For OpenTravel.co: The Perfect Summer Getaway in Osoyoos

This southern stretch of the Okanagan is a sunny vacation paradise with good food, great wine, and sandy beaches for that perfect summer weekend escape.

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Walnut Beach Resort

When you’re lying on the sand under a straw umbrella, you know you’re on vacation. When it’s 30+ degrees and someone delivers a freshly made cocktail straight to your waterfront lounge chair, you’ve taken it to the next level. There’s only one licenced beach in Osoyoos, found at the Walnut Beach Resort (@walnutbeachresort). Private for hotel guests only, it’s a serene place to wiggle your toes in the sand, gaze out at the lake and pretend you’re in Mexico. I love the large pool and hot tubs, too, but it’s hard to beat the beach.

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For Unito: Want To Succeed? Integrate People, Not Processes

The work landscape underwent massive changes in 2020. This came with a new and urgent focus on digital tools that empower teams to collaborate with coworkers they may never have met. Workflow management — and integration tools in particular — have become critical for teams that need to accomplish, track, and manage everything from repetitive tasks to complex large-scale projects…

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For Unito: Tool Silos: What They Are and How to Smash Them

Companies of all sizes are moving their infrastructure, digital assets, and work processes into the cloud. Gartner expects companies to spend $116 billion on SaaS tools in 2020. That massive investment represents multiple tools all being used at the same time. The average mid-market business used 137 SaaS tools in 2019. That’s an increase of 30 percent from the year before. This increase isn’t just present at the business-level; individual employees are using 10 apps or more. The sheer number of tools used by the average organization creates a new obstacle for collaboration: the tool silo…

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For Time Out’s list of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods: Amsterdam-Noord

In the buzzing borough of Amsterdam-Noord, shipyards have become cultural playgrounds and wide-open spaces beckon young families, artists, brewers and entrepreneurs. Hop on the free ferry from Centraal Station, in the opposite direction to most international visitors, to reach NDSM Wharf: the centre of Amsterdam’s street art scene and home to Europe’s largest monthly flea market at IJ-Hallen (these days with increased stall spacing and one-way route markers)…

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Travel Media Association of Canada Award: Coverage of a Host Destination

I’m honoured to have received my third Travel Media Association of Canada award last week. My story on family farms on the Saanich Peninsula took second place in the Coverage of a Host Destination category.

The judges said, “The juxtaposition of personal memory with current reporting works beautifully, and the inspirational reflective prose serves that theme well. Strong sensory detail, excellent reportorial detail on numbers, size, etc. Smooth transition to brief write-ups on various farms visited.”

This was such a fun piece to write. Thank you to the judges and congratulations to all the winners!

For Are We Europe: Sounds of Solidarity

Every Easter, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion becomes the main occupation for classical musicians across the Netherlands. The monumental oratorio that immortalizes the last days of Jesus features in hundreds of concerts across the country.

But in March, it became clear there would be no Passion concerts this year, and no work for classical musicians. “I found it unsettling to suddenly be without a job, not knowing when I’ll be able to play concerts again,” said Eva Traa, a Dutch violinist based in Amsterdam…

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For Ensemble Travel: 10 Responsible Tourism Experiences in Uganda and Tanzania

East Africa is known for its incredible wildlife tourism, from trekking with mountain gorillas to sundowner safaris and photographing the Big Five. With a growing focus on responsible tourism in this unforgettable region, we look at some ways for visitors to support local communities and the environment through their travel in Uganda and Tanzania.

Kyambura Gorge Buffer Project, Kyambura Gorge, Uganda

The Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust has purchased a three-kilometer buffer area along the northern part of the Kyambura Gorge to protect this region neighboring Queen Elizabeth National Park. Approximately 3,000 indigenous trees have been planted in the buffer area, and Kyambura Lodge guests can plant their own seedling in the tree nursery…

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