Spring 2018 • 9
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8 • Vacations
Sandra MacGregor is a Canadian writer and editor who specializes in travel, food
and finance. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications like the New York
Times, the UK Telegraph, the Washington Post,Forbes.com
and the Toronto Star.
She also combines her love of travel and saving money as a regular contributor
. This wayfaring writer spends her free time exploring new
destinations and she’s been fortunate enough to live for a year or two in captivating
cities like Paris, France, Seoul, South Korea and Cape Town, South Africa.
Hans’ writing is eclectic including travel, environment, Native culture and all things
quirky. He has penned 10 books including one national best seller. Hans has spent
two decades writing for magazines like Canadian Geographic, Westworld, Zoomer,
Explore, Northwest Travel, Canada’s History Magazine and for newspapers including
the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star and National
Post. As a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and former adjunct
professor in environmental sciences, he has a strong affinity for nature and the
environment around us. He lives in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia where he
enjoys kayaking and photography.
Kate is a Toronto-based journalist who has been writing about travel since her three
kids (and 11 nieces and nephews) were ‘babes in arms.’ She believes that travelling
with any age – from tots to teens to young adults – provides a unique understanding
of their world beyond ‘home turf.’ Favourite experiences have included swimming
with stingrays in the Caribbean, schussing down mountains in Whistler, riding trains
across Europe, and yes, watching glass being ‘made’ in Venice. Her stories have
been published in numerous outlets including Canadian Geographic and the New
Travel writer Tim Johnson’s globetrotting adventures often involve two
of his favourite activities – eating and drinking. He’s bathed in beer in the
Czech Republic, chewed on crickets in Myanmar, eaten his weight in steak in
Argentina and sampled snake in Australia. In this issue, he samples, and writes
about Europe’s best high-end peasant food, and goes on a Tuscan culinary
adventure. Having visited 128 countries on all seven continents, Johnson
contributes to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CNN Travel, Reader’s Digest
and many others.
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