Category Archives: Writing samples

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.

Article for REW.ca/The Vancouver Courier: Five Great Things About Living in … the West End

With leafy streets, a diverse and friendly population, easy access to the seawall and Stanley Park, and plenty of great restaurants and bars, the West End offers many charms. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that it was recently named the best neighbourhood in Canada in the 2015 Great Places in Canada contest. Here are just five of the things both the contest jurors and neighbourhood residents love about Vancouver’s own village by the sea…

Read the rest at REW.ca

This article also appeared in the Vancouver Courier

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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