Freelance Writing

Why My Surf Board is My Ultimate Travel Companion, The Inertia. April 6, 2017. Surfing turned out to be the perfect antidote to the fear of wandering aimlessly around a new country solo.

On the Ground: Fernwood, WestJet Magazine, September 2016. In 10 short years, the community of Fernwood, located east of downtown Victoria, has gone from down on its luck to one of the city’s funkiest neighbourhoods. screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-12-58-41-pm

Where to Eat in Victoria’s Fernwood, WestJet Magazine online, September 2016. A short stroll east of downtown Victoria, the lively neighbourhood of Fernwood is well worth a visit for its budding food scene alone.

Finding other-worldly adventures and serenity in the Antarctic Circle, Calgary Herald, May 21, 2016. I find out why travellers go to such lengths to visit the coldest, windiest continent on Earth.

An Insider’s Guide to Victoria, WestJet Magazine, April 1, 2016. An interview with Jaymie Humber, general manager of the Victoria Public Market, about her favourite spots to visit in Victoria, B.C.

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 10.49.21 AMDiscovering Small Town Canada: Parksville, British Columbia, HikeBikeTravel, Dec. 13, 2015. Parksville-Qualicum Beach region offers loads of outdoor adventures, top-notch dining, an award-winning spa — and some quirkiness to boot. In other words: it’s got all the trappings of a perfect weekend.

Three Outstanding Things to Do in Santa Barbara, California, HikeBikeTravel, Oct. 28, 2015. Santa Barbara captured my heart with its walkable downtown, thriving local food and wine scene and bounty of outdoor activities.

Five Places to Glamp in California, WestJet Magazine, Oct. 15, 2015. If you love the great outdoors, but would rather avoid all the fuss of camping, then glamping — glamorous camping — is just the ticket. And where better to combine nature and luxury than on the stunning California coast?

ManjitMinhasQ&A with Manjit Minhas, WestJet Magazine, Sept. 16, 2015. An interview with the co-founder of Minhas Micro Brewery and one of the new dragons on CBC’s Dragon’s Den.

Horseback riding in the breathtaking Nemaiah Valley, HikeBikeTravel, Sept. 14, 2015. A journey to Snowy Mountain Outfit in Tsilhqot’in territory —  a land with no electricity, no cellphone reception and some of the most breathtaking landscapes I’ve ever set eyes on.

Embracing Cuba before the big change, Calgary Herald, Sept. 1, 2015. A salsa dance adventure across Cuba — with stops in Havana, Trinidad, Camaguey and Santiago de Cuba — turns this group travel skeptic into a believer.

Discovering Small Town Canada: Port Renfrew, British Columbia, July 23, 2015. HikeBikeTravel. Travellers to Vancouver Island who are looking for a chilled out time surfing and wandering through the rainforest almost always make a beeline for Tofino. But just 110 kilometres from Victoria, the tiny town of Port Renfrew has plenty of surf, giant trees and incredible hiking — without the crowds.

Five Spots for Tacos in Victoria, WestJet Magazine, July 23, 2015. Victoria is home to a bounty of great taco spots, ranging from the traditional to the downright experimental (think deep-fried avocado). And we’ve got the lowdown on five spots to snag a tasty taco within walking distance of downtown.

My Calgary Herald Travel blog includes stories from near and far …. surfing in Portugal,  the challenges of living abroad, my mission to find the best spa on Vancouver Island and more!

Laid-back Todos Santos offer sun, surfing and fantastic food, Calgary Herald, Jan. 3, 2015. If Cabo is a 23-year-old party animal, Todos Santos is a chilled out 30-something hippie. You won’t find glitzy tequila bars, sunburnt tourists or all-inclusive resorts, but you will find locals riding to the beach on their horses and surfers friendly enough to help you catch a wave or two.

Not your grandma’s river cruise, Calgary Herald, May 17, 2014. River cruises often cater to the grey-haired crowd, but this 28-year-old found lots to love on a seven-night float through southern France. Story also ran in Montreal Gazette, Edmonton Journal and Regina Leader-Post.

Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger profile in WestJet’s Up! Magazine

Hotel Elan a boutique hotel for travellers to Calgary, Calgary Herald, April 17, 2014. Underwhelmed by Calgary’s hotel scene? At last, a great boutique hotel just off 17th Ave.

Trail Blazer: 16,000 km trek traces Trans Canada trail from coast to coast, IMPACT Magazine, March/April 2014 edition.

Craig Kielburger on life as an activist, WestJet’s Up! Magazine, March 2014. A profile of the Order of Canada recipient who co-founded Free the Children at 12 years old and has inspired thousands of Canadian youth to change the world for the better.

