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The Best Canadian Travel Blogs Out Right Now

By BRITTANY HENDRY

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Wise words posted near BC’s Lake O’Hara (Photo: M.ann.n)

We love our fellow travellers and appreciate a great travel blog when we see one. With so many interesting, unique and adventurous websites on the internet, it seems only right that we pay homage to the best and the brightest. Whether you’re a backpacking nomad or a self-proclaimed culinary artist searching for travel tips about an new cuisine, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for in this easy to read list of The Top 100 Canadian Travel Blogs provided by FlightNetworks travel blog ‘Let’s Roll’.

 

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Meet Food and Travel Writer Cinda Chavich

Cinda Chavich knows food, and Canadian food in particular. She has 30 years of journalism experience—20 of them as a food and wine writer—under her belt and  is a regular contributor to Avenue magazine (Calgary), West magazine and the Canadian Tourism Commission Web site. She is the cooking columnist for Alberta’s CBC radio and has written five cookbooks, including bestsellers High Plains: The Joy of Alberta Cuisine, The Girl Can’t Cook and The Guy Can’t Cook.

A product of the Prairies, Cinda was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, and has lived in Lethbridge, Saskatoon and Calgary. As we speak, she’s pulling up her deep Prairie roots to set up shop in Victoria, B.C. (more…)

Meet the Traveling Canucks

Four years ago, Canadian bloggers and married couple Cameron and Nicole Wears left their jobs and set out to travel the world. They ended up on the road for over a year and visited 38 countries in 12 months in 2009. Though they started their blog, Traveling Canucks, en route, they ended up posting more after they returned.

Nicole and Cameron continue to operate their successful travel blog from their home in Vancouver and though they’ve returned to “regular” jobs post-globetrotting, they still manage to do some pretty amazing trips. As they say on their site, “We go to work every day like most people—we just choose to not sacrifice travel for work, and vice versa.” (more…)

Cowbird: From Journaling to Journalism

By CARISSA BLUESTONE

Cowbird works well as a platform for sharing travel stories and photos (Screenshot: Cowbird.com)

Sites that help you share trip photos and map favorite places are a dime a dozen. But Cowbird, a new diary platform with a global eye, could help you hone trip tidbits into travel journalism.

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Canada’s Aventure Couple: Deb and Dave of the Planet D

Dave and Deb at Everest Base Camp

Married couple Deb and Dave were working hard in the Toronto film industry and squeezing in the annual two-week Caribbean or European vacation when they were bitten by the adventure travel bug on a trip to Thailand in 2000. They started pursuing more adventures at home and on the road, and three years later sold their home and most of their belongings to travel Southeast Asia for eight months. (more…)

Confessions of a Quitter: Ayngelina Brogan of Bacon is Magic

Ayngelina in Guatemala

In honour of Valentine’s Day, today we talk with a travel blogger who left love behind to follow her heart.

At 31, Canadian east coast native Ayngelina Brogan left her boyfriend, career, apartment and friends behind to travel Central and South America and fulfill a decade-long dream. She started her blog, Bacon is Magic, in 2010 to document her travels and the transformational effect it had on her life. (more…)

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…)

Backpacker Extraordinaire Corbin Fraser

Corbin on the Jack Pine Trail, near Ottawa

After backpacking Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Corbin Fraser was ready to settle down—or so he thought. Back home in Regina, Saskatchewan, he quickly developed itchy feet and set out to backpack across Canada.

That was in 2008. Now, Corbin is an expert backpacker, and his blog, I Backpack Canada is a wealth of information for anyone travelling with a sense of adventure and a limited budget.

He spoke to us from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he’s studying website and graphic design.

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Travel Writer and Travel Marketing Specialist Red Hunt

Red Hunt at Killarney Provinicial Park, Ontario.

Travel-marketing guru and writer Red Hunt has worked in the adventure travel industry for the past eight years. He writes and provides marketing services for travel newsletters, brochures, electronic communications and social media. Some of his clients include tour operators Intrepid Travel and Quark Expeditions and industry associations like Hostelling International. He also posts travel articles frequently on his website, where he has an entire section devoted to beer!

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