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Allie Vandersanden is a freelance writer and editor from Ontario, Canada, currently living in Florence, Italy, and teaching ESL. Allie completed her undergraduate degree in English literature and pursued her post-graduate studies in creative book publishing. Her interests include travel, blogging, seeking sunny spots to lounge in and curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.
Amy Attas is a writer, tree planter and hockey referee. She grew up in Pinawa, Manitoba, and earned a degree in Creative Writing from York University in Toronto before cutting ties with the idea of a permanent address. Her work has appeared at CBC Radio, Room Magazine and The Winnipeg Review. Her possessions are currently stored in Victoria, BC.
Amy Watkins, a British-born travel writer, fell in love with Canada as a teenager and moved to Vancouver in 2012. In the UK she worked as a features editor and freelance writer for ten years, writing about travel for national magazines and newspapers. Amy has travelled around the world on assignments as varied as cooking with celebrity chefs in the Caribbean to polar bear watching in the Arctic. She now writes about travel, food and West Coast life for a variety of publications.
Ashlea Wheeler is the creator of A Globe Well Travelled, a travel blog which inspires people to live an adventurous and sustainable lifestyle. As an excitable Australian who loves photography and exploring the world, she’s also known for being super-organised, having a stationery addiction and being a tad obsessed with maps.
Béatrice grew up in Montreal's suburbs, but her thirst for adventure pushed her to leave the family home at just 16, to move to the big city. She is slightly (very) obsessed with Australia, but wouldn't say no to any destination, especially if white sand beaches are involved. She drinks a little too much coffee, loves to cook, and spends her summers in music festivals.
Chelsea is an outgoing Australian girl currently living and working in Toronto, Canada. She's crazy for the spontaneity of life and travels as much as possible to create new memories. She enjoys writing, hiking and exploring hidden areas in her spare time.
Christie is a Vancouver Island-born-and-raised adventure seeker. She has travelled to 16 countries mostly around Europe, but still loves to call Canada home. Her favourite parts about travelling, locally and worldwide, are finding farm-to-table foodie spots, doing a classic walking tour to soak up the history and hearing people’s stories. When she’s not travelling, you can find her writing, working for a social media agency, hiking or doing yoga or some sub-par baking.
Raised in Winnipeg, Crystal now lives in the comparatively balmy city of Toronto. She writes for television, theatre and online, and her writing has appeared in InBetween and Oxygen magazines as well as the Winnipeg Free Press. When she’s not writing, she loves to plan budget-friendly travel adventures. Next stop on her list: Argentina.
Danielle is a full-time traveller and freelance travel writer. She’s been on-the-move since 2015 from Albania to Zambia (and 65+ others in between). Her advanced algorithm evaluates countries based on a thorough analysis of their wine, hot sauce, local friendliness and how hard she happy-cries at their nature.
Being born and raised in Vancouver, BC (a rarity around these parts!), my first travel experiences were all long road trips with the fam. We would drive through the Rockies to visit family in Alberta, spend weeks camping down in Oregon and California, explore the interior of BC and all the islands off the coast. They're some of my favorite memories and since then the travel spark has been in me full-force. My first overseas adventure was a school trip to the Greek Islands in Gr. 10 - and I've never looked back.
Fiona Tapp is a freelance travel and parenting writer. Her work has been featured by National Geographic, The Washington Post, The New York Post, HuffPost, Brides and Fodor's among many others. She has travelled to over 20 countries on five continents and loves writing about her adventures. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter.
Gaël loves coffee, brunch, playlists, mornings, sunrises, photo collage, roadtrips, the world wild web, technological stuff, airplanes, boats, libraries, Wired magazine, yoga, pandas, climbing, confetti, but mostly, and above it all, travelling. Having grown up in Guinée and Zambia, Africa holds a special place in her heart.
Ginni Seehagel is a visual artist and writer whose work is rooted in observation and mindfulness. She believes that every minute experience has the potential to bring joy. She lives on the west coast of Canada where she spends her time writing and creating for clients, and draws comparisons between the human and the natural.
Heather is a West Coast transplant living in Vancouver and she still manages to get teary-eyed at the sight of mountains. She has travelled to over 30 countries and Canada is still her favourite. Next on her bucket list are the southern parts of South America and the northern parts of North America.
Oh hey, that's us! HI Canada is home to more than 50 hostels from coast to coast. We like trees, rocks, mountains, lakes, festivals, beer, coffee and that feeling you get when you book a plane ticket.
India Amos is a writer and reporter based in Miami, Florida. She has travelled and lived throughout Appalachia and Latin America.
