I’m so glad you’re here! It means you’re as interested – or obsessed – about travel as I am. 🙂
In fact, I’m so obsessed that I became a freelance travel writer, editor and content creator about 12 years ago.
I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with my husband, two sons and our furbaby, Zuzu. I’m the Founding Editor of the award-winning Claudia Travels travel site (formerly The Travelling Mom), and Deputy Editor at Vacay.ca and Vacay Network.
I’ve been traveling since I was a baby, which is a long time ago! My parents met while working on a Canadian airline, and as a kid, I was privileged to do a lot of traveling to Europe to see family, and to places like Hawaii and California for family holidays. I remember the ‘good old days’ of travel – they really did exist.
I’m passionate about the power of the travel experience, and its potential to transform and educate ourselves and those we love, about the world around us.
We raised our sons to be travelers, and I see them out in the world now as young adults, making their way and enjoying their own adventures. Travel is truly the gift that keeps on giving, and through my work, I hope to share that gift with you.
This site is intended to demystify the world of travel, offer helpful tips and tricks to make your travel life better, and share the love and wonder of visiting destinations and special places around the world.
And it’s meant to connect to like-minded travel enthusiasts like you. I hope you’ll reach out directly to me here or at claudia AT laroye DOT ca.
I have a book, and awards!
In fall 2022, I published my first book, the travel anthology, A Gelato a Day. This book is about the good, the bad, and the not-so-ugly of the family travel experience. It was my sanity-saving pandemic project, and the 20 stories by twenty exceptional travel writers are sure to inspire and entertain you.
A Gelato a Day is also an award-winning book! It won Bronze for Best Travel Book at the 2023 NATJA Awards.
My website and writing has garnered kudos from my peers. In summer 2022, ClaudiaTravels.com won Third Place as the Best Travel Blog or Column at the 2021 TMAC Travel Awards.
In summer 2023, my articles were recognized with three honorable mentions at the 2022 TMAC Travel Awards.
My freelance work
In addition to my own site, I do a lot of freelance writing work for a variety of domestic and international print publications.
My writing centers on a few main travel topics, including adventure, family, wellness, 50+ and sustainable travel. I also write about beauty, culinary and lifestyle issues.
I’ve contributed to print and digital publications around the world; Adventure.com, TIME Magazine, Air Canada enRoute magazine, AFAR, Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Canadian Geographic Travel, NUVO Magazine, Lonely Planet, Explore Magazine, Canadian Traveller, Saturday Evening Post, World Nomads, Zoomer, TravelAge West, VITA Daily, Verge Magazine, Dreamscapes, BCAA Westworld Magazine, WestJet Magazine, Matador Network, Fodor’s, Hotel-Addict, TravelZoo, Travel Mamas, Ultimate Family Vacations Magazine, Travel Underwriters, and other travel sites on the web.
Life as a travel expert
I’ve put my decades of travel experience to good use as a travel expert, and I’m always happy to answer media enquiries.
I’ve been interviewed by print, radio, and television media, including; the New York Times, Times of Israel, BT Vancouver television, CBC Radio, CBC Television, the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Modern Mississauga Magazine, West Coast Families, and Tourism Vancouver.
I’m a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC). I’m also a Media Herald with the Transformational Travel Council, and a member of Women Travel Leaders.
Work with travel brands
I’ve worked with many incredible travel brands, destinations, tourism bureaus and DMOs over the years. I welcome the opportunity to partner with aligned travel brands in a variety of content creation, travel trips or sponsored roles.
Clients and partners include; Aventura Clothing, Rogers Communications, RBC Avion, BCAA, Icebreaker, Lonely Planet Kids, Monograms Travel, Rocky Mountaineer, TREK Travel, Travel Mindset, CityPASS, Destination British Columbia, Fairmont Hotels, Tourism Switzerland, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism, Ski Utah, Visit Park City, Tourism Utah, Tourism Scottsdale, Tourism Phoenix, Las Vegas, Louisiana Travel, Visit California, Coastal Mississippi, Southern California, Tourism Whistler, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Sun Peaks Resort, Tourism Jasper, Tourism Quebec, Tourism Vancouver, Sunshine Coast Tourism, Tourism Saskatoon, Newport Beach CVB, Tourism Harrison Hot Springs, Big White Resort, Langley Tourism, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, Visit Parksville Qualicum Beach, Banff Jasper Collection, Tempe Tourism, Tourism Flanders, Myrtle Beach CVB, OPAL Resorts, Travel Underwriters, and Visit Jordan Tourism Board.
Press + Other Outlets
I’m a freelance travel journalist and write for a wide variety of print and online publications around the world. This is a round-up of travel articles and media features that I’ve written or appeared in as a travel expert.