my new role as S.E.E Africa’s Responsible Tourism Columnist.
- China beyond the Terracotta Warriors: Shandong and Shaanxi provinces (August 2018 issue, see also pages 18-21 of this Issuu version).
- Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela (July 2018 issue, also on pages 10-11 of this Issuu version.
- South Africa’s 2019 Travel Indaba, about the continent’s biggest travel show, in the city of Durban (February 2019 issue).
- Refreshed and energized with Air Canada’s premium economy
- Layover in Hong Kong
Dreamscapes Travel and Lifestyle Magazine
- About my food-, scenery- and whale-filled September 2018 press trip adventure in Charlevoix, Quebec, the region on the north side of the St. Lawrence River about an hour east of Quebec City:
- About Shanxi province, China, from my August 2015 press trip (published in print February 10, 2016):
- About my mini-celebrity status in China, and the highlights of Hunan province from my September 2014 press trip (Winter 2014-15 (volume 19 issue 6), published November 26, 2014)
- My photograph of a woman dressed in a Miao costume in Phoenix, Hunan province, China, was included in the Travel Gallery of the fall 2015 issue.
- How to go on a photo tour of Iceland like a pro.
- 10 beginner tips to take your photography to the next level.
- 10 women photographers whose work you should be following.
- Enhance your workflow with the latest Luminar updates.
- I was thrilled that Sarah Leamy, the editor of Wanderlust Journal, wanted to reprint my Finding Heart in America’s Heartland piece, about visiting two small two towns in the U.S.
Great Hiking Trails of the World
- My photos from hiking Scotland’s West Highland Way were featured in Karen Berger’s coffee table book, which won gold in Forword Magazine’s Indi Book Awards in the nature category. See this low-res PDF for my West Highland Way pages.
- I contributed a recommendation for Udaya Residence for this roundup by Valentina Valentini about awesome spas around the world: 10 of the world’s most spectacular spas.
SilkWinds (in-flight magazine for SilkAir, Singapore Airlines’ regional airline)
- Shopping in Southeast Asia, with tips for shopping responsibly and recommendations of great markets and shops in Southeast Asia (November 2016).
- Turning life around, a “4 questions with” profile on the most amazing monk you’ll ever meet, Hoeurn Somnieng (and the backstory) (May 2016).
- Pack smart for Southeast Asia, practical tips for what to bring to dress comfortably and respectfully in this predominantly Buddhist hot and humid region (cover story, May 2016).
- How to walk in Asia (March 2016 issue).
- Think you’ve been conned? (cover story, January 2016 issue).
Canadian World Traveller
- Exploring the West Indies with Viking (PDF), about my spectacular 11-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Viking Sea (summer 2019 issue).
- Issuu version: Exploring the West Indies with Viking
- PDF version of A Costa Rica wildlife vacation plus the Issuu version A Costa Rica wildlife vacation.
- An overview of the incredible things to see and do in Uganda:
- In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, about Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, my favourite place in the Canadian wild:
- The Great Bear Rainforest’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort (print version, spring 2017 issue).
- The Great Bear Rainforest’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort (online version, scroll down)
- Art of Local at SpringHill Suites (winter 2016-17 print issue).
- A food- and activity-filled destination in the friendly American South:
- Hot Springs, Arkansas: A spa town with a difference (online version)
- Hot Springs, Arkansas: A spa town with a difference (PDF)
- Article PDF with masthead, table of contents and cover
- Full issue (see pp. 58-59 and photo on p. 7): Canadian World Traveller Summer/Fall 2016
- Choosing between team eland and team lion:
- The best way to see the Galápagos islands:
- A responsible tourism hotel that gives back to the community:
- Going above and beyond at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler (PDF of print version)
- Going above and beyond at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler (online version)
- Two articles on Cuba: Finally — a high-end family resort in Cuba and Pristine Cayo Santa Maria.
American World Traveler
- About Uganda, Beasts a plenty, hosts a-friendly (spring 2017 issue).
