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Talking Travel with Lisa Ng and Wendy Kam Marcy of the Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide

The Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide is a lifestyle website “dedicated to the busy city girl”. Authors Lisa Ng and Wendy Kam Marcy started the site two years ago. Aimed at city gals, it focused on food and shopping in their native Toronto, Ontario. They’ve since started to dwell more on travel, posting trip reports and travel advice for their readers, whom they call HUGs (Hip Urban Girls). (more…)

Family Travel Q&A with Corinne McDermott of Have Baby Will Travel

Corinne with her kids in Cuba.

Corinne McDermott started her website for travelling families, Have Baby Will Travel, out of her own frustrated attempts to find travel info for parents with babies and toddlers while planning a trip with her young daughter.

The site is for parents of infants, toddlers and small children. Though McDermott calls it a “work in progress,” it includes a wealth of tips—everything from how to sterilize bottles in a hotel room to where to rent a stroller in the Italian Riviera—plus articles by Corinne and guest writers and trip reports from around the world, sent by real moms and dads. (more…)

Vawn Himmelsbach and Tanya Enberg of Chic Savvy Travels

Vawn and Tanya, of Chic Savvy Travels, in Toronto

Authors and co-founders of Chic Savvy Travels: A Backpacker’s Guide for Grown-Ups, Vawn Himmelsbach and Tanya Enberg use their website as a platform to tell women (and savvy men) the world over that it’s never too late to embark on an adventure, even after exceeding the stereotypical backpacking age. (more…)

Meet Toque & Canoe, aka Jen Twyman and Kim Gray

Kim (left) and Jen (right) interviewing Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

First things first. A toque is a winter hat, known as such only in Canada. The canoe was recently declared one of the seven wonders of Canada. So it stands to reason that Kim Gray and Jennifer Twyman would call their Canadian travel website Toque & Canoe. (more…)

Pamela MacNaughten of SpunkyGirl Monologues

When Grand Cache, Alberta, native Pam MacNaughten started her blog SpunkyGirl Monologues two years ago, it was a way to cope with her grandmother’s illness. Bonding with her grandmother before she died inspired Pam to live life to the fullest and she struck out to travel the world less than a year later (first stop: Thailand) and hasn’t looked back.


Travel Writer Candice Walsh Does Canada (and the World)

Candice Walsh is a Newfoundland-based travel blogger/writer (Candice Does the World), professional social butterfly and self-proclaimed amateur beer taster. She’s an editor for Matador Network, Newfoundland blogger for AOL Canada, and the owner of Social Media Atlantic Canada (SMAC). One of Where.ca’s Newfoundland experts, Candice has lived on “the Rock” her entire life—on all corners of the island. Her worldy travels include driving across Canada in a yellow Mazda Protegé inexplicably named Daytona Beach Bad Boy.


Meet Video Host and Blogger Reb Stevenson

Reb at Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island

I first became acquainted with Reb’s work a couple of years ago via the quirky travel videos and stories in her Toronto Star “Sleeping Around” column (exhibit A). Her laugh-out-loud writing and off-the-cuff videos reminded me that travelling can be not only inspiring and educational, but unapologetically fun.

These days Reb is a full-time video host and blogger reporting on lifestyle topics for Postmedia Network. Her travel philosophy is evident from the title of her blog, Life Doesn’t Have to Suck. The blog started out independently but became part of the network in June.