Category Archives: Travel writing

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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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: A Taste of Tucson

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Tucson offers the largest concentration of Mexican eateries in the United States crammed into an area dubbed “the country’s best 23 miles (37 km) of Mexican food.” Putting on our stretchiest pants, PAXnewsWest.com dove into the Tucson food scene with Visit Tucson to sample as much as we could in 24 hours. A tour is the best way for visitors to maximize the time (and calories) invested; we rode with Gray Line Tours Arizona on their Best of the Barrio tour, offering five stops in Southern Tucson…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Digging into agritourism in Mesa, AZ

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Canadian travellers may think of sunny skies and top-notch golfing as the primary reasons to visit Arizona, but the state has a distinct food culture, too. That makes it a prime destination for those seeking agritourism experiences and foodie travel – as PAXnewsWest.com learned first hand on a recent trip with Visit Mesa and Visit Tucson…

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: Travel Alberta showcases tourism draws

Representatives from Travel Alberta and some of the province’s key tourism destinations met with travel media in Vancouver yesterday to highlight their latest tourism offerings.

Banff and Lake Louise
“We’re a protected playground,” Kymberley Hill, senior manager, media – North America for Banff Lake Louise Tourism, told PAXnewsWest.com. “Banff doesn’t change a lot, but that’s why we love it…”

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Article for PAXnewsWest.com: LVCVA brings the best of Vegas to Vancouver

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) brought a taste of the gambling capital of the world to Vancouver nightclub Twelve West last night. More than 100 agents gathered for a spirited evening of cocktails and contests for a huge collection of prizes from the long list of partners at the event. Prizes ranged from rubber chickens and whoopee cushions (the “zonks” in the “Let’s Make a Deal” game) to airfare from WestJet and Air Canada and stays at some of the top hotels on the Vegas Strip…

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