- For Canada’s 150th birthday, The Great Bear Rainforest’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort (spring 2017 issue).
For Royal Carribean‘s website:
- New Zealand:
- Get into a (lava) flow state (Auckland).
- French village, New Zealand-style (Akaroa).
- New Zealand’s bay of blue (Bay of Islands).
- Beauty in surround sound (Doubtful Sound).
- Kiwi castles & cathedrals (Dunedin).
- Sound the explorer’s call (Dusky Sound).
- Fall for fjord beauty (Milford Sound).
- An art deco time capsule (Napier).
- It’s lit in Marlborough (Picton).
- Welcome to Middle Earth (Tauranga).
- Capitalize on New Zealand’s capital (Wellington).
- Poland: Gothic and gorgeous (Gdansk).
- Scotland: Woah Nessie! (Inverness / Loch Ness).
- Turkey: A taste of Turkey (Ephesus (Kusadasi).
La Carte (PDFs, since La Carte closed November 2018)
- The Udaya Residence is a sweet retreat in Siem Reap (PDF).
- Eat elegantly near Angkor at The Dining Room in Park Hyatt Siem Reap (PDF).
- Enjoy the calm of the Caribbean at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun (PDF), about a member of The Leading Hotels of the World in the fishing village of Puerto Morelos, between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
- Daily life in China’s ancient city of Pingyao is just as rich as its UNESCO heritage (PDF), about my adventures with travel writer Hillary Duff pursuing the world’s best fried chicken and her previous photo subjects.
- Looking for a gift for the traveller on your list_ These will be a hit (PDF)
Go World Travel
In this article by Janna Graber, my video of grey whales approaching our boat and a few photos are included: Humans and whales meet in Magdalena Bay.
- Gourmet Goo Goo Clusters — Nashville chefs riff on a historic candy.
- What’s that smell: Morocco’s community ovens.
- Hot Springs water: On tap and on your plate.
- Hotel features:
- Le Germain Charlevoix Hotel & Spa, Quebec — about an old farm turned into a boutique hotel in a lovely region of Quebec, Charlevoix.
- Desert Bliss: Grand Solmar Land’s End, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — where you can watch whales from the infinity pools.
- A treasure in the Siem Reap countryside: Trésor d’Angkor, Cambodia.
- Fern Grotto Inn: Idyllic self-catering cottages in Kauai, Hawaii — a place to stay in Kauai where you’ll actually feel like you’re in Hawaii.
- Boutique ocean cruising aboard the Viking Sea.
- Five not to be missed hotels for food lovers, including Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel, Panama City’s The Bristol, and — yes really — even a Mexican all-inclusive resort, Hotel Xcaret Mexico.
- Five fabulous fun-filled family summer holidays, a roundup where my recommendations are the Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort south of Panama City, Panama; La Paz, Mexico; and Schlitterbahn water park outside San Antonio, Texas.
- Three unique locations for the perfect spring break, including my pick: Hotel Xcaret Mexico, near Cancun.
- In this roundup, I’ve included my pick for romantic hotels: Where to find your perfect romantic escape, the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.
- Two of my fave hotels from 2017 are included in this roundup, Top five hotels from a year of travel, the Edgewater in Madison, Wisconsin and Udaya Residence, in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
- I included three of my favourite boutique hotels, in Uruguay, Morocco and Uganda, in this roundup Top 10 favourite boutique hotels.
- My wildlife lodge pick for this roundup is Galapagos’ Royal Palm: Top six wildlife lodges around the world.
- My spa hotel pick is included in this roundup Best spa hotels from around the world. It’s Starwood Luxury Collection’s Tambo del Inka in Peru‘s Sacred Valley.
- My favourite hotel of 2016, Algodon Mansion in Buenos Aires, is included in Our top 8 hotels from a year of travel.
- Appetite-inducing Vancouver: Where and what to eat, and what to do to build up your appetite.
