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Welcome to Travel Writers' Tales, an independent travel article syndicate that offers affordable and professionally written travel articles to newspaper editors and publishers. Over the course of a 52 week term, we will meet your need for travel copy, whether it is one story a week, bi-weekly or monthly. We provide two CD ROMs, each covering your six month supply. The lively and up-to-date travel stories are written by accredited travel writers. As well as diversified destinations, the compilation of articles is thematically selected to suit the calendar year. The pre-packaged CD ROMs not only simplify publishing deadlines, but also promote increased advertising sales on a monthly basis. Travel Writers' Tales offers the discerning armchair traveler, as well as the active adventure seeker, glimpses into the excitement and mystery of worlds that lie beyond our horizons.

If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
....Henry Miller (1891–1980)

December 2016
TRAIPSING TERENGGANU
by Jane Cassie

Where the heck is Kuala Terengganu? Although it took me only a few hours to get my bearings in this quintessentially Malaysian fishing town, I still have yet to say it correctly. With or without the proper pronunciation, it’s well worth the visit. ... read more »


OFF THE TOURIST TRAIL IN CAMPECHE
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

by Margaret Deefholts

I’m sitting with friends at an open-air restaurant, sipping coffee and listening to people chatting in Spanish at neighbouring tables. Pots of bright yellow marigolds, heads nodding in the breeze, fringe the patio, and the slant of sun across the stone flagged courtyard lends a sense of leisure, warmth, lassitude. It is my first day in Campeche, Mexico and I’m savouring the unhurried hours. ... read more »


CHRISTMAS WITH THE PENGUINS IN ANTARCTICA
by Irene Butler

A welcoming committee of penguins meet us at the shoreline dressed in their finest tuxes! Gentoo penguins flaunt showy orange beaks, while the Chinstrap proudly sport narrow strips of black feathers around their chins. ... read more »


A TROPICAL CHRISTMAS WITH MUSICAL PASSION
by Hans Tammemagi

Escaping from the traditional Canadian Christmas with family, my wife, Ally, and I stepped off the plane into the hot tropical climate of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. We were deep in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a classic circular atoll dominated by a verdant mountain in the middle and surrounded by a glorious coral reef. ... read more »


November 2016
BARCELONA – SPAIN’S CULTURAL HEART
by Ray Chatelin

Lying on the Mediterranean Sea near the north end of the Costa Brava, Barcelona is more than Spain’s second largest city of Spain, its largest port, and its chief commercial and industrial center. ... read more »


DANCING WITH WOLVES
"INTERACT WITH A WOLF PACK AT QUEBEC’S PARK MAHIKA!"

by Jamie Ross

I stagger sleepily from my cosy bed inside the Mongolian yurt, open the airtight stove, and stir up the glowing embers inside. I add some wood shavings, kindling and logs, while blowing gently on the coals, gradually coaxing the fire back to life. It is minus 30 outside tonight, but if I keep the flames going it stays pleasant within the ornate shelter. ... read more »


A FISHPOND PADDLE
by Karoline Cullen

"Huli!" The command to switch sides is quickly followed by "Imua, imua!" "Go, go!" I change my paddle from left to right, thankfully not dropping it in the process, and lean into a furious stroke. The call “Hoe h?pi!” or "Paddles up!" brings welcome relief to burning shoulder muscles. The outrigger catches the crest of the wave, speeds up, and we’re rapidly surfing towards the shore. ... read more »


October 2016
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL – AN ENDLESS ADVENTURE
by Chris McBeath

Anyone who has read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods will have a certain appreciation for the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia. Yet for all his humour, descriptions of his torturous hike never talked about the almost mystical beauty of the region where in spring, wild rhododendrons wash the forest floor with a soft pink and honeysuckles scent the fresh, mountain air. ... read more »


LONDON'S FAVOURITE HAUNTS
by Jane Cassie

He’s dressed from head to toe in raven black and melds seamlessly into the pitch dark night. In one hand is an umbrella that doubles as a cane. In the other, is a flashlight, waiting to come to life. Timing is everything, and when the nearby bell of St Andrews begins to toll, he goes into action. ... read more »


MOROCCO: LAND OF MEDINAS, MINARETS AND MYSTERY
by Margaret Deefholts

Morocco conjures up images of medinas, minarets – and mystery. A land of exotic perfumes, plaintive music, intrigue and romance à la Bogart and Bergman. Casablanca, the first place on my itinerary isn’t any of the above. It is a large commercial metropolis, bland as any other international hub. Traffic flows along broad boulevards and the sidewalks are busy with business-suited executives, camera toting tourists and women in flowing caftans. Nothing special. ... read more »


SAN JUAN ISLAND OFFERS A WHALE OF A TIME
by Lauren Kramer

There's an aura of mysterious, wild beauty that lingers in the San Juans, where close to 90% of the archipelago’s 172 isles remain untouched and unsettled. Kayak or boat to their shores and all you’ll find around you is raptors, the silvery heads of harbor seals and a few deer who braved the currents to get there. ... read more »


CHASING BOND IN THE SWISS ALPS
by Jamie Ross

I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m doing something active and exciting, I hear the James Bond musical score playing in my head. Such is the case today, as I am driving the narrow, winding switchbacks and cliff hugging roads in Switzerland. I suddenly imagine that my rental car is an Aston Martin. I push the pedal down and make squealing tire noises with my mouth as we swerve around the tight curves. My wife, who is accompanying me, begins to feel shaken, not stirred, and the Bond theme is replaced by a certain ringing in my ears. But you know the secret agent drill – sharply dressed, daring mission, chic travelling companion (in this case my angry wife). ... read more »


