debra-smith
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 and traveling companion, Wallace.

I’m always exploring to bring you the newest delights from the places I visit. From festivals to fantasy vacations; from luxury hotels to safari camps; 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, Vancouver Sun and online at NUVO magazine and Family Fun Canada.  My posts will give you behind the scenes details and insights on stories in print and on the web. I’ve been a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada Alberta & NWT Chapter since 2009.

“I had the opportunity to escort Debra on a one week FAM trip to Cuba where we visited Havana, Varadero and the Vinales Valley. Debra was always prepared, professional and punctual – she was ready every morning with her camera, recording device and notebook. It was evident that Debra had done a fair amount of research ahead of her trip by the amount of knowledge she had on Cuba as well as the questions she posed to the tour guides of various museums and excursions. Debra was able to make the best of each experience including doing a full day catamaran ride in cold, heavy rain. Overall, I had a great time with Debra and would welcome her back on another FAM trip, should the opportunity arise.” – Rebecca Cohen, Jesson & Co

“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