Jackie Dives explores themes of identity and womanhood through the medium of digital and analog photography. Inspired by photographers Nan Goldin, Francesca Woodman and Mary Ellen Mark, Dives's photographs are diaristic, vulnerable and sometimes confrontational. Her work has been published in Canadian Geographic, The Tyee, VICE, The Globe and Mail and Maclean's.
Janet Mowat is a writer and travel guide based in Calgary, Alberta. She grew up in Winnipeg and earned an MA in classics at the University of Toronto. Done with academia, Janet has since devoted herself to adventure and sharing her love of Canada, leading tours of this incredible country from coast to coast.
Kristen is a writer and photographer based in Toronto. Holding dual citizenship in Canada and Estonia, she has lived in Estonia, Spain and France. For her master's research in anthropology, Kristen explored Sápmi (arctic Scandinavia) on a solo fieldwork trip. As an artist with the Mikw Chiyâm program, Kristen travels annually to northern Quebec to teach photography and work with Cree youth.
A born-and-bred Brummy, and almost-Parisian, Lauren is calling Toronto home for now. Find her in any coffee shop with cute decor, at the art gallery or hibernating with a book during winter. Come summer, she loves to go and explore new places. Writing about travel and culture is her favourite; keep up with her musings on her website.
Leah lives in a tiny apartment downtown Toronto with bad water pressure and an amazing book collection. She’s a producer by day, a writer by night and a traveller in between. An avid user of the semi-colon and fan of the acoustic version, Leah spends her spare time eating potato chips. See more from her on Instagram or her personal blog.
Lida was born and raised in Minnesota and proudly holds dual citizenship with Canada. Though she devoted her college years to studying chemistry she now mostly finds herself making a living as a writer, and imagines her third grade self would say "told you so." Check out some of her articles on deep-sea exploration, wearable brain scanners and the wonderful chemical elements on her blog.
Meghan Wilson-Smith is a Toronto-based writer and editor. Her work has appeared in several publications, including The Globe and Mail, science and travel magazines and municipal newspapers. When not busy with her jobs as both a corporate communications professional and mother of one amazing young son, she is writing about travel, culture and parenting.
Melissa Giroux is originally from Quebec, Canada. She has been travelling and living abroad since June 2014. After living in Australia and the United Kingdom, she decided to move to Asia. She is now living her best life in Bali.
Michael is the co-founder of a travel backpack company, an avid adventurer and a ceaseless global wanderer. His love of travelling blossomed with a five-month solo trip around Southeast Asia and has continued ever since with trips across Asia, the Americas and Europe. When he’s not travelling abroad, you can find him exploring the wonders of B.C. or penning rambling anecdotes about his adventures in one of Vancouver’s cafes.
Born in Vancouver, Michelle quit her job to backpack across Europe for three months alone. It turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of her life, and now she travels as often as she can. Michelle is currently based in Toronto, where she works as a journalist and runs her cat’s Instagram account.
Ruby Irene Pratka is a Montreal-based freelance writer and editor and long-time HI member who enjoys combining writing and travel. Her work has been published in English and French in Vice Québec, HuffPost Québec, Ricochet, Xtra, Shareable, Canadaland and the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, among other websites and magazines. She also speaks Russian and some Haitian Creole. Originally from the US, she has been living the expat life since 2006. She has lived in eight countries and four different Canadian provinces, but keeps coming back to the delights of Quebec City.
Samantha is an aspiring adventurer currently living in Vancouver, BC, and loving every minute of it! She loves dogs, thrift shopping and getting out in nature.
Sarah Hewitt is a Toronto-based writer with a passion for food and travel. Her work has appeared on Food Network Canada, the Cooking Channel and Gusto Worldwide Media and she has also researched a number of best-selling cookbooks. She has a masters degree in Communication and Culture and loves travelling the world in her spare time—she's at 24 countries and counting!
Sinead Mulhern is a Canadian writer based in Ecuador. In early 2018, she quit her job in Toronto to freelance full-time while exploring South America. When not writing, she is usually hiking mountain trails, running by the river beside her home or trying new foods. Her writing mainly focuses on travel, fitness and money hacks for 20-somethings.
Stephanie is a Canadian teacher who recently relocated to Prague after eight years of living in Toronto. She loves exploring new places, being outside in nature and meeting fellow travellers. She has lived in four countries and travelled to thirty-two so far.
Vanessa is the blogger behind Modern Mix Travel. In 2018, Vanessa took a year off from her marketing career to travel the world. Over 50 countries later, she's still happy and excited to share her travel tips and stories from her global adventures. Both at home in Vancouver and abroad, you'll find her exploring a neighbourhood on foot or seeking inspiration at a trendy cafe, continually trying to figure out: what exactly do the locals do here?