September 2016
NEW YORK CITY – NAVIGATING THE WORLD
by Ray Chatelin

New York - The first thing you have to understand about this city is that it is more than just another place to visit. New York is a world onto itself where the real and the illusory combine in one place and where you have to diminish its size before you can successfully navigate its charms. ... read more »


WORLD HERITAGE POTSDAM
Parks, Palaces and the Cold War

by Chris Millikan

Our exceptional holiday along the elegant Elbe River brims with discoveries. One Viking Cruise excursion introduces Potsdam’s intriguing past, beginning with Cold War history at the legendary Glienicke Bridge. ... read more »


HOME ON THE RANGE AT SIWASH LAKE
by Jane Cassie

His cocoa brown eyes appear despondent, yet when glancing my way he blinks flirtatiously. He inches closer, gently nudging my side. There’s an instant connection. “What’s with the long face, Dude?” I ask, while brushing a wisp of silver hair away from his freckled brow. Although he doesn’t reply, I know how to make him happy. And before long, I have him eating out of the palm of my hand.
. ... read more »


GOING WILD IN THE VALLEY
by Cherie Thiessen

The lush and fertile farmlands of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley are not surprisingly the home of the popular “Slow Food” movement, a trend that stresses from farm to table and from foraging to feasting. My partner, David, and I jumped on the B.C. Ferries and headed over to tunnel into the beating heart of this movement, deep in the valley’s hidden foodie oases. ... read more »


August 2016
CHECKING OUT THE CHIEF
by Jane Cassie

The Sea to Sky Highway has always been one of my favourite drives. Whenever we head up Whistler way, I love to check out the sites: the seascape and inky-blue backdrop of Howe Sound, BC’s Mining Museum and historic township of Britannia Beach, and the coloured spots that inch their way up The Stawamus Chief. At least that’s what they look like from the base of this sheer granite slab that soars 610 meters (2,000 feet) skyward, just outside the city of Squamish. With my face pressed against the window and head cranked mountain-side, I strain to catch a glimpse of the rock-hugging daredevils as we whiz on by. Like gravity-defying ants, they scale the vertical rise, a challenge conquerable only by the boldest and buffest. ... read more »


HAWAII’S LEGENDARY VOLCANOES
VISITING GODDESS PELE’S HOME

by Rick Millikan

With fellow nature lovers, we head off to learn about Hawaii’s volcanoes and witness Kilauea’s fiery caldera at twilight. Investigations begin in north Kona, where Ka’ahumanu highway slices through vast lava flows. ... read more »


CALCUTTA THEN, KOLKATA NOW

by Margaret Deefholts

I am doing a risky thing. I am revisiting Calcutta (Kolkata as it’s now called) - a city where I was once a little girl living with my parents and my sister in the long vanished world of Raj. So now, after all these years, will my childhood memories of the city I loved be shattered? If I’m to believe ex-Calcuttans who have returned on visits, the city is a sweltering hellhole of teeming crowds, beggars, crumbling tenements and overflowing garbage heaps. ... read more »


COIMBRA - THE PRIDE OF PORTUGAL
by Chris McBeath

When I think of robes and academia, the staff at Hogwarts comes to mind. Snapes billowing down ancient corridors, bats passing through mournful apparitions, and eclectic treasures appearing at every corner. Then I discovered Portugal’s Coimbra University. ... read more »


TRYING TO GET A BITE IN ALGONQUIN PARK
by John Geary

Bzzz…slap! Bzzzz…..slap!
Humping along the trail with the paddles and fishing gear, I thought to myself, “I hope the fish are biting even as half as much these mosquitos!”
I was part of a small group of outdoor enthusiasts portaging canoes from Lake Opeongo to tiny Minnow Lake in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park. I was about to do something I’d never done before – if the mosquitos didn’t eat me alive, that is. ... read more »


July 2016
BRITAIN IN THE SLOW LANE - BOATING ON THE NORFOLK BROADS
by Cherie Thiessen

My partner and skipper, David Dossor, loves munching kippers or a ploughman’s lunch while sipping the ales on tap in Britain’s historic old pubs.

Our friends, Gerry McKeating and Pat Crossley, are avid and expert birders who have come on this trip specifically for the best bird watching in the country. One quarter of the country’s rare wild life and flora exist in the Broads, Britain’s largest protected wetland. ... read more »


TUMBLING DOWN THE THOMPSON
by Jane Cassie

My husband, Brent, is one of those domestic guys. Without being nagged he’ll do the vacuuming, cooking –even the laundry. So on this adventure, when we get agitated by the washboard spin, churned up in the garburator and spewed out of the roiling cauldron, he manages to keeps his cool. It’s the Terminator that finally gets his vocal chords going. Not a surprise –he’s a bit of a wuss when it comes to thrillers. ... read more »


PASSION FOR PORTLAND
by Colleen Friesen

Whether winemakers, lamp makers, distilled-spirit makers, tea blenders, sushi servers, Vermouth drinkers, beer brewers, sake makers, bicycle guides, or kayak paddlers, the theme remains the same, people in Portland are not just creating a product or service, but with the creativity and enthusiasm they bring to their livelihood, they are creating a passionate life. ... read more »


ON AND OFF THE RAILS IN SOUTH AFRICA
The Sholongololo Experience

by Margaret Deefholts

There is an enormous shudder, a loud clanking jolt...and wheee, we’re off! I peer out of my window as the sign “Cape Town” on the railway platform slides away into my past. We are moving...new horizons beckon. ... read more »



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