I was excited to learn today that I won a bronze award in the 2015 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards, for a story I wrote on “sightjogging” for Canadian Business magazine. Thanks to my editors for the fun assignment, and to Avalon Waterways for bringing me to Europe in the first place so I could bookend my Frankfurt-Amsterdam cruise with running tours of those two cities.
I’ve just had a few B.C. pieces come out in a few different publications.
In the August issue of Westjet Magazine (pictured above), a paean to the Okanagan food scene.
In the Back to School issue of Ricardo Magazine, a roundup of some top places to eat and drink in the Okanagan.
And in today’s Globe and Mail, the story of my June trip to the northern B.C. coast.
As I head off for two weeks of exploring Armenia and Georgia (mostly on a tour with G Adventures), I’m also excited and honoured to be this week’s featured “guestagrammer” (that’s guest-Instagrammer) for Destination BC’s @helloBC account. I’m sharing some of my favourite photos from my recent trip to the northern BC coast, a journey that started in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island and ended in Prince Rupert, on an island just off the mainland near the Alaska border. (Some of the photos are repeats from my own account while others are new – stay tuned!)
I’ve also had some more travel and fitness stories published lately:
Exhilarating activities on New Zealand’s North Island (National Post, July 4, 2015)
Multisport races across Canada go beyond the classic triathlon (The Globe and Mail, July 2, 2015)
Escape to Tofino (Elevate Magazine, July/August 2015)
25 day trips from Vancouver (enRoute, July 2015)
48 things to eat in Vancouver (The Loop, June 2015)
As well as some of a huge series of small-business articles I did for Canadian Business website ProfitGuide.com:
4 tips for a fruitful mentorship relationship (profitguide.com, July 2015)
How to stay creative as your company grows (profitguide.com, June 2015)
How to turn one client into many (profitguide.com, June 2015)
The pros and cons of hiring a recruiter (profitguide.com, June 2015)
The five elements of an effective incentive plan (profitguide.com, May 2015)
3 simple steps to win more business from existing clients (profitguide.com, May 2015)
6 tips for dealing with a problem employee (profitguide.com, May 2015)
So far this year, I’ve travelled in New Zealand, Mexico and several parts of B.C. and attended conferences in Ottawa and Quebec City. (Pictured: a passionfruit ice cream cone in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.) A few of my stories from these trips have started to appear, including:
• The sweet side of Vancouver (westjetmagazine.com, May 2015)
• Eat like a local in Quebec City (westjetmagazine.com, May 2015)
• Top 5 places to sweat on New Zealand’s North Island (lululemon.com, May 2015)
• 5 reasons why Vancouver is the best food destination in Canada (theloop.ca, May 2015)
And some more recent stories from older trips (and research):
• Top picks: Last-chance getaways (Westjet Magazine, April 2015)
• 6 unforgettable boat tours from around the world (enRoute, May 2015)
• 5 fun ways to explore British Columbia’s Shuswap region (enRoute, March 2015)
• Crushing on Canmore (Best Health, March/April 2015)
For anyone who’s still got resolutions on their mind two weeks into 2015, here are a few ideas worth sticking to. Why not head on a rejuvenating hot springs vacation in Iceland and England, eat more excellent vegan food, take up a new sport like fat biking, learn a new language, or finally get the hang of your smartphone camera?
Or, you could just resolve to spend more time outside, which is what I’ve been doing. Happy New Year!
The December issue of Westjet’s Up! Magazine is out with two pieces by me. One is a learn-to-ski story based on my visit to Whistler in March to attend the Arc’teryx Women’s Ski Camp. The other is a brief profile of the excellent Living Languages exhibit on First Nations languages in BC, now on at the Royal BC Museum, with a sidebar on three top aboriginal tourism experiences on Vancouver Island.
Some other recent travel stories include:
• Skiing after dark (by headlamp). Was I crazy? (Globe and Mail, November 29, 2014)
• Toronto’s best shopping districts (Up! Magazine, November 2014)
• Eco beach: How to green your winter getaway (Globe and Mail, November 3, 2014)
• 5 places to visit after you retire (Review magazine, fall/winter 2014)
• 10 destinations that’ll give you something to write home about (Globe and Mail, October 27, 2014)
• Running in England’s Bath region (Canadian Running, November/December 2014)
• Two trips for the price of one (MoneySense, November 2014)
• Healthy Canada: Quebec City (Best Health, October 2014)
I’m pleased to be kicking off Magazines Canada’s fall webinar series with a session on social media promotion to be held on September 24. You don’t have to be a member to join – click through to find out more and sign up.
On a related note, I’ve recently joined the social media team among the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC). My first job was to launch the Instagram account, @TravelMediaCA. Follow us for great travel photos and stories collected from not just TMAC members, but also the wider travelling community via the hashtag #tmacCA.
Beyond that, some recently published work, including my first stories for Canadian Business and Western Living:
• Running all over town with sightjogging tours (Canadian Business, September 2014)
• “How a digital detox spa helped me unplug” (Flare, September 2014)
• Warming Trend: Get into some hot water on the Kootenays Hot Springs Trail (Western Living, September 2014)
• For a taste of Art Deco, head to New Zealand’s Napier (Globe and Mail, September 1, 2014)
• Taking physical-education class beyond the gym (Globe and Mail, August 31, 2014)
• Discover three of New Zealand’s sweet spots (Globe and Mail, August 22, 2014)
Travelling to a new place is exciting, but what I really love is going back to places I’ve been before – once you’ve gotten your bearings and checked off the classic must-dos, you can go deeper and truly explore. With this theory in mind, I wrote a three-part series for the Travel section of the Globe and Mail, covering interesting ways to see three Canadian cities: a pastry crawl of Montreal, niche tours in Vancouver and a DIY adventure triathlon in Victoria.
Also recently published on the Canadian travel front: for Up! Magazine, a food-lovers’ road trip through the Lanaudière and Mauricie regions of Quebec; for Best Health, a fit travel guide to Halifax; and for the summer edition of Ontario’s tourism magazine, roundups of local picnic basket fare and born-in-Ontario souvenirs.
On June 6, I’m part of a social media panel at MagNet, Canada’s magazine conference, in Toronto, along with a group of very smart people: Matthew Blackett of Spacing, freelance journalist Kim Pittaway and Steve Ladurantaye of Twitter. Sign up and show up with your best questions!
It seems email is not dead but back in style in a retro, almost normcore way that makes some of us feel very old. Never ones to ignore a useful trend, we at Tavanberg decided to launch a monthly newsletter this year, not to send out boring links and news items (that’s so 2007) but to share really interesting ideas and information to do with content marketing and internet culture, written in a way that means you can get a lot out of it without ever having to click through. (We were inspired by writer Ann Friedman’s weekly newsletter, Quartz’s daily brief and the long-defunct Media Scout from Maisonneuve magazine.)
It’s called the Tavanberg Monthly, and we’d love for you to check it out. You can view back issues and subscribe from our website.