- Goats on a roof and other natural abundances on Vancouver Island (Qualicum Beach and nearby, BC).
- Into the Wild: At B.C.’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, it’s all about what’s outside your room—though cozy waterfront cabins don’t hurt either.
- Not just “Autumn in New York”.
- Where to find romance in Ohio.
- Need a getaway from Cincinnati? Here are five filled with romance.
- Show me the romance, Missouri.
- Romance near the Emerald City, Seattle.
- Family road trip ideas.
- Romantic getaways in Wisconsin: Fall in love in the cheese capital.
- How to mastermind the timing of a trip to Disneyland.
- How crowded is Disneyland? Minimize the wait time, maximize the fun.
- Can you bring snacks into Disneyworld?
- Need to know rules: What you can bring to Universal Studios Hollywood.
- Packing right for the in-between seasons.
- Make air travel easier: TSA Pre-Check.
- South America:
The Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper)
- We Dodge Tuk-tuks, Mopeds — But Not the Cop (print version) and Vacation Nightmare: Our Taxi Driver Hit a Cop (online version)
- In this Globe & Mail article by Fiona Tapp, I talk about travelling solo as a woman How can companies help female business travellers stay safe on the road? And here’s the print version.
- Finding heart in America’s Heartland.
- More real and magical than Disney: China’s fantastical mountains. Intrigued by Disney’s new “Pandora — The World of Avatar” attractions? Why not explore the real thing that inspired the movie and theme park?
- Forthcoming article on a young family living in a very unusual place.
Insider and Business Insider
- My plane horror story anecdote is included in Melissa Kravtiz’s article People reveal the strangest behavior they’ve seen on a plane.
Second Chance Travels
- How to eat safely while traveling — My bouts of Montezuma’s revenge have (knock on wood) been very minimal. Here are my tips to help you keep it at a minimum too.
- Hotels for solo travelers, about some great hotels in three places everyone should visit: Siem Reap, Cambodia; Galapagos, Ecuador; and Fez, Morocco.
- International dining etiquette — how to eat around the world, without committing any faux pas.
- A weekend in Seattle Southside — a more relaxed and real side of Seattle.
- Just like home but not: Vancouver, British Columbia — encouraging reluctant American travellers to venture beyond the border.
- The most welcoming town in America, about Hot Springs, Arkansas.
- Forthcoming interview.
A World to Travel
- 7 easy ways to travel respectfully in Southeast Asia: my responsible tourism tips for what to wear and how to behave in countries like Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Ilana Stone interviewed me for this article What we can learn from our parents and grandparents in the kitchen for the Epoch Times. I talk about my grandma’s gravy secrets at the end of the piece.
- I was interviewed about responsible tourism (and my new fave piece of travel clothing): Travel Eater’s Johanna Read talks Ably Apparel and responsible tourism.
- Fall harvest: Foliage and foodie stops across the country, about five great U.S. towns for culinary travel.
- And two non-travel articles;
- Tech tips: Key tech to make nomadic life easier, and of course this applies to travellers who go on shorter trips too.
- New rules create house-sitting opportunities in Vancouver.
Hostelling International (formerly TERN Magazine)
- Five travel scams I always avoid and the one that got me.
- And the French version: Cinq arnaques auxquelles j’ai toujours échapé et celle que je n’ai su éviter.
- A global guide to public displays of affection, with illustrations by Alice Clair.
- French version: Guide international des démonstrations d’affection en publique.
- Not so much travel-related, but I was interviewed about career ambition for this Vice Tonic article by Suzanne Cope: The sad reason single women downplay their career ambition.
- Jack Davidson used one of my Cambodia photos I posted on Twitter in his The six most inappropriate tourist selfies ever. I talk about what you should and shouldn’t wear and do in several articles in the Responsible Tourism section.
- I was interviewed about solo travel for Canadian Living magazine’s August 2017 issue. I wish they’d situated my quote in the broader context of what I provided, but I’ll use the rest of the story for another piece: The sisterhood of travel (PDF) by Sarah Treleaven; Why all women need to travel solo at least once in their life (online version).
