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The Independent (UK newspaper)
- Forthcoming article on British Columbia.
Hemispheres (United Airlines’ in-flight magazine)
- Say Lychees! About how I became a mini-celebrity in rural Hunan province, China (October 2016 issue, PDF). The online version: Say Lychees!
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).
- Forthcoming article on Iceland.
- Forthcoming article on Uganda.
- 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.
S.E.E. Africa (print magazine from Afrotourism)
- Forthcoming article on Uganda.
- 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.
Second Chance Travels
- Forthcoming article on Vancouver.
- Forthcoming interview.
- Forthcoming article on Peru.
- 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.
- Our pick of the best hikes in southeastern China, about some stunning scenic hikes in Hunan, Jiangxi and Fujian provinces.
- 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.
- I’m one of the frequent flyers interviewees: Travel Style: Johanna Read.
- 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).
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
Canadian World Traveller
- An overview of the incredible things to see and do in Uganda (spring 2017 issue):
- Uganda: Beasts a plenty, hosts a-friendly (online version)
- print version forthcoming
- In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, about Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, my favourite place in the Canadian wild (spring 2017 issue):
- The Great Bear Rainforest’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort (online version, scroll down)
- print version forthcoming
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Forthcoming article on Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort.
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.
- Forthcoming article on an at-home spa service.
- Forthcoming article on the ideal travel jacket.
- Forthcoming article on Seattle.
- 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
Talk Travel (trade magazine)
Dreamscapes Travel and Lifestyle Magazine
- 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.
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 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)
Taste and Travel International
The Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper)
- We Dodge Tuk-tuks, Mopeds — But Not the Cop (print version)
- Vacation Nightmare: Our Taxi Driver Hit a Cop (online version)
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:
- 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)
- 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 Skwachays Lodge (Vancouver, British Columbia)
- Review of Rockwater Secret Cove Resort (Sunshine Coast, British Columbia)
- Review of Pan Pacific Whistler (British Columbia)
- Review of Summit Lodge & Spa Whistler (British Columbia)
- Review of Fairmont Chateau Whistler (British Columbia)
- Review of Nita Lake Lodge (Whistler, British Columbia)
- Review of Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort (British Columbia)
- Review of Metterra Hotel on Whyte (Edmonton, Alberta)
- Review of Varscona Hotel on Whyte (Edmonton, Alberta)
- Review of Heritage Suites Hotel (Siem Reap) A Luxury And Boutique Hotels Top 8 Worldwide Hotel
- Review of Pavillon d’Orient Hotel (Siem Reap)
- Review of Park Hyatt Siem Reap
- Review of The RiverGarden Hotel (Siem Reap)
- Review of Sojourn Boutique Hotels (Siem Reap)
- Review of Angkor Miracle Resort and Spa (Siem Reap)
- Review of The One Hotel Collection (Siem Reap)
- 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)
- 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 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 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 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 Thornybush Game Lodge (near Kruger National Park)
- Review of De Lanna Boutique Hotel (Chiang Mai)
- Review of Gately Inn (Entebbe) (forthcoming)
- United States
- Review of The Arlington (Hot Springs, Arkansas)
- Review of The Hotel Hot Springs (Hot Springs, Arkansas)
- 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)