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,, Canadian Cycling Magazine, City Parent, Daily Hive, Empty Nest,, Forever Young, Travel Life Magazine and West Jet Magazine.

Why Twenty Valley Should Be on Wine Drinker’s Travel Lists

Featured on on June 7, 2016 Why Twenty Valley should be on wine drinkers’ travel lists by DIANA BALLON Twenty Valley, home to country roads that link the small towns of Grimsby, Beamsville, Vineland, Jordan and St. Catharines on the south shore of Lake Ontario, is a region that many consider a hidden gem — Continue Reading

Quiet roads and a vibrant city: Biking in Peterborough and the Kawarthas

Featured in Canadian Cycling Magazine, October 2015. The prime road routes and trails of Ontario’s Peterborough and the Kawarthas aren’t well-known, but that will change. We followed our guides on a rainy day in June. We were travelling over rolling hills in Ontario’s Kawarthas on road bikes against soft winds and under grey skies. Grazing Continue Reading