- Our pick of the best hikes in southeastern China, about some stunning scenic hikes in Hunan, Jiangxi and Fujian provinces.
- I’m one of the frequent flyers interviewees: Travel Style: Johanna Read.
- My quotes about responsible tourism are included in this 20 Travelers Committed to Responsible Travel roundup for World Tourism Day, September 27, 2017.
Journey Beyond Travel
- How to survive the medinas of Morocco.
- The essential steps for travel planning — my top travel planning tips, with special advice for Canadians.
- How to avoid altitude sickness in Peru.
- How to avoid traveller’s diarrhea — I bet there are tips here you didn’t know!
- Phoenix Rising: Hunan Province, China.
- Beyond the Monks and the Mountain: Discover Luang Prabang, Laos.
- Luxury cruising with Ponant.
- And I was thrilled to be included in New Jetsetters’ list of Amazing travel writers and bloggers you should meet.
The Wayward Post
- US embargo on Cuba: What American travellers should know: breaking down some misconceptions about Cuba, particularly for Americans’ first visit.
- Heritage at risk: The Tak Bat ceremony in Luang Prabang, Laos
- Tragedy and tourism: Tunisia’s Bardo Museum
- About a fun responsible tourism / environmental beauty product activity in Glasgow, Scotland: Natural and bespoke: Glasgow’s The Beauty Kitchen.
- Visiting “Flyover America” in a Trump world: my perspective as a Canadian visiting middle America — in this case, Branson, Missouri — now that Trump will be president.
- The ultimate local food: A guide to foraging in Glasgow, Scotland.
- Wayward weekends — socially-responsible choices for a brief stop in cities around the world:
- A wayward weekend on the Garden Isle, Kauai.
- A wayward weekend in Chicago, for a sustainable weekend in what the mayor wants to make the “greenest city in the world”.
- A wayward weekend in Nashville, celebrating Nashville’s outdoors, art and history.
- A wayward weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas, highlighting the gangster history, outdoor beauty, and great food in this spa town.
- A wayward weekend in São Paulo, Brazil, a gentle introduction to the biggest city in South America.
- A wayward weekend in Montevideo, Uruguay, a weekend focussed on art, history, food, wine, architecture and Uruguay’s anti-elitist values.
- A wayward weekend in Vancouver, BC, Canada, highlighting ways you can support the less fortunate while exploring Canada’s most socially- and environmentally-conscious city.
- A wayward weekend in Siem Reap (Angkor), Cambodia, about the many many ways you can give back to one of my favourite countries, Cambodia.
- A wayward weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina, how to travel in this city of protests, including a can’t be missed restaurant (UCO) and tips for exchanging currency too.
- Socially- and environmentally-responsible hotels:
- Immerse yourself in Uruguayan culture at this Montevideo hotel, about Alma Historica and Uruguay’s art history.
- Fern Grotto Inn in Kauai, Hawaii: sustainable garden cottages with history (a vacation rental rather than a traditional hotel).
- Sleep well in this eco-friendly Buenos Aires hotel, about Casa Calma, a centrally-located boutique hotel that takes the wellness of both its guests and the environment seriously.
- Stay green in the Galápagos Islands at Finch Bay Eco Hotel, on the island of Santa Cruz, in Galápagos, Ecuador.
- Stay in this sustainable boutique hotel in Penang, Malaysia, about Hotel Penaga, an environmental and art hotel in George Town, on the island of Penang.
- Stay in this sustainable boutique hotel in Fez, Morocco, about Dar Roumana, a foodie riad in Fès, Morocco (forthcoming).
- Responsible hotel review: Summit Lodge, in Whistler, BC, Canada.
- Find sustainable eco-luxury at this resort in the rainforest of British Columbia, about Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, Canada.
- This hotel near Siem Reap is good for locals, about Sojourn Boutique Villas, near the Angkor archaeological site in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which goes out of its way to support local, sustainable businesses.
