Publications — Articles and Interviews

Johanna Read is a Canadian writer/photographer specializing in responsible tourism, though writes about all aspects of travel based on visiting 60+ countries. Favourite topics are wildlife, culinary tourism, and how to make a destination better (or at least not worse) by visiting. Johanna also draws on her experience as a former Government of Canada policy executive and current management consultant to write about health issues like COVID-19 and burnout. Chronologically-based clips at   

Looking for something specific? Jump straight to a destination, food storiesresponsible tourism, travel practicalities, reviewsinterviews with me, or to my lemon-pie life articles (though during the pandemic, I’ve not been updating other pages as much as this Publications page … one day I’ll get back to the rest of this website!).     

TIME Magazine

TIME World's Greatest Places Cover Egypt

Travel + Leisure


TravelAge West

  • Forthcoming article. 

Best Health

  • Forthcoming article.

National Geographic 

Lonely Planet

Matador Network

USA Today’s Reviewed


Living Luxe




Microsoft News (

Business Insider

The Culture Trip

Canadian Traveller

Canadian Traveller’s trade publication Key Notes on Travel (KNOT) 

British Columbia Magazine

Forbes Travel Guide


The Associated Press’ Get Outta Here! travel podcast

  • William Levinson interviewed me on March 2, 2020 about the COVID-19 outbreak, based on my Fodor’s article above. The episode is called (Don’t) Get Outta Here Travel and COVID-19 and was released on March 3, 2020 (and was horribly out of date not even a week later).

Reader’s Digest


Time Out

Long Weekends Magazine

  • High-flying joyride, about the Yankee Air Museum just outside of Ann Arbor Michigan, where I flew in a World War II B-25 bomber over the largest football stadium in the U.S (fall 2019 issue).


USA Today’s Eat Sip Trip

Apartment Therapy

You Like to Travel

CIBC’s Unpacked Adventures

Taste and Travel International

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

World Nomads

Ensemble Travel

Bon Voyage Travel

Google’s Touring Bird (as of November 2019 content to be integrated into other Google products)

The Independent (UK newspaper)

Montecristo Magazine 

Men’s Journal

British Airways

Leaf TV — a health and wellness website, formerly called Well + Good

USA Today’s 10Best Getaways

USA Today’s Travel Tips


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!

IMG_6684 (1).JPGS.E.E. Africa (print magazine from Afrotourism)

Talk Travel 

Dreamscapes Travel and Lifestyle Magazine


Wanderlust Journal

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 Foreword Magazine’s Indi Book Awards in the nature category.  See this low-res PDF for my West Highland Way pages.


SilkWinds (in-flight magazine for SilkAir, Singapore Airlines’ regional airline)

Canadian World Traveller

American World Traveler

For Royal Caribbean‘s website:

La Carte (PDFs, since La Carte closed November 2018)

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.

Paste Magazine

Boutique Travel

Passport 2017

  • 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 (no longer online).

Working Mother (ceased publication in 2021 and articles no longer online)

The Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper)

Almost Fearless

  • Finding heart in America’s Heartland (original article no longer live); republished in Wanderlust Journal: 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? (Article no longer online). 
  • Article on a young family living in a very unusual place — site changed hands before article could be published.

Second Chance Travels (no longer publishing and articles no longer online)

A World to Travel

Epoch Times

Expeditionist Magazine

RUBY (no longer publishing and articles no longer online)


Flung Magazine

Hostelling International (formerly TERN Magazine)

Vice Tonic


Canadian Living

UrbanSweat (Australia)

Together Magazine

Miss Filatelista

Journey Beyond Travel

Passport Health

New Jetsetters (no longer online)

The Wayward Post

Travel With Kat


The Travelettes

The Ottawa Citizen (Canada’s national capital’s newspaper)

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

Bravo TV’s website

Self Magazine

Italy Explained

O’Dwyers Inside News of PR and Marketing Communications

Nanuism (no longer publishing and articles no longer online)

Get Real Luxury (no longer publishing and article no longer online)

Namibia Tourism Board


SnowSeekers — The Guide to Winter

The Kiwi Collection (articles no longer online)

Bellevue Club’s Reflections magazine

The Food Network

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

How to Travel Light

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

Mallory on Travel

Going Mobo 

Eat In Eat Out Magazine


Local Tourist Ottawa

Destinations Travel

The City Web Guide


Windstar Cruises’ The Current

World Travel Buzz (as their International Eating Expert)

Luxury And Boutique Hotels 

The hotels and some restaurants and activities I write about for 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:

Hotel reviews (see also Hotel Recommendations)

  • Brazil
    • Tivoli (Sao Paulo) (forthcoming)
  • Costa Rica
    • Forthcoming articles
  • Jamaica
    • Review of Sandals Montego Bay (forthcoming)
    • Review of Sandals Royal Caribbean (Montego Bay) (forthcoming)

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