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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.

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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.

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Travel Writers’ Favourite Travel Books

Photo by Simon Cocks

By Carissa Bluestone

Maybe it’s the sight of school buses or the waning daylight hours, but there’s something about fall that makes us want to read—and start allocating next year’s vacation days.

For inspiration, look no further than The Guardian’s roundup of favourite travel books. The picks, made by 18 of the world’s best travel writers, including luminaries as “Tao of Travel” Paul Theroux and expedition royalty Kari Herbert, are a solid survey of iconic tomes (Bruce Chatwin and Freya Stark) and classic cross-genre efforts (Henry Miller, Graham Greene, and Woody Guthrie). Jan Morris, who examined Canadian life in 1992’s O! Canada: Travels in an Unknown Country, makes the list for her Destinations, chosen by Pico Iyer.

Many of the books describe trips undertaken so long ago there’s no way to replicate them—imagine visiting Greece’s famous ruins today and not encountering another single tourist. The “preserved in amber” anecdotes may lack direct relevance, but there’s a reason these books have inspired so many writers and vagabonds. Each diligently and eloquently worked to answer the “why?” of travel—a question we ask whether our destination is beyond the date line or a just day’s drive out of town.

More literary travel “best” lists you might enjoy:

Oprah’s “20 Books for the Armchair Traveler” [Oprah.com]

“Five Best Books on Travel” [Wall Street Journal]

“The 20 Best Travel Books of All Time” [The Telegraph]

“The 86 Greatest Travel Books of All Time” [Condé Nast Traveler]