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Hello and thanks for visiting!  I’m a freelance travel writer, editor and photographer living in Calgary, Alberta.  Putting up with my messy workspace is my ever-so-patient husband Wallace and our cat coco (who is nearing Guinness record age).

I’m always exploring to bring you the newest delights from the places I visit. From festivals to fantasy vacations; from luxury hotels to camping trips; gentle adventures to off-roading; historical, gallery and museum walking tours; fine dining and hotel reviews, you’ll find it all in my posts. Look for my latest work in print in WestJet Magazine; AAA’s Home & Away, the Vancouver Courierthe Calgary Herald, and online at vacay.ca and canada.com.  My posts will give you behind the scenes details and insights on stories in print and on the web. Comments are welcome!
I’ve been proud to volunteer for the Travel Media Association of Canada Alberta & NWT Chapter for the past five years and I’m also a past member of the North American Travel Journalists Association.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Debra on a press trip to Winnipeg a couple of years ago and have since had the great good fortune to work with her professionally. Debra delivers a compelling story filled with human interest, factual information and travel enticements that make the reader want to stop reading and actually GO to that spot. She meets her deadlines and turns in crisp, clean, accurate copy that needs little work on an editor’s part. And a real bonus for any editor — she’s easy to work with, open to suggestion and follows the parameters of style we ask for. Someone who actually reads the assignment letter is a treasure in my book.”  – Karen Eakins, Features/Copy Editor, AAA’s Home & Away Magazine

“Debra is a pleasure to work with. The stories she has done for WestJet Magazine have always been well-written and researched, conveying the essence of a place in a descriptive style and engaging voice that’s perfect for our audience.” – Jill Foran, Editor, WestJet Magazine

“We hosted Debra on a press trip on behalf of the Rocky Mountaineer in Spring of 2016. She was a pleasure to work with, producing high-quality content supplemented by beautiful imagery. Debra is very professional and delivered all content in a timely manner. We look forward to working with her again.” – Izabela Leszko, Citizen Relations

Debra has been my editor for my book The Seventh Day. Her knowledge and input has been invaluable to me. I know without her I would not be able to put together such a complete story. I will continue to use her expertise on other projects I have planned. If you want a truly professional service with great results, hire Debra.” – Ian Shurville, Author