- Marriott’s SpringHill Suites promotes the arts.
Travel With Kat
- Discovering Canada’s wild side at Whistler, for the Cities on the Edge of Nature series.
- When nature swims into the city, about #DowntownDeer and the other wildlife we have here in downtown Vancouver.
- Some of my favourite markets in Kathryn Burrington’s compilation of Food markets around the world.
- Terracotta warriors of the first emperor at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center.
- Soothe at-home massage service creates a truly blissful experience.
- Carry more, worry less with the Joey Jacket, perfect for Vancouver.
- Surrey Fusion Festival delivers a packed weekend of free fun and entertainment, with additional photos at Travel around the world right here at home.
- A South African safari: Can you get TOO close to nature?
- Turn Off Your Engine at the Waterhole (and Other Tips to Stay Safe in Namibia)
- Story, PDF and link also published on Ultimate Safaris’ News page
- Dear travellers to Cambodia: Please don’t come visit until you’ve understood these 9 things
- Dear travellers to Thailand, please don’t visit until you’ve understood these 10 things — this article is heavily edited, but you can see my original version Easy ways to be a socially conscious traveller in Thailand
- 14 things you’ll get addicted to in Turkey
- 8 things you’ll get addicted to in Thailand
The Ottawa Citizen (Canada’s national capital’s newspaper)
- A story about two Ottawa chefs I met at an innovative restaurant in Fès, Morocco who are stovetrotting around the world:
- Have Apron Will Travel (print version published October 29, 2015).
- Young Ottawa chefs Oliver Truesdale-Jutras and Phoebe Oviedo combine wanderlust with cooking (online version, with additional photos and a recipe, published October 28, 2015).
- Republished by The Edmonton Journal: Ottawa chefs combine wanderlust with cooking.
- Republished by The Calgary Herald Ottawa chefs combine wanderlust with cooking.
- An op-ed about the Public Service, stemming from my previous life as a policy executive with the Government of Canada:
- Trudeau is ready but the Public Service clearly isn’t (print version published October 31, 2015).
- Read: Trudeau is ready, but the public service isn’t (online version published October 30, 2015).
- Republished by Canada.com Read: Trudeau is ready, but the public service isn’t.
Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference Alumni Newsletter
- I’m featured in the June 2016 alumni newsletter of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. This conference invites 225-250 Canadians from the public, private and labour sectors to participate in an incredible two weeks of leadership development and learning about Canada. I participated in the 2003 conference and toured the Yukon territory. Generally every four years, there’s a special conference in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Applications close September 30, at LeadershipCanada.ca.
Bravo TV’s website
- In this article by Elizabeth Seward, I’m quoted about food safety at buffets (strangely combining my current travel life with my former food safety life): 5 unappetizing things you didn’t know about all-you-can-eat hotel buffets.
- I’m interviewed in this article by Susannah Rigg, 10 women look back on living childfree by choice. This choice was an essential part of my lemon pie life. I’m #5, if you want to find me right away.
- I’m quoted in this article by Jessica Spiegel: Italy roundtable: What bugs you about Italy.
O’Dwyers Inside News of PR and Marketing Communications
- I’m quoted in Rachel Thomas’ Double spaces are dead and here’s why you should care, an article aimed at PR folks about dealing wth writers.
- Adrenaline Whistler!
- Which would you choose: happiness or longevity? A cave in Hunan province, China forces you to choose
- B is for burnout: Pay attention to these warning signs, a story only slightly related to travel, but everything to do with health and happiness.
- Stress antidote: Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort: need a wilderness break? I adore Nimmo Bay in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest
- Avoiding altitude sickness in Peru
- The hammam: a different sort of spa day
- Spa seeking: spa hotels around the world: a photo essay to inspire your spa vacation, and some advice about what to consider
Get Real Luxury
Namibia Tourism Board
- Five essentials for a safari in Namibia (and the original version, What to pack for a safari, with my product recommendations).
