I focus my travel stories on health and wellness, with a particular focus on fitness for women 55 plus. Although historically I have written stories on everything from weekend getaways, to food and wine to intergenerational family travel, a wellness focus seems to blend well with our times. Today, we live in the era of COVID, so travel writing isn’t really about crossing distances. But fundamental to travel writing is the exploration of place, and for now that place is home.
So while I won’t be travelling internationally for a while, I continue to focus on staying fit, eating well, and cycling and hiking in Ontario. And because I am 55 years old, I will write about what I know, targetting other active women, who like me, continue to challenge ourselves with daily online fitness classes in our living rooms and cycling and walking and hiking in nature.
My stories have appeared in many major North American publications, including the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, besthealthmag.ca, Canadian Cycling Magazine, City Parent, Daily Hive, Empty Nest, familyvacationcritic.com, Forever Young, Travel Life Magazine and West Jet Magazine.
The interior of Barbados is very green, and the road underfoot is bumpy and twists. We pass a woman sitting curbside selling bananas out of the lid of a styrofoam box and children dressed in uniforms with satchels on their backs.
After an arduous 10-hour flight and a long hot shower, I readied myself for our meeting. Would we like each other? Would the trip lead to more?
It was actually not any kind of tryst, but to be the beginning of an eight-day cycling trip with Exodus Travels
I get how nature can feel like a religious experience. Cycling over five days and about 300 kms — along boardwalks, next to sand dunes, though a pine forest and alongside ocean cliffs certainly did feel like a transcendent experience.
“This land is your land” is booming on the car stereo as we cross the Peace Bridge. The sun is sparkling off Lake Erie on our right, the sky grey, the trees naked, and sadly green grass with only patches of snow.