MiiAmo-1Sedona spa getaway soothes the soul, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Province and Ottawa Citizen, September 2013. What happens when you go through a tough breakup, miss a big promotion or simply lose the will to drag yourself to the office every morning? If you’re anything like me, you find yourself fantasizing about an Eat, Pray, Love-style journey in search of serenity, good pizza and sexy Italian men (OK, maybe that last part is just me). Alas, if a round-the-world trip is not in the cards right now, there’s always Plan B: the spa and wellness getaway.

Bike like a local: Montreal’s Bixi bikes provide unique perspective on lively city,  Calgary Herald, July 2013. The brilliance of Bixi leads me to the elusive traveller’s high in one of Canada’s most charismatic cities.

Montreal-Bike-HeraldOver the Alps, Impact Magazine, June 2013. Joe Smyth is many things to many people. To his customers in Northern Ireland, he’s a heating engineer; to his eight grandchildren and one great grandchild, he’s Grandpa Joe; and, in the cycling world, he’s the oldest man to complete the 2012 Craft Transalp mountain bike race, billed as the “hardest mountain bike stage race in the world.”

Josh Dueck: Freedom Fighter, Impact Magazine, January 2013. What do you do when a ski accident paralyzes you from the waist down? If you’re Josh Dueck, you consider yourself lucky to have survived and rally back to become the first person ever to do a back flip in a sit ski.

“Lost and found in eclectic Astoria” on the front page of the Calgary Herald’s Travel section.

Lost and found in eclectic Astoria, Calgary Herald, Jan. 12, 2013. Exploring ‘Little San Francisco,’ a hidden treasure on the Oregon Coast.

Explore Victoria’s trendy tea world, WestJet Up! Magazine, January 2013. This isn’t your grandma’s tea room.

Brief Case: Esi Edugyan, WestJet Up! Magazine, January 2013. Profile on Giller Prize-winning author Esi Edugyan.

On the big tree trail on Vancouver Island, Calgary Herald, Sept. 10, 2012. How a grove of ancient trees sparked a tourism rush in Port Renfrew — a town once better known for chopping down trees than marvelling at them.

Little big man, Impact Magazine, July 2012. Canadian Olympic rowing coach Terry Paul says the biggest thing holding athletes back from victory is fear.

An unlikely swim champion, Impact Magazine, July 2012. How Randy Bennett, a man from a town with no swimming pool, ended up being the head coach of Canada’s 2012 Olympic swim team.

Big trees by the numbers, WestJet Up! Magazine, July 2012. When Captain James Cook first set foot on Vancouver Island 230 years ago, some of the trees were already 800 years old — and other fun facts!

The Island of Cycling Dreams: Victoria makes its mark as Canada’s two-wheel capital, Impact Magazine, May/June 2012. Several factors have collided to make Victoria home to the most cyclists per capita in all of Canada.

My Pousadas of Portugal story ran in almost every major daily newspaper in Canada.

Pousadas of Portugal, Calgary Herald, November 2011. What do you do with old monasteries, castles and palaces? You turn them into inns with character. This story ran in eight Canadian daily newspapers, including the Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Province.

Slow Money movement comes to Calgary, REAP Calgary online magazine, February 2011. You’ve heard of Slow Food, but what’s Slow Money and how could it change the way we do business?

Taming the Wild West of urban sprawl, REAP Calgary online magazine, August 2010. Why the public interest may finally triumph over private interests and put an end to subsidized sprawl in Calgary.

Putting a price on Alberta’s water, REAP Calgary online magazine, March 2010. How Alberta’s system of water allocation is failing the public interest — and why the province has got to turn things around, and fast.

The new Christmas party hot spot: the soup kitchen, Globe and Mail, Dec. 21, 2009. More businesses are throwing in the towel on traditional Christmas party gluttony and turning to giving back to the community instead.

Eco etiquette: five ways to escape the gift trap, Green Living Magazine, Spring 2009. The birthday party is over, the kids have finally gone home, goody bags in hand, and you’re ready to reward yourself with a cool glass of organic Chardonnay. Then it dawns on you: What are you going to do with all those new gifts?

Some of my favourite Calgary Herald columns

Garbage Day: A three-part series on Calgary’s trash problem

From dust to dust: green burial is not a fad

Think outside the bottle: exposing bottled water

Bicycle freedom: bike-sharing programs make cycling in Europe a breeze

Green dreamin’: Trip through Europe fuels the eco-imagination

10 questions with a Greenpeace activist

A year in the life of the Green Guide

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