- Story, PDF and link also posted on Ultimate Safaris News page
SnowSeekers — The Guide to Winter
- Assumptions Challenged: A Newbie’s First Sledding Experience (snowmobiling in Whistler / Pemberton, BC)
The Kiwi Collection
- Seizing sideline charms in Peru’s Sacred Valley
- Wine and dine at Whistler’s Cornucopia (Whistler, BC, Canada)
- Wilderness beyond your wildest dreams, about Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort
Bellevue Club’s Reflections magazine
- I was interviewed about Whistler, BC for Haley Shapely’s “Where Travel Writers Go” article in the Bellevue Club’s Reflections magazine (flip to page 40 in the November 2015 issue for a photo of me too).
The Food Network
- One of my favourite dishes (and my photo of it) is included in the Food Network’s 20 Weirdest Foods Eaten Around the World: From Laos, Mekong riverweed and buffalo skin paste
- Though it doesn’t contain chilies, my soup photograph from China is included in the Food Network’s 17 Tasty Breakfasts From Around the World
The Coloradoan’s Mind + Body
- I was quoted in this article by Stacey McKenna for Mind + Body, a print magazine of the Coloradoan (Holiday 2015 issue). It has advice from several travel writers about how to not only maintain your relationship whilst travelling, but maybe have it grow even stronger too:
A Musing Alexis
Phare Cambodian Circus
Luxury Travelers Guide
The World, Please
- The Lemon Pie Life (interview)
How to Travel Light
- Illegal passport stamps! I contributed Galapagos: The parallel world of passport stamps (in Portuguese).
Sally Around the World
- My contribution to Travel Food Addictions … I was in Morocco at the time; any guesses what I was addicted to?
The Grown Up Gap Year
Too Many Adapters
Nomad is Beautiful
The Professional Hobo
Love, Play, Work
- What If You Had Said Yes? (interview)
Mallory on Travel
- Non-tourist Venice — Eating for Adventure and Enjoyment, not Sustenance and Convenience (including an interview with me)
Eat In Eat Out Magazine
Local Tourist Ottawa
The City Web Guide
Windstar Cruises’ The Current
World Travel Buzz (as their International Eating Expert)
- Even you can make Thai pad kra prao
- Tropical fruit goodness and papaya jam
- Malaysian fusion: Nyonya asam prawns
- Kitchen surfing around the world
- Take advantage of raspberry season
- Belly health on the road
- Your New Zealand must-sees
- The best doughnuts in Canada
- Simple palate pleasures from around the world
- Christmas gift shopping abroad: International foodie edition
- The sweets of New York
- South African cuisine: Smiley (fire-roasted goat head) and other specialities
Luxury And Boutique Hotels
The hotels and some restaurants and activities I write about for LuxuryAndBoutiqueHotels.com are hosted. However, the opinions are my own and I do not allow the hotel/restaurant/activity provider to review or approve my text.
Articles and travel guides:
- Mie Cafe: Can’t Miss Dining in Siem Reap (Cambodia)
- Highlights of Uruguay
- Whistler: Where to eat and where to burn your calories (British Columbia, Canada)
- Yes, you should visit Tunisia
- Food city Fès (Morocco)
- Rabat: Best homebase for your Morocco holiday, featuring the towns of Moulay Idriss and Chefchaouen
- A visit to Marrakech, Morocco
- Dining challenges in Cusco, Peru
- How to see Peru without getting altitude sickness
- On which Galapagos island should I stay? (Ecuador)
- The best way to see the Galápagos Islands (Ecuador)
- Chasing waterfalls: Baños, Ecuador
- Exploring Quito, Ecuador
- My kind of wilderness — the Canadian wilderness in luxury (British Columbia, Canada)
- Eating in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)
- Summer in Whistler ski village (British Columbia, Canada)
- Eating after Angkor (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
- It’s time for upscale travellers to discover Gili T (near Lombok, Indonesia)
- How long should I stay in Luang Prabang, Laos?
