Travel

Whether she is skiing down a steep mountain slope in the Canadian Rockies, relaxing on a secluded beach, or appreciating a special shade of green in a tropical rain forest, Debbie is passionate about travel and enjoys sharing it with others.

Debbie began her writing career by winning a writing contest for travel agents. She learned valuable insights about the world of travel from working for nearly a decade as a travel agent and uses that knowledge in her articles. She travels frequently with her husband and four children and writes freelance articles for many publications. She also has regular travel columns in The Red Deer Advocate and The Calgary Herald.

“Are We There Yet?” – Calgary Herald – May 2003

“Are We There Yet?” – Calgary Herald – May 2003

Who can resist the appeal of the open road? The very idea of the Great Canadian Road Trip is so full of adventure that the road itself seems to call.

“A Walk in the Park in Kuala Lumpur” – Red Deer Advocate – 2005

“A Walk in the Park in Kuala Lumpur” – Red Deer Advocate – 2005

A large sign posted outside the city park in Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur reads: "Please Do Not Feed the Monkeys." Being naïve, the warning sign did not cause me any concern when I decided to go for a leisurely walk through this lovely city park. After all, I had no intention of feeding the monkeys when I walked in with an ice cream cone in hand.

“Barra de Navidad – Colourful and Quaint” – Red Deer Advocate – 2007

“Barra de Navidad – Colourful and Quaint” – Red Deer Advocate – 2007

A dark haired woman pushes a stroller with two tiny Pomeranian dogs inside it, a surfer paddles his board out to sea with a beer bottle in one hand, and a local woman passes by with pineapple drinks balanced on top of her head. This is Barra de Navidad, a rustic Mexican beach village that has been attracting visitors for decades. If you sit on the beachfront Malecon – you can watch the world go by – in the form of an eclectic collection of colourful locals, ex-pat hippies, yuppies, and ultra rich vacationers.

“Dancing in the Park” – Red Deer Advocate­ - 2006

“Dancing in the Park” – Red Deer Advocate­ - 2006

There's something wonderfully romantic about old movies where characters spontaneously burst into song and dance in public places. In our modern world, nobody sings in the rain anymore and nobody ballroom dances in the park. Well, almost nobody.

“Champagne Wishes and Cavier Dreams” – Calgary Herald – 2006

“Champagne Wishes and Cavier Dreams” – Calgary Herald – 2006

As I watched the pink and orange streaks of the setting sun gently wash over the nearly cloudless sky above Peter Island, I couldn't help thinking this was the kind of surreal moment when you almost expect to see Robin Leach smiling back at you over a half-finished glass of champagne.

“A Cool Guide to Winter Fun” – Edmonton Life Magazine – Winter 2006

“A Cool Guide to Winter Fun” – Edmonton Life Magazine – Winter 2006

It's tempting, but you must resist. When the mercury plunges and nature plunges itself into a thick snowy blanket, it's only natural to slip into hibernation mode. Yet, as anyone who has ever attempted to wait out winter knows, this strategy is a sure route to cabin fever and the winter blues. The only way to enjoy this season is to get out and embrace its special delights – snow and all.

“Kid Friendly Spas” – Arizona Highroads Magazine – July 2005

“Kid Friendly Spas” – Arizona Highroads Magazine – July 2005

"I hope it's not over yet," whispered my seven-year-old daughter Kelsey during a recent mother-daughter spa experience in California. I have to admit; I was thinking the same thing. There's nothing quite like a day at the spa to help you feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and pampered. And while I was certain that pampering would not improve my youngest child's case of "princess syndrome," I knew that a day at the spa would be a good opportunity to spend quality time together while sharing new and exciting experiences.

"High Altitude Adventure" - TravelAge West Magazine - April 2011

"High Altitude Adventure" - TravelAge West Magazine - April 2011

A full day hike over rugged terrain and a bit of bushwacking will get you to a beautiful little spot in the Alberta rockies called Waterfall Creek. It's a trek that is incredibly difficult for inexperienced hikers and one that would leave even the most seasoned hikers quite winded.

"Rocky Mountain High" - TravelAge West Magazine - June 2011

"Rocky Mountain High" - TravelAge West Magazine - June 2011

For centuries, Canada's aboriginal people revered the Banff area as a special place to cure illness and maintain health. However, it wasn't until the sacred smoking waters of the Banff hotsprings were discovered by Canadian Pacific Railway workers in 1882 that the area began to be internationally recognized as a health and wellness retreat.

"Face to Face With Polar Bears" - TravelAge West Magazine - September 2011

"Face to Face With Polar Bears" - TravelAge West Magazine - September 2011

In Northern Manitoba, nobody goes for summer walks along the Hudson's Bay coastline - not even during the day. Well, almost nobody. During a summer visit to Churhill, Manitoba our group came across an Italian gentleman out for an afternoon stroll. He had been in the "Polar Bear Capital of the World" for two days and hadn't seen a polar bear, so he decided to take matters into his own hands.

"Veer Off the Strip" - Westjet up! Magazine - December 2011

"Veer Off the Strip" - Westjet up! Magazine - December 2011

As my horse nears the top of Red Rock Canyon's Fossil Ridge, I spot two red-tailed hawks soaring high above in the hot desert sky. I watch mesmerized as one dives deep into the canyon.