Category Archives: Travel writing

For PAX News West: Delta toasts Vancouver International Wine Festival

Vancouver wine lovers and industry insiders gathered this weekend for the annual Vancouver International Wine Festival, this year showcasing the wines of Italy.

On Saturday night (Feb. 27), festival sponsor Delta Air Lines hosted travel industry VIPs at the intimate Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge for a guided tasting with Delta’s Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson…

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For PAX News West: France brings a night of joie de vivre to Vancouver

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“Canadians have always been great friends of France,” said Armelle Tardy-Joubert, director for Canada, Atout France, at the annual Destination France trade show in Vancouver last week. “This year, we would like to tell you how much we have appreciated your solidarity.”

Tardy-Joubert was referring to the messages of support France has received from the Canadian public and travel professionals in the months since the terrorist attacks that shook Paris on November 13…

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For Flight Network: A Tapas Tour of Madrid: Five Must-Visit Tapas Bars in Spain’s Capital City

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Looking for a great tapas bar in Madrid? Don’t follow the signs. “Tapas bars almost never have signs saying they’re tapas bars,” Context Travel guide Helena Vaello told me as we explored tapas culture in Spain’s capital city. Those that do are likely tourist traps. If you want the real thing, just look for a bustling spot with people standing at the bar – and keep an eye out for plenty of crumpled napkins on the floor, a sure sign of many tapas enjoyed before you arrived…

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For PAX News: Touring Juan Vela’s Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort

IMG_8641“We don’t think of ourselves as hoteliers,” said Juan Vela, vice-president of Velas Resorts, over breakfast at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. “We think of ourselves as providers of experiences.”

Vela and his brother, Eduardo Vela Ruiz, were property developers who never planned to be in the hotel business. The first Velas resort – the Velas Vallarta, opened in 1989 – was meant to be condos…

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For PAX News: Exploring the Riviera Maya with Grand Velas

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“If you practice diving, this is the place to do it,” said Ana Mari Irabien, public relations representative for the Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort, referring to the high number of tourists who enjoy diving deep into the Riviera Maya’s many cenotes and underground rivers.

The Riviera Maya, stretching 120 kilometres along the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, from just south of Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, is Mexico’s newest tourism area…

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Articles for S-Magazine: Fairmont cocktails, Audain Art Museum, Aspen’s lift ticket art, Coldscreen, Iceland

smagI contributed five articles to the Winter 2016 issue of S-Magazine, in addition to copy editing the issue as part of my work with Fresh Air Publishing:

  • Old-Fashioned Success (Fairmont’s “Classics. Perfected.” cocktails program)
  • Whistler Gets B.C.’s Biggest Art Museum
  • Wearable Art at Aspen
  • Fewer Layers, More Warmth? (
  • Après All Day: Iceland’s Geothermal Pools

Read the stories in the digital version of the magazine at snowsportsculture.com or pick the issue up at a newsstand.

For YP.ca: Dockside date-night ideas along False Creek

The mini-ferries that dart along False Creek provide the ideal opportunity to embrace coastal life. There’s nothing more charming than bobbing along to your destination with a seal’s-eye view of the city. With the romance factor upped the moment you step aboard, the little boats are a prime way to kick off date night. Hop aboard and head to one of these dockside spots for an arrival that beats rock star parking any day…

Read the rest of my dockside date-night ideas along False Creek at yp.ca.

Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Austria shares ‘a few of its favourite things’ in YVR

The Consulate General of Austria – Commercial Section hosted Vancouver travel agents for lunch on Thursday at the first ever Discover Austria tourism showcase for travel professionals on the West Coast. With representatives on hand from Austrian Airlines, Eurofun Touristik hiking and biking tours, Salzburg Tourism and the Vienna Tourism Board, it was an information-packed afternoon…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Insight launches 2016-17 programs in Vancouver

Insight Vacations gathered Vancouver travel agents and their clients together at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver last night for a Travel Showcase to launch the company’s 2016-17 Europe program and new Luxury Gold program.

“The concept is to provide an opportunity for agents to expose clients to knowledge and inspiration,” Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada, told PAXnewsWest.com. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to get clients inspired and show them what the Insight experience can be…”

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