- Ziplining in Southeast Asia (Cambodia and Thailand)
- A truly exceptional experience — the Amansara, Siem Reap (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
- Do island resorts really make a difference? (Malaysia and Polynesia)
- Going colonial v. the Malay experience (Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia)
- Travelling with kids in Penang, Malaysia
- Langkawi, Malaysia explored
- How to have the best African safari (South Africa and Namibia)
Hotel reviews (see also Hotel Recommendations)
- Multiple locations:
- Viking Cruises (forthcoming)
- Review of Algodon Mansion (Buenos Aires, Recoleta)
- Review of Casa Calma Hotel (Buenos Aires, downtown)
- Review of Ilum Experience Home (Buenos Aires, Palermo)
- Review of Mine Hotel Boutique (Buenos Aires, Palermo)
- Review of Moreno Hotel (Buenos Aires, San Telmo)
- Review of Hotel del Casco (Buenos Aires, San Isidro)
- Review of Secret Garden Iguazu (Iguazu Falls)
- Tivoli (Sao Paulo) (forthcoming)
- Review of the Fairmont Manoir Richelieu (La Malbaie) (forthcoming)
- Review of Hotel & Spa Le Germain Charlevoix (Baie-Saint-Paul)
- British Colombia:
- Review of Pacific Sands Beach Hotel (Tofino) (forthcoming)
- Review of JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
- Review of Skwachays Lodge (Vancouver)
- Review of Rockwater Secret Cove Resort (Sunshine Coast)
- Review of Pan Pacific Whistler (Whistler)
- Review of Summit Lodge & Spa Whistler (Whistler)
- Review of Fairmont Chateau Whistler (Whistler)
- Review of Nita Lake Lodge (Whistler)
- Review of Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort (Nimmo Bay)
- Review of Metterra Hotel on Whyte (Edmonton)
- Review of Varscona Hotel on Whyte (Edmonton)
- Cambodia (Siem Reap)
- Review of Udaya Residences
- Review of Sala Lodges
- Review of Natura Resort
- Review of Heritage Suites Hotel (Siem Reap) A Luxury And Boutique Hotels Top 8 Worldwide Hotel
- Review of Pavillon d’Orient Hotel
- Review of Park Hyatt Siem Reap
- Review of The RiverGarden Hotel
- Review of Sojourn Boutique Hotels
- Review of Angkor Miracle Resort and Spa
- Review of The One Hotel Collection
- Costa Rica
- Forthcoming articles
- Ecuador, Galápagos Islands
- Review of Haugan Cruises
- Review of Hotel Solymar (Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz)
- Review of Torre Mar Luxury Vacation Rentals (Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz)
- Review of Royal Palm Hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World (Highlands, Isla Santa Cruz)
- Review of Finch Bay Eco Resort (Isla Santa Cruz)
- Review of Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel (Isla Isabela)
- El Salvador
- Feature on Palo Verde Sustainable Hotel (El Zonte)
- Review of Villa Sungai (near Canggu, Bali) A Luxury And Boutique Hotels Top 8 Worldwide Hotel
- Review of Chapung SeBali (outside Ubud)
- Review of Mahagiri Villas (Sanur, Bali)
- Review of Pondok Ayu (Sanur, Bali)
- Review of Villa Kresna (Seminyak, Bali)
- Review of Wilson’s Retreat (northwest Gili Trawangan)
- Review of Hotel Ombak Sunset (west Gili Trawangan)
- Review of Villa Grasia (north Gili Trawangan)
- Review of Sandals Montego Bay (forthcoming)
- Review of Sandals Royal Caribbean (Montego Bay) (forthcoming)
- Review of The Danna Langkawi (Langkawi)
- Review of Ambong Ambong Rainforest Retreat (Langkawi)
- Review of Rebak Island (Vivanta by Taj Hotels) (a private island just off Langkawi)
- Review of Bon Ton and Temple Tree resorts (Langkawi)
- Review of Villa Molek (Pentai Cenang, Langkwai)
- Review of Hotel Penaga (George Town, Peneng)
- Review of 23LoveLane (George Town, Peneng)
- Review of PARKROYAL Penang Resort (Batu Ferringhi, Penang)
- Review of Grand Solmar Rancho San Lucas (forthcoming)
- Review of TRS Coral Hotel, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Puerto Mujeres, north of Cancun)
- Review of Grand Palladium Puerto Mujeres (forthcoming)
- Review of Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende (forthcoming)
- Review of Vivo Resorts (Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca)
- Review of the Hacienda at Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort
- Review of the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort
- Review of Costabaja Resort & Spa (La Paz, Baja)
- Review of Grand Solmar at Land’s End (Cabo San Lucas)
- Review of Grand Residences by Royal Resorts, a member of Leading Hotels of the World (Peurto Morelos, between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen)
- Review of Hotel Xcaret Mexico (just outside Playa del Carmen)
- Review of Riad Joya (Marrakech medina)
- Review of Riad Due (Marrakech medina)
- Review of Villa des Orangers, a Relais & Châteaux hotel (Marrakech Kasbah)
- Review of La Sultana, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World (Marrakech Kasbah)
- Review of Dar Housnia (Marrakech medina)
- Review of Riad Dar One (Marrakech Mellah)
- Review of The Repose Luxury Riad (Rabat Salé)
- Review of Villa Diyafa (Rabat, embassy district)
- Review of Karawan Riad (Fès medina)
- Review of La Maison Bleue (Fès medina)
- Review of Palais Amani (Fès medina)
- Review of Dar Roumana (Fès medina)
- Review of Riad Nùmero 9 and Restaurant Nùmero 7 (Fès medina)
- Review of Dar Seffarine (Fès medina)
- Review of Riad Tizwa Fès (Fès medina)
- Review of Riad Fès, a Relais & Chateâux hotel (Fès medina)
- Review of Ongava Game Reserve (near Etosha National Park)
- Review of The Santa Maria, A Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort (Panama City)
- Review of The Buenaventura Hotel & Golf Resort (Rio Hato)
- The Bristol Panama (Panama City)
- Review of Sumaq Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes)
- Review of Tambo del Inka (Urubamba, Sacred Valley)
- Review of El Mercado Tunqui (Cusco)
- Review of Andean Wings Boutique Hotel (Cusco)
- Review of Encantada Boutique Spa Hotel (Cusco)
- Review of Taypikala Lago (Lake Titicaca)
- Review of Casa Inca Boutique Hotel (Miraflores, Lima)
- South Africa
- Review of De Lanna Boutique Hotel (Chiang Mai)
- Turks & Caicos
- Review of Ocean Club Resorts (Grace Bay, Provo)
- Review of Gately Inn (Entebbe, near Uganda’s main airport)
- United States
- Review of Hillside Inn, in Door County, Wisconsin
- Review of The Kensington Hotel (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
- Review of The Osthoff (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin)
- Review of The Edgewater (Madison, Wisconsin)
- Review of Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort (New Braunfels, Texas, near San Antonio)
- Review of The Georges (Lexington, Virginia)
- Review of the Robert E. Lee Hotel (Lexington, Virginia)
- Review of Cedarbrook Lodge (Seattle Southside / SeaTac, Washington)
- Review of Warwick Seattle (Washington)
- Review of Ko’a Kea at Poipu Beach (Kauai, Hawaii)
- Review of SpringHill Suites by Marriott (Downtown River North, Chicago, Illinois)
- Review of Hilton Promenade (Branson, Missouri)
- Review of Hilton Convention Centre (Branson, Missouri)
- Review of Gaylord Opryland Resort (Nashville, Tennessee)
- Review of Renaissance Nashville Downtown (Tennessee)
- Review of The Arlington (Hot Springs, Arkansas)
- Review of The Hotel Hot Springs (Hot Springs, Arkansas)